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Hour of Devastation Complete Event Listing!


Hour of Devastation is almost here and we have a ton of opportunities for you to join in the fun!

Here is the list of all of the Hour of Devastation events we have planned. You can click on any of the links for more information and to reserve seats for events when applicable:

If you want to know more about these events, but don’t feel like clicking on all of the links, no worries! Scroll down and you will find a description of each event type below:

Hour of Devastation Open House
[Saturday, July 1st from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm]

This is a free event where new players are encouraged to attend free teaching sessions from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Our resident Magic experts will provide new players with decks and teach them the game. Veteran players are encouraged to come out to enjoy casual league style play throughout the day. All participants, new and veteran, will receive special promotional cards.

After the teaching sessions are done, all players are invited to stick around and enjoy some casual league-style play from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm!

Hour of Devastation Pre-Release Weekend Events [July 8th-9th]

Once you’ve brushed up on your skills during the Open House, it is time to get ready for our Hour of Devastation Pre-Release events!

Pre-release events are sealed format events.

For your entry fee of $30.00 you receive:

  • 4 booster packs of Hour of Devastation, 2 booster packs of Amonkhet
  • Randomized date-stamped premium promo card
  • Spindown life counter
  • A “Five Hours” activity card.
  • Insert with deck-building advice

We have two prizing formats for our pre-release events:

  • Packs for All Prizing: These tournaments last for four rounds of Swiss Play. Participants in this format win one Hour of Devastation pack for each round they score a match win. Even if a player wins no matches, they will still receive one extra pack. [Players with undefeated records will walk away with a total of 4 extra packs.]
  • Sealed Box Prizing: The number of rounds for this tournament is determined by the number of participants. 1st place receives a sealed booster box of Hour of Devastation! Extra packs are awarded to other players based on the final standings. The more players that participate, the further down the standings we are able to prize.

In addition to the extra packs of Hour of Devastation you can win at each event, we will also be awarding cool door prizes to randomly selected participants. Door prizes include, but are not limited to, promotional posters and standees from previous Magic: The Gathering sets!

Follow any of the three links below to reserve your spot in your preferred pre-release events:

Hour of Devastation Draft Weekend [July 15-16th]

Amonkhet Draft Weekend is your chance to build up your Amonkhet collection while enjoying draft format play with the local Magic community! Not only that, for each draft weekend event you participate in you will receive a special dated foil promo card!

The Draft Weekend events are:

Magic League: Hour of Devastation Season
[Tuesdays July 18th-August 8th]

Join the Fanfare Hour of Devastation League to play with other members of the Magic community and have some fun!

League play is a fun way to build up a collection of the new set and enjoy casual play.

The league will run on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm starting on July 18th through August 8th.

The Hour of Devastation League works as follows:

  • Players may join the league at any time. The league will run for a 4 week period.
  • To join the league, inform a Fanfare employee. You will then purchase 2 Hour of Devastation booster packs and 1 Amonkhet pack from which you can build a 30 card minimum deck (we provide land). In addition to the packs, you will also receive a special league card storage box, league card to track your matches, and a special promotional 4-sided die.
  • Every week, players will add a booster pack (either Amonkhet or HOD) to their pool, rebuilding as often as players would like. Players can also add a booster after three losses.
  • Matches consist of a single game. Each player gets one free mulligan at the start of the game.
  • Players will play against each other, earning Planeswalker Points and, of course, bragging rights.
  • Additional prizes will be awarded for various achievements over the course of the league.

Standard Showdown Sundays [Free Events!]

Standard Showdowns are free Standard Format tournaments where you can win special promotional Standard Showdown booster packs!

These events will be held on Sundays at 12:00 pm between July 23rd and September 10th.

[Please note: There is no Standard Showdown event on the Sunday of August 6th]

Prizing for this event comes in the form of special Standard Showdown Promotional Booster Packs! These packs include chances at mythics, full art lands, and premium cards from Standard Legal sets!

Everyone who plays receives 1 free Standard Shodown Promo Pack! You can also earn additional packs for the following:

  • Being a player who is new to Magic (playing at a Showdown as your first official event)
  • Bringing along a player who is new to Magic (bringing someone who has not played at an official event)
  • Going undefeated in the day’s tournament

This is a FREE event! Grab your deck, come out and have some fun!

Hour of Devastation Game Day [Saturday, August 5th at 10:00 am]

Bring your best Standard deck and compete to become the Game Day Champion of Fanfare. Top finishers earn special prizes, including full-art promo cards and a playmat for the winner. All participants receive a special promo card!

Game Day is a Sanctioned Standard Constructed Tournament.

The event will run Swiss rounds with a cut to the top 8 players.

The number of Swiss rounds will be based upon the number of participants.

The top 8 players will receive an extra special promo foil full art card in addition to the aforementioned participation card. 

Store credit will also be awarded based on participation.

