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Magic: The Gathering Podcast



Go inside the world of Magic: The Gathering for insights, interviews, and much more.



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Pro Tour Dark Ascension Deck Tech: Spirit Delver with Jon Finkel

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:03:45 -1000

Pro Tour Hall of Famer Jon Finkel added a 13th Pro Tour Top 8 to his amazing resume at Pro Tour Dark Ascension, helped greatly by his Blue-white Standard deck featuring Delver of Secrets and a heavy dose of spirits that came from the deckbuilding mind of Sam Black.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/12honolulu/TC Deck Tech 11 (Finkel)[1].mp4




Pro Tour Dark Ascension Deck Tech: Frites with Raphael Levy

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:03:45 -1000

Magic Pro Tour Hall of Famer Raphael Levy shows off his Standard deck that he worked on with Emmanuel Vernay, a five-color Re-animator deck that culminates with Elesh Norn, Inferno Titan, and Wurmcoil Engine.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/12honolulu/TC Deck Tech 9 (Levy)[1].mp4




Pro Tour Dark Ascension: Drafting Dark Ascension with Ben Stark

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:03:45 -1000

Ben Stark, the Limited guru from Team ChannelFireball, walks through the complete Dark Ascension set reviewing the key draft archetypes that have emerged at Pro Tour Dark Ascension.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/12honolulu/TC Deck Tech 8 (Stark)[1].mp4




2011 Worlds: Best. Fun. Ever.

Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:42:00 PST

The penultimate round of the Swiss. Top 8 on the line everywhere you look. No more hiding places. No more hard-luck stories. Just one on one with everything at stake. Emerging storylines everywhere - Conley Woods dominant. ChannelFireball looking to blow away the competition. Canada looking for a Top 8 through David Caplan. Richard Bland of England, hasn't lost since Thursday. Paulo needing a point to be sure. There is nothing better than the feature match area with a round to go, and we're right at the heart of the action. Join us.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11sanfrancisco/worlds_5.mp3




2011 Worlds: The Round That Means the Most

Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:11:00 PST

The final round of team play is a critical one. With nine points for the team victory, that's an 18-point swing on the line. Six rounds of Modern follow, and even a succession of 2-1s for your three team members make it very hard to claw back that lost ground. When the dust settles after this final team round, it becomes virtually impossible for a team further down the standings to make a run at the final two for Sunday action. That makes this clash between Switzerland and the United States a huge match. See Ali Aintrazi, Haibing Hu, and David Ochoa face off againt Dario Vicedomini, Matthias Kunzler, and Matteo Rusconi. Modern, Legacy, Standard, as it happens.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11sanfrancisco/worlds_4.mp3




2011 Worlds: Draft Under the LIghts

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:03:00 PST

In our as-it-happens round up from the feature match area, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa of Brazil takes on Gerry Thompson, both at 8-2. Also at 8-2 are rivals and new-found friends Matthias Hunt and Fabian Thiele. Both of them are in the running for the Rookie of the Year title, and both were desperate to play each other. Now they have their chance. Finally, we see the Innovator Patrick Chapin in a blazing set against 2006 Player of the Year Shouta Yasooka. Blistering Magic, from some of the best in the world.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11sanfrancisco/worlds_3.mp3




2011 Worlds: Team Night in Canada

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:33:00 PST

After six rounds of Standard, the day is over for individuals in the main event. For the National Team members, however, there's still two rounds to go, and this time there's the addition of Modern and Legacy into the Constructed mix. With Tim Willoughby bringing you text coverage of the early two leaders -- Netherlands and Chinese Taipei -- I'll be watching the current occupants of the third and fourth spots in the standings. It's Dan Lanthier for Canada in the Legacy against Dimitry Olenin of the Russian Federation. In Modern, Noah Long took on Simen Korzunov, while Standard saw Marc Anderson facing Nikolay Zlobnov. Three formats, two teams, one winner. Teams at Worlds.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11sanfrancisco/worlds_2.mp3




2011 Worlds: From the Beginning

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:40:00 PST

It's early morning here in San Francisco, and the excitement is mounting as Worlds is less than an hour away. We tour the event floor interviewing left, right, and center, as the clock ticks down to six rounds of Standard. Want to hear what it's really like? Listen in, with dozens of players from around the world talking about their hopes for the days ahead, including National Champions, Pro Tour winners, Player of the Year contenders, Hall of Famers old and new...there's something for everyone as Worlds gets under way.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11sanfrancisco/worlds_1.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Deal with what you Can

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 07:38:00 PST

It's the final round of GP Amsterdam, but for at least some of the feature match winners it won't be the end of the road. The top 8 beckons, but ahead of our intrepid octet are three more tables. All three may well ID, leaving these four tables effectively playing for 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th place. While all of these are excellent achievements, only two are likely to be greeted with a smile. Tiebreaks you can't control. The best Magic you can play when it matters most? It's time to deal with what you can, and wait for the final standings.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 9.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Learning Legacy: ANT and UW Stoneblade

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 07:20:00 PST

In the final part of our Legacy podcast adventures, Jamie Westlake of the Netherlands takes us through the intricacies of the Ad Nauseam-Tendrils combo deck, while 2010 Dutch National Champion Bas Melis reveals a whopping fourteen counterspells in his blue-white Stoneblade deck. All in all, ten great decks for you to try at your next Legacy event.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 8.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Learning Legacy: Hive Mind and Painter's Servant

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 04:00:00 PST

There are some incredible combos in Legacy, and we talk to two pace-setting players here on day two. Kim Grymer of Denmark is at 10-0 from ZERO Byes, and his painter's Servant deck looks to mill the opponent in one Grindstone activation. Then overnight leader Jerome Puthod of France talks us through his Hive Mind deck. Oh look, here are some Pacts that you won't be paying for...


