FNM: Quickdrafts Beta Test & Regular Draft

Black Knights Games was approached by Wizards of the Coast to participate in a test-run for a new format called Quickdrafts.  Quickdraft is a popular format on MTG Arena, and WotC would like to find out if it would be popular in stores too, so they’ve connected with a selection of stores to test the format and get feedback from the players and the store.

We ran a poll on our Facebook Page to see if our players would be interested in testing it, or if they’d rather stick with what was working, and got well over a hundred responses from our players.  It was as close as possible, with almost a perfect split one way or the other depending on the moment you checked.  Ultimately it became clear that there was a good number of players who would love to trial something new, and there were a good number who’d rather keep things steady.  So rather than picking, we’re doing both!

Play Quickdrafts -or- Regular Drafts every Friday in February: Each and every Friday Night Magic, you will have the option of drafting either in a regular draft pod, or in a Quickdrafts pod.  Simply Let us know which, and we’ll add you to the correct one.

Mostly the Same: The entry fee and prize pool will be the same.  Both groups will earn FNM promos.  Both groups will count towards the Winter Championship Season, and 2019 Invitational equally.

One minor downside for regular drafts: Because we have to split these up (and because of the way WotC is collecting data on Quickdrafts) the regular pod will be run and submitted as a regular MTG tournament, not as an FNM – this means slightly fewer plainswalker points, which most players aren’t too concerned with.

What is different about Quickdrafts?:

  • Matches are single-game (instead of best 2 out of 3).
  • Rounds are 20 minutes (instead of 50).
  • We will play 6 rounds (instead of 3).
  • Players get a “free” mulligan each game (this helps mitigate mana problems in your first draw)
  • Each match win will be worth 0.5 wins in our Seasonal Championship standings (so 6 matches = max 3 pts, just like draft)

Report your experience to Wizards: After the month-long test run WotC will contact us, and our Quickdrafts players, and ask what they thought about the format.  We will actually get to give proper feedback, and help them decide whether or not to adopt this format for the future!

Big Busy Weekend Incoming!

This Weekend is going to be crazy!

Black Knight Games is running more events this weekend, and more high-profile events, than we have ever done on a single weekend.  We have six Magic: the Gathering Prereleases, our Pokémon Prerelease, and a Star Wars Destiny Regional Tournament.  It’s going to be very busy.  But, fear not, we have planned things out very well.  We have adjusted our layout to accommodate everyone, we’ve ensured that we have plenty of staff on, and designated well.  Nonetheless it would be good to bear the following few things in mind:

No Open Gaming: Even at our busiest events we usually can accommodate a few tables for pick-up games.  On Saturday and Sunday please be advised there there will be no open gaming tables.  Every square foot of our gaming area is designated for our events.

Parking Will Be Rough: Our parking lot isn’t ideal during the busy times, but this weekend it will be very tight.  Please consider getting a lift, carpooling, taking public transit, or exploring other nearby parking options.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Some Parking is Reserved: We have wonderful neighbors, each of which have a few marked designated spots reserved for their business.  Please respect that they still need to run their businesses even on prerelease & regional weekend!

It’s Possible We Hit Capacity, So Preregister: We almost never need to turn anyone aside at any of our events, but this weekend may be an exception.  You can help us out by preregistering (and prepaying) for the events – and you’ll guarantee yourself a spot in the process.

Thank you for understanding.  This weekend is certainly an anomaly for us, as all three of these events are scheduled through the manufacturers.  We didn’t want to miss out on any of these amazing events, so we’ve had to make arrangements to make it all work.  So we thank you for your patience this weekend.

It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be fun!

MTG Standard Showdown Ravnica Allegiance

Black Knight Games is happy to announce that we will be running Standard Showdown each Saturday during the Ravnica Allegiance season!  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 Ravnica Allegiance Showdown season runs from SAT, Feb 9 – SAT, Apr 6

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 Ravnica Allegiance 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
  • 1 foil card of any rarity from a currently legal Standard set

MTG Ravnica Allegiance Draft Weekend

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

When: Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm

Firing More Drafts: If there is demand we will fire additional drafts with the same format on-demand.

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 Simic Ascendancy 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!

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MTG Youth Prerelease Ravnica Allegiance

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 Youth-Focused Prerelease event for Magic: the Gathering!

When: SUN, January 20, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Entry Fee: $35.00 -or- 9 Hero’s Rewards

Event Details: This is a Prerelease Event, which means that you get cards from the new Ravnica Allegiance set a WEEK before they are released!  Participants will get packs, and build a deck at the event.  They will then play games with others and win prizes!  Play is open, but we will help players find opponents.

