Developments in Durdling—Live Tweeting GP Philly

Hey guys! Sort of an off week for me. I’ve been working to get my photo business online and things really took off this week! But let’s get to the point here, right? I don’t have the normal type of deck break down article or slice of magic life story for you this week. Instead … Continue reading

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

State of the Meta—The Twenty Sided Metagame for May 10, 2013

State of the Meta is a weekly column appearing every Friday and reporting on the previous week’s FNM Meta at Twenty Sided Store, Hipster’s main base of operations—yet with which we are in no way affiliated. We thought it’d be a good idea to track the Standard meta game at our favorite Magic haunt, Twenty … 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

The Scrub Report—Limited Improvement

Over the past few weeks, during the pre-release and release of Dragon’s Maze, a storm has been brewing. It started with a lucky Gruul pre-release sealed deck, and grew with each smart play or complicated block. The storm is my slow improvement, and though it can dissipate at any moment, broken apart by some random … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Magical Christmas Land

Conley Woods coined the term Magical Christmas Land to refer to a deck he was playing that could do something insane when it got the perfect hand. The deck was a Lotus Cobra/Violent Ultimatum deck that specialized in destroying opposing manabases… when everything went right. When things went less than right, though, the wheels would … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—I Beat Tajic

This is a prerelease story. I signed up for Golgari going into it. This was half preference and half strategy: While I do love my Golgari colors, they also had a strong set of guild packs and were partnered with any but my least favorite of the Gatecrash guilds (Boros). Still, when I received my … Continue reading

What We Learned—Running the Maze (April 29)

Photo from @20SidedStore

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 the … Continue reading

23/17—Every Last Dragon’s Maze Common Reviewed

This week we’re going to take a look at all the commons in Dragon’s Maze. We’ve got a long way to go, so let’s get after it! Boros Mastiff—As a 2/2 for two, aka a “Bear,” this pup is unexciting but fine. His battalion ability is pretty unimpressive, though. Most of the other Boros Legionnaires … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Fighting Burnout, Cracking Eggs

The week or two before a new set hits is always awkward. You’ve got the full spoiler out, but no sense of how the cards actually play; you can guess at how these cards will fit in the various metas, but unless you’re part of a higher-level testing group you’re not going to have a … Continue reading