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Changes to Magic Tournaments effective 4/8/16

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2016 has been an interesting year for Magic: the Gathering. The new block format has been realized and a new draft format for the 2 set blocks has come with it. As we move away from Zendikar and start exploring Innistrad, we are at Armada Games are going to change up our tournaments a bit.

All of these changes will go into effect for tournaments starting on April 8th, 2016.

Drafts – Tuesday at 7 pm, Friday at 3 pm & 9:30 pm

Draft entries are being reduced. Future drafts (including the midnight Shadows over Innistrad Release draft) are going to be $13. With Entry, each person is going to get a promo card. For FNM Events, we will be giving out at least 3 current FNM cards at each events. Everyone else in the event will receive a promo from our stock of past cards.

Prizes are also going to change a bit. At least half of the players in each pod will receive booster pack prizes. For an 8 person pod, prizes will be: 1st – 6 boosters, 2nd – 4 boosters, 3rd & 4th – 3 boosters.

Standard – Wednesday and Friday at 7 pm & Modern – Saturday at 7 pm

Standard and Modern tournaments are staying the same price, but are getting a prize overhaul.

For Standard tournaments, the prize pool starts at $75 store credit and a booster box of the newest set on hand. This prize pool is for events with 18 or less players. Once we get to 19+ players, the pool will scale up $5 store credit and 2 booster packs per additional player.
Ex: a 20 person Standard event will have a total prize pool of $85 store credit and 20 booster packs, with each player receiving a booster pack at the beginning of the event.

For Modern tournaments, the prize pool starts at $50 store credit and a booster box of the newest set on hand. This prize pool is for events with 16 or less players. Once we get to 17+ players, the pool will scale up $5 in store credit and 2 booster packs per additional player.
Ex: a 20 person Modern event will have a total prize pool of $70 store credit and 20 booster packs, with each player receiving a booster pack at the beginning of the event.

Each entry will receive a booster pack with entry (to be distributed during the 1st round) which is part of that pool. The rest of the boosters and the store credit will be distributed to top finishers as has been done in the past.

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Shadows of Innistrad releases tonight. We will have the following events to take place in:

Friday 12:10 am – Booster Draft $13 entry. This is the first Shadows draft to happen at Armada. Everyone gets a Release Promo!

Friday 3 pm & 9:30 pm – FNM Booster Drafts $13 entry. Everyone gets a Release Promo!

Friday 7 pm – FNM Standard $5 entry. Everyone gets a Release Promo!

Saturday 2 pm – SOI Fat Pack Challenge $45 entry. Play to be the Shadow Champion. 1st place gets a free entry to the Fat Pack Challenge for the September / October Set Release.

As always, we are constantly looking for constructive feedback, both positive and negative. Please talk to Michael, Mike, Aaron or Shea and let us know how we are doing.

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