More than 20,000 fans of the card game Magic: The Gathering participated in a global celebration of the game that spanned three continents.

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An estimated 5,000 fans played in Grand Prix Chiba, Japan; another 5,000 in Grand Prix Utrecht, Netherlands; and an estimated 11,000 played in Grand Prix Las Vegas.  The weekend included many cosplayers, four weddings, and tournaments as large as 3,800 players.  Over the course of the weekend more than 40,000 main event matches and thousands of side events were played, over 90,000 packs of cards were opened, and countless spells were cast.  An estimated 1,000,000 fans watched coverage of the events across English, Japanese, and Chinese language video streams, and the events generated more than 21,000 tweets.  Hi-res images from the weekend are available for download HERE.  Many more photos and stories highlighting our diverse community of players can be found on our official Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts.

Grand Prix Utrecht

In the main event alone at Grand Prix Utrecht, some 3,600 players opened over 21,000 packs, a total of 324,000 cards!  After 2 days of competition, Davide Vergoni from Italy emerged as the champion of Grand Prix Utrecht, an event which offered a total prize pool of $70,000.  Full coverage of the main event at Grand Prix Utrecht can be seen HERE.

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