It’s BAACCKKK….This special version of magic is specially tuned as mutant hybrid of the “everybody starts out evenness” of Drafting with the “I get to play with/ whomp on my buddies” group play of Commander. This time its adding a couple of new mechanics:
Goad (the ability to provoke another creature to attack)
Melee (rewarding spreading the love by adding +1,+1 to a creature for every opponent you attack that turn)
Council’s Dilemma (where each vote really counts, since each vote does an effect all by itself)
The Monarch, not the butterfly, but a king of the hill style crown that gives all sorts of goodies, but gets taken away whenever another player takes a successful shot at ya.
“Really, they reprinted that!!” Eternal Masters (releasing 6/10/16) is the third set in the limited print run Masters series, this time bringing back some of the best cards from the eternal formats (cards from before 8th edition, special editions, and those that got banned because they were just too good.) Like there predecessors, these packs won’t come cheap, and will almost definitely go up and up in price over the next year, but we will do our best to allocate them for playing over just buying boxes.
Before you ask, no there are not duel lands or power nine in this set. Wizards has been good to their promise never to reprint those items on the so called Reserve list, but short of that, this set looks beyond amazing, with a shocking number of some of the best cards in all of Magic, from arguably the king of Planeswalkers, Jace the Mindsculpter, to Mana Vault, Sensei’s Divining Top, and even Force of Will, these packs are just, well, packed with goodness.
Boxes will pre-sell in VERY limited quantities for $349.99 ($339.99 for regulars). And we will do a number of special events. For the limited events, to make the more affordable, we will offer player the option of taking $10 off the event price if the opt to take any prize packs they win in regular packs rather then Eternal Masters packs. (Obviously, BEFORE they look at their deck pools). Events will include:
Plus we will be doing a Tuesday Night League. $75 to Start, and $11 a week for a new pack (four weeks) or $110 for the whole event. Players report the weeks match results by the end of each Tuesday and get their new packs when they come in on or before Tuesdays.
You can’t have a good conspiracy on your own. And that is the secret sauce to the special Magic set , coming out on June 6th. This draft -centric, multi-player set is all about what we can do for, er, to each other. This is a special set, much like Modern Masters, with limited initial qualities, though they say that there will be some reprinting after (we are being wary..squirreling away our boxes to let people play with until we know the score.)
We will be drafting this like crazy on that first weekend, and will do it regularly afterwords. Drafts will be $20 pp, with each player getting at least one prize pack, and the top two players getting a free entry into the next draft (or 3 prize packs.)
Messing with a Draft:Drafting is one of the most fun things you can do in magic. And this set takes the standard “get 3 packs, open 1, pick a card and pass to the left/right” and tosses it in the blender. One of our customers described it beautifully by saying that it “broke the 4th wall” of a draft, and I think that’s true. In this set, there are cards that start the game during the draft itself, letting people mess with each other as the draft is going on. (BTW…all Conspiracy drafts are casual format–will of WOTC.)
King of the Hill: Conspiracy is designed to play very differently. When a 8 (or 6) person draft is done, the players are broken into two random groups, and the winner is the last one standing. Most of the drafts we will do will have everyone getting a single bonus prize pack, and the top player in each of the pods, getting the chance to keep on drafting with a free entry into the next draft ( or 3 prize packs). There is the draft and one big multiplayer game, and then the next draft. Kind of cool…that way you are playing to build up your collection, rather then just buying packs. (Packs will cost minimum of $5, so the draft is a great way to go.)
Democracy and Conspiracy? Sure…these have always been strange and familiar bedfellows. There cards in the set that have effects where the players put what is going to happen next up to a vote!?!?!
More info on the different Mechanics (from the Wizards of the Coast website)
With this ability everybody reveals the top card of their library, then whoever did it gets some benefit from what is revealed, but EVERYBODY gets to draw a card at the end. A good parley is good for everybody.
Event list is out of date…problems with the system…sorry
Thursday…great special treat…. The creators of one of our favorite games, Castle Panic, are coming to visit the store and play. For those who don’t know the game, it a wonderful game for both kids and adults, and because it is everyone against the game, is particularly wonderful for siblings (action without frustration), or only kids (great to play with buds, but also one of the few games that can be played solo, since it is the player against the game.) For fans, get to meet the creators and bring in your game to have them sign them…for parents, it is very, very cool for kids to see that things like this are created by real people…very inspiring for what they can do.
