2008 Magic World Championships Public Events

The 2008 Magic: The Gathering World Championships in Memphis, Tennessee is the place to be December 11-14. Even if you're not qualified for the main event, there's no shortage of all-around Magic goodness to experience. Take a shot at winning one of the great prizes in Public Events, meet the R&D minds behind the game and the artists who bring the cards to life, see how your knowledge of Magic trivia stacks up against your fellow players, and much more!

So come on down to Memphis on Decemeber 11-14 and take part in the biggest Magic event of the year!

Format Cost
Booster Draft $15
Extended $5
Standard $5
Sealed Deck $22

8-Player Single-Elimination Pick-ups

These tournaments will be added as requested (subject to players, space and judge availability).
Registration Opens: 9:00
Registration Closes: 24:00 (21:00, Sunday)
Prizes: Finalists will win 8 boosters for 1st place, and 4 boosters for 2nd place

Prizes

Booster pack prizes will be awarded based on attendance. Unless otherwise noted, top finishing players will receive current set boosters. Special events with a posted prize (i.e. iPod, "Old Box", Dual Lands, etc) the winner of the special prize will receive only that prize.

Pro Tour Qualifiers

Qualifiers for Pro Tour tournaments award an invitation and a travel award to a specific Pro Tour tournament for the top-finishing competitor. For more information, visit www.wizards.com/protour.

Grand Prix Trials

Number of Players Number of 3-Round Byes
8 – 32 1
33 – 64 2
64 - 128 4
128+ 8

Trials for individual-format Grand Prix tournaments award a three-round bye to a Grand Prix tournament for one or more of the top-finishing competitors. The number of three-round byes awarded will be determined by the number of players in the Trial as shown in the table below. Grand Prix Trial byes no longer pass down. If a player already possesses a three-round bye, finishes high enough to win another bye from a Grand Prix Trial, that bye will not be passed down to the next eligible player.

Intro Pack Open Dueling

Players are provided a Shards of Alara Intro Pack upon joining. Players are then matched up against others for game play. After 5 games, players receive a Shards of Alara Booster. Cost: $13.

WIN GOLD Championship

Four events in the Thursday through Saturday Public Events schedule are designated "WIN GOLD" events. The top 2 players from each of those events (top 2 teams from the 2HG event) are invited to play in the WIN GOLD Championship on Sunday at 10:00 AM. The winner of the WIN GOLD Championship receives $10,000 USD in 14K Gold. For complete details, click here.

Magic Online – Tempest Tournaments

Show off your online Magic skills in the Worlds-exclusive Magic Online Tempest Tournaments. 4-player sealed Tempest queues will be run throughout the show while prize supplies last. Each player must have an up to date Magic Online account to participate The necessary sealed Magic Online Tempest product (1 Tournament pack and 2 boosters) are provided for each entrant.

Thursday, December 11 through Sunday, December 14

Time Cost Description
10:00 AM – 8:00PM (4:00PM on Sunday) $20 4-player Tempest Sealed queues.
Single-elimination.
Winner receives a $25 Magic Online coupon* and 2 digital Tempest boosters, 2nd place receives 1 digital Tempest booster.
*Each Magic Online Coupon can provide $25 USD in Magic Online store credit when entered onto your Magic Online account.
 

Public Events (Thursday – Sunday)

The following applies to all Public Events:

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are run Swiss +1 with no single elimination finals. Prizes are based on standings.

Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Thursday, December 11

Time Cost Description
10:00 AM $10 iPhone Constructed – Standard Constructed
Winning player receives a gift certificate for a 16gb iPhone.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
12:00 PM $40 iPod 2HG – Two-Headed Giant Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
Sponsored by Strike Zone (www.strikezoneonline.com)
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 4 Shards of Alara Boosters per team.
Winning team members each receive a 16gb iPod Touch. Second placed team members each receive a 16gb iPod Nano.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
2:00 PM $10 "Generic" Grand Prix Trial – Extended Constructed
Winner receives a 3-round bye at any future Grand Prix prior to December 1, 2009. Winner receives choice from 2 display boxes of older Magic product, 2nd place gets the other.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
4:00 PM $22 Digital Camera Sealed – Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
Sponsored by Queen's Domain (stores.ebay.com/Queens-Domain)
WIN GOLD Event
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara Boosters.
The winning player receives a Digital Camera (approx. value $400).
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
6:00 PM $20 "Game in the Gulf: A magical Cruise" Qualifier – Standard Constructed
For complete details of the "Game in the Gulf", visit www.legionevents.com/cruise
Winner receives accommodation, meals, and entertainment aboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship during the Game in the Gulf premier event.**
If attendance is greater than 65 players, winner also receives a $250 check from Legion Events (after player purchases airfare to Galveston, TX and submits airfare receipt to Legion Events.)
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
8:00 PM Free Question Mark! – Magic Trivia with Mark Rosewater
Make your team of 3 and get in on the game show that tests your magic trivia knowledge. Winning team will receive their choice of iPod shuffles or From the Vault: Dragons for each team member! The second place team gets the other.

