Checkmate Games Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas

Checkmate Games Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas

Cant seem to figure out what to get for your friends or family? Check our slides for the top 5 gifts we picked out for inspiration!

No.1: YGO: Maximum Gold

No.1: YGO: Maximum Gold

Is your loved ones a fan of YuGiOh? The newest TCG set coming out November 13th is a great addition to their collection this holiday season! Prepare to experience the unparalleled beauty and style with new Premium Gold Rares in Maximum Golds!

No.2: MTG: Commander Collection: Green

No.2: MTG: Commander Collection: Green

Coming December 4th, for those Magic the Gathering collectors in your heart comes a green themed box set for the holidays! These cards have been selected to showcase the things green mages love to do in Commander, and each one has been given brand-new art with loads of references to popular legendary characters. They will be right at home in your loved ones favorite green deck alongside their legendary counterparts!

No.3: Pokémon TCG: Champions Path Elite Trainer Box

No.3: Pokémon TCG: Champions Path Elite Trainer Box

Every Pokémon collector would be very excited to have this as a gift! The Champions Path Elite Trainer Box will equip you with the necessary tools to go on a journey worthy of a champion Pokémon Trainer. Whether you seek knowledge, experience, or an opportunity to enhance your collection with a stunning Charizard promo card, the Champions Path Elite Trainer Box is a prize worth fighting for!

No.4: D&D Minis and Dice Sets

No.4: D&D Minis and Dice Sets

Every Dungeons and Dragons characters essentials in quests are their miniatures and dice! We have a wide selection of miniatures to choose from to fit perfectly for their campaign. Our colorful dice selection is perfect for your favorite D&D nerd as having too much dice is never too much!

No.5: Mariposas

No.5: Mariposas

Have a board game fanatic in your life? The same people who made Wingspan has brought a new fluttering debut with their new game Mariposas! It is a game of movement and set collection that lets players be part of this amazing journey.


Yu-Gi-Oh Chaos Impact Sneak Peek!

Attention Yu-Gi-Oh players!

The newest set, Chaos Impact is close to release. That means you have the chance to get the cards early! 

On October 19th, @ 1pm join us as we play games using the newest cards from Chaos Impact and get the chance to win a special edition playmat! 

Entry Fee: $20

Hope to see you there!

Magic the Gathering Online Inventory!

Hello all Magic players! 

We know most people like shopping from the convenience of their own home. With that we would like to introduce our new Storefront for Magic the Gathering! 

We are now using TCGplayer as a storefront to sell our cards. Our store is currently in its “Beta” version as we aren’t able to upload our entire inventory to TCG just yet. 

Once we reach the time we can upload our entire inventory, we will take down our store for a few days while we input everything into TCG. After that, we will have a full functioning Online Store! 

All you will need to do is click the store tab on our website,, and it will take you to our store on TCG. Then, just put in the card you are looking for into the search bar and hit enter. Our store will still be a filter in your search if you used the store tab on our website so it won’t show anyone else’s inventory. You can also get to our store by searching a card normally through TCG, then clicking “Find a seller” on the left hand side of the screen and typing in “Checkmate”. 

We will publish another post when we shut down the store, and then when we officially re-open it with our full inventory! 

Thank you and play well with others! 


Throne of Eldraine Pre-Release!

When King Arthur meets grim fairy-tales, you get the newest Magic set, Throne of Eldraine! This is the first set since Core 2019 that we didn’t have ANY clue what it would bring. With all the surprises and new things coming from this set, it is bound to be a great time!

You will be given a Throne of Eldraine pre-release kit which includes; 6 Throne of Eldraine packs, a spin-down die, and a promo card from the set of the rare or mythic-rare variety. You will then build a 40 card deck from the cards you opened and basic lands that we will provide. Then the tournament will begin and you have the chance to win even more packs!

Entry Fee: $25

Prize Support: 2 packs per entry, given out to top 1/3rd.

We hope to see you there!

Introducing, Blogs!


We here at Checkmate want to communicate with our customers not just inside the store, but outside the store as well! That is why we are introducing Staff Blogs! We will keep you up to date on whats going on with the store, and answer any questions in the comments! 

We are still working out bugs so if you aren’t able to comment or see a post, please email us at so we can get that fixed! 

I’ll say goodbye for now but you will hear from me and the other staff members again! 

Happy Gaming! 


Commander Weekend!

The new Commander decks are about to release, and with it comes a tournament! 

The tournament begins on Saturday, August 24th @5pm!

This event is sanctioned by Wizards of the Coast to help promote Commander 19 as well as give you all some awesome prizes! 

Players will be placed in pods of 4 and given 70 minutes to play a game of commander. The objective of the match isn’t just to win, but to try and complete each achievement that can be found here. If you are able to complete the list, you will be rewarded with an official Promo Pack (While supplies last). 

Entry fee will be $40 due at sign-up. Along with that, you can choose which deck you want to use to compete with (while supplies last). That means you get the deck for a straight $40 as well as the possibility of winning promo packs! 

With this, Wizards is trying out a variant on Commander. Everything stays the same, except you will start with 3 legendary creatures in your command zone instead of just one! 

The event will be capped at 3 rounds. 

For those who plan on, or already have, reserved any of the decks, you may use one of your reserved decks for the tournament, however you won’t receive it until the tournament to keep things fair. 

We hope to see you there! 

MTG: Battle of the Guilds!

MTG MODERN special event hosted by Checkmate. August 17th at 6 pm.

Players bring two-color decks to represent a guild and battle against each other to prove their guild is the best! (Ex: Izzet player may play any unbanned modern cards but deck must be Red & Blue). Max 3 people per guild- Winning Guild Member gets a prize- and their fellow Guild Members also get rewards.

Feel free to send any questions via Messenger- including checking what Guilds have already been filled! Reservations at time of payment. (Guild slots max out at 3 players per guild to promote friendly competition.)

Prizes include
• SPECIALTY WINNER’S PACKS – 5 Promo foils (At least 1 multicolor promo of your guild, mixed cards of guild colors), and your Guild Gate
• Ravnica Block Booster pack for entering the tournament
• Single promos for representing your guild! Dress for success.

This tournament is $5 to enter and the swiss-style tournament. Rack up win points and help your team (and yourself) rise to victory!

New Yu-Gi-Oh Sneak Peak!

The newest set for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is about to release! With that, another Sneak Peek event will be held here at Checkmate. 


On Saturday, July 20th @ 1pm, Checkmate will be having our Sneak Peek for the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! set, Rising Rampage! Entry fee is $20 with payment due at sign-up. We have limited seating so come on in and reserve your spot today! 


The Yu-Gi-Oh! Sneak Peek is an event for you to come out and get the newest cards before anyone else. You will be given six packs of the newest set, this time being Rising Rampage, as well as an exclusive promo card. You will play casual games for the chance to win an exclusive play-mat as well! 


We hope to see you out there! 

Help Checkmate support Cancer Research!

Use your powers- FOR GOOD!

Checkmate is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to lead the fight to a world without Cancer. And you can help! On September 7th, the Relay for Life will be held at Centennial Terrace, and Checkmate wants to be a big sponsor! We know the gaming community here in Toledo & Sylvania are good folk; let’s show everyone else! The donation jar can be found at the front counter of the store.

Every cent donated to our donation jar will go a long way- your spare change could save a life! Please, help us help others!