Updated Daily: The WPN's Response to COVID-19

March 23, 2020 | 7 min to read

In response to COVID-19, Wizards has made a number of announcements and policy changes to enable WPN members to serve their communities, navigate the disruption, and above all remain safe. Below is a running list of those announcements.

Latest Updates, March 30

Discount Codes Coming: 50% Off Digital Copies of Mythic Odysseys of Theros on D&D Beyond

WPN members are encouraged to sell Challenger Decks 2020 as soon as they are able.

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Tabletop Launch Rescheduled for 15 May 2020 in NA, EU, and LATAM*.

WPN Relief Initiative: Mystery Booster Coming at No Charge

Until June 1, WPN Members may organize events on Magic Arena and accept admission fees for them.

Transformers TCG: Titan Masters Attack Rescheduled for May 29.

Updates From: 30 March 2020

Discount Codes Coming: 50% Off Digital Copies of Mythic Odysseys of Theros on D&D Beyond

D&D Beyond is pitching in to support game stores during the release of Mythic Odysseys of Theros.

On May 12, we'll email you 20 unique codes that redeem for a 50% discount on digital copies of Mythic Odysseys of Theros through D&D Beyond. We've created a batch of digital marketing assets you can use to advertise the initiative. Download them here.

All Mythic Odysseys of Theros customers are eligible to recieve a code, both in-person and online.

Updates From: 27 March 2020

Sell Challenger Decks Now, If Possible

WPN members are encouraged to sell Challenger Decks 2020 as soon as they are able, regardless of its originally announced street date of April 3.

Updates From: 26 March 2020

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Tabletop Launch Rescheduled for May 15 in NA, EU, LATAM, and Certain Regions of Asia Pacific.

As parts of the world recover from COVID-19 while others are still dealing with rising numbers of cases, we’ve come to accept that we cannot celebrate the release of a set in the uniform way we’ve become accustomed.

Stores, distributors, and fulfillment centers around the world are all adjusting to the disruption of COVID-19, and we too must adjust. Ikoria’s new launch date is May 15th, 2020 in North America, Europe, LATAM, and certain regions of Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam).

Prerelease and launch are scheduled for April 17 in Japan, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and Magic Arena launch remains April 16.

A Note for Japan and APAC Stores:

For some stores in Japan and Asia Pacific, this means being able to reopen your doors for normal business and in-store play. For other stores, it's less certain when you'll be able to return to usual operations. Please follow all local regulations and guidelines.

If you're in a region where face-to-face gaming is prohibited, make use of the allowances we have created to address COVID-19 (running list below).

Prerelease: Under the circumstances, blackout dates between Prerelease and launch would create a poor experience for fans. Therefore Prerelease and launch are collapsed into one date. Both in-store and at-home Prerelease will be available on May 15 for any stores able to safely implement them.

All previously announced accommodations remain effective (see below).

Distribution: COVID-19 has disrupted every link in the supply chain, from printers to retailers, and we know many stores have placed POs for Ikoria. Amid all this, we have maintained an open dialogue with our distribution partners in North America to find the best solution.

Any possible accommodations must be handled between stores and distributors. Options will vary from region to region, distributor to distributor, and even account to account. We recommend reaching out to your distributor to discuss, given the release date change and other recent developments.

Further changes: This decision comes after much deliberation, abundant feedback from WPN members, a dialogue with our Retail Advisory Panel, consideration for global variance, and ultimately the players’ best interests. It represents the best course of action given the information we have now.

But no one can predict the state of the disruption on May 15 or thereafter. Additional changes may follow. We will continue to monitor the situation and take action as necessary.

LGS Relief Initiative: Mystery Booster Coming at No Charge, Admission Costs for Arena Events

Since the onset of the pandemic, Wizards has been tirelessly exploring ways we can support local game stores who have been deeply impacted by the effects of the virus. We’ve announced a few initiatives to better connect stores with their players, and we hope to announce more soon.

Today we have two things we hope will help.

First, we've launched a reprint of Mystery Booster, and we will send an allocation of it, at no charge, to each WPN member store. We’ll have more details next week, but for now, we want fans to know that when they order a portion of that reprint, every single dollar will go straight to their store.

Second, effective now and until June 1, we are lifting restrictions around organizers taking admission fees for events run on Magic Arena. You may organize and run these events with an entry cost of up to $10 USD per tournament.

Please review the Wizards Play Network Magic Arena Tournament Guidelines before running these events.

