Yearly Archives: 2017

Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease Weekend

by December 9, 2017

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A Muse N Games is hosting 4 Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease events for the newest Magic: the Gathering set! Midnight, Noon, and 5 pm on Saturday, January 13 and then 6pm on Sunday, January 14.

Rivals of Ixalan prerelease events will start promptly with deck construction at the listed start times (For Midnight only, you will have half hour deck construction time to keep from going to late in the morning). Early Bird registration $35 taxes in if you register before 10:00 pm Wednesday, January 10. Regular registration is $40 taxes in.

Each participating player will receive a special prerelease pack containing 4-packs of Rivals of Ixalan & 2-packs of Ixalan, a spindown life counter, and promotional foil card! Any player who plays through all four rounds of swiss receive at least one Rivals of Ixalan booster pack from the prize pool.

Prizing Breakdown:
4-0 = 6 RIX Packs
3-0-1 = 5 RIX Packs
3-1-0 = 4 RIX Packs
All Other Records* = 1 RIX Pack

*As long as you play all 4 rounds

You can pre-register now in-store or online below.



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Gift Wrapping in Support of Funds for Pets

by November 22, 2017

Saturdays starting December 2nd, you can get your gifts wrapped for a minimum donation of $2 between the hours of 12-4:00 pm. Gift wrapping will also be available on December 24th and upon request.

Funds for Pets is a volunteer-run, registered, not-for-profit rescue organization dedicated to helping homeless animals in need. See their website at for more information.

2017-2018 Star Wars Destiny Regional Championship

by November 15, 2017

A Muse N Games is pleased to announce that we have been selected as the host of the 2017-2018 Star Wars Destiny Regional Championship on March 24, 2018.

The event will be capped at 64 players.

Registration is now open in store and online here. Registration is $25 including taxes.


4-19 FFG Regional prize kit only (details not yet announced)
20-64 $15 store credit per additional player will be added to the prize pool


The first round will begin at noon, player meeting will be at 11:45am, the store will open at 11am for on site check in. There will be 15 minutes planned in between rounds in case of running over time.
The Event should take approximately 8 hours but if we get close to the full 64 entrants it will add an additional 2 hours to the tournament. Depending on the number of players a longer dinner break may occur before the cut.

Rounds will be as follows:
Swiss Rounds: 35 minutes each
Single Elimination, Best-of-Three Rounds (except Final): 90 minutes each
Final Single Elimination, Best-of-Three Round: 120 minutes

Number of Registered Players will determine the Number of Swiss Rounds followed by a Top Cut.
9-12 players 4 rounds Top 4
13-24 players 5 rounds Top 4
25-40 players 6 rounds Top 8
41-76 players 7 rounds Top 8

2017-2018 X-Wing Regional Championship

by November 15, 2017

Star Wars: X-Wing

A Muse N Games will be hosting the 2017-2018 X-Wing Regional on March 10, 2018 at the Viscount Gort Hotel.

Registration for the event is $25 and is now available in store or online here.

Viscount Gort Hotel Banquet & Conference Center

The event will be capped at 64 players.

Early Bird Registration Draw
Those who register by 23:59 December 31, 2017 will be entered in a draw for a Tie Fighter Dice Bag which has an Alt Art R2-D2/Integrated Astromech and an Alt Art Push the Limit in it.

Bonus the first 10 registrants* will receive an Alt Art Hera Syndoula and an Alt Art Soontir Fel! 
*Offer only for first 10 people to register before 23:59 December 31, 2017


4-41 – Fantasy Flight Regional Kit for Prizing (yet to be announced)
42-64 – $15 store credit per additional player will be added to the prize pool


09:00 On-Site check-in begins.
09:45 Player meeting
09:50 First round pairings announced
10:00 First round begins.
11:30 Second round begins.

Rounds are 75 minutes each, there will be a 15 minute window after each round while the next round is prepared.

There will be a 45 minute dinner break between the end of swiss, and the beginning of the top cut.

