Welcome to Alternate Universes!

March 13th, 2010

Now with three locations! Come in and play your favorite collectable card or miniatures game at our clean, well lit facilities!  Plenty of table space available for open play every day.  We sell single cards for Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh! & Pokemon at all our stores.

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Holmes
Blue BellWilmington, DE
MacDade PlazaDeKalb Shopping CenterSilverside Center
2129 MacDade Blvd1530 DeKalb Pike3615A Silverside Road
Holmes, PA 19043Blue Bell, PA 19422Wilmington, DE 19810
610-583-9960610-277-7251302-482-3480

We are very happy to announce that Alternate Universes has opened an online store.  Click here for more information!

 Scroll down to see our upcoming events!

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Double the Pack Prizes!! Doorprizes!! Pizza!! Magic: the Gathering Journey into Nyx Prereleases at AU

April 3rd, 2014

The Magic: the Gathering Journey Into Nyx prerelease tournaments will be held Saturday, April 26th & Sunday April 27th at all AU stores.  After the overwhelming respose to our last prerelease weekend we are once again DOUBLING THE USUAL PRIZE SUPPORT for these tournaments.   That means for each participating player we are putting in four booster packs of product in the prize pool!  Additionally we will be giving away door prizes including Magic t-shirts, deck boxes and other “surprise” items at each prerelease tournament.    And we will once again have free pizza at all the midnight prereleases.

Here is the prerelease schedule by store:

Holmes:
Midnight, Saturday April 26th (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, April 25th )
6:00PM, Saturday,   April 26th  (registration begins at 5:00PM)
11AM, Sunday, April 27th  (registration at 10:30).  Entry fee for the Two Headed Giant is $50.00 per team

Wilmington:
Midnight, Saturday  April 26th - (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, April 25th )
3:00PM, Saturday April 26th  - (registration begins at 2:00PM)
7:30PM Saturday   April 26th  - (registration begins at 6:30PM)
3:00PM, Sunday  April 27th  – (registration begins at 2:00PM)

Blue Bell:
Midnight, Saturday  April 26th  – (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, April 25th )
10:00AM Saturday,  April 26th  – (registration begins at 9AM)
3:00PM Saturday,   April 26th -  regular swiss style tournament (registration begins at 2:30PM)
6:00PM Saturday,  April 26th  – Sealed Two-Headed Giant (registration at 5:30PM).  Entry fee for the Two Headed Giant is $50.00 per team
10AM, Sunday,   April 27th  (registration begins at 9:30AM)

All tournaments except the 2-Headed Giant tournaments at Blue Bell and Holmes will be 4 rounds regardless of the number of players.    Pack prizes will be awarded based on the number of match wins as follows:

New prize support structure:

Regular Swiss Tournament:
4 – 0 record: 12 booster packs 
3 – 0 – 1 record: 10 booster packs
3 – 1 record: 8 booster packs
2 – 2 record: 2 booster packs
Everyone else receives 1 booster pack

Two Headed Giant Prize Support:
3 – 0 Record: 12 booster packs per team
2 – 0 – 1 record: 8 booster packs per team
2 – 1 record: 4 booster packs per team
Every other team gets 2 packs.

Format for all prerelease tournaments is sealed deck. including the 2-Headed Giant Tournaments.  Each player receives one Journey Into Nyx Prerelease Pack to use for building a deck   Entry fee is $25.00 if you preregister, $30.00 at the door.  All preregistrations must be paid.  Preregistration ends Thursday, April 24th

Two Headed Giant entry fee is $50.00 per team and each team of two players receives two Journey Into Nyx Prerelease Packs to use for building their decks. (One Prerelease Pack per player; players do not need to choose the same color.) 

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Regional Tournament – Saturday, May 3rd – PA Convention Center, Phila., PA

April 6th, 2014

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Regional Tournament

at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, May 3rd

Registration begins at 8:00AM and closes at 9:50AM.
(Anyone registering after 9:50AM will receive a first round loss for late registration.)

Play begins at 10:00AM

Seating available for 800+ Duelists!!!

$20.00 entry fee.
Each player will receive 5 booster packs of 
Legacy of the Valiant

Advanced Constructed Format.  Click here for the current Forbidden/Limited list.

ONLINE PREREGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

You must have a Konami Cossy ID to use the preregistration system.

Click here for more details and to preregister for this regional.

 

Decklists are required and should be prepared in advance.  Click here for Official Decklist.

Decklists will be collected and verified at registration.
Please prepare your decklist before you arrive.

Prizes

Top 8 finishers will receive playmats and Top 4 will receive deckboxes. 

