Archive for August, 2011

Innistrad Preview: Fiend Hunter

August 31, 2011 Comments off

Check this guy out! Previewed today on by Jacob Van Lunen, white has apparently received something it typically isn’t allowed to have – a Nekrataal! Yes, if you break it down, it is just a Journey to Nowhere that can bite players. Point is, this type of ability is usually restricted, with regards to white, to enchantments! Instead, we get it in a creature that works very well with cards like Birthing Pod, Momentary Blink, etc. Very excited to see the future of Fiend Hunter!


Don’t forget, you can pre-order Innistrad from TJ Collectibles Online today: booster boxes, fat packs, intro decks and now even single cards! Order today to lock in limited-time-only prices!


Innistrad Preview: Liliana of the Veil

August 31, 2011 Comments off

At least, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! At San Diego Comic Con, Mark Rosewater told the crowed that a constructed-playable version of the popular Liliana Planeswalker is coming in up-coming Innistrad.

Today on, Wizards of the Coast previewed this hot little number. Does it live up to the hype? You be the judge!

Don’t forget, you can pre-order Innistrad from TJ Collectibles Online today: booster boxes, fat packs, intro decks and now even single cards! Order today to lock in limited-time-only prices!

Innistrad Spoilers & Card Image Gallery

August 30, 2011 Comments off

Innistrad previews have begun to trickle in and Wizards of the Coast has launched the Innistrad Card Image Gallery, where they intend to post all cards thus far previewed. An excellent source of learning about the up coming set, due out in October with pre-release events later this month. Check it out!


Also, don’t forget to check out the MTG Salvation spoiler as well, which tends to post additional cards spoiled and previewed around the world!


Check out the official TJ Collectibles Facebook & Twitter pages too, as we showcase cool previewed and spoiled cards as they become available.


Finally, don’t forget that you can pre-order Innistrad for super low prices right here! Plus, as Innistrad single cards become previewed and spoiled, we’ll get them online as soon as possible for pre-order! So keep checking back.


Magic Innistrad Mechanics Announced

August 29, 2011 Comments off

Over the weekend, Wizards of the Coast announced on their official Magic the Gathering website the mechanics for next Magic set to be released in October, Innistrad. And this set does not disappoint. Check it out:

Double-Faced Cards. The double-faced cards are exactly as they sound, a Magic card two both a functional face and back. Yes, that means it does not have the iconic Magic the Gathering back to it. For all the details regarding the rules, please click here.

To put a double-faced card into one’s deck is at the same time both easy and complicated. It’s easy if you use opaque sleeves. Simply take the card out of the sleeve and flip it around if it “transforms.” However, if for any reason you don’t use sleeves, there is a check list card that does have a normal Magic the Gathering card back. Simply check off the card you’re representing and place it into your deck.


Morbid. The Morbid ability is simple enough. Basically, it indicates and ability that checks whether or not a creature died this turn. Nice and easy. For example:


Flashback. A blast from past! This mechanic originally appeared in Odyssey block and makes its return in Innistrad and only appears on Instant and Sorcery cards. You can cast a spell with flashback from your hand as normal. When it’s in your graveyard, regardless of how it got there, you can cast it by paying its flashback cost instead of its mana cost. You can do this only at a time you could normally cast the card.

If you cast a spell for its flashback cost, it’s exiled as it leaves the stack.

Curses. A “curse” is an Aura (or Enchantment) that enchants a player and causes some kind of ill or nasty effect to them. There are no new or special rules for these cards as they follow all the rules for Aura’s that enchant players.

“Fight. For a creature to fight another creature, each deals damage equal to its power to the other. A few finer points:

  • The damage is dealt simultaneously, and it is dealt by the creatures themselves, so abilities like deathtouch, lifelink, and infect will work as normal.
  • Damage dealt while fighting is not combat damage, so abilities like first strike won’t have any effect.
  • Fighting doesn’t cause the creatures to become tapped.
  • Only creatures can fight.
  • No more than two creatures can fight.
  • If a creature somehow fights itself, it will deal damage to itself equal to its power twice simultaneously.

To learn more about these mechanics, please read Wizards of the Coasts official release. Don’t forget to check out the Innistrad spoiler, courtesy of our friends over at MTG Salvation!


Congratulations to Yuuya Watanabe, GP Pittsburgh Champion

August 29, 2011 Comments off

That’s right folks, not only has Yuuya Watanabe made three consecutive Grand Prix top eights in a row, but he is the 2011 Grand Prix Pittsburgh Champion and his second victory in a row (Grand Prix Shanghai last weekend! Other notable top eight competitors include Patrick Chapin, Matthew Nass and Max Tietze, finishing 3rd, 6th and 4th respectively.

