Gnome Games has your Magic the Gathering Strixhaven Prerelease! April 16th – 18th : Available for pickup at all Gnome Games Locations!
“A shadowy organization known as the Oriq is trying to fulfill a prophecy and awaken the legendary Blood Avatar. A group of young mages of Strixhaven must root out the conspiracy before time runs out!”
You are invited to take part in this ‘Play at Home’ pre-release! Players can pick up the take home kits from any Gnome Games Location from Friday, April 16th until we close on Sunday April 18th. To keep everyone safe there is no in store play for this Pre-release.
Ways to play in the Magic Strixhaven Prerelease:
Single Course – $30 – Perfect for the player looking to explore the new set! Play-at-home groups should pick up 1 kit per player. (If you have 5 or more players check out the Full Time Course Bundle Below!) Includes 1 Randomly assigned College (color combination) Prerelease Kit* and 2 Set boosters**
Full-Time Course – $150 – Perfect for the player who wants to dive into all of the new colleges and explore the world deeper. Or for the small group who wants to play in the comfort of their own home! Includes Each of the 5 different College (color combinations) Prerelease Kits* and 10 Set boosters**
*Each Strixhaven Prerelease Pack contains: – 5 Strixhaven Draft Boosters – 1 Strixhaven College Booster (Rare/Mythic Rare card is from the Prerelease Pack’s college) – 1 foil promo-stamped Rare or Mythic Rare from the set – 1 Magic: The Gathering Arena code – 1 Spindown life counter.
** Each Set Booster Pack 12 Magic cards including: – 1 Mystical Archive card (Uncommon, Rare, or Mythic Rare) – 1 Lesson card (Common, Uncommon, Rare, or Mythic Rare) – 1 Rare or Mythic Rare – 1 foil of any rarity – 1 Wild Card of any rarity – 6 assorted Commons or Uncommons that are thematically connected – 1 Land card – plus 1 Art Card and 1 Ad/Token OR special card from Magic’s history (a card from “The List”)
Gnome Games is sending out a call for Heroes next weekend for the Theros Beyond Death Prerelease.
Be a Hero! Preregister for a 4 event deal at the bottom of this post! Magic the Gathering Theros Beyond Death Prerelease weekend is January 17, 18, 19 and we have a full lineup of great prerelease events for you to play in all weekend long. We start the festivities at 3 PM on Friday January 17th, and have prerelease events at all stores every day!
Escape Your Fate
In Theros, the pantheon of gods vies for undying devotion among their mortal subjects. But in the Underworld, there is only one master: the Lord of the Dead. Break free from death’s shackles as a hero reborn. Choose your god and fight in their name…or forge a destiny all your own.
Theros Beyond Death Prerelease Weekend Schedule at Gnome Games
Preregister online before Midnight January 16th and save $5
Gnome Games Green Bay West Registration Opens at 11:00 PM Tournament Starts at Midnight Preregister online and Save $5 Swiss Rounds win a match, win a booster. Top Cut for a Box of Theros! We’ll add another box for 16 players, 24, players, 32 players etc. for the top cut prize pool.
Saturday January 18 – More Theros Beyond Death Prerelease fun and games at the Gnome
Gnome Games Green Bay West Registration Opens at 12:30 Learn to Play starts at 1:00 Play for Fun Prerelease starts at 2:00 Learn to play with Learn to play decks you get to keep! Open packs and build a new deck then play a few games with the new cards Everyone will get 2 additional boosters after the event. Preregister online and Save $5
You are invited to the Throne of Eldraine Prerelease Festival the weekend of September 26 – 29
Online Preregistration is Closed. Plenty of seats are available at the door for these events. On site registration opens 1 hour before most events.
Magic fans, you are formally invited to join the gnomes for a weekend of Throne of Eldraine Prerelease fun, food and festivities September 26, 27 and 28. This weekend is so big we can’t call it a prerelease, it’s the Festival of the Throne of Eldraine – ONLY at Gnome Games!
We have a full weekend of great events for all Magic players. Whether you are a new player and want to learn how to play and experience the fun of Magic the Gathering, are a seasoned kitchen table player or are a Pro-Tour Planeswalker looking to win big, we have you covered with our events.
While Throne of Eldraine is all about Fairy Tales, we aren’t telling you one when we say this is going to be the best prerelease weekend Gnome Games has ever hosted. You will want to reserve your spot for to make sure you get to play when you want, get the cards you want, and have the most fun possible. Plus, for every event you preregister for you will get an entry into a drawing to win Garruks Axe!
