2008 Magic World Championships Tournament Format

Posted in Feature on August 7, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document

Format

  • Individual formats: Standard, Booster Draft, and Extended
  • National Team format: 3-Person Team Constructed
  • Only complete National teams with 3 members will compete in the Team competition
  • Each team member will choose a different format to play for the entire Team Competition: Standard, Extended, Legacy
  • Players may choose different Standard or Extended decks for the National Team Competition than they played in the individual portion
  • Unified Deck Construction rules will not be used for the National Team Competition
  • When teams compete, each team member will be paired against an opponent with the same format deck.
  • Check www.thedci.com for all DCI format rules
  • Daily Information

    Day 1 (Thursday, December 11)
  • Standard format - 6 Swiss rounds
  • Team format – 2 Swiss rounds
  • Day 2 (Friday, December 12)

  • Booster Draft format – 2 Booster drafts, each followed by 3 Swiss rounds
  • 3 Shards of Alara booster packs will be used for drafting
  • Day 3 (Saturday, December 13)

  • Team format – 2 Swiss rounds
  • Extended format – 6 Swiss rounds
  • Day 4 (Sunday, December 14)

  • The Top 8 individual players and the Top 4 National Teams will compete on Sunday
  • The Top 8 individual matches will be best 3 of 5, the Top 4 Team matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Individual players will use the same Standard decks that they used on Thursday
  • National Teams will use the same format decks they used on Thursday and Saturday
  • Tournament Length

    Individual formats
  • 18 Swiss Rounds total, 55 minutes per round (Constructed and Booster Draft)
  • Booster Draft deck construction time limit will be 30 minutes
  • Top 8 single-elimination finals have no time limit; however, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • National Team format

  • 4 Swiss Rounds total, 55 minutes per round
  • Top 4 single-elimination finals have no time limit; however, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • Advancement (Individual formats)

  • All players may participate in all Individual-format Swiss rounds
  • After round 18 the Top 8 players advance to Sunday's Top 8 single-elimination finals
  • Advancement (National Team format)

  • The national team members (but not the alternate) match points during the individual Swiss rounds will count towards a National Team's accumulated score
  • Each team win during the National Team Swiss rounds will add an additional 9 points to a team's accumulated score
  • Members of individual National Teams will not be paired against each other at any time during the individual Swiss portions of the tournament
  • After all Swiss rounds (Individual and Team) the Top 4 National teams advance to Sunday's Top 4 single-elimination finals
  • Notes

  • 48K, REL Professional
  • Players are required to use the same Standard deck for day 1 and Top 8.
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules and high-level tournament rules
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters
  • Schedule

    Thursday, December 11
    8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
    9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins, followed by the Opening Ceremony
    9:45 AM 6 Rounds of Standard, followed 2 rounds of team play

    Friday, December 12
    8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
    9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins
    9:15 AM 6 Rounds of Booster Draft

    Saturday, December 13
    8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
    9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins
    9:15 AM 2 rounds of team play, followed by 6 rounds of Extended
    (Note: players not playing in the Team competition should be onsite at 11:00 AM)

    Sunday, December 14
    8:30 AM Top 8 individual and Top 4 Team players check in
    9:00 AM Finals begin

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