It's fun to play Magic the Gathering, but why not play in a sanctioned tournament? Here is information about the game and how to get a DCI number.

The Game

Assorted Cards

Magic the Gathering is an extremely popular collectible card game where you will take the role of a "planeswalker" to cast spells and send hordes of creatures to defeat your opponent!

For over 15 years, Wizards of the Coast is still producing new MTG expansion sets, new spell abilities, new artwork, and an ever-changing experience with each new feature. One feature that may have worked every time, can be now countered or muted with a new card or new set. The combination of cards is incalculable and that plays a key role in the excitement of the game as you will never know what to expect from your opponent.

Sanctioned DCI MTG Tournaments

DCI Membership Card

Like multiple card combos, MTG players can choose the level of their play. Many players like to free-play and casually defeat or be defeated by friends and family. For those that enjoy player rankings and ladder performance, MTG offers any MTG player to sign-up for DCI-sanctioned tournaments and events.

DCI is a players' organization that is free to join but maintains strict league rules and standards that all MTG players must abide by. Once you join, you will receive a DCI number that will be attached to your name on rank ladders and MTG events. Unfortunately, getting this number can be a little confusing. Here are a few steps to get your DCI number and being your ranked-MTG career!

How to Get a Magic the Gathering DCI Number

Step 1: Preparation

Make sure you are prepared to play Magic the Gathering. Most DCI-sanctioned matches are full of experienced players and players that are competing to win. If you are new, you may want to wait to join but you can still jump in - it's all up to you.

Step 2: Find a Store or an Event

Find a store that sells MTG, excluding box stores like Walmart and Target. The quickest way to find a location is to check your local Yellow Pages for comic book stores or trading card stores. Chances are either of these locations will sell MTG. If your local store is serious about selling more Magic cards, they should be promoting the game by hosting MTG events. Talk to the clerk and ask if there are any upcoming DCI events. Or, you can visit the official Wizards of the Coast website and use their Event/Store finder. This finder will locate every upcoming MTG event in your area.

Step 3: Go to the Event

Once you've made it to your store and found out about upcoming events, or you've used the Wizards event finder, you're ready to attend your first DCI event. You must go to register for a DCI number! Each event is hosted by a sanctioned DCI tournament organizer. These judges have acquired the ability to organize through extensive DCI testing and therefore, they are sanctioned to recruit you and accept your DCI registration.

Step 4: Register

You've located an event. You've met the sanctioned DCI organizer. And you know this is something you'll be interested in. The only thing left to do is to register and receive your very own DCI number. The DCI organizer will hand you a registration brochure that will require your name, date of birth and address. You will have the option to add your phone number and email address. That's strictly up to you. Once you've filled out the pertinent information, the organizer will tear off the membership card at the bottom of the registration brochure and hand it back to you. Fill in your name at the designated area.


That's it! You now know how to get a  DCI number. With your new membership card and number, you will now be able to play at many DCI-sanctioned events. Have fun!