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Sun 11am Sealed War of the Spark Release

War of the Spark Release weekend: A chicken in every pot, and a planeswalker in every pack!  (ok…no chickens, but the planeswalker is true.)

Bolas's Citadel
Release weekend Promo, While supplies last…

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 Events:

Friday: Draft ($15)–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.

Saturday: Two Headed Giant: ($30) Two player team event. Each player gets one of the last of the 6 pack prerelease kits and they build two decks to play together.
About Two Headed Giants

Sunday: Sealed-($25) Everybody gets 6 of the new packs and makes their best 40 card decks.  Packs at 11, play at 12.  3 rounds, win a round, win a pack.

Liliana's Triumph
Special Promo-ONLY if you bring in a new player to introduce to Magic (or to D20)

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.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat THG War of the Spark Release

War of the Spark Release weekend: A chicken in every pot, and a planeswalker in every pack!  (ok…no chickens, but the planeswalker is true.)

Bolas's Citadel
Release weekend Promo, While supplies last…

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 Events:

Friday: Draft ($15)–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.

Saturday: Two Headed Giant: ($30) Two player team event. Each player gets one of the last of the 6 pack prerelease kits and they build two decks to play together.
About Two Headed Giants

Sunday: Sealed-($25) Everybody gets 6 of the new packs and makes their best 40 card decks.  Packs at 11, play at 12.  3 rounds, win a round, win a pack.

Liliana's Triumph
Special Promo-ONLY if you bring in a new player to introduce to Magic (or to D20)

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.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNM War of the Spark Release

War of the Spark Release weekend: A chicken in every pot, and a planeswalker in every pack!  (ok…no chickens, but the planeswalker is true.)

Bolas's Citadel
Release weekend Promo, While supplies last…

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 Events:

Friday: Draft ($15)–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.

Saturday: Two Headed Giant: ($30) Two player team event. Each player gets one of the last of the 6 pack prerelease kits and they build two decks to play together.
About Two Headed Giants

Sunday: Sealed-($25) Everybody gets 6 of the new packs and makes their best 40 card decks.  Packs at 11, play at 12.  3 rounds, win a round, win a pack.

Liliana's Triumph
Special Promo-ONLY if you bring in a new player to introduce to Magic (or to D20)

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.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Night Magic

New Location—1530 Park Street

160x600_FNMFor the next few weeks after Masters 25 ships…we will do Regular draft ($15 ) side by side with Iconic Masters ($35/$30 with regular prize packs).  Both will run as long as we have enough for standard draft.

Cost 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.alameda.com 510-522-2109.

(April fools)Wizards adding unusual requirements for Magic Players to attend events

Earlier this year, Wizards introduced so changes for those of us scheduling events that actually made a lot of sense.  They let us start setting age limits for the events. (It used to be that if an event was sanctioned for Magic or D&D, that those events had to be open to all players.) Seems pretty inclusive, but what that meant was that we couldn’t do a kids only event and prevent an adult for attending, or if we wanted to do an after hours, grown-ups only event, stores wouldn’t be able to do that.

However, Wizards has been making some other decisions that have been somewhere between confusing us and, honestly, making us pretty upset. This latest on is clearly in the confusing category, with a little in the latter.  Apparently some internal research they have done has indicated that a better metric for determining appropriate levels of developmental maturity has to do with physical growth over chronological growth.   I guess it has been known for a while that girls are more mature at an early age then boys and that often is connected with early growth spurts.

As a result, we are waiting for a package coming from Wizards that is a 6 foot plus stand-up that includes a measuring tool for us to use to determine who is allowed in the adult/mature events vs. the less developed.  For those who come from groups that tend to shorter stature or who have genetic dispositions in that direction, there is a section on the Wizards site to apply for exempted status.  The cards will apparently take between 2-3 weeks to arrive, but we will be able to look it up on the Wizard website so it shouldn’t cause too much disruption to attending the events.

I want to make a personal comment on this.  It is not what I would choose and I could ignore the requirement I would.  I think it is utterly foolish, first to trust this kind thing, no mater how convincing the research seems, and then to create such an elaborate plan without testing it locally somewhere first.  It’s truly unbelievable.