Come in costume! This weekend is a festival and we want you to have a little extra fun! Come as your favorite planeswalker or fairy tale character. We do ask that all weapons are left at home, and that all costumes allow you to play Magic safely at the tables.
Festival of the Throne of Eldraine Prerelease Weekend Schedule
Fee – Fi – Fo – Fum! You are invited to the Full of Beans – 2 Headed-Giant for Charity Throne of Eldraine Prerelease at Gnome Games Appleton, Saturday Sept 28 at 1:00.
Fairy tales are always full of Giants and quite often you need a couple of beans to get to where they live. You’ll want to bring plenty of cans of beans for the “Full of Beans” 2HG Charity Throne of Eldraine Prerelase at Gnome Games Appleton on Saturday Sept 28 starting at 2 PM.
For the “Full of Beans” 2HG Charity Throne of Eldraine Prerelease, you’ll also want to have a few cans of beans with you, to use as mana! That’s right, once each turn each player may play a can of beans from your secret stash, and it will produce 1 colorless mana.
At the end of the turn, that can gets consumed by the Giant, removed from the game and donated to charity. You can only use each can of beans once during the tournament, so either bring lots of beans, or use them wisely!
Throne of Eldraine 2HG Charity Prerelease “Full of Beans”
Saturday September 28 Gnome Games Appleton East 2 HG Sealed Format with “Full of Beans” Special rules in effect Online Preregistration is available here: https://gnomegames.com/festival-of-the-throne-of-eldraine-weekend/ Registration opens at 1:00 Tournament Starts at 2:00 Entry is $30/ Player – $60/ Team Players will want to bring cans of Beans, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Black Beans, Butter Beans, Pork and Beans…. Any kind of regular sized can of beans works! We’ll play 3 rounds – Win a match, win a booster plus all payers that play at least 1 can of beans during a game will receive a Throne of Eldraine Booster! Special Rule “Full of Beans” – Once each turn each player may play 1 can of beans during any main phase to create 1 colorless mana. The Can of Beans is consumed by the Giant at the end of the turn, and all cans of beans are donated to charity. Gnome Games will deliver these to local food pantries after the prerelease weekend.
Of course we need a Fairy Tale to make the “Full of Beans” Prerelease complete
Jack and the Beanstalk
Once upon a time there lived a poor widow and her son Jack. One day, Jack’s mother told him to sell their only cow. Jack went to the market and on the way he met a man who wanted to buy his cow. Jack asked, “What will you give me in return for my cow?” The man answered, “I will give you five magic beans!” Jack took the magic beans and gave the man the cow. But when he reached home, Jack’s mother was very angry. She said, “You fool! He took away your cow and gave you some beans!” She threw the beans out of the window. Jack was very sad and went to sleep without dinner.
The next day, when Jack woke up in the morning and looked out of the window, he saw that a huge beanstalk had grown from his magic beans! He climbed up the beanstalk and reached a kingdom in the sky. There lived a giant and his wife. Jack went inside the house and found the giant’s wife in the kitchen. Jack said, “Could you please give me something to eat? I am so hungry!” The kind wife gave him bread and some milk.
While he was eating, the giant came home. The giant was very big and looked very fearsome. Jack was terrified and went and hid inside. The giant cried, “Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” The wife said, “There is no boy in here!” So, the giant ate his food and then went to his room. He took out his sacks of gold coins, counted them and kept them aside. Then he went to sleep. In the night, Jack crept out of his hiding place, took one sack of gold coins and climbed down the beanstalk. At home, he gave the coins to his mother. His mother was very happy and they lived well for sometime.
Jack climbed the beanstalk and went to the giant’s house again. Once again, Jack asked the giant’s wife for food, but while he was eating the giant returned. Jack leapt up in fright and went and hid under the bed. The giant cried, “Fee-fifo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” The wife said, “There is no boy in her
e!” The giant ate his food and went to his room. There, he took out a hen. He shouted, “Lay!” and the hen laid a golden egg. When the giant fell asleep, Jack took the hen and climbed down the beanstalk. Jack’s mother was very happy with him.
After some days, Jack once again climbed the beanstalk and went to the giant’s castle. For the third time, Jack met the giant’s wife and asked for some food. Once again, the giant’s wife gave him bread and milk. But while Jack was eating, the giant came home. “Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!” cried the giant. “Don’t be silly! There is no boy in here!” said his wife.
