Rivals of Ixalan Events

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Major Events

Ixalan Standard Showdown

Saturdays @ Noon from Oct 7th through December 23rd

FREE!

Event Details:

  • Entry for this event is ZERO dollars!
  • Players will be entered into swiss pairing rounds, similar to FNM.
  • For each round won, you'll receive 1 booster pack! Win all your matches, and receive a special Standard Showdown pack as well!
  • Additional Standard Showdown packs will be given out as random prizes as well!

Store Championship - Ixalan

Saturday 31st @ Noon - Sealed - $25

The las hurrah before the next set releases! The Store Championship replaces Game Day as a store-level Premier tournament. This season, the format for this event is SEALED.

Event Details:

  • This event is a more casual tournament, and as such has a Regular Rules Level Enforcement. Players will NOT be required to submit decklists, but we do recommend the use of opaque deck sleeves.
  • The number of rounds will be determined by the number of players, and will feature a Top 8 (or Top 4 if appropriate).
  • Prize support for this event will be 2 packs per player, which may be exchanged for store credit at a rate of $3 in credit per pack.
  • This event features exclusive participation and Top 8 Promos, including an awesome first place playmat!

More details about Store Championships can be found on the WotC Website. If you have any other questions, ask Dave!

Unstable Draft Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, December 9th & 10th

Play begins at Noon

New set, let's Draft! This is a special event to celebrate the release of Unstable, the rules headache that Dave is actually looking forward to! This Draft event gives players an opportunity to meet up and draft the new set. Also included are special promos for playing (while supplies last)!

Event Details:

  • Entry for this event is 4 packs of Unstable per player. 3 packs will be used for the draft, and 1 pack will be included in the prize pool. The store will add 4 packs, for 12 packs total.
  • Each draft pod will be 8 players. These pods will be Swiss pairings.
  • For each match won, you'll receive a pack of Unstable.
  • Drafts will continue until we decide to stop!

Rivals of Ixalan Open House

Saturday January 6th @ Noon - FREE!

Want to learn to play Magic? Got questions about Rivals of Ixalan? Want to learn more about the Prereleases? Just want to hang out? Come on down to the Open House!

Event Details:

  • This event is FREE!
  • This is a causal meet-up event for players of all levels to come down to the store and check out the game. Intro decks will be available for new players to try out the game!
  • Special promos are available for all players as well!

Rivals of Ixalan - Prerelease Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, January 13th & 14th

Six Events!

It's prerelease time again! Rivals of Ixalan continues the story of Jace and Vraska NO ONE CARES! THERE'S DINOSAURS AND PIRATES! WOOHOO!

For the prerelease weekend, Bell Book and Comic will be hosting SIX events AND PAY ATTENTION!!! There are some changes this time around:

  • Midnight (12:01 am) Saturday Single-Player Sealed
  • Noon Saturday Single-Player Sealed
  • 7PM Saturday Two-Headed Giant Sealed
  • 11:30PM Saturday DRAFT
  • Noon Sunday Single-Player Sealed
  • 6PM Sunday DRAFT

