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Kamigawa Neon Dynasty Arrives February 18th – Preorders Now Availabile

Welcome back to Kamigawa!

Prerelease Begins February 11th

We’re happy to celebrate the return to in store play with four prerelease events. For $30 (after tax), players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded. Any player going 3-0 for the tournament will receive a special prize TBA. Attendance is capped at 36 players per event so we have the option of early registration to guarantee your spot.

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Week

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products starting February 11th.

Kamigawa Products Arriving February 18th

VSTAR Pokémon Arrive in Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars (Now Accepting Preorders)

Overflowing with light, Arceus VSTAR descends from on high to share its celestial powers with other Pokémon V. Shaymin VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, and Whimsicott VSTAR find themselves wielding awesome new VSTAR Powers, while Mimikyu VMAX, Aggron VMAX, and Kingler VMAX in its Gigantamax form boast tremendous strengths of their own. Discover glimmering constellations and start your journey toward stellar greatness in the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars expansion!

  • Over 170 cards!
  • 4 brand-new Pokémon VSTAR
  • 20 powerful Pokémon V and 3 enormous Pokémon VMAX
  • 30 cards with special art in the Trainer Gallery subset
  • More than 20 Trainer cards and a new Special Energy card

Build & Battle Events Begin February 12th

Check out the cards before anybody else at one of our Build & Battle tournaments. Players will receive a Build & Battle box including an 1 of 4 stamped promo cards, four booster packs, and a 40 card deck. Players will participate in a casual three round tournament using the new cards. All participants will receive three additional booster packs upon conclusion of the event, just for playing! Build & Battle Boxes are limited, so register for one of our events below:

Saturday, February 12th at 1:00 PM

Sunday, February 13th at 1:00 PM

Check Out Additional Brilliant Stars Products Available February 21st

Play! Pokémon Team Challenge Returns for Season 3!

The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge is a virtual tournament taking place over the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO) in which players will represent their local game store in a four person team. The team will be selected via four qualifier events hosted by The Griffin’s Rest.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to take part in our qualifier if

  • you are a Masters division player and were born in 2005 or earlier and
  • you are a resident of the state your eligible Play! Store located in.

How do I participate?

Register for any of our four qualifiers via RK9 labs and join our Discord before the first tournament. Players can participate in all four of our qualifiers, with the exception of the first place player from each prior qualifier.

You will also need to download PTCGO and make sure it is linked to your Play! Pokémon account.

Entry into any of these tournaments is free of cost.

Qualifier 1: Thursday, January 27th @ 7:00 pm: Registration: https://rk9.gg/tournament/GFMZSQ9EXEFnvks1o3Cm

Qualifier 2: Sunday, February 27th @ 7:00 pm: See our Facebook Event for announcements on when to sign up

Qualifier 3: Thursday, March 24th @ 7:00 pm: See our Facebook Event for announcements on when to sign up

Qualifier 4: Sunday, April 10th @ 7:00 pm: See our Facebook Event for announcements on when to sign up

Please note, you will only be able to register for Team Challenge Qualifiers with up to three different stores. Once you win a qualifier, you will not be able to compete in any additional (this is to allow each store to form a team with 4 distinct qualifiers).

Tournament Structure

Qualifier tournaments will be played within a single (Masters) division over the appropriate number of swiss rounds, followed by a top cut, as documented in the official tournament rules. The format for these qualifiers will be Standard. The winner of each of the 4 Qualifiers will secure a place in the Store Team.

The team Play-offs will be played over multiple weekends after all qualifiers have run (dates TBA) and will be played as single elimination between stores until a worldwide winner is determined.

Prizes

1st Place from each qualifier will receive an exclusive Team Challenge Playmat

Booster Pack prizes from the latest set will be made available for the top 4 attendees:

1st Place – 17 Booster Packs

2nd Place – 9 Booster Packs

3rd & 4th Place – 5 Booster Packs

Participants will also receive codes for PTCGO to unlock exclusive deck boxes and sleeves and additional Booster Pack prizes.

Stay tuned for more details as we approach our first tournament and visit the official Team Challenge website for additional information

The Griffin’s Rest Holiday Envelopes Return Thanksgiving Weekend!