The giant had a magical harp that could play beautiful songs. While the giant slept, Jack took the harp and was about to leave. Suddenly, the magic harp cried, “Help master! A boy is stealing me!” The giant woke up and saw Jack with the harp. Furious, he ran after Jack. But Jack was too fast for him. He ran down the beanstalk and reached home. The giant followed him down. Jack quickly ran inside his house and fetched an axe. He began to chop the beanstalk. The giant fell and died.
Jack and his mother were now very rich and they lived happily ever after.
And of course – we need a Fairy Tale to kick things off right!
The Laidly Worm
In Bamborough Castle there once lived a King who had two children, a son named Childe Wynde, and a daughter who was called May Margret. Their mother, a fair woman, was dead, and the King mourned her long and faithfully. But, after his son Childe Wynde went to seek his fortune, the King, hunting in the forest, came across a lady of such great beauty that he fell in love with her at once and determined to marry her.
Now Princess May Margret was not over-pleased to think that her mother’s place should be taken by a strange woman, nor was she pleased to think that she would have to give up keeping house for her father the King. For she had always taken a pride in her work. But she said nothing, though she stood long on the castle walls looking out across the sea wishing for her dear brother’s return; for, see you, they had mothered each other.
Still no news came of Childe Wynde; so on the day when the old King was to bring the new Queen home, May Margret counted over the keys of the castle chambers, knotted them on a string, and after casting them over her left shoulder for luck—more for her father’s sake than for the new Queen’s regard—she stood at the castle gate ready to hand over the keys to her stepmother.
Now as the bridal procession approached with all the lords of the north countrie, and some of the Scots lords in attendance, she looked so fair and so sweet, that the lords whispered to one another of her beauty. And when, after saying in a voice like a mavis—
“Oh welcome, welcome, father, Unto your halls and towers! And welcome too, my stepmother, For all that’s here is yours!”
she turned upon the step and tripped into the yard, the Scots lords said aloud:
“Forsooth! May Margret’s grace Surpasses all that we have met, she has so fair a face!”
Now the new Queen overheard this, and she stamped her foot and her face flushed with anger as she turned her about and called:
“You might have excepted me, But I will bring May Margret to a Laidly Worm’s degree; I’ll bring her low as a Laidly Worm That warps about a stone, And not till the Childe of Wynde come back Will the witching be undone.”
Well! hearing this May Margret laughed, not knowing that her new stepmother, for all her beauty, was a witch; and the laugh made the wicked woman still more angry. So that same night she left her royal bed, and, returning to the lonely cave where she had ever done her magic, she cast Princess May Margret under a spell with charms three times three, and passes nine times nine. And this was her spell:
“I weird ye to a Laidly Worm, And such sail ye ever be Until Childe Wynde the King’s dear son Comes home across the sea. Until the world comes to an end Unspelled ye’ll never be, Unless Childe Wynde of his own free will Sail give you kisses three!”
So it came to pass that Princess May Margret went to her bed a beauteous maiden, full of grace, and rose next morning a Laidly Worm; for when her tire-women came to dress her they found coiled up in her bed an awesome dragon, which uncoiled itself and came towards them. And when they ran away terrified, the Laidly Worm crawled and crept, and crept and crawled down to the sea till it reached the rock of the Spindlestone which is called the Heugh. And there it curled itself round the stone, and lay basking in the sun.
Then for seven miles east and seven miles west and seven miles north and south the whole country-side knew the hunger of the Laidly Worm of Spindlestone Heugh, for it drove the awesome beast to leave its resting-place at night and devour everything it came across.
At last a wise warlock told the people that if they wished to be quit of these horrors, they must take every drop of the milk of seven white milch kine every morn and every eve to the trough of stone at the foot of the Heugh, for the Laidly Worm to drink. And this they did, and after that the Laidly Worm troubled the country-side no longer; but lay warped about the Heugh, looking out to sea with its terrible snout in the air.
But the word of its doings had gone east and had gone west; it had even gone over the sea and had come to Childe Wynde’s ears; and the news of it angered him; for he thought perchance it had something to do with his beloved sister May Margret’s disappearance. So he called his men-at-arms together and said:
“We must sail to Bamborough and land by Spindlestone, so as to quell and kill this Laidly Worm.”
Then they built a ship without delay, laying the keel with wood from the rowan tree. And they made masts of rowan wood also, and oars likewise; and, so furnished, set forth.
