Prepayment & 3rd team/solo subscription!

The committee would like to apologize for the delay in communication about pricing/payments. It took some time to double check the costs and we had to wait for an EU bank account.

We know that some of you expected a lower cost compared to last year. The total cost is 230€ per person, so 690€ for a GB team and 1.150€ for a WMH team. As we want to be completely transparent on the costs we make, we’ve created the breakdown below and provide you with some additional information per cost element.

  • Overnight stay: The cost per night per person is pretty decent. Please keep in mind that we rent out the entire hotel which means that we had to calculate an average cost per night across all of the available room types.
  • Lunch/Dinner: 4 meals (buffet), all you can eat. Soft drinks included.
  • Gaming area: Some people believe that when you rent out an entire hotel you get the conference rooms for free.
    • This was not the case. It’s perfectly possible to rent out the entire hotel whilst another event party rents out the conference area in parallel.
  • Gaming equipment: We will drive most of the equipment from Belgium to Poland which already reduces the costs for this item drastically. However, some additional equipment needs to be purchased as well as new objectives, zones, etc… which are typically handed out at the end of the event.
  • Event agency: The Polish organization decided to use an event organizer called Relago to help them set-up the WTC. Please realize that they don’t have the seasoned crew we have in Belgium and therefor had to call in some extra help.

However, there is good news! We are negotiating with the hotel and can confirm that the price of a consumption and the cost of an extra overnight stay will be lower then last year, probably balancing out the extra 20€. On top, the Sangate hotel is located right next to the Warsaw airport, ruling out excessive transportation costs.

Prepayment details

The non-refundable amount of

  • 120 € for a GB team (Prepayment)
  • 200 € for a WMH (Prepayment)
  • 40 € for a Solo (Prepayment)

should be transferred on the account of the host nation:

Name: Stowarzyszenie Silesian Gaming Association
IBAN: PL 73 1050 1298 1000 0024 3930 9234
SWIFT: INGBPLPW
Transfer comment:
[TOURNAMENT] [SYSTEM] [TEAM]

  • TOURNAMENT = “WTC” or “SOLO”
  • SYSTEM = “WMH” or “GB”
  • TEAM = “Country + number” or “Player Name” in case of SOLO

Bank Details:

  • ING Bank Slaski SA
  • UI Sokolska 34
  • Katowice
  • 40-086

Example: WTC GB Poland 1

Each Friday evening, the payments will be verified the 6th of April and the 13th of April.

Due dates for the prepayment are:
13/04 > WTC Teams 1 and 2
27/04 > WTC Teams 3 and Solo competitors

3rd team and solo subscriptions

To subscribe a 3rd team for WMH or GB, please fill in the following form.

To subscribe for the WMH (32 slots) or GB (16 slots) solos, please fill in the following form.

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WMH Third Team Priority for 2018

After soliciting teams from every country, the WTC will accept applications from countries for third teams.  The priority for these teams is detailed here.  We’ve consolidated a list, and are making final confirmation with captains to determine the number of spots we will be offering.

If you spot an inconsistency in this list, or have concerns, feel free to message the WTC Committee directly either on Facebook, or via email (Warmahordes.WTC@gmail.com)

*Poland, as host country, gets automatic priority for a third team
**In previous years China has received credit for multiple timezones based on size.  We’re continuing to give them this credit for geographical scale

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The new WTC committee members are …

Hello,

Thank you all for voting. The newly elected members of the WTC Committee for the next two years are:

  1. Kim Pipers (Belgium) (22 votes)
  2. Steve Herck (Belgium) (21 votes)
  3. Tim Banky (Canada) (20 votes)
  4. Myk Myers (England) (17 votes)

As you can see, that is one more than previously advertised. Since two Belgians were elected, Christophe Dirckx decided to bow out, to bring balance to the Force Committee.

Together with resident strategic advisor Tim Grubbert (from German persuasion) and two more yet to be announced logistics members from the Polish organizers, we wish them all the best!

-Christophe, Klaas, Michael, Norbert, Teemu and Tomas

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WTC Committee Election 2017 – update

Hello,

All team captains have been emailed, asking to cast their votes for the 3 open slots on the WTC Committee.

The candidates are listed below:

  1. Myk Myers (England)
  2. Tim Banky (Canada)
  3. Johan Dyrlind (Sweden)
  4. Steve Herck (Belgium)
  5. Kim Pipers (Belgium)

The deadline for votes is Sunday, November 12th, 2017. Thank you very much for your help!

–The WTC Committee

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2018 WTC Date Update

Hello,

Here is the date for the 2018 WTC:

14-16 September, 2018

This is different from what was presented at the awards ceremony of this year’s WTC, but we can confirm that this is the correct date.

More info:

Venue: Sangate Airport Hotel
Website: http://www.sangate-hotel.pl/
We will have:

    • WTC WM&H – 320 players
    • WTC GB – 96 players
    • Solo Masters
    • “Plus One” Program

See you all there!

-The WTC Committee

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WTC Committee Election for 2017

Hello,

 

A WTC cycle has come to an end, it’s time for renewal of the committee. Members who have served two years step down, but can be re-elected.

