PRO TOUR–SAN JUAN
- The Metagame Runaround by PT San Juan 1 (14.1MB)
- Barbecue Belgian Beach House by PT San Juan 2 (11.1MB)
- Brad Nelson, One Year On by PT San Juan 3 (8.5MB)
- Going Live from PT San Juan by PT San Juan 4 (12.6MB)
- Winner Interview by PT San Juan 5 (8.9MB)
- Friday, 10:30 a.m.: The Metagame Runaround (14.0 MB)
- Friday, 4:15 p.m.: Barbecue Belgian Beach House (14.0 MB)
- Saturday, 10:09 a.m.: Brad Nelson, One Year On (8.7 MB)
- Saturday, 5:24 p.m.: Going Live from PT San Juan (12.9 MB)
- Sunday: Interview with Winner Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (9 MB)
The hour before the Pro Tour is a special time. Almost 400 players are gathered to see who can claim 25 Pro Points, a championship trophy, and the $40,000 first prize. In order to get to the live Sunday Draft Top 8, they'll have to navigate ten rounds of Block Constructed and six rounds of Booster Draft. Will Blue-White Control dominate? Will Eldrazi Green get there? Will Mono-Red burn everyone to a crisp? We pile round the big names at top speed as the clock ticks down towards the opening of Pro Tour-San Juan 2010.
All over Puerto Rico, groups of pros have gathered to test for the Pro Tour. In a fabulous villa just outside San Juan, a full dozen Europeans from Belgium and the Netherlands have congregated at dawn, dinner, and dusk to draft, break Block, and take advantage of some epic tourism opportunities. From rainforests to red sideboards and snorkelling to Sea Gate Oracles, this is the Belgian Beach House 2010.
One year ago, Brad Nelson made one of the most anticipated Pro Tour debuts in memory. FFfreak from Magic Online, Nelson proved his worth in face-to-face play with a ninth-place finish in Honolulu. Since then he has a Natoinals Top 8, a Grand Prix win and another GP Top 8, has qualified for the 2010 Magic Online Championship, and will represent MTGO players around the world at the 2010 Community Cup. Give a listen to one of the most powerful interviews I've had the privilege to conduct here at the home of Magic.
It's Round 14, and 48 players have records of 9-4 or better. Beyond them, the remaining players are scrapping for the minor places, but above those with four losses the battle is truly fierce, with Top 8 slots on the line every round. In the Feature Match arena, Guillaume Matignon of France heads the field. He tussles with Brad Nelson in a match that could certainly see the Frenchman into the Top 8, or knock Brad back into the pack. Then there's Hall of Famer Frank Karsten. His analysis of the metagame is simply unrivaled, and he sits at just three losses, still with a good chance of the Top 8. That's if, of course, he can defeat David Ochoa, who just might have other ideas...
After four previous individual Pro Tour Top 8s ended in disappointing quarterfinal losses, Brazil's Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa finally broke through to capture that elusive Pro Tour win. He shares his thoughts on winning San Juan and much more just minutes after claiming victory.
You can also access previous studio podcasts by visiting the Podcast Archive.
WHAT IS PODCASTING?
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:
- Go to http://www.apple.com/podcasting/
- Download the latest version of iTunes
- Launch iTunes.
- From the dropdown menus, select Advanced --
Subscribe to Podcast
- When prompted for a URL, enter http://www.wizards.com/magic/rsspodcast.xml and click OK.
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 --