Held one week before each new Magic card set goes on sale, Prereleases provide
a way to play in a large-scale event in a low-stress environment. You get to play
with the cards before you can buy them, special promotional cards are given out
to attendees and the top players can win even more cards. So have fun!
Prereleases are Limited events, meaning you build your 40-card (minimum) deck from
the packs that you get after paying your entry fee (this can be either Sealed Deck or Booster Draft format). Along with the possibility of playing in one large tournament
at the event, Prereleases
also run flights of smaller tournaments to provide more
opportunities to see the new cards – you get a new set of cards for each flight
you play (each flight requires another entry fee).
Prereleases are sanctioned by the DCI, which is the governing body for all Magic
tournaments – from the smallest local events up to the high-level Pro Tour. Playing
in a sanctioned event means your results are recorded and begin to give you a player
rating among the thousands of Magic players worldwide. If you don’t have
a DCI number yet, the event staff on site can set you up. For many players, prereleases
are a fun and easy way to play in their first sanctioned events.
Additional packs of Magic cards of the set being showcased are awarded to
top players. Special commemorative prerelease foil cards are given to each participant
supplies last. Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the tournament
card(s) for the PreRelease. Promotional cards for all events is subject to availability,
On Saturday and Sunday, all of the events in Lincoln will
be held at HobbyTown USA at 70th and Pioneers.
Schedule of PreRelease Events at HobbyTown USA
Note that Events scheduled will be held as long as product is available. If we run out later events may be cancelled.
We may be able to run more events on Sunday if product is available. Call for availability Saturday afternoon.