Magic Returns to PAX Unplugged!

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PAX Unplugged is coming up, and we’re hard at work preparing for the event and all the online offerings that are coming with it! 

The action kicks off on Dec. 12 at the Philadelphia Convention Center (badges available here), and Pastimes will be hosting a full weekend of Magic events culminating in the PAX Unplugged Championship on Sunday. In addition, we’ll have a full slate of events including Commander, Mystery Booster and Innistrad: Crimson Vow drafts!

You can find the full schedule and sign up here.

There’s a lot going on, so we wanted to make sure we’re sharing details on some of the events we’re offering, so let’s dive in!

The PAX Unplugged Championship

The PAX Unplugged Championship is our premiere Magic event at PAX Unplugged 2021. This event features great prizes including an Uncut set and a complete FOIL set of Innistrad: Crimson Vow. The Championship Open begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Players can qualify for the Championship via one of the qualifiers in format like Standard, Modern, Innistrad: Crimson Vow and Modern Horizons 2 Sealed on Friday and Saturday. To participate you will need a  Wizards Account, the MTG Companion App installed on your cellphone (Apple Devices or Android Devices), and a PAX Unplugged 2021 badge for either the day of the event or all 3 days. You can find the full list of qualifier events here

New Player Planeswalker Deck Event (Pre-Constructed Deck Included!)

Come learn Magic: the Gathering in this great New Player event at PAX Unplugged 2021! Pre-Constructed Planeswalker Deck, Deckbox, and Sleeves INCLUDED! On top of all these great perks, one of our helpful Magic Judges will be there to help you from the beginning all the way to the end of your event. Welcome!

Interested in learning more about how to play? You can find more information about the game here!

On-Demand Drafts

Come draft Magic’s newest format, Crimson Vow, in our On-Demand booster drafts, which will fire as soon as 8 players are signed up and ready to play! A booster draft is an event where players sit in a circle, open draft booster packs, choose a card then pass the rest of the cards to the next player. This is repeated until all cards in the packs are gone as well as all packs are gone.

On-Demand Events start every time a certain number of players register, and we run these rolling events through out the entire day. These are quick single-elimination events.

You can learn more about how to draft here.

Turbo 4-Pack Sealed – Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (2019)

Cap the day with a quick round of Magic before leaving for the evening by opening 4 Mystery Boosters, building a deck, and playing! Enjoy one of Magic’s coolest products, Mystery Boosters, featuring quirky Playtest cards and amazing cards from the history of Magic.

Mystery Boosters are booster packs inspired by those Chaos, Cube, and off-format drafts. It is, in effect, a chaos draft in a pack. With some twists. These events will be using the Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (2019) boosters. This set contains 1,694 reprints and 121 Playtest cards.

2HG Standard Set Box Sealed (6 Boosters of Each Set in Standard per Team)

Standard Box Set Sealed a 36 draft booster (6 from each Standard-legal set) Sealed event. Teams will get 60 minutes to open their box of draft boosters to use building their own 40-card deck. 

Grab a partner and enjoy all of Standard in this great Sealed event at PAX Unplugged 2021. With 6 Draft Boosters of each Standard-legal set, a total of 36 draft boosters per team, this full box event is going to lead to some wild games!

Boss Monster Commander (2 Rounds)

Let’s take down the Boss Monster in the new format for Commander. Bring your favorite Commander and 99-cards and let’s defeat the Boss Monster at PAX Unplugged 2021!

In Commander, each player chooses a legendary creature as the commander of their deck. They then play with a 99-card deck that contains only cards of their commander’s colors. Also, other than basic lands, each deck can only use one copy of any card. During the game, you can cast your commander multiple times, meaning your favorite Legendary Creature can come back again and again to lead the charge as you battle for victory! You can check out this awesome video about how to play Commander!

The Rules: Boss Monster Commander is a fun multiple Commander event where all players try to defeat the Boss Monster first for great prizes and the glory that comes from slaying the beast! Each round begins with a Boss Monster in play, the Boss Monster has 25 life. For game rules purposes the Boss Monster is another player. The object of the game is to reduce the Boss Monster’s life total to zero. Players can only attack the Boss Monster and block for the Boss Monster. There will be fun and strange interactions during this casual event. If you have any questions, please head to the  Pastimes Convention Discord Server.

Planechase! Innistrad: Crimson Vow Sealed

Similar to regular Sealed, but with a plane-chasing twist! 

Planechase is a whole new way to experience planeswalking. In this format, two players battle each other across a variety of diverse worlds, each with its own unique effect on the game. These thrilling new conditions add a whole new layer of chaos, meaning the only thing you can count on is unpredictability.

Rules: Each round begins with players traveling to a new plane introducing new rules affecting their games. 

Whew! And that’s just the start of our offerings – we’ll have Commander pods firing all weekend, along with online events as well! Interested in joining Magic’s return to tabletop play? Then head over to and preregister now!

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