Magic: Ixalan In-Store Play Changes
Big changes are coming to your local game store at the beginning in October for the release of the next Magic expansion, Ixalan.
Friday Night Magic
One of the biggest changes announced this month is that the Friday Night Magic foil promotional cards will be replaced with double-sided foil tokens used by cards from the latest expansion. This met major backlash from the community on various social media outlets, sparking a couple responses from Wizards.
This feature will continue moving forward, but tournament organizers will be allowed to schedule Standard Showdowns on any night of the week except Friday! This adds much needed flexibility to these events.
Additionally, the winner of the Ixalan Standard Showdowns who receives the exclusive Showdown booster will also find an additional reward has been added in the form of a special foil land. These lands may be existing lands but in-demand and never printed in foil before, or entirely new art. For Ixalan Standard season specifically, one of the set of beautiful lands never printed in foil before by popular artist Rebecca Guary can be found in the Showdown boosters.
Store Championships to Replace Game Day
To further create competitive Seasons in stores, Game Day is being replaced with Store Championships which will take place a few weeks before the release of the next coming expansion. The Ixalan Store Championships will take place on December 30-31st, for example, a few weeks before the prerelease events for Rivals of Ixalan. Rewards are to include exclusive deck boxes for the Top 8 and foil full-art promo previews of the upcoming set. At the end of the Rivals of Ixalan season, the promos will be preview cards from the April set, Dominaria.
While no changes were announced to the function of the event itself, the reward for veteran players who bring new players to help teach and mentor is being changed to a full art foil preview card from the set the Open House is attached to. For Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation these cards were foil full art lands.
More League Rewards
No major changes were announced to how Magic Leagues are operating, but every store will receive promo cards to give out to players who complete at least ten matches
It’s an exciting time moving forward and Wizards and the Wizards Play Network are ramping up the rewards and reshaping the local competitive scene. How do you feel about their goal of making FNM a target for more casual players? Will you miss the current foil promos, or are you looking forward to the foil double-sided tokens? Let us know in the comments!