About Prerelease

Prerelease is your community’s first opportunity to get their hands on the latest Magic: The Gathering release and explore what the set has to offer. Players crack open a Prerelease Pack, build a Sealed deck, and try out the set for the first time in a casual tournament. Prerelease events are available all week, September 1 – 7, starting at 12 P.M. local time Friday, September 1.

Tournament Prerelease events (with rounds) and Player List Only events (without rounds) are now both available to be scheduled from the Prerelease event template on Wizards EventLink, and use Prerelease Packs for the event.

Select 'Swiss' as the pairing method when scheduling a structured tournament Prerelease or 'Player List Only' to schedule a casual Prerelease where players find their own matches.

Scheduling: Between September 1 – 7; use the Prerelease scheduling template

Format: Sealed Deck

Rules Enforcement Level: Casual Recommended

Pairing Method: Swiss or Player-List Only

Promo Support:

  • 30th Anniversary Promos: Hornet Queen (printed in French), Harvester of Souls, Kalonian Hydra (low print quantity; printed in Spanish), and Goblin Rabblemaster
  • Promos will be included with your Wilds of Eldraine seasonal promo kit
  • Welcome Boosters
  • Bring-a-Friend promo
  • 30th Anniversary promos will come in varying quantities; read our article for additional ideas for 30th anniversary promo distribution.

Additional Details

At-Home Prerelease is available all week beginning Friday, September 1.

Provision of At-Home Prerelease Packs and Prerelease Early Sales products can begin as soon as your store is open for the day, but structured events must wait until 12 P.M. local time.

In addition to Traditional Sealed Prerelease events that use Prerelease Packs, you are welcome to run limited events that use product from the new set such as Booster Draft and Jumpstart events. Unlike Sealed Prerelease events, these events will not have special scheduling templates, nor will they count towards future Prerelease Pack and prize support allocations. You can simply use the "Create Custom" tool to schedule these in EventLink.

Metrics Information

Metrics will be reactivated with at least 6 months' notice. At this point in time, we do not have a current anticipated date for metrics reactivation. Until the end of the grace period, promo and product allocations will be based on live metrics or the Q1 2020 metric snapshot, whichever is higher.

As always, all events reported through Wizards EventLink, including Webcam and At-Home events, will count towards play metrics: Tickets, Engaged Players, and Activated Players. 

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