TPCi Announces Tournament Cancellations Due to Coronavirus Safety

TPCi has announced that organizers have cancelled Regionals tournaments through at least early April due to cornavirus concerns. This is following yesterday’s announcement from Japan that their tournaments have been postponed until at least early April. It seems both TPCi and Japan will be following similar cancellation schedules.

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  1. Wailord's Pokemon Pokemon TCG player. 2019 Worlds Competitor.
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    this is why i didn't register
     
  2. Clam Almost decent
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    aw that really sucks for the people who were gonna enter
     
  3. Nyora A Cat
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    This is why registering/buying your deck early is a horrid idea :v
     
  4. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    A vaccine isn't going to be completed and approved in that time. This is real life, not Plague, Inc. It's going to take at least a year for a vaccine to become commercially avaliable, especially since there are already signs of it mutating. It could even take until early 2022.

    EDIT: Read this to get a better understanding of how developing, testing, approving, and distributing a vaccine works. It coming out this year is pretty much impossible, and 2H21 is optimistic. https://www.latimes.com/science/sto...it-take-so-long-to-make-a-coronavirus-vaccine
     
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  5. Worlds is way off yet, but i have a bad feeling about it
     
  6. Otaku The wise fool?
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    Emphasis added. The first paragraph I just quoted stands as is. The second paragraph was worded improperly, so I'm glad you brought that to my attention. I meant for it to read "Even if the vaccine isn't available until after Worlds..." and, as you reminded me, it should have read "Even though a vaccine won't be available until well after Worlds..." I'll correct that after making this post.

    As has been established, the issue with this virus is that:
    • It's new
    • It can be deadly to those with weak immune systems
    • people are panicking over it
    • It is spreading rapidly despite efforts to slow it down.
    Yes, I forgot to allow time for pre-clinical and clinical trials, and was too trusting of reports of early progress. It is embarrassing, but it wasn't the foundation of my argument... nor even a major point. In six months time, given how the disease has been spreading already, most of us will probably have already been exposed to it. While it won't magically become something we've been dealing with for decades, we'll have an idea of how to proceed

    Also, still don't really get the TP hording. ;)

    Addendum: Do I really need to point out that if things are so bad they cancel worries due to coronavirus, that is the least of our worries at that point?
     
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  7. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    All of this is why I'm only expecting it to affect this season regardless. Maybe it'll be too widespread to slow down in a month or two, but does that mean we should take the risk? Especially when so many people will be in locked-down countries or won't have enough points due to cancelled events?
     
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  8. Chicken008 Aspiring Trainer
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    I missed my first Regionals.
    They literally cancelled Toronto as the doors were opening. Several people have already flown in, just wasting a lot of peoples time and money.
    Don't say everything is fine only to cancel it 12 hours later when people start showing up.
    I really hope this gets rescheduled.
     
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  9. Otaku The wise fool?
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    This is something else I had forgotten, so thank you. It isn't so much Worlds being cancelled because they're worried about spreading the disease by that point, as Worlds being cancelled because the damage to the process is already being done.
     
  10. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    It won't be. If they said "cancelled," that's what they mean.
     
  11. Kenatta_tcg Aspiring Trainer
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    Yeah, seems like Worlds is more likely to be canceled due to process than virus. From what I am hearing it isn't very likely they will have Worlds this year due to CP issues. There are so many questions TPCI would have to answer. How much do we lower CP to adjust for missed regionals/SPEs/International(s)? If we lower, which you would assume they would, where should it be? By how much in each area? Does that then create scenarios where Worlds has too few or too many players (relevant because it is invite only)? These are just the tip of the iceberg. The other major issues are all specific to players that "could/would" have gone to events that hadn't yet. Of course TPCI can't do anything about these, but I am sure those players will complain nonetheless if Worlds still happens. I hope it does happen, as both my kids grinded out to get all their points to go Worlds, but I very much doubt it will because of all the above issues.

    Another issue I think moving forward will be cancelation of all stipends for NAIC (which I assume will be canceled, although am not certain). It wouldn't be fair to hand out money to players already in the top 8/16 in regions when those rankings couldn't change. I do think however that if they have NAIC, which is June should be more than far enough away from Coronavirus to eliminate any issues (especially with climbing temperatures) that there is a good chance they will have Worlds. For me that is the key one I am paying attention to.
     
  12. treyh37 Watcher of Thorns
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  13. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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  14. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  15. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
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    Well, I got my 400 points for a senior invite on sunday.
    Wow, I can't believe I cut it so close.
     
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  16. itsAdoggo yamperyamperyamper
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    Good job!
     
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  17. don()shinobi PokeBeach's Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiast. I guess.
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  18. Sparkeagle Aspiring Trainer
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    I am a bit glad I didn't start up my season after my break of playing. Cause I would've been devastated at not being able to qualify if I worked hard on my points the previous months
     
  19. I like pokemon Aspiring Trainer
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    I wonder if TCPI will bring back Last Chance Tournaments(I think that's what it's called). It would be nice if they did.