MTG Guilds of Ravnica Draft Weekend

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

When: Saturday, October 6, 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 Firemind’s Research 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 latest return to the most popular setting in Magic!

Firemind's Research

MTG Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease Weekend

We will be celebrating an exciting new set as we go back to Ravnica, one of the most popular MTG settings ever!  Join us for an entire weekend of Prerelease fun!  Here are the details:

When: There will be six regular Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease events over the weekend, as well as a Youth event on the Sunday!

Friday, September 28 – MIDNIGHT (Sealed Deck)

Saturday, September 29 – 9:00am (Sealed Deck), 2:30pm (Sealed Deck), 8:00pm (Two-Headed Sealed)

Sunday, September 30 – 10:00am (Sealed Deck), 3:30pm (Sealed Deck)

Format: Sealed Deck (the third event on SAT is a Sealed Two-Headed Giant), 4 Rounds

Entry Fee: $39.00 // $35.00 for Stronghold Members // 9 Hero’s Rewards

You Get: Everyone gets a Guild-Specific Prerelease pack.  Prerelease Packs include five regular boosters of Guilds of Ravnica, and one Guild-Specific seeded booster pack, a foil promo card (could be any rare/mythic from the set), a countdown die, a checklist, and a box to hold it all.  All participants get a FREE Hero’s Reward Card for each event they participate in. Additionally there will be door prizes, delicious snacks, and more fun.

Prizes: We will add three Guilds of Ravnica packs into the prize pool per participant.  Each match (aka round) a player wins will earn them a pack.  Remaining packs (1 per person) are distributed among undefeated and 3-1 players (3-1 players get +1 pack, undefeated players split the rest, usually that means between 12-16 packs).  We will also randomly distribute a second Hero’s Reward for every 5 participants (including one to any winless players – which means everyone wins something!).

Kids Event: We have recently introduced the Knights of Blackwood Youth Program (to encourage our players ages 6-16 to participate in games), and we will be hosting a fun and casual MTG Prerelease event for our younger players on the same weekend!  Check out the Knights of Blackwood Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease event for more details.

Preorder Special:  Just like with Core 2019 and Dominaria, when you preorder you’ll be able to pick up your booster box at the prerelease weekend!  Check out our Preorder Special for all the details!

MTG Guilds of Ravnica Open House

Black Knight Games is pleased to be hosting another Open House, this time we be kicking off the next set – Guilds of Ravnica!

Boros ChallengerWhen: Sun, September 23, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Entry Fee: FREE!

Participants Get: At Open House, new players get a Welcome Deck, and a tutorial showcase of the game in an open-play environment, they also get a Foil Full-Art Boros Challenger promo if you play at least three games!

Bring a Friend: If you are an established Magic player, you are invited to participate to teach new players, and to bring your friends in who would like to try MTG!  Established players will also be given a promotional Foil Full-Art Boros Challenger if they bring a new player with them, or are found to be helpful teachers to new players.

Early-Bird Planeswalker Decks: Anyone that plays at least one game in our Open House will be allowed to purchase one of the new Guilds of Ravnica Planeswalker Decks not one, but two weeks early!

The Open House event  is a new tradition that precedes the Prerelease by a week, giving new players the perfect introduction leading in to the most exciting event each season!

MTG Core 2019 Store Championship

Core 2019’s turn as the main set in Magic is coming to an end as we prepare for Guilds of Ravnica.  To close out the Core 2019 Season we have one last test – are you the Champion?

Emmara, Soul of the AccordWhen: Saturday, September 15, 12:00pm (Registration opens at 11am)

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

Stronghold Members Get: A Hero’s Reward for participating

Format: Standard, 3-5 Rounds of Swiss (Based on number of participants), Cut to top 8

Store Championship Event Prizes: All participants will get a first-peek at the next set with a foil rare, full-art promo Emmara, Soul of the Accord card from Core 2019. Top 8 players win an exclusive Ultra Pro deck box and the store champion wins an exclusive playmat.  Additionally there will be a prize pool of $10/participant drawn from by the top players.

M19 Store Championship Playmat

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!