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 7.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: The Last of Legacy (Day One)

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:30:00 PST

Six perfect records in the feature match area - Jerome Puthod of France, Hans Jacob Goddik of the Netherlands, Matthew Frauenschlager and Jonas Kostler of Germany, Mark McGovern of Ireland, and Daniel Bertelsen of Denmark. Then there's Lucas Blohon and Daan Pruijt, looking to secure a day two berth with a seventh win here in the last round. Who gets the perfect day one record? Listen to find out.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 6.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Learning Legacy: BUG and Reanimator

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:00:00 PST

Decks five and six in our overview of Legacy. Ireland's Mark McGovern combines black (B), Blue (U), and Green (G) spells to utilize powerful discard, destruction, and countermagic, while Vincent Lemoine of Belgium walks us through the awesomeness that is Reanimator. Turn one Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur? Now that's some powerful Magic.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 5.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Learning Legacy: In your Face and High Tide

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 05:14:00 PST

GP Paris 2008 winner Arjan van Leeuwen has an unusual deck this weekend, that features Innistrad unheralded black card Bump in the Night! Then New Zealander Gene Brumby talks us through the classic Combo deck High Tide.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 4.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Launching Legacy

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 05:10:00 PST

Into the feature match area we go, and the intracies of Legacy up close and personal. Robert van Medevoort and Ruud Warmenhoven look to claim victory for the home team, while others in the public spotlight include Player of the Year contender Vincent Lemoine and Czech standout Petr Brozek.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 3.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Learning Legacy: Zoo and No Bant

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 05:05:00 PST

Carrie Oliver burst onto the scene with a terrific performance at Pro Tour Nagoya, while Germany's Klaus Jons is a veteran of the European Grand Prix and Pro Tour circuits. We talk to Carrie about her aggressive Zoo deck, and then Klaus talks us through the entertainment of pairing Natural Order with Progenitus in his No Bant deck.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 2.mp3




Grand Prix Amsterdam: Setting the Scene

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 04:48:00 PST

1,878 players have come to the RAI Convention Center here in Amsterdam for what is the fifth largest GP in Magic history. Once again, Legacy has proved to be a massive draw, with a vast array of over 12,000 cards to choose from. We look at some of the players who have made the start list, and talk about some of the decks we're going to see in action.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11amsterdam/GP Amsterdam 1.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Inside Innistrad: Green, Artifacts, and Lands

Sun, 9 Oct 2011 09:57:00 PST

Rounding out our series on some of the most interesting cards in Innistrad, Marijn Lybaert casts his eye over the Green spells, including the mighty Garruk Relentless, while 2010 Grand Prix Lyon champion Florian Koch takes us through the artifacts and lands. As always, there's plenty more to think about and discover in the game that keeps on re-inventing itself.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 10.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: The 39 Steps

Sun, 9 Oct 2011 07:41:00 PST

39 points. It's a lot. It's an awful lot, equivalent to 13 wins. It might not be enough. With two rounds to go, all the eight players in the feature match area know that a win will take them to 39. From there, an Intentional Draw might see them home. While the permutations are many, one thing is clear - losing is not a good idea. Hear Samuele Estratti battle Lucas Blohon. Can Raphael Levy get the point he needs against Finland's Sami Tuomi? Klaus Jons of Germany has an Italian to face in Davide Vergoni, while Denmark's Allen Christensen is in the same position, looking to knock out a home hope in the form of Federico del Basso. There's some terrific stuff in this one, and a nailbiter that goes right to the wire.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 9.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Everywhere You Look

Sun, 9 Oct 2011 04:31:00 PST

...there are great matches. At 8-3, even five straight wins may not be enough. Nonetheless, that path begins for Marijn Lybaert and Christophe Gregoir with an all-Belgia elimination battle. Fighting to lead the Italian charge are Marcello Calvetto and Matteo Versari. One will move to 11-1, the other slipping back into the chasing pack. Also at 10-1 is Matteo Rusconi, the Swiss player who now needs to defeat Raphael Levy, the storied Hall of Famer. Finally, sitting above them all, two players compete at 11-0 to deny their opponent a continued perfect record, as Michael Milis of Belgium faces the Swiss former Team World Champion Nico Bohny. Stand by for some great Magic, as it happened.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 8.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Building the Draft

Sun, 9 Oct 2011 02:53:00 PST

218 players sat down for day two of Grand Prix Milan, and ahead of them lay six rounds of Innistrad draft. We look at some of the key players as they build their first draft deck of the day, knowing that for most of them a single defeat will be enough to end their hopes of lifting the trophy sometime tonight.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 7.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: The Undefeated

Sat, 8 Oct 2011 14:40:00 PST

Round nine, and eight players enter the feature match area with zero defeats. Marcello Calvetto heads the home challenge, needing to beat Switzerland's Florian Krauer, playing in only his third Grand Prix. A second Swiss player, Nico Bohny, has Christian Seibold of Germany in the way of a 9-0 start. Yet a third Swiss player is Matteo Rusconi, facing the stiff task of knocking Lukas Jaklovsky off his perch, while the proverbial Battle of Britain sees the 8-0 Richard Bland take on Marco Orsini-Jones, who has one draw to blemish his perfect record. With a tenth round of Swiss late tonight, avoiding defeat is even more critical, as the field bunches up. Hear it all unfold, just a click away.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 6.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Inside Innistrad: Black and Red

Sat, 8 Oct 2011 09:07:00 PST

Former Team World Champion Nico Bohny takes a look at ten of his favorite black cards from the set. While competitive players will learn plenty, Nico also selects a couple of cards that he loves because of the artwork. Which would you pick? Then Martin Juza, who is currently going to every event that matters, takes us through some of the red cards, and begins by focusing on Constructed play. Does the end of Goblin Guide mean that red is in trouble? Clue: He thinks not.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 5.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Round 6 As It Happens

Sat, 8 Oct 2011 08:13:00 PST

Into the feature match area for the first time today, and everyone here is undefeated, looking to extend their tally to 6-0. England's Lewis McLeod takes on Joel Larsson of Sweden. Japan's Shuuhei Nakamura faces Luca Rinaldi of Italy. Belgium's Ben Possemiers faces the Frenchman Lucas Florent, and Jorge Pinazo of Spain has to get past Gaudenis Vidugiris of the United States. The more we see of Innistrad, the more interesting it becomes, and there's plenty to learn for those Honolulu PTQs, too.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 4.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Head Judging at a Grand Prix

Sat, 8 Oct 2011 07:25:00 PST

All the way from New York City, Christian Calcano picks out ten of his favorite white cards to get the ball rolling, while Sweden's Joel Larssen is ready to use as many Blue cards as possible in his pursuit of another Grand Prix top 8, following his success at Pittsburgh. Want to do well at your next PTQ? Here's the inside track on some of the cards you'll be using.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 3.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: Inside Innistrad: White and Blue

