This weekend was a busy one for the shop. Theros Game Day, stop 3 on the Hero’s Quest, was a blast that pitted players against each other to prove who was the store champion. Additionally, players could solo queue or team up to tackle the Hydra Challenge to gain Slayer status. The Warhammer 40k group hosted a 2nd Apocalypse tournament, bringing the pain of big artillery and tanks to the glory of the battlefield. Sunday also saw us host a Grand Prix Trial for Washington, D.C. in addition to our regularly scheduled MTG Rare-Redraft and Competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! Be sure to check out all of the pictures of each of the events in the Magelings picture album on Facebook.
Arguably the biggest event, and the one that impacted me the most personally, was the Kaijudo Master Challenge (KMC). As many of you know, Magelings has gone all-in to support Wizards of the Coast in their newest endeavor and we were fortunate enough to had been selected to run one of these highly competitive, highly sought after events. The KMC events grant access to both first and second place finishers to the invite-only Championships, held in the Summer and Winter. Thus far, there has been one Summer Championship–taken down by Bobby Brake of AlteRealityGames–and the upcoming Winter Championship, to be held on the weekend of November 23-24th. So pretty big stuff for the shop!
The KMC was a great success and everyone had a ton of fun! We had 31 players, coming from numerous areas, including all across Missouri and our surrounding states of Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas. Additionally, we got some of the most known personalities in all of Kaijudo, including KaijudoGirl Lacy Stovall and the Champ himself, Bobby Brake! Custom Kaijudo cupcakes greeted players as the registered for the event and after the player meeting, everyone prepared themselves for a grueling 5 rounds of play before we cut to Top 8. We still had the ever-amazing CoMo Dough Wood-Fired Pizza Food Truck coming, a Create-A-Card Contest that became our official KMC Promo, and our popular Duel Days firing for those who weren’t fortunate enough to be one of the eight
cylons players. Approximately 8 hours later, the dust had settled, and our top 8 looked like this:
1st Place — Ryan Bishop : LWD Tempo
2nd Place — Joshua Heeter : LWD Enforcer Tempo
3rd Place — Bobby Brake : LWD Tempo
4th Place — Jordan Naeger : LWDN Kalima Control
5th Place — Reese Wiggins : LWDN Haven’s Army
6th Place — Jimtu Hogue : Mono-Fire 3rd Quarter Blitz
7th Place — Riley Hays : LWD Enforcer Tempo
8th Place — Andrew Newman : LWF Tempo
Five locals in top 8! I was fortunate enough to get the 2nd slot, losing to the cool-headed and super skilled Ryan Bishop, a well-known and multiple KMC prizewinner. So I’m headed to Texas for the Winter Champs to represent Magelings with (hopefully) a few of the other Team *soon to be re-named* members. I think the most exciting part of the top 8 was seeing 2 really unique home-brew decklists, piloted by Jimtu Hogue and Jordan Naeger, do amazingly well on the day. Both lists are the subject of lots of discussion online now and both also won their respective civilizations, resulting in some additional amazing prizes!
So that’s a wrap. If you’ve been on the fence about giving Kaijudo a try, now is the perfect time to get in. We have the new set dropping shortly, with the Set Premier coming on November 9th. I, Riley, or pretty much any of the Kaijudo players are more than willing to give you a demo of the game and the store provides you with your very first demo deck that is ready to go straight out of the box…for free! Tournaments are held twice per week (Thursday and Saturday), have a $3 entry fee, and everyone is guaranteed a $4 pack for entering. So come join us in one of the newest, most fun games I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. 😀 — Josh