2017-2018 Armada Regional Championship

by January 9, 2018

A Muse N Games will be hosting the 2017-2018 Armada Regional Championship on March 3, 2018.
The event will be capped at 16 players.
Players can register in store or online here. Registration is $35 including tax.
BONUS****Players who register before 23:59 Feb 1, 2017 will receive an Alt Art GR-75 Medium Transports and an Alt Art Raider I-Class Corvette!****


4-8 players Fantasy Flight Regional Prize Kit (details to be announced)

9-16 players we will add $20 in store credit per additional player


First round will begin at Noon, player meeting will be at 11:45am. The Store will open at 11am and you can check in anytime between 11am and 11:45am.
The tournament will consist of 3 Swiss Rounds of 135 minutes each with 15 minutes between each round and a cut to Top 2. The Final Round will be 180 minutes.

2017-2018 Fantasy Flight Games Regionals – Star Wars Track

by November 15, 2017

A Muse N Games is pleased to announce that we have been selected as the host for the following Star Wars Fantasy Flight Games Regional Championships:

Mar 3 2018: Armada Regional


Star Wars: X-Wing
Mar 10 2018: X-Wing Regional

 Mar 24 2018: Star Wars Destiny Regional

Click any of the above links for more information on the tournaments including prizes, itinerary, and registration.

Viscount Gort Hotel Banquet & Conference Center

A Muse N Games has partnered with the Viscount Gort Hotel as a sponsor of the 2017 Regional Championships. We will be hosting the X-Wing regional championship at the Viscount Gort

A Muse N Games at C4

by October 25, 2017

Come visit A Muse N Games at C4! We will be in booth 438 at the RBC Convention Centre for the Central Canada Comic Con from Friday-Sunday. Booth hours are Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.

We have a few con exclusive specials: Codenames Pictures for $20, Magic the Gathering Modern Masters 2017 Boosters Boxes for $300, and Dragonshield Non-Matte Sleeves for $10.

Our store will have limited hours on Thursday and Friday where we will open at 6:00 pm for organized play and special order pick up while we are setting up for C4. The store will be closed on Saturday and Sunday while we are at C4 so please come and visit us there for all your board game, card game, and RPG needs!

Ghostbusters RPG Annual Halloween Special 2017

by October 25, 2017

Ghostbusters RPG Annual Halloween Special 2017

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Play as an employee of the local Winnipeg franchise of Ghostbusters International.
Using the classic Ghostbusters RPG published in 1988 by West End Games and Developed by WEG and Chaosium. Enjoy a frightfully hilarious experience as you are hired to investigate a “Perturbance at the Demon Hotel”

Pre-register in-store as spots are limited. This is a free event so be sure to come down before spots are full!

Up to eight players.
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Ghost Master: Scott Hadaller
Facebook Event Link

Pregenerated Characters will be available.

Magic in the Exchange

by October 12, 2017

Magic in the Exchange

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Location: Across the Board Game Cafe at 211 Bannatyne Avenue

Date: October 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Entry Fee: $20 + tax. Includes 3 boosters packs and one draguth beer (or non-alcoholic beverage)

Do you love playing Magic: The Gathering or are you interested in learning the game? Across The Board and A Muse N Games are teaming up for the first MAGIC IN THE EXCHANGE NIGHT. Come and join us at the cafe on OCTOBER 18, at 7:00PM for a Draft and Draught night.

$20 (+tx) will get you a fun evening of a drafting your deck with 3 new Booster packs as well as a free draught beer (or non-alcoholic beverage). Don’t miss this exciting new event. No registration necessary. If you haven’t played the game but were always curious we will be excited to teach you the basics.


by September 27, 2017


Ixalan FAQ The Mana Dork

Ixalan is here! Dinosaurs, pirates, vampires, merfolk, strong narrow answers, excellent graveyard hate, Opt in Modern, “Gaea’s Cradle” in Modern—it’s everything we want!
(… you have no idea how hard it was not to just submit 800 words of roaring and stomping around for this article… )

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Now, for the past few sets, what I’ve done is run down the mechanics and a couple of suggested synergies for Sealed play, to help prep you for the Pre-Releases.
But there’s lots of places online that do that better than I ever could—you’ve got Luis Scott-Vargas’s Limited reviews for ChannelFireball (white, blue, black, red, green, gold/artifacts/lands), you’ve got the usual prep articles put up by Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa and _____________, and so much more.
So instead, what I’m going to do is answer some questions in advance. We’re going to do an Ixalan FAQ here on the Mana Dork, and hopefully save you some precious time.
So! To the Ixalan FAQ!

