Charles Gindy defeated Adam Yurchick in the finals at the United States National Championship, adding a new trophy next to his Pro Tour-Hollywood hardware. Joining Gindy and Yurchick on the national team is Todd Anderson, who beat Magic Online sensation Brad "Fffreak" Nelson in the 3rd/4th playoff.
Gilles Mongilardi defeated Antoine Menard in the finals to capture the title of France national champion. The three-man team is rounded out by Guillaume Matignon.
Host country for this year's World Championship, Italy determined who would defend the home turf come November. Luca Ravagli will be heading up the team as national champion, and is joined by Marco Monetto and Samuele Estratti.