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What is Magic: The Gathering?

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 All you need to know to get you started with Magic in 4 short videos!

Whether you've never played a trading card game before or your closet is filled with card games, Magic: The Gathering has something to offer you. Play online or in paper to experience the thrill of a wizards' duel. Explore 25 years' worth of stories, characters, and art. Make new friends at Magic events at your local game store. There are lots of ways to be a part of the Magic community, and we're so happy to have you!

Watch the videos then drop in store to say Hi!

Video 1 - What is Magic: The Gathering?

Video 2 - How to play Magic: The Gathering

Video 3 - How to build your first Magic Deck

Video 4 - Ways to play Magic: The Gathering

 

5 Reasons to Love Commander 2018

The Commander Series has been on a hot streak the last few years, and if you’ve been waiting for previews to see if the streak will continue, wait no more: all C18 cards are public as of today, so we can finally start showing them off.

 

Here’s the short version of the what’s inside Commander 2018:


1. Brand New Planeswalker Commanders

 

We’re not trying to hide it: these decks are powerful.

Planeswalkers that are legal as Commanders have been printed once before, but Commander 2018 ups the ante. Each Planeswalker supports a beloved strategy, but each one adds a twist—clear themes and subthemes add incredible depth.

Plus, Commander 2018 has an all-star supporting cast.

Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer takes token armies to the next level and Yennet, Cryptic Sovereign unlocks odd combos that feel like cheating.


2. Color-Agnostic Auto-Includes

For many players, the yearly Commander release serves as an entry point into the format. As such, the decks contain a few “goes-in-basically-every-deck” staples, plus a few stapes-in-the-making.

If you’ve got players looking to get into Commander, there’s no way around it: they’re going to want these cards.

 

Sol Ring has warped every game it’s ever been played in, ramping a player into four mana on turn two. Forge of Heroes gets work done in literally any deck, and Geode Golem, like any card that breaks format rules, shouldn’t be overlooked.


3. Home Run Reprints

Part of the success of the Commander Series thus far has been that your players can pick up the decks and immediately play with Commander regulars—they can join your Commander community with just one purchase. A lot of that has been to do with the stellar reprints. C18 follows suit.

Bear Umbra does a lot of heavy lifting, both protecting your Commander and doubling your mana. Enchantress’s Presence is a crucial card draw engine for green-based enchantment decks.


4. Flavorful Delights

Much of Commander’s appeal is that you get to build decks based on narrative themes rather than power level. A lot of players are less interested in raw muscle or perfect efficiency and more interested in maximizing flavor or developing strange new strategies.

C18 is a great pick up for that kind of player.

Arixmethes unlocks worlds of potential and tells a delightful story, and we’re certain players will be eager to experiment with Slumbering Isle. Treasure Nabber turns traditional Commander gameplay on its head, and Crash of Rhino Beetles is just big dumb fun.

Each of these cards are windows into Magic lore and open up whole new build-around decks. Deck builders will rejoice.


5. So Many New Toys

Part of what makes each new Commander release special is the rush to find the most powerful new cards. Some players enjoy the ever-escalating arms race within their playgroups, other players love the influx of new cards into Legacy and Vintage.

And if you’re looking for raw power, Commander 2018 delivers.

Echo Storm, along with the other cards within the cycle, invert a traditional Commander pain point. Entreat the Dead and Saheeli’s Directive are reimagined classics, while Sower of Discord creates a whole new political experience.

Each Commander 2018 deck has a masterfully-crafted combination of new cards, fan-favorite archetypes, and dynamite reprints.

Place your preorder today!

 

By Roscoe Wetlaufer

World Championship 2018 Celebration Event

WCCE

We're celebrating this great event!