Transformers TCG: Titan Masters Attack Rescheduled for May 29.

The new release date is global. In-store play kits will arrive with Ikoria promotional materials.

Updates From: 23 March 2020

In-Store Play Suspended in North America, Europe, and LATAM Until At Least May 10

This includes all Ikoria events, except for At-Home Prerelease. Existing events scheduled in those regions will be cancelled, and event scheduling has been removed from Wizards Event Reporter.

We strongly recommend that, when you announce this to your community, you take measures to keep your players connected and direct them toward remote play opportunities. We've partnered with Discord to create a template you can use to create a community hub with one click. Find more information on that initiative here.

At Home Prerelease: You may use At-Home Prerelease to record the players that you sell Prerelease Packs to, but keep in mind that any future Prerelease allocation that would include Ikoria will instead look at the highest attendance in the last three sets.

Metrics: We have taken a "snapshot" of WPN metrics beginning February 15, so there is no incentive to report any store-sponsored online play. Future allocations for attendance-based products and promotions will be based off the snapshot.

WPNQs: All WPN Qualifiers and Premier Series events before May 10 are also cancelled. Events after May 10 will be rescheduled where possible.

This policy goes into effect Tuesday, March 24. We'll continue monitoring the situation and make adjustments where necessary, including potentially rescheduling Ikoria launch, which many WPN members have asked about. Expect final word on that decision in the coming days.

Use Promo Packs as Sales Incentive & At-Home Play Reward

Under normal circumstances, Promo Packs are to support in-store play. However, in-store play is not a possibility in many parts of the world. Effective immediately and through Ikoria season, Promo Packs may be used as a sales incentive.

Ship Buy-a-Box Promos With Online Orders

Likewise, Buy-a-Box promo cards are usually reserved for in-store pickups. That, too, is impossible in some parts of the world. Effective with Ikoria launch and through Ikoria season, WPN members may ship Buy-a-Box cards along with orders of full displays. (Note that those shipments may also include Promo Packs.)

Updates From: 20 March 2020

Friday Night Magic at Home

We encourage organizers to facilitate virtual tabletop events and other remote play opportunities with community channels like Discord. We've partnered with Discord to help stores create a community hub with a single click. Get details here.

Additionally, we will launch Friday Night Magic events on Magic Arena, and we have issued stores special codes to reward participation. You may also support these events with Promo Packs. More details here.

Updates From: 9 March 2020

At-Home Prereleases

You may schedule "At-Home Prerelease" events across Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Prerelease Weekend. Just look for "At-Home Prerelease" in WER and schedule as usual. Schedule as many events as you need.

These events are player list only, and they'll count towards future Prerelease allocations. (Note though that any future allocation that would consider Ikoria will instead consider the highest attendance in the last three sets.)

Should I enter a player if another player picks up their pack for them?

Only input the account information of the player picking up the product or receiving it by mail—other players should not be entered on their behalf. Please limit Prerelease Pack sales as you see fit (you are not required to limit them) and enter the player into an event for each Prerelease Pack they purchase.

Note however that Ikoria will only be considered in future allocations if your At-Home Prerelease attendance is higher than other recent sets.

How should I manage this in WER?

The simplest way to manage At-Home Prerelease events is to schedule several events in WER, keep them open, and add a player to a number of those events equal to the number of Prerelease Packs they purchased.

What about the no-charge prize packs?

Two prize packs should be included for each Prerelease Pack purchased.

What about Commander Decks?

Ikoria Commander Decks may be sold outright during Prerelease. You do not need to enter these players into an event.

And the Prerelease Early Sale Promotion?

Prerelease Early Sale Promotion booster boxes may also be sold and shipped at this time.

If you choose to ship your Prerelease Packs, get organized play account information or DCI numbers for each purchase at the time the order is placed to enter players into events.

We will continue monitoring the situation and working on more opportunities to support the WPN—stay tuned for the latest updates.

Promo & Product Allocation Adjustments

We have taken a "snapshot" of your Tickets, Engaged Players, and Activated Players. Hereafter, we will allocate Promo Packs, exclusive products, and so on, based off either the snapshot or your real-time numbers—whichever is higher.

Prerelease Allocation Adjustments

Under normal circumstances, a store’s Prerelease allocation is based on the highest Prerelease attendance in the last two Prereleases. However, any future Prerelease allocation that would include Ikoria will instead look at the highest attendance in the last three sets (excluding Core Set 2020).

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