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Sat 10 am Ixalan Prerelease

Ixalan Prerelease:

Yar, tis Vraska!!!

Pirates…dinosaurs.  Pirates AND Dinosaurs….there is a bunch of cool story behind this new set, but really, do we have to say more?  Pirates on dinosaurs, or if they aren’t fast enough…at risk of being in them….

If you’ve been to a prerelease before, you know how much fun they are…if not…it is a great way to get cards for the new set a week before they officially come out and have a lot of fun (and maybe even win some extra packs along the way). We always run competitive and casual side by side so everybody gets to feel comfortable and have fun.

Gishath, Dino Big Papa

When: Events Sat at 10, Sat at 4, Sun at 10 and a two-headed Giant, Sunday at 3 pm. 

What: The Ixalan Prerelease is a sealed event (in other words, everyone get 6 packs of the new stuff and build best 40 card minimum deck.)  Play either competitive (at least 4 rounds, with bigger fistfuls of prize packs for the winners, but needing to win at least two rounds to get any prize packs.) or casual (play three rounds, win a round, win a pack). Choose when you sign up.

Who: Who is the Ixalan Prerelease good for?  Since everyone is starting from scratch from a new set, this is a great event for all players.  We run a very friendly shop, so particularly for the casual events, feel free to ask for and get help in figuring out what to make.  Regardless of what happens, you get to keep all your cards and have a day worth of fun.

Mechanics for the new set: 

Canceled-excessive heat-Date Night Magic Draft (Kids-9-14) (Price-$25) Kids Magic Draft

Kids-playingIt’s too darn hot (no really…heat is knocking over our ac systems) for the sake of safety and comfort we are canceling all organized play events this weekend.

 

…It’s not called Date Night magic for the kids.   This is kids magic draft is chance for kids to play like the adults in an event with their peers, and for the parents to get a chance to go remember what it’s like to be adults again.

NOTE:  Changes for Date Night:

  1. NEW Location:  1405 Encinal Ave.
  2. Start time 4pm start-End by 8:30. (impt to be on time…)
  3. Pizza now bundled in.  (More space but less easy places for kids to walk to get food…also with the earlier start time, it’s just better to have a fixed time to make a break to have food for all the kids)
  4. New Price ($25) includes two slices of Pizza and a drink.

Date night magic was designed as a way for kids to get a chance for their night out while the parents have a chance for one of their own.  For kids 9-14, the Magic tournament starts at 4 and costs $25 including 3 drafted packs of Magic cards, and one prize pack of Magic cards for each of the 3 matches (2/3 games) that the kid wins, plus dinner (two slices of pizza and a drink).  Dads, Mom’s, older siblings are welcome to play also (though the kids get the packs when they play against an adult…) Kids should know how to play, though they are welcome to ask questions to improve their games. Drafting is great for the kids, since it means that everyone is starting from scratch and has equal chances. Even if they don’t win, they still have all the cards they picked in the draft and a fun evening.  (The place is Dad-run, so we’re real big on having fun and treating each other well.) This is a great kid friendly event in the east bay.

What: Kid’s Date Night Magic: A magic draft for kids (9-14)

When: NEW Earlier Time!!! 4pm start (please be here and registered at lesst 10 minutes before) The 1st weekend of every month. Since this is a draft, everyone needs to be there to get started, so for the sake of all of the kids, please be sure to be on time. Last Round ends at or before 8:30.  Feel free to call the store before hand to see where things are at.

Cost: $25  for the draft, and dinner..(two pieces of  pizza and a drink) after the first and special $2 (half price) deal for sleeves for event players.

Other info:  Parents must leave contact information and stay within the area, and kids need to be well behaved and obey the store rules of conduct to each other, but otherwise, head on out and have good time. Limited to first 24 registered kids, so sign up early if you want to reserve a slot. (info at d20.alameda.com). Must be present by 4 to insure space.

www.d20games.com for more info, or email us at info at d20games.com. 

 

Sun 10am Hour of Devastation Game Day

 

Playmat for Game Day Champion

Hour of Devastation Game Day

When: Aug 5th and 6th @ 10am

Where: D20 Games, 1530 Park Street

Time: 10 AM Saturday ; 10:00 AM Sunday

What:Hours of Devastation  Standard format Swiss competition.

Entry Fee: $10 (two packs per player added into the prize pool)

Promo for Participation

Game Days are the first opportunity for you to play Standard (60 card min. deck with max 15 card sideboard) with the newest cards. Join us for Magic  Game Day. This is a competitive level event, which means that the rules will be enforced at the same level they do at the big events.  (We still play with our normal friendly attitude, but no “wait, I didn’t mean to do that” etc.)   (Advice on how to build a standard deck from Wizards)

The following sets are Standard legal for this event: Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, and Hour of Devastation.