While the world’s top Duelists take each other on in Japan for the highest honours the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME has to offer, local stores will be giving fans their very own World Championship experience with the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2018 Celebration Events!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2018 Celebration Events will be held at gaming and hobby stores around the world, on the same weekend as the World Championship itself (August 4/5). As part of the celebrations, you can win exclusive goodies. World Championship Scorepads, Deck Dividers and other promotional items will be in plentiful supply, while some Duelists at each event will take home a special Game Mat to commemorate the occasion!

Some stores may also be showing live broadcasts of the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship, so that people can follow their favourite players while Dueling with their friends. Whether players are in Japan aiming to become the world’s finest, or are emulating their heroes at home, this August will see Duelists around the world celebrate all that is great about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME.

Board Game Review:Trickerion

Trickerion

Description

Trickerion is a competitive Euro-style strategy game set in a fictional world inspired by the late 19th century urban life and culture, spiced with a pinch of supernatural.

Players take on the roles of rival stage illusionists, each with their own strengths and characteristics. They are striving for fortune and fame in a competition hosted by a legendary magician, looking for a successor worthy of the mighty Trickerion Stone, which is fabled to grant supernatural power to its owner.

Using worker placement and simultaneous action selection mechanisms, the Illusionists and their teams of helpers — the Engineer, the Assistant, the Manager, and a handful of Apprentices – obtain blueprints and components for increasingly complex magic tricks, expand the team and set up performances by visiting the Downtown, Dark Alley, Market Row and Theater locations on the main game board depicting a late 19th century cityscape.

The tricks are stored and prepared on the Magician's own Workshop game board, while the performances themselves take place at the Theater in the form of a tile placement mini-game with lots of player interaction. The performances yield Fame points and Coins to their owners based on the tricks they consist of. Fame points have multiple uses, but they also serve as a win condition - After turn 7, when the last Performance card is revealed, the game ends and the illusionist with the most Fame points wins.

The game offers 48 different Tricks to be learned from the Optical, Spiritual, Mechanical and Escape categories, over 90 character abilities, and 40 Special Assignment cards that influence the actions taken at the various game locations. The base game can be expanded with two optional rule modules to add further strategic depth to the game.

The "Dark Alley" expansion included in the base game adds a new location to the game. It also comes with 48 new Special Assignment cards, a new tier of Tricks, and 27 Prophecy tokens that can alter certain game rules turn by turn, giving the game additional variety.

AWARDS & HONORS

2016 Jogo do Ano Nominee

2015 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee

2015 Cardboard Republic Tactician Laurel Nominee

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cybernetic Horizons

Sneak Peek on the 22nd July 2018 at 12 Noon 

Click here to book your place

Past and present collide in Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Cybernetic Horizon, the first 100-card booster set of the 2018-2019 Dueling season! This set modernizes popular themes from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL eras, provides brand-new Link Monsters, and new cards to bolster strategies introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Code of the Duelist, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Circuit Break, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Extreme Force, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Flames of Destruction, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Dark Saviors, and more! Here’s just some of what you have to look forward to!

Upgrade your Cyber Dragon Deck for the new era of Dueling! Cyber Dragon returned in last year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Legendary Dragon Decks, and Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Cybernetic Horizon includes brand-new cards for Cyber Dragon Decks, including a Link Monster that grafts its 2100 ATK on to other Machines!

Famous Ritual Monsters return! Demise, King of Armageddon was once the king of competition. Now, new forms of Demise as well as Ruin, Queen of Oblivion tell the tale of these memorable monsters. You’ll also find Cyberse Ritual Monsters, and new cards to help assemble the required components of a Ritual Summon without spending your all-important Normal Summon for the turn!

A speck of dust on a camera lens, or a monster hiding in plain sight? Monsters have allegedly walked, swam, and flown among us since the beginning of recorded history, but no one has been able to produce solid evidence of their existence – until now! These monsters lurk in your hand and force your opponent to try and discover them. If they fail, the monster is Summoned to your field and you draw a card!

You can also find new cards for strategies like Mekk-Knight, Neo-Spacian, Dragunity, Noble Knight, and more!