We’re pleased to announce the return of our special Holiday Surprise Envelopes. Inside every Holiday Envelope is a voucher for a discount or gift card.

How to receive your Holiday Envelope:

Visit The Griffin’s Rest Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, November 26th through Sunday, November 28th) and you will be presented a Holiday Envelope with your purchase of $30 or more. Limit one envelope per person per day.

How to redeem your Holiday Envelope:

Return to The Griffin’s Rest any day between Friday, December 3rd and Friday, December 24th, 2021. A staff member will open your envelope for you and validate it. Discount vouchers must be used before December 24th, 2021. Vouchers for a gift card can be immediately exchanged for a gift card of the specified value. Gift cards do not expire. Do not open your Holiday Envelope yourself. The contents of envelopes that are open, torn or otherwise tampered with are VOID.

What could be in your Holiday Envelope?

An assortment of vouchers for discounts off your purchase or certain items ranging from 10% – 50%, free entry to certain events, free games or a gift card value ranging from $5 – $100.

What happens if you forget to return your Holiday Envelope by December 24th, 2021?

The contents are considered expired and may not be redeemed.

Discover a Powerful New Battle Style with Pokémon TCG: Fusion Strike

The road ahead reveals limitless potential as the new Fusion Strike style emerges to harness the unbound
spirit of Pokémon and Trainers alike! Adaptable new Pokémon V like Genesect V, Hoopa V, and Mew VMAX
are eager for battle, while Single Strike and Rapid Strike Pokémon loom large as Rillaboom VMAX, Cinderace
VMAX, and Inteleon VMAX appear in their Gigantamax forms. Go with the flow and discover powerful new
strategies in Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike!

Build & Battle Events Begin November 6th

Check out the cards before anybody else at one of our Build & Battle tournaments. Players will receive a Build & Battle box including an 1 of 4 stamped promo cards, four booster packs, 23 additional key cards to help with deck building, and all the energy you need to build a 40 card deck and play in a casual three round tournament using the new cards. All participants will receive three additional booster packs upon conclusion of the event, just for playing! Build & Battle Boxes are limited, so register for one of our events below:

Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 7th at 1:00 PM

Check Out Additional Fusion Strike Products Available November 8th

Embrace the night with Magic’s latest set – Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Werewolves, Zombies, Light Your Candle. The Harvesttide Festival is here. Will you try to ward off the coming dark? Or embrace the power of the encroaching darkness? Face your fears with new spooky mechanics and double-faced werewolf cards that become more terrifying at night

Prerelease Begins September 17th

We’re happy to celebrate the return to in store play with four prerelease events. For $30 (after tax), players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded. Any player going 3-0 for the tournament will receive a special prize TBA. Attendance is capped at 36 players per event so we have the option of early registration to guarantee your spot.

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Week

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products starting September 17th.

Pokémon TCG – Evolving Skies Takes Flight!

Feel the power of the shifting winds, and brace for an epic storm as mighty Dragon-type Pokémon make their triumphant return! Rayquaza VMAX leads the surge from on high, and Duraludon VMAX towers above the land in its Gigantamax form, joined by Dragonite V, Noivern V, and more. As the clouds part, Eevee’s Evolutions appear in a full rainbow of Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX to signal a bright new day in Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Evolving Skies!

Sneak Peek Build & Battle Events Begin August 14th

Check out the cards before anybody else at one of our Build & Battle tournaments. Players will receive a Build & Battle box including an 1 of 4 stamped promo cards, four booster packs, 23 additional key cards to help with deck building, and all the energy you need to build a 40 card deck and play in a casual three round tournament using the new cards. All participants will receive three additional booster packs upon conclusion of the event, just for playing! Build & Battle Boxes are limited, so register for one of our three events below:

Saturday, August 14th @ 1:00 PM

Saturday, August 14th @ 6:00 PM

Sunday, August 15th @ 1:00 PM

Available August 23rd for Early Release

Join Us for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Prerelease

Gather up your party and join us in the adventure as D&D meets Magic: the Gathering in the new Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set.

Prerelease Begins July 16th

We’re happy to celebrate the return to in store play with four prerelease events. For $30 (after tax), players will receive a special prerelease pack which includes booster packs, a date-stamped premium promo card and a life counter.

