Podcasting from Magic Weekend Philadelphia

Posted in Feature on September 2, 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 Philadelphia, home of the third Pro Tour of the 2011 season. 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 the new Modern format 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.

  • Friday, 9:41 a.m.: Modern Metagame Madness (20.2 MB)
  • 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.

  • Friday, 5:40 p.m.: Sitdown with Jon Finkel (7.9 MB)
  • 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.

  • Saturday, 11:37 a.m.: Inside Magic with Aaron Forsythe (8.3 MB)
  • 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.

  • Saturday, 6:21 p.m.: On The Edge of the Top 8 (16.7 MB)
  • 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.

  • Winner Interview (4.1 MB)
  • Rich Hagon interviews Pro Tour Philadelphia champion Samuele Estratti in the moments after defeating Josh Utter-Leyton in the Finals of the Pro Tour.

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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