“ The smell hits you first.
Blood… Sweat… Steel…
Feral crowds roar as loud as the thumping in your chest. You step into the arena, hot sand billowing at your feet. Drinks are poured, wagers are made, weapons are drawn…
Gold and glory is yours for the taking… If you survive the Deathmatch!”
Heavy Hitters Pre-release Weekend will run worldwide from January 26th-29th, 2024!
What is the Heavy Hitters Pre-release Weekend?
What is the Format for Pre-release?
Heavy Hitters Sealed Deck is the format for this event.
For a regular pre-release stores can charge up to USD30 / EUR30/ GBP30 / CAD45 / AUD45 / NZD45 or local currency equivalent*
If you choose to offer additional booster prizing for your event, then stores may charge up to USD40 / EUR40 / GBP40 / CAD55 / AUD55 / NZD55 or local currency equivalent.*
* If it's normal in the territory for sales tax to be applied to the marketed price at the point of purchase, sales tax may be charged in addition to the prices stated here. For events in Japan please refer to the Japanese FAQ linked below.
Can I add prizes to the prize pool?
Stores are free to add any additional prize support they deem necessary.
What is the event window?
3PM local time Friday, 26th January - Monday 29th January 2024.
Events can be sanctioned now!
Is there any flexibility on the event dates?
Events cannot start before 3PM local time Friday 26th January & we strongly recommend that they are hosted across the advertised pre-release weekend.
If you have any unforeseen delays which prevent the event from being hosted as planned or wish to discuss running your event at a latter date please contact email@example.com for further assistance.
How will I know if my store is selected for Heavy Hitters Pre-release Weekend?
Stores will receive an email invitation to notify them that sanctioning for Pre-release is open. The Heavy Hitters Pre-release type will appear in GEM when creating a new event.
There will be two waves of invitations for this event going out.
- The first wave will be from November 17th and stores will have until November 28th (Local Time) to sanction their events in GEM.
- The second wave of invitations will be sent shortly after round one sanctioning closes.
If you have not been selected as part of the Wave 1 event solicitations and would like to express interest in hosting an event, you can complete this form to provide us with your details. Please note that Wave 2 invites will be very limited, so completing the form does not guarantee that you will be able to host an event.
How many prize kits will I receive?
Stores will be notified of their kit allocation in the invite email for Pre-release. The number of kits allocated will be dependent on your Organized Play activity.
Will this allow me to run multiple events?
No. You can only run one Pre-release event during the event weekend. Each kit supports 16 players, if you receive two kits then it will support you running up to a 32 player event.
I believe my prize kit allocation is too low. What can I do?
If you believe your allocation is too low we are happy to look into this but we cannot guarantee you will get additional kits. Email us your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a minimum number of players to run this event
Pre-release events need a minimum of 4 players to run.
Is there a maximum number of players?
Your player number will be determined by the number of pre-release kits your receive. One kit supports 16 players. Each additional kit will support another 16 players.
How long should I budget for a Pre-release event?
The standard length for a sealed deck round is 30 minutes + 5 minutes for start of game procedure. However, you may set the round length at your discretion based on how experienced your players are. This is a new set and players will be unfamiliar with many of the cards. You should set an appropriate round length to ensure that the event runs in a timely fashion but also allows players to reasonably complete their matches.
|Prize Kits needed||Players||Swiss Rounds|
|1||9 - 16||3-4|
|2||17 - 32||3-4|
|3-4||33 - 64||3-4|
As Pre-release events are casual events we would recommend running 3-4 swiss rounds to give players a chance to experience the new cards and set.
Please note that for events with a larger number of players, 3-4 rounds will result in players with similar win/loss records and this should be considered when planning any optional booster prize support which stores may wish to offer.
Prizes and Distribution
How is the Pre-release kit going to be supplied?
The pre-release kit will be supplied by your distributor, please contact your sales representative to ensure that your store is eligible to order.
What is in the kit?
The Pre-release Weekend kit is designed to provide participation prize support for up to 16 players.
