Podcasting from Pro Tour–San Diego

Posted in Feature on February 19, 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–San Diego, the first 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: The Metagame Runaround (13.4 MB)
  • With the opening round less than an hour away, join Rich in his Metagame Runaround, targeting the biggest names in Pro Magic. What will the Pros be bringing to the party? Will Jund continue to dominate Standard? Will Jace, the Mind Sculptor be the Planeswalker of choice, or will Ajani Vengeant hold sway? Come to that, how about Ajani Goldmane? Rumors abound of White Weenie merchants dusting off their two-drops to make a run at $40,000. Click here for all the talk straight from the people that count.

  • Friday: Worldwake's Impact (15.1 MB)
  • Want to know what Worldwake means for Magic? Tune in to this six-part extravaganza as Michael Jacob, Conley Woods, Manuel Bucher, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Adam Koska, and Adam Yurchick take you through the latest set. On the eve of the Pro Tour, the major focus is on the world of Standard, but there's plenty of opinion here for Limited fans, too. Join the Pros as they give you the lowdown on the best Worldwake has to offer.

  • Saturday: Meet the Commentators (15.3 MB)
  • Saturday sees the debut of a new webcast pairing – Pro Tour Statistician Rich Hagon joins Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall to call home the first champion of the 2010 Pro Tour season. But how did they get the best seat in the house? The tables are turned as the resident interviewers become interviewees, and you get a chance to meet the team who will be sharing all the fun and excitement of the live webcast this season.

  • Saturday: Round 14 Spotlights LSV, Nassif (14.9 MB)
  • Round 14 here at Pro Tour-San Diego, and two massive matches take center stage in the arena. Luis Scott-Vargas began Pro Tou-Kyoto a year ago 11-0, before falling to England's Matteo Orsini-Jones. Now he stands at an even more remarkable 13-0, and once again a Brit stands in his way, and this time it's National Champion Dan Gardner. Can he stop the LSV machine? On the other table – and it's amazing that this really is the "other" table – Gabriel Nassif and Katsuhiro Mori go head to head, trying to stay alive at X-4. All the action, as it happens.

  • Sunday: Interview with Winner Simon Görtzen (9.7 MB)
  • After all the smoke had cleared, one man was left standing at Pro Tour-San Diego. Get the inside story from winner Simon Görtzen as he sat down with Rich Hagon minutes after winning 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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