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What Is It?

Set to occur the weekend before Prerelease, this event encourages casual fun for new players and easy, league-style Standard play with a participation promo reward.

Invite players of all levels to come together to learn and play Magic, say farewell to the previous set, and look ahead to the next exciting release.

Reward players who participate in any aspect of your event with one of the promo cards.

How Should I Run It?

Start by introducing new players to the game and welcoming them into your Magic community with learn-to-play sessions, using the Welcome Decks that will be provided in your kits. Invite your veteran players to join the fun by bringing a friend or helping to teach new players.

Culminate your day with a casual Standard event that encourages new players to meet the community.

Best Practices

1. Welcome and Teach New Players: Hand each newcomer to your store a Welcome Deck and teach him or her Magic: The Gathering. Get tips on running your tutorials here.

More Resources for Teaching New Players

Magic Demo Guide. (Available in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese only.) A great tool to walk you through a tutorial session.

Magic Rules Reference Card. You could print these out and offer them as a reminder for the first game.

Magic Quick Start Guide. This booklet could serve dual duty as a guide for your tutorial and a takeaway for new players.

2. Pair New Players for Their First Full Games: After the tutorial, pair off new players for their first full games and drop in to help as needed. Have staff or dedicated regulars on hand and ready to help. They'll provide new players the personalized assistance they need and a welcoming introduction to the Magic community.

3. Keep Your Standard Event Casual and Friendly: Depending on your staffing, attendance, and community needs, you could either wait until you've finished tutorials to launch the Standard event, or you could run it alongside your learn-to-play sessions. Rather than formal rounds, arrange pick-up matches between participants. These matches can be recorded using the match cards provided in your kit. You can download additional match slips from our marketing materials page. Make sure to advertise this event as casual ahead of time. Recommend experienced players try out weird or fun decks, not tournament terrors.

4. Ramp into the New Set: At the end of the event, hand out rewards. Use the promo cards to award all participants (while supplies last). Use the opportunity to talk up the full slate of upcoming events. Brand new players' next step should be Prerelease or Magic League, and a Planeswalker Deck could be their first purchase.

Want more tips? Try one or more of these ideas:

Mobilize your champions: Tap your most dedicated players, your community champions, to step in and help. Set expectations that they're not here to win, but help grow the community and game they love.

Customize the event to the players at your event. If players want to continue learning with Welcome Decks all day, great!

Throw a party! Make a strong first impression by offering food or decorating your store. Set the stage for the new set and encourage everyone to return for Prerelease.

Tap into Magic: Make copies of the "Tap into Magic" checklist and follow the steps to guide new players through their Magic experience.


Consult these documents for detailed rules.

Search Rules and Documents.
Title Category/Type Updated Download
Magic: The Gathering Judging at Regular REL Rules/List 04/29/19
Prerelease Event Path Infographic Instructions 04/19/18
Magic Open House Event Path Infographic Instructions 04/11/18
Magic Event Appeals Policy Rules/List 10/24/17
Ixalan Magic Open House Instructions 09/01/17