Grand Prix Vienna Event Information


 Information  

Grand Prix Vienna is brought to you by Gordian Knot Games Ltd.

Date: March 21–23, 2014

Format: Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Booster Draft

Tournament Location

Messe Wien Congress Centre
Entrance D
Messeplatz
Postfach 277 A-1021
Wien
Click here for map.

Important notice

The main tournament at Grand Prix Vienna is open to Magic players of all ages, however some additional requirements must be met for Minors to be able to participate in events at Grand Prix Vienna:

  • Anyone attending under the age of 18 is required to have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate.
  • Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and is also required to have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian signed in person at the registration in order to participate.

Any player under the age of 18 who does not present the proper documentation or meet the requirements above will not be allowed entry into events.

For more information, please visit the Tournament Organizer's website here.

Registration: €50
In the event hall: 14:00 to 22:00 Friday March 21, 2014
Online: grandprix.gordianknotgames.co.uk (closes 22:00 Friday March 21, 2014)

There will be no Saturday registration for this event.

Entry into the Grand Prix event venue is free of charge.

Many Grand Prix offer additional services to participants, such as Sleep-In Specials and VIP packages. Sleep-In Specials allow players with byes to skip the player meeting on Saturday and arrive shortly before their first round begins. VIP packages provide various perks such as complimentary bottled water, special seating, and exclusive artist signings. Details of these services vary from event to event; please check the organizer's site for specifics.



Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).

Once again Vienna hosts a European Grand Prix and with the format as Theros Block Sealed, it should prove to be very popular. However we also have loads of extras for you to enjoy such as artist signing, free seminars and shows plus tonnes of great side events such as the Super Sunday Series, Rebound event and discount drafts.

But there is also the great city of Vienna to enjoy with is great history, coffee houses and exciting night life. So make sure that you preregister to guarantee that you will have a place at Grand Prix Vienna.

 
  Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Vienna at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Marijn Lybaert, Pro Tour Hall of Famer Frank Karsten, Simon Görtzen, Rich Hagon, and Steven Leeming. The live video stream will start at approximately 2 p.m. local time / 8 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. GMT.

The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to step up your game, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play Magic. Grand Prix tournaments are world-wide open events that allow all Magic players to participate and experience the thrill of a large-scale competition over three days. In addition to cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, the Grand Prix features a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings. Side-event tournaments begin Friday, with the Grand Prix main event running Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.



 

Tournament Format and Schedule

Place Prize Money Pro Points
1 $4,000 8
2 $2,700 6
3-4 $1,500 5
5-8 $1,000 4
9-12 $600 3
13-16 $550 3
17-23 $500 2
24-32 $400 2
33-64 $300 1
65-100 $250* 0
101-150 $200* 0
*If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200-2,399 participants, prize money will be paid out to 100th place. If Grand Prix attendance is 2,400 or more participants, prize money will be paid out to 150th place.
Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Magic 2015 in Portland (August 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Format: Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Booster Draft
Participation Fee: €50

Registration and Schedule

  • In the event hall:14:00 to 22:00 Friday March 21, 2014
  • Online: grandprix.gordianknotgames.co.uk (closes 22:00 Friday March 21, 2014)
  • Saturday, March 22: Grand Prix Vienna begins at 09:00
  • Sunday, March 23: Day Two begins at 09:00

Registration to the Grand Prix main event closes Friday night. There will be no Saturday registration.

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

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Grand Prix Vienna. Forms can be downloaded here.

The main tournament at Grand Prix Vienna is open to Magic players of all ages, however some additional requirements must be met for Minors to be able to participate in events at Grand Prix Vienna:

  • Anyone attending under the age of 18 is required to have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate.
  • Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and is also required to have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian signed in person at the registration in order to participate.

Any player under the age of 18 who does not present the proper documentation or meet the requirements above will not be allowed entry into events.

For more information, please visit the Tournament Organizer’s website here.