Sat, 8 Oct 2011 06:24:00 PST

All the way from New York City, Christian Calcano picks out ten of his favorite white cards to get the ball rolling, while Sweden's Joel Larssen is ready to use as many Blue cards as possible in his pursuit of another Grand Prix top 8, following his success at Pittsburgh. Want to do well at your next PTQ? Here's the inside track on some of the cards you'll be using.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 2.mp3




Grand Prix Milan: The Big Build

Sat, 8 Oct 2011 05:24:00 PST

Almost 1,800 players have come to Milan for this Innistrad Sealed Deck and Draft extravaganza. As they build their Sealed pools, we go behind the ropes to check in with Richard Bland, Louis Deltour, Lucas Florent, Lukas Jaklovsky, Martin Juza, Florina Koch, Jonas Kostler, Marijn Lybaert, Marco Orsini-Jones, and Gaudenis Vidugiris. What sort of format will Innistrad be? How can you get an edge at your next Innistrad PTQ, with the prize of Honolulu beckoning? All the inside track, all weekend long, here at magicthegathering.com


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11milan/GP Milan 1.mp3




Pro Tour Philadelphia: Winner Intervew

Thu, 8 Sep 2011 20:24:00 PST

Rich Hagon interviews Pro Tour Philadelphia champion Samuele Estratti in the moments after defeating Josh Utter-Leyton in the Finals of the Pro Tour.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11philadelphia/ptphi_5.mp3




Pro Tour Philadelphia: On the Edge of the Top 8

Sat, 3 Sep 2011 22:24:00 PST

On 36 points, Josh Utter-Leyton knows that he's perhaps as little as one solitary point away from the Top 8. His American opponent Andrej Prost won't make it easy for him, however. For Vincent Lemoine and Chikara Nakajima, both know that a win here will take them to 36 points with one round to play. The loser, probably out of contention. The winner, right in the thick of it. Finally, a blockbuster match sees Australia's Jeremy Neeman take on Luis Scott-Vargas. Both players are on 30 points at 10-4, so for them it's as simple as win twice, then wait and see. Join us for all the key moments as they happen, including some murderously blistering action as we head towards the first Modern Pro Tour Top 8.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11philadelphia/ptphi_4.mp3




Pro Tour Philadelphia: Inside Magic with Aaron Forsythe

Sat, 3 Sep 2011 14:43:00 PST

It's not often you get to hear about what's going on in R&D direct from the man at the head of the chain, but Aaron Forsythe is in town this weekend, and now he's on air, talking about day to day life inside Wizards HQ, his favorite cards, decks, his take on Standard, Modern, and the state of the game as a whole. Always great company, Aaron's your man for all the inside news and views.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11philadelphia/ptphi_3.mp3




Pro Tour Philadelphia: Sitdown with Jon Finkel

Fri, 2 Sep 2011 22:43:00 PST

No need to hype this one, is there? One of the greatest players ever to play the game sits down with us on the eve of Pro Tour Philadephia to talk about winning in Kuala Lumpur, his 94-year-old grandfather, Modern, his hopes for the weekend, and his new charity venture. Stop reading. Start listening.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11philadelphia/ptphi_2.mp3




Pro Tour Philadelphia: Modern Metagame Madness

Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:29:00 PST

Day One of Pro Tour Philadelphia, day one of Modern as a tournament format, Day One of what should be an amazing three days of Magic. In the hour before the tournament starts, we delve into the fray, talking to some of the greats of the game, and some of the players waiting to take their shot at joining the pantheon. Everything you need to kickstart your understanding of Modern, right here, from the people who are making it happen.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11philadelphia/ptphi_1.mp3




Pro Tour Nagoya: Winner Interview with David Sharfman

Thu, 15 Jun 2011 16:39:00 PST

While you may not be familiar with David Sharfman as a Pro Tour mainstay, perhaps he should be known as Mr. Magic Weekend. Sharfman's victory in Nagoya came thanks to the invite he earned by winning the Grand Prix held at Magic Weekend Paris in February. Rich Hagon went in-depth with Sharfman in the minutes after he swept Toshiyuki Kadooka in the Finals of Nagoya for this revealing interview.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11nagoya/nagoya_5.mp3




Pro Tour Nagoya: Crunch Time

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 2:54:00 PST

It's the penultimate round of Swiss here at Pro Tour Nagoya, and that means there are no more excuses, no more hard luck stories. There's just winning and losing. In the feature match area, six players know that a win will put them on the cusp of the Top 8, while the losers will likely be left on the outside looking in. Luis Scott-Vargas faces Germany's Daniel Grafensteiner. Toshiyuki Kadooka of Japan faces regional rival Yong Han Choo of Singapore. That leaves an epic clash between Gaudenis Vidugiris and Ben Stark, with Stark looking to secure a second successive Top 8 berth. Find out what happens as the cards fall where they may.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11nagoya/nagoya_4.mp3




Pro Tour Nagoya: PVDDR: In His Own Words

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:54:00 PST

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa is fast becoming one of the greatest players the game has ever seen. For many of us, the idea that anyone might one day legitimately enter the conversation with the likes of Jon Finkel, Kai Budde, and Gabriel Nassif (as the best three players of all time) was close to unimaginable. Now Paulo finds himself on track to put together the kind of career that forces us all to reconsider. He has seven Pro Tour Top 8s, including a title at Pro Tour San Juan last year. More than that, though, is the pace at which he has achieved these results. With fewer than 25 Pro Tours to his name, he has a simply astonishing rate of return, making the Top 8 better than 25% of the time. Join us as we sit with Paulo and look at the astonishing career he has had to date. A great player, and he could get even better.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11nagoya/nagoya_3.mp3




Pro Tour Nagoya: The Keys to Draft

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 1:05:00 PST

At Pro Tour Paris earlier this year, Ben Stark took the title, taking him into the lead in the Player of the Year race. Now he sits in second place behind Owen Turtenwald, a man who has five Grand Prix Top 8 appearances this year. The number of Grand Prix he has played this year? Five. So, it seemed like a reasonable plan to talk to the number one and the number two about the draft format that forms the centerpiece of Pro Tour Nagoya. How many archetypes are viable? How many colors should you be playing? What's the role of Phyrexian mana? And how flexible should you be? All the answers come from Owen Turtenwald and Ben Stark. If you download this show and don't learn something useful about this draft format, it's a good bet you forgot to turn on your speakers. Seriously, these guys know the drill, and now so can you.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11nagoya/nagoya_2.mp3




Pro Tour Nagoya: Constructing Block Constructed

Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:45:00 PST

It's one of the most exciting parts of the Pro season -- the morning of Day One for the Block Constructed Pro Tour. With a small card pool available, featuring Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, and New Phyrexia, the answers are right there in front of you -- if you can spot them. As the players arrive here in Nagoya to commence the battle, we go into the trenches to find out what the format is going to look like, straight from the people who count: the players themselves. Start your Pro Tour audio weekend right here with our Block Constructed Metagame Runaround!


