I was at a tournament in Harrisburg, PA, a few weeks ago and witnessed one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen done with Magic booster packs.
There were two players at a table, opening booster packs and spreading the cards on the table, face down. For each pack laid out in front of them, the players would take turns selecting cards. One player would flip his chosen card over for everyone to see, while the other quickly ripped his card in half – without looking. They would go back and forth until the “flip” player turned up the rare, or until there were no more cards to select. Then the “rip” player would reveal the damage done, often eliciting loud groans from the growing number of watchers.
They called this game, naturally, “Flip it or Rip it.” I watched them flip and rip about half a box of Return to Ravnica, an incredibly suspenseful sight, considering the possibility of seeing a decimated money mythic like the then-$40 Jace, Architect of Thought.
A week later, I went to GP Washington DC, and decided to have some Flip it or Rip it fun with random players there. I videotaped the shenanigans, and upped the suspense level tenfold by throwing in a Modern Masters pack.
It was pretty fun to see the stressed-out expressions on other players’ faces when I ripped up cards, especially during the Modern Masters pack. Some men like to watch the world burn, I guess.
I’ll be at GP Dallas this weekend trying to finally make a GP Day 2, so if you’re there look for the guys in the purple shirts. Don’t forget to check out the Bad Magic Podcast with new episodes posted every Thursday, and keep checking back here on Mondays for new posts!