PHD is happy to announce that you can now get Magic M15 sample decks directly from your local PHD office.
These are free-to-retailers and are half-decks of 30 cards each, of one color each. One of each color is represented. Nothing needs to be added; you just crack a deck open, shuffle and play.
An ideal tool to teach Magic
Just ask the players a couple of questions about how they like to play:
- Do they enjoy blowing things up, striking fast and harnessing the power of chaos to do their bidding? If yes, give them the Chandra Nalaar deck.
- Would you like to control the battlefield, until you can unleash the forces of air and water on your unsuspecting foes? If yes, give them the Jace Beleren deck.
- Are you okay with delving into the darkness, using powerful necromancy magic and bringing the creatures of the netherworld under your sway? If yes, give them the Liliana Vess deck.
- Would you summon the forces of nature, evolving and harnessing the wilderness to quickly crush those that stand before you? If yes, give them the Nissa Revane deck.
- Are you willing to sit back and take your time? Muster strong armies of trained warriors? Then strike when the time is right? If yes, give them the Ajani Goldmane deck.
Once you hand them the deck of their choice, have the new player crack the deck open. Take them through the game mechanics and the cards in the deck. Talk about your favorite cards and why. Be enthusiastic about Magic, as enthusiasm is highly infectious.
Play a game or two
- There is no better way to teach Magic, than to have fun playing it.
- Ensure you are positive and helpful all the time.
- Answer questions, point out possible best plays and how cards work.
- This is a demo game, so allow do-overs.
- When the game ends, let the new player keep the deck they just played with and give them your deck. This act of generosity will reap amazingly positive customer service feedback.
- Tell them that if they enjoyed the game, you’d like them to keep the decks and play more with friends.
- For more demo tips, check out our previous article: Reasons to NOT run a demo
Now you’ve not only started a new player’s collection but given them the ability to demo to friends and family. This positive experience from you, will give a very positive spin on how they will tell others about you and your store.
Promote your events
Once the demo is finished, ensure you introduce the new player to your other events. FNM is an ideal place for thenm to develop their: gaming skills, get deck ideals, talk about the game and meet new friends, who all love playing Magic.
- Make some Organized Play fliers, showing your schedule of events for the week, ensure the player has one to take with them.
- Make some simple stickers. You can make these on your computer using Microsoft Word, a simple printer and blank sticky label sheets for printers. These label sheets are available at most stationary outlets. Example: Staples. Put these on each sample deck advertising your store and FNM with start time.
- Promote your website and Social Media. Keeping them informed will help immerse them quickly in your gaming community.
- Introduce them to other players. Your goal is to make them feel at home as quickly as possible.
If you follow the above steps, this will create a very positive demo experience and is sure to bring the player back to FNM and more. Repeat this experience often and you will soon have a booming Magic business.
Where can I get these sample demo decks?
Simply ask your PHD Account Manager for these decks. You will be sent a case of decks (20 total) to use. Once you’ve used the decks, simply ask for more! They are a tool to help build your Magic business and readily available through PHD.
How many decks can I get?
Since we have them in stock, we will send every request one full case of 20 decks (4 of each color). If you require more, then please ask your Account Manager for a special one-time exception. Exceptions would include: fair giveaways or special public events where you want to handout a lot to prospective new players/customers. If this is your initiative, ensure those stickers are on each pack advertising your store.
How much do they cost?
They are free to all retail stores. They are NOT for resale. Selling the sample demo decks may result in us not being able to supply you with more.
Do I need to have a PHD account to order demo decks?
Yes you do. Simply sign-up on our website account application. Note: We will supply demo decks ONLY to brick-and-mortar stores.
Are these the same sample demo decks the Wizards Play Network send out?
Yes they are. You can also request these sample demo decks via Wizards Play Network as usual.
For other tips on sample deck usage checkout this article, from the Wizards Play Network (WPN).