Over the past few months, the Digimon TCG competitive scene has really taken off, fueled by official online tournaments for which Bandai have supplied exclusive prizes. Although the previous Evolution Cup saw a lot of interest, the September event has been exceptionally popular, resulting in all the participation spots filling up in just a few minutes.
Tickets for all of the North America, Latin America, Europe and Oceania events have sold out, with the French and Spanish events yet to open up ticket sales. For the regions with only one organiser, the tickets sold out before most people could refresh their page. This has led to claims that botting could have been involved, although there is no evidence to back those claims up.
The Europe registration, hosted by tournamentcenter, went live hours before Bandai announced that tickets were available on their social media account, which led to the 256 spots being taken before the notification was made.
One of the main reasons why the Evolution Cup has become so popular is the potential prizes players can win and the incredibly high values they have achieved. The top 64 players will receive an Agumon ST1-03 Alt-Art, which are currently selling for between $250 and $300 on eBay, with the last two copies selling on TCG Player in August and September backing this value up.
Omnimon BT1-084 Alt-Art will be awarded to the top 2 players, with the overall winner also receiving an Event Pack, Official Tournament Pack and a Booster Pack. The value of this card is yet to be determined, as there are currently no Omnimon BT1-084 Alt-Art’s on the market. Looking at the WarGreymon prize card from the Premier TO event, however, it is likely that the Omnimon will achieve a similarly high value.
If you would like to learn more about the Premier TO prize cards, check out our article here.
Players have been left upset by Evolution Cup tickets selling out in minutes, as many were waiting to purchase them the moment the registrations went live. The only way this issue can be fixed is if more tournaments are made available to meet the growing demand for competitive play.
Update: Bandai has now increased player capacity for Tournaments held in North America, Latin America, Europe and Oceania. Registrations will open up on Sunday, September 12th at 9 am ( local time of the tournament organiser you enter with).
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media
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