State of the Meta—Durdling as a Win Condition

I swear I’m not a sadist. Honestly, I like to win my matches fast then get a little coffee, relax, and maybe get a bit of trading in. I’m a durdle magus by duty not by choice. I play the cards that fit into what I think is the best strategy for the format. Hold … Continue reading

Arting Around—Llanowar Elves and What I Think of Them and Their Relatives

On the Hipsters writers’ Google Group I’m whining about how none of the (two) Magic: The Gathering illustrators I contacted about interviews have gotten back to me yet. I ask if anyone has any ideas for the next Arting Around column. Zac replies with a “Llanowar Elf: Why So Serious” which I assume is a … Continue reading

Pondering—A New Modern

So we’ve had some time to let it sink in by now. Farewell, Bloodbraid Elf; farewell, Seething Song. I can’t speak for the entire Modern format when I say that you will be missed, but I certainly hate to see you go. I’ve played against those cards. I’ve lost to those cards. Hell, I’ve been … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Mono for Modern

It’s an exciting time to play Modern, isn’t it? New set, new bannings, new landscape. For what it’s worth, I think the banning of Bloodbraid Elf was both appropriate and needed, but I am a little more confused by the decision to cripple storm decks. On the one hand I get it; Storm’s position in … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—Prerelease Scrub-Out Spectacular!

There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the following fact: I will never win prize packs. After working a full shift at the Twenty Sided Store this past Friday, I traded in my “Helpful Shopkeep” hat at midnight for my “Deranged, Midnight Pre-Release playing Magic Fanatic” hat and got in line outside … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—Gatecrash Prerelease, Modern Shake-Ups, and a GoPro

It’s an odd week to write about Magic: The Gathering if one is hoping to be a creative voice in the MTG blogosphere. Gatecrash prerelease has come and gone. Bloodbraid Elf and Seething Song are banned in Modern. Gatecrash release is this coming weekend. I acquired a GoPro camera and have been recording test matches … Continue reading

Command of Etiquette—Gatecrash Goodies

 It’s the time of year when everyone is doing set reviews.  While not horribly original, I am joining in on the fun.  But fun is the emphasis; I’m not pointing out the most powerful cards, or ones you should speculate on.  I am just going through and pointing out some cards I think are worth … Continue reading

What We Learned—Not Playing Magic (Jan. 28)

Hello reader! What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast. The goal is to take some of the events and articles polluting the Magic world, strip out the chaff (tournament reports, game theory, economics) and give you our superior opinion. Complaints are encouraged. Greetings hipsters and welcome to another edition … Continue reading

23/17—Drafting All-in Orzhov in Return to Ravnica

It looked so promising. I went into this draft, the third in a series of off-guild Return to Ravnica drafts, knowing that I had three guilds left in the tank: Simic and Dimir, neither of which I’ve ever heard of anyone drafting successfully in this set—and Orzhov, my personal favorite color combination, as well as … Continue reading

From the Sideboard—Hugh Kramer, 20SS Champion

This past weekend at Twenty Sided Store was the longest Magic: The Gathering tournament I’ve played in to date. The Twenty Sided Store’s Players Championship consisted of 16 store regulars in 12 rounds of swiss, spread across four different formats, with an additional two-round single-elimination top four. The formats were: Day 1 3 rounds of … Continue reading