February’s almost here and with it come some changes to our Magic the Gathering weekly offerings! We’ve got a new weekly event on the horizon, a commander party in unusual spot, a store championship with prizes to drool over and some beautiful new promos to give away to most of you! If that all sounds like good news, read on and find out more.
The Return of Standard Showdown
If you played Magic a few years ago, (you know, in the before times), you might have heard of a fun paper format called Standard. It was this rotating format, it used the most recent cards in the game. We ran it here, and it was fun! But due to a number of factors it moved to the digital frontier of Magic Arena. Now, five years later - Standard is coming back with a special new weekly event - the Standard Showdown.
Standard Showdown is a weekly event to showcase the Standard format and give players a chance to practice their standard brewing in a semi-competitive environment. Prizes will take the form of promo packs, store credit, and specialized “Omenpath” lands that will be awarded to players who go undefeated or win the event.
- Dates: Thursdays Weekly
- Time: 6:30 PM
- Entry Fee: $10
- Rules Enforcement Level: Regular
- Max Rounds: 4
- Format: Standard!
In addition, we’ll be kicking off the Standard Showdown ‘season’ starting February 15th with some bonus lunar new year promos! Everyone who attends will go home with a special promo Dragonlord’s Servant, and one lucky undefeated player will receive a special alt-art promo Sarkhan, Unbroken in honor of the Lunar New Year.
Murders at Karlov Manor Store Champion
Speaking of reasons to play standard (y’know if the showdown and our upcoming RCQ wasn’t enough). We’ve got a store championship coming up the first weekend in March, and the cards for it are fantastic looking! Bonus - not only will you get a foil version of the top 8 or winner promo depending on how well you do, but we’ll also have a non-foil Phoenix Comics & Games embossed copy of the promos to go with it!
Be the envy of every modern player each week when you play your Phoenix Comics & Games Dauthi Voidwalker at Phoenix (or take it abroad to other stores and rep your favorite FLGS).
- Date: March 2
- Time: 11 AM
- Entry Fee: $15
- Format: Standard
- Rules Enforcement: Competitive (decklists required)
- Player Cap: 40
- Max Rounds 6 + Cut to the Top 8
Friday Night Commander Party Shenanigans
We don’t normally run commander party events on a week night. Buuuut due to RCQ events happening at Phoenix during the same weekend we’re gonna run our Murders at Karlov Manor event on Friday, February 16th!
- Date: February 16
- Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
- Entry Fee: FREE!
- Format: Commander (cause it’s a commander party)
If you haven’t played in a commander party before, it’s a pretty neat and fun version of commander, where there are special story-based rules to match the set themes. For Wilds of Eldraine, we told a fantasy fairy tale. In Lost Caverns of Ixalan, we delved into the core of Ixalan and made a pact with the plane’s gods. In Murders at Karlov Manor…well…you guess it! We’re having a murder mystery party! We don’t know the fine details yet, so assume that specific special rules will be revealed closer to the event’s date and keep your eyes peeled here for more info as we have it!
Ravnica Clue Edition Event
Ready to follow some clues? We'll be hosting a special Ravnica Clue Edition event on February 23. All you have to do to participate is bring yourself and 3 friends. Buy or preorder a Ravnica clue edition bundle. Play through the bundle here in the store, and we'll give you a bonus foil promo card - Lavinia, Foil to Conspiracy.
- Date: February 23
- Time: 6:30 PM
- Entry Fee: Free*
- Format: Ravnica Clue Edition
- Player Cap: 32
* - Each play group will need to purchase a copy of Ravnica Clue Edition in order to participate, but there is no entry fee for this event.
Wanna play in this AND the draft that night? Nooo problem! The clue edition experience is intended to be a quick and easy thing to jump into, so there's no reason you can't participate in both.
Booster Draft Promos
Draft players we haven’t forgotten you either! We’ve got special new promos for everyone who drafts at any of our Tuesday or Friday Night draft events each week.
Want these promos? It’s easy! Just download the Magic Companion app and use that to sign into the draft each week. As long as we aren’t logging you into the event as a guest, you’re getting one of three nifty promos!