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11nagoya/nagoya_1.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: New Phyrexia In-Depth: Green and Artifacts

Sun, 21 May 2011 13:25:00 PST

Two more outstanding players share their thoughts with us. Martin Juza is on a rare visit to his home country, as he's become the number one traveller in world Magic, with the prospect of even more trips to come in 2012 with the expansion of the Grand Prix programme. Martin talks about the most interesting Green cards in the set, while the French Hall of Famer Raphael Levy brings us some fascinating insights into some of the more unusual artifacts. Two of the best in the business, rounding out our in-depth look at New Phyrexia.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%209.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: Undefeated

Sun, 21 May 2011 12:45:00 PST

Only one player out of the 1237 who began the Grand Prix managed to get as far as round twelve with a perfect record. Surprise surprise, it was Shuhei Nakamura, clearly one of the favorites for any Grand Prix he plays in. Now he tries to sweep his first draft pod by taking on the red-hot Louis Deltour of France, who arrives here after a fantastic second place at Grand Prix London a couple of weeks ago. Joining them in Feature Match action are Joel Larsson of Sweden taking on fellow Scandinavian Markku Rikola of Finland, an all-German clash of Andre Mueller versus Sebastian Kuchenbecker, and a fabulous match between Petr Brozek and Robert Jurkovic. Seriously, that last one was epic.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%208.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: New Phyrexia In-Depth: Black and Red

Sun, 21 May 2011 10:35:00 PST

From Belgium, Mark Dictus gives us his view of the Black cards in New Phyrexia. There are some great removal cards available, but in draft you're going to have to fight pretty hard to see some of them. Dismember? Don't count on it. There's Enslave at Uncommon, and Phyrexian Obliterator at Rare among the cards Mark takes a good hard look at. Then we join Sweden's Kenny Oberg as he runs the rule over the Red cards. Red got some new Infect toys to play with, including Ogre Menial and Razor Swine at Common. How much impact will they have on the Limited environment? Get inside the minds of the Pros, coming to you from Grand Prix Prague.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%207.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: Scores on the Doors

Sat, 21 May 2011 13:05:00 PST

The scores are in, and 144 players will be back for day two. In this short but sweet finale to day one, we look at who gets to come back and do it all again.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%206.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: Sealing the Deal

Sat, 21 May 2011 11:14:00 PST

At 7-0, your place in day two is already assured, but two end-of-day defeats can leave you deep in the pack. Two wins, and you're at the top of the leaderboard overnight. Former Rookie of the Year Lino Burgold, Worlds Top 8 competitor Love Janse, and Japan's 2008 Player of the Year Shuuhei Nakamura are three who are looking to move to 8-0. And, as an added bonus, two of the finest Czech players - Martin Juza and Petr Brozek - go head to head as they battle to secure a day two slot.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%205.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: New Phyrexia In-Depth: White and Blue

Sat, 21 May 2011 09:56:00 PST

We take time to explore the cards of New Phyrexia in the company of Jan Ruess of Germany looking at the White cards, while Alex West - here on a grand tour of Europe that has already included Grand Prix London - shares his thoughts on the blue cards. What Commons should you be looking for in your New Phyrexia packs? What are the unmissable Rares? Listen to find out.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%204.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: Austria Takes Center Stage

Sat, 21 May 2011 09:07:00 PST

There's a distinctively Austrian tinge to the Feature Match area in round six, with Helmut Summersberger, Oliver Polak-Rottmann, and Thomas Holzinger all attempting to fly the flag, and advance from 5-0 to 6-0. Plus, we catch a glimpse of American Alex West, as he faces Team World Champion Robert Jurkovic. New Phyrexia in full Sealed swing, here at Grand Prix Prague.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%203.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: Hall of Fame in Hall of Prague

Sat, 21 May 2011 06:30:00 PST

Raphael Levy has an amazing track record over many, many years. Chances are, he was making the Top 8 of Grand Prix before some of you reading this were born. Exactly. Here in Round Four he goes up against Czech player Jakub Hruska, and it's fair to say there are some surprises in this one. Martin Juza opens with a tough opponent in Helmut Summersberger, while Ivan Floch, Lucas Florent, Adam Koska, and Janos Csomos round out the top table attractions.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%202.mp3




Grand Prix Prague: New Phyrexia, Old Prague

Sat, 21 May 2011 02:40:00 PST

New is awesome, and so is New Phyrexia. Old can be awesome too, especially when it's the old that is historic Prague. We're in a truly wondrous venue for this Grand Prix, and in our opening show we look at some of the players who could be making a name for themselves. The New? That includes Lukas Jaklovsky, Jonas Kostler, Lucas Florent, and Louis Deltour, all players who might take a big leap forward this weekend. The Old? There's Shuhei Nakamura, Martin Juza, Raphael Levy, and Craig 'Lightning Helix' Jones among the 1200+ looking to get the job done. Time to get started. GP Prague, where the fun could be Infectious.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com.s3.amazonaws.com/11prague/GP%20Prague%201.mp3




Grand Prix London: The Wire

Sat, 01 May 2011 16:00:00 PST

While 'The Wire' may be one of the most compelling stories ever committed to celluloid, our version is high on drama too. In the penultimate round of Day Two, eight players entered the Feature Match arena knowing that a win will take them to 12-2, and possible entry into the record books as a member of the Top 8. Among them are three Brits - Nick Taylor, Daniel Royde, and Andy Mather. Can any of them carry home hopes to victory?


