Sneaking in a new Hobby Store profile
Well, I’m not sure how old this place is, but I DO know that up until a few weeks ago it wasn’t showing up on Wizard of the Coast’s event locator. The store is part of a chain, C-Labo. I featured one before in Hamamatsu, and another in Kyoto. There is also a C-Labo in Osu Kannon near Amenity Dream, but they liquidated their Magic singles and carry almost no booster packs. Why? Well, I think because there is simply too much competition in the Osu area.
That was one idea at least.
What I think they did is moved their stock over to the Mei Eki C-labo store. I was surprised to find this store after more than one year of living in Nagoya, and it’s not too far from Nagoya station and Hobby Station Mei Eki. It’s actually a decent shop, and it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Their selection of singles isn’t as big as Mishimaya, Amenity Dream, or Big Magic, but it’s on par with the Hobby Stations around the area. They have both standard and older cards, and the prices aren’t so bad. It also looks like they are actively buying cards as well, so if you’re in the area with your binder, check out Hobby Station and C-Labo’s prices and see who will give you the best deal. All you need is an ID (passport of foreigner card will do).
C-Labo Mei Eki also has standard tournaments from time to time (which the other one in Osu never had). Stop in and check their monthly schedule or Wizard of the Coast’s event calendar to find out when they’re hosting events.
Just like Hobby Station Mei Eki, head to the Taiko Dori side of Nagoya station where Bic Camera, Tsutaya, and Tiger Cafe are located. With those locations in front of you, turn left and start walking down the street. The first intersection you come to will have a Denny’s. Keep walking past it to the next intersection. You should see a Mini Stop in front of you, and there should be an apartment shop on the corner as well. From this intersection (with Mini Stop convenience store in front of you), turn right and cross the street. Once you cross the street, keep walking straight. You should see both a Lawson and a Sukiya beef bowl restaurant on your right side.
C-Labo is in the same building as the beef bowl place, but on the 6th floor. Refer to the first picture if you need a visual guide. If you have any problems finding the place, please let me know and I’ll re-write these. As always, I welcome your opinion of these shops if you end up heading there for any event.
Peek at the Metagame
Heading into the winter holidays, I’ve set up a very ambitious goal of 100 points and 10 events for myself. I went 2-1 at FNM (7 players) and went 2-2-1 at Hobby Station today (21 players), which gives me 15/100 points after 2 events. Today’s event was won by a UWR Flash deck, and FNM was won by a very fast mono red deck. My Junk Tokens deck has been doing really well, and my losses are coming from bad draws, and NOT misplays which is an improvement. Keeping the sideboard up to date is also important.
With that I bid you adieu. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. Good luck and I hope you all get some great presents or enjoy being with your family!