If more then 500 players enter the Regional Tournament then Top 64 players will receive invites to the 2014 World Championship Qualifier.
*Note: There is no longer a Top 8 Cut.  Prizes are awarded on the order of finish in the swiss rounds
Please note: 
All players (including preregistration) are now required to present official ID when registering!  Acceptable forms of ID include:
  • Current-year School ID cards
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Passport
  • Other government-issued identification documents
  • If the Duelist is under the age of 16, a copy of their birth certificate

Please bring your Konami ID Card. If you do not have your Konami ID card but played at a regional before we may have your ID number.  If you do not have a Konami ID number, they will be available the day of the regional.

Due to the expected large attendance we urge players to come early to register!

For more information about Yu-Gi-Oh! Regional Qualifiers click here.


Side Event Schedule:

1:00PM - Dragon Dueling Tournament (Open to players born in 2001 or later, swiss format, FREE!)
Beginning After Round 3 Begins:  Up to 8 Win-a Mats Tournaments (single elimination, $12.00 entry fee, 3 booster packs upon entry)
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EPIC May Madness Duel Deck Battle! Sunday, May 4th at AU: Holmes!

March 31st, 2014

Who said Madness could only happen in March? Not us!

Everyone had such a great time at the inaugural Duel Deck Battle we figured why not do it again?

For those who missed out the first time, here’s the deal. Every Duel Deck plus the decks from the Anthologies, Beatdown, and Deckmasters box sets (32 total) will battle it out in a double-elimination tournament until only one is left standing!

AU will provide all of the decks for the tournament. (No need to crack the sealed Elves vs. Goblins you’ve been sitting on.) Bid on the deck of your choice Auction of the People-style using your starting life total and/or cards in hand! You can start each game you play with up to 8 cards in hand and 25 life!

$10 entry fee – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 32 PLAYERS! You may RSVP through the Facebook event page, although that will not guarantee you a seat. To guarantee a seat please come into or call the Holmes store to prepay. (We expect far more interest in this tournament than the first one, so preregistration is definitely recommended!)

Prizes (in AU store credit): ALL PRIZES ARE 100% GUARANTEED, REGARDLESS OF ATTENDANCE!

TOP 8 PRIZES: 

1st place – $80
2nd place – $60
3rd place – $50
4th place – $40
5th – 6th place – $25 each
7th – 8th place – $20 each

(Note that in a double-elimination tournament there are distinct 3rd, 4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th place finishers.)

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: 

Participation: One random promo
Each match you win: One random promo
Eliminate the March Madness champion (Wil Rosario): THS-BNG-JOU draft set! (If he is unable to play this prize will pass down to eliminating the 2nd place finisher, and so on. And yes, if the person with the bounty on their head wins the tournament, they may collect their own bounty!)

Also, one lucky player selected at random will win a From the Vault: Twenty!

TOURNAMENT PROCEDURE:

Decks will be seeded based on the results of your votes in the online survey linked below. The survey will close and the bracket published on Selection Sunday, April 27th.

Each match will be best 2 games out of 3. Each player will be allowed one free mulligan each game. Randomly determine who plays/draws first each match.

Each match will begin once both participants have been determined and they are ready to play. Rounds will be untimed, however if a match significantly delays the progress of the tournament DCI end-of-match procedure for single-elimination matches will be invoked:

“In single-elimination rounds, matches may not end in a draw. If all players have equal game wins, the player with the highest life total wins the current game. In the event all players have equal life totals (or are between games and the game wins are tied), the game/match continues with an additional state-based action: if a player does not have the highest life total, he or she loses the game.”

BUT WAIT, THERE’S STILL MORE!

Presenting the END BOSS CHALLENGE! A few people have asked me (Glackin) if I played in the last tournament. No, I did not. Well, I will play in this one! The winner of the tournament will then play against me using their same deck, starting life total, and hand size. I will choose any other deck and start with 8 cards in hand and 25 life. If the winner defeats me in a best 2 out of 3 match they will win a Journey into Nyx Fat Pack! How cool is that?

HELPFUL LINKS:

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! Hope to see many of you on the 4th!

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MTG GPT for Grand Prix Philadelphia at AU, Wilmington, Sunday March 30th

March 19th, 2014

 MTG GPT for Grand Prix Philadelphia at AU, Wilmington, Sunday March 30th

 

Alternate Universes, Wilmington will be hosting a Grand Prix Trial for Grand Prix, Philadelphia on on Sunday, March 30th.    Pregistration opens at 11AM and play will begin at noon.  Format is Sealed.

Prizes:  4 booster packs for each player participating will put in the prize pool!

Grand Prix Trials (GPTs) are smaller, regional Magic Tournaments that award at least one 2-round bye to the appropriate Grand Prix. Players with a 2-round bye at a Grand Prix get a “leg up” in the event – they don’t have to play in the first two rounds of the tournament and are considered to have won those rounds!