Set Contents:

• The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Cybernetic Horizon booster set contains 100 cards: 48 Common Cards, 20 Rare Cards, 14 Super Rare Cards, 10 Ultra Rare Cards, 8 Secret Rare Cards

Everything You Need to Know About a Prerelease

A Great Weekend of Magic: The Gathering

Saturday Prerelease #1 - MIDNIGHT LAUNCH Event Starts at 00:01am

Saturday Prerelease #2 Doors Open at 10:00am Event Starts at 11:00am

Saturday Prerelease #3 TWO HEADED GIANT Event Starts at 3:00pm

Saturday Prerelease #4 Event Starts at 7:00pm

Sunday Prerelease #5 Doors Open at 10:00am Event Starts at - 11:00am

Sunday Prerelease #6 Event Starts at - 3:00pm 

ENTRANCE AND PRIZE STRUCTURE

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ENTRY FEE

Prerelease Entry: £26 on the day

OR Preregister for:

1 x Event only £23 (Use Coupon Code PRERELEASE1)

2 x Events only £45 (Use Coupon Code PRERELEASE2)

3 x Events only £64 (Use Coupon Code PRERELEASE3)

4 x Events only £80 (Use Coupon Code PRERELEASE4)

5 x Events only £95 (Use Coupon Code PRERELEASE5)

Saturday Two-Headed Giant £52 on the day for 2 people

Or Preregister for £45 for 2 people. (Use Coupon Code PRERELEASE2HG) 

PRIZE STRUCTURE

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Players will get 1 x Booster Pack or £3.00 store credit for playing at least one round and 1 x Booster Pack or £3.00 store credit for completing the event.Each prerelease will consist of 3 rounds.

Preregistration cancellations:

If you have preregistered and wish to cancel your ticket for any reason, then your entry fee will be refunded in full.

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TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE

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Each player will receive a prerelease pack, which contains 6 boosters and a prerelease promo card; a foil copy of a random rare/mythic from the set. From this pool of cards, you must build a deck to take part in the event with. We can supply you with basic lands to complete your deck or you can bring nice ones from home. Everyone then gets to play 3 rounds. Plus we will give away plenty of extra prizes, like free snacks throughout the weekend! On Saturday afternoon, Two-Headed Giant will be available! Bring a friend along to play with and team up to take down the event. You will receive 2 prerelease packs between you for a total of 12 boosters, from which you will build 2 decks to play with.

*Promotional contents of prerelease packs are subject to change.

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WHAT IS - A PRERELEASE TOURNAMENT?

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Held a week before the general release of a new set, prereleases are a fantastic way to play fun, friendly games of magic whilst checking out the brand new expansion and potentially winning some sweet prizes. Prerelease tournaments are for everyone, whether you're just starting out or have been playing for 20 years, there is something for you! With the set being brand new, no one knows what to expect and anyone can win. We offer a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where you can come on down and just enjoy Magic the way it was supposed to be played.

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Do you have any questions or would like to tell us what you're thinking? Please do let us know. Our staff are friendly veteran gamers who will reply to you in a professional manner and as quickly as possible.

Core 2019 Deck lists

All the cards in all the Planeswalker Decks!

AJANI

Creature (6)

1 Mentor of the Meek

2 Ajani's Pridemate

2 Oreskos Swiftclaw

1 Pegasus Courser

Instant (2)

1 Inspired Charge

1 Mighty Leap

Enchantment (2)

2 Luminous Bonds

Land (25)

25 Plains

Other (25)

1 Ajani, Wise Counselor

2 Ajani's Influence

1 Serra's Guardian

2 Cavalry Drillmaster

2 Dwarven Priest

2 Herald of Faith

1 Knight's Pledge

2 Militia Bugler

1 Revitalize

3 Rustwing Falcon

1 Meteor Golem

3 Court Cleric

4 Silverbeak Griffin

 

