Magic: Amonkhet In-Store Schedule & Promo Announced
As of Amonkhet, the Spring 2017 large expansion release for Magic: the Gathering, the release events surrounding new sets will be a three-weekend long affair. The Wizards Play Network, which your local game store connects through to organize and sign up for in-store game events, has put word out on what is new and changing for the release of Amonkhet in April.
Open House (April 15th, 2017)
The first new feature coming with Amonkhet from the WPN is an event that takes place the weekend before the prerelease events for the set. On April 15th – the Saturday prior to Amonkhet’s prerelease – the WPN is encouraging stores to participate in the Open House events and invite veteran and new players alike, hosting learn-to-play sessions using “Welcome Decks”. It is unknown if these Welcome Decks will be the same free learner decks given to brick-and-mortar shops to hand out to new players for free, or if they will be something entirely different.
Players will be encouraged to enter a casual Standard event using the new Welcome Decks to get assimilated with the community at the store they play at, and rewards for bringing a friend or learning to play will include full art foil Basic Lands from Amonkhet! It hasn’t been said whether these will share the art of the full art Basic Lands in the set itself, or if they will have an alternate art.
Draft Weekend (April 29-30, 2017)
Formerly launch weekend, the weekend of the set’s release, this is now being turned into Draft Weekend with an exclusive foil promo card given just for participating. You can participate in these events the weekend of April 29th-30th, which is the weekend following the prerelease events for Amonkhet.
While stores are encouraged to host as many drafts as they want during Draft Weekend, drafts that take place for Friday Night Magic using Amonkhet won’t be considered part of the program. If you draft Amonkhet for FNM, you shouldn’t receive one of the exclusive promo cards handed out during Saturday and Sunday that weekend.
Magic League: Amonkhet
A four-week long program, this program will officially launch May 1st, 2017 and will have the same rules as the test league run this last winter for Aether Revolt. When store owners sign up for Magic League: Amonkhet in the Wizards Event Reporter, they will receive 30 match cards and 30 collection boxes, this time around, for players to store their League decks in.
If you’d like to take a look back at Magic League: Aether Revolt, you can do so by following this link.
Standard Showdown: Amonkhet
The Standard Showdown event is returning as of May 6th, 2017 and the format will be the same as before. Your store will have the option to schedule it for either Saturday or Sunday this time around, instead of being confined to only running it on Saturday. The reward for winning is still the Standard Show Down Pack as released before, presumably updated for Amonkhet. You can read more about Standard Showdown events at the link here.
That’s a Wrap!
It’s an exciting time to be a Magic player with all of the support from the WPN and the awesome theme of Amonkhet! Stay tuned here on QueueTimes for more updates on all things Magic and Amonkhet!