Day Three Wrap

Bill and Rich recap the amazing ride that was Pro Tour-Kuala Lumpur.

The whispers started early on Friday at Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur…did you see who's 5-1? The rumblings continued through the middle three drafts…. he hasn't lost a match since round 3! The wave was at full force by the end of Saturday… he's in the Top 8! Finally on Sunday, the echoes woke up completely and Hall of Famer Jon Finkel reclaimed his rightful place atop the Magic world.

Jonny Magic steamrolled the field with overall record of 16-1-1, powering through the Top 8 in typical Finkel fashion. One of the fastest minds in the history of the Pro Tour, Finkel matched that mental acuity with a blitzkrieg pace that overwhelmed his opponents. First fell Guillaume Wafo-Tapa in the quarters, then Marcio Carvalho in the semifinals, and finally Mario Pascoli in the finals en route to Finkel's third Pro Tour title (and record 12th Top 8 appearance).

When the Top 8 was announced and it contained two Hall of Famers and two Pro Tour champions from 2007, everyone in Kuala Lumpur knew they were in for something special. But when Wafo-Tapa, Nicolai Herzog, and Mike Hron all fell in the quarterfinals, the script was looking to be flipped on the established powers. Ming Xu made a valiant run as the first mainland Chinese player to make a Top 8, but he fell to Pascoli in the semifinals. Carvalho came close to his breakout Pro Tour moment but couldn't withstand Finkel, who also ended Pascoli's hopes for becoming Italy's first Pro Tour champion. In the end the master was victorious again, with the win coming nine years and ten months after Finkel's first Pro Tour victory. It was also Finkel's first Top 8 since Pro Tour-Yokohama in May of 2003.

Congratulations to Jon Finkel, your Pro Tour–Kuala Lumpur 2008 champion!

Note: Quarterfinal matchups are determined at random.

top 8 bracket


(1) Nicolai Herzog

(8) Marcio Carvalho

(4) Jon Finkel

(5) Guilluame Wafo-Tapa

(2) Mario Pascoli

(7) Mike Hron

(3) Ming Xu

(6) Joel Calafell


Marcio Carvalho, 3-2

Jon Finkel, 3-0

Mario Pascoli, 3-0

Ming Xu, 3-1


Jon Finkel, 3-1

Mario Pascoli, 3-2


Jon Finkel, 3-1

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  • Finals: The Magic is Back!
    Mario Pascoli vs. Jon Finkel
    by Nate Price
  • Semifinals: Playing Champions for a shot at the Championship
    Mario Pascoli vs. Ming Xu
    by Nate Price
  • Semifinals: The Best Limited Player Alive
    Marcio Carvalho vs. Jon Finkel
    by Zac Hill
  • Quarterfinals: The Battle for Black-Green
    Marcio Carvalho vs. Nicolai Herzog
    by Devin Low
  • Quarterfinals: When Life Doesn't Matter
    Joel Calafell vs. Ming Xu
    by Noel Neo
  • Quarterfinals: Thunder and Fire
    Mike Hron vs. Mario Pascoli
    by Zac Hill
  • Quarterfinals: Beats and Balloons
    Guillaume Wafo-Tapa vs. Jon Finkel
    by Nate Price
  • Draft Viewer: Top 8 Draft
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Top 8 Draft: Pack Lists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Top 8 Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • News: Players' Q&A with Wizards Policy-Makers
    by Bill Stark and Scott Johns
  • Round 15: Bubble Wrap Up
    by Nate Price
  • Round 14: Primal Plays
    Fabien Demazeau vs. Mike Hron
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 13: By Your Command
    Nicolai Herzog vs. Martin Juza
    by Chapman Sim
  • Round 12: Ash Whoopin'
    Rogier Maaten vs. Raphael Levy
    by Nate Price
  • Draft Viewer: Draft 5
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 11: Champions of Evasion
    Jon Finkel vs. Guilamme Wafo-Tapa
    by Chapman Sim
  • Round 10: Down to the Wire
    Jon Finkel vs. Paul Cheon
    by Bill Stark
  • Feature: Draft #4: Nicolai Herzog
    by Chapman Sim
  • Feature: Draft #4: Guillaume Wafo-Tapa
    by Nate Price
  • Photo Gallery: Friday at the Pro Tour
    by Craig Gibson and Kelly Digges
  • Round 9: Picture Perfect
    Melissa DeTora vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 8: Like Looking in a Mirror
    Jon Finkel vs. Nicolai Herzog
    by Nate Price
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 7: School's In
    Guillaume Wafo-Tapa vs. Shuu Komuro
    by Nate Price
  • Draft Viewer: Draft 3
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 6: When Playing Costs a Card
    Shuu Komuro vs. Shuhei Nakamura
    by Noel Neo
  • Round 5: Better Homes and Gardens
    Paul Cheon vs. Chris Trembley
    by Nate Price
  • Round 4: True Giants of the Pro Tour
    Jon Finkel vs. Andre Mueller
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 3: Better Lucky than Good
    Olivier Ruel vs. Andre Coimbra vs. Stuart Wright
    by Noel Neo
  • Draft Viewer: Draft 1
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 2: "I Thought You Said Your Deck Was Loose!"
    Paul Cheon vs. Chris Lachmann
    by Bill Stark
  • Round 1: When Trees Fattack
    Frank Karsten vs. Rogier Maaten
    by Scott Johns
  • Column: Wish I Was There
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff


1. Jon Finkel $40,000
2. Mario Pascoli $20,000
3. Marcio Carvalho $15,000
4. Ming Xu $13,000
5. Guillaume Wafo-Tapa $11,000
6. Mike Hron $10,500
7. Joel Calafell $10,000
8. Nicolai Herzog $9,500

Pairings, Results, Standings


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7 6 5 3 2 1


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7 6 5 4 2 1


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7 6 5 4 2 1




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