This year has seen some of the best design for Magic Standard sets in years on a set-by-set basis. 2020 is looking like a really great year for Standard, so great in fact, we wanted a format that would showcase the newest sets, give a chance for folks to deckbuild, and be a perfect entry level event. Enter: Standard Shuffle, a new league format where you build a Standard deck, 2 packs at a time, from only cards in the newest set. It’s just $7 a week, we give you your first deck free, and if you’re an experienced player it’s am amazing deckbuilding challenge. We’re piloting it in December, with a full launch to follow when Theros becomes legal on January 24. Sound good? Here are the details:
Friday Night Standard Shuffle
Register at the front desk any time between 6 and 8 pm. Your first week, we hand you a deck and pair you with someone who can teach you the game if you’re new. It’s awesome for teens, for returning players, or for folks who love a challenge. You write down the contents of your decks (they’re semi random, and we want to know what cards you have). At the end of the night, we give you 2 booster packs of the newest Standard set. You open them, and can add any cards in them to your deck. When you come back the next week, you’ll register those pack contents and play again with your new deck. That happens every week, and over the course of a season of Standard Shuffle, your deck will grow and morph into a more focused, awesome gaming machine! When a new standard set comes out, we’ll start over with the new mechanics!
But wait, there’s more – as your participate, you’ll unlock special benefits and “refresh packs” to breathe new life into your deck. Because it’s a “limited” event (kind of like Sealed or Draft) all the registered cards you open in packs are “part of your pool” so you can deck build any time, in order to make a new and interesting deck from those cards. Bored after 1 game? Change it up! Lose to the same colors each week? Get a refresh pack and change your deck’s colors. Best of all, since each player has a limited pool to build from, while the deckbuilding challenge is real, the “tournament meta” doesn’t exist – so no Oko, no bannings, no nonsense. Just fun!
So build your Standard deck you just need $7 a week and a plan to enjoy yourself!
Prizes and other format stuff
Friday Night Magic
Standard Learn to Play / Casual League
$7 entry, 3 rounds
Rounds are 50 minutes long
At the end of 50 minutes, players will be paired with a new opponent
League format restarts with the release of a new set:
Week 1: Each player get a free, standard legal deck (this is whatever week you sign up).
Week 2 and beyond: Each player gets 2 packs of the most recent standard set for playing each night. Any cards opened in those packs can be added to their decks for the duration of the league season. IMPORTANT: Only cards from these TWO packs each week and your original deck can be added to your League deck. Players may be asked to register their pack contents on any given week, at the TO’s discretion.
Week 5: Players may choose to take a 30 card “Restart pack” to build a new deck with. All cards from packs are legal. A player may do this ONCE starting at week 5 and any time after that. Week 6: Any player that plays 6 or more weeks earns a Promo booster pack. Any cards in this promo can be added to your deck.
Week 6: Any player that plays 6 or more weeks earns a Promo booster pack. Any cards in this promo can be added to your deck.
Week 10: Players may choose to take a 30 card “Restart pack” A SECOND TIME to build a new deck with. All cards from packs are legal. A player may do this ONCE starting at week 5 and any time after that.
In addition, each player gets a bonus promo booster for:
– Teaching a brand new player the game during this event
– Bringing a friend for the first time
– Demonstrating good sportsmanship
At the start of each round players will introduce themselves to their opponents and wish them luck. After each match players will shake hands, offer a heartfelt ‘good game,’ or both.