So after a very rocky start with retail stores being told that the name would not be spoiled until the pre-release (which oddly enough the cartoons are all labeled "Action") and the massive early spoil of the entire set list (thanks pro guys for that), New Phyrexia has released!
We ran many events last week-end for the pre-release events, including 85 players at midnight. That brought the total number of players on Saturday to 140 for the day. Now some of those players played twice, but it is still impressive to see so many players come in and enjoy the game. Sunday was very light, but with the fact it was Mother's Day... I'm glad to see so many players visiting with their moms. We ran many different sealed events so the players could enjoy as much of the new set as they possibly could before the official release. Many players really enjoyed getting the promo, Sheoldred, Whispering One.
The launch party was a success as well. With 34 players drafting the new set, there are many players opening some great cards. The promo card Phyrexian Metamorph is a cool card, and why would you not want to copy a Sword of War and Peace with it.
Many players went crazy when they saw that Surgical Extraction would be the buy a box promo. This is the most expensive rare, not mythic, in the set. We ended up selling out boxes so fast so players could get one... This was the best buy a box promo, in my opinion, so far.
So as far as I can see, the events and the set it self have been wildly enjoyed! I'm personally looking forward to drafting one of each from this block as I think they will please really well together... better then other expansions did.
Sean "Striderlotr" Banks