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Oct
27
Sun
Brawl Weekend—Throne of Eldraine @ North Shore & Greenfield
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am

Join us for a day of epic new decks at Brawl Weekend!

Living in the space between Commander and Standard, the Brawl format invites you to build a singleton (one of each card) deck around a legendary creature or planeswalker of your choice.

Find out more about the Brawl Format below.

Registration: 11:30pm
Start Time: Noon
Two casual rounds of Brawl gameplay.

Eldraine Promo Pack Prizes:

  • All participants will receive a Throne of Eldraine Promo Pack.
  • And the winner of each Brawl Pod will receive an additional Eldraine Promo Pack!

Want to try for another pack? Jump into a second game for another chance!

Can’t make it to Mayfair on Saturday?
Join us on Saturday, October 26 for Brawl Weekend at Mayfair!

 

Brawl—the Short Version:

  • 60-card decks
  • All cards must be Standard-legal
  • No more than 1 of a given card (except basic land)
  • 1 “commander”—a legendary creature or planeswalker that begins in the command zone and returns to it any time it leaves the battlefield
  • Any mana symbol that appears on a given card must also appear on your commander
  • Players start with 30 life
  • Best played in groups of 3–5 players

See the full rules and deckbuilding guidelines for Brawl.

Nov
9
Sat
Open House: Neighborhood Toy Store Day @ North Shore
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate National Toy Store Day with an Autumn Open House event at our newest location—North Shore!

Board Game Barrister—North Shore
5530 North Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217

Stop in and explore our shop, meet our team, dive into our great selection of toys and puzzles, and learn a new game (or ten).

Having recently relocated from inside the Bayshore Town Center, we’re proud to have discovered our own brick-and-mortar location in the Glendale community.

For those who are new to us: Board Game Barrister is a local chain of Milwaukee-owned and operated stores specializing in board games, toys, puzzles, collectibles, and most of all—fun!

What to do at the Open House?

  • Try out some of this year’s best new games;
  • Sit in on one of our scheduled learn-to-play game events (schedule coming soon!);
  • Holiday shopping soon? Get amazing suggestions from our knowledgeable team;
  • Hear about our weekly and one-time events for adults, kids and families;
  • And more!

Plus—If you’re like us and you prefer to sip a warm, caffeinated beverage while playing games, you’ll love our selection of delicious cafe beverages—lovingly made by our “Barrister baristas,” and only available at our North Shore location!

Jan
17
Fri
Theros Beyond Death Prerelease Weekend @ Greenfield, Mayfair & North Shore
Jan 17 – Jan 19 all-day

Play Theros Beyond Death before it’s officially released at this Magic: the Gathering prerelease event!

As a participant, you’ll be among the first to return to this enchanted plane of mythical gods and legendary heroes.

Open six booster packs, build a deck and compete for more packs and prizes!

 

 

Pre-Register Today

 

 

 

 

(All pre-registration for these events will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, January 16.)
Please Note: Event tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-exchangeable.

Everyone leaves with something! Players who drop out early still receive a pack per completed match they won! Even if you lose all of your matches, you still receive a single booster pack as a prize – so long as you played all your matches.

 

Greenfield Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, January 16.

Friday Early Bird Event
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. 2 rounds. Entry is always $35.

In this “Double Packs” weekend kickoff event, players will receive two booster packs per match win—and we’ll finish in time to play in the Friday Evening event!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Morning “Red” Event
10:30am day-of registration. 11:00am start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0 at Greenfield.

Saturday Evening Two-Headed Giant
6:00pm day-of registration. 6:30pm start. 3 rounds.
In the Two-Headed Giant cooperative Magic: the Gathering format, each team’s two players share turns and life totals, while fighting together against another pair of players. Learn more about the Two-Headed Giant format here.
Prizes: Each player on your team will receive a booster pack for every match your team wins!

Sunday Morning “Green” Event
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0.

Sunday Evening “Gold” Event
5:30pm day-of registration. 6:00pm start. 4 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a playmat for all players who go 4-0.

 

North Shore Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, January 16.

Friday Early Bird Party
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. Open Play. Entry is always $35.

