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Sound the trumpets!

The megalopolis is back!

One one fine weekend in September, a friend and I hiked far into uncharted lands for Magic’s Return to Ravnica pre-release event. We each pledged a guild. I applied for the Azorius Senate, beholder of justice and law. He joined the ranks of Rakdos, bringer of pain.
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We played epic games nonstop till the late evening. Even though I didn’t fare as well as he did, I was able to summon my Utvara Hellkite in a couple of matches. It always brought me a smile watching my opponent quiver in its wake.
hellkite

The pre-release was exceptionally fun. I saw a few of the people I’d met at Friday Night Magic, and was surprised by a long-ago friend attending as a referee. Magic events just keep on getting better.

Grabbing my bag of holding, I ventured out to the Treehouse, a far away apartment  where my recently-returned friends resided. It was an arduous trek, involving buses spearing off to the great beyond.

Bus

After a long, accidentally detour-filled ride, I finally arrived at a cross street near the Treehouse. While traversing the rest of the way on foot, I spotted a near-windowless brick building off to the side. It had a sparse poster that read: Hank Lee’s Magic Factory.

Hank Lee

Holy smokes and mirrors!
I just had to see!
After struggling momentarily to find the front entrance, I stepped inside to find a tiny room filled to the brim with curious oddities. There were a vast array of different playing cards behind a display case and a whole slew of strange objects. A man who I presumed to be Hank Lee greeted me. I imagined him to be olde man from the Prestige, knowledgable of the most intricate of tricks. Right on the spot, I planned to spent countless hours perusing the store and conversing with the ingenieur.

sandwich

Over a feast of mortadella and pickle sandwiches, I shared my exciting discovery with the denizens of the Treehouse. I spoke excitedly about Magic the Hank Lee store while my friends, equally enthusiastic, spoke of Magic the Gathering.  We made plans to acquaint ourselves with the purveyor of illusion-y goods as well as enter in the next Friday Night Magic tournament.

I can’t wait!