The Dork Den will be open for in-store shopping starting Monday, May. 18th. Our hours will be Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sundays 12-5. We will also be closed on Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day.
When we reopen, things will be different as we adapt to the COVID-19 situation. All our in-store events are cancelled until further notice. Our Gaming Room is closed to the public at this time, as is our demo game library.
During the Covid 19 emergency we will not be accepting returns or exchanges for the safety of our customers so please be certain of your purchases.
Customers in our retail area will be limited to 6 customers maximum. While we are not requiring customers to wear face masks, they are strongly encouraged. Customers will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines while in the store as much as possible. If you are ill please stay home. We have also increased our sanitizing procedures to provide a clean environment – commonly used surfaces will be cleaned between each customer.
Customers who wish to look through our Magic singles please do so from home via our TCGplayer store or on their phones. No instore stations will be provided at this time.
If you prefer you can still order online and pick up in store for faster service. Select in store pick up when placing your order and we’ll let you know when it’s ready. Our e-commerce site is https://the-dork-den.square.site/
We’re looking forward to seeing our customers again – hope to see you soon!
We are still in the process of putting products on the site so if you can’t find something give us a call(507-386-1406) or message us via facebook we will do our best to shop for you and help you out and get it ready for pick up or delivery.
The Dork Den message regarding COVID-19 Update Wednesday April 8th:
Today we got word from the Governor that the Stay Home Minnesota order is extended until May 4th. Which pushes out our reopening up another few weeks. As difficult as this is we continue to do our part to keep everyone safe.
We are looking forward to gaming with all of you when this is over.
Starting today Monday, March 16th the Dork Den will be suspending all Organized Play events until April 1st. We will continue to monitor the situation and may change this date if necessary. Additionally, we will be adjusting the use of our gaming space. We will be adjusting the seating in order to provide more space between groups. In our event space, we are limiting use to 4 people per table, and a maximum of 16 people. We understand that people will be looking for places to go as schools, businesses, and events close or are cancelled, and as such will be taking additional measures to protect the safety of those who choose to come to our store.
We will remain open during our regular hours. M-Sat 11A-10P and Sunday 11a-7pm
Please keep in mind that if you are feeling ill in any way that we would appreciate it if you stayed home. We have this expectation of our patrons as well as ourselves.
We will continue to assess the situation and keep you up to date.
We wish everyone safety during the trying time. Thank you for your support.
What do we do after the most recent Standard bans?
Oko, Thief of Crowns, Veil of Summer, and Once Upon a Time have been banned in standard and I am excited for something new! It is clear to me the Oko, Thief of Crowns was a mistake. I am optimistic that now that he is gone the format will return to the Control vs. Aggro vs. Mid-range of old.
Although, there is limited data available about what the meta will look like there has already been a tournament showcasing what the new meta could be. Today I am going to give you my thoughts on the up and coming decks that performed well in the Twitch Rivals Tournament.
Neither of these decks are new. They were both overshadowed by the power level the green decks prior to the bans. The mono-red list was notably played by Aaron Barich who is one of the best pilots of the archetype in recent memory. Not sure if Mono-Red is the best choice right now. This might just be a very skilled player doing well with their chosen archetype. The Knights deck plays 4 Embercleave Woof! A deck very similar to this did put up results pre-oko ban so Knights would be my choice if I wanted my opponents dead as fast as possible. Everyone loves a nice break between rounds. 😛
Green black Adventures is the newest incarnation of green good cards that we own. A solid take on an already existing deck. This deck can generate a back breaking amount of card advantage if you play a Edgewall Innkeeper on turn one. This is what I will be playing for FNM with out a doubt. Paradise Druid remains my favorite card in standard and I cannot stay away.
The Food decks had a break out performance at the Pro Tour. Rakdos Sacrifice is just the next iteration. Gaining incremental advantage over the game by borrowing your opponents creatures and sacrificing fits the theme of theme of the Rakdos guild perfectly. A solid pick to do well in the upcoming format. This deck was played by my favorite mtg pro Thiago Saporito. I have trusted his deck building for years and would rely on this being a good starting point for the deck.
Control is not my cup of tea but undeniably powerful. The Esper control list below starts up right where the pre-Throne of Eldraine format left it. Now that Summer Veil is gone Thought Erasure will be taking my favorite card and revealing my hand to my control playing opponent once more. I really like the return to playing Mortify in this list. I think that Jeskai Fires might be the most played deck in the next meta and it is a really nice answer to the card while not being dead in other matchups.
Jeskai Fires is likely the Boogey Man of the format. A lot of top pros chose to play this deck in Twitch Rivals to solid success. The innovation of Sphinx of Foresight helps this deck get to Fires more reliably. This decks struggle before was always being great with Fires of Invention in play and mediocre without it. If this is the formats best deck I’m all for it. Jeskai Fires still seems like a beatable deck given the right sideboard cards.
My optimism is high for the new standard. I’m looking forward to playing a format that develops a healthy meta and doesn’t just get turned to Elks.
If you didn’t see the post on our Facebook page, we had 24 players for Commander on Friday, January 4th. So we ended up with 6 Commander pods, as well as the 14 Standard players! Something Bailee started at the end of last year was recognizing the pod winners with a short questionnaire. From last weeks pods Bailee was able to interview 4 winners.
The first winner of the night was Jesse C. His commander was Maren, of Clan Nel Toth. The changes he wants to make to the deck are to get more foils for it. The most surprising thing that happened during the game was getting hit from dinosaurs for 18 damage…dinosaurs…. The Ravnica guild which Jesse would be a member of is Izzet.
Kurt S was the next pod winner Bailee had the opportunity to interview. He is another proud member of the Izzet guild from Ravnica, after all they have dragons. The thing that surprised Kurt from his match was Mitch’s deck. He thought the mono green deck was cool. When asked if he will be making any changes to his Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck he said no, why mess with perfection(or maybe that he was too lazy to change it.)
Adam H returns to the winner circle for the second week in a row, with the same deck. He is in a 2 week win streak with is Nin the Pain Artist deck. When Adam won the previous week he said he was going to add more creatures. The thing that surpises him most about the deck is the pace of it. He felt it has a good tempo. The guild from Ravnica Adam is a member of is Selesnya.
The final pod winner we get to recognize is Josh T. Though he won he felt his Estrid, the Masked deck needs more win cons and less grind. Ravnica Allegiance has a possible additional win con for Josh in Simic Ascendancy. Josh declared his allegiance to Simic when asked which guild he belongs too.
Winners 5 & 6 were either missed by us or refused to answer Bailee’s questions. We look forward to seeing you for Commander Friday Night Magic every Friday at 7 pm.