Grand Prix Oakland M14 Sealed Practice times: (ok to get packs ahead of time and to come late w/game loss…just call and let us know)
Mon. 7/29 @ Noon (11 am deck building)
Weds. 7/31 @ 5:00 (Ok to mix with League decks if you don’t add new pack before event)
Thurs: 8/1 @ 5:30 (limed to 8)
Sat: 8/3 @ 6 pm
Sunday 8/4 @ 3 pm
The week that was and will be…
Tuesday @5:45: Modern Masters Modern Tournaments $5 entry. 100% into prize. For first event…guaranteed extra Modern Masters Pack added to prize pool and second pack for random giveaway.
League from 4 on…League tournament at 5:30 (don’t add extra pack so we can blend this with…)
5:30, M14 Sealed Practice
5:30, Date Night Magic ($15 plus $5 for pizza)
6:00 (Packs at 4): Practice M14 Sealed
11:30 Magic Standard ($5)
3:00 (packs anytime) Practice M14 Sealed
11-1 Pokemon League ($5–includes pack)
WRONG DATE–This will be on Aug 17th…11:00 Plasma Blast Release(11 to get packs, 12 to play…~ 1 hour for non-competitive, 2 hours for competitive)
Sealed deck tournament. 6 packs provided. Make your best deck and then play. There will be a choice of two packs per player bonus for non-competitive, or 1 pack plus an additional pack per round won for the adults or more competitive younger players. (best 2 out of 3)
—-Coming Thursday August 1st…IN STORE VISIT BY THE CREATORS OF CASTLE PANIC!! 😉 ———-
Special announcement about From the Vault at the bottom of is post…
This weekend–Pokemon and Vanguard Back to Normal, Release Events for M14 (including 2-headed Giant) and Oakland Grand Prix Qualifier on Sunday!
Had a great set of Prerelease events for Magic M14. Some interesting highlights…
Most Busted cards in the set so far….Kalonian Hydra…Comes into play with 4 counters and doubles ALL counters on All your creatures when it attacks! Oh, and did I mention the trample. Remove it in the next 2 turns or that’s game….sheesh. (Found out about this by being on the wrong side of the card…)
Magic M14 is Here!!! This week—M14 release events….
Tuesday–Last Modern Masters League Pack week…Come in and find your partner for next week’s League Two-headed Giant!!–Special Bonus Prize cards and goodies for the regular players tonight…We will Draft at 6 if we get 8 (again..) (and full participation credit for league members who show up and don’t wish to draft.)
Weds–Last Dragon’s Maze League before we start M14–come in for special tolkens and other prizes, Also D&D Encounters ($5 fee) LOOKING for another good DM to help run a table…will be compensated in store credit, but must be good enough to represent the store…
Grand Prix Trial for Grand Prix Oakland!!! Reg at 10 but start will be 11 am on time. Since the packs need to be opened and registered by other players, there will be no ability to show up late for this one. This will be a $35 sealed event using M14 (the same format that the Grand Prix will be) This will be a competitive level event…so much more strict on the rules, though we still aim to keep the D20 Good spirit in place. 😉
Draft at 3 for those who want to redeem their pride (or luck)
From the Vault Twenty will be coming out on my Birthday, Aug 23rd, and as usual there will be very limited numbers. We will start two sign up lists. The first will be for 6 guaranteed copies at $150 each. The second will be for a price TBD once we see what’s in the thing, but will be about 10% below what the going ebay sold rate is. This will be a lottery, with the entries based on the two things I want to most reward, participation in store events and money spent in the store over ehe last few months. (This year, I’m going to do estimates for both of these so I don’t spend 3 days looking through wizard’s event reporter). ONE BIG CHANGE…
I will be adding extra bonus entries for the following:
One extra entry for every event participated in from now until the release on the 23rd
Bonus entry for People who attend more then 2 events a week
Double entries for people attending Leagues, including participating in M14 league
3 Bonus Entries for people who bring in a player to an event who as not ever played with us before
And I reserve the right to give out extra entries (at my discretion) for players who help teach a new player how to play, or who in general are showing above and beyond kindness and support to new or intimidated/nervous players, or general good Duckishness…
This is the big week!!! Saturday the 29th we will close the store at 5:30 for the Mighty Draft!!! Limited to 12 players, and priced at $150, this is our ultimate “find an old box and draft it” event by drafting a factory sealed box of Revised (~$1800 a box). This is box with packs that haven’t seen fresh air in 19 years, and we are going to make an evening of it, with old-school rules and good cheer and fun competition. If the event does not fill up, we will take a list before-hand of people that want packs at $50 each.
