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Live Coverage of the 2004 Magic Invitational

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Asp's Grasp?! Can it be?!

That's right, Bob Maher is the winner of the 2004 Magic Invitational. The event spanned five formats, five days, and two cities, and featured 16 of the game's best and most popular players from four continents. Maher and Sweden's Mattias Jorstedt rose to the top after 15 rounds of play, then Maher took down Jorstedt in the best of three formats. Maher won the Auction of the People 2-1, lost Mirrodin Block Constructed 0-2, then rallied to take the final game of Online Extended on the back of the Seething Song-Furnace Dragon combo!

Bob wins the right to design a card that will be included in a future Magic expansion and will feature his likeness in the art. (Past prizes include Darwin Kastle's Avalanche Riders, Chris Pikula's Meddling Mage, and Jens Thoren's Solemn Simulacrum.) Bob's initial submission was a sorcery that gave target player nine poison counters, a less-than-serious attempt that had us all a little worried. Since winning, he has vowed to come up with a more fitting serious suggestion. We'll keep you posted on what he comes up with here at magicthegathering.com!

For those of you without access to Magic Online, we'll have web coverage of the finals posted on this page on Sunday. For those that do have Magic Online, you can watch replays of every game played in this wacky showcase event by logging on and clicking the Magic Invitational banner. Congratulations Bob!


EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Online Extended
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Finals: Mirrodin Block Constructed
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Finals: Auction of the People
    by Aaron Forsythe

  • Round 15: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Mattias Jorstedt
    by Scott Johns
  • Decks: Online Extended Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 13: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Kai Budde
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: As Seen at E3
    by Scott Johns
  • Decks: Mirrodin Block Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 12: Nicolai Herzog vs. Gary Wise
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 11: Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Masashi Ooiso
    by Scott Johns
  • Information: Day 3 Schedule
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Information: Day 3 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Deck Tech: Drafting with Zvi Mowshowitz
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Decks: 8E Rochester Draft Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 10: Jin Okamoto vs. Jens Thoren
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 9: Bob Maher vs. Brian Kibler
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Invitational Grand Prize Card Submissions
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 7: Nicolai Herzog vs. Dirk Baberowski
    by Scott Johns
  • Information: Day 2 Schedule
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Information: Day 2 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Feature: Auction of the People Wrap-Up
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Pack Draft Wrap-Up
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 6: Bob Maher vs. Zvi Mowshowitz
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 5: Kai Budde vs. Justin Gary
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 3: Bob Maher vs. Jens Thoren
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 1: Jon Finkel vs. Brian Kibler
    by Scott Johns
  • Decks: Pack Draft Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Pack Draft
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Auction of the People - Bidding
    by Scott Johns
  • Information: Day 1 Schedule
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Information: Auction of the People Decklists
    by Mark Rosewater
  • Information: Formats
    by Mark Rosewater
  • Information: What is the Magic Invitational?
    by Mark Rosewater
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