2010 Magic: The Gathering World Championships

Posted in Feature on February 1, 2010

By Wizards of the Coast


The 2010 Magic: The Gathering World Championships is the culmination of the Magic year. Players from more than 50 countries will come together in Chiba, Japan 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." The Magic Online World Champion will also be crowned in a separate invitation-only tournament.

Worlds also features the best public events of the year. There's a packed schedule of events anyone can play in, plus you can meet Magic creator Richard Garfield and take part in Massive Magic, artist signings, fan activities, game shows, trading, and much more for every type of Magic player.

The 2010 World Championships will be held December 9-12 at the Makuhari Messe.

2009 Worlds Opening Ceremonies and Hall of Fame Induction

Event Location

Makuhari Messe
2-1, Nakase
Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, 261-0023

Hall Hours

Wednesday, December 8: 17:00-23:00
Thursday, December 9: 7:30-23:00
Friday, December 10: 8:00-23:00
Saturday, December 11: 8:00-23:00
Sunday, December 12: 8:00-22:00

Public Events

Looking for the ultimate Magic experience? Get yourself to Chiba for the 2010 World Championships and take part in one of the many events open to the public. Standard, Extended, Booster Draft, Sealed Deck, Legacy, Vintage, Two-Headed Giant, Archenemy, EDH...it's all here! These events feature prizes such as airfare and invitations to each Pro Tour in 2011, foil versions of every card legal in Standard, iPods, all three From the Vault sets, an Xbox 360 Game System, Nintendo DS, uncut foil card sheets, and much more. The biggest Magic weekend of the year kicks off in style Wednesday night with 8-player single elimination events from 17:00 to 20:00—all Booster Drafts are ¥ 500 and Constructed events are free (while supplies last)!

World Championships Tournament Information

The 2010 World Championships main event is a four-day tournament featuring Standard, Scars of Mirrodin Booster Draft, Extended, and National Team Three-Person Team Constructed.

Pro Tour Facebook Page

We know you’re a fan of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour; now you can make it official! Check out the official Magic Pro Tour Facebook page to connect with the Pro Tour community, view exclusive photos, share your Magic stories, and more!

Media Requests

Please send an email to press@wizards.com if you wish to set up a press credential for the 2010 World Championships. Wizards asks that all media requests be submitted by November 24 (two weeks prior to the event).

2010 Magic Online Championship

Along with crowning individual and team World Champions, we're awarding the 2010 Magic Online Championship in Chiba with a total prize purse of $100,000! The ten winners of the 2010 Season Championships plus one last-chance qualifier and the 2010 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 $25,000 first prize.

Hall Attractions

Come by the Information Booth and get an exclusive alternate-art Ajani Goldmane card by Christopher Moeller (while supplies last).

Meet Richard Garfield
Dr. Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering, will be at the 2010 World Championships for signings each day. Schedule to be announced.

Battle on Mirrodin
Choose your side and earn achievements all weekend! Pick up a Mirran or Phyrexian badge at the Wizards Information Booth or the Public Events area and track your progress across 20 different achievements. Plus, whenever you play in a public event, you win points for your chosen side. At the end of Saturday's events, the 100 players with the most points from each side will receive a faction t-shirt.

Meet the Artists!
Meet some of the game's top artists! Mark Tedin, Chippy, Raymond Swanland, Chris Rahn will be in attendance signing cards, plus special guests noted 3-D card artist Ookubo and Magic manga artist Yoshino Himori will be at the event showing off their work.

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 Magic creator Richard Garfield, head Magic designer Mark Rosewater, R&D development manager/Pro Tour Hall of Famer Dave Humpherys, Magic product manager/Pro Tour Hall of Famer Mike Turian, and R&D senior producer Mark Globus—with prizes awarded whether you win or lose!

Dengeki Mao Booth
Published by Kadokawa Inc., the monthly manga magazine Dengeki Mao features the official Magic: The Gathering manga, based on the novel The Purifying Fire, the first trade paperback version of which will be released at the end of November. Come get your own copy of the paperback along with the Japanese version of the Jace vs. Chandra Duel Decks, featuring alternate art based on the manga, and get them both signed by the manga artist Himori Yoshino! She will be available for signings on Saturday from 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00.

SquareEnix Booth
See Magic: The Gathering characters as you've never seen them before in SquareEnix's arcade CCG "Lord of Vermillion II". When one of the ten game cards featuring Magic creatures is placed on the game screen, it comes to life in 3D, ready to battle for you against your opponents. Come learn how to play or play a game and get a promo copy of one of the Magic Lord of Vermillion cards (while supplies last).

