MTG: Legacy Tournament SEP

We continue with our monthly Legacy tournaments this September!

Date: Sunday, September 23rd 2018, 3:00pm (Registration begins at 2pm)

Entry Fee:  $10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Legacy, DCI Sanctioned, 4 Rounds, No Cut

Details:

    • Pre-Registration by July 22nd and receive a Hero’s Reward
    • No Proxies
    • Special Additional Prizes
    • Stronghold Members get a Hero’s Reward

Prizes:  2 Booster Packs are added to the Prize Pool for each participant and is spread evenly to participants based on record (all 4-0 get the same prize, all 3-1 get the same prize). Packs may be swapped for $5.00 in Store Credit.

So join us for a special extended-hours day of Legacy!

MTG: The Price of Cardboard

It’s no secret that the price of Magic cards goes up and down like the stock market.  Certain singles soar, while others dip, changing thanks to supply and demand, which in turn are ever-changing thanks to new decks, set rotation, buy-outs, and dozens of other factors.

One thing that is usually more consistent is the price of current sealed product.  In Canada the store cost of booster boxes, has typically only varied by a few dollars here and there, the variances mainly caused by the $US-$CAD exchange rate.  This has allowed stores to be very consistent on their regular stock sealed product for many years.

This has all changed recently, because of two major factors:

  1. The US-Canadian Tariffs.  MTG finds itself caught in the crossfire of the US-Canada trade war.  In response to Tariffs imposed by the United States, Canada has recently imposed retaliatory tariffs that include things like steel, and aluminium, but it also includes ‘playing cards’.  Unfortunately the MTG cards sold to Canada are of a US origin, and therefore get caught up in this tariff – and the costs to Canadian stores has already gone up on everything since Dominaria, and the rest will go up as soon as Canadian warehouses need to re-order older sets.  In general this Tariff will be responsible for raising costs by 10%.
  2. Wizards Raised the Cost, without Raising MSRP.  Wizards has, a little covertly, raised their price.  Also happening this month was a 2% price increase to distributors.  WotC is also closing down their direct distribution option, which means stores MUST go through distribution – which effectively means that sealed product across the board has gone up an additional 2% this month.

So, what does all this mean for Black Knight Games?

Well, despite the fact that BKG has already seen a major cost increase on sealed product we will NOT be raising our regular sealed prices at this time.  But we will be monitoring the situation very closely.

Already when we compare our cost on boosters from Ixalan and Rivals of Ixalan the price has gone up about 11.5%.  However, when we last adjusted our MTG prices, back in 2015, we factored in a little bit of room for a variance in costs.  We set our prices at a reasonable place, so that we wouldn’t be as affected by the ups and downs of the exchange rate.  Since that time the exchange rate has leveled slightly in our favour, which means we feel we have enough room with this nearly 12% cost increase to stay where we are.  It’ll hurt our bottom line a little, but we think it will be manageable.  It’s no secret that there are places that you can buy MTG in the area for less than you can from us – I suspect they will have a much harder time with this double-punch to the bottom line, and we will likely see some places raise there prices to stay profitable.  But for now BKG will not have to do this – at least not yet.

Take an Extra Turn and Cash In!

So the good news here is that BKG will not be raising our prices, at least not for some time.  But the GREAT news is that we still have several Nexus of Fate buy-a-box cards available!  This card has been seeing a lot of play, and the ONLY way you can get it is as the Buy-a-Box for Core 2019.  Because of its low supply and high demand it has shot up to about $55.00 CAD – and you get one FREE when you buy a box of Core 2019 at BKG!

So take advantage of our stable price, and this amazing and valuable promotion, while supplies last!

KoB: MTG Welcome Deck Tourney

The Knights of Blackwood is our FREE to join Youth Program.  Our goal is to provide great events for the younger players in the shop to participate in, and to that end we are very excited to bring new and experienced players a great inexpensive tournament experience!

When: SUN, September 2, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Entry Fee: $5.00 -or- 2 Hero’s Rewards

Event Details: 3-4 Rounds, 50mins/Round.  Sanctioned – Casual.  This is a Welcome Deck tournament, which means that you will be supplied with a FREE beginner deck to fight with!

What You Get: All Participants will a free Welcome Deck to build to play with, and a Hero’s Reward for participating.  Lastly, all Knights of Blackwood members will get a free Knights of Blackwood Pet!

Adult Mentors: The Knights of Blackwood is a program for kids ages 6-16, however others can participate in this event, parents and guardians for example.  If you are older than 16 years old, you will be a ‘mentor’ helping out the younger players with rules and being a good example of a good sport.  Mentors will get all the same rewards as younger players, except the Pets.

