Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Prerelease Info!

by Phoenix Comics and Games

Don't miss your chance to join the party! Magic's first D&D crossover set is coming soon. If you're interested in joining in on some fun in-person prerelease events, read on to get all the information you'll need to delve into some dungeons and fight some dragons!

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Prerelease Info

Let's start with dates and times. The prerelease weekend for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms runs July 16 - 18. We've chosen to run six in-person events during that time period - 2 events per day, with 3 webcam events as overflow in case we sell out. Each event has a cap currently of 24 players, 

In-Person Events

Webcam Events

Preparing for the Prerelease (in-person)

Once you've preregistered for your event(s) of choice, there's a small checklist of things to do before prerelease weekend rolls along. If you're planning to play at one of the in-person events, here's what you'll need to be aware of:

  • Review our safety requirements for in-person play here (these are a requirement for the use of our play space, so please make sure you can abide by them). Important note: some things, such as our capacity for in-store events, is in flux and may have changed since you last reviewed this information!
  • Download the Magic Companion app to your phone or tablet.
  • Make sure you have a login setup with the MTG Companion App (if you play Arena, these login credentials are the same for both game and app).

Preparing for the Prerelease (via webcam)

Before the tournament gets started, you'll want to make sure you've got the following things taken care of:

  • Access to a webcam-based setup that you can use over discord (you are 100% allowed to use our discord server to test these things and play casual games with friends).
  • Download the Magic Companion app to your phone or tablet.
  • Make sure you have a login setup with the MTG Companion App (if you play Arena, these login credentials are the same for both game and app).

That's it! Ideally you do probably want to play a few games over webcam to get the feel for how it works. If you're up for it and have a deck, why not try our Tuesday Night Modern or Saturday Afternoon Standard events? If not - just ask around on the discord and we're pretty sure you could put a game together.

What to do during Prerelease Weekend

If you're playing in one of our in-person events, just make sure you arrive at the store before the event's start time. We recommend aiming for about 30 minutes prior to the event to make sure you can get checked in, pick up your kit, and find a seat.

For those of you playing in one of our webcam events, we've got a few more instructions for you. Once prerelease weekend rolls around you'll want to pick up your prerelease kit as early as you can to give you maximum time to build. For Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, we're allowed to give these out anytime after the store opens on Friday, July 16. 

Just stop by the shop, pick up your kit and bring it home. If you need any basics, don't hesitate to ask - we'll have packets of land available upon request. You have from the time you pick it up until your event starts to build your deck. If you've never participated in a prerelease before, here are all the requirements for your deck:

  • Minimum Deck Size is 40 cards
  • You may use whatever is in one single prerelease kit (plus the promo) to build your deck.
  • Aside from basic land, you may only use whatever is in your prerelease kit to build with. (No trading with other players or combining multiple pools, please)
  • There's no cap on the number of cards of the same name you can have in the deck (ex: if you open 5 of the same card, you can use all 5 if you want).
  • You may adjust your deck between games or matches. If you're just not doing well with what you built, maybe try a different combination of colors!

Once you've got your deck built, set the rest of your card pool aside until the end of the event. Those leftover cards will be your sideboard. 

Prerelease Prize Support

All of our prerelease events are run with an eye towards having the best possible time, learning, and trying out new ideas and strategies that come from every new set. So with that in mind, we stick to a simple pack-per-win prize structure that looks a little like this:

  • 4 Wins - 4 Packs
  • 3 Wins - 3 Packs
  • 2 Wins - 2 Packs
  • 1 Win - 1 Pack

With the exception of the Friday at 3 PM event, each event will have a maximum of 4 rounds. The winner of each round will receive an Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft booster next time they stop by the shop. Please allow approximately 1 hour after the event ends for prizes to be available for pickup.

The 3 PM Friday event will be constrained to 3 rounds in order to make sure that the 7 PM event can start on time. With that in mind, the final round will count twice for the purposes of awarding packs. In this instance, draws will count for 1 pack per player.

Please Note: If you are registered for multiple webcam events, please wait to pickup your prizes until all of the events you are signed up for are finished. 

AFR Buy-A-Box Promo Information

Want one of them cool Vorpal Sword alt-art promo cards? We've got a bunch! Here's what you'll need to purchase in order to receive one:

  • Set Booster Display
  • Draft Booster Display
  • Collector's Booster Display
  • 6 Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Prerelease Kits

You'll get 1 promo per qualifying item(s) purchased. So if you buy 6 prerelease kits and a set booster display, you'll get 2 of these lovely promo cards.

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