Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease
Things are heating up in Ravnica! Sinister forces from beyond are subverting the guilds and kicking out the old guard. What will happen? Find out a week early during our Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease Weekend!
Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease - January 19-20th
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) - $30.00*
2-Headed Giant Entry Fee (Flight 4) - $60.00*
*All prices listed include 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. In fact, this time around, preregistration is gonna be even more important because you're gonna pick your guilds when you preregister (read on for more details)!
Seeded Packs and Preregistration - What you need to know
When you preregister for a prerelease you're going to choose your guild affiliation for that prerelease. This will be reflected in the form of a seeded booster pack that replaces one of your regular boosters in the box. This seeded pack will contain your foil date-stamped promo plus a number of other cards relating to the guild of your choice. In other words, it's a serious jump-start to playing the guild you want to play.
For those playing in the 2-headed giant, there is a google form that you need to fill out once you've preregistered. Make sure to do so or we will choose your guilds for you! This form can be found through the button below.
The Guilds of Ravnica Allegiance
New to Ravnica? Let's meet the five guilds getting representation in this set.
The Azorius Senate (White/Blue)
The bureaucratic Azorius get some added flexibility in Ravnica Allegiance with Addendum, a keyword that adds powerful extra abilities to their instants when you cast them during your main phase.
The Simic Combine (Green/Blue)
Aside from getting all of the coolest creature types (I mean, we're getting a Lizard Wizard here folks!), the Simic have the ability to take their creatures to the next level through Adapt, an activated ability that allows a creature to add +1/+1 counters to itself if it didn't have any before.
The Cult of Rakdos (Red/Black)
Within the cult, life's a stage and what better way to emphasize that than with Spectacle. This alternative cost allows you to play cards for either less cost or with added abilities. The only catch? You've got to get your opponent to lose life before you can play cards for their Spectacle cost.
The Gruul Clans (Red/Green)
If it's one thing the Gruul are good at, it's violence. Their new keyword, Riot, let's you choose how quickly you deliver that violence with an option of giving a rioting creature Haste until end of turn, or letting it enter play with a +1/+1 counter. Hit them fast or hit them hard. Your decision!
The Orzhov Syndicate (White/Black)
The Orzhov Syndicate loves a good racket. To that end their creatures serve you in both life and Afterlife, a new keyword that comes into play once your creature dies. Any creature with an Afterlife number (say like Afterlife 1) creates that many 1/1 Black/White Flying spirit tokens when they die.
If you're now ready to Preregister for our prerelease flights, click the image below or go to our online store.
Prerelease Dates and Times
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: January 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM.
Saturday January 19
Flight #1: Midnight -
64 48 Slots Available
Flight #2: 11:00 AM -
64 0 Slots Available (This event is sold out!)
Flight #3: 5:00 PM -
64 14 Slots Available (Out of Orzhov & Simic for this event)
Sunday January 20
Flight #4: 12:00 PM - 2 Headed Giant -
28 11 Team Slots Available
Flight #5: 5:30 PM -
64 36 Slots Available
With the exception of the midnight prerelease all of our Ravnica Allegiance 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!
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.
Ravnica Allegiance Buy-A-Box Special
Want to get a jump start on getting your cards for Guilds? 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 Impervious Greatwurm, a promotional card so big and beefy that you can only find through retail store box purchases!
Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease FAQ
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?
Q: What's in each prerelease pack?
A: Each prerelease pack contains 5 packs of Ravnica Allegiance plus a seeded pack for the guild of your choice.
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 January 25th).
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 home. Don'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!