2008 Magic: The Gathering World Championships

Posted in Feature on January 23, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

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The 2008 Magic: The Gathering World Championships is the culmination of the Magic year. Players from more than 50 countries will come together in Memphis, Tennessee for the pinnacle of international Magic competition. National Champions, Pro Tour winners, the highest-ranked DCI players, and more will square off to earn the coveted title of "World Champion."

Worlds also features the best public events of the season, topped by a series of gold-themed tournaments culminating in a top prize of $10,000 in 14k gold. There's also a slew of attractions inside the hall such as A Planeswalker's Journey through Worlds, artist signings, fan activities, game shows, trading, and much more for every type of Magic player.

The 2008 World Championships will be held December 11-14 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Tournament Information

The 2008 World Championships is a four-day event featuring Standard, Shards of Alara Booster Draft, Extended, and National Team Three-Person Team Constructed.


So what if you're not qualified for the Worlds main event? There are four packed days of Public Events, including a chance to win $10,000 in gold! Registration for most events opens one hour before the scheduled event start time.

Here's a look at a few schedule highlights (GOLD events qualify you for the "Win GOLD" Championship Tournament):


EventFormatFirst Prize
Digial Camera Sealed (GOLD)Shards of Alara SealedDigital Camera
"Game in the Gulf" QualifierStandardCruise qualification+meals, accomodations, entertainment on board


EventFormatFirst Prize
Invasion Block Sealed (GOLD)Invasion SealedFrom the Vault: Dragons
Super Friday Night MagicShards of Alara SealedTop FNM promo cards


EventFormatFirst Prize
Foil Set 2HG (GOLD)Shards of Alara 2HG SealedShards of Alara premium card set
Xbox Elite ConstructedStandardXbox Elite


EventFormatFirst Prize
$3,000 Draft ChallengeShards of Alara Booster Draft$1,500
Win GOLD ChampionshipShards of Alara Sealed Deck$10,000 in 14k gold

The Player Party and Registration will take place at Graceland on Wednesday, December 10 (6 p.m. - 10 p.m.). For more information, click here.

  • Format and Schedule
  • Prize Payout
  • Invitation List
  • Graceland Player Party and Registration Information
  • Tournament Location

    Memphis Cook Convention Center
    255 North Main
    Memphis, TN 38103

    Hall Hours

    Thursday, December 11: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m
    Friday, December 12: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m
    Saturday, December 13: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m
    Sunday, December 14: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m

    Hotel Information

  • Memphis Marriott Downtown Hotel (connected to the Convention Center): 901-527-7300
  • Wyndham Garden Hotel (two blocks away): 300 N. Second Street, 901-525-1800 230
  • SpringHill Suites (three blocks away): 21 N. Main Street, 901-522-2100 102 Sleep Inn
  • Court Square (three blocks away): 40 N. Front Street, 901-522-9700 124
  • Comfort Inn Downtown (three blocks away): 100 N. Front Street, 901-526-0583

  • More hotel information is available on the Memphis Cook Convention Center website.


    Wizards of the Coast has made arrangements with a shuttle service to facilitate transportation between Memphis International Airport and the downtown area. Calling to book pick-up 24 hours in advance is advised for departure. All anyone has to do is let the driver know you are with the "Wizards of the Coast" group.

    Round trip = $20
    Booking pick-up for departure: 901-522-0001

    Media Requests

    Please contact Hélène Bergeot at helene.bergeot@wizards.com if you wish to set up a press credential for the 2008 World Championships. Wizards asks that all media requests be submitted by December 5 (one week prior to the event).

    Hall Attractions

    Come by the DCI booth at Worlds for your free alternate-art promo card (while supplies last).Win GOLD!
    Win $10,000 in gold! There are nine special qualifier events during Worlds, culminating in a Shards of Alara Sealed Deck tournament where the winner takes home $10,000 in 14k gold. Click here for complete contest details.

    Public Events
    There are many more events open to the public, all with great prizes. You can see the complete Public Events schedule here. Find a format you like and come on down...prizes include Pro Tour invitations, iPods, "Game in the Gulf" qualification plus accomodations and meals, an Xbox Elite, an Apple TV, a complete set of foil Shards of Alara cards, and much more!

    A Planeswalker's Journey through Worlds
    Join us for this fun, new activity at the World Championships! In order to participate, pick up your badge at the DCI Booth or the Public Events area. The badge has 24 achievements for you to try to accomplish during your weekend at the World Championships. Achievements include playing in a Public Event, getting an artist signature, demoing Duels of the Planeswalkers, playing in Mark Rosewater's "Question Mark" game show, defeating a champion in the "Champion Challenge", and much more. For a complete list of achievements, click here

    Top 8 Sunday Webcast
    Watch Sunday's Top 8 action on plasma screens in the hall, with Hall of Famer Randy Buehler and Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall providing the play-by-play and color commentary. Sunday's action begins at 9:45 a.m. ET and is also available as a webcast from the comfort of your own home.

    Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame Induction
    See Magic history unfold before your eyes as Wizards of the Coast inducts the fourth class of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame. Legends Dirk Baberowski, Mike Turian, Olivier Ruel, Jelger Wiegersma, and Ben Rubin will be added to the most prestigious collection of Magic players in the world.

    Meet the Artists
    Meet some of the game's top artists! Mark Tedin, Alan Pollack, and Matt Cavotta will be in attendance signing cards. Click here for more information on each artist. (Due to family illness, Chris Moeller will not be in attendance as previously stated.)

    The Champions Challenge: Play Against Magic R&D
    Want to see how you fare against the makers of Magic? Come to the champions challenge area and test your skills against members of Wizards of the Coast's R&D department -- with prizes awarded whether you win or lose!

    Magic Trivia Shows
    Do you think you're the master of Magic trivia? Test your knowledge 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. If that's not enough trivia for you, try out The Magic Game Show with Rich Hagon, where you have a chance to win 1,000 rares!

    Magic Roundtable
    Take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from the minds behind the Magic. Richard Garfield, Mark Rosewater, Aaron Forsythe, Mike Turian, and Matt Place will take your questions in the Magic Roundtable, hosted by Rich Hagon.

    Magic World Championship History

    Dive in to volumes of Magic history by reading in-depth coverage from past World Championships.

  • 2007: Peleg, Swiss Take Home World Titles
  • 2006: Mihara, Dutch Crowned World Champions
  • 2005: Japan's Crowning Achievement
  • 2003-04: Nuijten, Nassif dominate Worlds
  • 2002-03: Zink Victorious in Mirror Match
  • 2001-02: Romão Puts Brazil on Magic Map
  • 2000-01: Worlds Vet Van de Logt Breaks Through for Title
  • 1999-2000: Finkel Edges Maher in Battle of Titans
  • 1998-99: Budde's First Steps of Success
  • 1997-98: Selden, U.S. Dominate in Seattle
  • 1996-97: Slemr Triumphant
  • 1995-96: Chanpheng Crowned
  • 1994: Magic's First World Championships
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