Magic Origins – What we know.

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What is Magic Origins?

Magic Origins was first called M16 being the next in the Core Set cycle, but this year Wizards is morphing the Standard formula and changing the structure of the blocks. As a result the Core Sets will be no more and this release has thus been renamed Magic Origins. With a focused storyline and brand new features this set is looking set to be much grander then the usual summer Magic releases of past.

So, what’s different?

The main point Wizards wants to get across is that this set should not be seen as a ‘rebranded Core Set’ but instead it should be viewed as a unique set of its own. We should see less reprints and a shift towards new content that will make Magic Origins stand out.

There are a few key changes that definitely differentiate this set from a normal Core Set:

  • There will be 2 new mechanics in Magic Origins. (Core Sets never contain new mechanics)
  • A lot less reprinted cards then “normal” Core Sets.
  • An overall storyline will be present in the cards, creating a more cohesive feel to the set.
  • 272 cards in the set, three more than the usual 269.
  • Double-faced Legendary Creatures/Planeswalkers!

Double-faced Creatures/Planeswalkers?!

That’s right! Magic Origins focuses on the origin stories of five returning Planeswalkers: Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Liliana Vess, Chandra Nalaar, and Nissa Revane. Each of these characters gets a Legendary Creature card representing their former self that when a certain condition is met, will flip over and become the Planeswalker we know them to be! This, in my humble opinion, is a fantastic way to represent these character’s sparks igniting and adds a new layer to the game with creatures becoming Planeswalkers.

Will we see more double-faced cards in the set? Based on the knowledge that double-faced cards require their own special sheet to be printed out I feel positive that we will see more cards that flip over in this set. Perhaps we’ll see the evolution of other fringe characters as we get to see the moment that changed their life too.

The rest of the cards in the set will have a focus on telling the story of these characters according to Doug Beyer (Senior Creative Designer), “we’ll see these characters’ home worlds, learn about the joys and crises of their early lives, and discover how they became the Multiverse-traveling Planeswalkers we know today.”

What else do we know?

At the time of writing there is not much more solid information available on Magic Origins. We know the set will be tied in to Wizard’s next digital release, Magic Duels: Origins, which will be out on Xbox One, PC and iOS tablets, with a PS4 release later on. After that, aside from the normal speculation of “Fetches being reprinted!” not much is known about any of the cards in this set. Spoiler season will start soon after the release of Modern Masters 2015 at the end of May and hopefully we’ll start to learn more about this ‘new beginning’ set that has supplanted the Core Sets to lead us in to a new era of Magic.

We will update you once we know more!

Preparation for Fate Reforged Pre-release

We’ve been working hard to get the store ready for Fate Reforged pre-release:

Here are some pics of what we have been up to, we’ll be making additional updates over the coming few days as the store comes together.

Our pre-release events are:

  • Fate Reforged Prerelease – 11am Saturday 17th January – 11:00am
  • Fate Reforged Prerelease – MIDNIGHT Saturday 17th January – 12:00am
  • Fate Reforged Prerelease – Midday Sunday 18th January – 12:00pm

You can pick-up tickets here: Fate Reforged Pre-release

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Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion

Over the past month or so we have been busy rearranging the layout of the unit at Big Orbit Games.

Since the business moved to Evesham we have always had a shop and a number of gaming tables but it was starting to get a little cramped so we decided to take 30 square metres from the warehouse and add it to the shop.

Here’s the main central area:

Shop Expansion Central Area
Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion – Central Area

Here’s the till area – it needs a few posters etc underneath to brighten it up – we’ll add these soon 🙂

Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion - Till Area
Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion – Till Area

Here’s the new layout of the entrance area:

Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion - Entrance Area
Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion – Entrance Area

All the above photos mainly show areas that formed part of the old shop. Moving on to the area we’ve added to the  shop – here’s the new gaming area:

Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion - New Gaming Area
Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion – New Gaming Area

Finally, we’ve added an area with sofa’s and a snack bar – The retro furniture may not be to everyone’s tastes but we love it:

Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion - New Seating Area
Big Orbit Games Shop Expansion – New Seating Area

The first event we’ll be holding in the new shop – not counting this evening’s Friday Night Magic is a Dystopian Wars intro/games day – experienced and novice players (as well as absolute beginners) all welcome.

You can find us here:


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Big Orbit Games
Cadbury Courtyard
Blackminster Business Park
Blackminster
Evesham
Worcestershire
WR11 7RE

Tel: 01386 513013

MTG: Innistrad launch events at Big Orbit Games

Magic the Gathering InnistradThis weekend sees the release of Innistrad, the new release for Magic the Gathering and Big Orbit Games is holding a couple of events to celebrate!

