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Magic Core 2019 Prerelease Information

This July, discover the origins of Magic's most nefarious dragon. Learn the story that set Nicol Bolas on the path to rise above his brother and sister Elder Dragons and ignite his spark! Welcome, to Magic Core 2019.

Magic Core 2019 Prerelease - July 7-8

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If you're new to doing prerelease events for Magic: the Gathering, here's a quick rundown of how we do things and what happens during a prerelease. We've got 4 Flights of  Regular Prerelease Events this time around, plus a Two Headed Giant Prerelease making a return appearance by popular demand (see our FAQ for more details)!

Standards Prerelease Entry Fee (Flights 1-3 & 5) - $25.99*

2-Headed Giant Entry Fee (Flight 4) - $51.99*

*All prices listed plus tax.

Based on the turnout for the last several prerelease events we do expect attendance to be high. It's not uncommon for us to sell out, and because of that we urge you to preregister for any and all events that you're interested in attending.

To Preregister for our prerelease flights, click the image below or go to our online store. 

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Prerelease Dates and Times

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We'll keep the number of spots left for each event updated below. We do our best to make sure these numbers are updated on a regular basis, but if you have any questions, please contact us.

Last Updated July 6, 2018, 11:10 AM.

Saturday July 7

Flight #1: Midnight -  64 55 Slots Available 

Flight #2: 11:00 AM -  64 27 Slots Available

Flight #3:  5:00 PM - 64 53 Slots Available

Sunday April 22

Flight #4: 12:00 PM - 2 Headed Giant - 28 21 Team Slots Available

Flight #5: 5:30 PM - 64 58 Slots Available


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With the exception of the midnight prerelease all of our Magic Core 2019 prerelease events will be 4 rounds of swiss-style competition. Prizes will be given out on a Pack-Per-Win Basis.  What does that mean? It looks a little bit like this:

4 - 0 : 4 Packs

3 - 1 : 3 Packs

2 - 2 : 2 Packs

1 - 3 : 1 Pack

In the event of odd-numbered players, byes count as wins!

We have found that by making prizes a bit more flat, we are encouraging a more enjoyable experience for our casual players and making this event more about fun, creativity and general exploration of a new set. Which is exactly what a prerelease should be about!

Midnight Prerelease Prize Information

Because we only run 3 rounds of swiss for our midnight event, the pack-per-win system leaves us with some extra prize packs to give out. The way we handle this is that for the last round of the event, wins count for 2 packs.

Magic Core 2019 Buy-A-Box Special

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Want to get a jump start on getting your cards for Core 2019? You can now preorder booster boxes and pick them up during the prerelease weekend! And if that's not enough we'll also have copies of Nexus of Fate, a promotional card that you can only find through retail store box purchases!


Core 2019 Prerelease FAQ

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Q: I've never played in a Magic Tournament before.  Should I be nervous?

A: No! Prerelease events are about as casual and low-competitiveness level as they can be. We've got a judge on-staff to assist with any questions you may have, so relax and enjoy yourself!

Q: I really like one of the cards one of the players next to me pulled, can I trade them for it and use it in my prerelease deck?

A: You're only allowed to play with the cards you pulled out of your own boosters, so no.  You can still trade that person after the event, but during the event trading is not allowed.

Q: How do I preregister?

A: Click this link. It will take you to our event registration page. Just pick the event or events you want to play in and add them to your cart!

Q: Can I preregister for multiple events?

A: Sure!

Q: What's in each prerelease pack?

A: Each prerelease pack contains 6 packs of Magic Core 2019 plus a random prerelease promo. The prerelease promo can be any rare or mythic from Core 2019.

Q: Can I register for multiple people at the same time?

A: Sure! Just make sure to provide Wizards Account Numbers (formerly DCI Numbers) for everyone (leave them in the box for 'special instructions for seller' prior to proceeding to the payment stage of checkout).

Q: What's a Wizards Account Number and how do I get one?

A: Wizards Account Numbers are just the way we track each player's performance during an event. It takes less than 5 minutes to sign up for one here. If you show up and don't have one, don't worry!  We can also issue you a number at the event. (Note: if you don't have one and preregister, please let us know that you're a new player so that we can be prepared ahead of time)

Q: Ack!  I preregistered and something came up!  What happens if I don't make it to the event?

A: If you don't make it to the event or call ahead to let us know that you're running late we will go ahead and offer your spot to someone else who is in line for it. If no one claims it, then you will be able to pick it up when the set becomes legal (that's July 13th).

Q: Opposite question! I didn't preregister and the event's full!  What should I do?

A: This happens sometimes! If you have one event that you're dead set on, come in about an hour prior to the event's start time and check in with the staff. We might be able to put you on a waitlist, or we might have had a last-minute cancellation. Either way if there's space at all, we'll get you in there!

Q: What if I still want the prerelease pack? Or what if I just want the prerelease pack and don't want to play?

A: Sorry, but due to the limited number of prerelease packs and the fact that we are almost always packed to the gills with people wanting to play, we cannot hold prerelease packs for certain at this time. We need to hold the packs for people who want to participate in the events.

Q: What's a 2-Headed Giant tournament?

A: It's a 2-player team style tournament.  Each player will get their own prerelease pack and build their own deck (using all 12 packs as one shared pool), but compete as a single player sharing a single turn.  For more information, check out Wizard's own details on the format here.

Q: Where's good parking for the store?

A: There are two good parking garages that we recommend on weekends.  One is at the corner of Harvard and Pine, the other is just down the road from us next to the funeral homeDon't park at Dick's!  They will tow you!

Q: What else should I bring with me?

A: Water or a water bottle is a good idea.  Sleeves if you're worried about playing with good cards or foils. You can bring snacks too!  Bear in mind that it's no big deal if you forget these things, cause we sell all of the above and will have plenty in stock!

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