Allow me to apologise in advance if you've come to Magic Beyond the Box today expecting a hard-hitting, in-depth look at the preconstructed world of Magic: the Gathering, but I hope you won't be too disappointed. I'll be taking one of the Mirrodin Besieged Event Decks into battle right out of the box on Game Day this weekend, and next week's column will detail the agony and ecstasy of that light-brigade charge.
Instead, we have a contest to announce of such excitement that we didn't want to tuck it away on the bottom of a column. That was fine for our foil Elspeth Tirel/Fauna Shaman giveaway. This is something much bigger!
As you know, Wizards has been going all-out pushing the theme and flavor of war between the Mirrans and Phyrexians for this block, and the prerelease for Mirrodin Besieged really drove that flavour home. Special "Faction Pack" boosters were whipped up just for it and have been commanding quite a premium on the secondary market. Prereleases in general are always a lot of fun, but as one-shot events if you missed it... you missed it!
...or did you?
We here at Quiet Speculation are delighted to offer you a second chance at a prerelease. Or perhaps for some of you a second prerelease, as this contest is open to everyone! But first, allow us to tantalise you with the Grand Prize!
What's Up for Grabs?
Just like at the prerelease, the winner of the Second Chance contest will gets to declare a faction (Mirran or Phyrexian). That gets them either
That's three Mirran faction packs, a foil prerelease promo Hero of Bladehold, an Ultra Pro deck box, and the limited edition faction card box released for the event.
Alternately, the winner might prefer...
That's three Phyrexian faction packs, a foil prerelease promo Glissa, the Traitor, an Ultra Pro deck box, and the limited edition faction card box released for the event.
Is That All?
We're just getting started! The winner also recieves the following:
* Three boosters of Scars of Mirrodin, to complete the prerelease experience
* Two card boxes (one for each faction) from the Mirrodin Besieged Fat Pack
* An original drawing from Inkwell Looter from one of the designs recently featured on his website
* As Magic players, we all make misplays, and even the most advanced profession players will tell you they make them often. You might have seen Jon Medina's feature match this past weekend on SCG Live at the Star City Open in Washington, DC, where he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Because this is the Second Chance sweepstakes, Jon will be sending the winner one of the foil Destructive Forces from his deck, signed by him to commemorate the occasion!
Wow, sounds great! So how do I enter?
It's simple! Just leave a comment here, for this "article," describing why you missed out on the prerelease the first time around. It could be the savage, naked truth. It could be a stunning flight of fiction. It could be shameless embellishment. Or any combination you like! Whether you missed the bus, overslept, or were abducted by aliens, we want to know why you didn't make it and why are the one most deserving of that most rare and wonderful thing: a second chance!
The contest will run until 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at which time submissions will be closed. After that it will be in the hands of our panel of celebrity guest judges to decide who will be declared the winner and walk away with a veritable treasure chest of goodies. The winner will be notified in the St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 2011) edition of Magic Beyond the Box!
Meet the Judges
Here's who will be judging the entries for the giveaway, in alphabetical order.
Filled with piss and vinegar (generally in the good sense), the gruff Dr. Jeebus is a fixture in Magic's Twitter community. He shares his no-baloney approach to the game each week here at Quiet Speculation and on his own weblog as well.
Noted Magic comic illustrator Inkwell_Looter is a regular presence in the community through his hilarious comics posted on his site. His work has been featured on the mothership, and most recently on the Wurmcoil token business cards used for Joe and Joey of the Yo! Mtg Taps podcast.
The brash and outspoken Boosh is a mainstay as one of the four members of one of the game's premier podcasts, The Eh? Team, where he brings his expertise and oversized personality as "The Limited Champion." Where he treads, casual flights tremble!
Bringing a touch of class to this rogues' gallery is Jimi, one of the founders of Ertai's Lament and a frequent playtester for the site's avowed quest to review each and every preconstructed deck ever released for Magic.
If the word 'legit' didn't exist, Jon would have invented it. As one of the game's preeminent financial and trading minds, he's a writer for Star City Games and the author of the well-established "Pack to Power" series.
I'd like to wish good luck to all participants. Again, I'll be back with actual content next week for preconstructed Magic, but I'd say a giveaway is worth a little detour, no?