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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

Represent The Griffin’s Rest in the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge

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, December 6th @ 1:00 pm: Registration Available Starting November 28th @ 1:00 pm

Qualifier 2: Sunday, January 10th @ 1:00 pm: Registration Available Starting January 2nd @ 1:00 pm

Qualifier 3: Sunday, January 24th @ 1:00 pm: Registration Available Starting January 16th @ 1:00 pm

Qualifier 4: Sunday, February 7th @ 1:00 pm: Registration Available Starting January 30th @ 1:00 pm

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.

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 after the end of the qualifying season 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 based on attendance and player performance (prize structure will be confirmed at the start of each tournament)

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

Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Coming Soon!

Click Here to Preorder!

Take the first step to defeating all rivals and proving your worth! Trainers like Bede and Marnie will challenge you throughout your journey in the Galar region, and wild new Pokémon power your strategies to take on mighty Gym Leaders in stadiums packed with cheering fans. Discover Venusaur, Lucario, and Incineroar as new Pokémon V—plus Gigantamax Pokémon like Drednaw VMAX and Alcremie VMAX! Show your skill and mastery with the Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path expansion!

Champion’s Path Products Arriving September 25th

The Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box includes:

  • 10 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • 1 full-art promo card featuring Charizard V
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Gigantamax Charizard
  • 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • A player’s guide to the Champion’s Path expansion
  • A Pokémon TCG rulebook
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • 1 competition-legal coin-flip die• 2 acrylic condition markers
  • A collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Many Trainers in the Galar region undertake the Gym Challenge, facing off against exceptional Gym Leaders in stadiums packed with cheering fans. Explore the first three stops along the way—Milo’s Turffield Gym, Nessa’s Hulbury Gym, and Kabu’s Motostoke Gym. Earn your Gym badge, add the Gym Leader’s partner Pokémon to your own team, and find more surprises in Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs! Start your journey and defeat your rivals!

Each Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Pin Collection includes:

  • 1 foil card featuring the Gym Leader’s partner Pokémon: Eldegoss, Drednaw, or Centiskorch
  • 1 collector’s pin featuring the Gym logo
  • 3 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

All that deep, warm wool protects Dubwool V from attacks—but your opponent won’t be safe anywhere! In battle, Dubwool V is relentless and persistent, and not at all a typical fluffy Pokémon. This collection brings the soft and fierce sides of Dubwool V together in both playable and display sizes, together with treasures from the special Champion’s Path expansion.

The Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Collection—Dubwool V includes:

  • 1 foil promo card featuring Dubwool V
  • 1 foil oversize card featuring Dubwool V
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

A Silent Pokémon with Serious Power: Hatterene V! On Sale October 2nd

The Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Collection—Hatterene V includes:

  • 1 foil card featuring Hatterene V
  • 1 oversize foil card featuring Hatterene V
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Champion’s Path Products Arriving October 23rd

When you visit the Stow-on-Side Gym, you might step into one of two completely different Gyms, each with a different challenge, a different Pokémon type focus, and even a different Gym Leader—and the same goes for the Circhester Gym! In each of these pin collections, you’ll find two collector’s pins featuring both of that Gym’s logos, foil cards featuring the partner Pokémon of both Gym Leaders, and 5 booster packs from the special Champion’s Path expansion. Continue your journey and defeat your rivals!

Each Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Special Pin Collection includes:

  • 2 foil cards featuring both Gym Leaders’ partner Pokémon: Machamp and Gengar, or Coalossal and Lapras
  • 2 collector’s pins featuring both Gym logos
  • 5 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Team Yell loves her, and her Pokémon put her into the rank of your toughest rivals: it’s Marnie, the veteran Trainer from Spikemuth! With her dangerous Pokémon Morpeko and Grimmsnarl, she is one of your closest rivals in the Galar region, and she isn’t one to back down from a battle. Expand your skills, add both Morpeko V and Grimmsnarl V to your own team, and find more surprises in Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs! Visit the neon-lit streets and defeat one of your toughest rivals!

The Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Premium Collection—Marnie includes:

  • 1 foil card featuring Grimmsnarl V
  • 1 foil card featuring Morpeko V
  • 2 collector’s pins featuring Morpeko and Grimmsnarl
  • An awesome Pokémon TCG playmat featuring Marnie with her Pokémon partners
  • 8 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Face the Final Three Gym Leaders on November 13th

Explore three more challenging gyms of the Galar Region—Opal’s Ballonlea Gym, Piers’s Spikemuth Gym, and Raihan’s Hammerlocke Gym.

Each Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path Pin Collection includes:

  • 1 foil card featuring the Gym Leader’s partner Pokémon: Alcremie, Galarian Obstagoon, or Duraludon
  • 1 collector’s pin featuring the Gym logo
  • 3 Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Zendikar Rising Arrives September 25th

Click Here to Preorder!

Zendikar is a dangerous world of lethal risks and priceless rewards. From the perspective of its inhabitants, it is a hostile place that seems to be actively trying to kill the creatures that have the audacity to live there.

The danger is unrelenting: precarious terrain, cunning predators, natural disasters on a massive scale, and the Roil—the unpredictable ripples of change that wash through the land—all present a constant challenge to survival.

Early Release September 18th – 24th

Players will have access to full Booster Boxes and Prerelease Packs of Zendikar Rising during our early release window.

Prerelease Pack’s contain:

  • 6 Zendikar Rising Draft Boosters
  • 1 foil promo-stamped rare or mythic rare from Zendikar Rising
  • 1 Spindown life counter
  • 1 MTG Arena code card*

Buy-a-Box Promo

Buy a Booster Display of Zendikar Rising or 6 Prerelease pack to receive Orah, Skyclave Hierophant (while supplies last). Limit 1 promo card per customer.

Each Booster Display comes with a expedition land box topper.

Receive a free The Griffin’s Rest playmat with the purchase of 6 Prerelease packs.

Zendikar Rising Products Available September 25th

Collector Boosters are supercharged booster packs, loaded with nothing but the best. Each pack includes 15 of the most desirable cards from Zendikar Rising.

Each Zendikar Rising Bundle Contains:

  • 10 Zendikar Rising Draft Boosters
  • 20 foil basic lands
  • 20 non-foil basic lands
  • 1 foil promo card
  • 1 oversized Spindown life counter (1.5″)
  • 2 reference cards
  • 1 reusable storage box

Reward Redemption Adjustments – Effective September 15h

The following adjustments will be made to the rewards program effective September 15th:

RewardGold Required
Free Prerelease2500 Gold (Was 1500)
Free Standard Booster400 Gold (Was 300)
$5 Store Credit500 Gold (Was 350)
$10 Store Credit900 Gold (Was 600)
$20 Store Credit1750 Gold (Was 1000)
$50 Store Credit4200 Gold (Was 2400)

Point accumulations will remain the same for customers. While we love providing our customers with great value for their loyalty, we also have to balance that with making sure the doors stay open. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to continuing to serve you.

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