Tournament Format

  • Theros/Born of the Gods Sealed/Draft
  • Day One: Sealed Deck
  • Day Two and Top 8: Booster draft
  • Sealed Deck Product: 3 packs Born of the Gods, 3 packs Theros
  • Booster Draft Product: 1 Born of the Gods booster and 2 Theros boosters (drafted in that order)
  • Deck lists are required.
  • If product is not stamped or preregistered, deck registration and deck swap will be performed for the Swiss Sealed Deck.

Tournament Structure

  • Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
  • Day One will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day Two will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
  • If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
  • The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day Two will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination playoff.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will be best 2 of 3.
  • Top 8 playoff matches will have no time limit. (Players are still expected to play at a normal pace and complete playoff matches in a reasonable amount of time.)
  • The Top 8 players will be seated randomly at the draft table immediately prior to drafting. The Top 8 bracket will be determined using this random seating.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • For the first game of each match in the Top 8, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).

Judges
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Vienna is Jurgen Baert. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Judge Center.

Notes

  • Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day One and Professional on Day Two.
  • The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the Magic Document Center .
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
  • 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 does not pass down under any circumstances. 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 Byes

 Grand Prix Trials  

Last-Chance Trials: Friday, April 11
Time: From 12:00 on Friday March 14. Registration for trials closes at 17:00 for sealed and 18:00 for Standard
Format: Standard and Sealed Deck 32-Player Single Elimination Flights
Cost: €12 (Standard) or €32 (Sealed Deck)
Planeswalker Points Multiplier: x3
* Times are approximate and subject to change.

Other Grand Prix Vienna Trials will be run at WPN locations in the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. Each offers one Two-Round bye to Grand Prix Vienna.

  • Grand Prix Vienna Trials Information
  • More Information on Grand Prix Byes
  • Find a Trial Near You!

Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Vienna, the cutoff date will be March 19th.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:

Third-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame

Second-Round Byes

  • Winners of Grand Prix Vienna Trial tournaments.
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver

First-Round Byes

  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #1 (December 2, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2014 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014)

Trial winners
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded two byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.



 

Side Events

Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Listed below are the side events offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on the Gordian Knot Games's website. All side events (except casual events) will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.

As well as for the main event, the same age requirements apply for all side events at this event.

  • Anyone attending under the age of 18 is required to have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate.
  • Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and is also required to have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian signed in person at the registration in order to participate.

Any player under the age of 18 who does not present the proper documentation or meet the requirements above will not be allowed entry into events.

For more information, please visit the Tournament Organizer's website here.

Friday
Last-Chance Trials
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. Last-Chance Trials are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register. For more info, check out the Byes section of this page.

"Foiled Again"
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get 1 past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.

Saturday
Value Drafts
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.

"Rebound" Event
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see below). Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.

Sunday
Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 8 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a commemorative Grand Prix water bottle. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship 2015, expected to be held in January 23-24 2015 in Seattle. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more.



 

Artist Information

Additional artists will be confirmed nearer to the Grand Prix.


Other Hall Attractions

Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 pm we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.



 

Travel Information

More information can be found on the Messe Wien website.

The underground line serving this area is U2 and the closest station is Krieau.

Arriving by Plane
To reach the venue, take the CAT (City Airport Train) to Wien Mitte/Landstraße – take the U4 line in direction Heiligenstadt – get out at Schottenring – take the U2 line in direction Aspernstraße. Get off at Krieau.

Arriving by Train
From SÜD/OSTBAHNHOF take the underground line U6 towards Floridsdorf to Längenfeldgasse. Then take the U4 line in the direction of Heiligenstadt to Schottenring. Finally it is the U2 line in direction Aspernstraße. Get off at Krieau.



 

Contact Information

Tournament Organizer: Gordian Knot Games Ltd
Email: info@gordianknotgames.co.uk
Phone: +441474 770030
To supply prize payout information: gpprizes@gordianknotgames.co.uk

Tournament Location

Messe Wien Congress Centre
Entrance D
Messeplatz
Postfach 277 A-1021
Wien
Click here for map.

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