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Where and How to Play Wilds of Eldraine

August 30, 2023
Wizards of the Coast

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Weave your own story at an upcoming play event near you, either at your local game store or at one of our many exciting events on the horizon following the release of Wilds of Eldraine!

Prerelease: September 1–7

Friday, September 1, 2023, will be your first chance to dive into the Wilds of Eldraine Prerelease at your local game store!

Prerelease Packs for Wilds of Eldraine contain everything you need for a storybook experience in the new set's Sealed format:

  • 6 Wilds of Eldraine Draft Boosters
  • 1 Foil-stamped rare or mythic rare from the set
  • 1 Spindown life counter
  • 1 Code for Magic: The Gathering Arena (where available)

Prerelease Packs are—like the set's adventurer cards—the best way to take your first adventure into what this return to Eldraine has to offer. You get everything you need to build a 40-card sealed deck and play a format primed for experiencing the new and returning mechanics of Wilds of Eldraine.

Most stores will run their Prerelease as either a traditional Swiss-style tournament—meaning you play in each round, win or lose, for as many rounds as you would like for the duration of the event, with prizes awarded by the organizer at the end of the event. Prereleases tend to have a flat reward structure, meaning that prizes are spread out across finishers so that players all walk away happy. Each store will tailor their rewards differently, so we strongly encourage you to check with your local retailer for all the specifics about the Prerelease nearest to you.

Magic's 30th anniversary promo campaign continues with Wilds of Eldraine, and players may be able to snag one of these spicy promos at a Prerelease event while supplies last:

Hornet Queen (French Promo)

Harvester of Souls (Promo)

Kalonian Hydra (Spanish Promo)

Goblin Rabblemaster (Promo)

Please note that the Hornet Queen promo is only available in French and the Kalonian Hydra promo is only available in Spanish at WPN stores worldwide. All other cards are English globally. Kalonian Hydra is also rarer than the other promos, and your retailer may have special instructions for how it is awarded at your events, so please check with your retailer on the specifics.

And if this is your first Prerelease in a while, here's an important detail... all products tied to Wilds of Eldraine are available for purchase at your local WPN retailer starting on Prerelease! Want the latest Commander decks? What about Collector Boosters? Your local retailer has you covered. Come in and play, then purchase what you'd like and support your local store before you head out!

Open House: September 8–10

Here's a new one! Or a classic if you've been playing for many years.

Open House is the perfect program to bring that friend of yours who has been wanting to learn how to play Magic to your local game store to discover the fun of the game! This program kicks off with Wilds of Eldraine on September 8–10.

Local game stores will have flexibility in how they run this event. They can offer Starter Kit events or Jumpstart, perfect options for a player just looking to get started with how to play. The goal here is for new players to discover the fun of playing Magic, and this program provides the flexibility to create a fun atmosphere that also helps someone wade into the basics without having to build a deck.

Participants who use a Wizards Account to sign up and play in Open House will receive a retro frame Drown in the Loch promo while supplies last.

Drown in the Loch (Traditional Foil Promo)

Additionally, this event will debut a new Bring-a-Friend promo that WPN retailers will receive with their promo support for Wilds of Eldraine. Bring a friend to Open House to join an event, and both you and your friend get a Cultivate promo card while supplies last.

Cultivate (Traditional Foil Promo)

Commander Party: September 15–17

Commander Party moves up in the schedule, and just like last time, every WPN retailer can host one!

Commander Party for Wilds of Eldraine continues the trend of adding a little extra spice to the average Commander game. Featuring some play aids and new faction cards to change up your regular game of Commander, these fun-filled sessions hit local game stores for players to enjoy.

Participants in these events will receive a retro frame Syr Konrad, the Grim while supplies last. Note that WPN Premium stores will receive traditional foil retro frame promos and all other WPN retailers will receive non-foil promos.

Syr Konrad, the Grim (Promo)

Syr Konrad, the Grim (Traditional Foil Promo)

So, mark your calendars, bring your friends, and get ready for a Commander Party at your local retailer in mid-September!

MagicCon: Las Vegas Hosts Magic World Championship XXIX September 22–24

MagicCon concludes its 2023 tour with a big celebration in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it's playing host to the Magic: The Gathering World Championship XXIX as well, where over 100 of the world's best players will compete for their share of $1,000,000!

The Magic World Championship is Magic's biggest tournament of the year, featuring three days of competition, the largest prize pool in the game's circuit at a million bucks, and a weekend where only one player is crowned the Magic: The Gathering World Champion for the year. The competition will feature Wilds of Eldraine Booster Draft on Friday and Saturday, with Standard Constructed rounding out each day's afternoon and the Top 8 playoff finishing things off on Sunday.

All participants in the World Championship also receive a non-foil copy of the Secret Lair prize card Jace, the Mind Sculptor, with artwork by Wizard of Barge. Serving as a prize for getting to the Pro Tour, it too will commemorate these competitors' ability to reach the World Championship stage. Top 16 finishers in the tournament will also receive traditional foil copies of this year's promo.

