War of the Spark Prerelease Information
Nicol Bolas has arrived. And with him an army of undead. Planeswalkers across the multiverse are being hunted, trapped within the plane of Ravnica. Who will fall? Who will rise to stop Bolas? Get your first taste of the story to come at our War of the Spark Prerelease Weekend!
War of the Spark Prerelease - April 27-28th
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. If you have any questions about how to preregister, our staff can help you out with that. Just give us a call or use the store's contact page to reach out online.
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 April 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Saturday April 27
Flight #1: Midnight -
64 8 Slots Available (Preregistration for this event is now closed. All remaining slots are available at the door)
Flight #2: 11:00 AM -
64 0 Slots Available(This Event is Sold Out)
Flight #3: 5:00 PM -
64 0 Slots Available (This Event is Sold Out)
Sunday April 28
Flight #4: 12:00 PM - 2 Headed Giant -
28 0 Team Slots Available (This Event is Sold Out)
Flight #5: 5:30 PM -
64 15 Slots Available (Preregistration for this event will close at 3 PM. All remaining spaces will be available at the door.)
With the exception of the midnight prerelease all of our War of the Spark 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.
What's new in War of the Spark
Here's a rundown of some of the mechanics that will be making a debut or a return appearance in War of the Spark.
While not a mechanic per-se, we are gonna be seeing a LOT of planeswalkers in War of the Spark, 36 of them to be precise. These are mages from all of the multiverse, lured here by Bolas so that he can steal their power. Some you may recognize. Others maybe not!
Planeswalkers are such an important part of the set that every booster is guaranteed to have one! How cool is that?
What do you need to take on planeswalkers like that? Well an army of zombies might do the trick. Amass represents the presence of the zombie horde that's descending on Ravnica and works like this:
Amass first looks to see if you have an army. If you do, then you put X +1/+1 counters on it (where X is the amass number). If you don't, then you create a 0/0 black Zombie Army token and put that many +1/+1 counters on it.
If you're thinking "hmm, there seems to be a lot of counters in this set," you'd be right on the money. And what better way to make use of those counters than with Proliferate.
When you Proliferate, you take any number of counters (loyalty, +1/+1 counters, -1/-1 counters, etc.) on any number of permanents or players and add 1 additional counter of the same time to that permanent or player.
Proliferating is a great way to add to that Zombie Army, or maybe a planeswalker that's low on loyalty.
War of the Spark Buy-A-Box Special
Want to get a jump start on getting your cards for War of the Spark? 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 Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge, the 37th planeswalker of the set, and an all around mean and scary dude.
War of the Spark 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 6 packs of War of the Spark. In addition, there will be a small extra pack with a promotional rare or mythic card that's foil and stamped with the prerelease date.
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 May 3rd).
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: The parking garage that we recommend on weekends is at the corner of Harvard and Pine. We recommend taking either bus or light rail (since we are directly across the street from the Capitol Hill light rail station). 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. Dice for all of the counters in this set are gonna be pretty important too. Sleeves if you're worried about playing with good cards or foils. And of course you can bring snacks! 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!