Klaczynski Open 2013

Klaczynski Open 2013

From Jason Klaczynski -

It’s official! I am pleased to announce that this Labor Day weekend, along with the help of many other enthusiastic Pokémon TCG veterans, I will be hosting the world’s first major Unsanctioned Pokémon TCG Event! The Klaczynski Open will be held at the spacious Tinley Park Convention Center, conveniently located right off of I-80 and just 30-40 minutes south of Chicago’s two major airports.

The Klaczynski Open will consist of two separate, side-by-side tournaments:

Click More for all the details! 

Main Event
Intended for players ages 15 & up

14 & under Event
Open only to players ages 14 & under

Some exciting elements of the event include:

  • Best 2-of-3 Swiss Rounds (featuring a 75 minute + 3 turn time limit)
  • Over 25 Booster boxes and more as prizes!
  • 6 Booster Boxes to the Main Event winner!
  • A custom die to all entrants
  • On-stage Top 8 matches projected to jumbo screen
  • Live Stream from Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich and The Top Cut
  • Custom 1st Place trophies to winners of both events
  • An on-site vendor (Top Cut Central) buying and selling Pokémon TCG cards
  • Seating for over 300 players
  • Win-a-box and Draft Side Events on both days
  • Foreign versions of Tropical Beach permitted in decks
  • Online deck registration
  • Online pairings

2013-2014 Modified

Entry Fees
Earlybird Registration, Main Event: $30 ($40 after July 15)
Earlybird Registration, 14 & Under Event: $20 ($30 after July 15)

Earlybird Registration begins today! Buy your tickets before July 15 to receive $10 off the standard admission price! 

Full Details & Ticket Purchase Page: http://ko2013.eventbrite.com

A large, unsanctioned event with great prizes has been a goal of myself, Kyle Sucevich and the Pokémon community for quite some time. Thanks to help from many others, this dream is finally a reality! I hope to see as many of you as possible at the event! I welcome any questions you guys may have!

Read more at: http://thetopcut.net/2013/06/26/2013…etails-inside/

A special thanks to:

  • Kyle Sucevich & The Top Cut for contributing playmats as prizes and streaming the event live
  • Jimmy Ballard & Top Cut Central for contributing booster boxes as prizes
  • Sam Chen for designing our custom die logo
  • Dustin Zimmerman for designing our banner ads
  • Quiandro Verstichel for designing our logo
  • Heidi Craig for making the trip from Florida to Head Judge
  • Carlos Pero for designing simple online pairing software that will be used at this event
  • Laura McQuistion, Shaun Kauffman, Mike Newman, Adam Vernola, Theodore Johnpaul Adams & Chris Fulop for sitting out the event to judge
  • The countless others that provided feedback and guidance along the way

From thetopcut.net -

We here at The Top Cut are excited to announce that the Pokémon TCG will have its first major unsanctioned tournament in the game’s history, the 2013 Klaczynski Open! Hosted by two-time World Champion Jason Klaczynski, this event will feature a great atmosphere, an easily accessible venue, and big prizes. Surely this will be a historic moment for Pokémon, so don’t miss out!

Taking place at the beautiful Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL, the Klaczynski Open is in a centralized location near multiple airports and highways. The event will take place over Labor Day weekend (August 31st and September 1st), a perfect time to enjoy some non-stop Pokémon fun. Players of all ages are welcome. In fact, kids 14 & under will have their own separate tournament to make the weekend enjoyable for the whole family!

Of course, The Top Cut is very pleased that an event like this is happening. For the past few years, we’ve done anything we can to promote the Pokémon TCG and make it grow. As such, we will be streaming the event live for those who can’t make it! In addition, we will be providingplaymats as prizes for the Top 8 in the Main Event and for the finalists in the 14 & under event. The winner of the Main Event also receives an invitation to play in the 2014 Top Cut Invitational, a chance to duke it out with the game’s best! We know this event is going to be a huge success, and we want to be a part of it.

For full details about the event, be sure to visit the event’s website. Here are some of the major details.

When and where is the tournament taking place?

The 2013 Klaczynski Open is a two-day event from August 31st to September 1st (Labor Day weekend). It will take place in the beautiful Tinley Park Convention Center in the Chicagoland area. The address is 18451 Convention Center Dr Tinley Park, IL 60477.

What are the prizes?

For the Main Event, the prizes are as follows.

1st Place
6 Plasma Blast Booster Boxes
Klaczynski Open 1st Place Trophy
Invitation to 2014 Top Cut Invitational Tournament
15th Anniversary Pikachu Set
The Top Cut playmat

2nd Place 
3 Plasma Blast Booster Boxes
15th Anniversary Pikachu Set
The Top Cut playmat

3rd & 4th Place
2 Plasma Blast Booster Boxes, The Top Cut playmat

5th-8th Place
1 Plasma Blast Booster Box, The Top Cut playmat

9th-16th Place*
18 Plasma Blast Booster Packs

17th-32nd Place*
9 Plasma Blast Booster Packs

*Prizes for 9th-16th are awarded for 150+ entrants, prizes for 17th-32nd are awarded for 200+ entrants.

For the 14 & Under tournament, the prizes are as follows.

1st Place
1 Plasma Blast Booster Box
Klaczynski Open 1st Place Trophy
15th Anniversary Pikachu Set
The Top Cut playmat

2nd Place
18 Plasma Blast Booster Packs
The Top Cut playmat

3rd Place
12 Plasma Blast Booster Packs

4th Place
10 Plasma Blast Booster Packs

5th-8th Place
8 Plasma Blast Booster Packs

It’s important to note that while there is a 14 & under event, players of all ages are welcome to try to play in the Main Event!

What does it cost to enter?

With such a great venue and big prizes on the line, there will be an entry fee for the tournament. For those who register online until July 15th, you can sign up for the Main Event at a discounted rate of $30! After that, the event will be $40 to enter. Tickets at the door will be $45 if tickets are available still. The earlier you sign up, the better!

For the 14 & under event, registration until July 15th will be $20. After that, the cost will be $30 online and $35 at the door if tickets are available still.

Is there anything different about this tournament?

Instead of regular single game Swiss rounds, the Klaczynski Open will be using a best 2-of-3 format for these preliminary rounds! By doing this, there is less emphasis on first turn wins and losing a game because of one unlucky hand. More games means more opportunities to show off your skill. With 75 minute time limits + 3 turns, there will be ample time to complete the rounds. For the Top 8 matches, there will be 90 minutes + 3 turns to complete the rounds.

Will The Top Cut be there?

Yes! While all members may not be able to make it, we are sure to have most of our crew in attendance. Feel free to say hi! We may do a meet and greet event to sign autographs for anyone interested as well!

If you have any further questions, be sure to visit the event’s website.

Please spread the word about this great event! If we can reach enough people, events like these will cause the game to grow into something bigger and better. If this tournament is a success, more like it will follow. Maybe one day this can turn into an independent tournament circuit for everyone to enjoy. But it can’t happen without your support! Thanks, and see you there!