Shogakukan Booth
The publisher of CoroCoro G magazine, famous for featuring popular manga titles "Duel Masters", "Inazuma Eleven", and "Lost Planet". Stop by the booth to pick up the latest issue, which also contains Magic articles and an exclusive promo card.

Massive Magic
Mirran or Phyrexian...which side are you on? Play out the Scars of Mirrodin conflict with oversized Magic cards on a giant playmat, teaming with members of Wizards of the Coast R&D!

Top 8 Sunday Webcast
Watch Sunday's Top 8 action in the hall on a giant screen, with Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall and Pro Tour Statistician Rich Hagon calling the action. The webcast begins at 10:45 a.m. on-site (8:45 p.m. ET) and is streamed live on this site.

Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame Induction
See Magic history unfold before your eyes as Wizards of the Coast inducts the sixth class of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame during Thursday's Opening Ceremonies. Be there to witness Gabriel Nassif, Brian Kibler, Tomoharu Saito, and Bram Snepvangers join the most prestigious collection of Magic players in the world.

Magic Trivia Shows
Do you think you're the master of Magic trivia? Test your knowledge against other players in The Magic Game Show on Thursday night (hosted by Koichiro Maki) and Question Mark on Friday night (hosted by Mark Rosewater).

Travel Information

This year's Magic: The Gathering World Championships will be held in the Makuhari Messe convention center, located in the Kaihin Makuhari area of Chiba, Japan. Since it opened in October 1989, Makuhari Messe has been Japan's premier convention center, regularly hosting the Tokyo Motor Show, the Tokyo Game Show, the Jump Festa (a manga, anime, and video game exposition), and other high-profile conventions and concerts.

Getting There
Travelers arriving from outside Japan at Narita Airport can travel to the Makuhari Messe area using either an express bus or by taking advantage of Japan's sophisticated rail system.

The easiest and most direct route is via Keisei Limousine Bus. Counters for the bus can be found in the arrival area in both terminals of the airport. A one-way fare to the Makuhari area costs ¥1,200, and the trip takes approximately 45 minutes (subject to traffic conditions). A return ticket to the airport can be purchased at the bell captain desk of most hotels in the Makuhari area. Busses to and from the airport depart once per hour; be sure to check the departure schedule when arranging your return trip.

There is no direct train service between Narita Airport and the Makuhari Messe area. Here are the two most direct routes:

1) Board the Keisei Narita Sky Express at the airport underground station. Travel six stops to Higashi-matsudo station (東松戸) and transfer to the JR Musashino line (JR武蔵野線). Kaihin Makuhari station (海浜幕張), the closest station to Makuhari Messe, is six stops from Higashi-matsudo. Total fare for this trip is ¥1,200.

2) Board the JR Narita Express at the airport underground station. Travel to Tokyo station and transfer to the JR Keiyo line (JR京葉線). The Keiyo line runs both regular and express trains to Kaihin Makuhari; actual travel time will depend on which train is taken. Total fare for this trip is ¥3,280.

Travelers coming from the Tokyo area, including those arriving at Haneda Airport, should take the JR Keiyo line from Tokyo station. The fare from Tokyo is ¥540.

Map courtesy of Makuhari Messe

There are a number of hotels located within walking distance of both Kaihin Makuhari station and Makuhari Messe.

The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

Hotel Springs Makuhari
104 single rooms, 140 twin rooms, 8 double rooms
Starting from ¥13,860/night
Web site
TEL: 043-296-3111 FAX: 043-296-3795
Hotel Green Tower Makuhari
85 single rooms, 112 twin rooms, 3 double rooms
Starting from ¥13,000/night
Web site
TEL: 043-296-1122 FAX: 043-296-1125
Hotel Francs
127 single rooms, 70 twin rooms, 11 double rooms
Starting from ¥5,800/night
Web site
TEL: 043-296-2111 FAX: 043-296-2120
Hotel the Manhattan
87 twin rooms, 29 double rooms
Starting from ¥19,950/night
Web site
TEL: 043-275-1111 FAX: 043-275-1197
APA Hotel & Resort
384 single rooms, 525 twin rooms, 44 double rooms, 44 triple rooms
Starting from ¥17,000/night
Web site
TEL: 043-296-1111 FAX: 043-296-0977
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
275 twin rooms, 106 double rooms
Starting from ¥20,000/night
Web site
TEL: 043-297-7777 FAX: 043-297-7788

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:

  • National Qualifiers: Finish high enough in one of your country's 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 DCI 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 12 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.

  • 2009: All Roads Lead to Victory for Coimbra, China
  • 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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