Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Places to play - Isu Duel Park Cafe

Isu Duel Park is located near Chongshin University station on line 4 (light blue line). You can also get there via line 7 as well.

According to wizards Duel Park's weekly FNM is a booster draft.

Contact Details
Korean address: 경기도 고양시 일산동구 백석동 1209-3 지하 1층
Phone number: 070-8841-1999

Places to play - HalliGalli Ilsan

Another shop which has a facebook page ( 
Unfortunately the map I have is a little blurry

Contact details
Korean address: 일산 동구 장항동 764 라페스타C동 202호, Goyang 410-380
Phone number: 010-3046-8899
Email address:

Places to Play - Duel Stage Ilsan

I have heard this referred to as Duel Stage or Duel Station. The later makes more sense to me but is less original.

Another heavy on the Yugioh store.

Contact Details
Korean address: 경기도 고양시 일산동구 백석동 1209-3 지하 1층
Phone number: 070-8841-1999

Photos Courtesy of

Places to Play - Duel Champ Ulsan

I haven't been to Duel Champ in Ulsan but it looks pretty heavy on the Yugioh which I guess isn't surprising given the name.

Contact Details
Korean address: 울산광역시 중구 남외동 271번지 3층 듀얼챔프
Korean phone number: 052-248-4083

Places to play - Elder Dragon Ulsan

EDIT: This store has or is set to close soon (December 2014).

With a much snappier name than say "Michaels" I regret not checking out this store when I was in Ulsan.

Contact DetailsKorean address: 울산 광역시 중구 태화동 36-14번지 2층
Phone numbers: 010-7739-5042 // 070-8637-2718
Email address:

Places to Play - Fortune Factory Busan

These guys have their own Facebook page ( if social media is your thing.

Contact DetailsKorean address: 부산 남구 대연동 수영로 298번길 21 

(부산 2호선 경성대 부경대역 5번 출구)
Phone number: 010-5167-1629
Email address:

Places to play - Duel Zone Busan

Contact Details
Korean address: 부산광역시 부산진구 부전동 168-129
Phone number: 051-817-6803

Places to play - TCG Korea Busan

Sorry, this is all I have for now.

Contact Details
Korean address: 부산광역시 남구 용당동 580-5 3층
Phone number: 018-268-8074
Email address:

Places to Play - The Rak Busan

The Rak is probably a pretty big deal in Busan.

Contact Details
Korean address: 부산시 금정구 장전동 316-11번지 4층 THE 다락
Phone number: 010-4044-1688

Places to play - Monopoly Cheongju

Located in Cheongju is the Monopoly Board Game cafe. Close to "Buy The Way" if that is any help.

Most important is the fact they do have one of those hammer things that seem essential for board game play in Korea. 

Thankfully I have never seen Magic players use them. I guess Magic players are just a better class of people.

Contact Details
Korean address: 충북 청주시 흥덕구 사창동 460번지 지하1층P

hone number: 011-9409-0326


Places to Play - Michaels Sincheon

There is a store named Michaels (assumedly part of the chain) located in Sincheon.

They run FNM booster drafts and type 2 tournaments and they are also registered for pre releases.

Contact Details
Korean address: 서울특별시 송파구 석촌호수로 114(잠실동, 지하1층)
Phone number: 02 - 423 -2229

Places to Play - Duel Zone Gangdong

Duel Zone Gangdong is located near Myeongil station on line 5 (Purple) east of Seoul.

Contact Details

Korean address: 서울시 강동구 명일1동 312-72번지 3층
Phone number: 010-6411-0626
Email address:

Places to Play - Dalmuti Gyodae

This store opened early in 2014 and now hosts a lot of magic events. The owner previously owned Tic Toc.

They are located in Seocho Gyeonggi-Do with the closest station being Gyodae (Kyodae) also known as Seoul National University station. It's where Line 2 meets Line 3 on the south side of Seoul. It is fairly close to Nambu bus terminal which is a major transport hub on the south side of Seoul.

Opening hours

Monday: 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contact Details
Mobile: 010-5128-1860

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Building the Cube - Step 1

I have taken the first step in building a cube for unlimited drafting.

My collection is dominated by Theros thanks to the weekly drafts so it may start of as just a Theros cube which would be pretty dull since that would just be like a regular draft but without the chance of opening cool cards to keep.

I am a few rares/mythics of a full set though and really want to use my Thoughtseizes elsewhere and I am not sure how comfortable I would just letting random people use my cube if it has cards in it that are expensive and important to me. A Theros cube without the big money cards ... boring!

There is an excellent series on Brainstorm Brewery about building a cube for under $200 (it's too small for 8 players though) which might be my go to guide. There are some really interesting and powerful cards in that cube but nothing over a few dollars. Cards like Balance and Control Magic are really cheap and ridiculous.