All participants receive an exclusive participation promo  full art card(while supplies last). The Top 8 players each receive an exclusive Foil full-art foil card.  The cards are awarded to the Top 8 players even if the tournament cuts only to the Top 4. In addition, the first place winner of Magic Game Day will receive an exclusive limited-edition Playmat.

Number of rounds will be determined by number of players.

Promo for Top 8 players
  1. 8 players-3 rounds, no top cut
  2. 8-16 players-4-or 5 rounds, cut to top 4(single elimination)
  3. Above 16 players, 4 or more rounds, cut to top 8 (single elimination)

 

Sat 10am Hour of Devastation Game Day

 

Playmat for Game Day Champion

Hour of Devastation Game Day

When: Aug 5th and 6th @ 10am

Where: D20 Games, 1530 Park Street

Time: 10 AM Saturday ; 10:00 AM Sunday

What:Hours of Devastation  Standard format Swiss competition.

Entry Fee: $10 (two packs per player added into the prize pool)

Promo for Participation

Game Days are the first opportunity for you to play Standard (60 card min. deck with max 15 card sideboard) with the newest cards. Join us for Magic  Game Day. This is a competitive level event, which means that the rules will be enforced at the same level they do at the big events.  (We still play with our normal friendly attitude, but no “wait, I didn’t mean to do that” etc.)   (Advice on how to build a standard deck from Wizards)

The following sets are Standard legal for this event: Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, and Hour of Devastation.

All participants receive an exclusive participation promo  full art card(while supplies last). The Top 8 players each receive an exclusive Foil full-art foil card.  The cards are awarded to the Top 8 players even if the tournament cuts only to the Top 4. In addition, the first place winner of Magic Game Day will receive an exclusive limited-edition Playmat.

Number of rounds will be determined by number of players.

Promo for Top 8 players
  1. 8 players-3 rounds, no top cut
  2. 8-16 players-4-or 5 rounds, cut to top 4(single elimination)
  3. Above 16 players, 4 or more rounds, cut to top 8 (single elimination)

 

Friday Night Magic

New Location—1530 Park Street

160x600_FNMCost is $15 and comes with an optional pack of $3.50 ultra pro sleeves for only $2 extra. Format is casual, playing 3 rounds, with a pack for a prize for the winner of each round.

The Friday drafts start later, so are recommended for adults (or more advanced kids).  We run more kid friendly events on other times

BTW…GREAT Draft Practice sites

Come on in.  Drafts are a great way for everybody to start out on the same footing and have an equal chance to win and an guaranteed chance to have fun. While we have some great competitive players, we take great pride in remembering that playing games is supposed to be fun and focusing on helping everybody have a great time.

Players should know how to play the game, but players who have never tried drafting, new players, and players who haven’t played for a long time will find us a warm and welcoming group, who will help them to get comfortable so we can add new people to our mix.If you want help in getting more comfortable before hand, come on in and we’ll hook you up with one of our regulars to help out.  Being a comfortable and fun place to play is our specialty.

We also run kid specific drafts on the first Saturday of each month. We also do Two-headed Giants on most other Saturdays that end by 8:30 and are friendly for almost every age and experience group.

www.d20alameda.com 510-522-2109.

Sun 11am Hour of Devastation Release-Sealed Starter

Release weekend promo cardThe dragon’s plans spanned millennia and his perception straddled centuries, a winding maze of possibility and circumstance and statistics and likelihood. Usually the dragon played the odds when shaping his decisions—but now, to manifest his needs, the dragon would need to be violent in his choices….” Hour of Devastation Prerelease story snippit..WOTC. 

Draft and Sealed Simulator

The sands of Amonkhet swirl from the wind of the drumbeat wings as the greatest of dragons battles his fellow gods for the fate of those below, living, dead or something more than both.  At the Hour of Devastation Prerelease…battle with or as those gods to determine who will live, die, or go to Jack in the box later as zombies. (Hey, just ’cause you’re undead doesn’t mean a shake won’t hit the spot. Besides, where else can a zombie go at 3 in the morning when everyone else is sleeping.)   Welcome to the second chapter in the Egyptia-inspired  desert plane,  where life after death is just part of life…

When: Events– Friday Night Magic at 7, Sat, Two Headed Giant at 4, Sun at 11 and a League Starter Sealed, Sunday at 11 pm. 