Now the wicked Queen knew by her arts they were coming, so she sent out her imps to still the winds so that the fluttering sails of silk hung idle on the masts. But Childe Wynde was not to be bested; so he called out the oarsmen. Thus it came to pass that one morn the wicked Queen, looking from the Keep, saw the gallant ship in Bamborough Bay, and she sent out all her witch-wives and her impets to raise a storm and sink the ship; but they came back unable to hurt it, for, see you, it was built of rowan wood, over which witches have no power.
Then, as a last device, the Witch Queen laid spells upon the Laidly Worm saying:
“Oh! Laidly Worm! Go make their topmast heel, Go! Worm the sand, and creep beneath the keel.”
Now the Laidly Worm had no choice but to obey. So:
“The Worm leapt up, the Worm leapt down And plaited round each plank, And aye as the ship came close to shore She heeled as if she sank.”
Three times three did Childe Wynde attempt to land, and three times three the Laidly Worm kept the good ship from the shore. At last Childe Wynde gave the word to put the ship about, and the Witch Queen, who was watching from the Keep, thought he had given up: but he was not to be bested: for he only rounded the next point to Budley sands. And there, jumping into the shoal water, he got safely to land, and drawing his sword of proof, rushed up to fight the awesome Worm. But as he raised his sword to strike he heard a voice, soft as the western wind:
“Oh quit thy sword, unbend thy bow, And give me kisses three, For though I seem a Laidly Worm No harm I’ll do to thee!”
And the voice seemed to him like the voice of his dear sister May Margret. So he stayed his hand. Then once again the Laidly Worm said:
“Oh quit thy sword, unbend thy bow, My laidly form forget. Forgive the wrong and kiss me thrice For love of May Margret.”
Then Childe Wynde, remembering how he had loved his sister, put his arms round the Laidly Worm and kissed it once. And he kissed the loathly thing twice. And he kissed it yet a third time as he stood with the wet sand at his feet.
Then with a hiss and a roar the Laidly Worm sank to the sand, and in his arms was May Margret!
He wrapped her in his mantle, for she trembled in the cold sea air, and carried her to Bamborough Castle, where the wicked Queen, knowing her hour was come, stood, all deserted by her imps and witch-wives, on the stairs, twisting her hands.
Then Childe Wynde looking at her cried:
“Woe! Woe to thee, thou wicked Witch! An ill fate shalt thine be! The doom thou dreed on May Margret The same doom shalt thou dree.
Henceforth thou’lt be a Laidly Toad That in the clay doth wend, And unspelled thou wilt never be Till this world hath an end.”
And as he spoke the wicked Queen began to shrivel, and she shrivelled and shrivelled to a horrid wrinkled toad that hopped down the castle steps and disappeared in a crevice.
But to this day a loathsome toad is sometimes seen haunting Bamborough Keep; and that Laidly Toad is the wicked Witch Queen!
But Childe Wynde and Princess May Margret loved each other as much as ever, and lived happily ever after.
Magic 2020 Core Prerelease weekend is July 5, 6 and 7 at all Gnome Games stores and here is the complete Gnome Games Magic 2020 Prerelease Schedule
Gnome Games will kick the whole Magic 2020 Core Prerelease weekend off at 3 PM with early bird prereleases at Gnome Games Green Bay East and 2HG Sealed at Gnome Games Appleton East. Then celebrate with a Magic 2020 Cookout and Prerelease at Gnome Games Green Bay West with burgers, brats and dogs, and all the fixings starting at 6, with the Prerelease kicking off at 7.
Appleton will continue the Magic 2020 festivities Friday night with a Sealed Prerelease at 7 PM.
Saturday we will have a full lineup at all Gnome Games stores including our legendary Breakfast Prerelease at Green Bay West, our feature Noon event at Green Bay East, and the ever popular 2HG evening prerelease at 6PM at Green Bay East.
Appleton and Green Bay West will also have Saturday afternoon prereleases, including a Family Friendly Learn to Play event at Green Bay West.
Sunday wraps the Magic 2020 Prerelease weekend up with a Win a Box event at Gnome Games Green Bay West, and a few more last chance events at all the stores while Prerelease kits last.
Want to play in a bunch of Magic 2020 Prerelease Events? We have a special opportunity for you!
Preregister for 5 events and you’ll also get a FREE Gideon’s Spellbook!
You’ll also get preferred seating at any event where we can accommodate it (you will sit in the same seat for the entire event). You may play at any of the stores, but we do ask that you let us know which store you will start at so we can have Gideon waiting for you, along with your event ticket. Preregistration for the 5 Event Gideon deal ends July 4th at Midnight.