From the official coverage:

Coming into the event, it was clear to everyone that CawBlade was the deck to beat. No matter whom we asked we didn’t get any answer other than that. However, if we learned anything from the first day of play, it was that maybe players should have been paying more attention to Splinter Twin decks. They comprised a much larger portion of the winning decks than CawBlade did, especially if you add up all of the varieties. With each event, the preferred method of assembling the combo seems to change. Early on, it was definitely the RUG Pod version of the deck that had the most traction, but for this event it appeared that the UR version had the most believers. Ultimately, only the UR variety made the Top 8, eventually losing to Yuuya Watanabe on his eventual path to victory. While it’s true he is playing Caw, there is a big difference between losing to Caw and losing to Yuuya Watanabe, especially right now.

Check out the coverage, including player profiles, featured matches, deck lists and more!

Day Two Coverage

Day One Coverage

Top 8 Deck Lists

Top 8 Player Profiles

LCQ Deck Lists

Sunday 8/28/11 Pokemon Pre-release Postponed

August 26, 2011 Comments off

Dear Trainers & Professors:

Saturday’s 8/28/11 Pokemon Black & White: Emerging Power Pre-release event at TJ Collectibles in Milford, MA has been canceled and post-poned due to Hurricane Irene. According to, the hurricane could pose a potentially dangerous travel situation as well as flash flooding, loss of power and more potential damage. Therefore, we have desided to cancel and post-pone this event.

The TJ Collectibles BW: Emering Powers pre-release has been rescheduled to the follow Saturday, September 3rd.

We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and wish for all of our customers to travel carefully and remain safe this weekend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. For up to the minute information, please follow us on Facebook and like us on Twitter.

Grand Prix Montreal Trial – Tomorrow!

August 26, 2011 Comments off

Please join us tomorrow, right here at TJ Collectibles in Milford, MA, for you chance to win a three-round bye (that’s three FREE wins) for up-coming Grand Prix Montreal the weekend of September 17-18th. Doors and registration open at 11:00 AM with a prompt noon start time. The format for this event is Magic 2012 (M12) Sealed Deck with a top eight booster draft. Each participant will receive six booster packs with which to construct a 40-card deck (basic land will be provided). Entry price is $25.00.

Event will have an appropriate amount of modifies swiss-style rounds before cutting to the top eight elimination rounds.

Come enjoy TJ Collectibles legendary prize support and come on down and enjoy an event run the TJ Collectibles way: fun, fast and friendly!

For more details, please see our event calender or click here.


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Duel Deck Ajani Vs. Nicol Bolas Deck Lists Revealed!

August 24, 2011 2 comments

UPDATE: This awesome product is now on sale, including single cards!

Wizards of the Coast released today the deck lists for the up coming Duel Deck: Ajani Vs. Nicol Bolas release due out September second. You can pre-order this cool new product here on our online store!

Some pretty cool new cards revealed, including new, alternate-art versions of Lightning Helix, Behemoth Sledge, Countersquall and Deep Analysis. In addition, some pretty cool reprints: Undermine, Blazing Specter, Firemane Angel, Cruel Ultimatum and more. Overall, sounds like a pretty exciting – though classic – match up between aggro and control! Should be epic!

Ajani Vengeant Deck:

Main Deck

60 cards

Evolving Wilds
Graypelt Refuge
Jungle Shrine
Kazandu Refuge
Sapseep Forest
Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree

25 lands

Ageless Entity
Ajani’s Pridemate
Canyon Wildcat
Essence Warden
Firemane Angel
Fleetfoot Panther
Grazing Gladehart
Jade Mage
Kird Ape
Loam Lion
Loxodon Hierarch
Marisi’s Twinclaws
Nacatl Hunt-Pride
Pride of Lions
Qasali Pridemage
Sylvan Ranger
Wild Nacatl
Woolly Thoctar

22 creatures

Ajani’s Mantra
Behemoth Sledge
Griffin Guide
Lead the Stampede
Lightning Helix
Naya Charm
Recumbent Bliss
Searing Meditation
Sylvan Bounty
Titanic Ultimatum

12 other spells

Ajani Vengeant

1 planeswalker

Nicol Bolas Deck:

Main Deck60 cards
Crumbling Necropolis
Rupture Spire
Terramorphic Expanse

26 lands

Blazing Specter
Brackwater Elemental
Dimir Cutpurse
Fire-Field Ogre
Hellfire Mongrel
Igneous Pouncer
Jhessian Zombies
Morgue Toad
Nightscape Familiar
Ogre Savant
Slavering Nulls
Steamcore Weird
Surveilling Sprite

