Podcasting from Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur

Posted in Feature on February 15, 2008

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.

Don't miss a minute of action from Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur. Let Richard Hagon be your guide through the first Pro Tour of the 2008 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.

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 to his Pro Tour legacy.


It's new. It's Magic. It takes three minutes. Want to know more? It'll take you just 180 seconds to find out.

The sequel to the popular Fastest Three Minutes in Magic. Now with higher Summer blockbuster production values. And Jerry Bruckheimer, possibly.

You should have the hang of this now. Give us three minutes, we'll give you the Pro Tour.

  • The Fastest Three Minutes in Magic: Part 4 (1.5 MB)
  • Day Two is off and running. Catch up in three minutes.

    Coming down the home stretch. You have the time. Listen up.

    In only 80 seconds, we give you a Top 8. That's ten seconds each!

    It's a long road to the Player of the Year title, and not many players are prepared to say this early that that's the goal. Tomoharu Saito makes no secret of wanting to defend his title, and Steve Sadin certainly has his sights set high for 2008, although maybe not quite that high. We talk with Pros from around the globe as the 2008 season gets under way.

    Do you know how early people start getting knocked out of Pro Tours? If you don't want to find out, better not go 0-3, because that's the trapdoor right there, folks. We talk you through the opening rounds, and reveal at least one Top 10-ranked Pro who won't be coming back for a second bite at the cherry. Just another wonderfully brutal day on the PT.

    Some big names failed to make it to Day Two, but a few huge names are showing old dogs can learn new tricks. Jon Finkel and Nicolai Herzog near the top of a Pro Tour...that's something all Magic fans are familiar with.

    After surviving the cut and getting a night's sleep, the masters are back at it for Day Two of Pro Tour-Kuala Lumpur.

    As Jon Finkel continues to win, the rest of the PT desperately tries to keep pace.

    After almost two days of effort, it comes down to this. Three jewels in the feature match area with Top 8 on the line. It doesn't get tighter than this.

    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:

    1. Go to http://www.apple.com/podcasting/
    2. Download iTunes version 7
    3. Launch iTunes.
    4. From the dropdown menus, select Advanced -- Subscribe to Podcast
    5. 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 -- Preferences -- Podcast).

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