Grand Prix Vienna 2008

Posted in Feature on December 4, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

15th & 16th March 2008

Format: Extended
Tournament Location:
Austria Centre Vienna
1220 Vienna (Wien)



Get on the battlefield - Open to all !!

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: Extended
  • Participation Fee: € 15

  • Registration:
    Friday 14 March: from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.
    Saturday 15 March: from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.
  • Tournament begins: 09:00 A.M
  • Sunday 16 March: The top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 8:00 A.M.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Vienna 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 Hollywood
  • Tournament Divisions and Prizes
    All prizes are in U.S. Dollars.
    Main Tournament Prize Schedule
    Finish Prize
    1 $3,500
    2 $2,300
    3 $1,500
    4 $1,500
    5-8 $1000
    9-12 $600
    13-16 $500
    17-32 $400
    33-64 $200

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

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 4 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 TBC.

Second-Round Byes

  • Players with a Players Club level of 2 or 3
  • 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 TBC.

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 TBC.

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 Vienna has a lot to offer.
  • Get you cards signed!
    John Avon and Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai 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 2008
    Fill in the contest voucher on site (Saturday only) and maybe you will win a trip to the next European Grand Prix of 2008 (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 Vienna 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: 

Low-budget accommodations can be found here


A taxi will take you around 15 to 20 minutes from the city centre.

Public transport:
All main train stations are directly connected with a metro ligne.
The venue can easily be reached by using the U1 metro line (red). From the stop ‘VIC/Kaisermühlen’ follow the signs leading to Austria Center.

Public transports run from about 5.30 am to 12.30 am. At night you can use train lines and the Nightline (busses). They operate every 30 minutes – so even for night owls a save trip home without taxis is guaranteed.

Vienna international airport is located in Schwechat, just outside Vienna From there you can take trains to the city centre. The CAT (City Airport Train) offers direct journeys for € 8, while the S7 takes 15 minutes more and costs about € 3.40. A taxi would cost you between €40 and €50.

More information on

A traditional Viennese pub is the "Heuriger". The best pubs are in the outer regions and serve mainly wine and traditional Viennese food which consists mostly of meat and desserts. Look for restaurants around the universities in the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th district if you want to eat cheap.

For clubbers there i's the "Fluc", located in an unused underground pedestrian passage at the 'Praterstern' and of course the "Flex" which is said to have the best sound system in Europe and it's conveniently located at one of the Danube's side arms, the "Donaukanal".

Other places of interest:
•Prater : The oldest amusement Park
•Friedhof der Namenlosen (Cemetery of the nameless) and ‘Zenralfriedhof’ where the unnamed bodies found in the Danube were buried
•Kaisergruft: where many former Habsburg members are buried
•Museums: ‘Naturhistorische Museum’ (Natural museum), ‘kunsthistorische Museum’ Museum of Art) with the largest collection of Flemish and Dutch art in the world. Nearby you can also find the "Museumsquartier

You can find more information on:

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

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