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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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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 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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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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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 Born of the Gods Game Day Tournaments, Saturday March 1st

February 12th, 2014

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Alternate Universes will be holding Born of the Gods Game Day Tournaments on Saturday, March 1st at the Holmes, Blue Bell & Wilmington stores.   All tournaments 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.

Prizes

All participants receive an exclusive Kiora’s Follower full-art promo card (while supplies last). The Top 8 players each receive an exclusive Pain Seer 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 Born of the Gods Game Day will receive an exclusive playmat.     Pack prizes will also be awarded to top finishers.

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Battle the Horde

Bring the Hero Cards you’ve earned at Born of the Gods Prerelease and Launch Weekend to help you defeat the Battle the Horde Challenge Deck at Born of the Gods Game Day. This special deck is a special activity that you can challenge beginning with Game Day, between rounds or at your convenience. It’s not a part of the tournament, but you’ll want to defeat the Horde to earn the sixth Hero Card on the Hero’s Path.

You can use up to three Hero Cards to help you against the Battle the Horde Challenge Deck. To learn more about the Hero’s Path, visit MTGHerosPath.com.

 

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Settlers of Catan Pre-Qualifier Tournaments at Wilmington, Sunday March 2nd

January 25th, 2014

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Alternate Universes will be hosting three Settlers of Catan Pre-Qualifier Tournaments in February/March, one at each of the AU stores.   Only 16 seats are available for each event so preregistration is recommended.  Entry fee will be $10.00.  The winner of each tournament is awarded a seat at the 16 person Regional Qualifier tournament to held at Top Deck Games in May/June.   The Final Four table players at the Regional Qualifier will receive prizes as follows:
1.       1st place will win the Grand Prize (Hotel, 4-Day Gencon badge, and a $250 travel voucher, guaranteed seat in the World Championship, much Mayfair swag)
2.       2nd – 4th place will each win a Runner Up Prize (4-Day Gencon badge, guaranteed seat in the World Championship, some Mayfair swag)

Here is the  Pre-Qualifier Schedule for Alternate Universes:
Wilmington: Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00PM

You may preregister for these events by stopping by any Alternate Universes store.  All pregistrations must be paid.   We look forward to seeing you there!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship Tournaments, February 22nd at all 3 AU stores

January 25th, 2014

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Alternate Universes is proud to announce it will be hosting Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship Tournaments at all three stores on Saturday, February 22nd.  All stores will open at 10:00AM, registration for the tournament will open at 11:00 AM and play will begin at Noon.   There is no preregistration for this event.  Official Konami Judges will be present at each location.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship is a way for Official Tournament Stores (OTS) to provide Duelists with a Store level Championship which offers Duelists the opportunity to earn invites to the World Championship Qualifier.   Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship tournaments are held simultaneously throughout North and Latin America.

Entry fee for the OTS Championship Tournament is $20.00.  Each player will receive 5 booster packs upon entry.   All Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship events are Tier 2 events, conducted as Advanced Format, Constructed Deck, Swiss round events. The Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship will play Swiss Rounds, with a Top 8 Playoff top cut, with prizes awarded at the end of the final playoff round played.   The number of swiss rounds played will depend on the number of players in the tournament.

Decklists are required for this event.  Duelists can download the official KDE Deck List at http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/forms/KDE_DeckList.pdf. This is an editable PDF, so you will be able to type the card names in this form, which should help as your Deck List needs to be legible and complete – write the name of each card in full, and write down how many copies you have in your Deck.  Make sure your name and COSSY ID are on your Deck List.  If you do not have a Cossy ID they will be available on the day of the event.  Make sure your Deck List exactly matches your Deck.  There is a very helpful article that will help you fill out your Deck List properly. Just follow the link here:  http://www.konami.com/yugioh/articles/?p=3534.   Duelists are encouraged to complete their Deck List before arriving at the Tournament.

Prizes:
In addition to the product each Duelist receives upon entering the tournament, prize distribution will be as follows:

  • First place winner, after the conclusion of the Top 8 Playoffs, will receive an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! OTS Championship Game Mat.
  • Top 4 Duelists, after the conclusion of the Top 8 Playoffs, will also receive invites to the 2014 World Championship Qualifier.
  • Additional booster pack prizes will be awarded depending upon the number of participants.

 

 

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Double the Prizes!! Free deck boxes!! Pizza!! Magic: the Gathering Born of the Gods Prerelease at AU

January 14th, 2014

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The Magic: the Gathering Born of the Gods prerelease tournaments will be held Saturday, February 1st & Sunday February 2nd at all AU stores.  In response to popular demand we are DOUBLING THE PRIZE SUPPORT for these tournaments.   That means for each participating player we are putting in four booster packs of Born of the Gods in the Prize pool!  Additionally all participants will receive a free deck box and we will have free pizza at all the midnight prereleases!