Here’s the complete Magic 2020 Prerelease event schedule:
You can preregister for single events on the event link.
Friday July 5
Magic 2020 Early Bird Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East Registration Opens at 2:00 Tournament Seats at 3:00 Entry $25 preregistration, $30 at the door Preregister Here Sealed Format – 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster
Magic 2020 2HG Early Bird Prerelease Gnome Games Appleton East Registration Opens at 2:00 Tournament Starts at 3:00 Entry $50 / Team Preregister Here Sealed 2HG Format – 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster
Magic 2020 Dinner Prerelease and Barbecue Gnome Games Green Bay West Registration Opens at 5 PM Dinner starts at 6 PM Tournament Starts at 7 PM Entry $25 Includes dinner! Burgers, Brats, Hot Dogs, Watermelon and more! Preregister Here Sealed Format – 4 Rounds, Win a Match, Win a Booster
Magic 2020 Friday Night Prerelease Gnome Games Appleton East Registration Opens at 6 PM Tournament Starts at 7 PM Entry $25 Preregister Here Sealed Format – 4 Rounds, Win a Match, Win a Booster
Saturday July 6 Magic 2020 Prerelease Schedule
Magic 2020 Breakfast Prerelease
Gnome Games Green Bay West Registration Opens at 6:30 AM Tournament Starts at 7 AM Entry $25 Online before , $30 at the Door Includes Breakfast! Preregister Here Sealed Format – 4 Rounds, Win a Match, Win a Booster
Learn to play before the main event! Players will receive a Magic 2020 Learn to Play Deck to play with before the event in addition to the Magic 2020 Prerelease Kit. This is a Prerelease where you can adjust your deck every round as you learn how your cards work! It’s all about having fun.
Magic 2020 Core Prerelease – Appleton
Gnome Games Appleton East Registration Opens at 1 PM Tournament Starts at 2 PM Entry $25 Online before July 4th, $30 at the door Preregister Here 4 Rounds, Win a Match, Win a Booster!
Gnome Games Green Bay West Registration Opens at 10:30 AM Tournament Starts at 11:00 AM Entry $30 – Preregister online before July 4 and you get sleeves for the event! Preregister Here Sealed Format – Winner gets a box of boosters. Additional prizes based on attendance
Gnome Games Green Bay West Registration Opens at 1:00 Tournament Starts at 2:00 Entry $50 Preregister before July 4 and both players get sleeves for the event! Preregister Here Sealed 2HG Format, 3 Rounds – Win a Match, Win a Booster
May brings Marvel Avengers, Black Panther, the Illuminati and more HeroClix fun to the tables at Gnome Games Green Bay East every Friday!
Black Panther is one of Marvel’s favorite characters – now he’s teaming up with The Illuminati for their own set and Gnome Games will have pre-release events so you get to play with the figures before you can buy them!
The Illuminati originated as the world’s most powerful think-tank, operating in secret and representing the interests of all superhuman communities. They have collaborated and dealt with many threats to the world, including alien wars, cosmic forces, and some of the most powerful weapons in the universe. Eventually the Illuminati found themselves in possession of the Infinity Gems and split them up among themselves for safekeeping.
This set features many fan-favorite sub-themes like The Avengers, Wakanda, The Cabal, Elders of the Universe, The Illuminati, as well as brand-new equipment-objects like the Cosmic Cube, Infinity Gems, and the Infinity Gauntlet!
Existing and new HeroClix fans will look forward to new figures and objects to power-up their collection in addition to never-before-Clixed characters like Astronomer, Challenger, Eitri, Enigma, Everett K. Ross, Kobik, Okoye, Rune, and more!
Pick up some new figs (before you can buy them) and play Heroclix!
SPECIAL EVENT: Marvel Avenger Black Panther and the Illuminati PRERELEASE Gnome Games Green Bay East Friday May 31st, 2019 2:00pm & 6:00pm Entry $25
Each player will get 2 boosters of the new Marvel Avenger Black Panther and the Illuminati set to build their team out of. 3 rounds, win a match win a promo figure!
Gnome Games and Badger State Brewing Company present Tapped Out! Magic Ravnica Allegiance Prereleases January 19th & 20th!
