Friday the 13th, 2018 was Official release day for core set 2019 for Magic:The Gathering. I call it M19.
I decided to run a $25 entry M19 sealed event. Most stores were doing Draft weekend. Bell's isn't in the Cool Kids club yet with the WPN so we don't have any draft promos to give out.
To stand out from the crowd of other stores I ran a sealed event for my Friday MTG event.
It was risky. Friday July 6th I ran Modern and Standard. We got 14 players in each event. for 28 players. I was pleasantly surprised. Cautiously optimistic. Were people just coming out to check out the new store? Would Friday the 13th prove to be terrifying from a Business point of view?
People started rolling in around 6:00pm. and they didn't stop. John, a customer of mine that helped out on July 6th with getting things going with the events looked at me as my 32 player capped event list was full of names and more people kept walking in the door from Nerdstock community... "Do you want me to have Will bring in chairs from my home?"
I laughed and then said yes. We had 34 players and 15 tables... So, I assembled 2 more tables while John got in contact with Will. By the time the Tables were assembled Will had shown up with 4 chairs saving the day.
We started about 15 minutes late. But we had 34 players for our 1st sealed event. That hits an Advanced WPN metric for number of player in a single event (30+).
We had 4 players go 3-0 in our 3 round event. As advertised those 4 players won 7 packs of M19 EACH. Everyone else got 1 pack per win. I even gave the 0-3 players a pack of M19.
Sales were by far the best since the store had opened. John looked at me and said wow thing are going pretty good. I couldn't stop smiling.
I knew people missed Nerdstock and how I ran things. But I never dreamed it would be like this.
Thank you so much for bringing Bell's Gaming Center to Life!
I built a place that I would want to game at. And it looks like others like it too :-)