Magic: Amonkhet Prerelease! Preparing For Glory!
The Amonkhet prerelease is upon us, and the God-Pharaoh demands tribute by combat!
If you’ve missed our coverage on the upcoming events and information surrounding Amonkhet, you may not know that the prerelease is this coming weekend April 22nd-23rd! Prerelease events are your first chance to play with cards from new Magic sets, and they’re more and more interesting each year. The Amonkhet prerelease kit will include your usual Spindown Life Counter, 6 booster packs and date-stamped premium foil promo card (which can be any Rare or Mythic Rare in the set). However, it will also include a new Five Trials of the Gods event card!
The Five Trials of the Gods
Much like The Five Trials of the Gods in the Amonkhet story, the event card will have you perform various tasks. Of course, your trials will not mean life or death, but you may still be rewarded all the same!
For attending the prerelease, you can complete the Trial of Strenght since the prerelease event you’re playing at is a Sealed event! You can also complete The Trial of Solidarity by bringing a friend with you to your Amonkhet prerelease event where you will receive the event card.
The rest of the tasks you will be able to perform at your leisure. Completing each Trial yields it’s own rewards, such as a special D4 dice for completing the Trial of Solidarity (a pyramic shaped dice! how clever!). Other prizes are yet unknown, and if there is an ultimate prize for finishing all five trials, we don’t know what it is! Completing these Trials for a regular Magic player should be no big deal. As usual, Wizards of the Coast is generous and great about rewarding players who enjoy Magic!
Prerelease events are a rather long affair, much like most Magic events. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of a new set. For the ease of mind, below is a list of things to make sure to bring with you to your event, or acquire when you get there, that will help you be ready when you sit down to start opening your prerelease kit!
- Your DCI Number* (if not pre-registered)
- Protective Card Sleeves
- Tokens & Counters
If you’ve played in a registered event at your local game store before, they’ll most likely have your information in the system. If not, or if you’re a new player and don’t have a DCI number yet, make sure to show up before it’s time for the event to start so you can register and get a DCI number! These are used in all sanctioned Magic events, and any time you go to an event at a venue you haven’t been to yet, you’ll be asked for that number.
Not everyone uses protective card sleeves or playmats, but they’re a great way to protect the new cards you’re opening and personalize your game. Sleeves also make it easier to shuffle without riffling your cards and bending them, and help ensure that the lands you borrow from the store for your prerelease deck can’t be called as being “marked”. Sleeves with opaque backs are always the best and ensure that your opponent can’t be a jerk and say that fingernail scratch on the back is a marked card. Prerelease events are casual rules enforcement level (REL) events meaning that it shouldn’t ever be a problem, but there’s always the chance that you’ll play that guy. Besides, you just paid for shiny new cards, so why not take the extra step and protect them? I recommend the UltraPro Eclipse or Dragon Shield Matte sleeves!
Playmats are useful for a variety of reasons, as well. They help define your play space in one of the most popular Magic events that happens throughout the year. Not only this, but every store’s policy on food and drink is different. Some allow food and drink at the tables. Should an accident happen, playmats can be the difference between your cards being ruined or being playable and just needing to wash a playmat. Your local game store will have a supply of playmats and sleeves, some of which will even have new artwork from Amonkhet on them!
The last important thing you’ll need for this set are tokens and counters. You won’t have all the tokens for creatures with the Embalm ability in this set, as they’re found randomly in booster packs and each Embalm creature has it’s own unique token. There are other creature tokens in the set though, such as Cats! People use many different things as tokens – facedown Magic cards they aren’t using, pieces of paper, coins, glass beads among many other things. If you can find cards to represent any tokens you might need, these are most beneficial, as it is easier to tell them apart from each other and see if they’re tapped or not. This set also contains a large amount of effects that give -1/-1 counters to creatures on the battlefield. For this reason, bringing a brick of d6 dice or some glass beads with you is most beneficial and the easiest way of tracking these. As we reported previously, Amonkhet will come with an occasional punchout card that gives you a couple of each of the types of counters used in the set. This may not cover all of your needs, however!
Wrapping It Up
Amonkhet and the promotions surrounding it makes it one of the most exciting Magic sets ever! No matter how you play Magic, you’re guaranteed to have a good time playing in any events surrounding the expansion set and plenty of players from Pros to casuals are raving about the new cards. Remember that the best reason to play Magic is to have fun. You may or may not win prize support packs for doing well at your Amonkhet prerelease, but the entire point is to have fun! If you’re worried about how to build your deck for the prerelease, I’ll be back to cover that before you face down those six booster packs in your prerelease kit.
Then, after you’ve seen the glory of the God-Pharoah firsthand this weekend, continue to check back here on QueueTimes this week and next for more articles, news and information about all things Magic and Amonkhet!