2010 Magic World Championships Tournament Format

Posted in Feature on July 1, 2010

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

Main Event Registration

Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 8

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

Players playing in the World Championships must have a signed waiver and consent form in order to compete at the 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. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions!

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

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver’s license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of a birth certificate and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

We encourage players to attend mandatory registration on Wednesday. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we have a registration on Thursday 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 December 9 may be denied entry to the World Championships.

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Scott Larabee at at +1-206-793-3534 or scott.larabee@wizards.com.


  • 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 9)
  • Standard format - 6 Swiss rounds
  • Team format – 2 Swiss rounds

Day 2 (Friday, December 10)

  • Booster Draft format – 2 Booster drafts, each followed by 3 Swiss rounds
  • 3 Scars of Mirrodin booster packs will be used for drafting

Day 3 (Saturday, December 11)

  • Team format – 2 Swiss rounds
  • Extended format – 6 Swiss rounds

Day 4 (Sunday, December 12)

  • The Top 8 individual players and the Top 2 National Teams will compete on Sunday
  • The Top 8 individual matches will be best 3 of 5, the Top 2Team 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 2 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 2 National teams advance to Sunday's finals


  • 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


Thursday, December 9
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 10
8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins
9:15 AM 6 Rounds of Booster Draft

Saturday, December 11
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 12
10:30 AM Top 8 individual and Top 2 Team players check in
11:00 AM Finals begin

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