Magic Casual Event: Hour of Devastation Prerelease Party Test

Magic Casual Event: Hour of Devastation Prerelease Party Test

May 10, 2017 | 2 min to read

We're doing a trial run of an alternative structure for Hour of Devastation Prerelease, and we want input from WPN members in your region.

Participating stores will get a chance to influence the future of Prerelease, plus receive an increased allocation to run the events.

This trial run is only available to WPN members in Europe.

Here's how it works:

To participate in the trial run, follow the steps below:

  1. Schedule "Magic Casual Event: Hour of Devastation Prerelease Party Test" in Wizards Event Reporter. Schedule up to four events across Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, with up to two events on each day.
  2. Check the "Player List Only" box in WER before enrolling players in your event. There should be no rounds; players simply flag each other down for matches. Players can come and go as they please, and the event does not require a firm end time.
  3. Run them as casual, open play events, with one-game matches. Prerelease Parties should be more like social events than tournaments. Print the league match slips, available on the marketing materials page, under event accessories, for your customers to record the opponents they've played. Matches should consist of just one game. When they fill up their sheet, award them their prize, regardless of their record.
  4. Tell us what you think. We'll reach out to you after Prerelease to collect feedback on the event.

WPN members that run the trial will receive additional Prerelease Packs and prize boosters to support the events. (Quantities will be determined once the sign up period has closed). The additional product will arrive with the rest of your Prerelease materials.

Got questions? Check below:

Can I still run a traditional Prerelease if I participate in the trial?Yes. You may run any combination of Prerelease Party events and traditional Prereleases within the normal sanctioning limits for your store.


Prerelease Party events may overlap with traditional Prereleases. Consider it an opportunity for players who want to drop out of the main event to continue to play with their Prerelease cards or even to buy a whole new prerelease pool.

I missed signing up for Prerelease. Can I still participate in this trial?

Unfortunately, this test is only open to those stores who have already signed up for Hour of DevastationPrerelease.

May I promote this publicly?

Yes, please do! We encourage you to get the word out and build excitement as well as set expectations for your players.


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