MTG Youth Prerelease War of the Spark

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, April 28, 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Entry Fee: $40.00 -or- 9 Hero’s Rewards

Event Details: This is a Prerelease Event, which means that you get cards from the new War of the Spark 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 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 War of the Spark Preorder Special

The next set of MTG, War of the Spark, is coming, and it is a dream of a set if you love planeswalkers – and who doesn’t?  Here are some great reasons you might want to jump on board our pre-order special:

Tezzeret, Master of the BridgeEarly Release:  Wizards has announced that War of the Spark booster boxes will have a special preorder perk – you will be able to get your boxes of boosters a week early during Prerelease Weekend – while supplies last (so pre-order if you can)!

War of the Spark Release Date: Friday, May 3
War of the Spark Box Early-Bird Pick Up: April 27-28

War of the Spark 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 ‘Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge‘, which may be the most exciting Buy-a-Box promo yet.  It will be limited to the first batch of people who order or buy a box of War of the Spark from Black Knight Games.

Booster Box Preorder Price: $159.99 (Reg $174.99) – Save some money off the regular price

Hero’s Rewards: When you pre-order before pre-release weekend you will also get 2 Hero’s Rewards!

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 Hero’s Rewards!

So get us those orders for your War of the Spark booster boxes in soon to guarantee yourself one of the early boxes, with buy-a-box promo and Hero’s Rewards, for a better price!

MTG Legacy Tournament

April  is Prerelease month, which bumps our April Legacy event in to the beginning of May – so join us on May 5th for our monthly Legacy Tournament!

Date: Sunday, May 5 2019, 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!

MTG Legacy Tournament MAR

Join us at the end of March for our monthly Legacy tournament!

Date: Sunday, March 31 2019, 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!

MTG: Team Trios Tournament

Black Knight Games is very excited to be hosting our first ever Team Trios tournament for MTG!  Team Trios is a special format where teams of three players face off against other teams, with each player on the team playing a different format!

Date: Saturday, April 6, 12:00pm start time (be there at

Entry Fee:  $15.00 -or- 5 Hero’s Rewards Per Player
Stronghold Members Get: A Hero’s Reward for participating

Format: Swiss, 3-5 Rounds, Teams of 3, each player on the team plays a different format (Standard/Modern/Legacy).  Each round teams face off against one another with the players of the same format playing one another.  Players play a best of 3 match, and the team that wins the most matches wins the round.

Prizes:  3 Booster Packs are added to the Prize Pool for each participant and is spread evenly to participants based on record, with team-mates each taking down the same prize.  Packs may be swapped for $5.00 in Store Credit.

2019 BKG Invitational: The winning team will secure ALL THREE PLAYERS a spot in our 2019 Grand Invitational Event in January!

MTG Commander League

Join us for a four week long Magic: the Gathering Commander League!  You’ll be able to switch up your deck, play games whenever works for you, and compete with others for the honour of being the Top Commander!

Begins: Monday, March 25th
Ends: Monday, April 15th

Entry Fee: $10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards
Stronghold Members Get: 1 Hero’s Reward for joining

Structure: Players can play Commander League games against others in the league whenever they wish, although there is a bonus for playing on our Casual Mondays MTG day.  Games can be from 2 to 8 players.  When the players play they should grab a match result slip, and submit it to the staff when it is done, with everyone’s points on it.

Each player will earn and lose points based on how well they did, and if they had to resort to foolishness to win the match.  At the end of the league players will earn prizes for both having the most overall points, but also for specific accomplishments.

Match Scoring:

Players earn the following points for their performance in matches:

[+2] Per opponent eliminated
[+1] Eliminating an opponent by attacking with commander
[+1] Save another player from elimination
[-1] Going in an infinite loop
[-1] Taking an extra turn
[-2] Eliminate a player before their 5th turn

[+2] Points for playing at least one match on a Monday.

[+/-?]Each week a special surprise match modifier will also be in play in order to keep things interesting, to be announced each week.

Prizes: 

The winner will get a playmat, and additional prizes will be awarded as well for the top players.

players will also win a Hero’s Reward for winning one of the following categories:

Punisher – Most Opponents Eliminated
Job Done Right – Most Kills with Commander
The Savior – Most Saves of another player
Infinite Gauntlet – Most Times Gone Infinite
Marty McFly Award – Most Times Taking an Extra Turn

Additionally players will vote at the end for their favorite opponents, with a Hero’s Reward awarded to the following recipients:

Best Interactive Deck
Best Sportsperson
Most Inventive Deck
Most Hilarious Deck

Each week Kelly will post the current standings, including everyones totals for each of the categories.

MTG & D&D: Ravnica Weekend 2

A Major game crossover was released in November that combined the worlds of Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons!  Back then we ran a special pair of events for both D&D and MTG on the same day that celebrated this merging of amazing games.  This month we will be participating in a second such event: Ravnica Weekend 2!

This day of events will include both an MTG tournament, and a D&D gaming session.  Participants can play in one or the other, but are encouraged to play in both – and in fact will save if they do!

Lavinia, Azorius Renegade PromoEvent 1 – MTG Ravnica Championship Event:

When: SAT, February 16, 12:00pm

Entry Fee: $10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards (Play in Event 2 Free!)
Stronghold Members Get: A Hero’s Reward

Format: Standard, Swiss 3-5 Rounds

Prizes: We will add 2 Boosters to the prize pool per participant.  Additionally we have very special full art Lavinia, Azorius Renegade give out to participants, while supplies last, and the winner will get a very special Ravnica Allegiance ‘Champion’ playmat!

Get in to the 2019 BKG Grand Championship Invitational: In addition to winning the sweet playmat, the winner of this event will secure an invitation to our big Invitational next January!

Event 2 – D&D Ravnica Adventure:

When: SAT, February 16, 5:00pm

Entry Fee: $5.00 – or 2 Hero’s Rewards (Free if you play in Event 1!)

Format: We will have DMs to run sessions of an all new adventure set in the MTG world of Ravnica!  Show up an hour early if you’d like help making a character.

Prizes: We will have 5 exclusive Ravnica Art Posters which will be passed out to players based on excellent Role Playing.  Additionally we will have some dice and Hero’s Rewards to pass out as well – Everyone gets something!

Play in Both Events and Save!

If you participate in both events, you will get in to the D&D event for free!  Additionally you will be given a very special limited edition Guild-Themed basic land magic card (while supplies last, order of picks will be in order of registration)!

So join us to celebrate this exciting merging of worlds with us with two special events!

MTG Legacy Tournament FEB

Join us at the end of February for our monthly Legacy tournament!

Date: Sunday, February 24 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!

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!