I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty psyched about Shadowmoor. Next weekend is the chance for Magic players everywhere to experience the new set, aka: pre-release time!
Lorwyn was cool, there were brightly colored pretty things flitting about all over the place, but I’m eager to see how it feels now that things have pretty much gone to hell. There’s something attractive about a nice dark Magic set like this, made all the more so because of its sharp contrast to Lorwyn’s bright and cheery qualities.
Attending the Shadowmoor Pre-release Tournament
Here’s a quick rundown of what the pre-release is all about:
It’s sealed-deck, so you will be given a Shadowmoor starter and a couple of boosters, from which you will build a 40 card deck. Basic land is supplied. The rest of your card pool forms your sideboard, and since this is a casual-style tournament, most organizers forgo deck registration and allow you to rebuild or swap cards with your sideboard willy-nilly between games and rounds. No need to return your deck to a registered configuration before the next round, if you discover you really should have been playing that Tattermunge Maniac just slide it in for next game and you’re all set.
As I said, the pre-release is a relatively casual tournament. No doubt there will be some players there who could make it on the pro circuit (or already have) but the atmosphere is generally a little more relaxed than other tournaments. Everyone’s there to have fun and get a first look at the new cards.
You want to go, right? Excellent.
If you’re like me and will be in the Connecticut, head over to TJ Collectibles for details on where and when to show up. Flights run all day Saturday and Sunday. For other locations, check the Wizards site for more info.
Oh, yeah, did I forget to mention that everyone who shows up gets a special foil rare promo card? Not too bad, plus you get an extra booster just for participating, no matter what your record is (of course if you fare 3-1 or better you become eligible to get a stack of additional prize boosters).
I highly recommend checking out your local pre-release, Shadowmoor looks to be an exciting (and dark) set. See you there!