Each player receives a Heavy Hitters 9-card pre-release pack which includes:
- 1 Extended Art Cold Foil Promo Card (Card to be revealed soon)
- 2 Rainbow Foil Double Faced Token Promo Cards (Cards to be revealed soon)
- 6 Hero/Weapon Tokens
Booster Boxes - Sealed Deck and Prize Support
How do I order product to support the sealed deck play at my pre-release?
For every prize kit allocated to you by LSS you will be able to order one case of Heavy Hitters from your distributor for sealed deck play at your event. For example, if you receive two prize kits you will be able to order two cases of Heavy Hitters. In this example, it would support sealed deck play for up to 32 players.
Will there be Booster Pack prizes for Heavy Hitters pre-release?
Stores will be able to order booster prize support from their distributor. Stores will be able to order Heavy Hitters cases equal to the number of Pre-release kits allocated to your store. For example, if your store is allocated two kits, you can order two additional cases of Heavy Hitters that can be used for prize support.
Ordering this prize support is optional. Stores can take less than their allocation or none at all.
How do I distribute optional Booster Pack prizes?
Distribution of this optional booster pack prize support is at the discretion of individual stores. We recommend that stores clearly advertise the prize support for their events before and during the Pre-release Weekend. Please note that Heavy Hitters boosters must not be sold under any circumstances prior to the official street release date (February 2nd). Stores will not receive their regular Heavy Hitters booster stock from distributors until the week of release.
RULES & POLICY
Are Judges required for Pre-release events?
Judges are not required, and we do not provide Judge support for these events. However, Judges bring many benefits to your event. If you have access to one we would recommend having one in attendance.
What happens if there is a rules question that I cannot answer?
Release notes for Heavy Hitters will be available prior to Pre-release. If you are unable to answer a question after referring to the notes, just try your best to make a ruling that is fair to both players. Ultimately, we view the Pre-release as fun/casual events so a positive player experience should be the main goal of the event.
Events such as Pre-release also give you the opportunity to share your store and local community with our team and the wider Flesh and Blood community. We invite all stores hosting Pre-release events to fill out the Heavy Hitters Pre-release Coverage Form to provide us with coverage information for your event.
We're primarily looking for: Photo of the winner - General event photos - Hero breakdowns - Stories of players, matches, or the day
Please note we cannot feature every store that provides coverage information, but we greatly appreciate any and all information stores can provide for our coverage pieces. We look forward to hearing your stories! If you have any questions about the form or want to submit additional information, please email the team at email@example.com.
If my event doesn’t sell out, am I able to sell the spare boosters/booster boxes from my optional prize support?
Any remaining unused/spare boosters/booster boxes from your optional prize support must not be sold under any circumstances prior to the official street release date, or distributed as prizing at any events outside of the Pre-release events prior to the official street release date.
Can I sell the prize cards that I receive in the kit if I am unable to run my event?
Prize cards must not be sold under any circumstances. If you are unable to run your event, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the earliest that I can start a Friday Pre-release event?
The earliest that a Friday Pre-release event can start is 3 pm local time.
Are there any suggested start times for events?
Because there may be other stores running events in your area on the same day we would suggest you communicate with them to coordinate events.
Our suggested timings are as follows:
- Friday - From 3 pm onward.
- Saturday and Sunday- Morning Events 10 am start - Afternoon Events 2 pm start (you may start before these times)
When should I receive my Prize kit? What do I do if I haven’t received it?
Prize kits should arrive in your store early in the week beginning Monday 22nd January. For any questions regarding delivery, please contact your distributor.
When can we pre-order Heavy Hitters booster stock?
It will be available to order from your distributors very soon, please contact your sales representatives for more details.
If I don't open a particular hero or weapon token, does this mean I can't play with them?
Each Pre-release kit will come with Hero and Weapons tokens included.
Are there marketing assets available for me to use to promote the event?
Marketing Assets are available here:
Pre-release events are casual events and a chance to introduce new players to the community. When you are running and judging events, please be friendly and polite towards players and encourage them to act in the same way.
If there are rules breaches, we would encourage you to assume good faith on behalf of the players, do your best to correct the game state so the match can continue, and use the situation as a learning opportunity to teach the players about the game. The overall goal is for everyone to have fun exploring the new set, and anything that you can do to make the event a great experience is much appreciated.