If you dream of playing in the international World Magic Cup, you'll want to start here. Each selected country will run three World Magic Cup Qualifiers, with the winner of each earning an invitation to the World Magic Cup.
2014 World Magic Cup Qualifiers are invitation-only tournaments. These Premier Events will be held in countries that have been selected to have national teams compete at the 2014 World Magic Cup. The list of selected countries can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Each selected country will hold three 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifiers. Qualifiers will take place on August 16-17, August 30-31, and September 13-14, 2014. Each of the three World Magic Cup Qualifiers in each country will be held on separate weekends.
Each participant in a 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifier will receive an alternate-art Geist of Saint Traft promotional card while supplies last. The Top 8 finishing players will each receive an exclusive World Magic Cup Qualifier Top 8 playmat.
The winner of each World Magic Cup Qualifier will represent his or her country on the national team at the 2014 World Magic Cup on December 5-7, 2014 in Nice, France.
- World Magic Cup Qualifier Schedule
- World Magic Cup Qualifier Invitations
- World Magic Cup Qualifier 2014 Top 8 Decklists
Each country's 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifiers are open only to those qualified players who are citizens or have been residents of that country since January 1, 2014. If a player competes in a 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifier in one country, he or she may not compete in a 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifier (or be a member of a national team) of another country in 2014. Complete information can be found in the 2014 Magic: The Gathering Premier Invitation Policy.
A player who has already qualified and received an invitation to the 2014 World Magic Cup may not compete in further 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifiers.
The invitation list for each country's 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifier will consist of the following players:
- Players in the Planeswalker Points 2014 Yearly Award Points Season that have accrued the minimum amount of points for that country. The number of points required for each country can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Players from that country with Pro Tour Players Club Silver, Gold, or Platinum level (as of the date of the World Magic Cup Qualifier).
- Players (from that country) that are members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
- Winners of World Magic Cup Qualifier Trial tournaments
If you are planning to participate in an upcoming World Magic Cup Qualifier, your first step should be to verify that you are listed under the correct nationality. To do this, just sign into the Planeswalker Point website with your DCI number and password. Your current nationality is listed immediately to the right of your name.
If your nationality needs to be corrected, please fill in an appeal immediately using the form here (You have to be logged into the Planeswalker Points site with your DCI number and password to access this form). Nationality-related appeals will be given high priority during the WMCQ season.
Players receive a number of byes at a World Magic Cup Qualifier based on the Pro Tour Players Club membership level of the player (as of the date of the World Magic Cup Qualifier), membership in the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, or winning a World Magic Cup Qualifier Trial:
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Platinum
- Players with a 2013-14 Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Winners of a World Magic Cup Qualifier Trial that awards invitations to a specific World Magic Cup Qualifier
Each 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifier will be held according to the follow rules:
- Standard Constructed format
- Deck lists are required
World Magic Cup Qualifier Trials
Most World Magic Cup Qualifiers will be preceded by World Magic Cup Qualifier Trials! The winner of each trial that weekend wins an invitation and a 1-round bye to play in that World Magic Cup Qualifier. The format of each World Magic Cup Qualifier will be Standard.
WMCQ Trials will be held the day before each World Magic Cup Qualifier. Have a WMCQ invitation but don’t have a bye? You can still play!
Contact the organizer of the World Magic Cup Qualifier you plan to attend to get specific date, time, and cost of the World Magic Cup Qualifier Trials.
As a reminder, participation in a World Magic Cup Qualifier Trial is subject to residential eligibility rules, details of which can be found in the Premier Invitation Policy . Please ensure you are eligible to play in these events before you register. Players participating in Trials for which they are ineligible will not be permitted to participate in the World Magic Cup Qualifier and such actions may also result in further sanctions.
Complete details on World Magic Cup Qualifier Trials can be found in the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.
- Swiss rounds will each be 50 minutes in length
- Single-elimination playoff matches will have no time limit
- Number of Swiss rounds based on attendance according to the following chart:
|8||3 Rounds (Single-Elimination)||None|
|9-16||5 Rounds||Top 4|
|17 - 32||5 Rounds||Top 8|
|33 - 64||6 Rounds||Top 8|
|65 - 128||7 Rounds||Top 8|
|129 - 226||8 Rounds||Top 8|
|227 - 409||9 Rounds||Top 8|
|410 or higher||10 Rounds||Top 8|
- All players may participate in all Swiss rounds.
- The top players after the final Swiss round will advance to the single-elimination playoff. The number of players that advanced to the playoff is based on the number of players in the event (see chart)
- Playoff matches will be best 2 of 3
- Playoff matches will be single-elimination
- While there are no time limits in the playoff rounds, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 60 minutes
- Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
- For the first game of each match in the playoff, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).
- Planeswalker Points multiplier 5x, REL: Competitive
- The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Fact Sheet.
- Players are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, cards sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
- Entry fee varies from location to location. Check with local organizer for specific information.
- Each participant gets an alternate-art Geist of Saint Traft promotional card while supplies last.
- Top 8 playoff participants receive an exclusive World Magic Cup Qualifier Top 8 playmat.
- The winner of each event will receive an invitation and airfare* to compete on their country's national team at the 2014 World Magic Cup.
- Other prizes are determined by the organizer of each event. Contact the organizer for additional details.
Top 8 competitors earn this exclusive playmat.
- Players who want more specific local tournament or registration information should call their local contact phone number.
Players who have general questions about the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, Wizards of the Coast LLC, the Wizards Play Network, or any Magic: The Gathering Organized Play program should contact Wizards of the Coast as follows:
- In North and South America, access the Knowledge Base.
- In all other areas, go to the Global Contact Information Page
2014 World Magic Cup Qualifier Country List
The following is a list of countries that will have national teams competing at the 2014 World Magic Cup and the minimum number Yearly Award Points at the conclusion of the 2014 Yearly Award Season needed to be qualified to compete in that country’s 2014 World Magic Cup Qualifiers.
The players eligible to receive a travel award will receive instructions from Wizards of the Coast regarding whom they must contact and the deadline by which they must arrange their travel awards. Wizards of the Coast will not refund travel made outside this service. Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to award a cash equivalent award in lieu of any travel award in its sole discretion.
All travel itineraries must be from the international airport nearest the player's home and to the host city of the Pro Tour, and must include all the dates of that event. No award will be substituted if member is unable to participate. All other expenses are the responsibility of the member and may include, without limitation, accommodations, ground transportation, taxes, itinerary change fees, passport and visa fees.
This award must be redeemed through member's arrangement of travel itinerary no later than (30) days before departure. Failure to complete travel arrangements as directed by Wizards of the Coast prior to this deadline will result in forfeiture of the award. Every member receiving a travel award must provide to Wizards of the Coast an executed liability release, the appropriate US taxation form (W9 or W8) (or have one on file), current contact information (https://webapp.wizards.com/login.aspx), http://webapp.wizards.com/dcimember/), proof of ID and passport (when required by international destination). In all cases, all such documentation must be provided to Wizards of the Coast, or previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award.
Players under the age of eighteen (18) at the time of the Pro Tour will receive a cash equivalent award in lieu of expenses, paid air ticket, and/or hotel accommodations. Such player must still attend, compete, and be listed in the finish of the tournament or forfeit this award.