In this weekend kickoff event, players will receive a prerelease pack and will have the opportunity to build a deck and play casually before the weekend’s structured prerelease events begin.
Bonus boosters are available for completing participation challenges!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Morning “Orange” Event
10:30am day-of registration. 11:00am start. 4 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a playmat for all players who go 4-0.

Sunday Morning “Green” Event
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0.

 

Mayfair Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, January 16.

Friday Early Bird Party
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. Open Play. Entry is always $35.

In this weekend kickoff event, players will receive a prerelease pack and will have the opportunity to build a deck and play casually before the weekend’s structured prerelease events begin.
Bonus boosters are available for completing participation challenges!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Afternoon “Blue” Event
1:30pm day-of registration. 2:00pm start. 3 rounds
Prizes for this event will be TWO booster packs for every match win!

Sunday Morning Two-Headed Giant
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 3 rounds.
In the Two-Headed Giant cooperative Magic: the Gathering format, each team’s two players share turns and life totals, while fighting together against another pair of players. Learn more about the Two-Headed Giant format here.
Prizes: Each player on your team will receive a booster pack for every match your team wins.

 

First time at a prerelease?
Get a little more information on how this event works!

 

 

 

Jan
24
Fri
Theros Beyond Death Draft Weekend @ Greenfield, Mayfair & North Shore
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day

It’s time to escape your fate in Theros Beyond Death!

Crack some packs and try out the new mechanics in everyone’s favorite sealed format. The Top 8 players in each pod will receive MVP point prizes—Plus, the winner of each draft will receive a Theros Beyond Death promo pack!

Here are our scheduled Draft times for the weekend of January 24-26:

  • Friday @ 6:30pm
  • Saturday @ 1:00pm
  • Sunday @ 1:00pm

Want to draft another time?
We can launch a draft anytime all weekend, so if you have a group of players who want to open some packs, stop in and we’ll set you up! (All drafts must begin at least four hours prior to store close.)

 

Feb
7
Fri
Sealed Deck Academy—Prerelease Prep for Learning Players @ North Shore
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm

Welcome to Sealed Deck Academy!

This hands-on, instructor led event prepares Magic learners and kids to build amazing decks and win more games at Prereleases and other Sealed Format events.

No cards, materials, or Sealed Format experience required!

Build a new deck at each Academy!
As an attendee of this Sealed Deck Academy, you will receive six booster packs of Core Set 2020 as well as invaluable instruction on how to turn that assortment of cards into a powerful Magic deck.

Using the tips and skills you discover at the Academy, you’ll be able to determine:

  • What makes a great “bomb” card;
  • Which colors to choose from your pool of cards;
  • How and when to create card combos;
  • How to fill out your mana curve so that you’ll be able to use all your mana every turn;
  • And much more!

Your instructor, Taylor, is a Sealed pro who has been achieving perfect win-loss records in his last five years of prerelease events. An excellent teacher as well as Magic player, he makes great deckbuilding fun and easy to understand.

Sealed format is fantastic for everyone because it creates an even playing field. Everyone is working with new cards; no one gets to bring the unbeatable deck they’ve been building for years.

What is Sealed Format?
In Sealed Format events, players will open six booster packs each, and from the contents of those packs, build a deck of at least 40 cards. Then, we pair everyone with an opponent to play some best-of-three matches using our newly built decks!

Each session, we’ll also have promo card prizes for some lucky participants.

Event Schedule
Registration: 6:10PM-6:30PM
Academy Discussion: 6:30PM-7:15PM
Deckbuilding Practice: 7:00PM-8:00PM
Two Paired Matches: 8:00PM-10:00PM

What to know ahead of time
This event is suggested for kids and Magic learners who already know the basic rules of Magic. If you’ve never played a game of Magic before, we suggest stopping into the store and asking for a walk-through from one of our Barristers. (Better yet, if you call ahead, we can let you know whether we’ll have time to take you through a full tutorial.)

Want to keep improving?
Stop in for another Academy session! Each session will present you with six new packs, more opportunity to practice, and a new deckbuilding puzzle to solve.

Feb
21
Fri
Sealed Deck Academy—Prerelease Prep for Learning Players @ North Shore
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm

Welcome to Sealed Deck Academy!

This hands-on, instructor led event prepares Magic learners and kids to build amazing decks and win more games at Prereleases and other Sealed Format events.

