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

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

State of the Meta—Year One

Just over a year ago I entered my first Sanctioned Magic Event in over five years. I was in for a few surprises—”What do you mean damage doesn’t stack?” “You’ve actually gotten better since the last game.” Monique told me during the second game of my first match back, as I remembered that I could … Continue reading

Pondering—Attacking Along an Alternate Axis

I played Standard last week. Me! Standard! There was a time when that statement didn’t raise any eyebrows. Standard used to be my jam, until Return to Ravnica and my discovery of Modern changed that. After GP Atlantic City, I played less and less Standard until I eventually just stopped paying attention to the format … 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

23/17—I Feel So Dirty

In a departure from our regularly scheduled programing, this week I’m going to be talking about … Standard. I know—shocking, right? Trust me, I’m as disgusted as you are. Long story short: In an effort to grind for Planeswalker Points (and here is where every non-Magic-playing friend of mine who’s happened to click on this … Continue reading

What We Learned—Format Stagnation (April 8)

Hello reader! What We Learned is a weekly feature here at Hipsters of the Coast written by former amateur Magic Player Rich Stein, who came really close to making day two of a Grand Prix on several occasions. The goal is to take some of the events and articles polluting the Magic world, strip out … Continue reading

State of the Meta—Out of the Funk

I finally got a chance to play a little Standard this week and I went 2-2 at a local tournament. Sometimes losing before a big weekend can be good, though. After a mediocre performance I find myself doing two things: First, I question my metagame knowledge. Second, I identify where I need to tweak my … Continue reading

State of the Meta—Graveyard Hate 2.0

My girlfriend hates zombies, the undead, and frankly most gross things (or gross as far as non-necromancers are concerned). Not me! I’m a big fan of those things when it comes to movies and boy did I love me a Zombies deck back during pre-RTR cycle Standard. But the Undead, Angels, Beast, and Demons are … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—Standard for Dummies

Last week a funny thought flicked across my mind. While sorting Magic at the Twenty Sided Store I was struck by a card. Gyre Sage, this awesome green evolver/ramper, really got my wheels spinning. I turned to my boss and said, out of the blue, “I want to build a Standard deck.” This is problematic … Continue reading