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This week in Magic: Khans of Tarkir previews begin

The Khans spoiler season is finally upon us and it’s been very good thus far. At Pax Prime we were able to get a quick sampling from each clan. We even got to meet the new Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker. This guy is pretty mean. He’s essentially a 4/4 Red, indestructible, flying dragon with haste when it comes into play. It’s second ability looks a little lame compared to it’s first ability, but I’m sure somewhere down the line, dealing four damage to a creature is going to come quite handy.




His ultimate ability is interesting. First of all, it comes at a low cost of six loyalty. Second, it’s an ability that favors very aggressive decks. When I first saw Sarkhan, I immediately figured he would be best in a Jund Walkers or Jund Monsters deck. After some thinking, this guy may even be worth it in a Mono Red Burn or Aggro decklist.


At the Pax Prime party we also got to see the new design for cards with modular options. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at the Sultai Charm. These cards now come in a “summarized” form using bullet points to display the player’s options. Of course, the last thing players were treated with was the announcement that the Onslaught block cycle of Fetchlands were making their return to Khans. Quickly after, the internet exploded.


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I wrote in a recent article the possible implications of the fetchlands making a return to Standard. First, I’d like to address those who thought they wouldn’t make a return. I was right there with you. I didn’t think it was impossible, but I did think they’re return was slim to none. Why? The biggest reason was that Mark Rosewater had once stated that he disliked the idea of the fetchlands coming back to standard. It’s hard to argue with the guy who is in charge. His argument was that the fetchlands slowed things down too much in Standard. It makes sense if you think about it. You have to decide which land you want. Then you have to search for it. Once you’ve found the land you need to shuffle your deck. Finally, after shuffling your deck, you need to present your deck to your opponent who then has to shuffle your deck again. With all the different ways there are to shuffle a deck, you have to admit this is a valid point.


Another reason I didn’t think they would come back is that there isn’t really a big reason for them to come back; at least not in Standard. Everyone talked about a possible comeback during the mythical “Modern Masters 2.” The biggest outcry was for fetches in Modern. Almost every deck wanted or needed them. However, Zendikar was the only place to find them, legally, and due to the popularity of that set, obtaining them would cost you an arm and a leg. Scalding Tarns peaked around $70. At that price, four of them would cost you $280 – and that’s just for four lands in your 60-card deck.


Well, now they’re here, and we’ve got to deal with it. Fortunately, this will open the door for many players to experience Modern. This also means cards that used to carry a “cheap” price tag in Modern will no longer carry that tag. Why? An increase in demand will finally “balance” out prices.


As far as Standard goes, the fetchlands have already begun to make an impact. People have been scooping up Ob Nixillis, Unshackled. Also, Courser of Kruphix has gone back up to its original price of nearly $20. Aside from it’s price, the Courser is poised to be one of the most powerful cards in Standard. I had made the point that fetchlands will allow you to gain more than one life a turn. A reader of mine had commented saying that the fetchlands will allow you to shuffle away a card you don’t want off the top of your deck. Both options are viable and very good.


Did you know?

Did you know there are other cards in Khans of Tarkir besides the fetchlands? Sorin will making a return. Although, some would say that his previous form was a lot better than his current. Sorin, Solemn Visitor will be the only other planeswalker in the set. Right now, he seems unimpressive. He still makes Vampires, but at the cost of loyalty. The best part of the Lord of Innistrad was his ability to make an emblem that had a constant effect on all your creatures. The Solemn Visitor only has a one time effect. However, it does affect all of your creatures. It’s something, I guess.


Overall, this set it shaping up to be really good. However, people are saying that the fetchlands are going to overshadow a lot of the other cards in the set. I’m afraid I have to agree. This is good and bad. How so? It’s bad in the sense that the new Standard may get off to a slow start. Deck building will be slightly hindered because many of the other cards will be ignored while people are trying to complete their playsets. On the other hand, this works out well for those who know how to balance their time. For a short time, demand will be low for everything else. This will be your chance to get your hands on hard while they’re in supply and at a lower price.


On a final note, seats are going to fill fast for the upcoming pre-release events. My advice to you, if you plan on attending, is to pre-register yourself for the events you plan on attending. If you plan on coming to either one of the stores, here’s a link to the forum page with all of the information you’ll need to set yourself up.


Pre-release weekend is scheduled for September 20th and 21st.


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MTG Born of the Gods Pre-release Events – All Weekend Long!



Join at Battleground Games & Hobbies for a first look at the second set in the Theros block: Born of the Gods and experience the newest Magic: the Gathering set a week before it goes on sale – all weekend long!

The Born of the Gods Prerelease presents players with a special opportunity to open a Pre-release Pack and continue their journey down the Hero’s Path. There are five Pre-release Packs to choose from; each color has a Heroic Path: White – Lead, Blue – Outwit, Black – Dominate, Red – Conquer, and Green – Thrive.

If players would like to be guaranteed a specific Born of the Gods Pre-release Pack they MUST preregister for the event they would like to participate in.  Please speak to a store associate to pre-register.

Abington Store:
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Abington MA 02351

Plainville Store:
25 Taunton Street
Plainville MA 02762

Main Events:

Format: Sealed Deck*
Date: February 1st Friday night / Saturday morning
Time: 12:00am (midnight)
Entrance Fee: $25.00 per person
This event will run 4 rounds.

Format: Sealed Deck*
Date: February 1st Saturday afternoon
Time: 12:00pm
Entrance Fee: $25.00 per person
This event will run 4 rounds.

Format: Sealed Deck*
Date: February 1st Saturday night
Time: 6:00pm
Entrance Fee: $25.00 per person
This event will run 4 rounds.

Format: Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck**
Date: February 2nd Sunday afternoon
Time: 12:00pm
Entrance Fee: $20.00 per person
This event will run 4 rounds.

Format: Sealed Deck*
Date: February 2nd Sunday night
Time: 6:00pm
Entrance Fee: $25.00 per person
This event will run 4 rounds.

*Sealed Deck: Each player receives one Born of the Gods Prerelease Pack corresponding to the color of their choice.  Every Prerelease Pack comes with the associated Hero Card (see below).

**Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck:  Each TEAM will receive 2 Born of the Gods Prerelease Packs with which to build two 40 card decks.

Simply put, we will run:

Born of the Gods Sealed Deck – After FNM at midnight (12:01am) on Saturday morning
Born of the Gods Sealed Deck – 12:00pm on Saturday
Born of the Gods Sealed Deck – 6:00pm on Saturday
Born of the Gods Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck – 12:00pm on Sunday
Born of the Gods Sealed Deck – 6:00pm on Sunday

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What Do I Get?

Prizes are based on attendance. There will be 2 booster packs per player put into the prize pool. Prizes packs are typically awarded to the top 35% of finishers.

Each Player will receive one Born of the Gods Prerelease Pack that contains:

2 Born of the Gods booster packs
3 Theros booster packs
1 seeded booster pack*
1 promo card
1 Master Your Destiny activity card
1 Spindown™ life counter
1 Hero’s Path welcome letter
1 Hero Card
For this event, players may use the promo card included with the Prerelease Pack in their tournament deck.

*Contains cards from Born of the Gods and Theros that are or have synergy with color you chose.

What Else Can I Do?

Open Dueling: Open Dueling players each receive 1 Born of the Gods Intro Pack. Open Dueling players use their Intro Pack to play against each other, as well as Prerelease tournament players who are between matches. All players should be encouraged to help teach Open Dueling participants how to play Magic.

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