Magic The Gathering - 'Worlds' Report

If you missed our preview, know that the Magic: The Gathering world championships are going on at this very moment in Chiba, Japan. Through two days of competition, Mateusz Kopec leads the individual competition pack with 33 points. As for the national team play, the United States, Slovak Republic, and Poland are all tied up with 81 points each, while Austria sits close behind them with 78. Play will continue on through Friday night (Japan is 14 hours ahead of EST), and conclude with a live webcast of the final rounds starting at 8:45 on Saturday, December 11th. For more coverage including detailed game reports and podcasts, check out the official Wizards of the Coast website.

Here’s a look at the action in progress, as well as some of the events present for fans of the game:

National teams take the stage in an opening ceremony, early Thursday morning:

The pro tour trophies are put on display for all visitors at Worlds to view:

National team play begins with a few rounds between Slovakia and The United States:

Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic, was on hand to sign autographs:

Several Magic artists, including Chris Rahn pictured below, were also available to meet with attendees and sign their artwork:

Another activity for Magic fans in attendance is the chance to sit down and play against Wizards of the Coast employees. Here, a player tests his luck versus head designer Mark Rosewater:

2010 Hall of Fame inductees Gabriel Nassif (France), Brian Kibler (US), and Bram Snepvangers (Netherlands) receive their rings:

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