No one ever stops playing Magic forever. Despite being off the Pro Tour for several years, Brian Kibler completed his return to glory with his victory at Pro Tour-Austin over Tsuyoshi Ikeda.

A comeback that started in Honolulu reached new heights in Austin thanks to Kibler's amazing run, powered by an Extended Zoo deck built by Hall of Famer Ben Rubin that was finely tuned to combat the horde of other Zoo decks in the field and many of the key combo decks this weekend. Kibler defeated Evangelos Papatsarouchas and his Hypergenesis deck in the quarterfinals by outracing Progenitus and a different Zoo build in the hands of Hunter Burton in the semifinals to set up the final against Pro Tour veteran Ikeda, who was running yet another version of the Zoo deck. The win by Kibler puts his name into serious contention for Hall of Fame consideration next summer, as does Ikeda's continued excellence at the highest levels of the game.

The weekend showcased a new Extended field filled with Zoo variants, Dredge, and multiple combo decks such as Hexmage Depths and Hypergenesis. Austin also featured two Zendikar Booster Drafts, showing off the strategies of the top pros for the new Limited format. Get your game up to speed by diving in to video deck techs, podcasts, feature matches, draft viewers, and much more!

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Kibler's Comeback Complete

Hall of Famer Randy Buehler and Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall recap the Pro Tour from Austin, including an interview with winner Brian Kibler.

 

TOP 8 DOWNLOADS

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Tsuyoshi Ikeda

(8) Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

(4) Martin Juza

(5) Naoki Shimizu

(2) Evangelos Papatsarouchas

(7) Brian Kibler

(3) Yuuya Watanabe

(6) Hunter Burton

Semi-finals

Tsuyoshi Ikeda, 3-2

Naoki Shimizu, 3-2

Brian Kibler, 3-2

Hunter Burton, 3-2

Finals

Tsuyoshi Ikeda, 3-1

Brian Kibler, 3-2

Champion

Brian Kibler, 3-0

Podcast

  • Podcast 1

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Decks

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Top 8 Extended
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Top Extended Deck Lists
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Other Deck Lists A-E
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Other Deck Lists F-K
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Other Deck Lists L-P
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Other Deck Lists Q-Z

Sunday

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Video: Day Three Wrap-up
  • by Bill Stark
    Finals: Panic in Austin – Menagerie Breaks Loose!
    Tsuyoshi Ikeda vs. Brian Kibler
  • by Josh Bennett
    Semifinals: Dredging for Miracles
    Tsuyoshi Ikeda (Spectral Zoo) vs. Naoki Shimizu (Dredge)
  • by Bill Stark
    Semifinals: Slinging in the Rain
    Hunter Burton (Hypergenesis) vs. Brian Kibler (Rubin Zoo)
  • by Josh Bennett
    Quarterfinals: Ghost Quarters
    Brian Kibler (Rubin Zoo) vs. Evangelos Papatsarouchas (Hypergenesis)
  • by Marc Calderaro
    Quarterfinals: March of the Crabs
    Naoki Shimizu (Dredge) vs. Martin Juza (Domain Zoo)
  • by Bill Stark
    Quarterfinals: Entrapment
    Hunter Burton (Spectral Zoo) vs. Yuuya Watanabe (Dredge)
  • by Steve Sadin
    Quarterfinals: That's the Spirit
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (Dark Depths) vs. Tsuyoshi Ikeda (Spectral Zoo)
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Top 8 Extended
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Feature: Top 8 Profiles
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Deck Lists: Top Extended Deck Lists

Saturday

Friday

  • by Randy Buehler and Brian David-Marshall
    Video: Day One Wrap-up
  • by Josh Bennett
    Round 8: Thick as Thieves
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Brian Kibler
  • By Event Coverage Staff
    Video Deck Tech: Combo Gifts with Lucas Siow
  • by Bill Stark
    Round 7: “A Helluva Charmed Life”
    Paulo Cortez vs. Brian Kibler
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Video Draft Tech: : Black-red with Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
  • by Richard Hagon
    Round 6 (Audio): A Barrage of Great Plays
    Antti Malin vs. Jan Ruess
    Shouta Yasooka vs. Yuuya Watanabe
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Ben Rubin
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer: Draft 1, Table 1
  • by Josh Bennett
    Round 5: The Real Feature
    Conley Woods (White-Black Martyr) vs. Shouta Yasooka (Green-White-Blue Gifts)
  • by Bill Stark
    Round 4: All the Wrong Answers
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (Dark Depths) vs. Osyp Lebedowicz (Thopter Combo)
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Video Deck Tech: The Markov Cocktail with Conley Woods
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Video Deck Tech: Blue-white-red Control (Standard) with Corey Lege
  • by Bill Stark
    Feature: Extended Archetype Breakdown
  • by Richard Hagon
    Round 3 (Audio): Dredge on Parade
    Christophe Gregoir (Dredge) vs. Tomoharu Saito (All-in Red)
    Robert van Medevoort (Dredge) vs. Ben Rubin (Zoo)
    Antoine Ruel (Scapeshift) vs. Kazuya Mitamura (Dredge)
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Video Deck Tech: Dark Depths with Luis Scott-Vargas
  • by Josh Bennett
    Round 2: Meloku Never Had It So Good
    Zack Hall (Hexmage Depths) vs. Gabriel Nassif (Burnwillow Control)
  • by Richard Hagon
    Feature: Anatomy of a Round
  • by Bill Stark
    Round 1: Getting into the Grove
    Mark Herberholz (Burnwillow Control) vs. David Williams (Burnwillow Control)
  • by Josh Bennett and Craig Gibson
    Photo Essay: Austin of the Day Before
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Day 1 Player List

Top 8 Final Standing

     
1. Brian Kibler $40,000
2. Tsuyoshi Ikeda $20,000
3. Naoki Shimizu $15,000
4. Hunter Burton $13,000
5. Evangelos Papatsarouchas $11,000
6. Yuuya Watanabe $10,500
7. Martin Juza $10,000
8. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $9,500

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

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Results

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8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

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8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

 
 
 
 

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