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!

Kickstarter Page Update

Our Kickstarter Page has had a major update, so give it a look to see all the projects you can back through BKG, as well as a full listing of ones we’ve done in the past!

Happy Birthday Canada! We’re Open

Black Knight Games will be open Sunday, July 1st (Canada Day) – so come in out of the heat and hang out with us!

No only are we open our usual Sunday hours, but we will be running a couple great events including a Pokemon Tournament, and a Magic: the Gathering Open House!

MTG Core 2019 Prerelease Weekend

We will be celebrating an impressive new core set, full of great reprints and exciting new cards.  Join us for an entire weekend of Prerelease fun!  Here are the details:

When: There will be six regular Core 2019 Prerelease events over the weekend, as well as a Youth event on the Sunday!

Friday, July 6 – MIDNIGHT (Sealed Deck)

Saturday, July 7 – 9:00am (Sealed Deck), 2:30pm (Sealed Deck), 8:00pm (Two-Headed Sealed)

Sunday, July 8 – 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 Prerelease pack.  Prerelease Packs include six boosters of Core 2019, 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 MTG Core 2019 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 Core 2019 Prerelease event for more details.

Preorder Special:  Just like with 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 Core 2019 Preorder Special

Core 2019, the next set of MTG, is coming and it’s bringing both some great new cards, and some major reprints.  Here are the details of the BKG Preorder Special:

Core 2019 Release:  Wizards has announced that Core 2019 booster boxes will continue in Dominaria’s shoes and have a special preorder perk – you will be able to get your boxes of Core 2019 boosters a week early during Prerelease Weekend – first come first serve.

Core 2019 Release Date: Friday, July 13th
Core 2019 Booster Box Early-Bird Pick Up: July 7-8

Core 2019 Exclusive Buy-a-Box Card:  On top of that you will get the 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 ‘Nexus of Fate‘, and it will be limited to the first 60 people who order or buy a box of Core 2019 from Black Knight Games.

Booster Box Preorder Price: $139.99 (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!

Out Now: MTG Jace’s Spellbook Special Price

Jace’s Spellbook is a special limited edition set featuring special editions of cards that Jace would use!  Stores were only given a very limited number of these, and they are now available!

BKG will have them on special this weekend for only $39.99, after which they will return to their regular $54.99 price point (Limit 4 per person).

So grab this special set while you can!

Age of Sigmar 2e Preorder Special

The next Age of Sigmar edition is incoming!  It’s an amazing time to jump in on Age of Sigmar – following the release of two exciting elven armies, we have just begun our Call to Arms army building league (we’re already pushing 40 players!), and now we have all these exciting new 2nd edition miniatures coming out, featuring two brand new forces, and the incredible Malign Sorcery set!

It all happens on June 30th!  The following amazing items will all be fore sale, and as with all major releases BKG has you covered with some sweet pre-order incentives and deals!:

Age of Sigmar Soul Wars  $189.99
The new Starter Set features a new chamber of Stormcast Eternals wizards and celestial beasts facing down the spirit armies of the Nighthaunt!  Like Dark Imperium this set includes the full hard-cover rulebook.

Age of Sigmar 2e Rulebook  $69.99
If you aren’t interested in the Soul Wars starter set, you can just get the hardcover book on its own.

Malign Sorcery $89.99
A new set of incredible magical miniatures representing powerful new spells.  Malign sorcery includes a rulebook, and thirteen ‘Endless Spells’ miniatures.  Got a wizard in your army?  Get this set!

General’s Handbook 2018  $39.99
The General’s Handbook is the annual AoS ‘army building guide’ complete with points values, ways to play, and army-building rules.  It’s a must-have for competitive and casual players, and it’s perfectly timed to coincide with the new edition!

Combat Gauge  $19.99
Age of Sigmar Objectives  $39.99
Age of Sigmar Wounds Markers  $15.99
Age of Sigmar Command & Status Dice  $24.99
Age of Sigmar Scenery Dice  $24.99
Nighthaunt Gloom & Hexwraith Flame Paints  $8.99 ea.
Easy-to-Build Sets  $19.99ea.  (Sequitors, Castigators, Glaivewraith Stalkers, & Myrmourn Banshees)

Be a Hero, and Preorder!:  Pre-Order Anything by Sunday, June 24th, and get a Hero’s Reward when you come to pick up your new stuff!  It doesn’t matter what you get, be it just a Combat Gauge to the biggest bundle, this is a reward for letting us know early!

PREORDER BUNDLE 1 – THE REALMGATE
Includes:
Soul Wars Starter Set  $189.99
Malign Sorcery  $89.99

General’s Handbook  $39.99

PREORDER FOR $279.99
SAVE $40.00!
That’s the General’s Handbook Free!

Additionally the first 25 bundles will
get a limited edition Victory Point tracker!

PREORDER BUNDLE 2 – THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
Includes:
AoS 2e Hardcover Rulebook  $69.99
Malign Sorcery  $89.99
General’s Handbook  $39.99

PREORDER FOR $179.99
SAVE $20.00!
That’s a half-priced General’s Handbook!

Additionally the first 25 bundles will
get a limited edition Victory Point tracker!

 PREORDER BUNDLE 3 – THE RULES LAWYER
Includes:
AoS 2e Hardcover Rulebook  $69.99
General’s Handbook  $39.99

PREORDER FOR $99.99
SAVE $10.00!
Get just what you need to get going in 2e!

Additionally the first 25 bundles will
get a limited edition Victory Point tracker!