Jace, the Mind Sculptor (Promo)

MagicCon: Las Vegas hosts more than the Magic World Championship. There will be panels, Commander play, many of Magic's artists, special guests, a $100,000 Wilds of Eldraine Limited Open championship, the Secret Lair Showdown, and much, MUCH more. You can see all the latest that's in store at the big event over at the MagicCon: Las Vegas website. Tickets are still available, so head over now before you miss out!

Tune in to all weekend to see the latest from the tournament floor of the Magic World Championship all weekend. And if you'd like to see how you can qualify for next year's event, you may still have a shot at qualifying in the Regional Championship featured at MagicCon: Las Vegas, so read on!

Store Championship: September 30–October 8

Learn from the world's best by tuning in to the World Championship, and then get your best Standard Constructed deck or your Wilds of Eldraine Limited strategies ready for the Wilds of Eldraine Store Championship, taking place from September 30 and running until October 8. Your local retailer may run their Store Championship at any point during that period, so check with your local retailer for the specifics.

As is customary, all WPN retailers will receive promo-card support to spice up their Store Championship. Participants will receive a non-foil copy of Tail Swipe (while supplies last).

Tail Swipe (Promo)

Placing in the Top 8 of your Store Championship nabs you a traditional foil Transcendent Message:

Transcendent Message (Traditional Foil Promo)

Win the whole thing, and you will walk away with a traditional foil textless copy of the Wilds of Eldraine mythic rare Moonshaker Cavalry!

Moonshaker Cavalry (Traditional Foil Textless Promo)

Venture into the wilds from September 30–October 8 at a WPN retailer near you for your shot at a Moonshaker Cavalry and bragging rights for becoming your local store's champion!

Regional Championships for 2023–24: Round 1 Takes Place September 29–December 17

The first round of Regional Championships for the 2023–24 season kicks off starting on September 29, with events in Canada and Europe for Regional Championship Qualifier winners to take their shot at qualifying for the first Pro Tour of 2024 and perhaps even Magic's 30th World Championship in late 2024.

Eleven different regions will be hosting Regional Championship events, all put on by the system organizers for those areas:

Regional Championships are your best shot at qualifying for the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, as each region offers multiple invitations to one of Magic's coveted tournament stages. Additionally, Regional Championships also award invitations to the Magic: The Gathering World Championship, with regional champions all receiving invitations to Magic's biggest stage. The United States, Europe, and Japan Regional Championships invite the two finalists to the big event next year.

Participants qualified to compete in these invitation-only events will receive a non-foil Secret Lair prize card, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, featuring art from kelogsloops. Additionally, the top finishers in a Regional Championship will also receive a traditional foil copy of this prize card.

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (Promo)

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon (Traditional Foil Promo)

We also have a surprise from The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™! The top finishers at a Regional Championship will also receive a traditional foil Sauron, the Dark Lord promo card!

Sauron, the Dark Lord (Promo)

"Top finisher" refers to a player's finish in a Regional Championship based on the final standings of the tournament. The quantity of top finishers receiving promo cards will differ from region to region. Check with your organizer for the specific breakdown.

Not qualified for a Regional Championship? That's okay! Organizers typically offer Last Chance Qualifier events for those who want to play in the big tournament on Fridays, so check your region's organizer website for more info.

Not qualified but still looking for stuff to do at these events? Organizers offer open tournaments, side events, and more for those who just want to hang out and get some games of Magic in, and yes, that even includes Commander play via Command Zones! Check with your region's organizer for all the details specific to the event you are looking to attend.

CommandFests: October 13–15 and October 20–22

We've got one more round of CommandFest excitement lined up for you in October, just in time for some exciting releases for the format!

CommandFests are big gatherings of all things Commander, offering open play tables for games, staff support, and a host of side events that award prize tickets to redeem for cool stuff on the prize wall!

CommandFest events for this round are:

The promo card featured at CommandFest events in October is a new one. Revealed in August, attendees will be able to snag the new Commander event promo card, a full-art textless Reliquary Tower!

Reliquary Tower (Promo)

Reliquary Tower (Traditional Foil Promo)

Special guests, artists, and event offerings will differ at each event, so check the above organizer links for all the details on the event nearest you.

Regional Championship Qualifiers: Round 2 Starts September 9

Regional Championship Qualifiers (RCQs) for the 2023–24 season kick off their second round starting on September 9. These events will feed into the second round of Regional Championships happening in the first quarter of 2024.

This round features a very cute, very kitty-Jace participation promo in the form of An Offer You Can't Refuse. The offer is pets, nose boops, and ear scratches. You cannot say no. Sorry—I don't make the rules.

An Offer You Can't Refuse (Promo)

Top finishers at RCQs in this qualifying round get a non-foil copy of the Secret Lair prize card Death's Shadow. Those who earn a qualification to their Regional Championship also get a traditional foil copy!

Death's Shadow (Promo)

This round runs until December 19. And who knows, you may even get some info on the round after that in the coming weeks, so check back for more info soon!

Woah, that sure is a lot of ways to play the upcoming Wilds of Eldraine release. Remember, it all starts at a local game store near you for Prerelease, which kicks off Friday. We look forward to seeing your reaction as you discover the wilds and venture into the uncharted territory of Eldraine, almost as much as we look forward to seeing you out at a local game store event, MagicCon, or CommandFest in the coming weeks!

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