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Dark Horse Planning New Star Wars Comics

October 31, 2011 Comments off

Comic book publisher Dark Horse has announced, according to ICv2.com, plans for several new Star Wars comic book titles including a Jedi origin store and a death story for popular character Boba Fett. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi will examine a previously unexplored time period taking place some 25,000 years before the events in the famous six Star Wars films. This new series is slated to debut in February.

The events following the death of Boba Fett will be released in Star Wars: Blood Ties—Boba Fett is Dead.

The next Knight Errant title, the five-issue arc Star Wars: Knight Errant—Escape, will launch in June 2012.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, a five issue miniseries will launch in May 2012.  The setting is a year after Revenge of the Sith, and in addition to Darth Vader, characters include Moff Trachta, who plays a key role.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic—War will launch on January 11, 2012.  It’s set during the war between the Republic and the Mandalorians, in which the Jedi are involved, and is being positioned as an entry point for readers interested in the Star Wars universe.

Remember everyone, if you’re a comic book fan, you can order these books and many more from TJ Collectibles! Subscribe with us and have your books bagged & boarded for you and ready to read every week! All you have to do is sign up. It’s that easy! Please visit our brick-and-mortar store for more details. You can also manage your TJ Collectibles comic book subscription with Comixology!

Martin Juza Takes Down Grand Prix Hiroshima

October 31, 2011 Comments off

Magic Grand Prix Hiroshima is now in the books. After 18 rounds of swiss (including the top eight), Czech Martin Juza is the Grand Prix Hiroshima 2011 champion, having bested Kouichi Tanaka, Rin Satou and Takahiro Shiraki in the finals with his Green & White Token-based deck.

Click the links below for the official coverage. Plus, the top eight deck lists!

Day Two Coverage

Day One Coverage

Top 8 Deck Lists

Top 8 Player Profiles

Innistrad Event Decks – Now On Sale

October 28, 2011 Comments off

Today is Friday, October 28th – and that means the long awaited Innistrad Event Decks have arrived and are on sale now! Whether you live locally or far away, no problem; both our brick-and-mortar store in Milford, MA and our online store have these awesome new decks in stock and ready to sell/ship! Only $19.95. Domestic ship only.

Each deck is a ready-to-play, 60-card deck complete with a full 15-card sideboard. These are great for anyone looking to supplement their collection with a new deck and/or those who have always wanted to play the popular Standard constructed format, but never had a deck. Moreover, these decks are perfect for casual Friday Night Magic players, making this product perfect for TJ CollectiblesFREE Friday Night Magic.

Deathfed is a black-blue-green deck designed to take advantage of the late game with incremental advantages and taking advantage of Innistrad’s graveyard theme with powerful spells.

Main Deck

60 cards

13  Forest
Hinterland Harbor
Island
Swamp


24 lands

Acidic Slime
Armored Skaab
Birds of Paradise
Boneyard Wurm
Llanowar Elves
Merfolk Looter
Splinterfright
Viridian Emissary


21 creatures

Bonehoard
Forbidden Alchemy
Gnaw to the Bone
Green Sun’s Zenith
Mulch
Ratchet Bomb
Spider Spawning


15 other spells

Sideboard

Flashfreeze
Gnaw to the Bone
Mind Control
Naturalize
Negate


15 sideboard cards

 

Hold the Line, on the other hand, is a mono-white aggressive deck designed to lay down the beats and never stop. This deck utilizes cheap, efficient and aggressive creatures to bring the pain to the opponent as quickly as possible.

Main Deck

60 cards

24  Plains


24 lands

Accorder Paladin
Champion of the Parish
Doomed Traveler
Elite Inquisitor
Elite Vanguard
Fiend Hunter
Gideon’s Lawkeeper
Mirran Crusader


22 creatures

Bonds of Faith
Butcher’s Cleaver
Honor of the Pure
Oblivion Ring
Silver-Inlaid Dagger


14 other spells

Sideboard

Celestial Purge
Leonin Relic-Warder
Nevermore
Nihil Spellbomb
Suture Priest


15 sideboard cards

New to Magic the Gathering? Learning to Play is Easy!

October 26, 2011 Comments off

Have you ever wondered about Magic the Gathering? Wanted to learn how to play, but thought it was to hard? Well, put those fears to rest!

Magic the Gathering, produced by Wizards of the Coast, is a fantastic game of high fantasy in which the player assumes the role of a powerful Planeswalker in the battle over Dominaria. But that’s just the beginning. Magic is a highly strategic, in-depth and deeply rewarding card game. Oh, did we mention super fun, too! Moreover, contrary to popular belief, is actually very easy to learn but, like Poker, may take a lifetime to master.

So, curious yet? Well, we can help! Come on down to TJ Collectibles in Milford, MA any time during normal business hours and we will be happy to teach you how to play. In addition, for those who are new to the game, to get you started we will give you a 30-card, introductory deck for FREE. Plus, you can visit us at any one of the conventions at which TJ Collectibles is present running events and learn to play there, as well (currently New York Comic Con & PAX East).

In addition, all of our local Magic events are open to the public. Come on down any time and get a first-hand view into what playing Magic is really like and hang out with tons of awesome, like-minded individuals.

Finally, there are all kinds of resources in place to assist in learning to play. In fact – and perhaps among the most important – Wizards of the Coast has extensive resources for new, would-be Magic players:

Wizards of the Coast – Learn to Play Center

Learn to Play Demo & Interactive Videos

Also, we have a plethora of resources & links on this very website! Please check them out.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this awesome game, too!