16 creatures

Agonizing Demise
Cruel Ultimatum
Deep Analysis
Elder Mastery
Grixis Charm
Icy Manipulator
Obelisk of Grixis
Pain // Suffering
Profane Command
Rise // Fall
Slave of Bolas
Spite // Malice
Vapor Snag

17 other spells

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

1 planeswalker

Pro Tour Honolulu Qualifier Season Announced

August 24, 2011 Comments off

With the announcement of the first quarter of premier Magic the Gathering events announced yesterday, we are proud to now be able to announce our up coming Magic Pro Tour Honolulu Qualifiers for this qualifying season. The format this time around is Innistrad Sealed Deck (swiss rounds), with a booster draft top eight. In addition, this season marks the return to PTQ’s being right here at TJ Collectibles! Not to worry, we’re redesigning our play space to better maximize space and since it’s in the fall, no worrying about it being to hot; just a fun, fast and friendly event!

With out further ado, we are happy to offer three chances for you to qualify for the Pro Tour this season at the following locations:

Saturday, October 8th at TJ Collectibles in Milford, MA

Saturday, November 5th at the Providence Convention Center in Providence, MA

Saturday, December 3rd at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club in East Hartfort, CT


Registration for all above events begins at 9:00 AM and will close ten minutes prior to the event start at 10:00 AM. This is a competitive-level event, meaning rules will be strictly enforced. Sealed Deck pool registration, swaps and deck lists will be required. Players must bring their own pen, paper, card sleeves and any appropriate counters (dice, tokens, etc.). Swiss rounds are 50 minutes in length. The elimination rounds are not timed, but players are expected to play at a reasonable pace. Plus, come and enjoy our legendary prize support!

For further details, please visit our event calender or contact us directly! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Further more, if you want to stay up-to-date about our events, sales, deals, discounts and more, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Be in the know!


WotC Announces PT Honolulu and 15 Grand Prix Events

August 23, 2011 Comments off

Wizards of the Coast, designers and publishers of the popular Magic the Gathering card game, announced today a huge, expansive premier organized play schedule for the first quarter of 2012 including a Pro Tour in beautiful, tropical Honolulu and fifteen Grand Prix events!

In February, the Magic Pro Tour will return to Honolulu, Hawaii as the marquee showcase of high-level Magic play, scheduled for February 10-12 just one week after the Dark Ascension release. WotC has decided to schedule the Pro Tour so close to the release of the second Innistrad-block set release in order to showcase the new set in the hands of some of the strongest Magic players in the world.

In addition, with Pro Tours turning into private events, Wizards promises increased coverage via streaming video feeds, audio, text, live chat and social media in order to involve fans from home and feel like they’re a part of the event. Expanded coverage will highlight the top players in the world showing off their latest decks and strategies with each and every Pro tour.

If Honolulu is a place you would like to visit, then qualifying at a Pro Tour Qualifier is for you. The season to qualify for PT Honolulu is fast approaching, with the season to do so beginning October 1st. The format for these events is Innistrad Sealed Deck. Likewise with 2011, winners of live PTQ events will be awarded airfare to the Pro Tour. Stay tuned, as TJ Collectibles will announce their PTQ’s in short order. Please see the event calender for details.

The newly expanded Grand Prix events begin in January with back-to-back events in the United States. The remaining announced schedule through March includes events in Japan, Spain, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Australia and Italy. The formats featured at these events will include Standard, Sealed Deck, Legacy, Extended and now Modern.

In addition, a newly expanded, flexible prize payout structure will be in place. Grand Prix will now offer between $10,000 and $40,000 USD in prize money, with the possibility that some events offer cash-equivalent prizes as well. Specific information about prize payouts and formats will be announced in the coming months.

With out further ado, check out this schedule:

Grand Prix Schedule (January-March)

City Country Dates
Austin USA January 7-8, 2012
Orlando USA January 14-15, 2012
Kobe Japan February 18-19, 2012
Lincoln USA February 18-19, 2012
Madrid Spain February 25-26, 2012
Baltimore USA February 25-26, 2012
Lille France March 3-4, 2012
Seattle USA March 3-4, 2012
Indianapolis USA March 10-11, 2012
Nashville USA March 17-18, 2012
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia March 24-25, 2012
Mexico City Mexico March 24-25, 2012
Melbourne Australia March 31-April 1, 2012
Salt Lake City USA March 31-April 1, 2012
Turin Italy March 31-April 1, 2012

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