2008 Worlds Photo Essay: Towards the Grand Finale

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It’s not ALL tournaments at Wizards. Here we see Rich Hagon hosting his popular Magic Game Show, free to enter, with prizes up to a stack of 1,000 rares.

Saturday night Hagon hosted a round table discussion with the biggest names in making Magic: Matt Place, Mike Turian, Aaron Forsythe, Mark Rosewater, and of course, Dr. Richard Garfield, Ph.D.

“Agents of Artifice,” coming to a bookseller near you! Some lucky people got advance copies, like this one, and we will be posting their reviews of it online!

A lonely portrait: Masashi Oiso ponders the mistake that earned him a game loss, losing him the match.

Supplemental Ruel Antoine mugs for the camera. Olivier is in the grip of total focus.

Kenji Tsumura is bringing dandy back.

Shuhei Nakamura clinches 2008 Player of the Year!

“And the last member of our Top 8, in 8th place on tiebreakers... JAMIE PARKE!”

Lord Kenji finally gets his throne.

The glittering prizes. (Huge sums of cash, fame, and glory not pictured.)

Top level play requires total concentration.

The Command Center: You get to see The Big Board.

Head of Japanese language coverage Keita Mori. Women want him, men want to be him.

It’s like Tootsie, except she sets people on fire.

And of course, The King.

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