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Admiral Beckett Brass—Note than when her second ability triggers, all it cares about is that Admiral Beckett Brass is on the battlefield during your end step and that, at some point, an opponent took combat damage from at least three different Pirate creatures. So you can cast the Admiral during your second main phase and get the trigger—even if the other three Pirates are dead.

Arguel’s Blood Fast—The transformation is a “may” ability. You can keep the Greed/Erebos effect around if you want. And frankly, I would. Two mana and two life for a card at instant speed? Yes, please!

Bellowing Aegisaur (Ravenous Daggertooth, Sun-Crowned Hunters)—Because of the way triggered abilities work, anything that would cause a Dinosaur to die or you to lose the game as a result of combat damage will happen before these abilities could save you. It’s ironic, really. These Dinosaurs can’t save each other, or themselves. My prequel memes fail me, I guess. [Editor’s side note, with two Bellowing Aegisaurs and a Walking Balista you do have an infinite combo in your hands ;)]

Bloodcrazed Paladin—Since tokens do go to the graveyard before they vanish, this guy will count tokens that died this turn along with non-token creatures still in the yard. Don’t miss out on those extra few counters!

Conqueror’s Galleon // Conqueror’s Foothold—Two things about this bad boy. First, if it dies in combat, it won’t transform. Second, it transforms the same way the planeswalkers did in Magic Origins—by exiling itself and then returning transformed. This means it comes back untapped. Govern your Foothold accordingly.

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Deadeye Plunderers—Remember that damage stays marked on a creature until end of turn. If you block with these scallywags and then sacrifice Treasure tokens for mana, their toughness goes down—and they might die!

Fathom Fleet Captain—It’s a triggered ability, not an activated ability. Because of the way triggered abilities work, you can only do this once per combat (as awesome as it would be to just summon as many Pirates as you have mana!).

Hostage TakerFUNCTIONAL ERRATA—The printed card looks like it can infinitely flicker itself. However, it has received functional errata. The first sentence now reads: When Hostage Taker enters the battlefield, exile another target creature or artifact until Hostage Taker leaves the battlefield.

Kitesail Freebooter—Note that if this is destroyed or exiled before its ETB ability resolves, the opponent will reveal their hand, but exile nothing.

Makeshift Munitions—No, you can’t sacrifice a Treasure to pay for both the mana cost AND the “Sacrifice an artifact or creature” cost. I know, it’s a pain. I sure wanted to.

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Rowdy Crew—I see it all the time with Brainstorm, so I’m going to call it out here on the Ixalan FAQ, too: you can’t cast an instant-speed spell you draw off of Rowdy Crew before you have to discard. The drawing and the discarding are all part of the same ability, and nothing can happen in between (as much as we might want it to).

Shapers’ Sanctuary—FYI, because of how the stack works, if you draw a counterspell thanks to the Sanctuary’s ability and the thing targeting your creature is a spell (for example, Walk the Plank), you can counter it with your counterspell before it hits your creature!

Spell Swindle—Most of the time, when we look at a spell with X in the cost, X is considered to be 0. But when a card with an X-cost is on the stack, X is whatever the opponent paid for it. So Spell Swindle will count the X-value of the spell on the stack, along with its CMC, when you’re figuring out how many Treasure tokens you get.

Tilonalli’s Skinshifter—Because of how triggered abilities and declaring attacks work, Tilonalli’s Skinshifter won’t copy another creature in time to copy its attack trigger as well. Among other things, this means that unfortunately, you can’t instantly mill an opponent by swinging with both Tilonalli’s Skinshifter and Fleet Swallower. (But man, that would be sweet. Remind me to build a deck with Fleet Swallower and Fraying Sanity… )

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Hope you enjoyed the Ixalan FAQ and are ready for release weekend! We have drafts on Friday at noon & 3:30 pm, on Saturday at noon & 4:00 pm, and on Sunday at 2:00 pm! We also have Sealed going on Friday at 6:30 pm!

… but remember, there’s still events happening even if you aren’t interested in Pirates vs. Dinosaurs Magic action! This Saturday is our Legendary Game Night and Sunday is the Netrunner Monthly!

See you at the store!