Event Details

For Single-Player Sealed Events (Saturday Midnight, Saturday Noon and Sunday Noon):
  • Cost for each single player event is $25.
  • Once the tournament begins, each player will receive a prerelease kit. All Magic cards within the kit (including any valid promo cards) will be part of the player's card pool for the event. Additional basic lands will be provided by the store.
  • Using the provided card pool, players will construct a minimum 40-card deck. Prerelease events are considered 'Continuous Build,' meaning players can change their decks using their card pool to any configuration after the event has started. They do not have to register their deck or return it to its original configuration at the start of each round.
  • Once players have constructed decks, players will be paired against one another in Swiss Rounds. The number of rounds will be determined by the number of players (Note: Midnight events have a hard cap of 4 rounds). There will be no Top 8/4 for any prerelease event. Rounds are best 2 out of 3 games in 50 minute timed rounds. Players will receive 3 points for winning a round, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
  • For each player participating in the event, 3 packs of Rivals of Ixalan will be added to the prize pool. Additional random prizes will also be added, including gaming accessories, store credit, and IOUs for boxes of product (redeemable when the set releases).
  • At the end of the tournament, equal pack prizes will be awarded to players with equal points; if a player goes 3-1, they will receive the same prize as any other player with the same record. All players that stay until the end of the tournament will receive 1 pack as a prize. Random prizes will also be handed out at that time.
For the Two-Headed Giant Sealed Event (Saturday 7PM):
  • Cost for each event is $50 per TEAM.
  • Once the tournament begins, each team will receive two prerelease kits. All Magic cards within the kits (including any valid promo cards) will be part of the team's card pool for the event. Additional basic lands will be provided by the store.
  • Using the provided card pool, teams will construct two minimum 40-card decks. Prerelease events are considered 'Continuous Build,' meaning teams can change their decks using their card pool to any configuration after the event has started. They do not have to register their deck or return it to its original configuration at the start of each round.
  • Once players have constructed decks, teams will be paired against one another in Swiss Rounds. The number of rounds will be determined by the number of teams. There will be no Top 8/4 for any prerelease event. Rounds are single game matches in 50 minute timed rounds. Teams will receive 3 points for winning a round, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
  • For Two-Headed Giant, a few additional rules:
    • Teams start with a shared life total of 30.
    • Each player has a 'free' mulligan; for each player's first mulligan, they draw back to 7 cards. From then on, for any additional mulligans, the player draws one less card. Teams take turns deciding mulligans.
    • Even though this is a multiplayer format, the team going first DOES NOT draw for their first turn.
    • Attacks and blocks are done as a team. If there is a relevant effect that is being used (or could be used), it must be made clear which creatures are attacking which player; ie, if an effect states that all creatures that deal combat damage to a particular player at the end of combat, the attackers must declare which player they are attacking.
  • For each team participating in the event, 6 packs of Rivals of Ixalan will be added to the prize pool. Additional random prizes will also be added, including gaming accessories, store credit, and IOUs for fat packs of product (redeemable when the set releases).
  • At the end of the tournament, equal pack prizes will be awarded to teams with equal points; if a team goes 2-1, they will receive the same prize as any other player with the same record. All teams that stay until the end of the tournament will receive 2 packs as a prize. Random prizes will also be handed out at that time.
For Draft Events (Saturday 11:30PM and Sunday 6PM):

This is a brand-new event type that Wizards is trying out.

  • Cost for each event is $15 per player.
  • Once the tournament begins, each player will receive one prerelease kits. Players will open the kits, setting aside 3 packs. Those three packs will be returned to the TO, and the remaining packs will be used in the event. The promo cards are yours to keep, BUT CANNOT BE USED IN THE DRAFT.
  • Once everyone has product, players will be divided into draft pods, and a normal booster draft will commence. Once completed, players will construct a minimum 40-card decks. Additional basic lands will be provided by the store. Prerelease events are considered 'Continuous Build,' meaning teams can change their decks using their card pool to any configuration after the event has started. They do not have to register their deck or return it to its original configuration at the start of each round.
  • Once players have constructed decks, players will be paired against one another in Swiss Rounds. Players can face anyone in the tourney, not just their pod members. The number of rounds for this event is hard capped at 3 rounds. There will be no Top 8/4 for any prerelease event. Rounds are best 2-out-of-three game matches in 50 minute timed rounds. Players will receive 3 points for winning a round, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
  • For each player participating in the event, 2 packs of Rivals of Ixalan will be added to the prize pool. Additional random prizes will also be added, including gaming accessories, store credit, and IOUs for fat packs of product (redeemable when the set releases).
  • At the end of the tournament, equal pack prizes will be awarded to teams with equal points; if a player goes 2-1, they will receive the same prize as any other player with the same record. All players that stay until the end of the tournament will receive a pack as a prize. Random prizes will also be handed out at that time.
Sealed Deck Event Discounts:

For each additional sealed deck event a player participates in over the weekend, $5 will be reduced from the entry fee for the tournament.

For example, if a player participates in the Saturday Midnight and the Saturday 7PM 2HG event, the Midnight event will cost $25, and the 2HG event will cost $45. If both players in the 2HG event played in a previous event, then their team cost is only $40!

For the crazy souls that want to play in all 4 sealed events, we'll take $5 off the first event too! To receive this discount, a player must preregister AND pay for all events before the first event. If a player can't make an event, we'll refund their money for the missed event, less the discount amount.

More details about Prereleases can be found on the WotC Website. If you have any other questions, ask Dave!

Rivals of Ixalan Draft Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, Jan 20th & 21st

Play begins at Noon

New set, let's Draft! The new Draft Weekend gives players an opportunity to meet up and draft the new set. Also included are special promos for winning your draft pod!

