What We Learned—Premiere Play Season Primer (May 6)

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—56th at Grand Prix Pittsburgh

Last week I left you at the end of GP Pittsburgh’s day one, in which I’d crushed it by going 8-0 after an 0-2 start with no byes. Read part one of my report here. Day Two I woke up and ran it back on the Dunkin’ Donuts tip with Josh Fetto, before heading back to … Continue reading

What We Learned—What We Taught (April 1)

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

23/17—Getting Beat by a Kid and Renouncing Losing at GP Pittsburgh

Now you just gotta win out!—text message from Matt Jones Last Friday I hated Magic. Let me back up: Last Friday I woke up at 4:45am to get on the road early to Grand Prix Pittsburgh, Gatecrash Limited format, with Matt “The Obliterator” Jones, Kadar “History’s Greatest Monster” Brock, and Local Notable Level 2 Judge … 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

23/17—Testing: Now With 100% More Sealed

This week, with Grand Prix Pittsburgh on the horizon—by the time you read this, I’ll be driving west through Pennsylvania toward the GP with a Twenty Sided Store crew including myself, The Kadar Brock, fellow HOTC author Matt “The Obliterator” Jones, and in-house Level 2 Judge Connor Hays—I’m going to talk a little bit about … Continue reading

What We Learned—PTQ Attendance Challenges (March 3)

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. Last week we spoke at length about … Continue reading

23/17—Everything Dies, Baby, That’s a Fact (aka GP Charlotte Part Two)

NB: This is the second part of my GP Charlotte tournament report, mostly covering Saturday. For part one of the report, click here. I set my alarm for 9:30am, intending to get up and have a leisurely morning—shower, breakfast, etc.—before heading over for the two-round-bye build time at 12:30pm. But my girlfriend called me a little … Continue reading

23/17—Grand Prix Gigantor (aka Charlotte), Part One

Right now I’m on the plane, headed home from GP Charlotte—aka the single biggest Magic tournament of all time, with an incredible 2,693 players. I had speculated that this event—given what seems to be ever-increasing GP attendance, combined with StarCityGames’ unparalleled marketing power, and despite being in not quite as big a hub city as … Continue reading

What We Learned—Grand Prix Charlotte (Feb. 25)

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. Two thousand, six hundred and ninety-three players … Continue reading