Factsheet Tournament Information

Posted in Feature on September 13, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

3 & 4 November 2007

Format: Standard
Tournament Location:
Targi W Krakovie
Centralna street 41A
Krakow 31-586, Poland

Celebrate 10 years of Grand Prix!

Grand Prix are the most exciting events the DCI offers. They're high-energy and held around the world.

The main event is all about competition, but there are also plenty of other reasons to come. Grand Prix’s in Europe are true Magic events. Besides the main tournaments, there’s plenty of excitement throughout the weekend that you can enjoy… Side events, Magic artists on site to sign your Magic cards, gunslinging against the pro’s, and lots more…

Tournament Format And Schedule 

  • Tournament Format: Standard
  • Participation Fee: € 10 or 40 Zloty

  • Registration:
    Friday 2 November: from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.
    Saturday 3 November: from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.
  • Tournament begins: 09:00 A.M
  • Sunday 4 November: The top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 8:00 A.M.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Krakow is open to Magic players of all ages.

  • Tournament Structure
    • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
    • Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive (day1) and Professional (day2)
    • The Top 64 players (or 128 if 800 or more players registered for the main event) advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
    • The top 16 Players will receive invitations to a Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    There's the standard “main-tournament” prize schedule as well as a special “Amateur" prize schedule. The Amateur prizes will be paid to the highest-finishing amateur players in addition to any winnings those players receive from the main tournament prize schedule. All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
    Main Tournament Prize Schedule  
    Finish Prize
    1 $3,000
    2 $2,000
    3 $1,400
    4 $1,300
    5-8 $900
    9-16 $500
    17-20 $400
    21-32 $300
    33-40 $200
    41-50 $150
    51-64 $100
      Total: $25,000
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule  
    Finish Prize
    1 $1,500
    2 $1,000
    3 $750
    4 $400
    5 $350
    6 $300
    7 $250
    8 $200
    9 $150
    10 $100
      Total: $5,000

Pro Point Distribution
1st place: 8
2nd place: 6
3-4th place: 5
5-8th place: 4
9-16th place: 3
17-32nd place: 2
33-64th place: 1

Amateur Status
A player is considered to have Amateur status if he or she has never participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship event. If a player has ever participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship event, that player no longer has Amateur status, may not participate in those tournaments which are limited to those with amateur status, and is not eligible for Amateur awards at tournaments which offer such awards. The top finishing players with Amateur status at the beginning of the tournament are eligible to receive these prizes.A team is considered to have Amateur status if all of the individual members of the team have Amateur status (i.e., all members of the team have never participated in a Pro Tour or World Championship event). Note: Players who had previously lost their amateur status due to have Pro Points earned only at Grand Prix events will have their amateur status reinstated.

Tournament Byes (Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year)
Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 3 or higher
  • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 2000 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on October 31, 2007.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2
  • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1900 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on October 31, 2007.

First-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 1
  • DCI players with a Constructed rating of 1800 or higher. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Byes are based on DCI Constructed ratings published on October 31, 2007.

Trial winners:

People who win a Trial event are awarded 3 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down.

Side Events:

Click here for the side events schedule

Side entertainment

Besides the main tournament and plenty of side events, GP Krakow has a lot to offer.
  • Get you cards signed!
    Ben Thompson will be on site throughout the weekend to sign your favorite cards.
  • Pros will be available on Sunday for gunslinging
    Are you brave enough to challenge them? As well as the fun of playing against a pro, if you manage to defeat them in one of these friendly but serious duels, you can even win boosters  
  • Win a trip to the next European GP in 2007
    Fill in the contest voucher on site (Saturday only) and maybe you will win a trip to the next European Grand Prix of 2007 (travel + hotel) or one of the many other Magic prizes.  
  • Moxradio brings you the action… live!
    Richard Hagon and Ben Coleman bring you Pro interviews, strategy, match reports, updates, and commentary throughout the weekend.
  • Read all about GP Krakow in the Gazetteer
    The Gazetteer
    Pages: 1, 2, 3
  • Want to be a Magic judge?
    Then take a judge test on site and maybe you’ll be attending the next Grand Prix as a certified judge.

Travel Information:

Hotels in walking distance from the site: There are few hotels close to the site, but every hotel in the centre of Krakow is reachable by train or taxi.
Krakow’s downtown consists of more than 80 hotels, ranging from luxurious to small, family-run hotels.
And many, many more

Book your hotel well in advance because the cities hotels fill up fast.
There are also some camping sites available:

Youth hostels, summer hotels and institutions renting guest rooms offer accommodations usually at lower rates. More info on www.krakow.pl
* John Paul II International airport of Krakow at Balice offers daily flights to and from Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Rome, Zurich, London and many more. Up to date information regarding airline connections are available via www.lotnisko-balice.pl

Budget airlines that depart from the airport in Balice:

The Targi W Krakovie is located about 20 minutes drive from downtown Krakow. The A-4 motorway leads to Krakow straight from the Polish-German border.

There are different car rental companies available:
www.accar.pl www.avis.pl www.budget.pl www.wypozyczalnia.auto.plwww.europcar.com.pl www.express.pl www.hertz.com.pl www.joka.pl www.e-lupus.pl www.nationalcar.com.pl www.west.krakow.pl

Trains arrive in Krakow direct from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Rumania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary.

If you can stand the cold you can always rent a scooter to get around. More info on www.rentabike.pl.

The easiest to reach the site, because it’s located outside the city centre is by taxi. A taxi will cost you around 20 zloty and take around 20 minutes. Negotiate price up-front. Taxis are cheap but sometimes overcharge tourists.
There is a tram behind the corner of the site named "Centralna". There are 3 trams going from the city centre directly to the site. Tram 1, 14 and 22. The stop for tram 14 is located 17 minutes walking from the main railway station in Krakow in the direction of Mistrzejowice.
Tickets for trams and buses are available from newsstands and MPK customer points and for additional fee from the tram and bus drivers. There are different types of tickets available amongst time-limited tickets (1h, 24h, 48h, 72h) one-time tickets, zone tickets, etc.

The Targi W Krakovie is located about 20 minutes drive from downtown Krakow.

Krakow is one of the most beautiful Polish cities, founded more than a thousand years ago. It served as Poland’s capital until the early 17th century. Krakow is seen by many as a magical city. The magic can best be contemplated in one of the hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and outdoor gardens in both districts, offering delicious original cuisine in no less pleasing atmospheres. More info on www.krakow.pl/miasto/gastronomia or www.knajpy.krakow.pl.

Krakow is rich in history going back to the Romanesque structures seen in the city.

An added attraction is the famous, 700-year-old Wieliczka salt mine nearby with its magnificient St.Kingais Chapel carved of salt 125 meters underground. Like old Krakow, it is listed by UNESCO as World cultural heritage site.

Located not far from Krakow is the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. A memento from the World War 2.

Horse-drawn sightseeing tours depart from Barbican at the end of Ul. Florianska. More information about the river tram or cruises can be found via www.tramwajwodny.pl or www.ster.net.pl

Contact Information

Do you have any comments or suggestions? Drop them in the Idea Box that you'll find at the tournament site.

For more information on the GP
Tel: +32 70/233.277
e-mail: DCIeurope@hasbro.be

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