Magic at PAX West

Posted in News on July 25, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

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Remember this?

Yeah, we take PAX West seriously. And we're going big again this year.

Bigger, even, as we take over the Paramount Theatre and the street outside.

PAX West is going to mark the debut event for Kaladesh, taking you inside Chandra's homeworld and revealing many of the set's wonders, widgets, and wizardry.

And whether you're able to make it to PAX West or you're stuck at home wishing you could, you'll be able to experience it all. From the Kaladesh Opening Program to the World Championship to the Street Fair to all of the panels.

And, yes, in true PAX fashion, there will be preview cards.

But we'll also be exploring the world with panels, shows, and roundtables. Live or from home, you can watch all of it.

The Street Fair

Come one, come all, and see the wonders of Kaladesh! Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on the street outside the Paramount, we'll be hosting a Street Fair, full of wonders and whimsies! Inventions and trinkets! Invent your tomorrow and learn more about Kaladesh! The Street Fair will open at 10 a.m. PT on all three days.

Panel/Broadcast Schedule

Let's start with the broadcast and panel schedule, all of which will be shown live on All times shown are Pacific Standard Time, and all events (except one) will take place on the main stage at the Paramount Theatre.

Thursday, Sept. 1

9 a.m.–7 p.m.—World Championship, Day One

The best players from around the world compete over four days to earn the title of World Champion—and their slice of a prize pool worth $250,000. The players battle with both Draft and Standard on Day One.

Friday, Sept. 2–Sunday, Sept. 4

3–5 p.m.—Spellslinging

In the Paramount Theatre just off the main stage, you can come play against Wizards of the Coast personnel as well as a number of community members for two hours each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Come play and you could earn an invite to a special Inventors' Spellslinging Showdown Monday from 3–5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2

10 a.m.—Doors open to PAX West

11 a.m.–noon—Opening Program

What is the Opening Program? It's the can't-miss debut of Kaladesh! Here we'll reveal the world, mechanics, art, flavor, story—a taste of both the wonderful setting of Kaladesh and of what we have in store for the weekend.

Noon–1 p.m.—World-Building panel

Learn more about the world of Kaladesh, its inhabitants, and what challenges lie ahead for our heroes. Jeremy Jarvis (head art honcho) will be joined by members of the creative team Doug Beyer, Kimberly Kreines, and Ari Levitch.

1 p.m.–2 p.m.—Kaladesh Mechanics panel

Want to learn a bit more about the new mechanics of Kaladesh? The set's designers and developers—including Mark Rosewater, Shawn Main, Ian Duke, Liz Leo, and Ben Hayes—will gather to enlighten you and share a few new cards.

2 p.m.–7 p.m.—World Championship, Day Two

The competition continues with Draft.

4 p.m.–5 p.m. Drive to Work Live (Twitch Room, exact location TBD)

Returning to PAX West for the second consecutive year, Mark Rosewater, head designer of Magic, is joined by special guests Ben Hayes, Sam Stoddard, and Gavin Verhey for a live episode of his popular podcast!

This panel will take place in the PAX Twitch panel room.

Saturday, Sept. 3

10 a.m.–4 p.m.—World Championship, Day Three

The players switch to Modern on the third day of the World Championship, eventually cutting to a Top 4 that will come back to play on Sunday.

4 p.m.–5 p.m.—What's the Story? (Creative Q&A panel)

Have questions for the art and creative team? They have answers. Members of our intrepid art and creative teams—featuring Jeremy Jarvis, Cynthia Sheppard, Tyler Jacobson, Doug Beyer, and James Wyatt—will answer your questions about Kaladesh.

5 p.m.–6 p.m.—PAX Invents the Card panel

Ever wonder what it's like to design cards for Magic? Find out, and team up with Gavin Verhey, Bryan Hawley, and Ken Nagle to conceptualize a brand-new card.

7 p.m.–8 p.m.—Improv Show Live

Looking for some fun and a few laughs? Join Jet City Improv and some of Magic's funniest personalities as they embarrass themselves for your enjoyment. Featuring Alison Luhrs, Michael Yichao, and Matt Tabak.

Sunday, Sept. 4

10 a.m.–10:45 a.m.—Kaladesh with the Pros panel

Join a group of Magic's pros for a roundtable discussion on the new mechanics and preview cards from Kaladesh, as well as what it's like to compete in the World Championship. Be among the first to see two new cards revealed during the panel!

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.—World Championship Top 4 Preview

Get ready for the Top 4 of the Magic World Championship as we talk to the players and look at the decks that they'll be battling with to take home the trophy.

11:15 a.m.–5:15 p.m. (approximate)—World Championship Top 4

The Top 4 of the World Championship starts at 11:15 a.m. and doesn't stop till we've crowned a new World Champion! The format will be Standard.

Monday, Sept. 5

1 p.m.–2 p.m.—Deck Building 101 panel

Need some advice on building your deck? Join Drew Nolosco, Shawn Main, and Mel Li as they review the basics of deck building and share a few tips and tricks that will help you level up your game.

2 p.m.–3 p.m.—Blogatog Live

Join Head Designer Mark Rosewater for a full hour of questions and answers on all things Magic!

3 p.m.–5 p.m.— Inventors' Spellslinging Showdown

Did you earn an invite by playing in any one of the Spellslinging events? If so, come experience a fun event combining elements of a game show and sporting event with Magic. Want more details? Too bad. We've got some surprises in store for you that we're keeping under wraps for now.

5 p.m.–5:30 p.m.—Closing Program

There are still a few surprises left in store as we close out the weekend! Be sure to watch till the very end.

Play Magic at PAX West!

But, of course, we're going to have plenty of opportunities to play Magic as well.

You can find the full schedule of events from ChannelFireball on their website. Below you'll find the types of events we'll be offering.

Inventors' League

Check in at the League Office to receive your League lanyard, match card, and 60-card deck. Find other players anywhere at PAX West and challenge them to a game. Complete three games on your match card to receive a $2 discount to any of our scheduled events at PAX West!

Special Booster Draft

Special booster drafts will launch as soon as eight players register. To booster draft, you'll receive three packs. You'll open your first pack, select a card to add to your card pool, and pass the remaining cards around the table. Continue until all cards have been selected from the first pack. Repeat with the other two packs, then create a 40-card deck from your Draft pool plus basic lands, and play three games!

Special Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck

Each two-player team will receive eight different booster packs from recent Magic expansions and basic lands, then construct two 40-card decks from them. Two-Headed Giant (2HG) is a team game where pairs of players share turns and life totals. Each player has their own separate deck and plays independently of their teammate. However, teammates share the goal of defeating the opposing team and may discuss their play decisions while playing. Play three games against opposing teams!


Each player receives two Magic Origins booster packs and may add as many basic lands as needed to create a 30-card deck. After each game, all players receive an additional booster pack and have five minutes to rebuild their deck.

Deck Builder's Toolkit Challenge

Each player receives a Deck Builder's Toolkit, which includes four booster packs, 125 semi-randomized cards, and 100 basic lands. Players build a deck from the contents of the Deck Builder's Toolkit and play three games against opponents!

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