Magic The Gathering

In Magic: The Gathering, you are counted among the elite spellcasters of the Multiverse—the Planeswalkers. Your deck of cards represents your weapons, containing the spells you know and the creatures you can summon to fight for you. Games are played by two or more players, each of whom has a customized deck of Magic cards. Each player starts at 20 life. When you reduce your opponent to 0 life by attacking with creatures and playing spells, you win!


FNM (Friday Night Magic)

Friday Night Magic is a weekly social gathering of Magic fans, hosted at The Hobby Habit. Meet other players, play some games, check out new cards, test your latest deck designs, and most importantly, have fun!

All players are welcome at Friday Night Magic. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, have played a lot of Magic Duels, or even if you’ve been playing at home or at school with friends for years, you’ll find a new home-away-from-home at FNM. Many Friday Night Magic events feature an organized tournament for players who are ready for a little friendly competition, but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry! There’s still plenty of fun to be had just hanging out and playing casual pick-up games with players who love Magic as much as you do.

Before heading to your first Friday Night Magic event, don’t forget to create your Wizards account (it takes less than a minute)! When you create a Wizards account you receive a player ID number, called a DCI number, which you’ll need in order to play in any kind of official Magic tournament.

To find out what’s going on at your neighborhood Friday Night Magic, visit your local friendly game store this Friday!

Standard Showdown (Limited Events/Saturdays Only)

This tournament is all about throwing down and discovering which decks can bust Standard wide open. Will the Pro Tour juggernauts dominate? Or will your dark-horse contender rise above the fray? The next iconic Standard deck could be yours!

This challenge is strictly Standard. Prizes are specially crafted Standard Showdown Boosters.


Prereleases provide you with the earliest possible opportunity to play with the newest cards in Magic. Prereleases are enjoyable casual events that encourage fun over competition. You can plan to play all day in multiple events your store runs, or drop by for a single event. Be sure to check with us at Hobby Habit to see if you need to preregister!

Prereleases are Sealed Deck format events, where players are given Prerelease Packs and time to construct a 40-card minimum deck.

Prerelease Packs make deck-building more exciting with the inclusion of specialized, “seeded” booster packs and regular booster packs that let players choose a focus for their deck.


See how you match up against your local community, earn prizes, and become a champion in this unique day of competition taking place all around the world! Magic Game Day is an exciting opportunity for players around the world to join in playing Standard in their local communities with the newest cards Magic has to offer on a global scale.

Magic Game Day events are one-day tournaments using the Standard format. These tournaments are held at local game and hobby stores three weeks after a new set becomes available for purchase. Game Day events provide a great way for players to see how the newest set has impacted the shape of Standard.

Playable Formats


Standard format uses the two most recently-released blocks, as well as the current core set. When a new block is launched, the oldest block rotates out of the list. The following card sets are currently permitted in standard format:

  • Magic Origins (effective July 17, 2015)
  • Dragons of Tarkir (effective March 27, 2015)
  • Fate Reforged
  • Khans of Tarkir
  • Magic 2015
  • Journey into Nyx
  • Born of the Gods
  • Theros

Click here for more info on Standard.


Modern is a constructed format and therefore adheres to the following constructed rules:

  • Minimum of sixty cards
  • No maximum deck size, as long as you can shuffle your deck unassisted
  • Up to fifteen cards in your sideboard, if used

With the exception of basic lands (Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest), your combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.

Find out more about Modern by clicking here.


Want a way to play that offers a level playing field and lets you check out new cards at the same time? Then a limited format like booster draft may be for you. Unlike constructed formats, where you arrive with a carefully constructed deck ready to play, limited formats allow you to build a deck from new cards as part of the game.

At the start of booster draft, each player opens a booster pack and picks a single card. (Don’t show the other players what you pick!) Then everyone passes the rest of their pack to player on their left, each player then picks a card from the pack they just received before passing again. This process continues until all the cards in those packs have been drafted. Then each player opens a second pack, but this time, you pass the pack to your right. After all those cards are drafted, you do the same with the third pack, passing to the left again.

Here’s a diagram of the passing process:

booster draft

Fore more about draft, just visit Wizards of the Coast.


In this casual, multiplayer format, you start with a life total of 40 (rather than the usual 20) and choose a legendary creature to serve as your Commander. You then choose cards to match your Commander’s color identity to build your deck. A card’s color identity is any mana symbol appearing on that card.

To learn more about the format visit the official Commander website:

Sealed Deck

This is a great format if you look forward to the excitement of checking out new cards and playing without being required to bring your own pre-built deck.

Unlike constructed games—where you arrive with your strategically created deck—in a sealed deck tournament, you build a new deck from six unopened booster packs at the start of the event.

*All this information and more is available courtesy of Wizards of the Coast on the web at :

2 thoughts on “Magic The Gathering

  1. Kate February 21, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Our FNMs are always Standard fomart, though a draft sign-up sheet is always available (every day) for players who wish to draft. Tuesdays are our official Draft nights, starting around 5pm and going on through the night. Starting in April we will also be running Standard tournaments every Thursday night at 7pm, and every Sunday afternoon at 3pm. We don’t have a regularly scheduled Extended tournament, though we do occasionally run them on Saturdays, which we post ahead of time here. Hope this helps.

  2. hobbyhabit June 24, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Kate. Where do you play at?

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