Podcasting from Pro Tour–Austin

Posted in Feature on October 16, 2009

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 Richard Hagon be your guide through Pro Tour–Austin, the third Pro Tour of the 2009 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.

  • Austin Highlights and Winner Interview (15.6 MB)
  • Rich Hagon grabbed winner Brian Kibler for an in-depth interview moments after the Dragonmaster defeated Tsuyoshi Ikeda in a final. After a four-year absence from the game, Kibler has now made back-to-back Top 8s and put his name in the discussion for next year's Hall of Fame class.

  • Saturday, 2:15 p.m.: Round 11 Feature Matches (12.6 MB)
  • With this being the last round of Booster Draft, the two best players in each pod of eight face off for the honor of being the king of the pod. Jonathan Melamed of Brazil faced the Malaysian Kin Leong Chong, with both players on 24 points, looking to move to 9-2. Further up the chain, Shouta Yasooka of Japan took his 25 points to battle Marcel Zafra of Canada, who sits on 27. Finally, the top of the table clash came with Canadian David Felske facing the Czech pro Martin Juza, both already at 27 points. In a wickedly fast format, expect huge swings and a stack of games where land really does matter.

  • Saturday, 10:25 a.m.: Taking Time Out (9.2 MB)
  • The pace at any Pro Tour is frantic, and the rollercoaster ride makes for a heady mix of near-misses and massive topdecks. It's also a great way to see players at their limit, pushed right to the edge by a desire to come out on top. On the other hand, it's hard to find the time to just kick back with people, and find out a little bit more about them, and what makes them tick. That's what this show is about, as we take some time out to talk with three very different players, all linked by the three letters MTG: Tom Reeve, Marijn Lybaert, and Jonathan Pearlman.

  • Friday, 6:05 p.m.: Round 6 Feature Matches (8.5 MB)
  • Three blistering matches make up our second set of audio feature matches. On 10 points, World Champion Antti Malin of Finland goes up against Jan Ruess, the German runner-up from Pro Tour-Hollywood. On 13 points, the undefeated Japanese duo of Shouta Yasooka and Yuuya Watanabe–the former the 2006 Player of the Year and the latter aspiring to the 2009 crown–go toe to toe in a match that featured one of the more astonishing five-mana spells seen in recent times. And finally, in the pinnacle matchup, Hall of Famer Ben Rubin puts his 100% record on the line against the fastest man in Magic, Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa of Brazil. Breathless, breathtaking, catch-your-breath Magic, this is as it happens top of the range fare. Ears into overdrive!

  • Friday, 12:55 p.m.: Round 3 Feature Matches (13.0 MB)
  • In the Arena, three Dredge decks try to move to 3-0. How will Christophe Gregoir of Belgium, Robert van Medevoort of the Netherlands, and Pro Tour-Honolulu champion Kazuya Mitamura of Japan fare? You'll find the answers here, plus interviews with Brian Kibler, Chris Lachmann, Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa, and Mr. Mark Rosewater.

  • Friday, 9 a.m.: The Metagame Runaround (13.9 MB)
  • Later Friday, Zendikar Booster Draft takes center stage, but there's the small matter of five rounds of Extended first. What will this exciting format look like? Just a few Tier One decks? Or will variety and innovation be the order of the day? Let's find out, as we get the show underway with a veritable feast of player interviews direct from the action. Think you know Extended? Check this out!

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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