My other idea is to perhaps aim for a modern masters based cube. That was the most cube like set I have played and largely doable over time. If I had my old pre Korea collection (since sold) I probably could have built that already. If they confirmed Modern masters 2 was coming and there would be a decent amount of stock then I would be all over it.

I will see how far I can get with the cards I own and a bit of trading but an order to Card Kingdom may be on the cards when i get back from Australia and have my job situation settled.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This Week in Korean Magic - December 12th

Dalmuti will be hosting an English card Theros draft at 2:00 pm this Sunday.

The event afterwards will be EDH grand Melee or just EDH free for all. Regardless, just make sure you bring your EDH deck for lots of good times.

A lot of people have just the latest pre cons plus a few cards while I just jammed random blue and black cards together until I got a 100 and it remains completely untested. So don't be shy, get amongst it.

The week after (December 22) will hopefully be a 2HG draft.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

This Week in Korean Magic - December 6th

Introducing an all new segment ... that will soon be neglected and die.

This Week in Korean Magic!

I'm not going to pretend this will even scratch the surface of what is going on throughout the peninsula. In fact my initial idea is just to provide info in regards to the next English card draft in Suwon.

Last week at Dalmuti we had a back draft once the regular 2:00 pm Theros draft finished. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. There are plans to have another one but not straight away.
This week (December the 8th) there will be standard once the 2:00 pm draft is finished.

If you are interested in commander I am sure you can find an opponent pretty much every week from about 6:00 pm (Sunday). Probably earlier as the amount of drafters and non drafting entourage grows each week.

Apparently Dive Dice in Hongdae is changing/changed it's name to Rolling dice.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving is over!

After a one week break for Thanksgiving the English card draft is back.

2:00pm every Sunday at Dalmuti in Suwon, ₩18,000 per player.

Last time there were 13 players and the events are officially sanctioned.

This week there is a back draft planned for after the regular draft which should start at about 6:00 pm.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

English draft at Dalmuti

Every Sunday at 2:00pm Dalmuti will be hosting a draft with English cards.

If you don't already know how to get there it is located near Suwon Station. There are express buses and trains available to the station. Once there (

The cost of the draft is ₩18,000 which includes prizes and the events are sanctioned.

The atmosphere is very relaxed and if you want to play EDH a lot of the drafters are into that format too.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Places to Shop - Nonno 21

Nonno 21 is located near Nambu bus terminal a major transport hub in Seoul.

Their online store is

Like Hobby Plus I strongly suspect Nonno21 might be retail only. Certainly their website doesn't display magic very prominently. 

Contact Details
Phone number: 02-3465-0094
Korean Street address: 서울특별시 서초구 서초동 국제전자센터 9층

Places to Shop - Hobby Plus

Located very close to Nambu bus terminal Hobby Plus is registered with Wizards for tournament play but don't really have the space for it. 
I am under the impression they just sell sealed product.

Their online store is http//

Contact Details
Phone number: 070-8614-4900
Email address:
Korean street address: 서울특별시 서초구 서초동 국제전자센터 9층

Places to Play - PlayFirst, Goyang

Like DiveDice, Playfirst has an online presence and also doesn't have a space in its name.

It's also a little out in the sticks unless you are a resident of North Western Gyeonggi do.

They have both a Korean http// and English web store which is very impressive.

Contact Details
Phone number: 031-966-9985
Korean Street address: 경기도 고양시 일산동구 식사동 809-13번지 2층

Edit (23/12/2013): Their English site is under renovation and looks to have changed web address to

Places to Play - Battle City Mokdong

The Mokdong branch of Battle City is unsurprisingly located near Mokdong station on the purple line (line 5).

Contact Details
Phone number: 02-2692-6279
Korean Street address: 서울특별시 양천구 신정동 902-3번지 목마빌딩 지하

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Battle City, Geumjeong

Geumjeong is on line 1 (the dark blue line) and also intersects with line 4 (light blue line). I guess that makes it regular blue?

Take exit 5 is the information I have. 

They looked to have changed address recently which made people think they had closed.

Contact Details
Phone number: 02-939-6625
Email address:
Street address: 238-1, Sanbon-dong, Gunpo-si Gyeonggi-Do
238-1번지 3층경기도 군포시 산본동

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Duel Zone, Nowon

They have a large online store and seem to be a franchise.

Nowon station is near the end (or start depending on your perspective) of the light blue line (line 4) and intersects with line 7.

Contact Details
Phone number: 02-939-6625
Email address:
Korean Street address: 서울특별시 노원구 상계동 581-102 2층

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Duel Shop Maebong

This store is very new and I am not even sure of the name yet. It's located neat Maebong station on line 3 a couple of stops from Nambu Bus Terminal.

Contact Details
Phone number: 02 574 6086

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Places to Play - Witches Brew Board Game Cafe

This store isn't a designated Magic shop but is registered with Wizards.
They might not be able to provide the same level of tournament or product support as some of the dedicated card stores but they do have one advantage over them.