Friday, December 12

Time Cost Description
10:00 AM $30 Pro Tour Qualifier – PT Kyoto 2009 – Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara Boosters.
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination.
Players already qualified for Pro Tour Kyoto 2009 may not participate.
The winning player qualifies for Pro Tour Kyoto 2009 and receives Airfare to Pro Tour Kyoto 2009. *
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
12:00 PM $10 iPod Constructed – Standard Constructed
Sponsored by Pastimes (www.pastimes.net)
The winning player receives a 32gb iPod Touch, 2nd place receives 16gb iPod Touch, 3rd and 4th places each receive an 8gb iPod Nano. Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
2:00 PM $30 Invasion Block Sealed Deck – Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse Sealed Deck
WIN GOLD Event
Limited to 64 Players.
1 Invasion Tournament Pack, 1 Planeshift Booster, 1 Apocalypse Booster.
Winning player receives a set of From the Vault: Dragons.
Remaining prizes are Invasion Block and current set Boosters
4:00 PM $10 Navigation System Constructed– Extended Constructed
Winner receives a Navigation Systems (Approx. value $400).
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
6:00 PM $20 Super Friday Night Magic – Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara Boosters.
Swiss tournament (4 rounds)
Participation Prize – All players each receive 1 December 2008 FNM promo card
Prizes based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds, FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates)
12pts receives 8 FNM promo cards (no duplicates) & 4 Boosters, plus 1 FREE entry into any Public Event at 2008 Worlds in Memphis.
9-11pts receives 4 FNM promo cards (no duplicates) & 2 Boosters.
6-8pts receives 2 FNM promo cards (no duplicates) & 1 Boosters.
8:00 PM Free The Magic Game Show with Richard Hagon
Would you like to win 1000 Rares?
Join your host Richard Hagon in the feature match area for this fun event involving Magic Trivia! Contestants will be chosen at random from players present. You could win up to 1000 Magic rares!

Saturday, December 13

Time Cost Description
10:00 AM $25 Pro Tour Qualifier – PT Honolulu 2009 – Extended Constructed
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination.
Players already qualified for Pro Tour Honolulu 2009 may not participate.
The winning player qualifies for Pro Tour Honolulu 2009 and receives Airfare to Pro Tour Honolulu 2009. *
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
11:00 AM $22 Magic Artwork Sealed Deck – Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara Boosters.
Winning player receives the original artwork for "Godsire" by Jim Murray.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
12:00 PM $10 Digital Camera Constructed – Standard Constructed
Sponsored by Queen's Domain (stores.ebay.com/Queens-Domain)
The winning player receives a Digital Camera (approx. value $400).
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
2:00 PM $40 Foil Set 2HG – Two-Headed Giant Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
WIN GOLD Event
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 4 Shards of Alara Boosters per team.
Winning team members each receive a complete set of Shards of Alara foil cards, 2nd place team members each receive a complete set of Shards of Alara regular cards
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
3:00 PM $10 Revised Dual Lands Constructed – Legacy Constructed
Sponsored by Star City Games (starcitygames.com)
Winner receives 30 Revised Edition Dual Lands, 2nd place receives 10 Revised Edition Dual Lands.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
4:00 PM $22 Ravnica Block Sealed Deck – Ravnica, Guildpact, Dissension Sealed Deck
WIN GOLD Event
Limited to 128 Players.
1 Ravnica, City of Guilds Tournament Pack, 1 Guildpact Booster, 1 Dissension Booster.
Winning player receives a set of From the Vault: Dragons.
Remaining prizes are Ravnica Block and current set Boosters
6:00 PM $10 Xbox Elite Constructed – Standard Constructed
Sponsored by Queen's Domain (stores.ebay.com/Queens-Domain)
Winning player receives an Xbox Elite gaming system.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
8:00 PM Free Magic Roundtable
Join your host Richard Hagon in the feature match area for a roundtable discussion with Richard Garfield, Mark Rosewater, Aaron Forsythe, Mike Turian, and Matt Place.
Topics will include design, development, and the history of Magic: the Gathering.

