Power and Toughness—The Return of BR Zombies at TCG Player Spring States

My alarm, a Tibetan singing bowl app on my iPhone, went off not as peacefully as you’d imagine, at 8am. I shit, shower, shave, and head out on my bike towards Kings Games for the TCG Spring States tournament. It’s got a 3x multiplier and, though people are really, really down on Kings, where I … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—15 Minutes Before Bringing It Up

Male Student: [Annoyed] I’m getting a little tired of this. Dr. Peter Venkman: You volunteered, didn’t you? We’re paying you, are we? Male Student: Yeah, but I didn’t know you we’re gonna be giving me electric shocks. What are trying to prove here, anyway? Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m studying the effect on negative reinforcement on … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—I Don’t Like to Touch

Limited is the throw-away collection of formats. There’ s no lasting relationships formed with cards there is in constructed Magic. I’ve been married to Thragtusk and Restoration Angel for about a year. As an atheist it’s incredibly difficult to work with beings of an angelic persuasion but this one has a special touch that flips … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—Dragon’s Maze, Mad Men, and Reanimator

The Walking Dead ended a few weeks ago so I’ve been writing Power and Toughness before, during, and after Mad Men airs on AMC. This week’s episode is the one where Martin Luther King’s death is mentioned. They said “negro” a second ago and it felt super weird to hear, as it always does. “That dress … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—The Intensity of Hatred I Have for Bullshit Decks Like Esper Control and My Disapproval of Anyone Playing Them, Ever

It’s been an intense week. I’ve been super emo whilst playing magic both online and in real life. Reanimator and it’s variations have been good to me. I haven’t been losing to aggro, like, at all. There have been two matches against Esper Control, one won and one lost, that put me on tilt like … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—I Tried a Bunch of Decks in Standard and It Was Fun

Another unrelenting Internet outage at my apartment has me writing to you on my phone, posting just a few hours before this article goes live, and generally being sloppy. But, hey, I turned 73 years old this weekend, so cut me some slack. (Ed.’s note: Happy birthday, Matt!) I didn’t go to the PTQ in Connecticut … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—132nd at Kings PTQ With Prime Speaker Bant

Good afternoon! What a weekend! Long story short: I beat Jund Midrange round one and Esper Control round two. The quote of the second match was, “You can’t get pregnant from a cartoon,” said by me. I mulled to four (a total of one land, and it was colorless, in 22 total cards) and then … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—Second at the $400 Cash Standard Tournament

Every Zombie Jesus weekend Jen’s folks come down to Brooklyn from the Boston area and we eat shit tons of ham, asparagus, corn, and mashed potatoes, which we then turn into actual shit. You know, because that’s how digestion works. The in-laws’s visit kept me from going to Philadelphia for the PTQ there. It’s Standard … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—#GPPITT

This thing could easily stretch to 10,000 words so I’m gonna let photographs do a significant portion of the talking. Some of the Hipsters had a testing group going for a couple of weeks leading up to Grand Prix Pittsburgh. Hunter writes brilliantly about it here. I bought a box of Gatecrash, fucking up my … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—Magic: The Onlinening

Fat oaf: So let me get this straight. You’re a CIA agent sent by the Queen of America to deliver this top-secret scooter to the West Pole? Stimpy: “Eh, that’s right. To the big chief spy himself, Stinky Wizzleteats!” I’m not a Magic: The Gathering expert but I like myself a good game of Standard. As of … Continue reading