By Drew S.
Sorry for the delay since the last article about running Magic the Gathering prereleases and releases. If you are just starting to read the “From Wizards of the Coast to Anime Kat to You” articles, I suggest you start with Part 1. The very reason I’m behind in writing is the subject of today’s article. There are at least two events that go on after the prerelease and release for a new Magic the Gathering set is releases.
The first event after the release is the formation of a league. For the most current set, we ran the Dragon’s Maze League. The league is Sealed Deck event. Players receive a set number of booster packs to build their decks. Unlike a normal Sealed Deck event, the league lasts over the course of five weeks and new players may join at any point of the five weeks. During each new week of the league, players may one more booster pack to supplement their league deck. The players’ decks remain at Anime Kat for the duration of the league, and players may not trade or buy individual cards to supplement their league deck. Only the league booster packs may be used.
Each participant must play three matches per week, for a total of fifteen over the course of the league. Players joining the league late or players that missed a match can play extra matches to catch up to the current match cap of three times the current total of weeks of the league. There is always an “official” league night, but players may play league matches at any point at Anime Kat. At the end of the five weeks, we give out prizes to the top players.
The other main event after the release of a new Magic the Gathering set is Magic Game Day. Magic Game Day is always run a month after the last set release. The event features the Standard format and is designed to showcase the newest cards available. Special commemorative foil cards and are given to each participant and Top 8 competitor while the supplies last. We typically have a few extra prizes as well. For many players, the best part is we run the Magic Game Day as a free event.
It has taken be about two months to explain what I work on each time a new set of Magic the Gathering cards is slated for release. That is about how much time I spend of each prerelease and release. As soon as one set if finished (and usually before the League is finished) I’ll start work on the next set release. It keeps me busy, but I wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t fun.