The Brew part of witches brew stands for beer! 

They also look to take the cafe part a lot more seriously than most other stores.

They are located near Gyeongin University and Gyeong-in National University Subway stop. Sometimes referred to as Gyeongin Dae.

Contact Details
Phone number: 010-5419-2936
Email address:
Korean Street address: 인천 계양구 계산동 970-64 2층 위치스브루(계산로 77)

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Taken Board Game Cafe

Wizards refer to this place as Tycoon rather than Taken. Just reading it in Hanguel leaves that open for interpretation.

Taken is not close to any subway stops and looks like it would require a bus/taxi ride on top if you are not in the area. The closest station is Jemulpo on the Incheon stretch of line 1 (the dark blue line) a couple of stations away from Juan station where Duel Land is located.

Their phone number is 032-864-3369 and email is

Unfortunately I don't have a map for them.

There FNM is standard (W10,000) and starts at 8:00 pm.

Contact Details
Phone number: 016 - 630 - 0319
Email address:
Korean Street address: 인천광역시 남구 용현동 194 - 25 번지

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only


Places to Play - Duel Land Incheon

Duel Land is located near Juan (주안) station on line 1 (the dark blue line) of the Seoul Subway system. This is on the Incheon section of the line rather than the Sinchang line when the two branch of at Guro.

The map provided looks fairly decent. Take exit 4 and it is not that far. I have fallen for that trap before though so a picture of the street/store front would be nice.

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - OLD Dalmuti Suwon

EDIT: This is the old location for Dalmuti. Their now location is at (

This is my local game store and is a board game cafe as well as being a major Magic hub.

Suwon station is a major transport hub and Dalmuti is very close to Suwon Subway and bus stations. If you used the subway you want to take exit 7 gate 2 which will bring you up right near Baskin Robbins..
Dalmuti is on the road that runs down the side of Baskin Robbins. It is about 120m down that road.

Dalmuti is on the second floor and the building it's housed in doesn't have obvious street access. You must use either of the side entrances.

You can look out for the green and white Dalmuti sign but the garish yellow of the Nori Zone sign is easier to spot. Walk through the Nori Zone signage and there is a door on the right leading to upstairs (and Dalmuti) just before you enter Nori Zone proper. 
Or just go to Nori Zone and hang out with screaming middle school kids, the choice is yours.

The store has a full magic schedule. FNM is usually a draft starting at 8:00 followed by constructed at midnight. As well as various other drafts and standard tournaments, on Sunday at 1:00 there is an English Language draft.

I have found the customer service to be fantastic but in the usual Korean way. It might be a little bit more laziz faire than what some foreigners are used to.
They also have an online store

Contact Details
Phone number: 070 4212 8606
Email address:
Korean Street address: 경기도 수원시 팔달구 매산로 14-5 2층

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Places to Play - About TCG

 About TCG is located near Sinpung station on line 7.

They have some pictures of Jace in their store and t
heir website address is

That is pretty much all I know about them.

Contact Details
Phone number: 070-7578-2679
Email address:
Korean Street address: 서울특별시 영등포구 대림동 909-40 지하

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Dive Dice Hyehwa

Edit: This store has changed ownership and has now been renamed too Red Dice

Not to be confused with their sister store Dive Dice Hongdae which I rate very highly.

I have heard some complaints about this store. Nothing that sounds like a deal breaker but it is probably amplified by the fact most Korean magic shops are awesome. I feel they always go out of their way to look after me at Dalmuti.

Dive Dice Hyehwa is located near Hyehwa station on the light blue line (line 4) in Northern Seoul. Sometimes this area is also referred to as Daehak Ro (대학로).

Get out at Exit 4 and then follow that road until you get to the main street and then turn right. 

It's easy to miss and walk past. It's signage is on the front of the building on the third floor and it shares the building with a Norae Bang which hogs most of the first floor signage. 

Contact Details
Phone number: 02-765-7455
Email address:
Korean Street address: 서울특별시 종로구 명륜2가 211번지 유니지오 빌딩 303호

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to play - Duel Mall

Duel Mall is located in the city of Daejeon and is pretty big on Yugioh.
Their online store is

Unfortunately the maps I have for this place are via the normal Korean Internet maze of flash and outdated explorer add ons so I can't post a much.

Contact Details
Phone number: 010-4909-0342
Email address:
Korean Street address: 대전광역시 서구 둔산동 1945번지 2층

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Yatap Battle City

Battle City is near Yatap station on the Bundang line (yellow line) in Seoul.

Contact Details
Phone number: 031-707-7278
Korean Street address: 경기도 성남시 분당구 야탑동 368-6 지하1층

If a picture says a thousand words then this entry is pretty much finished.

