Welcome to Worlds Week! My first idea was to do an article where I walk you through all the past World Championships, but then I realized I did that during a previous Worlds Week (back in 2009 in an article called "Around the Worlds in Fifteen Years"). Maybe I could talk in depth about the very first World Championship, the only one I ever played in. Nope, already covered that as well ("A Different Worlds"). All right, I could talk about the second Magic World Championship where I played a big role in getting the team event involved in Worlds. No, did that one too. ("Numbers on a White Board.") Okay, how about I do a trivia column based on the many World Championships? I haven't done a trivia article in a while. Have I done that one yet? No, I haven't. Whew!
Since I know many of you will not know much Worlds trivia, I'll try to make sure some of these questions tie into interesting stories. Let's get started.
Question #1: The United States were dominant in the team championship early in Worlds history, winning six of the first seven team championships. What was the only country to beat them during that time?
Question #2: Five members of world champion teams have come to work in Magic Ramp;D (although one only as an intern), all of whom have served on at least one design team. Who are they?
Question #3: Which world champion had his car break down on his way to the World Championship that he won?
Question #4: During the finals of the 1995 World Championship, the two finalists asked permission to speak in a language other than English as both spoke it fluently. What was that language?
Question #5: The 1996 World Championships was held in a distinct locale. What was it?
Question #6: Tom Chanpheng, the 1996 World Champion, won a unique prize. What was it?
Question #7: Who is the only person to win his national championship and then go on to become both world champion and world team champion later that summer?
Question #8: Jon is one of two people to both win the World Championship and the Magic Invitational. Who is the other?
Question #9: How many continents can boast a world champion?
Question #10: How old was the youngest person to ever become the world champion?
Question #11: Four world champions managed to win events hosted in their home countries. Who are they?
Question #12: What Worlds Top 8 had the most players all from the same country?
Question #13: Who was the only player to ever do commentary on a Top 8 he played in? (Hint: It happened at Worlds.)
Question #14: Who is the only player to have won both the World Championship and the pro player of the year title in the same season?
Question #15: One year, the Top 8 of Worlds was filled with competitors from eight different countries. Which Worlds was it?
- The Worlds Fair
Join me next week when I explain how Magic almost died... twenty times!
Until then, may you enjoy collecting trivia along the way.
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Working for Magic Ramp;D since October, 1995, Mark Rosewater is currently the head designer. His hobbies include spending time with his family, talking about Magic on every known medium (including a daily blog and a weekly podcast), and writing about himself in the third person.