It that time again ladies and gets. the Magic: The Gathering World Week. This years championship will be held in Amsterdam. We will see the best of the best compete in a team competition for the World MAgic Cup, as well as the World Championship that will be achieved by the greatest Magic: The Gathering player of them all!
If you do not know what Magic: The Gathering is all about, then stop reading now and move along.. we doubt you’ll find this worthy of your time. For those of you that do know, be prepared to watch the tournament of the year!
For a quick recap, Worlds Week is like taking two unique Pro Tours and squishing them into one mega-event. Although they aren’t technically Pro Tours. One half is the World Magic Cup—a team competition featuring players from many countries around the world—and the other half is the World Championship—a sixteen-player tournament showcasing the best players from the last year of tournament Magic.
This is serious business. Over five days of play, personal and national pride will be on display as the teams and players work their way up the ladder.
Below is just a quick guide to what’s happening each day.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday is all about the World Championship. Sixteen of the world’s best players will face off with Modern Masters Draft (Rounds 1–3) and Standard for Rounds 4–6.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
On Thursday, the World Championship competitors will start the day off drafting Magic 2014in Rounds 7–9 and then playing Modern to finish the day for Rounds 10–12.
Friday, August 2, 2013
On Friday, we switch away from the World Championship and turn to the teams in the World Magic Cup. The teams will build Magic 2014 Sealed before then competing with Unified Standard. Unified Standard means that the teams must play Standard decks, but no card can be represented more than four times total in all of each team’s decks.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
On Saturday, we’ll battle with Return to Ravnica Block Team Sealed (each team receives twelve booster packs, four of each set in Return to Ravnica Block) where they must build three team decks out of a shared pool of cards. Then for the second part of the day we’re back to Unified Standard to determine which teams advance from group play.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Sunday is perhaps the most exciting day in Magic, ever. The day will begin with Unified Standard as we watch the World Magic Cup Top 8 duke it out until one nation stands atop. Once that is done it’s time for the Top 4 from the World Championship to close out this amazing week of Magic as they in turn compete playing Modern.
Last Year’s Champs:
Last year saw team Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei duked it out in the finals before Chinese Taipei won it all:
In the individual World Championship, Yuuya Watanabe, winner of the Magic Players Championship 2012:
You can stay in touch with all the action via the official Magic the Gathering Facebook page, or the website, or follow the #mtgchamp conversation on Twitter. For a full team schedule check here.