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Alice

Alice is located in Gwangju famous for being the current residence of the 2nd best blog (the first being Expat Hell obviously) in Korea. The home of Via Korea seems to have multiple magic shops but the one with the biggest online presence is Alice.

They have their own cafe site ( and host regular FNM.

Contact Details
Phone number: 016-682-3835
Email address:
Korean Street address: 광주광역시 동구 충장로3가 19-10 3층

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Michaels, Daegu

Located in Daegu so out of my comfort zone in regards to how the **** do you get there. 

I'm interested to know if these are related to the Michaels in Seoul or whether its just a strange coincidence.

Daegu has a facebook group named Magic the Gathering Daegu (

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Card Castle

This store has it's own web store at

Edit: April 2014 - Apparently this store is moving to a new location and will ahve a new address soon.

Card Castle is in Changwon (near Busan) and accessible by bus. 

Contact Details
Phone number: 055-237-2417
Korean Street address: 경남 창원 의창구 도계동 330-5 대영상가빌라 203호 좌측

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Total TCG

Total TCG seems to be new to Magic and hosting FNM. They are also known as Dual Land or Hobby Hobby.
They are located in Gwangmyeong which is on the dark blue line (line 1). It has it's own station but it is branched of from the main line similar to stations like Sadongtan. Have a look at the subway map and you will instantly understand what I am saying. 
On their cafe website they have fantastic directions which are a real cut above the regular not to scale pretty looking map most stores give you.

Take exit 3, walk through some sort of mini park with a huge horse statue looming large over it. And then...... just look at their website since it does a much better job and I can't copy their photos.

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Places to Play - Saboten Store

Now that I am comfortably a regular at Dalmuti in Suwon I don't see myself travelling to different stores which are all further away in the foreseeable future.

So this entry is about a store which I haven't been to so I am sorry for any inaccuracies but I thought I would put the information out there and if something is wrong it hopefully gets corrected.

Saboten has there own website which is covered with pics of anime girls. I'm guessing there will be a lot of Sword girls stuff in the trading card section.

They are located near Sadang Station which is where the light blue line (line 4) and line 2 intersect.
Judging from the map I'm guessing you take exit 10 or 11 and then ..... good luck.

FNM is a draft starting at 7:30pm on a Friday.

Contact Details
Phone number: 010-2999-4381
Email address:

* I have not been to this store and this info comes from online sources only.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Podcasts - 2013

I don’t know how sustainable this is but I’m currently listening to a lot of magic podcasts, usually on my way to and from work.
I have downloaded a lot only to delete them 10 minutes in either due to poor production, bad sound quality or just random rambling and lots of dead air and ummmms. Top 8 magic was the one I was most disappointed in because the sound quality is just a huge turn off so I never get far into it.
Amongst all that chaff there is some really good stuff most of which is pretty well known.

The king of Magic podcasts is Limited Resources hosted by Marshall Sutcliffe. Magic coverage is his full time job and it shows. The production quality is fantastic and both main hosts (Marshall and Brian Wong) are entertaining. For Theros limited they did a 5 hour show which I have to admit it took me multiple settings to finish but it was worth it.

The Eh team and Heavy meta are pretty similar in that they are very long podcasts with decent production values but they go off topic a lot. That is part of the charm for me as I enjoy listening to the hosts. So there is more general entertainment than strict magic talk so they are not something I can recommend to everyone even though I love them.

Drive to work is a roughly half hour podcast by Mark Rosewater which he makes while driving to work (hence the name). It’s very similar to his Making Magic column which is one of the things that got me back into Magic back in the day as I found it really interesting and read pretty much his entire archive. He has some interesting stories and the length of his drive to work seems to match pretty well with mine. Sometimes a little dry (I am not interested in certain topics) but sometimes really interesting especially when talking about how gamers and designers think and game design.
It sounds really clear for something recorded in his car.

The deck tease was a really pleasant surprise. The way other people talk about it and the impression you get from the picture on Itunes, the name and the intro music is completely different than what I found to be the podcast to be.
In my opinion it’s easily the best interview style podcast and most interesting one. The only interview podcast that I have subscribed to.
Brainstorm Brewery is the magic podcast I get most excited about to see a new episode. It’s a magic finance podcast and at times really interesting with some great hosts. The episodes or even sections inside the podcast really vary in quality though. Sometimes there is too much rambling and lingering on boring topics.
If you have the slightest interest in Magic finance this is the go to podcast.

Spike Feed is the most recent podcast I have added to my subscription list and I am fast becoming a big fan. It’s fairly new and I have now listened to every episode. Very good chemistry between the hosts, good variety of topics (limited, constructed and finance) and excellent production values thanks to one of the hosts being a professional producer.

My Top 7
Limited resources
The Spike Feed
Brainstorm Brewery
The Eh Team
Drive to work
The Deck Tease
Heavy Meta