Player Profile: Brian Kibler

Posted in Event Coverage on August 23, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Country: United States of America
Invitation Source: Winner, Pro Tour Dark Ascension
Lifetime Pro Points: 338
Professional Magic Accomplishments:

  • Member of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame
  • Pro Tour Austin 2009 Champion
  • Pro Tour Dark Ascension 2012 Champion
  • Grand Prix Toronto 1997-98 Champion
  • Grand Prix Boston 2002-03 Champion
  • Grand Prix Sendai 2010 Champion
  • National Champion / Top Pro on United States national team at 2012 World Magic Cup

Player of the Year Top 10s: 2

  • 2009: 10th
  • 2010: 10th

Pro Tour Top 8s: 5

  • Chicago 2000-01: 3rd
  • Honolulu 2009: 7th
  • Austin 2009: 1st
  • Amsterdam 2010: 6th
  • Dark Ascension in Honolulu: 1st

Grand Prix Top 8s: 12

  • Toronto 1997-98: 1st
  • Houston 2001-02: 2nd
  • Tampa 2001-02: 6th
  • Milwaukee 2001-02: 6th
  • Boston 2002-03: 1st
  • Kansas City 2003-04: 4th
  • Washington D.C. 2003-04: 4th
  • New Jersey 2003-04: 2nd
  • Minneapolis 2009: 3rd
  • Sendai 2010: 1st
  • Denver 2011: 8th
  • Anaheim 2012: 6th

National Team Appearances: 1

  • 2012: 12th

They don't call him The Dragonmaster for nothing. Hall of Famer Brian Kibler knows his way around giant red and green creatures, from the Armadillo Cloaked Rith, the Awakener that earned him his nickname at Pro Tour Chicago back in 2000 to the Primeval Titans he used to win Pro Tour Dark Ascension this year—a win that secured his spot in the 2012 Players Championship.

Kibler is on the second major leg of his career, roaring back after a roughly five-year hiatus from the top levels of the game by Top 8ing Pro Tour Honolulu in 2009. Since then he has become one of the planet's premier players, winning two Pro Tours outright and collecting a slew of Grand Prix Top 8s. This year he also captained the United States squad at the first ever World Magic Cup as the country's top pro, helping the team to a Top 16 finish.

Kibler is also a prolific writer and video streamer, sharing his outsized personality—and taste in music—with the Magic community on a weekly, if not daily, basis. One of the game's foremost ambassadors, Kibler is a deck designer with serious chops and a strategist with few peers.

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