My schedule for Worlds 2016 is:
- Tuesday: Arrive
- Wednesday: Icebreaker tournament
- Thursday: World Championship Prelims => scrub out
- Friday: Watch day 2 + elims, maybe draft (FFG draft or cube)
- Saturday: King of Servers Community Team Tournament
- Sunday: Leave
If you’re not participating in the KoS, then you can probably leave on Saturday, but if you can put together a team or join up on one, I highly recommend it. Last year, people considered it the highlight of the weekend, even more than the main event. Keep an eye out for @spags posting about it within the next month-ish, I’d say.
The Radisson is the closest hotel, and the one everyone likes to stay at. The Key Inn is garbo. There are 2 new hotels this year that are also close (Hampton Inn or something) – I don’t know anything about them. They are probably better than the Key Inn.
MSP Airport is the one to fly into, yes. There is food at the FFG Center, as well as places to eat if you’re willing to walk a few blocks in the Minnesota November cold. Personally, I decided to rent a car, and I’m glad I did.
The biggest thing I can say is that the 48 hours leading up to the World Championships is a huge flurry of people trying to metagame everyone else, figuring out what decks everyone will be playing, and what the decks to beat will be. There is absolutely a “Worlds meta” which is what leads to things like 11 out of 16 corp decks in the top cut being variations of the same deck. All that to say that I was not sorry that I decided to cart my whole collection up, because you will almost certainly be doing deckbuilding up until the night before the event. The Icebreaker is a great way to try things out beforehand and see what people are up to.