Gnome Games continues to bring the finest in tabletop gaming experiences to northeastern Wisconsin with Tapped Out! Magic the Gathering Ravnica Allegiance prereleases! Join us for 2 special Tapped Out! Prerelease events:
Tapped Out! Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease Schedule – Badger State Brewing Company
Saturday January 19th Ravnica Alliance Tapped Out Prerelease
Badger State Brewing Company ON SITE Registration Opens 12:00 Preregister here Taps Open 12:00 Tournament Starts 1:00 Entry $30 – Includes a tapper or soda! Sealed Ravnica Allegiance Format
We’ll play 4 rounds – win a match win a booster!
Sunday January 20th
Ravnica Alliance Tapped Out! 2 HG Prerelease Badger State Brewing Company Registration Opens 12:00 Preregister Here Taps Open 12:00 Tournament Starts 1:00 Entry $60/Team includes a tapper or soda for each team member
Pokemon Trainers it’s time for the Pokemon Lost Thunder Prerelease at Gnome Games
Strike First with the Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder Prerelease at Gnome Games!
Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournaments give players a chance to get their hands on the newest expansion early and try out the latest cards in action. Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder Prerelease tournaments will be held at Gnome Games from October 20–28, before the expansion launches on November 2, 2018. Here is the complete Gnome Games Lost Thunder Prerelease Schedule.
Entry for each of these events is $30 and some have cool ways to save $$ by coming in costume or playing in a League Challenge. Check out the details for the events you want to play in.
So What’s a Lost Thunder Prerelease all about?
When you sit down to play at a Pokemon Prerelease tournament, you’ll receive a Build & Battle Box containing a 23-card Evolution pack that includes an exclusive foil promo card, plus four 10-card booster packs from Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder. From this pool of cards, you’ll construct a 40-card deck. Gnome Games will provide the energy you need for the deck, so you don’t need to bring any cards to the event at all!
What should I bring to a Prerelease?
Players need to bring their Entry Fee, Pokemon ID, a randomizer such as a dice or coin, and damage counters. LEAVE ALL YOUR OTHER CARDS AT HOME! If you don’t have a Pokemon ID we will get you one at the event. Pokemon ID’s are free and it’s how Pokemon keeps track of trainers. You can learn all about Pokemon Organized play at https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/about/
How many games will we play at a Prerelease?
We’ll play 4 rounds of single game matches and at the end all players that played 4 rounds will get 4 additional Pokemon Lost Thunder Boosters for a total of 8 of the new packs, plus a sweet shiny prerelease promo that’s in your 23 card Evolution pack in the Build and Battle Box.
Building a deck at a Prerelease
When you bTry to include Pokémon of types that have a lot of cards in your pool, and finish up using your Trainer and Energy cards. (Energy cards will be provided by the Tournament Organizer.) You’ll get to keep the cards you open, so it’s a great way to start building your collection of Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder early.
Promo Cards at a Pokemon Lost Thunder Prerelease
The promo card you’ll receive is a cool collector’s item, with a shiny foil stamp marking it as a Prerelease promo. It can also be used in your deck, and it’s likely to be a powerful part of your strategy! Plus, this time, each promo card features a Legendary Pokémon. Take a look at the four promo cards available at Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder Prerelease tournaments at Gnome Games, and get some tips to make the most of whichever you pull:
You’ll have some fun strategic options available if you pull Suicune from your Build & Battle Box at a Gnome Games Lost Thunder Prerelease.. What makes Suicune shine is its Frozen Flow Ability, which lets you force your opponent to swap their Active Pokémon out for one of their Benched Pokémon. This disruptive effect is especially powerful in a Prerelease tournament, because it’s difficult to quickly attach Energy to a bunch of different Pokémon. Suicune’s Aurora Gain attack is a little pricey, but it can potentially restore a lot of HP over a long match with assistance from Frozen Flow. Be creative: a low Retreat Cost of only one can allow for some unorthodox plays where you move Suicune up to be your Active Pokémon, use Frozen Flow, and retreat.
The Legendary Pokémon Raikou is a great thematic fit for a set called Sun & Moon— Lost Thunder, and its performance in battle can be pretty legendary too—as long as you can manipulate the Lost Zone. Its Lost Voltage attack does a measly 30 damage to start, but it jumps to an incredible 120 damage if you can put even one Lightning Energy card in the Lost Zone.
Remember – Raikou has no way of getting Energy into the Lost Zone by itself, and having Lightning Energy in your discard pile doesn’t help with this—instead, look for other Pokémon and Trainer cards that can help get its strategy going at the Lost Thunder Prerelease at Gnome Games.
