Twenty-four of the best players from all over the world will travel to PAX West in Seattle, Washington to compete on Magic's ultimate stage in the Paramount Theatre! The 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship features four days, three different formats, and the best players putting their skills to the test.

With a $250,000 prize pool, and $70,000 going to first place, who will be crowned the Magic world champion? Tune in, as we broadcast every minute of World Championship action on Twitch!

The 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship is part of Magic at PAX, as we celebrate the debut of Kaladesh

2016 World Championship Competitors

  • Lukas Blohon

    Lukas Blohon

    Pro Tour Eldritch Moon Champion, Top Pro Points – Europe

    Czech pro Lukas Blohon has emerged as one of Europe's top-ranked players, sporting a season with multiple top finishes at the Pro Tour, all culminating with a win at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

  • Brian Braun-Duin

    Brian Braun-Duin

    2015-16 Grand Prix Master

    Unrelenting Grand Prix grinder Brian Braun-Duin traveled the world in an effort to become Grand Prix Master in his race against rival Tomoharu Saito. When the dust settled, it was Braun-Duin who found himself invited to the World Championship.

  • Marcio Carvalho

    Marcio Carvalho

    2015-16 Draft Master

    Portuguese pro Marcio Carvalho finished each Pro Tour's Booster Draft rounds with records rivaled only by a handful of players, including Jon Finkel. His unwavering mastery of Booster Draft earned his way to the World Championship.

  • Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

    Top Pro Points – Latin America

    Pro Tour Hall of Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa started off the season with a Top 8 at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. He did not slow down from there, amassing Pro Points through solid play to become Latin America's top Pro Points earner.

  • Reid Duke

    Reid Duke

    Top Pro Points – North America

    After sitting out for a year, USA all-star Reid Duke returns to the World Championship in an effort to improve upon his 2nd-place finish back in 2013 as one of North America's top pros. Will he succeed, or will he fall short once again?

  • Joel Larsson

    Joel Larsson

    Top Pro Points – Europe

    Sweden's Joel Larsson followed up his Pro Tour Magic Origins victory with a stellar 2015-16 season alongside Team EUreka, earning multiple Top 16 Pro Tour finishes this season to represent Europe's top-ranked players in the World Championship.

  • Seth Manfield

    Seth Manfield

    Reigning World Champion, Top Pro Points – North America

    Born into a family with professional bridge experience, Seth Manfield found success in his own card game of choice, Magic, when he won the 2015 World Championship title. Now, he returns in an attempt to go back-to-back.

  • Andrea Mengucci

    Andrea Mengucci

    Top Pro Points – At-Large

    Andrea Mengucci followed up his win with Team Italy at the 2015 World Magic Cup with a finals appearance at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, propelling him into his first Platinum season and his first World Championship.

  • Martin Müller

    Martin Müller

    Top Pro Points – Europe

    Falling just short of his goals last year, eighteen-year-old Martin Müller returned to the 2015-16 season with a vengeance, making the Top 8 of Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar and never looking back as one of Europe's Pro Points leaders.

  • Brad Nelson

    Brad Nelson

    Top Pro Points – At-Large

    Former Player of the Year Brad Nelson has had a roller coaster of a few years, returning to the top of the Pro Tour in the last two seasons. His Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Top 8 helped him on his way to this year's World Championship.

  • Niels Noorlander

    Niels Noorlander

    Magic Online Champion

    Niels Noorlander had few expectations headed into this year's Magic Online Championship. However, upon emerging a winner, Noorlander found himself on a path to Platinum, the Pro Tour, and the World Championship.

    What Would Winning Mean to Niels?

  • Samuel Pardee

    Samuel Pardee

    Top Pro Points – At-Large

    Known by many in the United States as a Modern master, Samuel Pardee finally proved himself on the Pro Tour Sunday stage at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, earning his first Pro Tour Top 8 after a solid season to earn his spot at the World Championship.

  • Steve Rubin

    Steve Rubin

    Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Champion

    After a consistent year of finishes, Steve Rubin finally broke through to the Sunday stage in a big way by winning Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad. He is returning to the World Championship for the second year in a row, cementing himself among the very best.

