The showpiece event in the snooker calendar kicks off this weekend with the world's best players set to compete for the £500,000 prize.
Here, Planet Sport takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the tournament, including the draw, prize money, format and favourites.
Where is the tournament held?
For the 45th consecutive year, the World Snooker Championship will be held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
This has been the tournament's home since 1977 when John Spencer defeated Canada's Cliff Thorburn 25-21 in the final.
When is it on?
The event is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 16. First round games will last until April 21 while the second round will run until April 25.
Quarter-final matches will be contested across April 26 and 27, while the semi-finals will take place on April 28, 29 and 30.
The final of the World Snooker Championship will begin on Sunday, May 1.
What's the format?
The format of the 2022 World Snooker Championship is a 32-player knockout tournament.
First round matches will be a race to 10 frames, while second round and quarter-final games will be played in a best-of-25-frames format.
The semi-final will be a race to 17 frames, while the final will be contested in a best-of-35-frames format - the same as it has been since 1980.
Who is the defending champion?
Mark Selby arrives at the Crucible as the defending champion. The Jester from Leicester will be targeting his fifth world crown, which would take him above John Higgins in the all-time record books.
The 38-year-old beat Shaun Murphy 18-15 to claim the 2021 title and will begin the defence of his title against Welshman Jamie Jones.
Who are the main contenders?
Having won four tournaments this season, including the Masters and the recent Tour Championship, Neil Robertson is without doubt the big favourite for the worlds.
The 40-year-old is in scintillating form and kicks off the tournament against world number 77, Ashley Hugill.
Judd Trump also arrives with form under his belt, having won the recent Turkish Masters and reached the final of the Welsh Open. Trump also won the Champion of Champions tournament earlier this season and reached the semi-finals of the Masters.
The 2019 world champion is without doubt one of the key players in this year's event, but does face a tricky opener against Iran's Hossein Vafaei.
Another man who you can never count out is six-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. The 46-year-old won the World Grand Prix earlier this season and also reached the final of the European Masters.
The Rocket also has three semi-final appearances under his belt, including one from the recent Tour Championship event.
John Higgins is also worth a mention. The Scotsman won the 2022 Championship League and has made five finals this season alone, including the Tour Championship.
While the 46-year-old did lose all five of them, the fact he is repeatedly getting to that stage shows he cannot be underestimated.
How much prize money is on offer?
The full prize fund for the 2022 event is a massive £2,395million. Here's a breakdown of the funds ahead of the tournament:
Winner - £500,000
Runner-up - £200,000
Semi-finalist - £100,000
Quarter-finalist - £50,000
Last 16 - £30,000
Last 32 - £20,000
Last 48 - £15,000
Last 80 - £10,000
Last 112 - £5,000
Highest break - £15,000
Maximum break - £40,000
Where can I watch it?
BBC and Eurosport will cover the event in 2022. BBC Two is the tournament's traditional home, although BBC One and BBC Four will also broadcast the tournament.
Fans can also follow the action on BBC iPlayer and the Eurosport Player.
First round draw
Mark Selby vs Jamie Jones
Yan Bingtao vs Chris Wakelin
Barry Hawkins vs Jackson Page
Mark Williams vs Michael White
Kyren Wilson vs Ding Junhui
Stuart Bingham vs Lyu Haotian
Anthony McGill vs Liam Highfield
Judd Trump vs Hossein Vafaei
Neil Robertson vs Ashley Hugill
Jack Lisowski vs Matthew Stevens
Luca Brecel vs Noppon Saengkham
John Higgins vs Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Zhao Xintong vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Stephen Maguire
Mark Allen vs Scott Donaldson
Ronnie O'Sullivan vs David Gilbert