Paradox 25: Celebrating Magic: The Gathering!

Paradox 25
Celebrating Magic: The Gathering!
Friday, October 5 & Saturday, October 6

I reluctantly ordered my first box of Magic: The Gathering in the winter of 1993 / 1994. The shop my partner and I opened was focused on comic books and non-sports cards and we didn’t want anything to do with gaming. But we did a special order and when word hit that we had some packs on the counter, people showed up from all over town.

Within weeks, I played my first game and within another few weeks we had our first table to play on. The table was a kitchen table donated by a Magic fan who lived in the building. In the early days, we played all night on Saturdays until the sun came up. There was no FNM, no Standard Showdown, no prerelease, no PPTQ: there was just the local game shop and players. The rest is history as we quickly got in to singles, national events, and strove every day to bring the biggest and best Magic experience we could right to Fargo/Moorhead.

Now it’s time to commemorate these last 25 years and we’ve saved our biggest event yet just for the occasion! Here’s all the details for Friday Night Magic (FNM), our 25th Anniversary Tournament, and you can preregister for all events right here as well.

Paradox 25: FNM – A Paradox 25 Anniversary Tournament
Friday, October 5

Friday night always has and always will be the cornerstone of Magic at Paradox Comics-N-Cards. We’ve seen FNM evolve over the years, but everyone knows that it is the place to be for all of the best Magic happenings each week. For our 25th Anniversary, we have created some beautiful, exclusive playmats to celebrate, and we are doubling up on prizes for all events.

This is also the release night for Guilds of Ravnica. Not only will the new set be legal in all formats, but Standard will see a huge shakeup as we say goodbye to Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, and Hour of Devastation. The unexplored format will challenge all players, and this is the perfect opportunity to show off the new and hidden strategies that we have all been waiting for.

Format: Standard

Entry Fee: $12




Registration: 5PM / Start Time: 6:30PM
Swiss Rounds: 5
Prizes:
Top 8: Exclusive Paradox 25 Anniversary Playmat
5-0: 12 Booster Packs
4-0-1: 10 Booster Packs
4-1: 8 Booster Packs
3-1-1: 6 Booster Packs
3-2: 4 Booster Packs
2 wins or fewer: 2 Booster Pack

Format: Modern

Entry Fee: $12




Registration: 5PM / Start Time: 6:30PM
Swiss Rounds: 5
Prizes:
Top 8: Exclusive Paradox 25 Anniversary Playmat
5-0: 12 Booster Packs
4-0-1: 10 Booster Packs
4-1: 8 Booster Packs
3-1-1: 6 Booster Packs
3-2: 4 Booster Packs
2 wins or fewer: 2 Booster Packs

Format: Guilds of Ravnica Booster Drafts

Entry Fee: $22 (I NEED 3 Booster Packs!) or Entry Fee: $12 (I HAVE 3 Booster Packs!)

In-store registration ONLY!

Registration: Opens at 5:00PM, and 8 player pods fire when filled.
Swiss Rounds: 3
Prizes:
3-0: 8 Booster Packs and an exclusive Paradox 25 Anniversary Playmat (Guilds of Ravnica Booster Drafts #1-4 ONLY!)
2-0-1: 6 Booster Packs
2-1: 4 Booster Packs
Everyone Else: 2 Booster Packs

Paradox 25: Grand Prix Qualifier (GPQ) – A Paradox 25 Anniversary Tournament
Saturday, October 6

To celebrate this amazing achievement, we are pulling out all the stops and making a nod to the old Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) tournaments. Since we can’t give away a trip to the Pro Tour, we are doing the next best thing – a trip for 2 to a US Grand Prix! That’s essentially twice what you would win at a PTQ! This is the Paradox GPQ! Along with all the other prizes, we have over $2500 in prizes to give away.

It’s Guilds of Ravnica release weekend, and we are returning the fan favorite plane in the best way possible. For this Sealed Deck event, everyone will get 6 Booster Packs of Guilds of Ravnica to construct a deck, and then battle it out to make it to the Top 8 players. Those elite 8 will draft Guilds of Ravnica and face off until there is just one player left!

Of course there will be plenty of other prizes along the way, including Guild of Ravnica Booster Packs and exclusive FOIL Paradox 25th Anniversary playmats. You read that right – FOIL playmats featuring your favorite gaming store!

We have been the host to FNMs, State Championships, JSSs, PTQs, Prereleases, PPTQs, and many other events over the 25 years, and it’s only the beginning of what is possible. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the past 25 years of Magic at Paradox with this special event.

Format: Guilds of Ravnica Sealed Deck

Entry Fee: $50 (I NEED 6 Booster Packs!) or Entry Fee: $30 (I HAVE 6 Booster Packs!)*

*NOTE: Players will NOT use the packs they bring. We will have sealed deck pools ready and simply exchange your packs as part of entry fee. Pools are passed out at the beginning of the event and even then players do not keep the packs they open for tournament security.

 


Paradox 25: GPQ



Registration: 10PM / Start Time: 11AM
Swiss Rounds: Determined by Attendance / Top 8 Booster Draft
Prizes:
1st: A trip for 2 to a US Grand Prix of your choice*, Paradox 25 Anniversary FOIL Playmat
2nd: 1 Guilds of Ravnica Booster Box, Paradox 25 Anniversary FOIL Playmat
3rd/4th: 18 Guilds of Ravnica Booster Packs, Paradox 25 Anniversary FOIL Playmat
5-8th: 10 Guilds of Ravnica Booster Packs, Paradox 25 Anniversary FOIL Playmat
9-16th: 10 Guilds of Ravnica Booster Packs
17-32nd: 5 Guilds of Ravnica Booster Packs

*Trip for 2 to a US Grand Prix of your choice includes:
Round-trip airfare for 2 from Minneapolis to a Grand Prix of your choice, 3 night hotel stay near chosen Grand Prix venue, 2 Grand Prix main event registrations, and $200 spending money or additional expenses.

Terms & Conditions:

Chosen Grand Prix event must selected in 2018 or 2019, at least 1 month prior to event. Paradox will cover up to $600 in flight costs and $450 for hotel (3 nights total). Any additional nights or expenses will be the responsibility of the winner to cover.

Now you know the events and here’s the rest of what you can expect:

Guilds of Ravnica Release

The backbone of Magic is the release of a new set every few months so we wanted our party to happen over one of those! We’ll have a midnight release, preorders, and all the product and singles you could want! All of this just in time for our massive Paradox 25 FNM events!

New Buying & Trading

We’ve revamped everything we do and it all starts here! You’ll see up to date buy lists, incentives to trade and buy and sell, and great offers for your cards every day of the week!

Oh, there’s so much more and we’d love to tell you but we’re saving the biggest thing of all for a surprise! You won’t believe what we’ve done to your favorite game and you’ll have to be here Friday to find out!

Check this link for details and don’t miss our family picture Sunday, October 7 at 2PM to commemorate history!