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Sunday: Noon – 6PM

Monday: Noon – 10PM

Tuesday: Noon – 10PM

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Thursday: Noon -10PM

Friday: Noon – 11PM

Saturday: Noon – 9PM

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MTG 2015 Core Set Prerelease July 12 & 13th

June 11th, 2014

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The Magic: the Gathering 2015 Core Set  prerelease tournaments will be held Saturday, July 12th & Sunday July 13th 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 AU Playmat, deck boxes and other “surprise” items at each prerelease tournament.    And we will once again have free pizza at all the midnight prereleases.

Format for all prerelease tournaments is sealed deck. including the 2-Headed Giant Tournaments.  Each player receives one Magic 2015 Prerelease Kit 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, July 10th

Two Headed Giant entry fee is $50.00 per team and each team of two players receives two  2015 Core set Prerelease Packs to use for building their decks. (One Prerelease Kit per player) 

Here is the prerelease schedule by store:

Holmes:
Midnight, Saturday July 12th (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, July 11th )
6:00PM, Saturday,  July 12th  (registration begins at 5:00PM)
11:00AM, Sunday, July 13th  (registration at 10:30).  Entry fee for the Two Headed Giant is $50.00 per team

Wilmington:
Midnight, Saturday  July 12th – (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, July 11th )
3:00PM, Saturday July 12th - (registration begins at 2:00PM)
7:30PM Saturday   July 12th  – (registration begins at 6:30PM)
3:00PM, Sunday  July 13th – (registration begins at 2:00PM)

Blue Bell:
Midnight, Saturday  July 12th  - (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, July 11th )
10:00AM Saturday,  July 12th  - (registration begins at 9AM)
3:00PM Saturday,   July 12th -   (registration begins at 2:30PM)
6:00PM Saturday,  July 12th  - Sealed Two-Headed Giant (registration at 5:30PM).  Entry fee for the Two Headed Giant is $50.00 per team
10AM, Sunday,   July 13th  (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.  

Each player will receive a foil participation promo.

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.

 

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Alternate Universes stores to be open regular hours Friday, July 4th

June 17th, 2014

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Alternate Universes will be open regular hours on Friday, July 4th.   Each store will be holding Friday Night Magic as usual but there will be some special prizes and giveaways!   Check back later for more details!

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MTG Conspiracy Release Drafts – Saturday, June 7th at all 3 AU stores

May 31st, 2014

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Blue Bell:  1:00PM

Wilmington: 4:00 PM

Holmes:  6:00PM

Entry fee to each draft will be $15.00.

The Magic: The Gathering–Conspiracy set is designed to be drafted with six to eight players who then split into groups of three or four players for free-for-all multiplayer games.    These are casual play events. Pack prizes will be awarded. Each participant will also receive the Magister of Worth Conspiracy release card shown below.   ljquoqhelp arc mow MTG Conspiracy Release Drafts   Saturday, June 7th at all 3 AU stores

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MTG Journey Into Nyx Gameday Tournaments, Saturday May 24

May 9th, 2014

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Alternate Universes will be holding Journey Into Nyx Game Day Tournaments on Saturday, May 24th  at the Holmes, Blue Bell & Wilmington stores.   Tournaments at all 3 stores begin at 6PM.  Registration opens one hour before the start time of the event.

Entry fee is $5.00.

Game Day events are Standard-format tournaments.  The Standard format uses only the newest sets the game has to offer.  The current block, the block that was released the previous fall, and the most recent core set are all legal to play in a Standard deck.

For more information on Standard, click here.    The following sets are Standard legal:  Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash,  Dragon’s Maze, Magic 2014 , Theros , Born of the Gods &  Journey Into Nyx

Prizes

All participants receive an exclusive  Squelching Leeches full-art promo card (while supplies last). The Top 8 players each receive an exclusive Dictate of Kruphix full-art foil promo card. The cards are awarded to the Top 8 players even if the tournament cuts only to the Top 4.  In addition, the 1st-place winner of Journey Into Nyx Game Day will receive an exclusive playmat.     Pack prizes will also be awarded to top finishers.

Additionally, the most heroic players will have an opportunity to earn the Hall of Triumph promo card (while supplies last). 

 

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MTG Grand Prix Trial for GP Washington at AU, Holmes, Sunday, May 18th

May 6th, 2014

 MTG Grand Prix Trial for GP Washington at AU, Holmes, Sunday, May 18th

Alternate Universes, Holmes will be hosting a Grand Prix Trial for Grand Prix, Washington on on Sunday, May 18th.    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 Washington will be held June 27th – 29th at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center North Hall, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151 

Here are all the details for the GPT:

When:  Sunday, May 18th, 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! Primal Origin Sneak Peek Events – May 10th & 11th

April 18th, 2014

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Alternate Universes will be hosting Yu-Gi-Oh Primal Origin Sneak Peek Events  Saturday,  May 10th at all 3 AU stores and on Sunday, May 11th at AU Blue Bell.  The dueling will begin on Saturday, May 10th at 10:00AM and run until 5:00PM.  Dueling will resume at Blue Bell on Sunday, May 11th at 11:00 AM and run through 5:00PM.

Entry fee for the event is $20.00. Each participant will receive 5 booster packs of Primal Origin to build a 40 card deck for casual play throughout the day. Each duelist will also receive a foil promo card.  Additionally, Primal Origin Sneak Peek play mats will be randomly given away throughout the day while supplies last. (Must be present to win.)

Side events will be held at each location as follows:

Holmes
Saturday, May 10th
Constructed tournaments at 2PM Saturday. $5.00 entry fee. (Primal Origin cards will be legal).  All players receive an Astral Pack 4 upon entering.

Blue Bell
Saturday,May 10th at  2PM: Constructed Tournament $5.00 entry fee. (Primal Origin cards will be legal).  All players receive an Astral Pack 4 upon entering.
Sunday, May 10th at  2PM: Constructed Tournament $5.00 entry fee. (Primal Origin cards will be legal).

Wilmington
Saturday, May 10th
Noon: Constructed Tournament (Primal Origin cards will be legal). $5.00 entry fee. All players receive an Astral Pack 4 upon entering.

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Saturday, May 3rd – MTG Journey into Nix Launch Event – 2-Headed Giant Sealed Tournaments!

April 25th, 2014

Journey into Nix Launch Weekend Tournaments are a great way to celebrate the release of the latest Magic: The Gathering set! Play, trade, spend time with friends, and win cool prizes! All participants receive an exclusive Release promo card (while supplies last).  Booster pack or store credit prizes (your choice) will be awarded based on attendance.   Minimum of 3 packs per team in the prize pool.

Alternate Universes will be hosting 2-Headed Giant Sealed Journey into Nix Launch Weekend Tournaments at all 3 locations:

AU, Blue Bell: Saturday, Saturday, May 3th at 6:00PM;  2-Headed Giant Sealed Deck Format (4x Journey into Nyx booster packs, 1x Born of the Gods booster pack & 3x Theros  booster packs per team)

AU, Holmes: Saturday, May 3th at 6:00PM;  2-Headed Giant Sealed Deck Format (4x Journey into Nyx booster packs, 1x Born of the Gods booster pack & 3x Theros  booster packs per team)

AU, Wilmington: Saturday, May 3th at 6:00PM; 2-Headed Giant Sealed Deck (4x Journey into Nyx booster packs, 1x Born of the Gods booster pack & 3x Theros  booster packs per team)

Registration begins 1 hour before tournament start time.   Entry Fee: $40.00 per team.  All participants will received the foil release promo card below (while supplies last).

 

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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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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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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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