Holmes Store

Close Front Welcome to Alternate Universes!Holmes Store Hours

Sunday: Noon – 6PM

Monday: Noon – 10PM

Tuesday: Noon – 10PM

Wednesday: Noon – 10PM

Thursday: Noon -10PM

Friday: Noon – 11PM

Saturday: Noon – 9PM

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Yu-Gi-Oh! 2015 Mega Tins Available September 17th at Alternate Universes



Yu-Gi-Oh! 2015 Mega Tins will be available at all Alternate Universes locations Thursday, September 17th, for $19.99 plus tax!  Make sure to come in and get yours!

Back by popular demand, the 2015 Mega-Tins bring back an awesome compilation featuring some of the year’s best cards plus a handful of valuable variant cards, including NEW cards, all enclosed in a one-of-a-kind collectible tin, perfect for any Duelist!

Each 2015 Mega-Tin design is based on a monster from the newest generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. ARC-V  Duels showcase the various kinds of monsters that the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has seen over the years in all-about battles against one another. This year’s Mega-Tins feature Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon.

Each Mega-Tin will include three 16-card Mega-Packs with cards taken from past releases: 12 Common cards, 1 Rare card, 1 Super Rare card, 1 Ultra Rare card, and 1 Secret Rare card. Three variant cards are also included in their respective tins: 2 Super Rare cards and 1 highly collectible Platinum Secret Rare card of the Mega-Tin cover monster!

There will only be one Wave for the Mega-Tins, so Duelists will be sure to collect both designs before they’re sold out! Each 2015 Mega-Tin includes three 16-card Mega-Packs and three variant cards. Each Mega-Tin sold separately.

The Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon Mega-Tin comes with:

  • 3 x 16-card Mega-Packs. Each Mega-Pack contains 1 Secret Rare, 1 Ultra Rare, 1 Super Rare, 1 Rare and 12 Common cards, including cards from the following booster sets: Primal Origin, Duelist Alliance, The New Challengers, and Secrets of Eternity
  • 3 variant cards
    • 1 Platinum Secret Rare Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
    • 1 Super Rare Elder Entity Norden
    • 1 Super Rare Majesty’s Fiend

The Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon Mega-Tin comes with:

  • 3 x 16-card Mega-Packs. Each Mega-Pack contains 1 Secret Rare, 1 Ultra Rare, 1 Super Rare, 1 Rare and 12 Common cards, including cards from the following booster sets: Primal Origin, Duelist Alliance, The New Challengers, and Secrets of Eternity
  • 3 variant cards
    • 1 Platinum Secret Rare Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
    • 1 Super Rare Old Entity Hastorr
    • 1 Super Rare Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer

MTG Battle for Zendikar Launch Weekend Tournaments – Friday, October 2nd & Saturday, October 3rd


Alternate Universes will be hosting Battle for Zendikar Launch Weekend Tournaments on Friday, October 2nd at AU Blue Bell and Saturday, October 3rd at AU Holmes and AU Wilmington!  All participants will receive the exclusive Release Promo card Blight Herder (while supplies last).  Booster pack or store credit prizes (your choice) will be awarded based on attendance!

Holmes (Saturday, October 3rd)
Entry: $30
Format: Sealed
Registration @ 5PM; Deckbuilding @ 6 PM

Each player will receive 6 Battle for Zendikar boosters with which to build a deck.
Prizes will be based on attendance.  For each participating player, three booster packs of Battle for Zendikar will be added to the prize pool.

Blue Bell (Friday, October 2nd)
Entry: $15
Format: Draft

Registration @ 5 PM; Play Begins @ 7
Each 8 person pod will have prizes as follows:
1st place: 5x booster packs of Battle for Zendikar
2nd place: 3x booster packs of Battle for Zendikar
3rd & 4th places: 2x booster packs of Battle for Zendikar each

Wilmington (Saturday, October 3rd)
Entry: $40
per team
Format: Sealed 2-Headed Giant
Registration @ 3 PM; Deckbuilding @ 4 PM

Each team of two players will receive 8 Battle for Zendikar boosters with which to build their decks.
Prizes will be based on attendance.  For each participating team, four booster packs of Battle for Zendikar will be added to the prize pool.

All participants will receive the Release Promo card Blight Herder! (while supplies last)




MTG Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier for PT Madrid – Sunday, October 4th at AU Holmes


Alternate Universes is hosting a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) Tournament for PT Madrid on Sunday, October 4th at Alternate Universes Holmes.

Here are the details:

  • Format: Sealed
  • Entry Fee: $35 preregistration, $40 at the door
  • Registration Start Time: 10:00 AM
  • Deck Registration Start Time: 11:00 AM
  • There is a player limit of 64 registered players, so make sure to pre-register if you want to guarantee your spot!

Online preregistration is now available.  Click on the button below.

Preregistration is closed.  You can register the day of the event.

Preregistration is also available in-store.  (Must be paid in-full at time of preregistration)

1st place: 1 booster box of Battle for Zendikar + Invite to Regional Pro Tour Qualifier for PT Madrid
2nd place: 2x booster boxes of Battle for Zendikar
3rd & 4th place: 18 packs of Battle for Zendikar each
5th – 8th: 9 packs of Battle for Zendikar each

Swiss rounds (expect 6-7 rounds); best of 3 games; Cut to Top 8

All players are eligible to play in a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier for this season except the following:

  • Players who have already won a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier during the current qualification season
  • Players with a Pro Tour Players Club Platinum Level, Gold Level, or Silver level (as of the date of the Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier).
  • Players that are members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
  • Players who are otherwise already qualified for that season’s Regional Pro Tour Qualifier

MTG Modern Grand Prix Trial for Grand Prix Pittsburgh – Sunday, October 11th at AU Holmes


Alternate Universes Holmes will be hosting a Grand Prix Trial for Grand Prix Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 11th.  Registration opens at 11AM and play will begin at Noon.  Format is Modern.

