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Kibler Completes Comeback with Austin Victory

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Hall of Famer Randy Buehler and Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall recap the Pro Tour from Austin, including an interview with winner Brian Kibler.
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No one ever stops playing Magic forever. Despite being off the Pro Tour for several years, Brian Kibler completed his return to glory with his victory at Pro Tour-Austin over Tsuyoshi Ikeda.

A comeback that started in Honolulu reached new heights in Austin thanks to Kibler's amazing run, powered by an Extended Zoo deck built by Hall of Famer Ben Rubin that was finely tuned to combat the horde of other Zoo decks in the field and many of the key combo decks this weekend. Kibler defeated Evangelos Papatsarouchas and his Hypergenesis deck in the quarterfinals by outracing Progenitus and a different Zoo build in the hands of Hunter Burton in the semifinals to set up the final against Pro Tour veteran Ikeda, who was running yet another version of the Zoo deck. The win by Kibler puts his name into serious contention for Hall of Fame consideration next summer, as does Ikeda's continued excellence at the highest levels of the game.

The weekend showcased a new Extended field filled with Zoo variants, Dredge, and multiple combo decks such as Hexmage Depths and Hypergenesis. Austin also featured two Zendikar Booster Drafts, showing off the strategies of the top pros for the new Limited format. Get your game up to speed by diving in to video deck techs, podcasts, feature matches, draft viewers, and much more!


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Tsuyoshi Ikeda   Tsuyoshi Ikeda, 3-2        
8 Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa   Tsuyoshi Ikeda, 3-1
       
4 Martin Juza   Naoki Shimizu, 3-2   Brian Kibler, 3-0
5 Naoki Shimizu    
       
2 Evangelos Papatsarouchas   Brian Kibler, 3-2
7 Brian Kibler   Brian Kibler, 3-2
       
3 Yuuya Watanabe   Hunter Burton, 3-2
6 Hunter Burton    

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  • Deck Lists: Top 8 Extended
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  • Deck Lists: Top Extended Deck Lists
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  • Deck Lists: Other Deck Lists F-K
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  • Deck Lists: Other Deck Lists L-P
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Sunday
  • Video: Day Three Wrap-up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Finals: Panic in Austin – Menagerie Breaks Loose!
    Tsuyoshi Ikeda vs. Brian Kibler
    by Bill Stark
  • Semifinals: Dredging for Miracles
    Tsuyoshi Ikeda (Spectral Zoo) vs. Naoki Shimizu (Dredge)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Semifinals: Slinging in the Rain
    Hunter Burton (Hypergenesis) vs. Brian Kibler (Rubin Zoo)
    by Bill Stark
  • Quarterfinals: Ghost Quarters
    Brian Kibler (Rubin Zoo) vs. Evangelos Papatsarouchas (Hypergenesis)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: March of the Crabs
    Naoki Shimizu (Dredge) vs. Martin Juza (Domain Zoo)
    by Marc Calderaro
  • Quarterfinals: Entrapment
    Hunter Burton (Spectral Zoo) vs. Yuuya Watanabe (Dredge)
    by Bill Stark
  • Quarterfinals: That's the Spirit
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (Dark Depths) vs. Tsuyoshi Ikeda (Spectral Zoo)
    by Steve Sadin
  • Deck Lists: Top 8 Extended
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Top 8 Profiles
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  • Deck Lists: Top Extended Deck Lists
    by Event Coverage Staff
Saturday
Friday
  • Video: Day One Wrap-up
    by Randy Buehler and Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: Thick as Thieves
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Brian Kibler
    by Josh Bennett
  • Video Deck Tech: Combo Gifts with Lucas Siow
    By Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 7: “A Helluva Charmed Life”
    Paulo Cortez vs. Brian Kibler
    by Bill Stark
  • Video Draft Tech: : Black-red with Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 6 (Audio): A Barrage of Great Plays
    Antti Malin vs. Jan Ruess
    Shouta Yasooka vs. Yuuya Watanabe
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Ben Rubin
    by Richard Hagon
  • Draft Viewer: Draft 1, Table 1
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 5: The Real Feature
    Conley Woods (White-Black Martyr) vs. Shouta Yasooka (Green-White-Blue Gifts)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 4: All the Wrong Answers
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (Dark Depths) vs. Osyp Lebedowicz (Thopter Combo)
    by Bill Stark
  • Video Deck Tech: The Markov Cocktail with Conley Woods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Video Deck Tech: Blue-white-red Control (Standard) with Corey Lege
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Extended Archetype Breakdown
    by Bill Stark
  • Round 3 (Audio): Dredge on Parade
    Christophe Gregoir (Dredge) vs. Tomoharu Saito (All-in Red)
    Robert van Medevoort (Dredge) vs. Ben Rubin (Zoo)
    Antoine Ruel (Scapeshift) vs. Kazuya Mitamura (Dredge)
    by Richard Hagon
  • Video Deck Tech: Dark Depths with Luis Scott-Vargas
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 2: Meloku Never Had It So Good
    Zack Hall (Hexmage Depths) vs. Gabriel Nassif (Burnwillow Control)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: Anatomy of a Round
    by Richard Hagon
  • Round 1: Getting into the Grove
    Mark Herberholz (Burnwillow Control) vs. David Williams (Burnwillow Control)
    by Bill Stark
  • Photo Essay: Austin of the Day Before
    by Josh Bennett and Craig Gibson
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Column: Previewing Pro Tour–Austin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Pro Tour–Austin Main Event Information
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Pro Tour–Austin Public Events Information
    by Event Coverage Staff
 1.  Brian Kibler $40,000
 2.  Tsuyoshi Ikeda $20,000
 3.  Naoki Shimizu $15,000
 4.  Hunter Burton $13,000
 5.  Evangelos Papatsarouchas $11,000
 6.  Yuuya Watanabe $10,500
 7.  Martin Juza $10,000
 8.  Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $9,500
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