What: Sealed event (get 6 packs 4 Hours and 2 Amonkhet and build best 40 card deck.)  Three rounds, win a round, win a pack.  This event will be a double bonus because the packs you get for this event can also be used for participating in the hours of Devastation league.  The league will be an ongoing sealed, where each Thursday you can get a new pack to add for $3, provided you have done at least 3 matches the previous week.  We will do that league going on for the next 8 weeks, including a special league box for a limited number of players.

Who: Who’s it good for?  Since everyone is starting from scratch from a new set, this is a great event for all players.  We run a very friendly shop, so particularly for the casual events, feel free to ask for and get help in figuring out what to make.  Regardless of what happens, you get to keep all your cards and have a day worth of fun.

Nicol Bolas, Got Pharoh
Nicol is Back!!

About the set

The Cards 

The New Mechanics 

Samut the Tested

4pm THG Hour of Devastation Release

The dragon’s plans spanned millennia and his perception straddled centuries, a winding maze of possibility and circumstance and statistics and likelihood. Usually the dragon played the odds when shaping his decisions—but now, to manifest his needs, the dragon would need to be violent in his choices….” Hour of Devastation Prerelease story snippit..WOTC. 

Draft and Sealed Simulator

The sands of Amonkhet swirl from the wind of the drumbeat wings as the greatest of dragons battles his fellow gods for the fate of those below, living, dead or something more than both.  At the Hour of Devastation Prerelease…battle with or as those gods to determine who will live, die, or go to Jack in the box later as zombies. (Hey, just ’cause you’re undead doesn’t mean a shake won’t hit the spot. Besides, where else can a zombie go at 3 in the morning when everyone else is sleeping.)   Welcome to the second chapter in the Egyptia-inspired  desert plane,  where life after death is just part of life…

When: Events– Friday Night Magic at 7, Sat, Two Headed Giant at 4, Sun at 11 and a League Starter Sealed, Sunday at 11 pm. 

What: Two-Headed Giant using the last of our prerelease packs, so 6 packs plus a promo card for EACH of the two player teammates. ($35 at the door, $30 advanced registration.) play three rounds, win a round, win a pack). Choose when you sign up.  Two-headed giant is a two player team event, where the two players share their cards to make a deck for each of them that they play as a team.  Great for buddies, couples, parent kid combos or anyone who wants to share the fun.  Kinda like tandem skydiving, as long as one person knows how to play, the other can just enjoy the ride.

Who: Who’s it good for?  Since everyone is starting from scratch from a new set, this is a great event for all players.  We run a very friendly shop, so particularly for the casual events, feel free to ask for and get help in figuring out what to make.  Regardless of what happens, you get to keep all your cards and have a day worth of fun.

Nicol Bolas, Got Pharoh
Nicol is Back!!

About the set

The Cards 

The New Mechanics 

Samut the Tested

FNM Hour of Devastation Release

(Online sales end 1 hour before all events)

Release weekend promo cardThe dragon’s plans spanned millennia and his perception straddled centuries, a winding maze of possibility and circumstance and statistics and likelihood. Usually the dragon played the odds when shaping his decisions—but now, to manifest his needs, the dragon would need to be violent in his choices….” Hour of Devastation Prerelease story snippit..WOTC. 

Draft and Sealed Simulator

The sands of Amonkhet swirl from the wind of the drumbeat wings as the greatest of dragons battles his fellow gods for the fate of those below, living, dead or something more than both.  At the Hour of Devastation Prerelease…battle with or as those gods to determine who will live, die, or go to Jack in the box later as zombies. (Hey, just ’cause you’re undead doesn’t mean a shake won’t hit the spot. Besides, where else can a zombie go at 3 in the morning when everyone else is sleeping.)   Welcome to the second chapter in the Egyptian-inspired  desert plane,  where life after death is just part of life…

When: Events– Friday Night Magic at 7, Sat, Two Headed Giant at 4, Sun at 11 and a League Starter Sealed, Sunday at 11 pm. 

What: Draft–Each player gets 3 packs, opens and picks a card and passes the rest to the person next to them.  Lather, rinse and repeat until all the cards from the packs have been picked.  Take about 23-26 of the 40+ cards you get and add land to make a 40 card minimum deck. Play 3 rounds, win a round, win a pack with an option of a free draft to those who go undefeated.  Since it’s a new set, and none of us know what we are doing yet, it’s a great time for new players to come and join.

Who: Who’s it good for?  Since everyone is starting from scratch from a new set, this is a great event for all players.  We run a very friendly shop, so particularly for the casual events, feel free to ask for and get help in figuring out what to make.  Regardless of what happens, you get to keep all your cards and have a day worth of fun.

Nicol Bolas, Got Pharoh
Nicol is Back!!