Sunday, December 14

Time Cost Description
9:00 AM $25 $3,000 Draft Challenge– Shards of Alara Booster Draft
Limited to 128 players.
3 Shards of Alara boosters per player (per draft).
Swiss Booster Draft tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination Booster Draft.
2 Booster Drafts will be run during the Swiss rounds.
The winning player receives $1500, 2nd place receives $800, 3rd and 4th each receive $350.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
10:00 AM Invitation Only WIN GOLD Championship – Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
Invitation Only! Win invitations to this Amazing event by placing Top 2 in any event (Top 2 teams for team events) marked with "WIN GOLD" throughout the weekend. Players may also qualify at WIN GOLD Challenges held throughout the United States in November.
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara Boosters.
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination.
Winning player receives $10,000 in 14K Gold.
2nd receive a display of Italian Legends
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
For complete details, click here.
10:00 AM $10 Apple Video Constructed – Standard Constructed
The winning player receives a 160gb Apple TV, 2nd place receives 40gb Apple TV, 3rd and 4th place each receive a 2gb iPod shuffle.
Remaining prizes are current set boosters.
12:00 PM $22 "Generic" Grand Prix Trial – Shards of Alara Sealed Deck
1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack, 2 Shards of Alara Boosters.
Winner receives a 3-round bye at any future Grand Prix prior to December 1, 2009. Winner receives choice from 2 display boxes of older Magic product, 2nd place gets the other.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
2:00 PM $10 Power 9 Constructed – Vintage Constructed
Sponsored by Gaming, Etc. (www.gamingetc.com)
Winner receives 1st choice of 3 selected pieces of Power 9, 2nd place receives 2nd choice, 3rd place get the remainding.
Remaining prizes are current set Boosters
4:00 PM $45 Urza Block Sealed Deck
Limited to 32 players
1 Urza's Saga Tournament Pack, 1 Uzra's Legacy Booster and 1 Urza's Destiny Booster.
The Winning player receives a set of From the Vault: Dragons.
Remaining prizes are Urza Block and current set boosters.

* Travel:

The players eligible to receive a travel award will receive instructions from Wizards of the Coast on whom they must contact and the deadline by which they must arrange their travel awards. Wizards of the Coast will not refund travel made outside this service. Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to award a cash equivalent award in lieu of any travel award in its sole discretion.

All travel itineraries must be from the international airport nearest the player's home and to the host city of the applicable Pro Tour or World Championship or event, and must include all the dates of that event. No award will be substituted if member is unable to participate. All other expenses are the responsibility of the member and may include, without limitation, accommodations, ground transportation, taxes, itinerary change fees, passport and visa fees.

This award must be redeemed through member's arrangement of travel itinerary no later than (30) days before departure. Failure to complete travel arrangements as directed by Wizards of the Coast prior to this deadline will result in forfeiture of the award. Every member receiving a travel award must provide to Wizards of the Coast an executed liability release, the appropriate US taxation form (W9 or W8) (or have one on file), current contact information (http://webapp.wizards.com/dcimember/), proof of ID and passport (when required by international destination). In all cases, all such documentation must be provided to Wizards of the Coast, or previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award.

As with other awards, the players must attend, compete (though not necessarily on the same team), and be listed as finishing in the applicable tournament for which he or she received the travel award. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award.

All taxes are the responsibility of the members, and members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdictions for questions regarding their tax liabilities.

** The Games in the Gulf Championship prize package includes double occupancy accommodations, food, all shipboard entertainment, a hosted cocktail party and all taxes and fees for the Games in the Gulf cruise which takes place February 7 – 12, 2009. Alcoholic beverages, gratuities, and transportation to and from the cruise ship itself in Galveston, Texas and all other fees, costs, and expenses not specified herein are the winner's sole responsibility. All taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. A representative of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. will contact the winner regarding this prize package. This prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable, and not redeemable for an alternate award except in Wizards' sole discretion. Cruise must be taken on the dates designated by Wizards, or prize will be forfeited and will not be re-awarded. The winner will be required to sign and return prior to travel (i) a signed Consent and Release Agreement, (ii) the appropriate IRS tax form, (iii) proof of identification, and (iv) and other documentation designated by Wizards; failure to do so will result in disqualification. Minors (i.e., those under 18 years of age) who win the Games in the Gulf Championship are not eligible to be awarded the cruise ship award. Instead, minors will be awarded a "Cash Equivalent Award" equal to the cost of the Games in the Gulf event, as determined by Wizards in its sole discretion.

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