Grand Prix events are large, regional Magic tournaments open to all players. Grand Prix award invites to an upcoming Pro Tour and award cash prizes. Other activities offered at Grand Prix include Magic artist signings and dozens of other public tournaments.  Grand Prix Philadelphia will be held April 11 – 13, 2014 at thePennsylvania Convention Center in center city Philadelphia, PA.

Here are all the details:

When:  Sunday, March 30, 2014.  Registration opens at 11:00 AM, tournament begins at Noon.

Format:  Sealed

Entry Fee: $30

Premier Event — Tournament Officials (Tournament Organizer, Store Owner, Judges, Scorekeeper) may NOT play in the event.

Rules Enforcement Level — Competitive

Planeswalker Points Multiplier — 3x

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City Tournament, Saturday April 5th at Blue Bell

February 25th, 2014

Alternate Universes will be hosting a Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City Tournament, Saturday April 5th at our Blue Bell store.

Doors will open at 11:00 AM and the tournament will begin at Noon and the entry fee is $5.00.  Each participant will receive an Astral pack 4 upon entry.

Winner will receive the coveted Battle City Game Mat shown below and the 2nd – 4th place finishers will receive a super rare token card.   One Super Rare Battle City token card will be given out randomly.   Booster pack prizes will also be awarded to top finishers.

For more information please call the Blue Bell store at 610-277-7251.

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Philadelphia Pokemon March Video Game Tournament Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Blue Bell

March 26th, 2014

Alternate Universes, Blue Bell will be hosting the Philadelphia Pokemon March Video Game Tournament this Saturday, March 29th.

Registration 10:00am – 11:00am.
Swiss pairings with the top group playing off in single elimination.
Entry: $20

Location: Alternate Universes Blue Bell, DeKalb Shopping Center, 1530 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA  610-277-7251

Bring your X or Y game cartridge and your Nintendo 3DS. You may only use Pokemon from the Kalos pokedex and no Legendary Pokemon. Format is Double Team Battles. Swiss pairings. We will have a team list form for you to complete when you register. You may not change your team during the event. Note: the team construction rules are the same as regionals. This is a sanctioned event and will be played using the Video Game rules posted on www.pokemon.com.  !!This is a great opportunity to try out your team in preparations for Regionals!!

Prizes are for best overall score  (overall age groups)

1st prize: $100 Gamestop Gift card
2nd prize: $50 Gamestop Gift card
3rd prize: $25 Gamestop Gift card

Site capacity: seating for 75 players
Save your place and preregister online at: http://www.1playerplace.com/signups?event=0EYY8Y3VPAX3KHL

Team lists are required. Click the link below for a printable team list – be prepared and bring a team list with you. Blank team lists will be available at the event.

Note: Hack checks will be performed throughout the event.  Please be sure that you have applied the latest updates for your system and game.

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EPIC March Madness MTG Duel Decks Battle, Sunday, March 23rd at AU, Holmes!

March 11th, 2014

Once the Magic: the Gathering Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska releases this weekend there will be 13 unique Duel Decks.  Add the three “old Duel Decks” (Anthologies, Beatdown, and Deckmasters) and that makes 16 releases and 32 decks!

So here’s the plan. Every Duel Deck plus the decks from the Anthologies, Beatdown, and Deckmasters box sets will battle it out in a double-elimination tournament* for the Duel Deck Championship!

* Yes, we know NCAA March Madness is a single-elimination tournament. But who wants to go one-and-done in a tournament like this?

AU will lend out all of the decks for the tournament.  No need to crack the sealed Elves vs. Goblins you’ve been sitting on.

Decks will be seeded based on the results of your votes in our in-store “Random MTG Research Project” AND the online survey here. Decks will be drafted Auction of the People-style. For an explanation of the rules, click here.

Brackets will be finalized on Selection Sunday, 3/16. When it is your turn to nominate, you may pick any remaining deck, not necessarily the highest seeded deck remaining.

Each match will be best 2 games out of 3. Each player will be allowed one free mulligan per game. Randomly determine who plays first each round. (Higher seed does not have choice.)

$10 entry fee – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 32 PLAYERS! You may RSVP through the Facebook event page, although that will not guarantee you a seat. To guarantee a seat please come into or call the Holmes store to prepay.

Prizes (in AU store credit):

1st place – $90
2nd place – $70
3rd / 4th place – $40
5th – 8th place – $20

In addition, there will be plenty of assorted promos given away to all players, and one lucky player selected at random will win a From the Vault: Twenty!

In the meantime, click here to study up on the decklists!

UPDATE: The bracket has been published!

