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Special Announcements Straight From the Boss!!

I’ve got a number of big things to tell you from WPN Premium to Modern Horizons to what comes next so grab your coffee cup or soda cans and read on…

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Paradox is now a WPN Premium Store!

First up, thanks to all of you, we are extremely proud to announce that Paradox is now a WPN Premium store!! This is because of you and for you. My staff and family went through an arduous evaluation by WotC to qualify and at every step our only goal was to make this happen for the players of Fargo Moorhead and beyond.

For more than a quarter century, you have time and again demonstrated to the world what an incredible community you are with your huge turn outs for events, your success on the biggest stages, and your lifelong fandom to the world’s greatest card game. For me, this designation is an honor and a privilege and even applying made me a better organizer and Paradox a better shop.

Read on for a glimpse at the commitment we’re making to this game after we talk about Modern Horizons.

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Clearly, WotC is also committed to excellence as we are in the midst of a golden age of sets. From card quality to promotion, to organized play and in-store experience, they have taken things to a whole new level. Modern Horizons is no exception, introducing cards directly into Modern by passing standard, and allowing them to introduce a whole new power level. As for what’s happening here at the shop, I will do my best to answer all your questions:

*Prerelease June 8th / 9th: Kyle posted the schedule of events last night. You will notice that this is not the prerelease you are used to. There are no prerelease kits and we are allowed to run booster draft. We opted for what we think is an exciting mixture of events given the higher price and more niche nature of the set. Make sure you check out the schedule and stay tuned for preregistration opening this week.

*Price:

All specialty sets prior to this one were 24 packs, like all the Masters sets. This one is 36 packs just like a normal booster box. We’ve set our price for now at $199.99, no additional break for full cases,  and opened up our preorders in store and will get them online as soon as possible as well. I expect big demand on this set from Modern, Legacy, and Commander players so take advantage of preorders sooner rather than later. I also expect the price to fluctuate during spoiler season and I will follow the market, but when you prepay your order, that’s your price regardless of any future increase. Oh, and no worries, if the price goes down, you’ll get a gift card for the difference.

*Buy-A-Box Promos:

We have a total of 60 promos so the first 60 boxes sold all get 1 promo. For this release, we have a limited number of boxes to use for both prerelease and early release so we are going to limit the number of boxes we hand out during prerelease to 40 to make sure that everyone who wants to play in events is able to do so and that we have enough prizes. The remaining 20 will be available at the same time as the normal release the Friday June 14th. If you have more specific questions on an order, contact me directly.

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Finally, it’s time to talk about that commitment to the game we’re launching! Welcome to what we call  “Summer of Magic”! No, we’re not bringing back Necropotence combo summer, I swear. 🙂 What we are doing is launching a series of brand new, casual friendly events, in conjunction with an enhanced weekend tournament schedule, all aimed at bringing you the best Magic experience no matter who you are. Right after the Modern Horizons prerelease, Summer of Magic will begin with a brand new sealed deck league that fixes basically every problem leagues ever had and then a brand new event every Sunday called “Build and Play” where we invite new players, beginners, and casual fans to come down and simply build decks for free and play. I’m really excited about both of these because it’s time for us to get out there and tell people why we love Magic the Gathering and give them easy access. All the things we love, all the things we take for granted, are not always the gateways we’d like them to be so I’m challenging myself and the store to get out there and do whatever we have to to bring new and lapsed players in to this community.

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Wrapping up, I want to say thank you to everyone for reading this. It was long but I hope you enjoy reading stuff from me about the game and the shop. Arena is ushering in a brand new era for our favorite game and we’ve got momentum and opportunity to take advantage of.  To meet our goals, we are looking for more Magic fans to join us in our efforts. We are hiring for numerous positions from judge staff to event operation and some online / retail spots as well. We’re looking for enthusiastic, self motivated, hard working, conscientious people who want to work in an incredible hobby and who want to help meet the goals I’ve stated above. If you think that’s you, just reach out to me with a PM and I’ll tell you what to do next. See? It pays to read all the way to the end!!