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World Axe Throwing Championship 2019: Wildcard Qualifiers and Tournament Outline

When we conduct our tournaments and the World Axe Throwing Championship, we consider all options in determining a true champion. This tenet of “crowning the best” means that as a governing body, we recognize that there are talented axe throwers all over the world, participating in leagues that are not affiliated with WATL or participating and training in their own backyard. We want to crown a champion, regardless of where, how or who they throw for. This is why we’re going to be opening up the World Axe Throwing Championship to allow independent axe throwers to compete for the wildcard spots in Tuscon on the evening of December 6th.
The 2019 World Axe Throwing Championship will be the biggest axe throwing tournament and event in the history of the sport. The approach that we found to be the fairest and most equitable for selecting wildcard qualifiers is to hold a lottery for registration on participating in the qualifying round for 50 eligible participants. We understand that there are many throwers who deserve representation as well who may not get picked in the random lottery so we will have 14 remaining Wildcard places hand-picked from the remaining lotto entries by the WATL council to complete 64 total wildcard throwers. Those Wildcard participants will then throw their qualifying throws on December 6th, starting at 8:00pm to determine which 10, of the 64 throwers will earn the opportunity to compete in the World Axe Throwing Championship.


Lotto Registration

  • Registration cut off will be 2:59:59am Eastern on October 21st.
  • We will have a random draw for entry order live-streamed on the WATL Facebook page on October 21st at 6pm Eastern.
  • The first 50 names selected will be emailed for payment of the $50 wildcard fee. If payment is not received in 24 hours then the lottery spot will be forfeit and given to the next player in line.
    • An additional 10 names will be drawn as part of the waiting list for those who do not pay the invoice within 24 hours.
  • After all lottery winners have been confirmed, the WATL Council will select their 14 nominees of the remaining pool.
  • Should any lottery winners or nominees qualify for the main tournament through standard play during the WATL Fall Season their wildcard spot will also be forfeited to the next in line.

Wildcard Qualifier Rules

40 Throws: Participants will be required to throw 40 throws. Which will be scored as 4 consecutive matches (10 throws per match) using standard WATL rules.

  • Tie scores will be decided by most Killshots, then by most Bullseyes, then most 4’s and so on until a winner is placed above the other tied thrower.
  • Should throwers still be tied it will trigger an immediate standard WATL sudden death between the throwers.
  • In the event of a 3-way tie in such a scenario a 3-way sudden death will take place and will continue until any number of players miss the target, being eliminated in succession of distance from the Killshot.
  • The 10 competitors with the highest score 40 throws will be added to Saturday’s World Championship.
  • The Top 10 will be asked to pay a $75 championship fee for entry into Saturday’s World Championship Bracket.

Congratulations to the Wildcard Competitors

Anthony Kechter, Alan Thompson, Amanda Green, Anthony Canas, Ashly Thompson, Becky Arscott, Brad Lofquist, Dakota Paul Smith, Danny Cashman, David Guentert, Elliot Rosario Jr., Gabrielle Meglio, Gregory Dillard II, Jacob Ryan, Twist, James Coursey, Jay “Sun” Ver Hoven, Jeff Morford, Jennifer Johnson, John Hout, Jordan Doyle, Jordan Maloney, Josh Brill, Josh Steinman, Josh Wilson, Nicholas Portuondo, Nikki Mitchell, Paul Cercy, Paul Varacchi, Rander Marquez, Ryan Siegfried, Ryan Smit, Ryan Wilson, Shane Grob, Shelby Hill, Stan Schofell, Stephen Spears, Steven Middleton, Straun Riley, Thomas Knapp, Tim Fry, Tyler Lalka, Kendra Kolomyja, Darrell Elisaia, Sarah Runkel, Shane Shepard, Ken LaBrusciano, Shaun Thrush, Patrick Ray Scott, AJ Mitchell, Mario Zelaya, Johnathan Heaps

WATL Council Selections:

Dennis Cejvanovic, Dustin Vaughn, Fred A, Julio Romero, Declan Hennelly, Brandon Palmer, Stephanie Foster, Tom Lickliter, Ragnar Olafson, Scott Gardner, James Gregg, Carly McCance, Jay Bryant, Phillipe Lachance

These picks were collectively made by the WATL Council members based on many factors including but not limited to: throwing skill, involvement in the community, attendance at major events, and quality of character amongst many other factors. This by no means that other runner ups didn’t meet this criterion. There were many that were not picked that were heavily considered. While the Council wishes that we could pick everyone, we deliberated all week and decided on this list.