Prizes: Everyone that plays a game will earn a Hero’s Reward, and anyone that wins at least 2 matches will win a Core 2019 Booster Pack!

So join us for an easy introduction to how Magic Tournaments work!  You don’t need to have anything to play, it’s all provided!

MTG Commander Multi-Player Tournament

To celebrate the release of the new Commander release Black Knight Games will be running a multi-player Commander tournament!

When: Saturday, August 11, 12:00pm (Registration begins at 11:00am)

Entry Fee: $10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards.  Stronghold Members receive a Hero’s Reward for participating.

Format: Commander, 3 Rounds, 1hr 40mins/Round, Games of 3-4 players.  Players get 1 match point for each player they eliminate, and 1 match point if they are the last player standing.

Prizes: $10.00 per participant in BKG store credit will be added to the Prize Pool.  The top earner in each match will win a Hero’s Reward.  The top 3 players at the end of 3 Rounds will earn prizes from the prize pool.  Anyone that plays with one of the new Commander 2018 Decks, instead of a constructed deck, will earn a Hero’s Reward.

So join us to celebrate the release of the new Commander 2018!

MTG: Legacy Tournament AUG

We had our best attendance in a long time for Legacy last month, so we are eager to make these events a more regular monthly thing, although we’ve decided after listening to your feedback to do them a little earlier in the day.

Date: Sunday, August 26th 2018, 3:00pm (Registration begins at 2pm)

Entry Fee:  $10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Legacy, DCI Sanctioned, 4 Rounds, No Cut

Details:

    • Pre-Registration by July 22nd and receive a Hero’s Reward
    • No Proxies
    • Special Additional Prizes
    • Stronghold Members get a Hero’s Reward

Prizes:  2 Booster Packs are added to the Prize Pool for each participant and is spread evenly to participants based on record (all 4-0 get the same prize, all 3-1 get the same prize). Packs may be swapped for $5.00 in Store Credit.

So join us for a special extended-hours day of Legacy!

KoB: MTG Youth Draft Tournament

The Knights of Blackwood is our FREE to join Youth Program.  Our goal is to provide great events for the younger players in the shop to participate in, and to that end we are very excited to bring you a Magic: the Gathering booster draft for younger players!

When: SUN, August 19, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Entry Fee: $20.00 -or- 6 Hero’s Rewards

Event Details: This is a Draft Event, which means that you get cards from the new Core 2019 set and take turns selecting cards for the deck you will be using!  We will have a staff running the event, making it clear how everything works, helping make sure nobody passes up any cards they’d regret, and generally teaching everyone how to draft!

What You Get: All Participants will 3 Booster Packs to build their deck with, and a Hero’s Reward for participating.  Lastly, all Knights of Blackwood members will get a free Knights of Blackwood Pet!

Adult Mentors: The Knights of Blackwood is a program for kids ages 6-16, however anyone can participate in this event.  If you are older than 16 years old, you will be a ‘mentor’ helping out the younger players with rules and being a good example of a good sport.  Mentors will get all the same rewards as younger players, except the Pets.

Prizes: Everyone that plays a game will earn a Core 2019 booster pack, and when you win your first match you earn another!

So join us for a youth-draft in our first ever Knights of Blackwood Booster Draft for Magic!

MTG 2018 BKG Grand Championship Invitational

Our Seasonal Championship series has been a very popular addition to our regular gaming nights, crowning champions every three months, be we want to take it a step further!  To that end Black Knight Games is very happy to announce our 2018 Grand Championship Invitational tournament!

What is it?:  Our Invitational will be a prestigious MTG event that we host at the end of 2018.  The 32 participants will each be invited to attend based on their successes gaming at BKG over the past year.  The event will be a multi-format event, with the aim of crowning a single BKG Grand Champion, and presenting them with an exciting reward.

Who Gets Invited?: There are a couple of ways that our gamers might get invited:

  • If you are crowned ‘Champion‘ in any of the four seasons of 2018, you will be invited.
  • If you win one of our four Store Championship events in 2018, or any BKG Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier in 2018 you will be invited.
  • If you are the top-ranked unqualified player in one of our ‘Last Chance Qualifier‘ events you will earn an invite.  The three weekly events in the week immediately before the Grand Championship will be LCQs.  In the case of a tie, for example multiple undefeated draft pods, the player yet to qualify with the best record in the Winter 2018 season will win the tie.
  • Remaining seats in the invitational will be hand-selected by BKG, based on things like overall attendance, record, and loyalty to the community.

Invitations, other than those from the LCQ, will be extended in advance, and we will also have a waiting list that we will keep in the case of some of our top 32 not being able to make it.

