Hour of Devastation Prerelease

July 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am – July 9, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
Games Laboratory
328 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Hour of Devastation Prerelease @ Games Laboratory | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia

Hour of Devastation Prerelease!
Invite your friends!

July 8th-9th

Come to Games Laboratory for the largest prerelease around!

Meet old friends and make new ones!
Celebrate the new set and cards with a store full of like-minded people!

Preregistration closes strictly 8pm Wednesday 5th July. To get the discounted rate on events, booster boxes, or bundles, you must preorder by the above time. 

What are prereleases?
Prereleases are a celebration of a new Magic set. They are a series of events run over one huge weekend! Each event runs for about 4 hours.
They’re a fun, casual way to play with and get a whole bunch of new cards, and to meet new people. They are also the only way to get hold of the cards from the new set before the release!

Each player gets a prerelease pack of six boosters worth of stuff to build a deck out of. Everyone’s on an even playing field, building decks from just the cards in your prerelease pack.

Each prerelease packs contains:

  • 4 boosters of Hour of Devastation
  • 2 boosters of Amonkhet
  • A stamped promo card, which could be any rare or mythic rare from the set!
  • Spindown life counter

Each player builds a 40 card minimum deck using about 23 of the cards from the prerelease pack and about 17 basic lands, borrowed from the store.

The event runs for three rounds, each being a best of three games against someone who has won as many rounds as you.

Every player gets 2 Hour of Devastation boosters for participation!
Prerelease events are meant to be the most open and welcoming entry point to Magic events for players, to support that goal we want to keep the stakes low so everyone can play stress-free matches focusing on enjoying new cards.

As a little extra incentive for wins we’re also adding 2 Prize Tickets per match win – these tickets will be redeemable for picks from the prize wall, dice, sleeves, snacks, drinks from the fridge or even additional non-HOU boosters. These aren’t coming out of any kind of total prize pool, they’re an extra thing we’re adding on top of the participation boosters to give a sense of achievement to well earned victories.

Entry and preregistration
$35 per event, or a $100 discount ticket preregistering for 3 events for a single person! Register for all 6 for only $180!
You can count your half of a 2HG event as one of your events.

Preregister to guarantee a spot in the event!

Preregistration closes strictly 8pm Wednesday 5th July. If you want the discounted rate on events, booster boxes or bundles those orders MUST be in by the above time.

An event may hit capacity on preregistration alone, first in, best dressed.

If you want to preregister for 2HG BOTH HEADS must preregister!


The store will be open from 9am each day, if you’re playing in a 10am event please make sure you’re early so you don’t miss out, and keep in mind Sunday public transport is weird.

Saturday 8th July – 3 events:

  • Single Player – 10am
  • Two Headed Giant (2HG) – *2.30*pm
  • Single Player – 7pm

Sunday 9th July – 3 events:

  • Two Headed Giant (2HG) – 10am
  • Single Player – *2.30*pm
  • Single Player – 7pm

Two-Headed Giant Events – (What’s that?)

Both the Saturday 2:30pm and Sunday 10am events will be 2HG!
Team up with your friend and play together as a team!

$70 entry per team.
Each team gets 2 prerelease packs to build with!
Each team gets 4 Hour of Devastation boosters for participation.
In each of the 3 rounds you can win 4 Prize Tickets (see above).

For rules questions check out the 2HG rules FAQ.

To preregister for Two-Headed Giant, BOTH HEADS MUST PREREGISTER!

Booster Box/Bundles Preorder Discounts

Preorder by Wednesday 5th July and get Boxes for only $150 and Bundles for only $60!! We’ve got limited stock of Bundles so if you want one get in fast!
This time the bundles have 20 full art lands!
(“Bundle” is the new name for Fat Packs, they’ve got an extra booster!)

We’ll also have buy-a-box promos for the first orders.