Grinding It Out—Casually Competitive

10:19 a.m. It feels so good to sleep in. I had the option to wake up early and play in a Grand Prix Trial but, in order to prevent burn-out, I’ve decided to head to my local game store for a casual Standard tournament. Rob and I head to the subway station for the quick … Continue reading

Grinding It Out—Playing in an Open

By Monique Garraud 7:16 a.m. Crap, I pressed the snooze button one too many times. Erin, Anthony, and Morgan are supposed to meet me in front of the store by 8 a.m., so I shower quickly, throw on my favorite Magic shirt, and throw everything in my bag to rush out of the door. While … Continue reading

Grinding It Out—Like a Kid on Christmas Morning

By Monique Garraud 9:17 a.m.—The alignment of my circadian rhythm is nice to experience during the week, but awful when I want to sleep in. It’s rare that I don’t have an alarm set on a Saturday morning—and, as much as I’d like to enjoy a few more hours of rest, trying to fall asleep … Continue reading

Grinding It Out—Is This a PTQ or a GP Day Two?

By Monique Garraud 6:15 a.m.—I snooze once and then shoot up and awake to prepare for a long day. I have just picked up Reid Duke’s latest Jund brew about two weeks prior, and 3-1-ed two FNMs with it—so I have a general idea of how it works, but I am nowhere near proficient. I’m … Continue reading