Event Details

When: January 2019, Saturday & Sunday TBD

Entry Fee: $30.00 per player
Total Prize Pool & Prize Value: $1,200 in credit, 1 Booster Box, 8 Playmats, Champion Plaque, Draft Packs for eight, & 40 Hero’s Rewards.

Competition Level: REL Competitive, We will have a L2 judge on hand.

Day 1 Format: 32 Player event.  10:00am start time.  4 Rounds Swiss of Modern, followed by 4 Rounds Swiss of Standard.  Each of the 4 round segments will be seeded, and matched as their own separate events. After combining the standings the top 8 players overall, including tie-breakers, will be invited to Day 2.

Byes: If you auto-qualified more than once, not including LCQs, you will be given a single Bye, which can be take either in the Modern or in the Standard leg.  No more than 1 Bye may be earned.

Day 2 Format: 8 Player event.  12:00pm start time.  3 Round, elimination, Booster Draft.

Prize Distribution:

All participants get: 1 Hero’s Reward
Top 8 Participants get: Grand Championship Playmat, a second Hero’s Reward, Boosters for the Top 8 Draft.
5th-8th Place: An additional $25.00 BKG Store Credit
3rd-4th Place: An additional $50.00 BKG Store Credit
2nd Place: A standard-legal Booster Box of their choice, or $100.00 BKG Store Credit
BKG Grand Champion 2018: $1000.00 BKG Store Credit, Grand Champion Plaque

Already Qualified: The following individuals have already earned an invite

Nolan McDonald
(Earned 1 Bye)
Winter 2018 Modern
Winter 2018 Standard
Steve Conway Spring 2018 Modern
Cody McCowell Spring 2018 Standard Micah Hewer Winter 2018 Draft
Aaron Stross Spring 2018 Draft Adam Guite Dominaria Store Champ
Jack Robbins Rivals of Ixalan Store Champ

 

MTG Modern PPTQ

It has been some time since we’ve hosted a PPTQ, but we are coming back with a bang with a Modern event!

When: Saturday, September 1st, 12:00pm (check-in begins at 11:00am)

Entry Fee: $25.00 -or- 8 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Modern, 4-6 Rounds (based on attendance) and a Cut to Top 8.  Rules Enforcement Level: Competitive

Prizes: The winner of the event will get an invite to a Regional PTQ.  Additionally we will be putting $25.00 per participant in to the prize pool.  The prize pool will be split among those in the Top 8, with more going to those that make it furthest.  All participants get a Hero’s Reward, and Stronghold Members get two.

So join us for a big Modern Event to close out summer vacation!

MTG Core 2019 Standard Showdown

Black Knight Games is happy to announce that we will be running Standard Showdown each Saturday after the release of Core 2019 until the season ends!  Showdown is great because in addition to our regular Standard prize pool, we will be adding 9 Standard Showdown packs too!

When: Saturday Evenings, beginning at 6:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm)

The Core 2019 Showdown season runs from SAT, July 28 – SAT, September 8

Entry Fee: $8.00 // $7.00 if you are a Stronghold Member // 2 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Standard, 3-4 Rounds based on attendance (usually 4), No Cut

Prizes: 1.5 Core 3019 Booster Packs/Player will be added to a Prize Pool to be split among the top players. Additionally at each event we will give out 9 Standard Showdown packs (Players that go at least x-1 player will each get at least one, and the rest will be passed out randomly among those that attend.  These events do not count towards the FNM Standard standings.

Standard Showdown Packs: The nine packs given out each event are a special 4-Card booster pack that will include

  • 2 rare or mythic rare cards from a currently legal Standard set
  • 1 foil basic land with art by Rebecca Guay
  • 1 foil card of any rarity from a currently legal Standard set

MTG: Core 2019 Draft Weekend

To celebrate the Core 2019 release weekend Black Knight Games will be running another special MEGA-SIZED Draft Weekend Event!

When: Saturday, July 14, 12:00pm

Entry Fee: $20.00 -or- 6 Hero’s Rewards.  Stronghold Members receive a Hero’s Reward for participating.

Prizes: Drafts will add 1.5 packs per player to a prize pool.  Prizes are distributed based on record, so all 3-0s receive the same prize as each other, all 2-1s receive the same prize, etc.  Additionally, Wizards has provided us with a special draft weekend promo Desecrated Tomb to pass out to participants as well!

Format: Our Draft Weekend events will be just like normal drafts here, except participants will get 4 BOOSTER PACKS instead of 3 to draft with, for the same price!

So join us to celebrate the release of the very solid looking Core 2019 set!