A Pre-Release Adventure

It’s time for a fairy tale adventure with the latest Magic: The Gathering expansion! Throne of Eldraine is coming and the Pre-Release is this coming weekend starting with an FNM Pre-Release on Friday, September 27th!

Cost $40/event attended.
$150 to attend all 4.

Friday – 6:30 – Semi-Competitive style
Saturday 10:00AM – Casual style
Saturday 3:00PM – Competitive style
Sunday Noon – 2 headed giant casual style (Players arriving without a partner will be paired together.)

Semi-Competitive style = 1 pack awarded as a prize per round won (4 rounds being played.)

Casual style = 3 rounds of play with each participant being awarded
2 extra booster packs at the end.

Competitive style = prizes will be based on placing in the tournament with a number of rounds determined by the number of participants.

Also during this time you’ll be able to pick up booster boxes! This will be the only time you’ll be able to get booster boxes prior to the release date on October 4th.

Haven’t played in a pre-release before? In a pre-release, you’ll be given pre-release kit that will contain six Throne of Eldraine boosters packs, a spin down counter to keep track of your life total and a special foil rare or mythic stamped with the date of the prerelease weekend!

From there, you’ll build a 40 card deck to compete in matches with your opponents! It’s a great way to try out the new cards before the official release and have a lot of fun doing so!

All the while, this set promises gingerbread men, fairies, little wooden boys and big bad wolves! Also making his return is the planeswalker Garruck (Garruck, Cursed Huntsman) along with the returning twins Will and Rowan Kenrith (The Royal Scions) and the new planeswalker Oko (Oko, Thief of Crowns).

If you’re lucky, you can also find alternate versions of some of the cards from the set — full art or alternate border variations of some of the cards — so keep an eye out.

You should also keep an eye out on a few new mechanics. Food, Adamant and Adventure.

Food is a new artifact token created by many spells in the game. You can sacrifice your food for 2 mana each to gain 3 life — a useful way to stay in the game. Other spells and creatures also use food in a number of different ways and there are plenty of cards that care about artifacts — which food tokens are. Keep in mind that some creatures are also food!

Cards with Adamant get a boost if you spend a certain amount of mana of the same color. This nudges you towards mono-color decks (or decks that are heavy into a single color). If you pay the required amount, your spell gets an added boost — a counter, a buff or a new ability. This can make the difference between a card being fine or sub-par and it being truly great — so you’ll want to be careful about your available mana if you add them to your deck.

Also new is the Adventure ability. Some creatures come with an added spell. You have two options here — you can cast the creature by itself, and that’s all you get, OR you can cast the attached instant or sorcery. If you cast the instant or sorcery you send your creature on an adventure — you place it into exile and can later cast the creature half of the card.

Adventure cards are mostly pretty great (or even excellent) and you’ll want to keep an eye out for them. They are card advantage — giving you two cards for the price of one if you play both halves. Keep in mind you may want to just play the creature if you need it and you’ll also want to be careful that your spell resolves. If your spell is countered or it doesn’t resolve then the card goes into your graveyard — you can no longer cast the creature!

Pre-releases can be rough for those new to the format. The randomness of your card pool can be both a benefit and a hindrance. There’s no guarantee you’ll get bomb rares and you may find your pool spread thinly across the colors and archetypes which makes deck construction a bit of a challenge. Focus on the fun — being able to play with new cards — and on learning about the new interactions that can come up. This set in particular has plenty of humor to be found so if nothing else, enjoy baking your opponent’s creatures into pies.

Greg Grondin
Gregory Grondin is a full time Systems Analyst working for Mariner Innovations. He also works as a weight loss consultant for Weight Watchers and is part owner of Heroes' Beacon. You can follow his web comic series at http://www.spacepawdyssey.com

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