PREORDER BUNDLE 4 – THE MEGABOSS 
Includes:
Soul Wars Starter Set  $189.99
Malign Sorcery  $89.99

General’s Handbook  $39.99

Combat Gauge  $19.99
Age of Sigmar Objectives  $39.99
Age of Sigmar Wounds Markers  $15.99
Age of Sigmar Command & Status Dice  $24.99
Age of Sigmar Scenery Dice  $24.99
Any of the four Easy-to-Builds $19.99
PREORDER FOR $399.99
SAVE $66.00!
Holy cow!  You’re crazy!

Additionally the first 25 bundles will
get a limited edition Victory Point tracker!

Gloomhaven New Wave Preoder Special

Gloomhaven is probably the most successful new game this year.  It is a dungeon crawl legacy game, which is a description that doesn’t do it justice.  Gloomhaven had a successful Kickstarter, and saw very minor stocking in stores before the hype completely exploded, overwhelming the new publisher’s ability to keep up.  A new much larger printing came out many months ago, and even though we brought in a ton of them, they all disappeared into the mists insanely fast.  The next printing been in the works for months, and now – Finally – we will have a restock of this exceptional game at BKG, and stores worldwide.

Gloomhaven is currently rated #1 ALL TIME on boardgamegeek.com, and if you ask anyone that’s played they will tell you why – at length, I promise you.

So celebrate the best game ever returning to our shelves, we will be taking preorders at a special price.  It’s time to get this game in to the hands of as many people as possible!

Re-Release Date: Friday, June 19th

Price: $179.99
Preorder Price: $169.99

Preorder Deadline: Friday, June 15th

Please Note: If you are one of the many people that already pre-ordered this with is before this announcement, we will be applying the $10.00 savings to your account to be used on whatever you’d like in the future – thanks for your order!

Stronghold Membership Renewal Drive

Our Stronghold Memberships are our longest-serving customer promotion, launching on day one of BKG.  All Stronghold Memberships are set to expire on July 1st, which makes June our renewal drive!

Why Would I join?

All the details about our Stronghold Member program can be found here, but in short – because you get all kinds of great stuff for being a member!  Stronghold Members earn way more points on their purchases, get discounts on snacks & drinks, get discounts or extras when they play events, and get a Membership Card with some cool extras on it!  These extras change every year, so what will our members get this time!?

New Membership Card Details

We’ve made a couple changes we really think you’ll like.  We’ve kept the popular 10% off any one purchase or order spot, and you can still get a Hero’s Reward for renewing early.  You will also be able to get a Hero’s Reward for both attending an event, and for signing out Knight’s Code (a code of conduct that makes sure you and other know what behavior to expect in the store).

Our favourite addition this year is the Tab.  Yep, if you want you can activate a $20.00 tab on your account.  This effectively allows you to go into the negatives on your store credit.  The Tab will not have any kind of interest or penalties on it, it’s simply us giving you – our loyal customers – up to $20 of wiggle room to buy things.  Running late for an event?  Call in and we can charge you on your tab!  Buying a drink and don’t want to use debit for $1?  Throw it on you tab!

Free Month & Renewal Bonus

If you are signing up for the first time, or for the first time in a while, by signing up in June you’ll get whatever time is left in the month for free!

If you are an existing Stronghold Member take a look at your card, you’ll see that there is a bonus Hero’s Reward stamp you can earn for re-registering this month!

So sign up for your Stronghold Membership today, and make the most of what BKG has to offer!

Kickstart: Arcadia Quest Riders

***UPDATE: Unfortunately we have discovered that CMON is only allowing this pledge to US pledgers – so we will no be able to take pledeges on this one – sorry for any inconvenience!***

Arcadia Quest: Riders is a campaign expansion for Arcadia Quest (or Arcadia Quest: Inferno!), players must defend the city of Arcadia against Malkhor, the Great Hunter, and his vicious Jacklols. But they don’t have to do it alone! Fighting alongside them in this all-new campaign, the Heroes will have the aid of the Mounts, enormous beasts of burden!

Why Would I Do That?

This expansion introduces a major new element to Arcadia Quest as these magnificent Mounts can carry Heroes across the map, pushing back against their foes and using their unique abilities to help their Riders!

By pledging through Black Knight Games instead you get several benefits:

  1. You don’t need to pay shipping!  Normally you would need to pay a separate shipping fee when the item ships.  Pledging through us means you don’t pay that, nor do you need to remember to check your email to make the payment – or risk missing out!  Note: we do collect sales tax, but this would always be less than the shipping, and you are guaranteed not to owe any duty charges.
  2. Support your FLGS!  One hang up for many people when using Kickstarter is that you are bypassing your Friendly Local Game Store.  By cutting out the FLGSs you aren’t doing anything to keep their doors open to you and the other members of the local gaming community.  But, through this Kickstarter you DO support your FLGS – AND – you support the game you are excited about!
  3. Get the game early, just like if you had Kickstarted it on your own!
  4. Get any of the add-ons you want, just like if you had Kickstarted it on your own!
  5. Gain the flexibility of making a pledge, changes to a pledge, or additions up to a month after the Kickstarter!  As a partner store we are able to modify our order as long as their pledge manager remains open, so pledging with us allows you all kinds of flexibility – even the ability to pledge late!
  6. Half Now/Half Later!  Normally with a Kickstarter you are asked to pledge the full amount up front, which means that your money is tied up for the entire duration of the Kickstarter.  When you pledge through BKG you have the option to only pledge half now, and pay the other half when you pick it up.
  7. Do it all for no added cost!  We agree to sell you all pledges and add-ons at exactly the same price as the Kickstarter.  So, you will pay $65 USD (based on that days exchange rate) for any of the basic pledge level (Board Game + Stretch Goals)!

Check out all the details on the Kickstarter on their KS Page!

So pledge now if you are a fan of Arcadia Quest, because who doesn’t want some sweet mounts for their chibi adventurers!?