Hey everyone! I’ve updated the Magic Cruise web page with info for MC8. We’ll be sailing out of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, returning the Sunday before Fat Tuesday.
We’ve set up a 3 year plan that includes a short cruise early in January the following year (MC9 – 2017) and a Mediterranean cruise for our 10th anniversary cruise (MC10 – 2018). We hope you can join us for one of these fantastic trips!
I’ve (finally) loaded the page for MC7 Tournament packages and add ons! If you’re registered for MC7, and plan to play in the events, head to the page now and purchase your package!
I’m pretty excited about this program!
Nick Coss of Card Titan and Adam Shaw (former Level 4 Judge) have teamed up to bring a great new level of service to the Magic Community. It’s called Prereg.Me (Click this for a link to the site). This is a web portal and an App available for both Android and iOS that allows you to register for an event without actually coming to the registration desk. We are testing this out for them on our Super Series Events tomorrow (Sunday) at #GPOmaha. Download the app or visit the website and sign up now! It takes your credit payment directly on the device as well (cash and credit can also be used at the registration desk if you prefer).
Once you register on the app, simply select “upcoming events” and you will see both Super Series events listed. Sealed starts at 9, Standard starts at 10.
If you were traveling today, I hope you made it safely, there’s a pretty rough patch of weather between southern MN and central Iowa all the way over to South Dakota. Lots of slowed down travel and some road closures. The weather should be clearing up all over tomorrow though, And the forecast for Omaha on Saturday is highs in the 30s, that’s T-shirt weather! (not really). Preregistrations are continuing to roll in and our projections based on previous events is putting us on an expected attendance of 1300 players when we get #GPOmaha under way on saturday.
But if you braved the roads today and are joining us tomorrow, the hall opens to the public at 2pm with 9 vendors, Last Chance Trials plus other side events and our artists alley featuring 7 artists with a special Artists Panel tomorrow (Friday) night!
I’ll see you in Omaha tomorrow!
Two updates everyone out there may be interested in for GP Omaha.
First, today is the last day for $55 GP registration. Tomorrow your price goes up to $60 for the main event. If you want a good deal, you should get in now.
Second, we have our VIP bags in, and they look sweet. Take a look at the awesome swag for this GP:
- A GP Omaha VIP Messenger Bag
- A GP Omaha VIP playmat
- A GP Omaha deckbox
- 100 Legion sleeves
- A Legion water bottle
And…what is that other thing? Zoom in and enhance:
Yep, we are including a free draft or constructed On-Demand event coupon with every VIP package. If you were planning on drafting at least once, that’s a quarter of the cost of your VIP right there.
What are you waiting for? You should sign up now, while it’s cheap.
Oh, and if you’ve already registered and want to add VIP to your GP? Just click here and you can do that.
Hey folks, we interrupt our regularly scheduled #GPOmaha updates to bring you a quick update for the Magic Cruise 7 .
I’ve just confirmed with Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Famer Ben Stark that he will be joining us on Magic Cruise #7.
The Magic Cruise sales from San Juan Puerto Rico on March 15 and returns on march 21. 7 Days visiting the wonderful Southern Caribbean Islands and nights filled with Magic and Kareoke and more! For a full list of ports of call and other information visit the Magic Cruise 7 page! Remember, that if you are joining our group it is *imperative* that you use the booking number listed on the MC7 page to be added to our group!
Two updates on GP Omaha. First, the room block has been extended through December 25th. You can get a room at the Hilton Omaha, across the street from the venue and operated by skywalk, for just $112/night, with free internet, at this link.
Also, this is the last day for $50 entry to GP Omaha. Tonight at midnight the price goes up to $55, and on January 3rd the price goes up to $60.
And remember, GP Omaha VIP cost won’t be going up, but if you plan to be a VIP you get the best deal now by buying while the price of the main event is down. You get the VIP Messenger bag, 100 Legion sleeves, a Legion water bottle a GP Omaha deckbox, a VIP GP Omaha playmat, access to the VIP lounge with bag check and water service, and Sleep-in Special upgrade (if applicable). All this for just $60 on top of the GP registration.
I want to chat a bit about the 2015 events that Legion Events has, and the awesome things that can happen if you attend multiple Legion events in 2015. We are calling our 2015 events the Legion Tour.
First up on the Tour is GP Omaha, a Modern event on January 9-11. You’ve seen me mention it here, but this GP is going to be great. We have seven artists, a sweet VIP package that includes a GP Omaha messenger bag, a Prize Market, and an awesome side events lineup that includes GP Omaha deckboxes just for playing in some of the side events. (The deckboxes will be important in a bit.)
Second up on the Tour is GP Oklahoma City, a Modern event on September 11-13. We can’t tell you a ton about this event yet – however, we CAN tell you that the playmat will be done by Dan Scott. We have a great sketch in, and are waiting on final art and approval. The playmat art for GP Oklahoma City is also going to be featured on deckboxes at select side events and for VIPs, like at GP Omaha.
The third and final stop on the Tour is GP Madison, a “Blood” Sealed Deck event on October 9-11. (“Blood” is the codename for the fall set.) GP Madison I can say a few things about.
- Dan Scott is also doing the playmat for GP Madison. Yes, we have Dan doing all three playmats for 2015. Yes, they are going to follow a theme. More on that in a second.
- At GP Madison the playmat art is also going to go on a deckbox for VIPs and for select side events…and it is also being used to hold your limited pool at the start of the event. That’s right, you will get the deckbox for GP Madison in side events and also in the main event.
You know that theme for our mats and boxes I mentioned? There is a fourth piece of art we have coming from Dan. This piece will be on a tin that holds three deckboxes. (Like the three deckboxes on the Tour. Coincidental, huh?) This tin will have the art for each of the Legion Tour deckboxes on the back, and the front will have this new fourth piece, completing the story told by the art.