Magic Two-Headed Giant-Prerelease Kits Premium

Two-Headed Giants @ D20

Mystery box prerelease kits from as far back as Return to Ravnica/dragons maze-6 packs plus promo cards per person.  $30pp

Classic, Plus, and Premium…how does that sound? Every Saturday (except the first Saturday of the month and rare special events) we do two headed Giants as a team event.  The rotating different versions  will be:

  • 2nd Sat-Classic:  4 of the current block (newest packs) ($20pp-4packs each)
  • 3rd Sat-THG Plus = Fat Pack Wars.  Each team has one member reach into the mystery box and pick out a pack that matches a random Fat Pack (or Bundle) from Born of the Gods to the latest.  ($25 pp-6 packs each)
  • 4th Sat: Premium – Master’s Chaos or Mystery box Prerelease kits.  Each month we will switch off between 4 pack per person Chaos (mystery sets that include one of the Masters packs) or a mystery box prerelease kits from as far back as Return to Ravnica/dragons maze-6 packs plus promo cards per person

What: Two Headed Giant-two player team event.

Who’s it good for:

  • Buddies
  • Sweeties (couples…either where both play, or the significant other is looking for a nice, no-pressure way to share something the other person really likes)
  • Parent/Kid combos (or big sibling, etc)  Kids get to be the smart ones for once, and the parents get to see what this is about (and get a great date with their kid)

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 a set of packs and shares 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.

D20 tends to be a friendly place to play, and the Two-headed Giants are particularly so.  We have great players who take pride in making other players feel welcome and remembering that it’s a game, its played for fun. 😉

Frequently asked Questions

What is it?: Two-Headed Giant Magic Tournament. (Two players on the same team, sharing life and playing in parallel against other teams of players)

Do I need to know what I’m doing?: Since both players play at the same time and can show each other their cards, as long as one of the two players knows what they are doing, nothing is required of the other player. It is the best, most fun way to learn the game.

 

 

11am Sealed Ravnica Allegiance Release

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.

*Why do we do the prerelease randomly instead of picking them?  3 reasons.  Usually the people who are have done enough research to “know” which of the guilds is better then others are the ones who already have an advantage in building decks.  2) All the Guilds have interesting stuff, the prereleases are about having fun exploring the new set. And 3) Lovely Eventbrite decided to take the part of the ticketing site that let people pick their preferences and make it a bonus feature that almost doubles the extra fees they add for the ticketing.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

Two Headed Giant Ravnica Allegiance Release

 

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.

*Why do we do the prerelease randomly instead of picking them?  3 reasons.  Usually the people who are have done enough research to “know” which of the guilds is better then others are the ones who already have an advantage in building decks.  2) All the Guilds have interesting stuff, the prereleases are about having fun exploring the new set. And 3) Lovely Eventbrite decided to take the part of the ticketing site that let people pick their preferences and make it a bonus feature that almost doubles the extra fees they add for the ticketing.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

Ravnica Allegiance Release

 

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.

*Why do we do the prerelease randomly instead of picking them?  3 reasons.  Usually the people who are have done enough research to “know” which of the guilds is better then others are the ones who already have an advantage in building decks.  2) All the Guilds have interesting stuff, the prereleases are about having fun exploring the new set. And 3) Lovely Eventbrite decided to take the part of the ticketing site that let people pick their preferences and make it a bonus feature that almost doubles the extra fees they add for the ticketing.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

Sun 3pm THG Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease

 Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease:  NOTE:Tickets are online until about an hour before the event.  After that, come into the shop.  (Remember, tickets are $5 off if you book before the day of each event)

Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease. Sealed (6 packs) Sat at 10 and 4, and Sun at 4 (competitive or casual). Two Headed Giant at 3 on Sunday. $30 in advance, $35 day of the event.  Pick one of the 5 different guild packs by reaching into the old Mystery Box.*

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

*Why do we do the prerelease randomly instead of picking them?  3 reasons.  Usually the people who are have done enough research to “know” which of the guilds is better then others are the ones who already have an advantage in building decks.  2) All the Guilds have interesting stuff, the prereleases are about having fun exploring the new set. And 3) Lovely Eventbrite decided to take the part of the ticketing site that let people pick their preferences and make it a bonus feature that almost doubles the extra fees they add for the ticketing.

Here’s what you need to get a head/catch up to the game.

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