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What Is It?

Magic Prerelease is the first opportunity for players to get their hands on a new Magic set. One week before launch, participating WPN locations host Sealed Deck events with a relaxed, celebratory atmosphere.

After signing up for Prerelease, Core level and above stores are allocated a certain amount of Prerelease packs, which are used at the Prerelease on the weekend before launch.

Participating stores order their Prerelease product from their chosen distributor—including prize boosters provided by Wizards of the Coast.

Wizards will provide materials to support your event in your Prerelease kit, delivered about a week before the event.

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What Formats Can Be Run?

Prerelease events can be run as Sealed Deck and Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck.

How Many Events Can Be Run?

  • Core level stores: up to 3
  • Advanced level stores: up to 6
  • Advanced Plus level stores: up to 6

Best Practices

1. Try a midnight Prerelease. Prerelease is your players' first chance to play with the newest expansion, and they won't want to wait one extra minute!

2. Run "Open Dueling" alongside your Prerelease. You'll be allocated a certain number of Intro Packs for relaxed open play outside of the main event. It's a great option for players who aren't comfortable participating in the main tournament, and can be scheduled in WER as Casual play.

3. Take preregistration. This will streamline your planning and make it easier to distribute Prerelease packs.

4. Offer food and drink. Keeping players well-fed and hydrated spares them the inconvenience of leaving the store.

5. Embrace the set's theme. Deck out your store, set out themed snacks, and/or offer creative activities that will make your Prerelease events into memorable experiences for players. Get ideas from the In-Store Experience Letter you'll find in your Prerelease kit.

6. Showcase preview cards on social media. Stir anticipation in the weeks leading up to Prerelease by linking to preview cards on on your social media pages.

7. Encourage a friendly environment. Prerelease events are not competitive tournaments. Encourage other players and event staff to offer assistance and advice to players who aren't used to building decks and playing in limited format events.

8. Use our free marketing materials to advertise. Get free, easy-to-use images for flyers, posters, social media, and more here on our site.


Consult these documents for detailed rules.

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