Ronnie O'Sullivan's attempts to win a third successive World Snooker Championship will start against world No.122 Robin Hull.
Hull ended Peter Ebdon's 21-year run of world championship appearances with a 10-8 victory in qualifying to book his place at the Crucible.
World No.1 Neil Robertson takes on Robbie Williams in the first round in Sheffield while four-time champion John Higgins faces fellow-Glaswegian Alan McManus.
The 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins begins his campaign against David Gilbert while Mark Selby has been drawn against former-semi-finalist Michael White.
Ebdon, Graeme Dott, Mark Williams, Matthew Stevens, Jimmy White and Steve Davis are among the big names to miss out on the main draw after falling during the qualifying tournament.
Jason Ferguson, World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman said: "It's been an amazing year and there have been unprecedented growth globally. We're seeing a number of players entering the main tour and this event is going to be fantastic."
The world championship starts on Saturday.
World Snooker Championships draw in full:
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Robin Hull, Joe Perry v Jamie Burnett, Shaun Murphy v Jamie Cope, Marco Fu v Martin Gould, Barry Hawkins v David Gilbert, Ricky Walden v Kyron Wilson, Mark Davis v Dominic Dale, Ding Jun-Wei v Michael Wasley, Mark Selby v Michael White, Ali Carter v Xiao Guodong, John Higgins v Alan McManus, Stuart Bingham v Ken Docherty, Judd Trump v Tom Ford, Stephen Maguire v Ryan Day, Mark Allen v Michael Holt, Neil Robertson v Robbie Williams