What You Get: All Participants will get a guild-specific Prerelease Pack that includes 6 Booster Packs, a Dice, and a Foil Pomo Card (taken from the Rares/Mythic Rares of the set).  Additionally all participants will get an extra Booster Pack, 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 another Ravnica Allegiance booster pack, and when you win your first match you earn another!  Combine that with the free pack you get for joining in and every player gets 3 packs!  Anyone that plays at least 3 matches will get another Hero’s Reward (and will get that third pack if they didn’t win any).

So join us and all the other cool kids for some Prerelease fun, at our Knights of Blackwood prerelease for Magic!

MTG Ravnica Allegiance Preorder Special

The next set of MTG, Ravnica Allegiance, is coming, and it completes our ten guilds from Guilds of Ravnica.  There are a three great reasons that you might want to preorder a booster box, here are the details of our Special:

The Haunt of Hightower PromoRavnica Allegiance Release:  Wizards has announced that Ravnica Allegiance booster boxes will have a special preorder perk – you will be able to get your boxes of Ravnica Allegiance boosters a week early during Prerelease Weekend – first come first serve.

Ravnica Allegiance Release Date: Friday, January 25
Ravnica Allegiance Box Early-Bird Pick Up: January 19-20

Ravnica Allegiance Exclusive Buy-a-Box Card:  On top of that you will get the Standard-Legal buy-a-box promo card which will be exclusively available as a buy-a-box card – there will be no other way to get it.  The card is ‘The Haunt of Hightower‘, and it will be limited to the first 60 people who order or buy a box of Ravnica Allegiance from Black Knight Games.

Booster Box Preorder Price: $149.99 (Reg $159.99)

Pay with Hero’s Rewards: Have you been saving up those Hero’s Rewards from the events you’ve been attending?  Well you can always trade us 40 Hero’s Rewards and get a booster box for free!  So you can take advantage of this special using only Hero’s Rewards!

So get those orders for your Ravnica Allegiance booster boxes in soon to guarantee yourself one of the early boxes, with buy-a-box promo for a better price!

MTG: Invitational Last Chance Qualifiers

Our MTG Grand Championship Invitational is just over a week away!  We are announcing 29 players that have qualified to earn invites already, however if you aren’t on the list it’s not too late!  You can earn your way on by winning one of three Last Chance Qualifier events!

Last Chance Qualifiers:  The three LCQs are our regular weekly MTG tournaments (Wednesday Modern, FNM Standard, and FNM Draft).  These events will function as usual, with their own regular prize structures, entry fees, etc.  They will all count towards the new Winter Season as well.  However, in addition to their usual duties, they will fill our final three spots in the Grand Championship Invitational.  The highest ranked (including tie-breakers) non-qualified player at each of those three events will grab the last spots.

Modern LCQ: Wednesday, January 2nd, 6:00pm

Standard LCQ: Friday, January 4th, 6:00pm

Booster Draft LCQ: Friday, January 4th, 6:30pm

So take advantage of your last opportunity to nab a spot at this years most prestigious MTG event!

MTG Ravnica Allegiance Open House

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

Rakdos Firewheeler PromoWhen: Sun, January 13, 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 Rakdos Firewheeler promo if you play at least two 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.

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 Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease Weekend

We continue our journey through Ravnica we we celebrate the release of Ravnica Allegiance!  Join us for an entire weekend of Prerelease fun!  This time, due to popularity, we’ve added a second Two-Headed Giant event to our usual prerelease weekend mix.  Here are the details:

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

Friday, January 18 – MIDNIGHT (Sealed Deck)

Saturday, January 19 – 9:00am (Sealed Deck), 2:30pm (Sealed Deck), 8:00pm (Two-Headed Sealed)

Sunday, January 20 – 10:00am (Sealed Deck), 3:30pm (Two-Headed Sealed)

Format: Sealed Deck (one event on Saturday and Sunday will be 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 including 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 Ravnica Allegiance packs into the prize pool per participant.  Each match (aka best of 3 round) a player wins will earn them a prize 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!).

Youth 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 the past number of sets when you preorder you’ll be able to pick up your booster box at the prerelease weekend, as well as a special Buy-a-Box card!  Check out our Preorder Special for all the details!

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MTG Legacy Tournament DEC

Escape the snow and holiday stress with our monthly Legacy tournament!

Date: Sunday, December 20th 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:

    • 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!