Each System Open Series event offers a range of experiences.
The main draw at each of these events is the System Open tournament, a two-day championship. Attendees outside of the System Open Tournament will find more play opportunities in the Hyperspace Qualifier and Hangar Bay Pods. Each of these features its own tournament structure.
The structures for each of these events are detailed below.
Main Event: System Open
System Open tournaments use the Extended game mode.
Each System Open Tournament features two days:
- Day 1: Six Swiss rounds. Each player with 5 or more wins qualifies for Stage 2.
- Day 2: Single elimination bracket. Byes are awarded to the top-seeded players as needed to balance the initial bracket.
Hyperspace Jump: Any player eliminated from Day 2 of the System Open Tournament before reaching the Top 8 may elect to "hyperspace jump" to the Hyperspace Qualifier, earning byes (victories) for any rounds they missed while playing in the System Open Tournament.
The Hyperspace Qualifier is a secondary tournament scheduled to begin shortly after the System Open main event moves into Day 2 single elimination play. The event features six Swiss rounds and utilizes the Hyperspace game mode active in the X-Wing squad builder app. There is no top cut. No winners are determined. Instead, any and all undefeated players earn an invitation to the X-Wing World Championships.
(Due to time constraints, some Hyperspace Qualifiers may be planned with only 5 rounds.)
Hyperspace Jump: Any player eliminated from Day 2 of the System Open main event after the Hyperspace Qualifier begins may elect to "hyperspace jump" to the Hyperspace Qualfier, earning byes (victories) for any rounds they missed while playing in the System Open Tournament.
NOTE: System Open Series events taking place in 2018, prior to the debut of the Hyperspace Game Mode, will offer "Extended Qualifiers" instead. These will function as Hyperspace Qualifiers, but will use the Extended game mode.
Hangar Bay Pod
Hangar Bay Pods are casual side events that launch at least once per System Open event and that event organizers can choose to launch whenever 8 players are ready to play. Event organizers will specify the game modes available for their Hangar Bay Pods. They can use any game mode supported by the X-Wing squad builder.
Each Hangar Bay Pod consists of three Swiss rounds.