Mages of all ages across Australia are mentally preparing themselves in the lead up to one of the biggest battles the world has ever seen, and it’s happening in suburbs right across the country.
This April 15, more than 100 tabletop stores across Australia will open their doors as part of Magic Open House. Aspiring apprentices will be welcomed to learn the game in the biggest single-day session of the world’s most popular card game, Magic: The Gathering.
Magic: The Gathering is a tradable card game where players collect cards and assemble decks filled with all manner of fantastical spells. They then assume the role of powerful planeswalkers and duel one another in a strategic battle of wits.
As part of the first ever Magic Open House, players young and old are invited into their local tabletop game stores to receive their free deck of Magic cards on Saturday April 15. More than 140,000 free cards will be given out as part of Magic Open House across Australia and New Zealand.
“Magic: The Gathering has been a fixture of people’s lives for over two decades, and is printed in over 11 different languages. We’re excited to welcome new and seasoned players to pick up a free deck during Magic Open House, and get casting spells over the Easter break. With so many families on holidays, it’s the perfect time to get into a hobby played by thousands of Australians”
– Will Chan, Sr. Brand Manager, Wizards of the Coast.
To find your local participating store, or for more information about Magic Open House visit: http://magic.wizards.com/openhouse
Fast facts about Magic:
- More than 16,000 unique cards have been printed since Magic debuted in 1993.
- On April 15 during Magic Open House, over 3.5 million spells are expected to be given away worldwide.
- Placed end to end, the number of spell given away during Magic Open House in Australia and New Zealand would stretch for 13.2km, or 264 laps of an olympic swimming pool.
- Magic: The Gathering has 20M+ fans and players worldwide, making it one of the most popular games ever.
- Professional Magic: The Gathering tournaments are held across the globe, with players competing for prize pools in excess of USD$1.5m annually.