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MTG Legacy Tournament, Saturday March 22nd at Blue Bell

March 5th, 2014

Alternate Universes Blue Bell is hosting a Magic: the Gathering Legacy Tournament on Saturday, March 22nd.  This event is part of the Philadelphia Legacy Series (PLS).  High finishes in this event count towards the 2014 PLS Championship in June for which you can earn byes and even free entry.

TIME: Doors and registration open at 11:00AM.  Play will begin at Noon

COST: $25

FORMAT: Legacy. Competitive REL. The number of Swiss rounds played is based on attendance.  There will be a cut to Top 8 who will then play single elimination to determine the winner . The play/draw rule will be in use for the Top 8 so the higher seeds have the choice of whether to play or draw.

PRIZES: (in store credit) 1st: $400 2nd: $200 3rd – 4th: $100 5th – 8th: $50 Prizes to be given out are based on attendance. This prize breakdown is based on 40 players. As always, 100% of the entry fees collected are put back into the prize pool.

DOOR PRIZE: We will be giving away one From The Vault: Twenty as a door prize at this event.   You must be entered into the tournament and have played at least one round to eligible for the random drawing.  Must be present to win.

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MTG GPT for Grand Prix Philadelphia at AU, Holmes, Sunday March 16th

March 11th, 2014

 MTG GPT for Grand Prix Philadelphia at AU, Holmes, Sunday March 16th

Alternate Universes, Holmes will be hosting a Grand Prix Trial for Grand Prix, Philadelphia on on Sunday, March 16th.    Pregistration opens at 11AM and play will begin at noon.  Format is Standard

Prizes:  4 booster packs for each player participating will put in the prize pool!

Grand Prix Trials (GPTs) are smaller, regional Magic Tournaments that award at least one 2-round bye to the appropriate Grand Prix. Players with a 2-round bye at a Grand Prix get a “leg up” in the event – they don’t have to play in the first two rounds of the tournament and are considered to have won those rounds!

Grand Prix events are large, regional Magic tournaments open to all players. Grand Prix award invites to an upcoming Pro Tour and award cash prizes. Other activities offered at Grand Prix include Magic artist signings and dozens of other public tournaments.  Grand Prix Philadelphia will be held April 11 – 13, 2014 at thePennsylvania Convention Center in center city Philadelphia, PA.

Here are all the details:

When:  Sunday, March 16, 2014.  Registration opens at 11:00 AM, tournament begins at Noon.

Format:  STANDARD

Entry Fee: $20

Premier Event — Tournament Officials (Tournament Organizer, Store Owner, Judges, Scorekeeper) may NOT play in the event.

Rules Enforcement Level — Competitive

Planeswalker Points Multiplier — 3x

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Kaijudo The 5 Mystics Set Premiere, Saturday March 15 at Holmes & Sunday, March 16th at Wilmington

March 3rd, 2014

5%20mystics Kaijudo The 5 Mystics Set Premiere, Saturday March 15 at Holmes & Sunday, March 16th at Wilmington

Alternate Universes will be hosting two Set Premiere Events for the latest Kaijudo expansion – The 5 Mystics.   Our Holmes location will be holding the event on Saturday, March 15th.  Registration will open at 11:00AM and play will begin at Noon.  Our Wilmington location will be holding the set premiere on Sunday March 16th.  Registration will open at Noon and the event will begin at 1:00PM.  Event Fee is $20.00 and the price includes 5x The 5 Mystics Booster Packs per person.

Here’s how Kaijudo Sealed Deck works at the Set Premiere…

  • Players each open 5x The 5 Mystics booster packs
  • They build a deck using only the cards from those packs
  • Each deck must contain at least 30 cards
  • A deck can contain more than 3 copies of a single card

The Tournament will run for 3 rounds and the promo card prizes are awarded based on match wins.
If a player wins all 3 of their matches they’ll be awarded 3 promo cards.
If they win 2 matches they’ll receive 2 promo cards.
Each other participant will receive 1 promo card, while supplies last.

The Set Premiere is the first chance for Players to crack open packs of The 5 Mystics and play with all of the new cards in the latest Kaijudo expansion. The Tournament format is Sealed Deck, so participants will be building decks using only the cards found in their booster packs. This is fun for Players because they’ll be able to use all of their new cards right away.

Kaijudo The 5 Mystics introduces 60 new cards to Kaijudo, including five new Very Rare Absolute Spells. There’s an Absolute Spell for each Kaijudo Civilization and they all have massive potential to swing the outcome of a duel to their caster’s favor.

The 5 Mystics, one from each Civilization, appear as creaturs in the set and their combined power results in guaranteed victory for the duelist that has all five in his or her Battle Zone.  The set also includes two powerful new cards that were designed at the 2013 Kaijudo Summer Championship!

 

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