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

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

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

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—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

Power and Toughness—Jund, Success, Humility, and Byes

When you’re 50 points away from a second bye for the next season, and there’re only two weeks left in the current season, and you’re planning on attending three Grand Prix in the coming months, you end up playing a shit-ton of Magic. There’s no easily accessible PTQ in sight. I dunno if Monique’s going … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—Junk Reanimator at 20SS (TNM)

I almost didn’t go to Tuesday Night Magic (TNM) at Twenty Sided Store (20ss) as I had a video to finish editing for a performance I am doing this weekend at the Art Live Fair benefiting Lotus House Women’s Shelter and only two days to complete it. I got it to a point and then … Continue reading