Additional Selections:

Cara Fritz – South American Arnold
Paul Maccarone – IKTHOF Tomahawk Gold Cup

Due to a rules technicality oversight, we had the runner ups for the South American Arnold and the IKTHOF Gold Cup not eligible for worlds. However, we at WATL want them to represent those tournaments as they performed very well given the circumstances, so the Commissioner has decided to award them two spots in the Wildcard as well.

World Axe Throwing Championship Apparel Guidelines

Updated 10/24

In addition to the tournament code of conduct, for this special event, we have an extra set of apparel guidelines that all competitors must follow. This includes Wildcard and Duals competitors.

Here is what is allowed, red is mandatory

  • A. Sponsors or blank
  • B. WATL Logo
  • C. The WATL Flag
  • D. Players Last Name (Or under special circumstances another name with written approval from WATL)
  • E. Affiliate Logo
  • F. WATL Flag
  • G. Affiliate Country Flag 
In addition. 
  • Shirts must be a single color. White, black, or a color corresponding to the affiliate logo
  • Only a t-shirt is allowed
  • No garment will be worn over the t-shirt
  • Long-Sleeved shirts may be worn underneath
  • All sponsors must be pre-approved, if a sponsor is not approved then they must be covered
  • Sponsors Logo’s in Section A. will be a max size of 5″x5″ (inches)

To submit sponsors visit this link.

World Axe Throwing Championship Overview

Friday: Wildcard Qualifiers

  • 6PM Check-In for Wildcard and Duals
  • 8PM Wildcard Qualifiers & Championship Check-In

Wildcard Details

  • The wildcard will consist of 64 competitors
    • 50 people selected via lottery draw
      • $50 wildcard fee due within 24 hours of drawing
    • 14 people selected by the WATL council
  • Format: Wildcard competitors will throw 40 throws
    • Top 10 competitors advance to Saturday (WATL Championship Double Elimination Tournament)
      • $75 championship fee due ahead of tournament start on Saturday

Saturday: World Championship, Duals Tournament

  • 9AM Final Check-In Window
  • 10:00AM Championship Parade (Mandatory For Competitors)
  • 11AM Seeding Throws
    • 40 Throws
    • Killshots Mandatory on throws 5 and 10
  • 12:30PM Championship Tournament Start
  • 4PM Duals Tournament Start

Championship Details

  • Championship Prizes:
    • 1st – $15,000
    • 2nd – $3,000
    • 3rd – $1,500
    • 4th – $500
  • Format: Best of 3 Double Elimination Tournament
    • 48 Throwers made up from top 12 of each season
    • 6 Throwers made up of winner’s or secured placements from the following tournaments:
      • 2018 World Championship – Benjamin Edgington
      • 2019 Arnold Open Tournament – John Bradley
      • 2019 Canadian Open Tournament – David Cycon
      • 2019 ThrowDown Axe Festival – Mike Kump
      • 2019 US Open Tournament – Sam Carter
      • Angrywood Open Tournament – Preston Shaw
    • 10 From Wildcard qualifiers

Duals Details

For the first time Duals is headed to ESPN! Duals will be played down to the final Best of 1 match on Saturday night before being finished on the live broadcast Sunday afternoon.

  • Duals Prizes:
    • 1st – $1,500
    • 2nd – $500
  • Entry Fee: $50
  • Players NOT competing in the Championship and Wildcard MAY enter
    • Players will be prioritized by Championship bids and then Wildcard bids
    • Once all the above have been accommodated remaining slots will be first come, first served
  • Format: Single Match Double Elimination tournament
  • Rule Change: Robin Hood is now allowed. Full points are earned.
  • Final Match to be broadcast on ESPN Sunday


Sunday: ESPN Top 6 Broadcast

1PM ESPN Broadcast of Top 6 and Duals Final

And for those who will be competing here’s a map of all the action going on during the weekend!

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