Congratulations to Marcus for “Clocking” everyone else and winning the ultimate Guild wars Competition Saturday night. We had over 20 players (more than we expected) but got the message loud and clear that people REALLY wanted more two-headed Giants. The pitch has become reality (or the other way around) and we have couple, buddies and a bunch of parent/kid combos who all have a blast at these events. I give..we’ll do more of these. As a direct result, I’m going to add an extra one in two weeks, side by side with the kid magic. This will be for a limited number of teams and will be the first (and possibly only) Modern Masters Two headed Giant. To keep the price down a little bit, we’ll be offering two options, either $50 per player for 4 regular packs, or $25 with two regular modern masters packs, & 2 repacks.)
Also–The week right after 4th of July, we will be doing the Prerelease for Magic M14. We will have events on the 13th and 14th. Entry is 25 and will include 6 packs of Slivery fun…
Still looking for a few more good DM’s—Sat June 15th is Free RPG day at the store, in addition to giving out a bunch of free RPG goodies, we will be Running D& to a 3-8 table joint adventure…but we need some good DM’s to help us out—So far we can run 3 tables but we’re looking for a few more.
Modern Masters has been SO FUN!!! The drafts are expensive (Going to $38) but it has been a blast to draft, even for those of us who didn’t know the cards.
ANNOUNCEMENT-Introducing Modern Masters Peasant Cube!?!?! We were struggling with a way to let the kids and those of less means to get in on the fun and came up with a great idea. We’re going to start doing a “Peasant” Cube with prizes. This is a draft where you don’t keep the cards, but can win prize packs for $6! (win a round win a regular pack.)
Taking reservations for the first (and only) Revised Box Draft–Yep…we are doing the most over the top draft ever…a factory sealed box of Revised. Cost is $150 per person to open packs that haven’t seen fresh air in 19 years. 😉 (NOTE–New date for this…June 29th!!!)
Tuesdays starting June 11th… Modern Masters League. Register here… ($100 for 6 starter packs plus 5 weekly packs…more then half sold out so far..)These packs will be cool but in very limited supply. Packs look like they will be between $13-15 per and are FULL of amazing stuff for Magic Modern.
Wednesdays…we are doing D&D encounters from 6-9. NEED A SECOND DM!!!We’ve pretty much got the first table either filled or close each week, so we’re looking for a couple more people to DM for us. Check out my newly written Intro to D&D blog post for parents and other curious types.
This weekend we had a Massive number of Events at the store (I’m still exhausted)
In 3 days we ran something like 10 events, including two that went until 1:30 or later in the morning.
For the opening weekend of Modern Masters, we started the league (I pulled a Tarmogoyf–a $120, card that in it’s foil version is the most expensive card in a new set in our memory at $450!!) I still proceeded to get beat into dust by Don’s flyer deck…ah well, live and learn). On Friday, we ran 3 Friday Night Magic Drafts, two of which were the Modern Masters. The more I played, the more I realized how much the tribal stuff was great.
Saturday’s Pokemon Battle Roads was great, although I may have done a bit to good a job at warning off the little kids. Next time around, if they want to try their deck out in a tournament, let’s bring a few more of them by. Saturday night’s two-headed giant contained to be lovely fun, with some new players joining the building crew of regulars. Once again, the Better Days were a force to be reckoned with that were just so darned gracious that they were hard to get mad at, even as they continued to rack up the wins. One more Modern Masters draft that (this time) actually started at nine, and the evening was wrapped. (Ok…9 is too late to start a draft…we get that now..).
Sunday’s standard was a bit light with many of the regulars having trouble crawling out of bed after the previous night’s fun. But many were back for the last Modern Masters draft of the weekend. The truth is that many of us were a bit mad at Wizards about Modern Masters. Why would they short print a set and make it SOO much fun to play. I also am very frustrated that it is really too expensive for the kids to play. As a result, we decided to create a special redraftable set called a cube with just the common and uncommon (not money) cards that we can use to play for fun without the bucks. We’ll do these as $6 drafts where you don’t get the cards to keep, and all the $ goes into the prizes (1 regular pack per win).