At this time, the terms of Michael Winters and Teemu Aro have expired. Klaas Luyckx has also elected to step down from his position early.

Therefore 3 spots are open for election to the Committee by the current team Captains – both Guild Ball and Warmachine/Hordes captains. This is a call for players interested in being considered for the spots to submit their names to the Committee via the email address: committee@wmh-wtc.com. The deadline for the nomination process is Sunday, October 29th, 2017.

The Committee is looking to add people with a Guild Ball profile, to further harmonize and integrate the event across games. However, competence and commitment is more important than which game one plays, so we don’t intend to enforce any quota. That being said, we aim to add at least one committee member with a clear Guild Ball background.

The Captains will have 2 weeks to vote on the nominees (deadline November 12th, 2017).

Candidates should submit any information that they feel would be relevant for the Captains to hear to help inform their vote. It is recommended to include your name, city/state/country, relevant game qualifications, real world skills you bring, and why you would like to be considered for one of the Committee’s positions.

Responsibilities for Committee members are to discuss and manage issues that come up with regards to the management of the event, in conjunction with the hosting team who are primarily responsible for the logistics of the event. Time commitments vary depending where in the process of the event is, but expect to spend 1 evening a week on average on WTC matters (spread over the course of the week) for a full year. Expect to spend time (non-exhaustive list) on communication with the public and with game publishers, chasing sponsors, coordinating judges and rules, coordinating social media and streaming, and overseeing logistical issues.

Feel free to contact a current Committee member if you are seriously interested and have some more specific questions.

 

Looking forward to your candidacies!

-The WTC Committee

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The Committee response to the Norway Hugin vs France Falbala situation

Hello,

In an attempt to clarify the events of the sixth round of this year’s WTC between Norway Hugin and France Falbala, the Committee interviewed all involved parties. The following is an excerpt from the report by our head judge, Jason Enos, in an attempt to explain the reasoning behind his decision:

 

With the game between Norway’s Skorne vs France’s Convergence player ending with a contentious end, the head judge was called. Now arguments as to the actual rules dispute and the legality of the escalation to the Head Judge were considered.

  • The floor judge was correct in his initial call but the escalation is still entirely reasonable by either player.
  • The escalation may have been requested by a 3rd party – this brings up an issue whether the head judge should have been called at all.

In the case of a 3rd party noticing an error in a game, advising a judge and that judge raising it with the head judge is reasonable. However, here the 3rd party requested a head judge call for a judge call both players were happy with to be escalated.

While understanding this is a team environment and a captain may feel he should escalate a judge call, games are still individual one-on-one games. If players are satisfied with a judge call, then 3rd parties should not interfere.

While we can learn lessons from these incidents, and we will, I can only look at the decision in the complaint:

The Head Judges final call that Norway forfeit the game.

This comes down to three issues:

  • Was the Head Judge correct to order the game forfeit?
  • Is it reasonable to reverse a round result in absentia?
  • Were the Norway team aware that the game was still “in progress”?

For the Head Judge call I feel the only response is to declare a game loss for a player who abandons a game. No other call is appropriate or could possibly be considered.

While it is a shame that this decision reversed the round result, again because Norway were absent it is the only call available to the Head Judge. In this case the floor judge and another PP Judge involved were in agreement.

The third point is a problem. Simply put, if team Norway left assuming the games were all over then they are fine to leave and their winning result should stand. The escalation after this would not be legal. This is the part of their complaint with merit and indeed should lead to a reversal if this is found to be the case. This is the area I have looked at most closely, examining evidence given in writing and on the day.

From the French Team, the Floor Judge and 3rd party observers we heard that the Norway Team captain said as he left “We can’t wait, our taxi is here”.

This indicates they knew there was something to wait for, but left anyway. Based on this, the entire rest of the issue is irrelevant, the game was abandoned and the Head Judge call stands. The current standings remain correct.

I have every sympathy for the Norway Team, but in the final analysis, the Judges cannot be expected to penalise their opponents due to their choice to leave the venue mid round and we cannot allow leaving the tournament to be a way to avoid a judge checking the game was played correctly. We made many allowances to try to help the team finish all their games before they left, but simply put, they left before the round was over and this denied proper judge oversight in their game.

 

As the WTC committee, we stand by our head judge.

 

The decision stands, Norway Hugin forfeit the game. Current final standings for the WTC are correct.

 

Furthermore, we want to express our disappointment and disapproval at the very public attack on the reputation of our judges, who commit the same amount of money and effort to be present at the WTC as everyone else, but instead of playing, are only there to ensure everything runs smoothly. Furthermore, to not give the Committee the opportunity to settle the matter directly with the aggrieved party is also disrespectful and can be seen as an attempt to publicly bully the Committee into a decision.  We do not accept how Norway chose to handle this complaint.  In the future, all complaints should be brought to the Committee first in order to amicably find a solution.

We regret that things went this way. We are confident that if both parties would have been present for the judge process to run its course, an acceptable solution for both parties would have been found.

 

Regards,

-The WTC Committee

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