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—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

Pondering—Grinding It Out With Grixis

I played Standard! Again! Me! Standard! Again! The last time I did, I played the horribly boring UWR Flash, came with a half-assed sideboard, and dropped at 1-2. This time, I played a brew and finished the day with a respectable 3-1. Here’s the list: Deck: Grixis Seer Counts : 60 main / 15 sideboard … 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

Grinding It Out—Is This a PTQ or a GP Day Two?

By Monique Garraud 6:15 a.m.—I snooze once and then shoot up and awake to prepare for a long day. I have just picked up Reid Duke’s latest Jund brew about two weeks prior, and 3-1-ed two FNMs with it—so I have a general idea of how it works, but I am nowhere near proficient. I’m … 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—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

State of the Meta—Bring Your Sunscreen

It’s spring. I live for the spring. All the things that the spring means to me come alive: ridin’ bikes, day drinking, naked skin (someone said to me last night, “Are those tattoos new?”), and a general apathy toward the current Standard meta. People start getting weird! The meta has settled on Reanimator followed by … 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