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Sam Karopoulos Next Levels the Competition in PPTQ Madrid!

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Sam Karopoulos piloting Jund Elves defeats Geoffery Marshall and his Esper deck in the finals of today’s 43 person PPTQ Madrid! Congratulations to both of them! Well done to all players for coming out and special thanks to our judges Jimbo Jones and Liz Wallace for helping it be a fantastic day.

Decklists of the finalists below:

Sam Karopoulos
Jund Elves
4 Gnarlroot Trapper
4 Thornbow Archer
4 Dwynen’s Elite
4 Leaf Gilder
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Shaman of the Pack
3 Nissa, Vastwood Seer
4 Collected Company
3 [mtg_cardDwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen[/mtg_card]
2 Sylvan Messenger
4 Atarka’s Command
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Wooded Foothills
3 Swamp
3 Forest
2 Cinder Glade
4 Llanowar Wastes
Smoldering Marsh

Sideboard:
3 Eyeblight Massace
3 Rending Volley
3 Duress
2 Ultimate Price
4 Self-Inflicted Wound

Geoffrey Marshall
Esper Control
1 Silumgar’s Command
1 Soulfire Grandmaster
2 Ojutai’s Command
1 Fathom Feeder
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Ugin, The Spirit Dragon
1 Pearl Lake Ancient
1 Languish
4 Dig Through Time
1 Horribly Awry
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
3 Utter End
3 Complete Disregard
1 Ruinous Path
2 Crux of Fate
4 Scatter to the Winds
2 Clash of Wills
4 Sunken Hollow
1 Blighted Fen
4 Prarie Stream
4 Flooded Strand
4 Shambling Vent
4 Polluted Delta
2 Island
2 Swamp
2 Plains

Sideboard:
4 Arashin Cleric
1 Ojutai’s Command
1 Silumgars’ Command
1 Dragonlord Silumgar
2 Ulamog’s Nullifer
3 Mastery of the Unseen
1 Narset Transcedent
1 Utter End
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited

Winner of the Fate Reforge Playmat competition announced!

Games Laboratory is pleased to announce the winner of our Fate Reforged Playmat Competition!

Mariana Garcia created this full colour interpretation of the Shockmaw Dragon from Fate Reforged. The brilliant colour scheme and the fact that dragons are a central theme to the Fate Reforged set makes this an awesome addition to the Games Laboratory décor!

Mariana Garcia's Shockmaw Dragon Playmat

Mariana Garcia’s Shockmaw Dragon Playmat

Games Laboratory X-Wing Store Championships

Zach Gardiner X-Wing Store Champion 2015

Zach Gardiner – Games Laboratory X-Wing Store Champion 2015 with his plaque.

18 players turned out for our 2015 store championships today. The energy was great, lots of buzz and games getting played.

Big thank you to everyone who came along and played and congratulations to the Top 8 and most of all our store Champion Zach Gardiner (taking out his 3rd Store Champs)!

With Zach and Kirk already in possession of a bye the bye goes to the 3rd place taker Marcus Mailer.

Top 8 squad lists after the break!

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PPTQ – Vancouver at Games Laboratory

Today we had over 80 players congregate at the Lab to duke it out for a place at the Regional Pro-Tour Qualifier!

With 7 rounds of Magic followed by 3 rounds of play-offs it was a huge day for everyone involved and we would like to put out a big thank you to the Judges for their hard work today and the players for making this such an awesome event!

The top 8 consisted of:

Dennis Feng
Ian Cormick
Edward Nurse
Wilfy Horig
James Fazzolari
Zheng Gi
Tye Soens
Jesse Neave

With Tye Soens taking out 1st place after 10 grueling rounds of Magic!

Top 8 Deck lists after the break.
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Introductory Board Games

One of the best things about board games is that anyone can play. All you need is some time and some people to play with! When bringing in friends and family to share your new hobby, most people have no idea where to start.

Here are some games that the Lab Assistants think are great to get people started in tabletop board gaming.

These games are easy to learn, take around an hour to complete and nobody gets eliminated so everyone gets to keep having fun to the very end!

carcassone

Carcassonne by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede

Draw a tile, play the tile, maybe place a meeple. Carcassone features easy to learn rules with little set up time. This makes the game easy to teach with minimal downtime between turns and each individual game doesn’t take long to play.

tickettoride

Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon

At its core Ticket to Ride is choosing between 3 actions: claim a train route, collect train cards or gather destination ticket. Each decision has its own strategic implications with questions that impact future decisions. Which colour train do you take? Which route? Risk big payoff tickets or keep smaller, safer point destinations?

So simple it’s perfect even for children but has enough depth for even veteran board gamers.

Settlers of Catan Box Art

Settlers of Catan by Klaus Teuber

Settlers of Catan is one of the most popular games on this list and for good reason. It features a high level of player interaction but in a non-confrontational way. This player interaction is key to having fun in any game. As well as this interaction, it introduces players to resource management, trading and the victory point mechanic seen in many other games.

Any one of these games will be perfect to start off yourself and your friends on an exciting new hobby! All of these games are in the Board Games Library at Games Laboratory and our staff would be more than happy to take you through the basics, so come in and check them out!

Warhammer 40’000 Conquest at Games Laboratory

Warhammer 40’000 Conquest has arrived at the Games Laboratory!

With our Conquest Store Championships on the 22 February we will be holding fortnightly tournaments starting from Sunday 4 January 2015. Prize support will be Season Kits until we run out and then store credit/other awesome prizes!

We look forward to see you all in the grim dark future at Games Laboratory!