How to Register for Events

Our new calendar handles registration by “selling” tickets to our events.  We have set up all of our events to have the means of payment as “pay at the door”.  In other words, you don’t have to put in credit card or Paypal information.  Merely enter a little contact information and put the selected ticket in your cart.  When you check out you will only have the option to pay at the door and will receive an email confirmation of your registration (as will we).  If you are going to be signing up for many of our events in the future, you might consider creating a login account for yourself to save the bother of filling in all of that information each time (this is done during the process of registering for your first event).  If you register and need to cancel, just give us a quick call or email and we’ll put your ticket back into circulation, no worries.  If you have any questions about this process, feel free to call us at 269-349-8866.

Head to our Event Calendar.

Age of Ultron

Based on the 2013 Marvel Crossover Storyline, The Age of Ultron Organized Play event puts you into the events of this epic story.  Rid the world of Avengers and wipe out humanity.  Help the Avengers travel into the past and stop Hank Pym from creating Ultron.  Travel to the future to stop Ultron from concurring the world.

The Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron is a four-month storyline Organized Play event that introduces a new resource (The Avengers Round Table) to help players new and old alike fight against (or for) Ultron and his army of robots.

Register to play on our event calendar now to reserve your spot!

The Age of Ultron Begins on June 27th & June 29th, 2015!

It Was Twenty Years Ago, Today (give or take a few years)

Scrye #1 Cover

What you are about to read is a verbatim re-typing of my contribution to the Four Corners: Regional Retail Advisor Reports article in Scrye Magazine #1, from June of 1994 (although I’d have written this sometime in early May).  I’d have changed names to protect the innocent but the only name is mine and I’m far from innocent in this event.  I’ve made every effort to maintain formatting but have added hyperlinks (which didn’t exist back then and besides, this was a print magazine).  While typing this into this post I noticed LOTS of grammatical errors, primarily involving extra commas.  Feel free to comment in any way but bear in mind that I’ve matured a bit since then.  Also of note is that I include our store information as it was then and so most of this information has changed (including that they have our phone number dead wrong).

Joshua Hall
4403 S. Westnedge
MI  49008
(616) 349-9966

Help!  My Colossus of Sardia is napping in the begonias!

Hello from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The latest news here on Collectible Card Games is that there is still only one:  Magic: The Gathering.  This will not likely be the case when next I write.  However, for now, Magic is the only game in town.  Ultimately, I would not be upset if it were always the only game of its type, but it is apparent that a virtual flood is coming and so, since variety if the spice of life, I will be there watching and playing all of them.

The Collector’s Market

Actually, there does not seem to be much of a Collector’s market in Michigan.  From all of the people I have talked to, even as far away as Ann Arbor and Traverse City, very few people here seem to be buying the cards for purely collectible purposes.  We do have a dozen or so customers who put sets together, but they are the exception, not the rule.  If the card is not worth playing with, it does not sell well as a single and it does not matter whether it is an Alpha, Beta or whatever.  We seem to have a strong Player’s Market… Pure and simple.

For this reason, my store has put all of the Alpha run away.  Unless someone ask for them specifically, they are not out for sale.  This move was made in the anticipation that eventually the Alphas will become a treasure, even here, and when that happens we want to have something to offer.  The selection, when I compare it to the quickly depleted selection in our Revised Singles, is still quite good.  Hopefully we will eventually gain some collectors, but for now I am willing to be patient.

Revised Edition

My store has sold Sports Cards for years, in packs and as singles.  When Magic was released, it was an easy step to sell singles of these as well.  We have had singles available for Magic for as long as we have been selling the packs.  In fact, there were times when singles were all we had.  I am happy to say that this is not the case any longer.  We keep a binder with nine-pocket pages numbered to keep track of the singles on our price list.  We only keep up to five of any card in a pocket, at any time.  I place the extras aside.  I then take all of these excess cards and make up Spell Packs.  They usually contain between 12 and 24 spells, with no duplication in any pack.  The packs are usually common cards, but there are occasionally uncommon cards mixed in.  The price per card usually works out to be between 10 and 20 cents.  These Spell Packs sell really well for us and keep us from having to keep track of back-up for the singles binder.  The extra Land cards are treated in the same way, but are not a random selection.  I bundle them either as ten of the same type of Land, or as two each of the five types of Land.  I sell these for $1.75, at a steady pace.

The Fanfare Magic League

At the time of writing this article, the Fanfare Magic League has met twice.  On each occasion, the event (which is held on Sunday) has drummed up much interest in the game.  It is easy to see that twenty people, all crammed into the front of the store and all playing the same game, might turn some heads.  We have nine teams of three players each, in the League.  Each player must play doubles against each team twice.  We are going to be awarding trophies for the top finishers and expect the league to last most of the way through Summer.  The store team, Terror Inc., is currently in Second Place (although we are ineligible for the prizes) and I am ranked Seventh.

I am excited about the arrival of Legends and look forward to writing about all of the amazing developments.  See you in Issue #2.