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%209.mp3




Grand Prix London: Choosing your Legacy Weapon

Sat, 01 May 2011 06:00:00 PST

Matt Light - good player. Good trader. Good-looking. Single. If I didn't like him so much, he could be really irritating. In this show, we concentrate on the Legacy format. If you've never played Legacy before, Matt takes us through some of the basics of the format, giving us an Aggro, a Combo, a Control, and a Mid-Range deck to take into battle. It's a huge world out there, but it just got a bit more manageable.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%208.mp3




Grand Prix London: Four Features

Sat, 01 May 2011 03:50:00 PST

I should probably mention that there are three other matches too. Florian Koch faces Nick Taylor of England, with the winner moving to 10-1. Also looking to hit double figures are Dalibor Szegho and Kenny Oberg. Louis Deltour of France and Raul Porojan of Germany are already there, and one of them will head the field at 11-0. But for Shuuhei Nakamura and Olivier Ruel, both at 7-3, this is the last chance to make a run at the Top 8.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%207.mp3




Grand Prix London: Commander

Sat, 01 May 2011 02:25:00 PST

This Summer, Wizards of the Coast is releasing a new multi-player product, showcasing the awesomeness that is the Commander format. We talk all about 100 card decks with Gavin Duggan of Canada, a man who knows a thing or two about this great way of playing Magic.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%206.mp3




Grand Prix London: Inside the Draft

Sat, 01 May 2011 01:30:00 PST

GP Sunday in London dawned bright and clear. 90 players qualified for Day Two, knowing that even a moderate record in Draft would secure them both Pro Points and hard cash - good deal! We join the leading contenders as they build their first decks of the morning.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%205.mp3




Grand Prix London: End Game

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 20:50:00 PST

Six wins, two losses. Seven wins, one loss. Eight wins, no losses. It doesn't matter what your score is when you enter the Feature Match area. What counts is your score when you leave. Olivier Ruel and Stuart Wright are among those needing a win to reach Day Two. Daniel Royde and Nico Bohny are looking to reach 8-1, while Dalibor Zhegho and Raul Porojan compete to complete the day with a perfect record. The last Round, as it happens.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%204.mp3




Grand Prix London: Se7en

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:56:00 PST

It's that time again when Pros make their move, and every round sees the numbers reduce at dizzying speed. While Daniel Mulato of Italy, Arnaud Villan of France, and Brit players Charlie Grover and Dave Grant look to guarantee Day Two with a win, four more players will look to avoid slipping to 5-2. Can Martin Juza, Robert Jurkovic, Daniel Royde, and Shuuhei Nakamura, maintain momentum, or will they be looking down the barrel with two rounds to go?


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%203.mp3




Grand Prix London: Here We Go, Here We Go, Here We Go

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 15:42:00 PST

It can take a while for the big attractions to make their entrance, especially at a Sealed Grand Prix. Here in Round Four, the Pros come to town for the first time. See how Martin Juza, Olivier Ruel and Vincent Lemoine start their campaigns, while there's a tremendous match full of twists and turns between England's Quentin Martin and the Belgian Peter Vieren.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%202.mp3




Grand Prix London: Simply Capital

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:22:00 PST

It's a privilege and honor, or even honour, to welcome you to my home capital city, the wonderful London, for the latest leg in the 2011 Player of the Year Race. More than seven hundred players have set themselves the task of finding the optimal forty card deck from three Scars of Mirrodin boosters, and three Mirrodin Besieged boosters. We go into the trenches during deckbuilding, and talk with many of the best players as they try to find the winning combination. The Tower of London is just outside the window, but for whom will this weekend be a Tower of Calamities? All the early news, as Grand Prix London gets going.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/11london/GP%20London%201.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: Win and In?

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 06:00:00 PST

The penultimate Round is upon us here at Grand Prix Barcelona, and even the eight contenders in the Feature Match arena don't know whether a win will be enough to secure them a slot in the Top 8. Included in this show is an epic tale of a GP Trial winner who has used his Byes this weekend to great effect, and a Valakut turn three that beggars belief.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 8.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: Two on Day Two

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 02:00:00 PST

While the latter Rounds on Saturday night are all about reaching Sunday play, the early jockeying for position on Sunday morning is all about getting yourself in a place where you can get a couple of lucky bounces, a favorable pairing, and display some skill to push you towards the Top 8. Here in the second Round of the day, we focus on four key matchups. Team World Champion Robert Jurkovic takes on Italy's Samuele Estratti. Joel Calafell, the best-known of the remaining home team, faces near-neighbor Portugal's Pedro Dores. Then there's the fascinating tale of two Russians - Yuriy Danishevskiy, in his first ever GP, has to oppose Martin Juza, while Alexei Golovin has the chance to pace the field, if he can best the undefeated Carlos Oliveros. All the action, as it happens.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 7.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: Late Night Round Up

Sat, 26 mar 2011 14:30:00 PST

For those of you who can't read, or who just love to hear the velvety-smooth voice of Magical loveliness that is Rich Hagon, here's the scores on the doors as Day One comes to a close. One hundred and thirty eight come back for Day Two, so make sure you do too!


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 6.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: Inside The Game

Sat, 26 mar 2011 12:48:00 PST

It's not often that you get to replay a game card for card, seeing exactly what choices the winning player is making. But that's what we do here, as Richard Bland moves to 8-0 piloting his RUG deck, relying on a bunch of skill and some good fortune at the right time. Better lucky than good? Both seems preferable.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 5.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: As Soon As Possible

Sat, 26 mar 2011 11:48:00 PST

Taking things one match at a time is always good advice, but when the earliest you can possibly qualify for Day Two is when you've been in the building for about ten hours, it's REALLY good advice. Here in Round Seven, we focus on three matches where the winner will be among the first to get their name on a seat for Sunday action. Which of Richard Bland, Fraskito Morales, Bas Melis, Marcos Faustino, Lucas Blohon, and Matteo Falconetti will hit the 7-0 mark? Plus, bonus coverage of the all-German clash between Lino Burgold and Sebastian Potyka.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 4.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: Valakut and Esper-Blade Explained

Sat, 26 mar 2011 09:59:00 PST

We know that not everyone knows everything about every deck. We know that new players are joining us all the time. So, for those of you who want to sort out your Valakut from your Vedalken Orrery or your Sword of Feast and Famine from your Sirocco, we've enlisted Germany's Lino Burgold to take us inside the Valakut deck, and rising Dutch player Bas Melis to give us the ins and outs of Esper-Blade. Be honest, we've all got something to learn, and this is a good place to start.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 3.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: All-Pro, All the Time

Sat, 26 mar 2011 08:59:00 PST

Round Four brings us four outstanding matches. While not many may yet know Tomas Horvath, he's part of a new wave of Hungarian players that are starting to make people like me sit up and take notice. He opens with a tough assignment against Shuhei Nakamura, the former Player of the Year. Fresh from his Player of the Year Playoff against Brad Nelson, Guillaume Matignon faces Tine Rus, in a Control mirror. Then there's the Valakut of Marcello Calvetto from Italy, trying to get by the Boros of Vincent Lemoine of Belgium, while the battle of the Czech Republic sees Martin Juza face Petr Brozek. Will Brozek's Red Deck Wins deliver a knockout blow? Featuring great play, and winner interviews.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 2.mp3




Grand Prix Barcelona: Will Calafell Reign in Spain?