Friday 30th September

Magic the Gathering Innistrad launch event. From 5:30pm we are hosting a booster draft tournament – You will be given 3 Booster Packs on entry, these are yours to keep. Entry £15 (£4 of which goes to a prize fund) the top three win a prize, prize value distribution approx 65% for 1st, 25% for 2nd, 10% for 3rd.

Buy an Innistrad booster and get a free foil promo card: Booster boxes are £109.99 but price charged will actually only be £99.99 when we take in to account the £10 discount you’ll get from our loyalty scheme.

Saturday 1st October

Magic the Gathering Innistrad open day. Intro games & tournaments all day.

FREE STUFF: Take part in a tournament and get given a free Innistrad Booster Pack (limited to 1 per player).

You can find us here:

Big Orbit Games
Cadbury Courtyard
Blackminster Business Park
Blackminster
Evesham
Worcestershire
WR11 7RE

Big Orbit games is the place to come and Celebrate the release of Innistrad if you live in Evesham, Badsey, the Littletons, Pershore, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Alcester or Stratford-on-Avon.

Autumn events at Big Orbit Games

Date Event
Friday 9th September Magic the Gathering Intro Games all day. From 5:30pm we are hosting a Magic the Gathering Booster Battle Pack draft tournament – You will be given half of a Booster Battle Pack on entry, this is yours to keep. Entry £10 (£5 of which goes to a prize fund) the top three win a prize, prize value distribution approx 65% for 1st, 25% for 2nd, 10% for 3rd.
Saturday 10th September Magic the Gathering Celebration. Celebration is a global Magic the Gathering event that features a free mini-masters tournament – You will be given, free of charge, 1 booster pack to start and an extra booster pack for every round of the tournament you win. The tournament isn’t knock out so you will proceed even if you loose so beginners will benefit immensely from this. There are also FREE T-Shirts for the first 4 people to buy a MTG Deck Builders toolkit.
Friday 16th September Magic the Gathering Intro Games all day – From 5:30pm we are hosting a free to enter pre-constructed deck tournament.
Saturday 17th September Ex-Illis beginners day. Intro games and tournaments all day. Check out Ex-Illis here: Ex-Illis. Starts at 10am.
Friday 23rd September Magic the Gathering Intro Games all day – From 5:30pm we are hosting a booster draft tournament – You will be given 3 Booster Packs on entry, these are yours to keep. Entry £15 (£4 of which goes to a prize fund) the top three win a prize, prize value distribution approx 65% for 1st, 25% for 2nd, 10% for 3rd.
Saturday 24th September Warhammer 40,000 Apocolypse – HQ KO. Standard Apocolpyse rules but only HQ’s can kill other HQ’s – other troops can only knock them out for a turn. Starts at 10am.
Friday 30th September Magic the Gathering Innistrad launch event. From 5:30pm we are hosting a booster draft tournament – You will be given 3 Booster Packs on entry, these are yours to keep. Entry £15 (£4 of which goes to a prize fund) the top three win a prize, prize value distribution approx 65% for 1st, 25% for 2nd, 10% for 3rd.
Buy an Innistrad booster and get a free foil promo cards.: Booster boxes are £109.99 but price charged will actually only be £99.99 when we take in to account the £10 discount you’ll get from our loyalty scheme.
Saturday 1st October Magic the Gathering Innistrad open day. Intro games & tournaments all day.
FREE STUFF: Take part in a tournament and get given a free Innistrad Booster Pack (limited to 1 per player).
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You can find us here:
Big Orbit Games
Cadbury Courtyard
Blackminster Business Park
Blackminster
Evesham
Worcestershire
WR11 7RE
Tel: 01386 513013 Lexapro

MTG: Innistrad now available to pre-order

Magic the Gathering InnistradInnistrad, a once-beautiful plane, now ravaged by war and darkness. The isolated civilizations of the plane fight amongst each other while the vampires plot with the secretly lurking Liliana Vess to take control of the plane.

Innistrad has a classic horror theme, featuring all the creatures you come to expect from the genre; zombies, werewolves and vampires. While these tribes are typically black, they’ll be spreading out into the other colours, with blue zombies and

Horror Lurks Within – Innistrad Set 1 of 3 in the Innistrad block, the Innistrad set contains 264 cards.

Innistrad is released on 30th September and is available as Boosters, Intros, Fat Packs and later Event Decks, currently on pre-order are:

Innistrad is available at up to 37% off.