Grand Prix - Bologna

Posted in Feature on April 29, 2005

By Wizards of the Coast

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is an international circuit of large-scale Qualifier tournaments featuring cash prizes and multiple invitations to Pro Tour events.

Win a trip to Grand Prix Nottingham
...and many other Magic prizes!
At Grand Prix Bologna fill out the voucher* that you'll find at the DCI booth and deposit it in the designated box before Saturday, June 11– 5 pm. A draw will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 6pm.

  • 1st prize: Trip to Grand Prix Nottingham
    • Plane ticket to and from the GP
    • 3 hotel nights (breakfast included)
    • 1 free side event per day (2 in total)
  • 2nd - 10th prize: An Grand Prix Sweater.
  • 11nd - 20th prize: Free side event voucher (to be used at any European GP in 2005)

* Only 1 entry per person.


There is no pre-registration necessary for this event because it is open for everyone to enter.

Tournament Format And Schedule

The format for Grand Prix–Bologna is Kamigawa Limited; Sealed Deck (1 tournament pack, one booster BoK and one booster SoK ) with day 2 Booster Draft. All DCI Limited-format rules, Magic Floor Rules, and all subsequent updates will be enforced.

Friday, June 10: Registration from 4:00 – 8:00 PM.
Saturday, June 11: Registration from 8:00 - 9:00 A.M.
Tournament begins at 9:00 A.M. The Top 64 players advance to competition on Sunday
Sunday, June 12: The Top 64 players begin play at 8:00 A.M.

Tournament Location

Via Gino Cervi 2
40033 Casalecchio di Reno
Bologna Italy
+39 199 128 800

Participation Fee

Including all product for Sealed Deck and drafts 25 €


The main tournament at Grand Prix–Bologna is open to Magic players of all ages.
In the event that a player who wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation shall be extended to the next-best finisher in that Grand Prix. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

  • Tournament Structure
    The structure for Grand Prix–Bologna will be modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds), with the Top 64 players (or 128 if 800 or more players registered for the main event) advancing to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations. The top 8 previously uninvited Players will receive invitations to Pro Tour-London
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    Grand Prix–Bologna will feature 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
    Total: $17,500
    Amateur Division Prize Schedule
    Total: $7,500
  • Amateur Status
    A player is considered to have amateur status if he or she has 0 lifetime pro points. If a player has ever been awarded ANY pro points from a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, or World Championship event, that player no longer has amateur status, may not participate in the Amateur Championship or Junior Super Series tournaments, and is not eligible for amateur awards at Grand Prix or other tournaments.

Side Events

Besides the numerous side events which are single elimination there will also be a Vintage tournament on Sunday.

Vintage tournament
Straight Swiss, no top 8, K-Value 32
Costs: 5€ (players who played in the GP only pay 2€)
Start time: 10.00


Randy Gallegos
Ben Thompson


Alla Rocca Hotel Bologna-Bazzano
Via Matteotti 76
40053 Bologna-Bazzano

Tel: +39 (051) 831217
Fax: +39 (051) 830690

The Alla Rocca Hotel Bologna Bazzano is dedicated with the tradition of hospitality since 1796. In a renovated setting that blends ancient and modern times into an harmonious blend of fundamental furnishings, we offer our international clientele and local guests the atmosphere and comforts of a prestigious 4-star hotel located nearby the Bologna's Airport, for business stay and relaxation.
Visit their website

How To Reach

By car Bologna is along the A1 motorway which connects it to Milan going north and Rome going south. To reach PalaMalaguti, exit at Casalecchio di Reno. Then take the 1bis exit and follow directions for “Maranello-Vignola-Palasport”. If you are not coming from the A1 motorway but from the orbital road, take exit number 1 instead of 1bis.

By train PalaMalaguti is directly connected with Bologna Central Railway Station by the suburban railway “Bologna-Bazzano-Vignola” . Get off at Palasport. You should reach it in only 20 minutes. Trains leave from platform 7 at Piazzale Ovest.

By bus You can reach Pala Malaguti by suburban bus from Bologna Central Railway Station. You can take bus 93 and 94 (only on weekday) and nr 671 (on weekdays and on holidays).

Extra busses will be scheduled on

7:30 - 10:30
17:00 - 23:00

7:30 - 10:30
17:00 - 23:00

The extra busses will start in the morning from the rail station and in the evening from Palamalaguti and this every 30 minutes

The daily ticket costs €2.90 and you can buy it at every ticket office at the Railway station

For any information you can contact the ATC Call Center every day from 7.00 am to 8.00 pm on 051.290.290 from Italy.

By plane Take the “Aerobus” to the centre of the city at the Bologna International Airport “Guglielmo Marconi”. Get off at the Central Railway Station, then follow the instructions above yet

For more information contact
Tel: +32 70/233.277

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