Event Details:

  • Entry for this event is 3 packs of Rivals of Ixalan and 1 pack of Ixalan per player. 3 packs will be used for the draft, and 1 pack will be included in the prize pool. The store will add 2 packs, for 10 packs total.
  • Each draft pod will be 8 players. These pods will be single elimination matches.
  • Win 1 match and receive 1 pack; 2 wins receive 3 packs; 3 wins receive 5 packs and the special promo.
  • Drafts will continue until we decide to stop!
FNM

Every Magic Player's Favorite Day of the Week

tl:dr - Standard Tourneys every week, casual events as requested.

Magic's most popular tournament gets even better in 2015! The new FNM rules allow stores to run almost any kind of event as an FNM event! Here's how it is going to work:

Every Friday, BBC will host a regular Standard tournament. We'll run it the same way we always have:

  • $5 to Enter - Starts at 7pm.
  • 8 to 16 players, 3 Rounds | 17 to 31 players, 4 rounds | 32+ players, 5 rounds
  • 2 packs per player in the prize pool, and the same record always gets the same amount of prize.
  • Pack prizes will go to players with a BETTER than 50% record, and we will also have random prizes at the end of the tourney as well.
  • Top two finishers minimum will receive a promo card. If we have more than two with first-place records, all players with that record will receive a promo.

We will also offer FNM Casual Side Events. The way these will work is as follows:

  • We'll take sign ups for casual events at the counter. Sign in your name and what type of event you would like to play (examples listed below).
  • If we get close to enough players interested in an event, we'll announce that a game is forming, and sign people up from there.
  • The minimum number of players for any casual event will be 4 players. Sealed events like draft will need 8 players.
  • Once a group has been made, players will need to make a choice on whether they would like to play for promos only, or additional pack prizes as well. If players want to play for a promo ONLY, then there will be no fee. If players want to play for packs, then there will be an appropriate fee (details below).
  • The first place finisher will receive a FNM promo, whether or not there was an entry fee.
  • All casual events need to begin before 10pm*. Any remaining promos not reserved for casual events will be distributed randomly to players in the Standard tournament (limit one promo per player per tournament).
  • * Traditionally, there is a booster draft after FNM for players in the Standard tournament. If there is a draft that will begin after the Standard tournament finishes, a promo will be given to the first place finisher of that draft.

Examples of casual tournaments available are as follows:

  • Booster Drafts (4 packs of product required as entry fee)
  • Cube Drafts ($5 entry for pack prizes: 8 players, 3 rounds, 1 pack per win. Players can only play for packs with a BBC provided or approved cube. Ask Dave for details.)
  • Commander Pods (minimum 4 players, max 6; no entry fee, no pack prizes (this may be reviewed later)
  • 8-Man Constructed (8 players, 3 rounds. $5 for packs, 1 per win. $20 for Win-a-Box format)

Please realize that is a new take on FNM, so things are still pretty fluid on how to handle this. This is a basic guideline for events, and could change based on player feedback.


Commander Tuesdays

Every Tuesday starting around 6pm - FREE!

Meet up for some casual fun every week! Commander is Magic's most popular casual format, and we have a dedicated night to shuffle up and play! We recognize the official Wizards of the Coast sponsored rules for deck construction and play. Details about these rules can be found here at MtG Commander Dot Net.

As an official WPN affiliated store, playing with proxies is not permitted at our in-store events. Even though this is a causal format and this event is unsanctioned, WotC does not permit any counterfeit or proxied cards at its WPN affiliated stores.

Remember, this is event is FREE every week! Just meet up in the game room and have fun!

New Products and Release Dates

Rivals of Ixalan

Releases Jan 19th 2018

Rivals of Ixalan is the second set in the Ixalan block. Jace and Vraska race to the hidden city of Orazca, but other groups are vying for the same prize.

Bell, Book and Comic will offer preorders for this set, starting Dec 15th. Booster boxes will pre-sell for $89.99, and Bundles will pre-sell for $31.99.

Players that pre-order a booster box will receive a special alternate art promo. Buy-a-box promos are limited to one per customer. Quantities are limited.

In-Store Trading

Bell, Book and Comic is happy to trade with you! Bring your cards in to us and we will take a look and see if we can make a deal!

As some general guidelines, most often we will trade for in-store credit only. We will make cash offers for large collections, or specific older cards for Legacy and Vintage formats.