Announcing the formats for the Prerelease and Launch Party events.

Shards of Alara Formats for New Set Celebrations

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The letter S!hards of Alara Prerelease Events
September 27–28
Your first opportunity to play with the new set!

Event Formats

  • Sealed Deck Tournament
  • Open Dueling

Sealed Deck Tournaments use a tournament pack plus three booster packs of Shards of Alara. Flights will be available in select locations.

As a more casual format, Open Dueling is ideal for newer players. Grab an Intro Pack and then play as many opponents as you like.

Shards of Alara Launch Parties
October 3–5
Even more formats to explore the new set, your first chance to buy the product, and the cards are tournament legal right away.

Event Formats

  • Sealed Deck Tournament
  • Booster Draft
  • League Play
  • Open Dueling
  • Mini-Master and Two-Headed Giant (in select locations)


Shards of Alara marks the first set where Prereleases will be available in numerous game stores across the globe in addition to the more traditional large events. These new set celebrations give players access to special foil cards, deck boxes, and other prizes while supplies last. Mark your calendar, check magicthegathering.com in early September for a full list of locations and more format information, and don't miss three weeks of previews starting Monday September 8!

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