Discord to the Rescue – FNM & More!

Hello Fellow Magic Players!

Once again, I’m here to talk about COVID-19, playing games, and where the heck we go from here.

First – there are still Government Warnings & Recommendations in place until April 1st limiting us from having 10+ players in the same space.
Second – Wizards just announced that you’ll be able to get some FNM Promo Sleeve Backs on Arena by reporting your Arena matches to your LGS and Game Grid will definitely be supporting that.

However! What about Modern? Pioneer? Commander?!?
By far the most popular formats, at least at our stores, and they are impossible to play on Arena.
Heck, even in the case of Standard, what if you already own your deck in Paper and you don’t want to re-acquire all of the cards to build it online??

Enter Friday Night Magic – Isolation Edition.
Game Grid Lehi, Midvale & Logan are teaming up to bring Friday Night Magic to your home via Discord Servers & Video Chat.
While our Play Space is closed down, we’ll be taking online sign-ups for events via our Discord Server, posting pairings in the correct channels, reporting matches via Wizards Event Reporter and setting aside Prize Support for the next time you visit.

Friday Night Magic: Isolation Edition
March 20th Events

On Demand Commander Pods: 4:45pm-7pm Registration
We’ll post a call for Sign Ups at 4:45pm in the Commander Isolation Channel, just chime in and we’ll put you in a pod of 4.
Create a Video Chat for the group, report back when your game is over and we’ll set aside a free booster pack at the closest Game Grid to you (Lehi, Midvale or Logan).
Feel free to sign up for as many pods as you want between 4:45-7pm.

 

FNM Standard: 6:45pm-7:00pm Registration
We’ll post a call for Sign Ups at 6:45pm in the Standard Isolation Channel, just chime in and we’ll get you in the event.
3 Rounds will be posted, Round 1 will be posted at 7:00pm, with reports due by 7:55pm. Round 2 8:00-8:55, Round 3 9:00-9:55.
1st Place gets a Premium Promo Pack & 2 Standard Boosters
2nd Place gets a regular Promo Pack & 2 Standard Boosters
Any other Undefeated Players get a Regular Promo Pack & 1 Standard Booster
Any Players with a 2-1 or better record will get a Regular Promo Pack
At least 6 Promo Packs will be given out, if there are any left (because we don’t have enough 2-1 & 3-0 Players) we’ll give those out at Random to players who play all 3 Rounds.

FNM Modern: 7:00pm-7:15pm Registration
We’ll post a call for Sign Ups at 7:00pm in the Modern Isolation Channel, just chime in and we’ll get you in the event.
3 Rounds will be posted, Round 1 will be posted at 7:15pm, with reports due by 8:05pm. Round 2 8:15-9:05, Round 3 9:10-10:05.
1st Place gets a Premium Promo Pack & 2 Standard Boosters
2nd Place gets a regular Promo Pack & 2 Standard Boosters
Any other Undefeated Players get a Regular Promo Pack & 1 Standard Booster
Any Players with a 2-1 or better record will get a Regular Promo Pack
At least 6 Promo Packs will be given out, if there are any left (because we don’t have enough 2-1 & 3-0 Players) we’ll give those out at Random to players who play all 3 Rounds.

FNM Pioneer: 9:45pm-10:00pm Registration
Whether you scrub out of Standard & Modern or you just finish your matches nice & quick, Pioneer is our Late Night Event this week.
We’ll post a call for Sign Ups at 9:45pm in the Pioneer Isolation Channel, just chime in and we’ll get you in the event.
3 Rounds will be posted, Round 1 will be posted at 10:00pm, with reports due by 10:55pm. Round 2 11:00-11:55, Round 3 12:00am-12:55am.
1st Place gets a Premium Promo Pack & 2 Standard Boosters
2nd Place gets a regular Promo Pack & 2 Standard Boosters
Any other Undefeated Players get a Regular Promo Pack & 1 Standard Booster
Any Players with a 2-1 or better record will get a Regular Promo Pack
At least 6 Promo Packs will be given out, if there are any left (because we don’t have enough 2-1 & 3-0 Players) we’ll give those out at Random to players who play all 3 Rounds.

Super excited to give this experiment a try!

If you have any feedback, hit me up on Discord – gamegridjordan#5495

How to Get Started

To set up your video chat match, you’ll need the following:

  • Discord Account
  • Smart Phone or PC + Webcam (either one works)
  • Overhead Mount for your Webcam or Phone
  • Internet Access
  • Magic Cards (of course!)

Optional, but nice to have

  • Anti-Glare Sleeves
  • TV + Chromecast
  • Microphone

We’ve got a pretty simple solution for the overhead mount that you can check out here.
We’re already using it for our
Mystery Booster Quarantine Sealed League and so far it’s been working pretty well.
If you’d like, you can build your own setup
(our build is in the videos we linked).
If you want to get a pre-cut and ready to play setup, Game Grid Lehi, Midvale & Logan are giving them away free with any purchase (I’d recommend buying some handy-dandy anti-glare sleeves :-P)
Just call ahead to make sure we still have kits available 🙂

Once your hardware is all squared away, make sure you have a discord account, download the discord app for your device, and then join our server.
That’s it, easy as pie and ready to play some good ol’ MTG.

The best part?
Not only can you join our FNM Isolation Events, we also have channels set up for you to find matches anytime, day or night, so you can play on your own schedule as well.

 

Final Thoughts

It’s not that I have anything against Arena – I probably play more than I should.
But my favorite formats, and my favorite people, aren’t on Arena, and I already have all of my favorite decks in paper, foiled out and ready to play.

So if Self-Isolation, COVID-19 and everything else have you stuck at home and wanting to play some Magic, I hope you’ll join our experimental hybrid of Digital & Paper and jam some games with your friends, even if you can’t meet up at the store to play for a minute.

Also!
If Magic isn’t your cup of tea and you have an idea of how to play your favorite game remotely, let me know & I would be happy to do whatever I can to facilitate it! Whether that’s designing a new PVC overhead stream set up, or getting a Dungeon Master on site at GG to run a remote game for everyone else, I’m excited to explore ways to bring the community together while we’re all stuck at home.

Thanks everyone, good luck & have fun!

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