Sat, 26 mar 2011 05:14:00 PST

With 1,201 players entering the fray, it's a huge task before Joel Calafell, winner of the previous GP Barcelona in 2009, with his amazing Seismic Swans deck. We take you throught the big names playing this weekend, and then take a look at the state of Dutch Magic. With multiple famous players in the Hall of Fame, and any number of global titles, who are the next generation, waiting to take over from Frank Karsten, Kamiel Cornelissen, Jelger Wiegersma, and Bram Snepvangers? We talk with Kevin Grove and Robert van Medevoort to find out.


Media Files:
hhttp://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11barcelona/GP Barcelona 1.mp3




Pro Tour Paris: Winner Interview

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:15:00 PST

With the final rounds of Grand Prix Paris going on in the background as Magic Weekend comes to a close, listen in as Pro Tour champion Ben Stark reflects on his victory just moments after playing the final cards under the lights.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11paris/paris_winner.mp3




Pro Tour Paris: Paris Penultimate

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:30:00 PST

Round 15 of the Swiss is always awesome entertainment, with multiple matches featuring players on the verge of either the Top 8 or elimination. We bring you coverage of Luis Scott-Vargas against Kamiel Cornelissen, Naoki Nakada against Ken Yukuhiro in an all-Japanese clash, and Eric Froehlich dueling Tom Martell for U.S. honor. Three win, three go home.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11paris/paris_4.mp3




Pro Tour Paris: The POY Pow Wow

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:39:00 PST

Days start early here at Magic Weekend Paris. And when you're the two most in-demand players in the world, sometimes the day starts really early. Join us for breakfast with Brad Nelson at the fabulous Hotel La Fayette for conversation and croissants. We cover his road to the player of the year showdown, and his hopes for the playoff. Has he been testing Super-Sealed? You betcha. Then it's off to the tournament site for a chat with title rival Guillaume Matignon. Hear his thoughts on the ultimate two-player metagame, and find out why he thinks sideboarding will be the key to becoming champion. So enjoy the buildup, and remember to join us for the Player of the Year Showdown at 3 a.m. EST on Saturday morning.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11paris/paris_3.mp3




Pro Tour Paris: The All-Star Mirrodin Besieged Set Review

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:18:00 PST

Starring Jeremy Neeman on white, Patrick Chapin on blue, Sam Black on black, Conley Woods on red, Owen Turtenwald on green, and Guillaume Wafo-Tapa and Rob Dougherty on the artifacts, this is the perfect round-the-word guide to the latest MTG set. Unmissable.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11paris/paris_2.mp3




Pro Tour Paris: Magic Weekend Metagame Runaround

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:15:00 PST

Over 450 players have made it to the Espace Champerret here in Paris for the opening Pro Tour of the 2011 season. What will the new Standard environment look like? We talk to more than 20 of the biggest and brightest as the clock ticks down to the start of round one.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/11paris/paris_1.mp3




2010 Worlds: Winner Interview

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:32:00 PST

With the dramatic conclusion to the 2010 World Championships just minutes old, Guillaume Matignon shares his thoughts on winning the World Championship title and creating a tie for Player of the Year with Brad Nelson. After starting the tournament 3-3, Matignon didn't drop another match en route to the title.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_winner.mp3




2010 Worlds: Tasting the Tension

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:42:00 PST

Nothing, but NOTHING, beats Round 17 of Worlds every year. The Top 8 is still unknown, plenty of players are facing one last make-or-break effort to end or continue their season. In this final podcast action of the season, we bring you action from each and every one of the matches that matter. Wafo-Tapa, Matignon, Sperling, Froehlich, and Nakamura are just five of the players involved in the most tension-filled hour of the year. Stop reading. Start listening.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_6.mp3




2010 Worlds: Teams Throwdown

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 10:40:00 PST

While the main course of Day 3 is the six rounds of Extended action that will determine the Top 8, we begin with two fabulous rounds of team competition. With perennial European top-notch Austria in the mix, we watch them take on the Slovak Republic, anchored by Magic Online star Robert Jurkovic. We begin with chatting to the overall leader, Mateusz Kopec of Poland, and also get to speak with the 10-2 Lukas Jaklovsky of the Czech Republic, and both Jeremy Neeman and Ian Wood of the Australian team. Standard, Extended, Legacy, and a globe full of Magic get us off to the races on Day 3.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_5.mp3




2010 Worlds: K v K, K KO's K, K?

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:35:00 PST

While Kopec versus Kibler may not trip off the tongue, it's still a mouthwatering highlight of three feature matches in the penultimate draft round. Mateusz Kopec is the talented Polish player with an Extended Grand Prix win to his name, while Kibler is, well, Kibler. Also in the spotlight are Dave Williams up against Kazuya Mitamura, while U.S. Champion Josh Utter-Leyton takes on Gerry Thompson. The final Limited action of the 2010 season is just a click away.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_4.mp3




2010 Worlds: Largely Limited

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:47:00 PST

Draft day at Worlds is the largest simultaneous draft of the year. With no cut to day two, over 350 players sat down this morning to test their Limited skills with the Scars of Mirrodin set, which has proved a highly skill-intensive environment. We scan the tables for the top names, including Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Brian Kibler, and the U.S. National Champion Josh Utter-Leyton. Infect, Metalcraft, Furnace Celebration, Dinosaurs...it's all here as Worlds goes Largely Limited.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_3.mp3




2010 Worlds: Team Time

Thu, 9 Dec 2010 20:45:00 PST

With six rounds of individual Standard competition gone, it's time for the National Teams to flex their collective muscles, with the first two of their four dedicated rounds this week. There's plenty of points at stake, with teams receiving nine points for a victory, whether it's two matches to one, or a clean sweep. Lose, and you go away with nothing. While the Slovak Republic duked it out with Team America, we step into a classic rivalry featuring the oldest of friends and enemies, Great Britain and France. Storm and Survival, Faeries and Traps, Blue-White and Blue-Black, it's a festival of Greatest Hits, plus we bring you all the news from the individual contest. Is Brad Nelson still in pole position for Player of the Year?...