The Renegade Pokémon is a tricky partner, but it has the potential to do some incredible damage if you can power it up. It needs three Energy—two of which must be Psychic—just to attack with Shadow Impact. But the attack’s impressive 130 damage will Knock Out most opposing Pokémon in a single blow, making for a tantalizing investment. When you build your deck at a prerelease try including Basic Pokémon with lots of HP in your deck to absorb Shadow Impact’s downside—putting 4 damage counters on 1 of your own Pokémon. Giratina’s unusual Distortion Door Ability can only be used while Giratina is in your discard pile, making for a fun and unique card. It allows you to retrieve Giratina from your discard pile even if it has been Knocked Out, and the damage it adds can be a cheeky way to finish off a weakened opponent.
Tapu Lele (SM152)
The Charmed Charm Ability can make a big impact, even if you keep Tapu Lele on your Bench. Each time you attach a Pokémon Tool card with “Fairy Charm” in its name to Tapu Lele—there are several in this expansion—you can leave your opponent’s Active Pokémon Confused. Unfortunately, the cards in Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder don’t offer any easy ways to discard your own Pokémon Tools, so be sure to wait until a crucial moment to activate the Ability. There are other Pokémon in Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder that benefit from the Fairy Charm cards, so be sure to include them in your deck if you open them.
Magic Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Weekend is January 13 – 14 and Gnome Games will host a full weekend of events!
Kick 2018 off with the Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Weekend at Gnome Games. Over a dozen events to play in, loads of Rivals of Ixalan Boosters, special playmats and 2 days of MAGIC! Rivals of Ixalan releases on Friday January 19th but you can get a sneak peek, crack some packs and play with the new cards at a Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease at Gnome Games. There are a couple of opportunities to win a box of Rivals of Ixalan during Friday Night Magic, plus a chance to win a free prerelease too! We’ve changed the format for a couple of our prereleases – most will be 4 rounds, win a match, win a booster. Only the midnight and noon Saturday release at Gnome Games Green Bay East will be 5 Rounds, win a match, win a booster. The Win a Box events will all be swiss plus a top cut.
VIP Registration is available at the bottom of this page!
Two new events – Family Friendly Prereleases – where families are encouraged to play together! Watch for the Family Friendly Logo on the events where we place a special focus on making them fun for the entire family!
All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge for each tournament they enter. YES, you may get more than one coupon, BUT they are only good for the player that plays in a prerelease. (Non- transferrable) So the more you play, the more you save on the Fat Pack Challenge!
Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Weekend Schedule
Friday January 12
Friday Night Magic – 2HG Standard Win a Box of Ixalan Gnome Games Green Bay East 6:30 PM Entry $10 / Player We’ll add a box of Rivals of Ixalan to the prize pool for every 4 teams
Friday Night Magic – Standard for a Free Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay West 6:30 PM Entry $5 Win a match, win a booster plus the top player gets a FREE Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease!
Friday Night Magic – Standard for a Box of Rivals of Ixalan Gnome Games Appleton East 6:30 PM Entry $10 We’ll add a box of Rivals of Ixalan for every 8 players!
Friday Night Magic – UNSTABLE DRAFT Gnome Games Green Bay East 7:00 PM Entry $15 Draft Unstable on the table before the Rivals Prerelease!
Saturday January 13
Midnight Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East 12:00 AM Entry $30 5 Rounds, all players with 3-2 or better record get additional boosters All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Midnight Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Gnome Games Appleton East 12:00 AM Entry $30 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Breakfast Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East 7:00 AM Entry $30 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East 12:00 PM Entry $30 5 Rounds, all players with 3-2 or better record get additional boosters All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Family Friendly Ixalan Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay West 1:00 PM Entry $30, $25 for kids (17 and Under) that play when their parents are registered 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Win a Box of Ixalan Gnome Games Green Bay East 2:00 PM Entry $30 Swiss + Top Cut based on attendance We’ll add additional Rivals of Ixalan Boosters based on attendace All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan 2HG Prerelease Gnome Games Appleton East 2:00 PM Entry $50/Team 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan 2HG Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East 6:00 PM Entry $50/Team 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Sunday January 14th
Rivals of Ixalan Win a Box of Ixalan Gnome Games Green Bay West 11:30 AM Entry $30 Swiss + Top Cut based on attendance We’ll add additional Rivals of Ixalan Boosters based on attendace All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Family Fun 2HG Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East 1:00 PM Entry $50/Team Families that play together get free sleeves for the event! 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Last Chance Prerelease Gnome Games Appleton East 1:00 PM Entry $30 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Last Chance Family Friendly Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay East 2:00 PM Entry $30 $25 for kids (17 and Under) that play when their parents are registered 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Rivals of Ixalan Last Chance Prerelease Gnome Games Green Bay West 2:00 PM Entry $30 4 Rounds, win a match, win a booster All Prerelease participants will receive a coupon for $5 off entry to the upcoming Fat Pack Challenge
Gnome Games will host a weekend of Star Wars Destiny – Rivals Draft Set Prerelease events December 15 – 17.
