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WTC 2020 - Team USA update 1

It's been a little over a month since Team USA applications have been open and there's about a month left, so it seems like a good time to update everyone on just how the selection process will work.

If you haven't already, go back and read the following posts. They'll fill you in on what's happened so far relative to WTC 2020.

Submission deadline

As of this writing, there are six applicants for Team USA 2020. If you are interested in applying and haven't done so already, do it today! Applications received after March 29 will not be accepted.

Selection process

On March 30 & 31, we will be choosing who will represent the United States in a rapid-fire selection process according to the following schedule:

March 30, noon
The top-ranked six players in the list of applicants will be offered a place on the team. Those players will have six hours to accept and pay their deposit.
March 30, 6:00pm
If any spaces are unclaimed, they will be offered to players from the list of applicants in ranking order. These players will have six hours to accept.
March 31, midnight
If any spaces are still unclaimed, they will be offered to players from the list of applicants in ranking order. These players will have twelve hours to accept (due to it being overnight).
March 31, noon
If any places are still unclaimed, they will be offered to players from the list of applicants in ranking order. These players will have six hours to accept.
March 31, 6:00pm
All members of Team USA will be locked and deposits will be sent to the WTC committee.
  • All times are Central Standard Time
  • At any point during the process, three additional places may be offered to create a third team. An announcement will be made if this happens.
  • If spaces are claimed in excess of a multiple of three, the excess players will have their deposits refunded on April 1.


The WTC requires deposits for each team of 90€ on April 1. The Team USA deposit will be set at $100 per player, with the remainder going towards your overall cost to attend. This deposit must be paid at the time you accept your position on the team. If you accept a position but do not pay your deposit, your acceptance will be ignored.

Team USA deposits will be non-refundable. If you accept a position but have to back out later, your deposit will be used to evenly reduce the cost paid by everyone else who attends. Any player that replaces you on a team will have to pay their own deposit.

This all might sound a bit harsh, but the purpose is simple: attending the WTC is expensive. We want to make sure that members of Team USA are committed to actually travelling to the event.

I'm going to be in the Twilight Zone on selection day, what do I do?!

If you will be unavailable during the rapid selection process on March 30 and 31 or if you just don't want to worry about missing your slot when it comes up, you will be allowed to pay your deposit early.

Players who pre-pay their deposit will automatically be selected during the selection process if a position is offered to them. If a position isn't offered to someone who pre-pays a deposit, that deposit will be refunded on April 1.

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