TEZZERET

Creature (4)

2 Snapping Drake

2 Field Creeper

Sorcery (1)

1 Divination

Artifact (5)

1 Manalith

4 Pendulum of Patterns

Land (26)

26 Island

Other (24)

1 Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist

1 One with the Machine

1 Riddlemaster Sphinx

2 Tezzeret's Gatebreaker

3 Dwindle

1 Exclusion Mage

2 Gearsmith Prodigy

1 Scholar of Stars

2 Skilled Animator

1 Uncomfortable Chill

2 Gearsmith Guardian

2 Meteor Golem

2 Skyscanner

3 Tezzeret's Strider

 

LILIANA

Creature (12)

2 Diregraf Ghoul

1 Gravedigger

1 Reassembling Skeleton

2 Skymarch Bloodletter

2 Walking Corpse

4 Tattered Mummy

Instant (2)

2 Murder

Land (26)

26 Swamp

Other (20)

1 Liliana, the Necromancer

1 Demon of Catastrophes

1 Gravewaker

2 Liliana's Spoils

2 Abnormal Endurance

2 Blood Divination

2 Lich's Caress

1 Skeleton Archer

1 Sovereign's Bite

1 Strangling Spores

2 Vampire Sovereign

1 Meteor Golem

3 Arisen Gorgon

 

SARKHAN

Creature (3)

1 Shivan Dragon

2 Volcanic Dragon

Sorcery (1)

1 Act of Treason

Instant (7)

2 Electrify

2 Lightning Strike

2 Shock

1 Trumpet Blast

Land (26)

26 Mountain

Other (23)

1 Sarkhan, Dragonsoul

1 Demanding Dragon

2 Sarkhan's Dragonfire

1 Fiery Finish

2 Goblin Motivator

1 Hostile Minotaur

2 Onakke Ogre

2 Sparktongue Dragon

1 Thud

2 : Viashino Pyromancer

1 Meteor Golem

4 Kargan Dragonrider

3 Sarkhan's Whelp

 

VIVIEN

Creature (7)

1 Pelakka Wurm

2 Colossal Dreadmaw

2 Druid of the Cowl

1 Reclamation Sage

1 Thornhide Wolves

Sorcery (2)

2 Rabid Bite

Instant (4)

2 Plummet

2 Titanic Growth

Enchantment (1)

1 Oakenform

Land (26)

26 Forest

Other (20)

1 Vivien of the Arkbow

1 Aggressive Mammoth

2 Skalla Wolf

2 Bristling Boar

1 Colossal Majesty

1 Declare Dominance

2 Elvish Rejuvenator

1 Ghastbark Twins

2 Meteor Golem

4 Ursine Champion

3 Vivien's Jaguar

Get Ready for Core 2019!

 5 Colors, 5 Planeswalkers!

Core Set 2019 features a story arc by Kate Elliott, focusing on the origins of the main antagonist of the current storyline, Nicol Bolas, and his conflict with Ugin, his twin. The cards also show bit and pieces of unrelated stories on several other planes. The set is filling in story and not part of the current storyline.

Five Welcome decks are given away to new players for free.

The Welcome decks, Planeswalker decks and Deck Builder's Toolkit are strongly integrated, which allows for an easier transition between the products. Basically, the Planeswalker decks expand on the themes presented in the Welcome decks. Furthermore, the contents of the Deck Builder's Toolkit are entirely fixed and can be used to upgrade the Planeswalker decks. The next step is a booster pack. Because of this, Core Set 2019 is positioned as an introductory booster product for new players. However, the cards targeted to beginning players are mostly found in common and uncommon. This opens up the opportunity to add cards to fill up gaps in creative, mechanical themes, answers or formats in rare and mythic rare. This is also the place for high demand reprints.

The creative team also used the set to take some peeks into the larger world of Magic and give a few hints at things that are going on around the Multiverse.