2011 Magic World Championships Tournament Format

The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document.

 Main Event Registration  

Time: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m., Wednesday, November 16

Location: Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
415-345-7500

Players playing in the World Championships must have a signed waiver and consent form in order to compete at the World Championships. Forms can be downloaded at www.wizards.com/protour and will be available onsite.

Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions!

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver’s license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of a birth certificate and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

We encourage players to attend mandatory registration on Wednesday. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we have a registration on Thursday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Players at late registration do not always receive the same gifts as those at mandatory registration.

Players not registered by 8:30 a.m. on November 17 may be denied entry to the World Championships.

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Scott Larabee at at +1-206-793-3534 or scott.larabee@wizards.com.

Format

  • Individual formats: Standard, Booster Draft, and Modern
  • National Team format: 3-Person Team Constructed
  • Only complete National teams with 3 members will compete in the Team competition
  • Each team member will choose a different format to play for the entire Team Competition: Standard, Modern, Legacy
  • Players may choose different Standard or Modern decks for the National Team Competition than they played in the individual portion
  • Unified Deck Construction rules will not be used for the National Team Competition
  • When teams compete, each team member will be paired against an opponent with the same format deck.
  • Check Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules for all format rules

Daily Information

Day 1 (Thursday, November 17)
  • Standard format - 6 Swiss rounds
  • Team format – 2 Swiss rounds

Day 2 (Friday, November 18)

  • Booster Draft format – 2 Booster drafts, each followed by 3 Swiss rounds
  • 3 Innistrad booster packs will be used for drafting

Day 3 (Saturday, November 19)

  • Team format – 2 Swiss rounds
  • Modern format – 6 Swiss rounds

Day 4 (Sunday, November 20)

  • The Top 8 individual players and the Top 2 National Teams will compete on Sunday
  • The Top 8 individual matches will be best 3 of 5, the Top 2 Team matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Individual players will use the same Standard decks that they used on Thursday
  • National Teams will use the same format decks they used on Thursday and Saturday

Tournament Length

Individual formats
  • 18 Swiss Rounds total, 55 minutes per round (Constructed and Booster Draft)
  • Booster Draft deck construction time limit will be 30 minutes
  • Top 8 single-elimination finals have no time limit; however, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.

National Team format

  • 4 Swiss Rounds total, 55 minutes per round
  • Top 2 finals have no time limit; however, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.

Advancement (Individual formats)

  • All players may participate in all Individual-format Swiss rounds
  • After round 18 the Top 8 players advance to Sunday's Top 8 single-elimination finals

Advancement (National Team format)

  • The national team members' (but not the alternate) match points during the individual Swiss rounds will count towards a National Team's accumulated score
  • Each team win during the National Team Swiss rounds will add an additional 9 points to a team's accumulated score
  • Members of individual National Teams will not be paired against each other at any time during the individual Swiss portions of the tournament
  • After all Swiss rounds (Individual and Team) the Top 2 National teams advance to Sunday's finals

Notes

  • REL Professional, Planeswalker Points multiplier 12x
  • Players are required to use the same Standard deck for Day 1 and Top 8.
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules and high-level tournament rules
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters

Schedule

Thursday, November 17
8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins, followed by the Opening Ceremony
9:45 AM 6 Rounds of Standard, followed 2 rounds of team play

Friday, November 18
8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins
9:15 AM 6 Rounds of Booster Draft

Saturday, November 19
8:45 AM Seating for Player Meeting Posted
9:00 AM Player Meeting Begins
9:15 AM 2 rounds of team play, followed by 6 rounds of Modern
(Note: players not playing in the Team competition should be onsite at 11:00 AM)

Sunday, November 20
10:30 AM Top 8 individual and Top 2 Team players check in
11:00 AM Finals begin

Important Information Regarding Tax Withholding

The following information applies to all 2012 World Championship prize payouts:

Important Information Regarding Tax Withholding for All Non-US Citizens

For every event held in the US, a 30% US withholding tax will automatically be deducted from the prize check of all international players, unless the player has an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN, that has been filed with the withholding agent. Even if your country currently has a tax treaty with the United States, your winnings will still be subject to the 30% US tax withholding unless you have an ITIN on file. (To apply for an ITIN, please use IRS form W-7, found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf.)

In some cases, players may be eligible to reclaim the 30% withheld. Please consult with a tax professional in your area to determine if you qualify for a treaty exemption or for any other tax questions you may have. Hasbro, Inc will mail international prize recipients a Form 1042-S showing the amount of the gross income and any US tax withheld at the end of the tax year. Forms for prizes paid in 2011 will be sent in March 2012.

The 1042-S forms are very important, and should not be thrown away. It is recommended that you keep your 1042-S forms for five years. If you do not receive your 1042-S, you must contact us within one year to request a copy.

Important Information Regarding Tax Withholding for Non-California Residents

Please be aware that if you are not a resident of the state of California, and your winnings total $1500 USD or more, those winnings will be subject to 7% California tax withholding. This amount will automatically be deducted from your prize check.

This applies to both international citizens and to US residents of states other than California.

You will be mailed a form CA 592-B by January 31, 2012 that shows the prize winnings and California State withholdings. In some cases, the amount withheld may be reclaimed at the end of the tax year. For more information on California filing requirements, call the numbers listed below:
From within the United States, call: (800) 852-5711
From outside the United States, call (not toll-free): +1 (916) 845-6500

Additionally for every event held in the United States, the US withholding tax of 30% will automatically be deducted from the prize check of all international players, unless the proper treaty exemption documentation has been filed with the withholding agent. Please consult with a tax professional to determine if you qualify for a treaty exemption or any other tax questions you may have. Hasbro, Inc will mail the 2011 Form 1042-S showing the amount of the gross income and any US tax withheld to the prize recipients in March 2012.

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