Grand Prix-Rimini

Posted in Feature on December 4, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

13th & 14th September

Format: Block constructed
Tournament Location:
Palacongressi della Riviera
Via Della Fiera 52
47900 Rimini

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 Game Play against the pro’s, and lots more…

Tournament Format And Schedule

  • Tournament Format: Block Constructed
  • Participation Fee: € 15

  • Registration:
    Friday 12 September: from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M.
    Saturday 13 September: from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.
  • Tournament begins: 09:00 A.M
  • Sunday 14 September: The top 64 (or 128) players begin play at 8:00 A.M.

The main tournament at Grand Prix–Rimini 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 the 1st Pro Tour in 2009
  • 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 10/09/2008.

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 10/09/2008.

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 10/09/2008.

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 Rimini has a lot to offer.
  • Get you cards signed!
    Justin Sweet and Rk Post will be on site throughout the weekend to sign your favorite cards.
  • Pros will be available on Sunday for Gunslinging Game Play
    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 Rimini 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:


The city is positioned along the A14 motorway which connects it to Bologna and Milan going North and to Bari going South.
The Riviera region has four motorway exits: Rimini Nord, Rimini Sud, Riccione and Cattolica. Using the A14 from Rimini you can easily reach the A4 which will take you to Venice and the A22 which heads towards the Brennero Pass.
It is also very easy to reach the A1 which will take you to Florence, Rome, and Naples.

A good railway network connects the RIMINI RIVIERA to the rest of Italy. There are train stations in Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica.
From these stations, you can easily reach Bologna in an hour, Milan in 3 hours, Florence in just 2, and Rome in 4.
Don't forget that in Italy you have to pass your train ticket through the machines to be valid

Federico Fellini's Airport is right nearby the city's hotels and convention centres. Rimini International Airport is connected with regular flights to Rome Fiumicino and other international airport.

Bologna International Airport
The airport in Bologna is approximately 100 km from Rimini by motorway and can be reached in an hour by train.
Bologna International Airport has daily connections with all of the major Italian, European, and international cities throughout the world and is served by all of the major airlines.

The low cost company Ryan air has daily flights to Bologna (Forli) airport which is 30 minutes by train to Rimini.
Flying to Bologna and going further by train to Rimini will probably be the cheapest and easiest way to go.
Because of the recent commotion surrounding "Alitalia's" potentially approaching bancrupcy we can not recommended flying with this airline, even though prices of alternative airlines have noticeably increased because of it.

Beach, discotheques, Sun, Italian food…What more to say?


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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