2012 World Magic Cup

The World Magic Cup celebrates the global status of the game, bringing together the best players from around the world in a unique team event. Each year, players from more than 50 countries come together for the pinnacle of international Magic competition, all with the hopes of bringing the title of "World Magic Cup Champion" home to their country.

Tournament Location

The 2012 World Magic Cup will be held at Gen Con® in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17-19, in Hall G of the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Viewer Information

Live Webcast
The live video webcast for World Magic Cup begins Friday morning and runs all three days, with Brian David-Marshall, Rich Hagon, Sheldon Menery, Rashad Miller, Zac Hill, and Marshall Sutcliffe calling the action. The live video stream can be found at www.wizards.com/webcast. Check out the schedule below to find the start time in your area (start times approximate):

City Friday Saturday Sunday
Indianapolis 10:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 8:45 a.m.
Los Angeles 7:45 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 5:45 a.m.
Chicago 9:45 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m.
New York 10:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 8:45 a.m.
Rio de Janeiro 11:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
London 3:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
Paris 4:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Berlin 4:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Moscow 6:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m.
Tokyo 11:45 p.m. 10:45 p.m. 9:45 p.m.
Sydney 12:45 a.m. Saturday 11:45 p.m. 10:45 p.m.

More Event Coverage
In addition to the live video stream, text coverage will be available at DailyMTG.com starting Friday morning, live chat sessions with players, R&D staff, and coverage reporters will take place at various times during the three days on CoverItLive, and video content will be posted to YouTube on the wizardsmtg channel.

The official Twitter hashtag for the World Magic Cupis #mtgwmc.

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Media Requests
Please send an email to press@wizards.com if you wish to set up a media credential for the World Magic Cup. Wizards of the Coast asks that all media requests be submitted by August 3 (two weeks prior to the event). Requests made after that date, including requests made on-site, may be denied. Note that a Gen Con badge is required for admittance to the event hall.

Player Information

The World Magic Cup is a three-day invitation-only team event across multiple formats.


Registration for the 2012 World Magic Cup involves two steps:

  • Gen Con badge pick-up
  • Tournament registration

Gen Con Badge Pick-up

Your badge for Gen Con is being provided by Wizards of the Coast. Do not go to Gen Con registration to pick up your badge. Players MUST have a badge in order to enter Gen Con.

Gen Con badges can be picked up during the following times:

Wednesday, August 15: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (18:00 to 21:00)
Thursday, August 16: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (9:30 to 16:30)
Friday, August 17: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (8:30 to 9:30)

Gen Con badges can be picked up ONLY at the following location:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Studio Five
One South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46204
Area Map

Tournament Registration

After players pick up badges they will need to proceed to the 2012 World Magic Cup tournament area in the Indiana Convention Center (Hall G) to register for the tournament. Tournament registration will take place during the follow times:

Thursday, August 16: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.(12:00 to 20:00)
Friday, August 17: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (8:30 to 9:30)

We encourage players to register on Thursday, August 16. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we will have late registration on Friday morning, August 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (8:30 to 9:30).

The 2012 World Magic Cup will begin at 10:00 a.m. (10:00) on Friday, August 17. Players that have not registered by 9:30 a.m. (9:30) on Friday, August 17, 2012 may be denied entry to the 2012 World Magic Cup.

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).

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at the 2012 World Magic Cup. 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.

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

Venue Information
Indiana Convention Center
Hall G
100 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

2012 World Magic Cup Tournament Format and Schedule

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.

Day 1 (Friday, August 17) – Individual Play

  • Players compete as individuals in Swiss rounds. Each player’s match points during the individual Swiss rounds will count towards that team’s accumulated score (Win – 3, Draw – 1, Loss - 0).
  • Magic 2013 Booster Draft – 3 Swiss rounds
  • Standard Constructed – 4 Swiss rounds
  • Team members will not be placed in the same draft pods during the booster draft potion or paired against each other during the Standard portion.
End of Day 1 Cut
  • The top 32 teams with highest combined score of the 3 team members with the highest point totals will advance to Day 2.
  • The team member with the lowest Day 1 point total will not compete on Day 2. However, that player will still receive prize money (if any) and Pro Points based on his or her national team’s final standing. Additionally, that player may sit with the team and communicate with them during Days 2 and 3 (does not apply to teams with less than 4 members).

Day 2 (Saturday, August 18) – Team Play

  • Players compete as 3-person national teams in team pool-play rounds. Each team’s match points during the team rounds will count towards his or her national team’s accumulated score (Win – 9, Draw – 3, Loss - 0).
Team Play (Part 1)
  • 32 Teams compete in seeded pools (8 pools of 4 teams each). Each team will play each other team in their pool once.
  • Magic 2013 Team Sealed Deck (12 boosters per team) – 3 rounds.
End of Team Play (Part 1) Cut
  • The top 2 teams from each pool (16 total teams) will advance to Team Play (Part 2).
Team Play (Part 2)
  • 16 Teams compete in seeded pools (4 pools of 4 teams each). Each team will play each other team in their pool once.
  • Team Constructed – 3 rounds
  • Each team member will choose a different constructed-format deck to play for the entirety of Team Play (Part 2): Standard, Modern, Innistrad Block Constructed (Standard decks may be different from those played on Day 1).
  • Unified Deck Construction rules will not be used.
  • When teams compete, each team member will be paired against an opponent with the same format deck.
End of Team Play (Part 2) Cut
  • The top 2 teams from each pool (8 total teams) will advance to Day 3.

Day 3 (Sunday, August 19) – Team Play

  • 8 Teams compete in a seeded, single-elimination bracket.
  • Team Constructed (Standard, Modern, Innistrad Block Constructed)
  • The same decks from Team Play (Part 2) will be used. However, different team members may play those decks than played them during Team Play (Part 2).
Round Times
  • All rounds during Days 1 and 2 will be 55 minutes per round.
  • Day 3 single-elimination finals have no time limit; however, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
Other Tournament Information


6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Badge pick-up at Hyatt Regency

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Badge pick-up at Hyatt Regency
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Player Registration in Hall G

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Badge pick-up at Hyatt Regency
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Player registration in Hall G
9:55 a.m.: Seating for player meeting posted.
10 a.m.: Mandatory player meeting begins.
10:15 a.m.: Day 1 play begins.

8:55 a.m.: Day 2 mandatory player meeting begins.
9 a.m.: Day 2 play begins.

8:30 a.m.: Finals teams check in at the Top 8 area.
9 a.m.: Single-elimination matches begin.

2012 World Magic Cup Prizes

Place Pro Points (per player on team) Prize Money (per player on team)
1 8 $10,000
2 7 $5,000
3-4 6 $2,500
5-8 5 $1,500
9-16 4 $1,000
17-32 3  
33+ 2  
All members of the top 4 teams also receive invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Return to Ravnica in Seattle. All prizes subject to change.
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