  • Thiago Saporito

    Thiago Saporito

    Top Pro Points – Latin America

    After rocketing to the top of Latin America's Pro Tour presence last season, Thiago Saporito has not slowed down, earning multiple great Pro Tour finishes to represent the Latin American region in this year's World Championship.

  • Luis Scott-Vargas

    Luis Scott-Vargas

    Outstanding Hall of Famer, Top Pro Points – North America

    Pro Tour Hall of Famer, commentator, Twitch streamer, and beloved community treasure Luis Scott-Vargas returns to the World Championship for the first time in four years after a phenomenal 2015-16 season highlighted by three Pro Tour Top 8s.

  • Mike Sigrist

    Mike Sigrist

    Top Pro Points – At Large

    Former Player of the Year Mike Sigrist has continued to perform as a powerhouse on Team Face to Face Games, and his relentless pursuit of Pro Points has earned him a trip to the World Championship for the second year in a row.

  • Ondřej Stráský

    Ondřej Stráský

    Top Pro Points – At-Large

    Czech pro Ondřej Stráský made a name for himself last season with two Pro Tour Top 8 finishes, and he has continued in his impressive performance this season with enough top finishes to represent Europe's finest in the World Championship.

  • Kazuyuki Takimura

    Kazuyuki Takimura

    Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar Champion

    In October 2015, Kazuyuki Takimura returned to Tokyo and presented his wife a Pro Tour trophy as he promised to one day do. He continues to have his sights set on a bright future with his wife, and a new title to bring home to his family.

  • Ryoichi Tamada

    Ryoichi Tamada

    Top Pro Points – Asia Pacific

    Ryoichi Tamada has long been known as an innovative, potent player in the Japanese Magic community, but he finally proved that on the international stage this season, highlighted by his finalist finish at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar.

  • Jiachen Tao

    Jiachen Tao

    Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Champion

    Jiachen "JC" Tao cemented his name among Pro Tour greats at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch when he and his team, the East West Bowl, bested a field of giants with their Blue-Red Eldrazi creation. Will he repeat at the World Championship?

  • Oliver Tiu

    Oliver Tiu

    2015-16 Constructed Master

    Rookie of the Year Oliver Tiu has had an astounding debut on the Pro Tour, with multiple Top 16 finishes all while finishing high school, earning of the 2015-16 Constructed Master title that earned the young pro his seat to the World Championship.

  • Owen Turtenwald

    Owen Turtenwald

    2015-16 Player of the Year, 2015-16 Mid-Season Master, Top Pro Points – North America

    Pro Tour Hall of Fame-elect Owen Turtenwald fell short of a World Championship title last year by one match. Turtenwald will return this year as the 2015-16 Mid-Season Master and Player of the Year, and he’ll settle for nothing short of victory.

  • Yuuya Watanabe

    Yuuya Watanabe

    Top Pro Points – Asia Pacific

    Pro Tour Hall of Fame-elect and legendary Japanese pro Yuuya Watanabe returns to the World Championship for an unprecedented fifth year in a row—the only player so far to accomplish this feat—as one of Asia's top Pro Point earners of the season.

  • Shota Yasooka

    Shota Yasooka

    Top Pro Points – Asia Pacific

    Japanese Pro Tour Hall of Famer Shota Yasooka shaped his reputation as an ingenious inventor of blue control decks for years. He returns to the World Championship thanks to his 2015-16 seasonal consistency, including a Pro Tour semifinals finish.



Follow live streaming video coverage of the 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship on DailyMTG and Twitch September 1-4 as part of Magic at PAX!




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Place Prize
1 $70,000
2 $40,000
3-4 $20,000
5-8 $10,000
9-16 $5,000
17-24 $2,500
Total $250,000

The winner of the 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship is also granted Platinum for the remainder of the 2016-17 season as well as the 2017-18 season.

Pro Points

  • One Professional Point is awarded for each match won in the Swiss rounds.
  • Two Professional Points is awarded for each match won in the Top 4 playoff rounds.
  • No Professional Points are awarded for losses and draws.