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Magic Weekend San Francisco and 2011 Worlds Event Information


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Magic Weekend San Francisco is the culmination of the Magic year. Players from more than 50 countries will come together in San Francisco, California to battle in the 2011 Magic: The Gathering World Championships, the pinnacle of international Magic competition. National Champions, Pro Tour winners, the highest-ranked DCI players, and more will square off to earn the coveted title of "World Champion." The Magic Online Champion will also be crowned in a separate invitation-only tournament.

Magic Weekend San Francisco also features the best public events of the year. There's a packed schedule of events anyone can play in featuring many Constructed formats and special Limited events, plus you can meet Mark Rosewater and Aaron Forsythe of Magic R&D, take part in artist signings, fan activities, game shows, trading, and much more for every type of Magic player.

Magic Weekend San Francisco will be held November 17-20 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California.

ATTENTION: All Magic Weekend San Francisco attendees will be required to show photo identification before entering the event hall. If you are unable to show picture ID, you may be denied entry. Wizards of the Coast encourages you to arrive early at the Fort Mason Center to avoid potential delays.



Event Location

The Fort Mason Center from 2004 Worlds, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
415-345-7500

Hall Hours

Wednesday, November 16: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 17: 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday, November 18: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, November 19: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, November 20: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

 

Public Events

Looking for the ultimate Magic experience? Get yourself to Magic Weekend San Francisco and take part in one of the many events open to the public. Standard, Modern, Extended, Booster Draft, Sealed Deck, Legacy, Vintage, Two-Headed Giant, Commander, Magic Online Phantom Drafts...it's all here! These events feature prizes such as airfare and invitations to Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu, foil versions of every card legal in Standard, iPad® devices, all four From the Vault sets, an Xbox® 360 Game System, uncut foil card sheets, and more. The biggest Magic weekend of the year kicks off in style Wednesday night with 8-player single elimination events from 2 p.m . to 9 p.m.—all Booster Drafts are $10 and Constructed events are $5 (while supplies last)!

 

World Championships Tournament Information

2010 Worlds Opening Ceremonies and Hall of Fame Induction

The 2011 World Championships main event is a four-day tournament featuring Standard, Innistrad Booster Draft, Modern, and National Team Three-Person Team Constructed.

The Pro Tour Social Network

We know you’re a fan of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour; now you can make it official! Check out the official Magic Pro Tour Facebook page to connect with the Pro Tour community, view exclusive photos, share your Magic stories, and more! You can also follow all the happenings of Magic Weekend San Francisco and the World Championships on Twitter, hashtag #mtgworlds.

Media Requests

Please send an email to press@wizards.com if you wish to set up a press credential for the 2011 World Championships. Wizards asks that all media requests be submitted by November 3 (two weeks prior to the event).


2011 Magic Online Championship

Along with crowning individual and team World Champions, we're awarding the 2011 Magic Online Championship in San Francisco with a total prize purse of $100,000! The ten winners of the 2011 Season Championships plus one last-chance qualifier and the 2011 Magic Online Player of the Year will compete in a three-day Swiss tournament across different formats, culminating in the top two battling it out Sunday for a $25,000 first prize.


 

Hall Attractions

Register for any public event at Magic Weekend San Francisco and receive a premium foil copy of Ajani Goldmane (while supplies last).

Meet the Artists!
Meet some of the game's top artists! Jason Chan, Daarken, Matt Cavotta, and Chris Rahn will be in attendance signing cards, plus noted 3-D card artist Ookubo will be a special guest at the event showing off his work.

Spellslingers: Play Against Magic R&D
Want to see how you fare against the makers of Magic? Come to the spellslingers area and test your skills against Director of Magic R&D Aaron Forsythe, head Magic designer Mark Rosewater, Magic developer Erik Lauer, and R&D senior producer Mark Globus—with prizes awarded whether you win or lose!

Top 8 Sunday Webcast
Watch Sunday's Top 8 action in the hall on a giant screen, with Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall and Pro Tour Statistician Rich Hagon calling the action. The webcast begins at 10:45 a.m. on-site (1:45 p.m. ET) and is streamed live.

Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame Induction
See Magic history unfold before your eyes as Wizards of the Coast inducts the seventh class of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame during Thursday's Opening Ceremonies. Be there to witness Shuhei Nakamura, Anton Jonsson, and Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz join the most prestigious collection of Magic players in the world.

Magic Trivia Shows
Do you think you're the master of Magic trivia? Test your knowledge against other players in The Magic Game Show on Friday night (hosted by Rich Hagon) and Question Mark on Saturday night (hosted by Mark Rosewater).



