Ending Magic Tournaments at JBC

Wizards of the Coast recently announced an update to their terms and conditions requiring tournament organizers and retailers to conduct background checks on all staff, volunteers, and judges who interact with players in WotC sanctioned tournaments. While on the surface it might sound like the company is taking this step to, as they say, make “magic spaces safer”, this announcement has caused significant concern and debate amongst retailers.

Wizards of the Coast already has what we believe to be, good policies in place to ensure safe environments for players. It is our understanding that this recent requirement came about due to pressure caused by a disgruntled individual, who has previously been known for harassing behavior, rather than from a genuine need for more stringent regulation. While we would normally applaud attempts to ensure safe environments, in this case we have grave concerns about how this requirement came about. From what we have heard, other retailers have similar concerns.  There have also been quite a few questions in the retail community about the logistics of implementing the new requirements, and such details have not been addresses by WotC.

Our position is that policies should not be dictated by internet trolls.

Since this announcement was made we have spent considerable time consulting amongst ourselves, as well as receiving input from judges. As frustrating as these new requirements are, we also must consider that they are coming after a long string of other decisions by WotC that have been frustrating to both retailers and players. This is reflected in the fact that attendance for Magic the Gathering tournaments in our store is currently at an all-time low.

After careful consideration we have decided we will not be complying with these requirements. We have decided to end our relationship with Wizards of the Coast and stop hosting Magic tournaments. Our last sanctioned event will be an FNM booster draft on February 2 at the end of this week.

We understand that this will come as a surprise to Magic players who have enjoyed the MTG community at JBC up until now. We would like to acknowledge the impact we know this will have on you and apologize for having to deliver this unpleasant news.

Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease

The prerelease for Rivals of Ixalan will be happening the weekend of January 13 and 14, 2018. Advanced registration is not necessary for this event . Players are welcome to register at the door.

There will be Sealed events occurring Friday night at midnight, Saturday and Sunday Morning at 11am, and Saturday at 6pm. A Two-Headed Giant event will take place Sunday evening at 6pm.  

The entry fee of $35.00 will include the cost of your prerelease pack plus a contribution to the prize pool. Exact prize support will depend on the number of participants in each tournament. Please read the notes for each event for more details about prizing.

Pre-release #1 (a.k.a. The Midnight Event)

  • Date: Friday January 12/Saturday January 13, 2018
  • Sign-in time: 11:30pm (arriving early is strongly encouraged)
  • Start time: Midnight
  • Prizes: Guaranteed box for first place. Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #2

  • Date: Saturday January 13, 2018
  • Sign-in time: 10:00am
  • Start time: 11:00am
  • Prizes: Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #3

  • Date: Saturday January 13, 2018
  • Sign-in time: 5:30pm
  • Start time: 6:00pm
  • Prizes: Guaranteed box for first place. Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #4

  • Date: Sunday January 14, 2018
  • Sign-in time: 10:00am
  • Start time: 11:00am
  • Prizes: Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #5

This event will be Sealed Two-Headed Giant format. The entry fee is the same for all other prerelease events. Single players will be paired.

  • Date: Sunday January 14, 2018
  • Sign-in time: 5:30pm
  • Start time: 6:00pm
  • Prizes: Prizes for positive record.

Unstable Draft Weekend

Come draft Unstable at Just By Chance Games. First draft will take place December 9 at noon. A second draft will take place the same day at 6pm.

Entry fee is $16 with one pack per player going into the prize pool. Additional surprise giveaways will take place during both events.

On demand drafting will also be available any other time over that weekend.

Ixalan Dino Weekend

Dino Weekend events will take place on Saturday October 28, 2017.

Sealed – Start time: noon. Entry fee: $35. Prizes: Two packs per player will go into the prize pool, participants will receive promo cards, winner will receive a mini poster.

Dino draft – This is a draft with four packs instead of three. Start time: 6pm. Entry fee: $20. Prizes: One pack per player will go into the prize pool, participants will receive promo cards, winner will receive a mini poster.

Draft on demand – Regular three-pack drafts will offered whenever an 8 player pod is ready to fire. Entry fee: $16.

Modern PPTQ on October 1, 2017

We will be running a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) on Sunday September 1, 2017. Registration will take place the morning of the event. Advanced registration is not required.
Start time: 12:00 pm
Entry fee: $25.00
Format: Modern
Prizes: First place will receive entry into a Regional PTQ. Other prizes will be scaled according to attendance.
PPTQs are run at Competitive REL.

Ixalan Prerelease

The prerelease for Ixalan will be happening the weekend of September 23rd and 24th, 2017. Advanced registration is not necessary for this event . Players are welcome to register at the door.

There will be Sealed events occurring Friday night at midnight, Saturday and Sunday Morning at 11am, and Saturday at 6pm. A Two-Headed Giant event will take place Sunday evening at 6pm.  

The entry fee of $35.00 will include the cost of your prerelease pack plus a contribution to the prize pool. Exact prize support will depend on the number of participants in each tournament. Please read the notes for each event for more details about prizing.

Pre-release #1 (a.k.a. The Midnight Event)

  • Date: Friday September 22/Saturday September 23, 2017
  • Sign-in time: 11:30pm (arriving early is strongly encouraged)
  • Start time: Midnight
  • Prizes: Guaranteed box for first place. Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #2

  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2017
  • Sign-in time: 10:00am
  • Start time: 11:00am
  • Prizes: Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #3

  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2017
  • Sign-in time: 5:30pm
  • Start time: 6:00pm
  • Prizes: Guaranteed box for first place. Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #4

  • Date: Sunday September 24, 2017
  • Sign-in time: 10:00am
  • Start time: 11:00am
  • Prizes: Prizes for positive record.

Pre-release #5

This event will be Sealed Two-Headed Giant format. The entry fee is the same for all other prerelease events. Single players will be paired.

  • Date: Sunday September 24, 2017
  • Sign-in time: 5:30pm
  • Start time: 6:00pm
  • Prizes: Prizes for positive record.

Hour of Devastation Game Day

Game Day events for Hour of Devastation will take place on the weekend of August 5 & 6, 2017. Tournaments will begin at noon on each of those days with registration taking place the morning of.

Game Day format is Standard Constructed with a cut to top 8.

The entry fee is is $8.00. Two pack per player will be added to the prize pool.