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_2.mp3




2010 Worlds: Metagame Runaround, Standard Edition

Thu, 9 Dec 2010 11:05:00 PST

Corey Baumeister. Craig Wescoe. Mark Rosewater. Christian Gavrilowicz. Joe Jackson. Richard Bland. Gerry Thompson. A.J. Sacher. Bram Snepvangers. Antoine Ruel. Matthias Kunzler. Simon Goertzen. Brian Kibler. Conley Woods. Nick Spagnolo. Matej Zatlkaj. Raphael Levy. Conrad Kolos. Lino Burgold. Guillaume Matignon. Jeremy Neeman. Team Israel. And an A to Z guide to Worlds 2010. More than an hour of audio goodness as the best four days in Magic get under way.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10chiba/worlds_1.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: And That's Why We Have Round Ten

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 8:15:00 PST

While only the hardest of the hardcore players want to be in the building at midnight at the end of a day one that starts at 9am, the absence of a tenth round on day one certainly makes for drama down the stretch on day two. With just two rounds to go, a veritable smorgasbord of talent could yet be sitting down for the top 8 draft. Will any of the four feature matches in round fourteen cement a place, or will it go right to the wire? Click to find out.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 10.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: Keeping It Reale

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 4:40:00 PST

Ruel. Grafensteiner. Orsini-Jones. Karamazov. All pairs of brothers you might expect to see at the top of the standings. Except Karamazov, who you'd expect to see in an arthouse cinema. Reale? The surname of the two brothers who are threatening to dominate their home Grand Prix. Coming into round twelve, they have just one loss each. A win here, and they'll be in great shape for top 8. Also in action, can Shuhei Nakamura reach 11-1? And who will win the shootout between Martin Juza and Kazuya Mitamura? You know how to find out.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 9.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 3:40:00 PST

Today in Florence, thousands of brave souls will exert themselves over twenty six gruelling miles in the annual city marathon, which attracts competitors from all around the world. While MTG may be more about rucksacks than running spikes, the traits of energy, toughness, and will to win remain the same. With the last Sealed decks of 2010 behind us, it's time to see if Shuhei Nakamura and Martin Juza can use Scars Draft to slipstream closer to Brad Nelson in the Player of the Year Race. And for Nakamura, that means trying to reach 10-0 to start the day.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 8.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: Superfast Day One Round Up

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 13:40:00 PST

It's about day one. It's a round up of what happened. It's very, very quick. And tells you about people like Shuhei Nakamura, Mario Pascoli, and Giuseppe Reale, who did a LOT of winning.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 7.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: An Audience With Martin Juza

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 12:00:00 PST

We've grown used to ten round here on the European Grand Prix scene, so a 'mere' nine rounds seems like a rare luxury. That means a round like round eight carries extra importance, as we've already reached the penultimate round of Sealed action. Apart from the lucky few at the head of the standings, everyone still needs wins to secure a slot for day two, and six more rounds of Scars of Mirrodin drafting. Here it is then, the penultimate round. And it's not even 8pm. Weird.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 6.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: It Comes Round Quicker than you Think

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 09:40:00 PST

It shouldn't take you long to figure out the subject of this show. After a slow start to the year, Martin has become the hottest man in Magic, winning Grand Prix in Portland and Bochum, reaching the top 8 yet again in Nashville last week, and now poised to take the Player of the Year Race deep into Worlds. Hear his thoughts on fun, sightseeing, keeping the faith, and what it means to be one of the best in the world.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 5.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: Easy Peasy Japanesy?

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 08:30:00 PST

Like many a satisfying deck built from scratch, a common theme works wonders. Can you spot the theme for round five feature match action? First, Marco Monetto of Italy faces the unknown Kazuya Mitamura of Japan. Then, fellow Italian Pierluigi Aceto faces newcomer Shuhei Nakamura. From Switzerland, Marcel Schuler faces feature match debutant Tomaharu Saito of Japan. And then his fellow Swiss Florian Comte has what should be an easy matchup against Yuuya Watanabe of Japan. You see the theme? That's right - Monetto, Aceto, Schuler, and Comte, all have less than twelve syllables in their names. Ah, symmetry.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 4.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: Because I Couldn't Resist

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 07:30:00 PST

Sometimes it's hard to find decent matchups, featuring name players with compelling storylines. Not this time. Matthias Kunzler v Sebastian Thaler, double GP champion Emanuele Giusti faces Tobias Grafensteiner, Lucas Florent of France starts against Emanuele Estratti. And then there's Martin Juza, pursuing Player of the Year against Italy's Lorrenzo Lerro. Bonus round four action, because I couldn't resist.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 3.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: Bye Time

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:30:00 PST

Having three Byes is about more than resting and putting nine points in the bank. It's also a chance to check out your build with some of the best players in the world. We drop in on the Japanese heavyweights as they work out where it all went right.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 2.mp3




Grand Prix Florence: Fun in Florence

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 03:30:00 PST

For the final time in 2010, it's full-on MTG action on the Grand Prix circuit, and the venue for the last hurrah is looking particularly fine. An ancient fortress, the Fortezza di Basso now hosts almost 1,300 Magic players, who will battle through nine rounds of Scars of Mirrodin Sealed deck action on day one. To get the ball rolling, we check out the runners and riders for the grand finale to the Grand Prix season, and talk with a host of big names, including Shuhei Nakamura!


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10florence/GP Florence 2010 1.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: The Thirty Nine Steps

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:10:00 PST

If you get to thirty nine points, you might think that would be enough to secure you a place at the top table. When 200 players sit down for day two, this is a thought you should not be thinking. If you get to thirty nine points, you might, if you're lucky, only need one more to reach the last draft of the weekend. But before lucky comes good, and that means reaching thirty nine points in this penultimate round of the day.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 9.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: LSV + Me = MTG

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 08:00:00 PST

With Antoine Ruel graciously offering a concession to Luis Scott-Vargas, one of the best players in the world had some spare time. And what else would he choose to do with that spare time other than come and play Magic Online with yours truly? Yes, I know, fill in his tax return, wash his hair, any number of things. But Magic Online with yours truly is what he decided to do. And you can hear the results, here. Clever that.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 8.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: Outrageous

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:00:00 PST

Four feature matches pretty much guarantee that you're going to see good Magic. When Antoine Ruel is in the feature match area, that's also a good sign. Nonetheless, what followed was one of the most outrageous matches I've ever seen. Three of the matches were good. Ruel's was just silly. Don't miss it, because this sort of nonsense doesn't happen very often.