About the set

The Cards 

The New Mechanics 

Samut the Tested

Sun 3pm THG Hour of Devastation Prerelease

The dragon’s plans spanned millennia and his perception straddled centuries, a winding maze of possibility and circumstance and statistics and likelihood. Usually the dragon played the odds when shaping his decisions—but now, to manifest his needs, the dragon would need to be violent in his choices….” Hour of Devastation Prerelease story snippit..WOTC. 

The sands of Amonkhet swirl from the wind of the drumbeat wings as the greatest of dragons battles his fellow gods for the fate of those below, living, dead or something more than both.  At the Hour of Devastation Prerelease…battle with or as those gods to determine who will live, die, or go to Jack in the box later as zombies. (Hey, just ’cause you’re undead doesn’t mean a shake won’t hit the spot. Besides, where else can a zombie go at 3 in the morning when everyone else is sleeping.)   Welcome to the second chapter in the Egyptia-inspired  desert plane,  where life after death is just part of life…

When: Events Sat at 10, Sat at 4, Sun at 10 and a two-headed Giant, Sunday at 3 pm. 

About Two Headed Giants

Parent & Kids playing two-headed Giant
Parent & Kids playing two-headed Giant

Two-headed giants are a team Magic the Gathering event. Teams usually comprise of buddies, parent/kid combos, and a lot of couples.  Both players play together, sharing a life total, showing each other their cards, consulting with each other and playing at the same times.  Because of that it is both great social fun, and probably the best way for a new player, or someone who is just curious what their buddy/kid/or SO likes so much about the game to get a chance to try without feeling any pressure to know all (or any) of the rules.  Think of it like tandem skydiving…you get all the fun, without having to worry about when to pull the rip-cord.(It is particularly great for Moms or Dads who want to have a really cool date night with their kids. This event is a GREAT way for parents to figure out what this thing the kids are doing is anyway, and for the kids to get a chance to be the ones who know what is going on for a change. ;-)Because you play as a team and can help each other out, the kid gets to be the smart one for a change, and the parent gets to play without needing to worry about “doing it wrong”. Also…kids love having their mom or dad help them try and beat another team.)

Each player (head) gets one prerelease kitchen and shares them with their partner to make two 40 card decks, one for each player . You’ll have plenty of cards to use to make interesting decks with that number of packs, and the cards you open are yours to keep.  Teams play 3 matches against other teams (since the team starts with 30 life instead of twenty, it is a single game…they usually last anywhere from 25-50 minutes.) If you win a round, each team gets two prize packs.  If you lost, you will most likely be paired up with someone else who had the same type of night, so it tends to balance itself out.

Nicol Bolas, Got Pharoh
Nicol is Back!!

http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/hour-devastation/storytelling

http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/hour-devastation/cards

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/hour-devastation-mechanics-2017-06-16

 

 

Samut the Tested

Sun 10am Hour of Devastation Prerelease

The dragon’s plans spanned millennia and his perception straddled centuries, a winding maze of possibility and circumstance and statistics and likelihood. Usually the dragon played the odds when shaping his decisions—but now, to manifest his needs, the dragon would need to be violent in his choices….” Hour of Devastation Prerelease story snippit..WOTC. 

The sands of Amonkhet swirl from the wind of the drumbeat wings as the greatest of dragons battles his fellow gods for the fate of those below, living, dead or something more than both.  At the Hour of Devastation Prerelease…battle with or as those gods to determine who will live, die, or go to Jack in the box later as zombies. (Hey, just ’cause you’re undead doesn’t mean a shake won’t hit the spot. Besides, where else can a zombie go at 3 in the morning when everyone else is sleeping.)   Welcome to the second chapter in the Egyptia-inspired  desert plane,  where life after death is just part of life…

When: Events Sat at 10, Sat at 4, Sun at 10 and a two-headed Giant, Sunday at 3 pm. 

What: Sealed Standard event (get 6 packs of the new stuff and build best 40 card deck.)  Play either competitive (at least 4 rounds, with bigger fistfuls of prize packs for the winners, but needing to win at least two rounds to get any prize packs.) or casual (play three rounds, win a round, win a pack). Choose when you sign up.

Who: Who’s it good for?  Since everyone is starting from scratch from a new set, this is a great event for all players.  We run a very friendly shop, so particularly for the casual events, feel free to ask for and get help in figuring out what to make.  Regardless of what happens, you get to keep all your cards and have a day worth of fun.

Nicol Bolas, Got Pharoh
Nicol is Back!!

http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/hour-devastation/storytelling

http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/hour-devastation/cards

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/hour-devastation-mechanics-2017-06-16

 

 

Samut the Tested

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