2006 Magic: The Gathering World Championships

Posted in Feature on March 20, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

  • Complete Coverage of the 2006 Magic World Championships
  • The City of Lights, Paris truly is one of the world's greatest cities and will serve as the host for the 2006 World Championships. Art, architecture, culture, and cuisine all stimulate the senses as visitors discover the essence of France. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre are just the beginning of what Paris has to offer.

    From November 29 - December 3, Paris becomes the center of the Magic universe. Players from around the world will be flocking to the Carrousel du Louvre with dreams of being crowned World Champion. Along with the main event, there are five packed days of side events and hall attractions. The side events give out great prizes across multiple formats -- stop in and you could win one of five invitations and airfare to 2007 Pro Tours in Geneva and Yokohama, a video iPod, or a Magic-themed snowboard. Whatever your Magic interests, there's something for you at the 2006 World Championships.

    Tournament Information

    The 2006 World Championships is a five-day event with a total individual prize purse of $255,245. In addition, each member of a National Team will earn prize money.

  • Format and Schedule
  • Prize Payout
  • Invitation List
  • Get a full rundown of all the happenings at the 2006 World Championships by downloading The Gazeteer! This full-color handout contains side events schedules, transportation and accomodation tips, and venue information. All files are pdf format.
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  • Tournament Location

    Carrousel du Louvre
    99 rue Rivoli
    75001 Paris

    Transit to the event site:
    Métro: line 1 and 7
    Station Palais Royal-Musée de Louvre
    Bus: Lines 21- 27- 39- 81- 95
    Station Palais Royal

    Pro Tour Registration and Player Party

    Date: Tuesday, November 28
    Time: 1900 - 2200 (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
    Location: Carrousel du Louvre

    NOTE: There will be a mandatory flag ceremony rehearsal for all National Champions at 2100 (9 p.m.).

    Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at the 2006 World Championships. Forms can be downloaded at www.wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms.

    Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

    At registration, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification upon request:

  • a driver’s license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of their birth certificates and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).
  • We encourage players to attend mandatory registration on Tuesday. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we have a registration on Wednesday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Players at late registration do not always receive the same gifts as those at mandatory registration.

    Players not registered by 8:30 a.m. on November 29 may be denied entry to the World Championships.

    If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Scott Larabee at (206) 793-3534 or scott.larabee@wizards.com.

    Travel Information

    The primary airport in Paris is Charles de Gaulle international airport, located 27 km (17 miles) north of the city. The city's second main airport, Aéroport d'Orly, is 16km (10 miles) south of central Paris. A bus runs between d'Orly and Charles de Gaulle. Beauvais is a smaller airport that handles Ryanair and charter flights.

    There are six major train stations in Paris, each handling traffic to different parts of France and the rest of Europe. France's domestic rail network can take you to almost every part of the country. Euroline buses run from Paris to cities all over Europe; however, long-haul bus travel within France isn't an option.

    For more detailed information about air and ground travel to Paris, click here.

    Hotel Information

    For a list of economy, mid-range, and independent hotels in Paris, click here.

    Side Events

    PTQs run daily at Worlds.

    The 2006 World Championships is much more than a tournament for the top Magic players in the world – it's a gigantic Magic party. Aside from the main event, there are wall-to-wall side events running all five days. Standard, Booster Draft, Sealed Deck, Ice Age Block Constructed and Limited, Vintage, Legacy, Two-Headed Giant -- no matter what type of player you are and what formats you like, you're sure to find something at Worlds. Prizes include Magic: The Gathering snowboards, 60GB Color iPods with video, exclusive promotional cards, and much more. Topping the list of events are a whopping five Pro Tour Qualifier tournaments for Geneva and Yokohama, with the winners not only getting the invitation but an airplane ticket to the Pro Tour!

    As an added bonus, all scheduled Time Spiral Limited events (including PTQs and GP Trials) are designated Historical Events. Top 4 players (or Top 2 teams of Two-Headed Giant format) of these events will win an invite for the special Revised-Renaissance Limited event on Sunday!

    Plus, the more you play, the more you can win! Every visitor at Worlds will receive a Side Event stamp card (non transferable). One stamp is awarded per side event participation. A full card will contain 5 stamps and is valid for one complimentary participation in an 8-player single elimination tournament (constructed or draft).

    Side Events open every day at 9 a.m. and close at 3 a.m. (Sunday the hall will close after 11 p.m.)

    To see a complete schedule of side events, click here.

  • Printable side events schedule (pdf)
  • Artist Information

    The following artists are scheduled to be at the 2006 World Championships. Click here for more information about each artist, or click on their names to see their list of credits.

  • Rob Alexander
  • John Avon
  • Aleksi Briclot
  • Terese Nielsen
  • Hall Attractions

    Who will hoist the 2006 World Champion trophy?

    Want to see how you fare against the makers of Magic? Come to the gunslinging area and test your skills against members of Wizards of the Coast's R&D department -- with prizes awarded when you win!

    Do you think you're the master of Magic trivia? Test your knowledge Friday night at Question Mark, a Worlds tradition hosted by none other than Magic head designer Mark Rosewater. Team up with your friends and win great prizes.

    Watch all of Sunday's Top 8 action on a projection screen in the hall, with Randy Buehler and Brian David-Marshall providing the play-by-play and color commentary. Sunday's action begins at 8:45 a.m. local time, which is 2:45 a.m. ET, and is also available as a webcast from the comfort of your own home.

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