Keyforge: Launch Tournament

Keyforge, the world’s first unique-deck game is almost here, and we are very excited!  We will be running a Launch Event, including a tournament, to celebrate this new game:

When: Thursday, November 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Entry Fee: $10.00 -or- 4 Hero’s Rewards

Format:  The event will have two parts:

Learn to Play: Everyone that participates will need a Keyforge deck either from the starter set (not the demo decks) or that they purchased separately, and tokens from the starter (or a suitable substitute).  Players will be paired off for a round of gaming to try out the rules.  We will have a staff on hand to help explain and clarify during this first round.  This round will not count towards the tournament, and is just to help players get their feet under them.

Tournament: After the demo round we will play a 3 Round Tournament.  Anyone that finishes at least 2-1 will win another Archon Deck!  It also gives you a chance to claim your third Active House card and a House poster. Finally, each of the event’s top three players will designate one House for the store’s Create-an-Archon poster.

Keyforge App: Don’t forget to register your deck(s) on the Keyforge App!  This amazing feature will allow all decks in tournament play to be tracked and rated/ranked – which will really help you earn some bragging rights!

So join us for the first tournament in what we believe will be a very successful new game at BKG!

Keyforge: Early Access Event

Black Knight Games has been selected as a very exclusive number of locations to host a Keyforge Early Access event!

When: Sunday, November 11, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Entry Fee: FREE

Format:  Attend a KeyForge Pre-Launch, and you’ll get a better sense of what this game is all about.  During the Pre-Launch, you’ll have your chance to sample all the game’s wild and explosive back-and-forth action with a Keyforge Demo Game.  Some will also be able to buy an early access deck, allowing you to continue the fun with pick-up games!

Swag:  Join the rush of players looking to collect their KeyForge decks at the Pre-Launch, and you can even claim some cool swag!

After you learn to play the game in the store, you can collect a special KeyForge lanyard and glossary card (while supplies last). Then, after you purchase your Archon Deck, you can claim a pin for your favorite House (again, while supplies last).

Buy Early: We will have a limited number of Keyforge decks available to purchase on the day of the event (max 1 per person).  These will be in short supply, so sign up now to reserve yours!

Keyforge releases on Thursday, November 15th.  Check out our Launch Tournament as well!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are Open!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Black Knight Games is open today.

This year we are thankful for:

  • Amazing Customers
  • Enthusiastic Staff & Volunteers
  • Awesome new games
  • Plastic Glue & Deck Protectors

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday, full of great food, conversation, and games!

MTG Guilds of Ravnica Preorder Special

The next set of MTG, Guilds of Ravnica, is coming and as we return to the most popular setting in Magic history.  There are a three great reasons that you might want to preorder a booster box, here are the details of our Special:

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

Guilds of Ravnica Release Date: Friday, October 5th
Guilds of Ravnica Box Early-Bird Pick Up: September 29-30

Core 2019 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 ‘Impervious Greatwurm‘, and it will be limited to the first 60 people who order or buy a box of Guilds of Ravnica 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 Guilds of Ravnica booster boxes in soon to guarantee yourself one of the early boxes, with buy-a-box promo for a better price!

Labour Day: We Are Open!

Today is Labour Day, and BKG will be open for our normal Monday hours.  So come on by and enjoy your last moments of summer break with us!

We will also be hosting our Age of Sigmar: Call to Arms Finale party tonight for all the C2A participants!  Come in, complete or not, and get to know the community – pizza is on me!

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!