So how do you get this tin? In one of three different ways (while supplies last):
- By attending GPs in the Legion Tour. If you attend all three stops on the Legion Tour in 2015 and play in the main event, you get the tin for free.
- If you only attend some of the GPs, you will be able to buy the tin from the Legion Supplies booth at GP Madison, discounted for each GP you attended in 2015.
- The tin, with one of each deckbox in it, will be on our Prize Market at GP Madison.
I’ll keep you updated on what the deckboxes and tin look like as we go on and get art locked in for these events.
I’ve put up a full side events listing for GP Omaha. You should check it out.
If you want the TL;DR and want to just have a few sweet events called out for you, I’ve got you covered too. I’m going to pick my favorite events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and tell you why they are so awesome.
What is my favorite on Friday?
No questions, the VIP Dinner “Standard” Sealed at 5pm. It’s $30 for a Sealed where you get to use one booster of every set in Standard with a bonus Khans of Tarkir booster to make 6. Just for entering into this event, you get a GP Omaha deckbox.
The very best part of this event is the prize, though. The winner gets an invitation for them and a buddy to go to a Omaha steakhouse dinner at The Drover, a local steakhouse known for its whiskey marinaded steaks. Who else will be at that dinner? The GP artists (all seven of them), Steve Port the tournament organizer, and Chris Richter the head judge. The dinner is on Saturday night after the GP is done with swiss rounds. Oh, and you and that buddy get VIP upgrades for the GP, too.
What is my favorite on Saturday?
Besides the GP main event, the Rebound Modern at 3pm is amazing.
The price and prizes are super sweet. It is a $20 event, but you get $5 off if you played in the GP main event. Basically, if you get a little unlucky you get a cheaper shot at this event.
So what are the awesome prizes? Well, you play five rounds of swiss, and if you are undefeated you get a complete set of Khans of Tarkir, plus free entry into the Super Sunday Series event of your choice on Sunday. (Yeah, that’s one of each fetchland, Sorin, Sarkhan, the whole deal.) If you lose once, you still get 18 prize tickets, enough for half a box of Khans of Tarkir on our Prize Market. In fact, everyone down to 2 wins gets prizes.
What is my favorite on Sunday?
I’m gonna hedge a bit here, because on Sunday we really stacked our side events.
We have the two Super Sunday Series events, where you play for the chance to win an invitation to the yearly Super Sunday Series Championship held in Renton, Washington. That event has a $20,000 prize pool, and the winner of our Super Sunday Series gets a flight to that, hotel for that weekend, and prize tickets on top of that. You can get there either in Standard or in Khans of Tarkir Sealed Deck.
Those take all day, though. I’m a busy guy, Rob! I want something that only takes an afternoon. Well, we have you covered. If you don’t want to play in an all-day event, there are two events I’d be playing in if I were playing on Sunday.
We have an event we are calling Landlord Legacy at 11am. It’s a 4-round Swiss event that costs just $15, and for every 10th player in the event, we are giving away an awesome Legacy land at the start of round 1 of the event. You could get a Revised dual land, a Wasteland, a City of Traitors, or another land of similar awesomeness. (We like to keep you guessing.) This is one of those events where everyone wins – every player in this event will get a GP Omaha deckbox just for signing up. If we get 100 players for Legacy, you might win the jackpot – our awesomeness stakes go up with a foil fetchland as our 10th awesome land. (And yes, it can fetch an Island.)
If you have two friends who like sealed deck, we are running a Khans of Tarkir Trios Sealed event at 3pm. Team Trios is my favorite tournament format, and I like to spread the love to it. To encourage you to play, this event is giving away 24 prize tickets per player to undefeated teams after 4 rounds of swiss. That’s enough tickets for two boxes of Khans of Tarkir on our Prize Market. What happens if you don’t quite get there, and lose one round? You still get 12 tickets per player, which means your team gets enough to get a full box of Khans of Tarkir. Like our Landlord event, every player that plays in this event gets a sweet GP Omaha deckbox.
All of these events sound like the kind of event you might want to travel for…but they are all happening the weekend of GP Omaha, January 9-11, along with a ton of other side events. You should join us for the weekend.
I’ve had a few people ask me about VIP details, and I figured it was time to make those a little more clear for GP Omaha.
So, lets talk about VIP.
VIP service has a cost of $60 at GP Omaha above the normal registration price, but includes a suite of great benefits to make your
- Sleep-in Special
- The Sleep-in Special is included in the price of the VIP package. If you have byes, just make a decklist on our decklist generator, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the player meeting on Saturday to take advantage of this.
- Access to the VIP Lounge, which includes:
- A bag check area, guarded by our VIP Concierge
- Water service
- A special VIP parings board, technology permitting. We will do our best to get you your pairings, but we are in the process of rolling out new GP software that may cause problems with all special pairings, including our scrolling pairings software and online pairings.
- Note that this does NOT include a special VIP seating area.
- A charging station for your mobile devices
- A VIP kit:
- An awesome VIP messenger bag, featuring the GP Omaha art. Only 100 will be made.
- A VIP GP Omaha playmat
- A GP Omaha deckbox
- 100 Legion sleeves
- A Legion water bottle
- A lifepad and pen
- Artist access
- From 12pm-1pm on Sunday you will have time to chat and get things signed by Winona Nelson, Anthony Palumbo, and Jim Pavelec.
- From 1pm-2pm on Sunday you will have time to chat and get things signed by Dan Scott, Jeff Miracola, Aaron Miller, and Marco Nelor.
If you are looking at VIP, slots are limited, and the best value is to purchase it before early bird registration ends. You can get your GP for just $50, and VIP for $60 above that until December 19th.