Step 3 - Pre-Releases, Skirmish, and beyond


Pre-release events bring your community together, to play great games and crack packs of the latest set before the release date.

Pre-release events are awarded to GEM-registered stores. Stores are invited to host this event. Pre-release stores are provided pre-release kits, which may include exclusive playmats, Cold Foil or Rainbow Foil cards.


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The Skirmish Series is intended to give players an opportunity to take part in accessible higher-level competitive play. The idea is that players in small communities might get access to a bigger event in the season, while players in larger communities might have 2-3 events taking place nearby. The prize pools are bigger for these events, so the level of competition tends to be a bit higher, but the events are still run at a casual level of rules enforcement and are intended to be a fun way to test your skills in a more competitive environment. Skirmish Events are also standalone; you can gain XP by taking part, and build up your reputation in the community, but you don't qualify for anything as a result of winning an event.

Skirmish seasons are held throughout the year, so check back later for announcements about upcoming Skirmish events!


Pro Quest Logo B&W

The next tier of events is where things start to get serious. Pro Quest tournaments are serious high-level tournaments where the winner can take home major prizes and ProQuest invitations, which are redeemable for the next Pro Tour event on the calendar. Like Skirmish events, ProQuest events are intended to be fairly accessible for communities around the world, while providing strong prize support for the winners, and are a great way to kickstart your path to higher tiers of competitive play.

Road to Nationals

Road to Nationals B&W

Road to Nationals events run in local game stores each year, providing players worldwide with the chance to win an invitation to one of our global National Championships. The format and prizes vary from year to year, but can incorporate both Classic Constructed and Limited format events, and prizes can include exclusive promo cards such as Gold Cold Foils! Test your mettle against your local community, and fight for your chance to become the next National Champion in your region.