2011 United States National Championship

Posted in Feature on May 6, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

Date: August 5-7, 2011
Event Location: GEN CON - Indianapolis Convention Center
Address: South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana


The Magic: the Gathering United States National Championship is an invitation-only event, open to citizens or permanent residents of United States who have won an invitation to Nationals through DCI ratings or from qualifying events such as National Qualifiers.

Registration Requirements

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the United States National Championship. The form can be downloaded on the Wizards website and will be available onsite.

Minors (those under 18 years of age) 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 ID (school IDs are acceptable)

Players not registered by 9:00 AM on Friday, August 5, 2011 may be denied entry to US Nationals.

Registration times and locations

Wednesday, August 3: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, August 4: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday, August 5: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration will take place at the special U.S. Nationals Registration booth in the Gen Con registration area.

Each player qualified to play in the 2011 U.S. National Championship (except those qualifying though “Last Chance Qualifiers” or “Grinders” on site at Gen Con) will receive a 4-day pass to Gen Con Indy. See the Invitation List page for more information.


  • Standard and Booster Draft
  • 3 Magic 2012 booster packs will be used for drafting
  • Deck lists are required
  • Check the Magic Tournament Rules for Standard and Booster Draft format rules. The Magic Tournament Rules can be found here

Tournament Length

  • Day 1 will consist of 4 rounds of Standard, 3 rounds of Booster Draft.
  • Day 2 will consist of 3 rounds of Booster Draft, 4 rounds of Standard.
  • Day 3 will consist of the Top 8 finals.
  • 14 Swiss Rounds total, 60 minutes per round
  • 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.


  • All players may participate in all Swiss rounds
  • After round 14 the top 8 players advance to the top 8 single-elimination finals

Top 8

  • Standard format
  • Losers of the semi-final matches will playoff to determine 3rd place.


  • The Top 4 players receive invitations to the 2011 World Championships.
  • The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place players will form the National Team. The 4th Place player will be the alternate.


  • 40K, REL Competitive
  • Players are required to use the same Standard deck for day 1, day 2, and Top 8.
  • The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document.


Friday, August 5

  • 9:00 AM - Seating for player meeting posted
  • 9:30 AM - 4 rounds of Standard, followed by 3 rounds of Booster Draft

Saturday, August 6

  • 9:00 AM - Seating for player meeting posted
  • 9:30 AM - Second Booster Draft begins. 3 rounds will be played, followed by 4 rounds of Standard

Sunday, August 7

  • 9:00 AM - Top 8 players check in at feature match area
  • 9:30 AM - Quarterfinal matches begin


All prizes are in USD


Pro Points table:

PlacePro Points

Contact information

Telephone: (608) 616-0841
Email: steve@legionevents.com
Website: http://www.legionevents.com

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