2009 Magic: The Gathering World Championships

Posted in Feature on November 19, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast


The 2009 Magic: The Gathering World Championships is the culmination of the Magic year. Players from more than 50 countries will come together in Rome, Italy 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 year. The hall features many additional attractions, such as VIP Richard Garfield, artist signings, fan activities, game shows, trading, and much more for every type of Magic player.

The 2009 World Championships will be held November 19-22 at the Palazzo Dei Congressi.

2008 Worlds Opening Ceremonies and Hall of Fame Induction

Tournament Information

The 2009 World Championships is a four-day event featuring Standard, Zendikar Booster Draft, Extended, and National Team Three-Person Team Constructed.

Tournament Location

Palazzo Dei Congressi
Piazza John Fitzgerald Kennedy
00144 Rome, Italy

Hall Hours

Wednesday, November 18: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 19: 7:30 a.m. - midnight
Friday, November 20: 8 a.m. - midnight
Saturday, November 21: 8 a.m. - midnight
Sunday, November 22: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Please contact Hélène Bergeot at helene.bergeot@wizards.com if you wish to set up a press credential for the 2009 World Championships. Wizards asks that all media requests be submitted by November 12 (one week prior to the event).

Public Events

Looking for the ultimate Magic experience? Get yourself to Rome for the 2009 World Championships and take part in one of the many events open to the public, featuring prizes such as paid airfare and hotels to all 2010 Pro Tours, pieces of Power 9, foil versions of every card legal in Standard, iPods, digital camcorders, uncut foil card sheets, and much more. The biggest Magic weekend of the year kicks off in style Wednesday afternoon with 8-person single-elimination events from 14:00 to 20:00, with all drafts just € 5 and free Constructed events!

Play the Game, See the World!

This year at Worlds, we will be holding the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Championship, where the winner receives paid airfare and hotel to the three Pro Tours and World Championships in 2010.*

There are three ways to qualify for the Championship: Three public events at Worlds, qualifier events in the Summer and Fall in Europe, and the PLAY THE GAME, SEE THE WORLD Italian Challenge Series.

2009 Magic Online Championship

Along with crowning individual and team World Champions, we're awarding the 2009 Magic Online Championship in Rome! The seven winners of the 2009 Season Championships plus the 2009 Magic Online Player of the Year will compete in a three-round Swiss tournament each day across different formats, culminating in the top two battling it out Sunday for a $13,000 first prize.

Keeping it Casual

For those players looking for a less competitive Magic environment, Worlds is the place for you! We are offering:

  • Super Friday Night Magic – All players receive a FNM foil card. More FNM foil cards for top players.
  • Standard-format Open Dueling – Bring your Standard deck and play against other players. Every 5 games played wins you a booster.
  • "Wacky Drafts" – booster drafts using a random assortment of boosters from Magic sets present and past.
  • EDH – Bring your EDH deck and battle against other generals!
  • Planechase – walk the planes of the Multiverse in this new Magic product.
  • Game Shows – Thursday and Saturday night will feature Magic Trivia for great prizes.
  • Urza Saga, Onslaught, and Invasion Block Sealed Deck Tournaments!

Other Tournaments

If you are into the serious stuff, we will have great tournaments for you as well. We will hold three Pro Tour Qualifiers, Grand Prix Trials, the Booster Draft Challenge, and on-demand single-elimination tournaments in all formats – Standard, Extended, Booster Draft, Vintage, Legacy, and Two-Headed Giant.

Hall Attractions

Top 8 Sunday Webcast
Watch Sunday's Top 8 action in the hall auditorium, with Pro Tour Hall of Famer Randy Buehler and Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall calling the action. The webcast begins at 9:45 a.m. on-site (3:45 a.m. ET).

Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame Induction
See Magic history unfold before your eyes as Wizards of the Coast inducts the fifth class of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame. Be there to witness Antoine Ruel, Kamiel Cornelissen, and Frank Karsten join the most prestigious collection of Magic players in the world.

Meet the Artists!
Meet some of the game's top artists! Aleksi Briclot, Jeremy Jarvis, Terese Nielsen, D. Alexander Gregory, and noted 3-D card artist Ookubo will be in attendance.

The Champions Challenge: Play Against Magic R&D
Want to see how you fare against the makers of Magic, including creator Richard Garfield? 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 against other players!

By Plane
The main airport is Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino). The other airport is Pastine (Ciampino), where most charter flights land.

Leonardo da Vinci airport is 26 km from Rome and the quickest way to reach central Rome is the shuttle train, the Leonardo Express, which leaves every 30 minutes for the main station, Stazione Termini. The journey takes about half an hour and costs €11. From there, it is possible to reach any point in the city thanks to the extensive public transport network. The terminus is right outside the station and it is connected to the two underground lines, A and B. Also inside the airport train station is the local train, which stops at Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina Stations. The cost is €5.50. At night there is a coach service from Fiumicino to Tiburtina station.

Ciampino airport is about 20 km from the city; it is connected to the FS (State Railway) train station Roma Termini by Cotral/Schiaffini blue buses. Tickets can be bought onboard and cost €5.

The Sitbusshuttle line also connects the airport to Termini station at a cost of €6 .

Terravision offers a city transfer service for those arriving with Ryanair, Easyjet, Hapag Lloyd Express, Wizz Air, Blue Air and Central Wings. Tickets cost €8 for adults and €4 for children. They can be bought on airplanes, the internet sites of the low cost companies, at the stands in front of the airport arrival area as well as directly from Terravision

Airport Information

The Comune di Roma (Rome Council) has set up a fixed tariff for taxis from Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports to inside the city walls. The tariff is €40 from Fiumicino and €30 from Ciampino (maximum 4 people with baggage included in the tariff).

The number to call for a taxi is +39 06 0609.

Low-cost flights to Rome

By Train
The main stations in Rome are Stazione Termini (Piazza dei Cinquecento) and Stazione Tiburtina (Piazza della Stazione Tiburtina). Both stations are connected to the network by the underground and many buses in all directions leave from outside the stations. For information on times and ticket prices we advise you to connect the railway company site Ferrovie dello Stato ring you can also buy tickets on-line and pick them up on the train itself.

The Road to Worlds

Ready to take the first steps on the Road to Worlds? Here's how you can qualify for the biggest Magic tournament of the year:

  • Regionals: Finish high enough in one of your country's Regionals or National Qualifier tournaments and you can pack your bags for the National Championship.
  • National Championships: The top four finishers at your country's National Championship form the National Team, earning automatic invites to Worlds. If your country runs an open (non-invitation) National Championship, only the winner earns the invitation to Worlds.
  • Pro Tour Success: If you achieve at least Level 3 in the Pro Players Club, you could be on your way to Worlds. Level 4 status guarantees a slot in the biggest Magic tournament of the year.
  • DCI Ranking: If you're one of the top 50 DCI Composite- or Total-ranked players in one of the four geographic regions (Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America), welcome to the World Championships.
  • Magic Online Championship Series: Wizards of the Coast is running a series of qualifier tournaments on Magic Online that will offer eight invitations to the World Championships, as well as invitations to an exclusive Magic Online Championship to be held at Worlds.

Magic World Championships History

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

  • 2008: Malin, USA Crowned Kings of Magic
  • 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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