Here are all the details for the GPT:

When:  Sunday, October 11th, 2015.  Registration opens at 11:00 AM, tournament begins at Noon.

Alternate Universes Holmes
2129 MacDade Blvd.
Holmes, PA 19043

Format:  MODERN

Entry Fee: $15

Prizes:  4 booster packs for each participating player will be added to the prize pool!

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

Rules Enforcement Level — Competitive

Planeswalker Points Multiplier — 3x

Grand Prix Trials (GPTs) are smaller, regional Magic: the Gathering 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 Pittsburgh will be held November 20 – November 22, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA


MTG Vintage Tournament – Sunday, August 16th at AU Holmes [MOX RUBY!]


Alternate Universes is now hosting their  Magic: the Gathering Vintage tournament on Sunday, August 16th at our Holmes location.  This change is being made so that the Vintage community can experience a full weekend of Vintage play! We are running our event in conjunction with Black Magic Gaming and Tales of Adventure, who are running a Vintage tournament on Saturday, August 15th, and are offering incentives to play at our event if you participate in their tournament.  We hope that Vintage players will participate in both events.  More info on the Black Magic Gaming tournament at Tales of Adventure can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/1687190878176268/1689729234589099/ 

Remember these will be the last Vintage tournaments before Eternal Weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on August 22nd & 23rd.  For more information on Eternal Weekend please go to: http://www.cardtitan.com/eternal_weekend

Format: Vintage (check here for current info on the Vintage format)
Registration Start: 11:00 AM
Tournament Start: Noon
Entry Fee: $30 (up to 10 proxies allowed, $1 for each additional proxy; 15 proxies total max)


1st Place: Mox Ruby

2nd: Mana Drain

3rd & 4th: 1x Force of Will each

5th – 8th: $50 store credit each (redeemable at any AU location)


Alternate Universes Will Be Closed for Easter Sunday, April 5th!

All Alternate Universes locations will be closed on Easter, Sunday, April 5th.  We will re-open again on Monday, April 6th at our regular times.  Happy Easter!


MTG Dragons of Tarkir Booster Box & Fat Pack Pre-Orders Now Available!


Alternate Universes is taking pre-orders for MTG Dragons of Tarkir booster boxes, cases, and Fat Packs!  Come in to any of our stores through Thursday, March 26th and pre-order your product today at awesome discounted prices!

Dragons of Tarkir booster box: $105 (discounted from $120 plus tax!)
Dragons of Tarkir case (6 booster boxes): $570 ($95 per box!)
Dragons of Tarkir Fat Packs: $39.95
(plus taxes where applicable)

For box pre-orders, you’ll also get the Dragons of Tarkir buy-a-box promo card (one per person)!

Pre-orders must be paid in-full up front, and they guarantee you your Dragons of Tarkir products at the time of release (Friday, March 27).  Prices for Dragons of Tarkir boxes will otherwise will be $120 plus tax, so come in and pre-order your boxes ASAP!



Alternate Universes’ Holiday Hours


All three Alternate Universes stores will have the following hours for the 2014 Holiday Season:

Wednesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve:     All stores will close at 5PM
Thursday, December 25th, Christmas Day:         All stores will be CLOSED

Wednesday, December 31st, New Year’s Eve:    All stores will close at 5PM
Thursday, January 1st, 2015, New Year’s Day:   All stores will be CLOSED


Commander (2014 Edition) Release – In stock at all 3 stores!


ALL Commander (2014 Edition) decks are still available at all three AU stores.  They are on sale for $34.99 + tax for individual decks and $149.95 + tax for all five!

Commander (2014 Edition) delivers 5 new preconstructed decks to the fan-favorite multiplayer format, Commander.

Each deck features its own special Planeswalker Commander (both oversized and regular-sized), plus 15 never-before-printed cards.

The series features 61 new cards total, all legal in Legacy and Vintage, making Commander (2014 Edition) exciting for casual and competitive players alike!

  • Five 100-card Commander decks
  • One foil oversized Commander card for each deck
  • 10 double-sided token cards
  • Deck storage box
  • Strategy insert and rules reference card

Yu-Gi-Oh Geargia Structure Deck and Dragon Ball Z now on sale at all AU stores!


Geargia Decks are one of the hottest tournament Deck themes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, and are at the core of the brand new Geargia Rampage Structure Deck! Geargia cards are versatile and really good: their strategy is based around teamwork and Geargia monsters can Special Summon more Geargia monsters, or add them to your hand for free. Since Geargia monsters are also Machine-Type, you can even use them with other Machine monsters from other Decks to perform some explosive combos. Things only get better for Geargia strategies with the introduction of three new monster cards including a brand new Geargia Xyz Monster that can shut down your opponent’s cards during battle. New Duelists can now get their hands on these popular cards while advanced Duelists can support their existing Geargia Decks or other Machine-Type Decks to bolster their strategies.



Panini America, the leading global publisher of licensed sports and entertainment collectibles,  is bringing the popular Dragon Ball Z card game back to the market for the first time since 2004.

The 2014 edition features more than 200 new cards, reprints of past fan favorites and is completely compatible with the original series. The new game was developed by Panini America Brand ManagerAik Tongtharadol, a former Dragon Ball Z world champion who also worked on the original Dragon Ball Z Trading Card Game, most recently in 2004.

Panini America has released a 69-card 2014 Dragon Ball Z Starter Deck ($14.95 SRP) that features five Prizm technology cards and one parallel in every deck; 12-card Booster Packs will carry a $4.00 SRP. Both Starter Decks and Booster Packs will feature exclusive cards.