No cards, materials, or Sealed Format experience required!

Build a new deck at each Academy!
As an attendee of this Sealed Deck Academy, you will receive six booster packs of Core Set 2020 as well as invaluable instruction on how to turn that assortment of cards into a powerful Magic deck.

Using the tips and skills you discover at the Academy, you’ll be able to determine:

  • What makes a great “bomb” card;
  • Which colors to choose from your pool of cards;
  • How and when to create card combos;
  • How to fill out your mana curve so that you’ll be able to use all your mana every turn;
  • And much more!

Your instructor, Taylor, is a Sealed pro who has been achieving perfect win-loss records in his last five years of prerelease events. An excellent teacher as well as Magic player, he makes great deckbuilding fun and easy to understand.

Sealed format is fantastic for everyone because it creates an even playing field. Everyone is working with new cards; no one gets to bring the unbeatable deck they’ve been building for years.

What is Sealed Format?
In Sealed Format events, players will open six booster packs each, and from the contents of those packs, build a deck of at least 40 cards. Then, we pair everyone with an opponent to play some best-of-three matches using our newly built decks!

Each session, we’ll also have promo card prizes for some lucky participants.

Event Schedule
Registration: 6:10PM-6:30PM
Academy Discussion: 6:30PM-7:15PM
Deckbuilding Practice: 7:00PM-8:00PM
Two Paired Matches: 8:00PM-10:00PM

What to know ahead of time
This event is suggested for kids and Magic learners who already know the basic rules of Magic. If you’ve never played a game of Magic before, we suggest stopping into the store and asking for a walk-through from one of our Barristers. (Better yet, if you call ahead, we can let you know whether we’ll have time to take you through a full tutorial.)

Want to keep improving?
Stop in for another Academy session! Each session will present you with six new packs, more opportunity to practice, and a new deckbuilding puzzle to solve.

Feb
29
Sat
Leap Day: Time-Themed Game Day @ North Shore & Greenfield
Feb 29 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It only happens every four years, and this year it’s on a weekend!

Celebrate your Leap Day by joining us for some games themed around Time.

New players are always welcome. We’ll go over the rules of each game before we get playing.

Games about time travel, games with time-based mechanics, maybe even just games with timers—any excuse to spend our Leap Day gaming, really.

We’ll see you then!

Apr
17
Fri
(Postponed) Ikoria Prerelease Weekend @ Greenfield, Mayfair & North Shore
Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day

Please Note: This event has been postponed. Wizards of the Coast is currently planning on a new release date of May 15 for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, with Prerelease events taking place the same weekend. Our capacity to take part will depend on local circumstances.

Play Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths before it’s officially released at this Magic: the Gathering prerelease event!

As a participant, you’ll be among the first to explore this brand new plane of beasts and monsters.

Open six booster packs, build a deck, and compete for more packs and prizes!

What’s New in Ikoria?

  • Commander Prerelease—Friday Evening, featuring the new Ikoria Commander decks!
  • Commander Open Dueling: The new Ikoria Commander decks will be available to purchase for open dueling on Saturday & Sunday.

Pre-Register Today!

 

 

 

 

(All pre-registration for these events will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, April 16.)
Please Note: Event tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-exchangeable.

Everyone leaves with something! Players who drop out early still receive a pack per completed match they won! Even if you lose all of your matches, you still receive a single booster pack as a prize – so long as you played all your matches.

 

Greenfield Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 16.

Friday Early Bird Event
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. 2 rounds. Entry is always $35.

In this “Double Packs” weekend kickoff event, players will receive two booster packs per match win—and we’ll finish in time to play in the Friday Evening event!

Commander Prerelease Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 1 round.
Be among the first to play the new Ikoria Commander decks!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Morning “Red” Event
10:30am day-of registration. 11:00am start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0 at Greenfield.

Saturday Evening Two-Headed Giant
6:00pm day-of registration. 6:30pm start. 3 rounds.
In the Two-Headed Giant cooperative Magic: the Gathering format, each team’s two players share turns and life totals, while fighting together against another pair of players. Learn more about the Two-Headed Giant format here.
Prizes: Each player on your team will receive a booster pack for every match your team wins!

