Podcasting from Pro Tour–Amsterdam

Posted in Feature on September 3, 2010

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 Pro Tour–Amsterdam, the third Pro Tour of the 2010 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 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.

  • Friday, 10:55 a.m.: The Metagame Runaround, New Extended Remix (16.6 MB)
  • 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?

  • Friday, 3:10 p.m.: How to be Good at Magic (11.9 MB)
  • 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.

  • Saturday, 11:22 a.m.: Working for Wizards (12.7 MB)
  • 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.

  • Saturday, 6:20 p.m.: Unreal Top 8 Looms (10.7 MB)
  • 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.

  • Interview with Winner Paul Rietzl (13.8 MB)
  • 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.

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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