Next Magic Open House Event:

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What Is It?

Before the launch of each Core Set,* Magic Open House welcomes new players to the game with a fun, casual, entry-level Magic experience.

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 release.

Use promo packs to reward new players and the existing players who refer them to your store. (Recommended pack distribution: 5% of your season's total packs.)

*WPN Premium is eligible to run Magic Open House with each Standard-legal expansion. Availability varies by region.

How Should I Run It?

Introduce new players to the game and welcome them into your Magic community with learn-to-play session using the Welcome Decks provided in your Core Set’s Open House kit. Invite your veteran players to join the fun by bringing a friend or helping 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 them 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 offbeat or fun decks, not tournament-ready builds.

4. Ramp into the new set. At the end of the event, hand out rewards. Use the promo packs to award participants as needed (we recommend reserving 5% of the season's packs for Open House). Use the opportunity to talk up the full slate of upcoming events. Brand new players' next step should be Prerelease, and a Planeswalker Deck could be their first purchase.


Consult these documents for detailed rules.

Search Rules and Documents.
Title Category/Type Updated Download
Magic: The Gathering Judging at Regular REL Rules/List 09/28/20
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