Sunday Morning “Green” Event
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0.

Sunday Evening “Barrister Gold” Event
5:30pm day-of registration. 6:00pm start. 4 rounds.
Traditionally the event most Barristers participate in (because the store normally closes at 6PM on Sundays), Barrister Gold is a great way to interact with our team—and win BOUNTY PACKS off of them! Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, a playmat for all players who go 4-0, and a bonus bounty pack for any Barrister you get paired against and beat!

 

North Shore Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 16.

Friday Early Bird Party
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. Open Play. Entry is always $35.

In this weekend kickoff event, players will receive a prerelease pack and will have the opportunity to build a deck and play casually before the weekend’s structured prerelease events begin.
Bonus boosters are available for completing participation challenges!

Commander Prerelease Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 1 round.
Be among the first to play the new Ikoria Commander decks!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Morning “Orange” Event
10:30am day-of registration. 11:00am start. 4 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a playmat for all players who go 4-0.

Sunday Morning “Green” Event
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0.

 

Mayfair Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 16.

Friday Early Bird Party
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. Open Play. Entry is always $35.

In this weekend kickoff event, players will receive a prerelease pack and will have the opportunity to build a deck and play casually before the weekend’s structured prerelease events begin.
Bonus boosters are available for completing participation challenges!

Commander Prerelease Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 1 round.
Be among the first to play the new Ikoria Commander decks!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Afternoon “Blue” Event
1:30pm day-of registration. 2:00pm start. 3 rounds
Prizes for this event will be TWO booster packs for every match win!

Sunday Morning Two-Headed Giant
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 3 rounds.
In the Two-Headed Giant cooperative Magic: the Gathering format, each team’s two players share turns and life totals, while fighting together against another pair of players. Learn more about the Two-Headed Giant format here.
Prizes: Each player on your team will receive a booster pack for every match your team wins.

 

First time at a prerelease?
Get a little more information on how this event works!

 

 

 

Commander Prerelease—Ikoria @ Greenfield, Mayfair & North Shore
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm

That’s right—a Commander Prerelease! Be among the first to play the new Ikoria Commander (Commander 2020) decks at this special event.

Registration: 6:00PM
Event Start: 6:30PM

When your event begins, you and your podmates will each receive one of the five Ikoria Commander decks. Decks will be assigned at random.

Then you’ll play one round of Commander in your pod. Everyone takes home at least one Ikoria Booster Pack!

Finished early? Feel free to play casually, and if your pod agrees, change up who’s playing which decks.

Commander Prerelease Prizes

  • All players will receive an Ikoria Booster Pack
  • Pod winners receive +1 Ikoria pack
Jul
16
Fri
Prerelease Weekend: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms @ Mayfair & North Shore
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day

Must have an approved “Vaccinated” status to play in the event.
Submit your COVID-19 Vaccine Status here.
(Pre-registration is available in-store for players who have submitted their vaccine status for an in-store MVP account.)

Welcome to Prerelease at our Mayfair & North Shore Locations!

As a participant, you’ll be among the first to explore this fantastically familiar plane of full of dungeons and… dragons.
Open six booster packs, build a deck, and compete for more packs and prizes!

Claim your seat by pre-registering online or in-store!

Note: Online Pre-registration will not be available on the day of your event. In-Store registration will be available until the event’s listed start time.

 

 

 

 

Friday Prerelease—July 16
Registration & Check-In—5:30PM
Deckbuilding Begins—6:00PM

Play four Best-of-One Rounds, each 25 minutes

 

Saturday Prerelease—July 17
Store Opens & Registration—11:00AM
Deckbuilding Begins—11:30AM

Play four Best-of-Three Rounds, each 50 minutes.

 

How Does Prerelease Work?
At a Board Game Barrister Prerelease event, you’ll open six draft booster packs from the new set. Build a deck from their contents and play your new deck against a new opponent every round! See our Prerelease Prep from a Former First-Timer for some more guidance and insights.

Prizes
Everyone who plays through the entire event will take home booster packs from the new set!

0-1 Wins—Set Booster Pack
2nd Win—+1 Draft Booster Pack
3rd Win—+1 Draft Booster Pack
4th Win—+1 Draft Booster Pack