Reminder – Register for the Hairy T M15 PTQ for your chance to win Early Bird Prizes!



Are you going to the Hairy T M15 PTQ this May 10th? Then why not Pre-Register for the event now and give yourself a chance to win one of 3 amazing Early-Bird draws? We’ve got a couple of From the Vaults Twenty, Door Prizes and multiple sealed Duel Decks to give away but only for those spellcasters wise enough to pre-register for the PTQ before our contests close. Convinced already?

How to Pre-register, or “Shut up and take my money”:


The easiest way to pre-register for the Hairy T M15 PTQ is to simply use the button posted below to submit your entry online.  Players can also pre-register in person at either one of the Hairy Tarantula locations. You can find a link to our Downtown location here, while customers in north Toronto will want to check out the Hairy T North at this link. Players with additional pre-registration questions are encouraged to email or call one of our two store locations.


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– Team Tarantula

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Announcing the Hairy T North Game of Thrones Board Game Tournament – April 6th, 2014

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On April 6th, seven great Houses will come together to decide the fate of an entire nation and claim the Iron Throne. Are you ready for the challenge? The Hairy Tarantula North is pleased to announce our first ever Game of Thrones the Board Game Tournament:

When: April 6th 2014 starting promptly at 1 pm

Hairy T North
(647) 430-1263
6979 Yonge St

Objective: Lead your house to victory!

Entry: $5.00

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New this week at the Hairy Tarantula – MtG Duel Deck: Jace Vs. Vraska!



Seize control of two of the most popular Planeswalkers in the MtG mythos with the latest 2 player Duel Deck: Jace vs Vraska. Re-create the epic clash between the ultimate mind mage and the master assassin with two ready-to-play 60-card decks – including 10 rare cards and two alternate-art versions of powerful mythic rares Jace, Architect of Thought and Vraska the Unseen!

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The Fro Knows – Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap



Many people say that when you’re on a deadline, you should write what you know best. With that in mind, I think you folks know what’s coming next – hey, would you look at that, another Modern combo brew! With Grand Prix Montreal this weekend, I haven’t really had the time to sit down and analyze the Standard metagame lately. As I prepare myself, body and mind for the Hangover-esque shenanigans that will most likely ensue in La Belle Province; I find it’s easier to brew for a wide open metagame like Modern than in Standard – the format of monsters “derping” into one another. However, with recent price spikes for Modern staples, building a new deck can be hazardous to your bottom line. That’s why my goal for this week is to create a combo deck capable of going infinite for roughly the price of a Scalding Tarn (currently, about $100).

Personally, my absolute favourite number in Magic is infinite. It’s the defining moment where you know the game is yours and there’s damn near nothing the opponent can do about it. I find that going infinite is also much more of a challenge for brewing in Modern than in Legacy, since if your infinite combo gets too good, Wizards of the Coast tends to drop the banhammer – with Splinter Twin being the baffling exception.

In search of infinite combos in modern, it became necessary to dip into my brewer’s bag of ingredients and pull out an old favorite: Myr Retriever. The Retriever is one of those cards that any combo player can see if deceptively powerful assuming you meet the right conditions to maximize it’s value. If you have a way to decrease its mana cost and get it in the graveyard, you can chain two of them back and forth to generate an infinite Storm count, or infinite pings with Goblin Bombardment, or even infinite damage with Pandemonium. It’s been a staple of kitchen table Magic since it was printed back in Mirrodin, and I believe that Myr Retriever has what it takes to make in Modern.

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