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Competitive Magic the Gathering: Banned Cards

Competitive Magic: the Gathering can often be a stark contrast to what the vast majority of Magic players are used to. Large scale tournaments post attendance numbers in the thousands, and some players make their living traveling the tournament circuit every weekend and playing the most powerful decks comprised of the most powerful cards. And with the ever-increasing availability of information online, the results from these tournaments are often available within moments of the conclusion, complete alongside with deck lists, commentary, and breakdowns from pro-players and spectators alike. As always, patterns begin to emerge and become clear. Newer players aspiring to turn their hobby into a means of income will take note of decks that win and the cards used, then build the same decks in the hopes of putting up similar results. If enough players do the same thing, the focus of the game shifts to compensate for it – until invariably large tournaments become almost routine in their results, with the top decks in each event often being the same in a series of decks. This sounds dour, but oftentimes there are many popular decks and plenty of variance in the format. Other times it can take a lot of the fun out of the game though.

The beauty of the way the Standard MTG format is set up is that cards continually rotate in and out as time goes on so EVENTUALLY the decks are forced to change. Rarely is there ever an issue in that respect that time and the influx of new cards doesn’t correct. However, sometimes a card gets printed that is simply overpowered beyond the game’s ability to self-regulate. At those times the tournaments become irrevocably skewed towards those decks. Content put out from secondary markets and venues reflect this bias as well, and the price of single copies of the cards in those decks increase often beyond what is reasonable for even the more hardcore fans of the game. In these instances, the developers of the game will often try to release cards to counteract the card, though sometimes these interactions aren’t apparent or combinations of cards already existing make these remedies ineffective. In these rare cases Wizards of the Coast steps in and will ban the use of the card from competitive play. To put things in perspective, this is very rare. As long as the game has been in existence (since 1993) it has only happened seven times – now eight, as Wizards has banned not one but three cards from standard format. Bloggers and pundits of the game have been weighing in on the bans every day since they were announced, and opinions fall on all sides of the issue.

But what does this mean to the casual fan of the game? By and large we focus on a more casual crowd here at Family Fun Hobbies, so what happens at large tournaments probably might not matter much to you when you and your friends sit down to play here. It comes down to finance; supply and demand – now these cards are in less demand. Competitive players will no longer be needing these previously expensive and powerful cards. Those who have them will begin to sell and trade them at lower prices, and the singles market will flood with copies. Casual players will be able to acquire copies at lower and more reasonable prices, though their play will be limited to casual playgroups.

For a more in-depth discussion and fulled list of Banned and Restricted Cards Click Here! To learn more about Magic the Gathering in general Click Here!

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– Sean Brietenbach, Assistant Manager and Events Coordinator

Pokemon League Cup

2017 Winter Pokémon League Cup

Family Fun Hobbies is excited to announce we will be hosting our First Pokémon League Cup!

January 21st, 2017

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Event Registration Time: 10:00 AM
Event Start Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Burlington Center Mall – 2501 Mt Holly Rd, Burlington, NJ 08016

Entry Fee: $15 entry fee

We are hosting the Family Fun Hobbies Winter League Cup at the Burlington Center Mall to make sure that we have enough room for all the players since space is limited in our store.
Prizes will be determined by the number of entrants.
The tournament will be held in the Standard format and Rounds will be 30 minute single games.

Family Fun Hobbies will be on-site with Pokemon products to purchase, so bring extra money!

 

Pokémon tournaments are live events that give you the opportunity to compete against other players in the Pokémon TCG. Pokémon tournaments take place worldwide and offer a competitive atmosphere where players can demonstrate their Pokémon gaming skills.

Tournaments take place year-round. To find out where you can compete in your area, use the event locator. If your search turns up nothing, keep checking back—new tournaments are added daily!

Most Pokémon tournaments are open to players of all skill levels. Additionally, most tournaments require no advance registration—all you need to do is show up with a valid Pokémon TCG deck.

To participate in a Pokémon tournament, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Pokémon Tournament Rules and all other applicable event rules. Players who are found to be in violation of the rules of eligibility are subject to suspension from the Play! Pokémon program and to the loss of prizes, including, but not limited to, invitations and Travel Awards.

Most Pokémon Championship events are operated by independent Tournament Organizers. Please contact the Tournament Organizers for specific information about their venue or scheduling. The Tournament Organizer for our Winter League Cup is Michael Martin, 856-266-6377.

Information for Competitors

A player’s Pokémon TCG deck must comply with the Standard Format as outlined in the Pokémon Tournament Rules.

All players are expected to bring their Player ID card, if they have one. If they have not previously been given a Player ID, one can be obtained at the event.

Players should review the Pokémon Tournament Rules for more information about what to bring to an event.

Pokémon TCG League Cup tournaments are smaller events that give players an opportunity to earn Championship Points and practice their skills for larger competitions. The Pokémon TCG League Cup events are held throughout the year. To find times and locations of League Cup events in your area, click here.

Are there any requirements for attendance?

The Pokémon TCG League Cup events do not require an invitation or qualification. All players who have Trainer Club accounts and are in good standing with the Play! Pokémon rules are welcome to participate. Players need to bring their own 60-card deck. League Cup will use the Standard format.

 

For more information click below!

League Cup (TCG only)

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