The Star Wars: Destiny Rivals Draft Set introduces a new way to play Destiny in the form of draft and sealed events. Playing in a draft requires each player to have one Rivals Draft Set and six Star Wars: Destiny booster packs of any set. What’s more, the cards in your Rivals Draft Set are completely reusable—no matter how many drafts you play, you’ll only ever need to buy a single copy of the Rivals Draft Set to enable your draft games of Star Wars: Destiny!
Gnome Games will have a very limited number of Rivals Draft Sets available for these early prerelease events. The Rivals Draft Set Prerelease events are on a first preregistered, first seated basis with a strict one set per player – you must be present to play basis with no exceptions. If you are a no show you will not get your set, it will be given to another player, and your entry fee will be refunded.
Here’s the complete Star Wars Destiny Rivals Draft Set Prerelease schedule
December Destiny OP Kit Tournament Gnome Games Green Bay East Registration 12:30 Tournament Starts at 1 PM Entry $5 Player should bring a constructed ‘deck’ The new Rivals Set is NOT legal for this event. Prizes include boosters, Tokens, Alternate Art Jet Packs, Isolation promos
Gnome Games will host 2 weekends filled with Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease fun January 20 – 21 and 27 – 28.
Gnome Games is your Pokemon Headquarters, bringing weekly Pokemon events to the tables at all Gnome Games stores. Join us for the Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease Jan 20,21 and Jan 27, 28. Play with the new cards and take some home before you can buy them anywhere else! Get cool Ultra Prism Prerelease promo cards and have fun playing with other Pokemon Trainers!
Gnome Games will host 2 weekends of Pokemon Sun & Moon Ultra Prism Prerelease fun
January 20 – 21
Saturday Jan. 20 Gnome Games Green Bay West Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease Registration Opens 9:30 Tournament Starts 10:00 SHARP! Entry $30 Players receive a PREREASE KIT to build their 40 card deck. Upon completion of the tournament players will receive 4 additional boosters for participating.
Registration Opens 9:30 Tournament Starts 10:00 SHARP! Entry $30 Players receive a PREREASE KIT to build their 40 card deck. Upon completion of the tournament players will receive 4 additional boosters for participating.
Saturday Jan. 21 Gnome Games Green Bay East Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease Registration Opens 12:30 Tournament Starts 1:00 SHARP! Entry $30 Players receive a PREREASE KIT to build their 40 card deck. Upon completion of the tournament players will receive 4 additional boosters for participating.
January 27 – 28
Saturday Jan. 27 Gnome Games Green Bay West Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease Registration Opens 9:30 Tournament Starts 10:00 SHARP! Entry $30 Players receive a PREREASE KIT to build their 40 card deck. We will play 4 rounds, win a match, win a booster Upon completion of the tournament players will receive 2 additional boosters for participating.
Saturday Jan. 27 Gnome Games Appleton East Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease Registration Opens 9:30 Tournament Starts 10:00 SHARP! Entry $30 Players receive a PREREASE KIT to build their 40 card deck. We will play 4 rounds, win a match, win a booster Upon completion of the tournament players will receive 2 additional boosters for participating.
Saturday Jan. 28 Gnome Games Green Bay East Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease Registration Opens 12:30 Tournament Starts 1:00 SHARP! Entry $30 Players receive a PREREASE KIT to build their 40 card deck. We will play 4 rounds, win a match, win a booster Upon completion of the tournament players will receive 2 additional boosters for participating.
What to bring to the Pokemon Ultra Prism Prerelease
Players should bring:
* POP Pokemon ID Number
(If you don’t have a POP ID, you can get one FREE at this event)
* entry fee $30
* damage counters (required -available to purchase on site if needed)
* condition tokens (burn, poison)
* sleeves( if desired available to purchase on site)
* optional spending money (snacks, drinks, Pokemon Merchandize available on site-NO CARRY INS)