 

Special Halloween-themed Friday Night Magic

October 26, 2011 Comments off

Hey everyone! This weekend is Halloween and to celebrate, we’ve got something new and unique for you to be given away during FREE Friday Night Magic.

Friday is already the best night of the week, as the TJ Collectibles FNM is 100% FREE to participate in. However, for the more competitive players, we offer an optional prize pool that’s just $5.00 to buy into. The more that buy in, the better the prizes are. It’s that simple!

This Friday, in addition to all kinds of cool Halloween-themed decoractions that Wizards of the Coast sent us, we also have these cool Magic M&M’s (pictured below). Available only while supplies last. Check them out:

Premium Deck Series Graveborn Packaging Revealed

October 25, 2011 Comments off

Greetings dear readers! The packaging for the up coming release of Premium Deck Series: Graveborn has been revealed! No, your eyes do not deceive you: that IS an Entomb you see!

Description, courtesy of Wizards of the Coast:

Legions of corpses await your sinister commands. This 60-card, all-foil deck entombs, exhumes, and reanimates some of the most powerful Magic creatures from all five colors of mana. Harvest your graveyard for an assortment of these face-beaters as you walk over a field of bones to claim your victory.

Contents:

  • 60-card premium foil deck, including 8 rare cards
  • Exclusive Spindown life counter
  • Foil deck box
  • Strategy insert
  • Magic “learn to play” guide

Deck Design and Development: David Humpherys
Release Date: November 18, 2011
MSRP: $34.99

Remember, you can preorder this awesome product from us online. Just click here!

Wizards Shifts Release Patterns with “Koth Vs. Venser”

October 25, 2011 Comments off

Wizards of the Coast has announced a change to their release schedule for the Magic Duel Deck products, reported by ICv2.com. Starting with the release of Duel Deck: Koth Vs. Venser, the planeswalker v. planeswalker Duel Deck products will be released every spring while the faction v. faction Duel Deck products will be released every October. This will allow Wizards to have these great products tie into larger set releases more closely.

Duel Decks: Koth vs. Venser is designed by WotC R&D members Chris Millar and Mark Gottlieb.  They include two premium foil, alternate art mythic-rare Planeswalker cards and two 60-card decks.  Koth looks to Venser to help defend Mirrodin against Phyrexia, and the players recreate the struggle to save Mirrodin.

MSRP is $19.99.

Wizards announces “Lords of Waterdeep”

October 24, 2011 Comments off

Wizards of the Coast has announced the new release of Lords of Waterdeep, a “Euro-style” D&D-based board game set in Waterdeep, a city from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, in March of 2012.

The game, designed by Peter Lee and Rodney Thompson, is for two to five players and takes about one hour to play.

Players are cast as Lords of Waterdeep that hire adventurers to complete quests.
Components include a board; rulebook; five card stock player mats; 121 Intrigue, Quest, and role cards; 130 wooden cubes, pawns, and score pieces; wooden player markers; and card stock tiles and tokens representing buildings, gold coins, and victory points.
WotC’s MSRP is $49.99.
Source: ICv2.com

WotC Explains “ARG’s,” in “Re: Josh Brauer”

October 24, 2011 Comments off

In an article on Monday, senior Wizards game designer Ryan Miller discusses an odd story-based campaign that explains as an Alternate-Reality Game. Apparently, what they did was create a story and spread the clues around their website for would be adventurers to locate. In addition, they apparently mailed content to Magic players via the postal service as well.

Kind of an odd, if risky and costly, move to promote Innistrad.

What do you think? Did the ARG’s of Innistrad have any meaningful impact for you? Sound off and comment below!

To view the entire ARG content and all the clues, please click here.

Magic Grand Prix Double Header – Legacy & Innistrad Sealed

October 24, 2011 Comments off

Busy weekend in the Magic the Gathering community, with both Grand Prix Amsterdam (Legacy) and Grand Prix Santiago (Brazil) having took place and each crowned a champion!

In Amsterdam, 1,878 Grand Prix champion hopefuls sleeved up their Legacy decks and did battle. Only Pierre Sommen of France stood alone after the dust settled, piloting his Bant deck featuring Stoneforge Mystic, Knight of the Reliquary and a host of powerful blue cards like Force of Will and Jace, the Mind Sculptor to defeat Ciro Bonaventura, piloting a RUG Tempo deck with Delver of Secrets (!) two games to one.

Day One Coverage – Amsterdam

Day Two Coverage – Amsterdam

Top 8 Deck lists – Amsterdam

Top 8 Player Profiles – Amsterdam

Pierre Sommen - GP Amsterdamn Champion

 

On the other side of the world, there was a Grand Prix of an entirely different flavor in Santiago, Brazil. This time, 737 players registered to do battle with Innistrad sealed deck. Despite a star-studded top eight including Owen Turtenwald, Paulo Vitor Damo de Rosa (PVDDR), Martin Juza and New England’s own Melissa DeTora (congrats Melissa!), only one champion could be crowned and that champion is Igor Silva Pinto!

Interestingly enough, this event also featuring a number of player disqualifications, including one high profile DQ that involved a player in the top eight. You can read the Head Judge’s statement regarding this incident, here.

Day One Coverage – Santiago

Day Two Coverage – Santiago

Top 8 Player Profiles – Santiago

Top 8 Deck lists – Santiago

GP Champ Igor Silva Pinto celebrates with friends

 

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