The Story Behind the “Kibler Playmat”

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You may have seen this around the Internet, but the full story has never been made clear. I know you're saying stuff like "But we have Conspiracy Spoilers and new Standard decks to talk about!"

But this is clearly more important, right?

The Man, the Myth and the Legend all rolled into one, right?
The Man, the Myth and the Legend all rolled into one, right?

Brian Kibler is a great player and ambassador for Magic, and he knows how to poke fun at himself. I wouldn't be caught dead using a mat like this myself, but I understand why a lot of people do. After all, it's a conversation starter at least, right?

Anyway, these have become the new fad of the week, so I thought we should at least figure out the story behind them, right?

Well, Kibs has our collective backs.

A few nights during the cruise are formal nights, which are prime picture-taking time, since people are dressed their best. On one of those nights, Natalie and I went around from station to station having our pictures taken. We’d had a few drinks, so we were being pretty silly. At one of the stations, they had us pose together, and then had Natalie lay down on a lounge chair by herself for her solo shot. When it was my turn, I insisted on posing the exact same way. When we went to look at the pictures the next day, we knew we had to buy that one because it was just too funny...

You can read, in his own words, the rest of the full story of how this came to be on his blog, which you can find here.

Enjoy! Remember, this is important stuff.

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Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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5 thoughts on “The Story Behind the “Kibler Playmat”

  1. I bought one of these for a friend of mine and was mailed a second by mistake. I played with it for a couple weeks before trading it at full value towards a foil domri. During that time I would always face the mat towards my opponent and explain that if they didn’t want to look at sexy Kibler all they had to do was let me get a decent board state that covered him up.

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