Podcasting from Magic Weekend Paris

Posted in Feature on February 10, 2011

By Rich Hagon

Rich Hagon combines a deep knowledge of the players of the Pro Tour with a passionate love of the game. He's a regular commentator for Pro Tour and Grand Prix live video coverage, and is the official Pro Tour Statistician. He has been covering Magic events since 2006.

Let Pro Tour Statisician Richard Hagon be your guide through Magic Weekend Paris, home of the first Pro Tour of the 2011 season and quite likely the largest Grand Prix in Magic history. If you're not a regular reader of event coverage, this is a great starting place to learn the top players and storylines that have shaped this season. With exclusive player interviews, analysis of deckbuilding strategies, explanations of formats and the PT season, and much more, it's a cornucopia of information.


You can listen to each segment in the player to the right, or you can click on the link to listen to the file in your browser or right-click Save As to download to your computer. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, click here and you'll be directed to the Magic: The Gathering podcast in the iTunes directory.

  • Thursday, 10:15 a.m.: Magic Weekend Metagame Runaround (14.5 MB)
  • 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.

  • Thursday, 6:18 p.m.: The All-Star Mirrodin Besieged Set Review (17.7 MB)
  • 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.

  • Friday, 11:39 a.m.: The POY Pow-Wow (7.1 MB)
  • 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.

  • Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Paris Penultimate (20.7 MB)
  • 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.

  • Sunday, 10:15 p.m.: Winner Interview (12.8 MB)
  • 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.

You can also access previous studio podcasts by visiting the Podcast Archive.


Podcasting is delivering audio and video content on demand so that it can be enjoyed at the user's convenience. The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can sync content to their media player and take it with them to listen whenever they want to. But they're not just for iPods…the files are ready to watch or listen to on just about any computer.

To subscribe to the Magic: The Gathering podcast:

If you already have iTunes on your computer, click here and you'll be directed to the Magic: The Gathering podcast in the iTunes directory. Click on the subscribe button there and you're all set.

If you do not have iTunes:

Once you subscribe to the podcast, iTunes will automatically check for new files and download them to your computer. To ensure that you get timely updates, set your Podcast Settings to check for new episodes every hour (the Settings button is in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window, or you can find it under Edit -- Preferences -- Podcast).

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