 

Travel Information

This year's Magic: The Gathering World Championships will be held in the Fort Mason Center, located in the historic piers and buildings of Lower Fort Mason in San Francisco. This former military base offers the opportunity to experience diversity in a unique environment, focusing on the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology, and recreation. A National Historic Landmark and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Center houses about 30 nonprofit organizations and is the setting for more than 15,000 meetings, conferences, performances, and special events, attended by 1.5 million visitors each year. The campus occupies 13 acres of waterfront and consists of buildings, piers and open space within the Golden Gate National Park.

Getting There

By Plane
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located approximately 17 miles south of the Fort Mason Center. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is located approximately 22 miles southeast of the Fort Mason Center.

By Car
From the East Bay: Take the Bay Bridge to Fremont Street Exit; on Fremont (100 yards north) take first right on Howard; turn left on Embarcadero and go 2 miles; turn left on Bay and go 2 miles; turn right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. and take a sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

From the North Bay: Take the Golden Gate Bridge (US 101) to Marina Exit; Marina Blvd (1.5 miles) to Buchanan and turn left into Fort Mason Center.

From the Peninsula/South Bay: Take US 101 North to 9th St. Exit; 9th across Market and turn left on Hayes; turn right on Franklin; turn left on Bay; turn right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. and take a sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) map

Key Transportation Information
Bay Area-wide: www.511.org or call 817-1717 or 511 from any area code
East Bay BART: www.bart.gov / (510) 465-2278
North Bay Golden Gate Transit: 
www.goldengate.org / (415) 455-2000
Peninsula/South Bay CalTrain: 
www.caltrain.com / (800) 660-4287
San Francisco MUNI: 
www.sfmuni.com / (415) 673-6864


Accommodations
There are a number of hotels located near the Fort Mason Center. For more information about the hotels listed below, visit www.hotelplanner.com.

The following hotels are not endorsed by or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. The hotels on this list are taken from guidebooks and provided here for your convenience only.

Hostelling International Sf Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
Fort Mason Building 240, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Oceanfront)
~0.31 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-230-4134
Ramada Limited Golden Gate in San Francisco
1940 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123
~0.33 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-997-5148
Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco
3100 Webster St., San Francisco, CA 94123
~0.38 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-997-5149
Motel Capri in San Francisco
2015 Greenwich St., San Francisco, CA 94123 (Downtown-City Center)
~0.41 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-230-4134
Days Inn in San Francisco
2358 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123 (Downtown-City Center)
~0.54 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-230-4134
Comfort Inn by The Bay in San Francisco
2775 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109
~0.56 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-997-5148
Fisherman's Wharf Courtyard by Marriott in San Francisco
580 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94133
~0.83 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-230-4134
Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
1300 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133 (Downtown-City Center)
~0.86 miles from Fort Mason Center
1-800-997-5149


 

The Road to Worlds

Ready to take the first steps on the Road to Worlds? Here's how you can qualify for the biggest Magic tournament of the year:

  • National Qualifiers : Finish high enough in one of your country's National Qualifier tournaments and you can pack your bags for the National Championship.
  • National Championships : The top four finishers at your country's National Championship form the National Team, earning automatic invites to Worlds. If your country runs an open (non-invitation) National Championship, only the winner earns the invitation to Worlds.
  • Pro Tour Success : If you achieve at least Level 3 in the Pro Players Club, you could be on your way to Worlds. Level 4 status guarantees a slot in the biggest Magic tournament of the year.
  • DCI Ranking : If you're one of the top DCI Total-ranked players in one of the four geographic regions (Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America), welcome to the World Championships.
  • Magic Online Championship Series : Wizards of the Coast is running a series of qualifier tournaments on Magic Online that will offer 12 invitations to the World Championships, as well as invitations to an exclusive Magic Online Championship to be held at Worlds.

 

Magic World Championships History

Dive in to volumes of Magic history by reading in-depth coverage from past World Championships.

  • 2010: There's No Jace Like Guillaume
  • 2009: All Roads Lead to Victory for Coimbra, China
  • 2008: Malin, USA Crowned Kings of Magic
  • 2007: Peleg, Swiss Take Home World Titles
  • 2006: Mihara, Dutch Crowned World Champions
  • 2005: Japan's Crowning Achievement
  • 2003-04: Nuijten, Nassif dominate Worlds
  • 2002-03: Zink Victorious in Mirror Match
  • 2001-02: Romão Puts Brazil on Magic Map
  • 2000-01: Worlds Vet Van de Logt Breaks Through for Title
  • 1999-2000: Finkel Edges Maher in Battle of Titans
  • 1998-99: Budde's First Steps of Success
  • 1997-98: Selden, U.S. Dominate in Seattle
  • 1996-97: Slemr Triumphant
  • 1995-96: Chanpheng Crowned
  • 1994: Magic's First World Championships

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