Here is the prerelease schedule by store:

Holmes:
Midnight, Saturday February 1st (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, January 31st)
6:00PM, Saturday,   February 1st (registration begins at 5:00PM)
11AM, Sunday, February 2nd (registration at 10:30).  Entry fee for the Two Headed Giant is $50.00 per team

Wilmington:
Midnight, Saturday  February 1st- (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, January 31st)
3:00PM, Saturday  February 1st – (registration begins at 2:00PM)
7:30PM Saturday   February 1st – (registration begins at 6:30PM)
1:00PM, Sunday   February 2nd – (registration begins at Noon)

Blue Bell:
Midnight, Saturday  February 1st - (Friday night into Saturday) (registration begins at 11:00PM after FNM, January 31st)
10:00AM Saturday,   February 1st – (registration begins at 9AM)
3:00PM Saturday,   February 1st –  regular swiss style tournament (registration begins at 2:30PM)
6:00PM Saturday,  February 1st - Sealed Two-Headed Giant (registration at 5:30PM).  Entry fee for the Two Headed Giant is $50.00 per team
10AM, Sunday,   February 2nd (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 packs of Born of the Gods
3 – 0 – 1 record: 10 packs of Born of the Gods
3 – 1 record: 8 packs of Born of the Gods
2 – 2 record: 2 packs of Born of the Gods
Everyone else receives 1 pack of Born of the Gods

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

The Born of the Gods Prerelease presents players with a special opportunity to open a Prerelease Pack and continue their journey down the Hero’s Path. There are five Prerelease Packs to choose from; each color has a Heroic Path: White – Lead, Blue – Outwit, Black – Dominate, Red – Conquer, and Green – Thrive.

The Born of the Gods Prelease will also be players’ next opportunity to earn a Hero Card, which they can use to Battle the Horde at Born of the Gods Game Day. To learn more about the Hero’s Path, go to MTGHerosPath.com.

Format for all prerelease tournaments is sealed deck. including the 2-Headed Giant Tournaments.  Each player receives one Born of the Gods 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, January 30th
Two Headed Giant entry fee is $50.00 per team and each team of two players receives two Born of the Gods Prerelease Packs to use for building their decks. (One Prerelease Pack per player; players do not need to choose the same color.) 

Each Prerelease Pack contains items designed specifically for the chosen Heroic Path.

  • Born of the Gods booster packs
  • Theros booster packs
  • 1 seeded booster pack
  • 1 promo card
  • 1 Master Your Destiny activity card
  • 1 Spindown™ life counter
  • 1 Hero’s Path welcome letter
  • 1 Hero Card

For this event, players may use the promo card included with the Prerelease Pack in their tournament deck.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Day, January 25th at AU, Holmes and Wilmington

January 19th, 2014

Alternate Univeres Holmes and Wilmington will be hosting Yu-Gi-Oh! Day tournaments on Saturday, January 25th.   The tournament at Wilmington will begin at Noon and the tournament at Holmes will begin at 2:00PM . Registration opens 1 hour before the tournament begins.

The registration fee for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Day is $5.00 and all participants will receive 1 Astral Pack 3 upon entering.  A decklist is not required to play.  1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Day exclusive full size Game Mat will be awarded to the winner and the top 8 finishers will win Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Super Rare Tokens.  Booster pack prizes will also be awarded to the top finishers in the tournament based on attendance.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Day tournaments will be advanced constructed format.  Advanced Format tournaments use a specific list of playable cards. Some cards are forbidden from use, or limited to a set number in the Deck, in order to better balance tournament play. The Advanced Format list changes periodically (the last change became effective January 1st, 2014). Duelists can view the most current Advanced Format card list by visiting this link: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/limited/.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Day is a day for all to celebrate the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, create excitement for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand at Official Tournament Stores, and to further distinguish OTS from non-OTS.  Yu-Gi-Oh! Day is held simultaneously throughout North America.

Duelists will be able to participate in a Sanctioned tournament at all participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS), with exclusive prizes only available at an Official Tournament Store (OTS).    Only Konami OTS are permitted to host a Yu-Gi-Oh! Day event.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Valiant Sneak Peek Events – Janaury 18th & 19th

January 5th, 2014

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Alternate Universes will be hosting Yu-Gi-Oh Legacy of the Valiant Sneak Peek Events  Saturday,  January 18th at all 3 AU stores and on Sunday, January 19th at AU Blue Bell.  The dueling will begin on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00AM and run until 5:00PM.  Dueling will resume at Blue Bell on Sunday, January 19th 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 Legacy of the Valiant to build a 40 card deck for casual play throughout the day.  Each duelist will also receive a foil promo card. Additionally, Legacy of the Valiant Sneak Sneak Peek play mats will be randomly given away throughout the day while supplies last.  (Must be present to win.)

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Side events will be held at each location as follows:

Holmes
Saturday, January 18th
Constructed tournaments at 2PM Saturday. $5.00 entry fee. (Legacy of the Valiant cards will be legal).  All players receive an Astral Pack 3 upon entering.

Blue Bell
Saturday, January 18th at  2PM: Constructed Tournament $5.00 entry fee. (Legacy of the Valiant cards will be legal).  All players receive an Astral Pack 3 upon entering.
Sunday, January 19th at  2PM: Constructed Tournament $5.00 entry fee. (Legacy of the Valiant cards will be legal).

Wilmington
Saturday, January 18th
Noon: Constructed Tournament (Legacy of the Valiant cards will be legal). $5.00 entry fee.

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