WoW TCG Spectral Safari – July 24, Noon – Nearly $1,500 in Prizes!

This is it… the largest tournament we’ve done to date! We’re a host for the Spectral Safari , sponsored by Cryptozoic Entertainment for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game!

The Spectral Tiger!

Prizes for the event are nothing less than amazing. First off, one random entrant into the Safari – a $20 sealed deck tournament – will receive a Spectral Tiger loot card for use in World of Warcraft, which is valued on eBay anywhere between $600 and $800! The winner of the Swiss-style tournament will receive a Blazing Hippogryph loot card, which is worth approximately $200-$250. FURTHERMORE, the first 25 people to enter will receive ANOTHER loot card, Landro’s Pet Box, and we’ll also be giving away 3+ boxes of the latest WoW TCG expansion, Wrathgate, based on your record in the tournament!!!

The Blazing Hippogryph!

Here’s how it works: For $20, you’ll receive a random Class Starter Deck – one of 18 different ones – and you’ll use that deck to play through your rounds. If you’re not experienced with the WoW TCG, that’s OK – the starter decks come with learn-to-play inserts, and we’ll be hosting a Learn-to-Play day on July 20 at 7 p.m. The event starts at noon with registration at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is advised, and is available here.

I’ve actually come up with a full press release for this, so if you’re interested in reading my wordsmithmanship (and other details,) read below the cut!

Access to the most exclusive, sought after, and expensive card in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game – one that gives the holder a virtual phantom tiger inside the game’s namesake virtual world – will be given away to a random participant in an event at a downtown Knoxville comics and gaming shop at noon on Saturday, June 24.

Organized Play, located at the corner of Cumberland and Gay streets, is one of 200 locations in the world confirmed to be participating in the Spectral Safari, a promotional event for the card game sponsored by the publisher, Cryptozoic Entertainment ( For $20, participants will receive a new product designed to introduce newer players to the game – the Class Starter Deck – that provides all the cards one person needs to play the game. Each player will use the enclosed cards in an all-day tournament to compete for prizes.

“One of the best parts about this tournament is that you don’t need any cards or game materials to play,” owner Morgan Hardy said. “It really is as simple as show up and play. The rules aren’t that hard to grasp, especially if you’ve played any sort of collectible card game like Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: the Gathering or Pokemon.”

Players of the World of Warcraft trading card game, release in 2006, take on the role of a hero much like in the online game. Over the course of the game, special cards replicating abilities and items found in the game are used to defeat the opposing player’s allies and hero. Since its release, 10 expansion sets for the game have been published, and the variety allows players to virtually replicate their online character, if they so wish. In addition, five special expansions allowing multiple players to group together and attempt to defeat one opposing player with very powerful cards – called “raid decks” – have also been published.

The card that will be randomly given away – the Spectral Tiger loot card – routinely sells on eBay for between $600 and $750, according to the site’s recently completed listings. Another highly valued card called the “Blazing Hippogryph,” which also provides its bearer with an in-game item, will be given away to the tournament winner. Furthermore, the first 25 registrants for the tournament will receive a code that can be redeemed for an in-game item. When combined with the estimated 72 15-card packs of the Wrathgate game expansion that will be given out based on win-loss record in the tournament, the participation prizes and the winner’s prize card, the total prize pool amounts to almost $1,500.

“This is by far the biggest prize value we’ve ever given out at a single event,” Hardy said. “It’s really an amazing way for Cryptozoic to inject interest into the game.”

Because of the anticipated high demand, players can pre-register for the tournament to ensure a seat at the store’s event management page on Web site In addition to the main tournament, to help players learn the game for the event, a special learn-to-play night will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. Furthermore, the store plans to follow up the tournament with a monthly series of tournaments for other cards usable in the World of Warcraft game. For further information about the Spectral Safari and Organized Play, visit


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