Grand Prix Vienna 2013

I t has been an amazing weekend full of exciting Magic here in Vienna, Austria. 1,465 players entered the tournament on Saturday, 205 escaped Day 1's grueling nine rounds with records of 7-2 and returned on Sunday, but at the very end only eight players stood above the rest and headed to the play-offs. Those eight included both the 13th ranked player in the world Jérémy Dezani as well as number 10 Stanislav Cifka, though when the smoke cleared, little-known Polish player Marcin Staciwa was the last man standing. He had started the Grand Prix with a remarkable 12-0 run and actually only lost one match throughout the course of the event.

Like so many, Staciwa had chosen Mono-Blue Devotion which, while certainly not new, was the big story of the weekend. Five of the six 9-0 players ran Mono-Blue, it was the deck most represented in Day 2, and it put the most players in the Top 8. Standard at the moment appears to be firmly in the grip of mono-colored devotion decks. With the Standard qualifier season for Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx beginning next week and with the upcoming Grand Prix in Dallas/Fort Worth also in the Standard format, we'll soon get more input as to what the best deck is. Previous Grand Prix made the case for Mono-Black Devotion; this one emphatically argued for Mono-Blue, as not a single Gray Merchant of Asphodel made it to the Top 16, as opposed to 28 copies of Thassa, God of the Sea .

Until next time, we say good bye and ... Congratulations to Marcin Staciwa, champion of Grand Prix Vienna 2013!

top 8 bracket


(1) Robin Dolar

(8) Oliver Polak-Rottmann

(4) Jeremy Dezani

(5) Stanislav Cifka

(2) Marcin Staciwa

(7) Johan Prinzell

(3) Niklas Kaltenböck

(6) Manuel Cecilia


Robin Dolar, 2-1

(13) Jeremy Dezani, 2-0

Marcin Staciwa, 2-1

Niklas Kaltenböck, 2-1


Robin Dolar, 2-1

Marcin Staciwa, 2-0


Marcin Staciwa, 2-1



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1. Marcin Staciwa $3,500
2. Robin Dolar $2,300
3. Niklas Kaltenböck $1,500
4. (13) Jeremy Dezani $1,500
5. (10) Stanislav Cifka $1,000
6. Manuel Cecilia $1,000
7. Johan Prinzell $1,000
8. Oliver Polack-Rottman $1,000

pairings, results, standings


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9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 Decklists

by Frank Karsten

Jeremy Dezani

Manuel Cecilia

Oliver Polak-Rottmann

Johan Prinzell

Stanislav Cifka

Robin Dollar

Niklas Kaltenböck

Marcin Staciwa

Top 16 Decklists

by Frank Karsten

Petr Sochurek (9th, 13-2, Mono Blue Devotion)

Sascha Weilguni (10th, 13-2, Green Devotion)

Dominik Prosek (11th, 12-3, Mono Blue Devotion)

Andreas Ganz (12th, 12-3, Black Control splashing white)

Valentin Mackl (13th, 12-3, Mono Blue Devotion)

Tomas Kuchta (14th, 12-3, Mono Blue Devotion)

Fabrice Karoune (15th, 12-3, Esper Control)

Marios Angelopoulos (16th, 12-3, Esper Control)