Kuala Lumpur in Review

Posted in Feature on February 23, 2008

By Event Coverage Staff

The calendar says 2008, but it seemed like 1998 all over again. Hall of Famer Jon Finkel steamrolled the field at Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur en route to his third career PT championship, coming nearly 10 years after his first victory. It marked the 12th Pro Tour Top 8 of Finkel's career and the first since 2003.

Podcaster Richard Hagon pulled double duty in Kuala Lumpur. Along with his regular audio coverage, Rich filled in for Randy Buehler on the Tournament Center video segments and the Sunday Top 8 webcast. A regular member of the coverage team at Pro Tours and European Grand Prix, Hagon brings the game to your computer like no one else. His blend of storytelling, news gathering, and analysis gets to the heart of the game while still remaining accessible and inviting to Magic players who aren't regulars on the tournament scene. Listen in as Hagon boils down the three days of Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur into these highlight clips.

You can listen to each segment in the player to the right, or you can click on the links below 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.

Getting from almost 350 players down to eight is never easy. Find out how the five drafts and 15 rounds played out over Friday and Saturday.

A mammoth Top 8 ensured drama, but KL provided more than expected. With two Hall of Famers, four Pro Tour champions, and the air thick with storylines, listen in as Jon Finkel added another chapter to his Pro Tour legend.


In case you missed the historic finals between Jon Finkel and Mario Pascoli, check out the game-by-game highlights below. Text by Nate Price, narration and video editing by Evan Erwin.

For all the Tournament Center updates and full video downloads of Sunday's matches from Kuala Lumpur, visit the main coverage page.

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