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http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 7.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: Drafting with the Stars

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:30:00 PST

Sunday morning begins, as ever, with the remaining competitors sitting down to draft three packs of Scars of Mirrodin. While Infect and Metalcraft may be grabbing the headlines, there are plenty of subtleties within both these catch-all archetypes. Who's playing what? We go inside the lines to check out the decks that matter.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 6.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: Fight to the Not-Finish-Line

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 15:32:00 PST

With 21 points or more, you're guaranteed a spot in day two. But you don't get to go home, at least not yet. First, there's the small matter of late-night bonus Sealed action, as tomorrow's drafters take one more stab at Sealed before the shutters (and the eyelids) close. But those who can still count to ten know that before ten comes nine. Want that late-night extra round? Time to earn it.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 5.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: Fight to the Not-Finish-Line

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 15:32:00 PST

With 21 points or more, you're guaranteed a spot in day two. But you don't get to go home, at least not yet. First, there's the small matter of late-night bonus Sealed action, as tomorrow's drafters take one more stab at Sealed before the shutters (and the eyelids) close. But those who can still count to ten know that before ten comes nine. Want that late-night extra round? Time to earn it.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 5.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: Here He Does Actually Rule

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 12:25:00 PST

There aren't many people who can wear a 'Here I Rule' hoodie and justify the claim. Dieter Schoeters is definitely one who can, since he's the prime mover behind the European Grand Prix circuit. We sit down to discuss 2010 so far, and look forward to some of the prime locations coming the way of thousands of Magic players next year.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 4.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: 546 Life

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 10:25:00 PST

When Martin Juza played Sebastian Thaler in the crazy Extended format that was Pro Tour Berlin 2008, they fought each other to a standstill with a combined life total somewhere north of 1,000. Their Scars Sealed rematch wouldn't hit quite such extreme heights, but still highlights a package that includes Robert van Medevoort, Lukas Kraft and many more, all vying to maintain their 100% record.


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http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 3.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: The Pro Club Comes to Town

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 09:00:00 PST

Don't get me wrong - you can see some excellent players playing with excellent cards and making excellent choices during the first three rounds of a Grand Prix. But for full-on action, round four is hard to beat. All the players who have battled to 3-0 get to take on the best in the business, as the Pros enter the fray for the first time. How will Lucas Florent,Guillaume Matignon, Matthias Kunzler, Lukas Kraft, and Michal Hebky fare against their first round opposition?


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 2.mp3




Grand Prix Bochum: Building in Bochum

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 04:00:00 PST

More than 1800 players have descended on Bochum here in Germany for the penultimate event of the European Grand Prix season. It's an important weekend for the Player of the Year Race, with Brian Kibler, Tomoharu Saito, and Luis Scott-Vargas all looking to narrow the gap opened up in Toronto last week by leader Brad Nelson. We walk the aisles, checking out the big names as they build their sealed pools for battle.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10bochum/GP Bochum 1.mp3




Pro Tour Amsterdam: Interview with Winner Paul Rietzl

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 21:00:00 GMT

It was called one of the greatest Top 8s in Pro Tour history. It was the debut of the new Extended format. And Paul Rietzl wrote his name in the Magic history books by going 3-0, 3-0, 3-0 in the Top 8 with his White Weenie deck to become the first person to sweep a Constructed Top 8. Paul shares his thoughts on victory and his evolution as a Magic player in this exclusive interview recorded immediately following his victory.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10amsterdam/amsterdam5.mp3




Pro Tour Amsterdam: Unreal Top 8 Looms

Sat, 4 Sep 2010 18:22:00 GMT

I can say this with confidence - the lineup for the top 8 of Pro Tour Amsterdam is going to be amazing. I can say this too with confidence - nobody yet knows who will be in that lineup. The good news is that round fifteen is going to provide us with a bunch of answers. Brad Nelson faces the Belgian Jan Van Nieuwenhove. Guillaume Wafo-Tapa and Marijn Lybaert go at it for a slot. Brian Kibler faces Hall of Famer Kamiel Cornelissen. And guess what? The ultimate Magic Pro, Kai Budde of Germany, is still going. Now all he has to do is beat Conley Woods. Who hasn't lost a match of New Extended. Ever.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10amsterdam/amsterdam4.mp3




Pro Tour Amsterdam: Working for Wizards

Sat, 4 Sep 2010 11:22:00 GMT

Nobody ever said it would be easy, but looking around at the website, the Pro Tour, at every new expansion, tells you that - yes, gasp, really! - actual people work for Wizards of the Coast. Undoubtedly the number one question we get asked is how to get a foot in the door. It can seem like an impossible dream, but everyone who gets the Wizards of the Coast shirt lives that dream, and if you really want it, so can you. We talk with website editor Kelly Digges about he went about fulfilling an ambition he's had since he was eleven. Fun chats, and lots of good advice. Want to work for Wizards? Click here.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10amsterdam/amsterdam3.mp3




Pro Tour Amsterdam: How to be Good at Magic

Fri, 3 Sep 2010 15:10:00 GMT

So many different things go into making a good Magic player, but what are the really important things that separate the great from the good, and the good from the merely average? Bram Snepvangers, Quentin Martin, Kenny Oberg, Adam Yurchick, Brett Blackman, Simon Gortzen, Olivier Ruel, and AJ Sacher share their thoughts. Illuminating stuff.


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10amsterdam/amsterdam2.mp3




Pro Tour Amsterdam: The Metagame Runaround, New Extended Remix

Fri, 3 Sep 2010 10:55:00 GMT

It's always fun to check out what the Pros are playing on the first morning of the Pro Tour. It's even more exciting when there's a totally brand new format waiting to be explored, and that's the shape of New Extended -- completely unknown. In a frantic fifty minutes of information gathering, we talk with the great and the good. Will it be Combo, Aggro, or Control that dominates?


Media Files:
http://webcast2.wizards.com/podcasts/10amsterdam/amsterdam1.mp3