Players will compete in a Swiss Tournament to win additional booster packs. One pack per round win will be awarded. Any player going 3-0 for the tournament will receive a special prize TBA. Attendance is capped at 36 players per event so we have the option of early registration to guarantee your spot.

Available for Early Sale During Prerelease Week

We’ll be offering an early sale of the following products starting July 16th.

Available at June 23rd Release

It’s Time to Enroll in Strixhaven: School of Mages!

Welcome to Strixhaven University! Which college will you choose? Will it be the dark and mysterious Witherbloom? The creative flame Prismari? The confident and charismatic Silverquill? Or the adventure driven Lorehold?

Prerelease Begins April 16th!

Each school of Strixhaven features their own prerelease kit. Which will you choose?

Silverquill
(Black/White)

Stylish wordsmiths who master the magic of words, from inspiring battle poetry to biting arcane insults.

Prismari
(Red/Blue)

Artsy elementalists wielding fire and ice with spells that are spectacles of raw creativity.

Witherbloom
(Green/Black)

Witchy biologists who brew herbal concoctions to control the essence of life and death.

Lorehold
(Red/White)

Adventurous historians who bring the spirits of the past to life and call forth magic from ancient tomes.

Quandrix
(Blue/Green)

Quirky math magicians who study patterns and fractals to command and multiply the forces of nature.

Can’t choose? Order our 6 pack and receive one kit from each school, a 6th random school, an alternate art Dragonsguard Elite and a special gift with purchase from The Griffin’s Rest. Collector Booster and Set Booster displays will also be available during prerelease and come with the Dragonsguard Elite card.

Dragonsguard Elite is included with purchase of 6 prerelease kits, collector booster displays or set booster displays

Additional Strixhaven products available soon!

We have additional Strixhaven products available for preorder. Commander decks release April 23rd. Preorder a copy of each deck and receive a special Commander related gift. Draft boxes are coming soon as well. New adventures await! Preorder today!

Play! Pokémon Team Challenge – Summer 2021

The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge is a virtual tournament taking place over the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO) in which players will represent their local game store in a four person team. The team will be selected via four qualifier events hosted by The Griffin’s Rest.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to take part in our qualifier if

  • you are a Masters division player and were born in 2004 or earlier and
  • you are a resident of the country your eligible Play! Store located in (in our case, the United States).

How do I participate?

Register for any of our four qualifiers via RK9 labs and join our Discord before the first tournament. Players can participate in all four of our qualifiers, with the exception of the first place player from each prior qualifier.

You will also need to download PTCGO and make sure it is linked to your Play! Pokémon account.

Entry into any of these tournaments is free of cost.

Qualifier 1: Sunday, April 11th @ 1:00 pm: Registration now open

Qualifier 2: Sunday, April 25th @ 1:00 pm: See our Facebook Event for announcements on when to sign up

Qualifier 3: Sunday, May 2nd @ 1:00 pm: See our Facebook Event for announcements on when to sign up

Qualifier 4: Sunday, May 23rd @ 1:00 pm: See our Facebook Event for announcements on when to sign up

Please note, once you register to play in a store’s Team Challenge tournament, you will be locked into that store and will be unable to play in a different store’s Team Challenge tournaments. Once you win a qualifier, you will not be able to compete in any additional (this is to allow 4 distinct winners to form the team).

Tournament Structure

Qualifier tournaments will be played within a single (Masters) division over the appropriate number of swiss rounds, followed by a top cut, as documented in the official tournament rules. The format for these qualifiers will be Standard. The winner of each of the 4 Qualifiers will secure a place in the Store Team.

The team Play-offs will be played over multiple weekends starting June 18th and will be played as single elimination between stores until a worldwide winner is determined.

Prizes

1st Place from each qualifier will receive an exclusive Team Challenge Playmat

Booster Pack prizes from the latest set will be made available for the top 4 attendees:

1st Place – 17 Booster Packs

2nd Place – 9 Booster Packs

3rd & 4th Place – 5 Booster Packs

Participants will also receive codes for PTCGO to unlock exclusive deck boxes and sleeves and additional Booster Pack prizes.

Stay tuned for more details as we approach our first tournament and visit the official Team Challenge website for additional information

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