Lockdown update - Ikoria release and shipping
You may have seen our Facebook posts stating that The Luckshack stores will not be opening for business until Level 3 lockdown regulations are in place. I want to take a moment to expand on that, as well as talk a bit about the shipping of orders and the Ikoria prerelease/release.
We are currently at the mercy of the regulations that are also preventing our suppliers from operating. They will be able to receive the Ikoria products stuck in special storage at the same time we'd be opening our doors, these having arrived in South Africa while we were all in deep lockdown.
That means that if nothing changes with regards to the Lockdown level in the next two weeks, all prerelease kits ordered as well as other pre-ordered items that have released since 27 March 2020 will be sent out a couple of days after going to Level 3, and once we receive them. All other orders that have been placed to be shipped in this time will be sent out within the first couple of days after opening, whether that be that we've moved to Level 3 or that the regulations around e-commerce trading have changed. And, as always, customers will receive status updates on their orders as per usual when this occurs.
I want to mention at this point that customers that have placed orders for in store pick-up might not be able to come and get those under Level 3 restrictions. Its not 100% clear whether we will only be operating as as e-commerce outlets at that stage or whether we'll also be able to have customers inside the stores. We will keep everyone updated.
We have known for a while now that the chances of hosting a traditional prelease this time around was next to zero. At this point in time it is unlikely that we will have received any of the Ikoria set or commander products in time to have the alternative "At-home" prelease announced by Wizards of the Coast either. In fact, public gatherings will not be allowed until at earliest Level 2 restrictions are in place. Now is probably a good a time as any to state that we do not believe there will be any form of organised play in our stores in the coming months.
The next 2-3 prereleases will more than likely be "At-home" events, where our customers will only be allowed to come and pick up their packs but not stay for any form of event. We will also not be running any of our usual weekly events until at least Level 2 restrictions are in place, depending on regulations at that time as well as any external restrictions imposed.
This also impacts the 2020 Invitational series. The series will be suspended until such time when we can safely start running larger events again in a controlled, hygienic environment. We'll be aiming to restart in 4-6 months to run the series and host the final some time mid-2021.