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2000 Magic Invitational

Sunday's Pictures

[view]The Invitational players, with their awards
[view]Top 4 player, David Price
[view]Finalist Ben Rubin
[view]Jon Finkel, 2000 Magic Invitational champion, with Mark Rosewater
[view]Mark Rosewater gives Noah Boeken the third-place award
[view]Its a GRINDSTONE
[view]The graveyard after a long game
[view]Spectators crowd around the finals
[view]Ben Rubin is Superman. In German, its said Ubermensch.
[view]Ben Rubin is flabbergasted
[view]Kai Budde watches Finkel play his way out of a rocky start
[view]Jon Finkel stares down a bad situation
[view]Ben Rubin plays against Jon Finkel in the finals
[view]Finkel plays, under the watchful eye of the trophy
[view]Jon Finkel, Invitational champion
[view]Will the real Zvi Mowshowitz please stand up
[view]The chicks dig Ben Rubin - Australias a great country for Magic celebrities
[view]A panoramic shot of the Invitees
[view]Thousands of screaming female fans congregated around the site, early this morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of teen idol Jon Finkel

Saturday's Pictures

[view]Chris Pikulas Juzam faces off against Trevor Blackwells Kird Ape
[view]Gary Wise gives Ben Rubin The Stare
[view]Bob Maher and Kai Budde look over their cards
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz pitches a card to Force of Will
[view]Alex Shvartsman plays against finalist Jon Finkel
[view]Gary Wise plays against Noah Boeken
[view]The final rounds of the Invitational
[view]Ben Rubin comes across the table... to count Dave Prices graveyard
[view]Alex Shvartsman vs. Chris Pikula
[view]Darwin Kastle has been one of the few competitors able to beat Jon Finkel
[view]Ben Rubin is fighting a WAY uphill battle
[view]Ishiis hand isnt very good against Finkels Stasis
[view]Jon Finkel and Yoshikazu Ishii deal with Stasis. Finkel piloted Zak Dolans much maligned deck to 3-0
[view]Finkel proudly casts Sirens Call with a Kismet in play, killing two creatures
[view]Maher and Blackwell concentrate on a permanent-ridden board. Note the Wizards School on Mahers side
[view]Scott Larabee consults with Mark Rosewater about the Invitational results
[view]Zvi reveals all the components of the combo to Alex, prompting a concession
[view]Gerardo Godinez Estrada changes Ryan Fullers life total after hitting him with a Black Knight
[view]Zvi puts on a happy face, while looking for a way to go off
[view]Bobs hand is full of sideboard cards
[view]Bob Maher shows off a laughable second Fountain of Youth from Michael Locontos deck
[view]Gary Wise sez Its in the bag. Last year, he finished 16th. This year, hes practically assured 15th or better
[view]Alexs Crater Hellion is about to get medieval on Gerardo
[view]Casey McCarrel vs. Tom Chanpheng, played by Alex Shvartsman and Gerardo Godinez
[view]Spectators, including Your Move Games Dave Humpherys, watch Price vs. Maher
[view]Trevor Blackwell sideboards
[view]Bad times all around: Wise is almost Necro locked, while Finkel draws Old Man of the Sea after Old Man of the Sea
[view]Kastle beats Shvartsman
[view]Maher vs. Long, played by Pikula and Mowshowitz
[view]Blackwell draws a Pestilence, smashing Ishii
[view]Slemr vs. Blumke, played by Ishii and Blackwell
[view]Price has Survival of the Fittest while Bob Maher has an Ivory Tower
[view]Dave Price plays Bob Maher
[view]Darwin had his choice of two decks: Rade or Eskeland
[view]Bob Maher considers clubbing Dave Price. Dave tries to dissuade him
[view]Players chat with Sideboard reporter Matt Vienneau and Sideboard publisher Jeff Donais before the auction
[view]Bob Maher gracefully bows out of the bidding
[view]Finkel and Rubin discuss the decks
[view]Ryan Fuller moves so quickly that hes blurred
[view]Gary Wise bows out of the bidding
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii unexpectedly gets caught with Slemrs Five Color Black deck
[view]The players line up by seed to determine the order of the Auction
[view]Mark Rosewater briefs the players before the Auction
[view]Pikula blows his breath as he realizes he cant stay in the bidding for Champhengs 1996 Worlds deck
[view]Mike Long bows out of the race for his PT-Paris Prosbloom deck, exclaiming Three Wishes
[view]A wide shot of the competitors
[view]Auctioneer Mark Rosewater sorts out some confusion
[view]Gerardo Godinez Estrada waited for Chris Pikula to fold, to get Jakub Slemrs 1997 World Championship deck
[view]Dave Price couldnt hold onto his own deck
[view]Wizards staff, Skaff Elias and Craig Cudnohufsky
[view]Sideboard reporter, Randy Buehler
[view]Players have been anticipating the Auction format all week
[view]Invitational participants Zvi Mowshowitz and Mike Long look over the decklists for the Auction of Champions
[view]Gary Wise puts the smack down on Darwin Kastle
[view]Price and Maher discuss auctioning strategies as the bidding winds down
[view]Darwin Kastle bows out of the bidding for Brian Seldens deck. Brians deck was a Survival-Recurring Nightmare deck, a well-known favorite of Kastle
[view]Bob Maher nervously twists a bottle while thinking
[view]Dave Red Eye Price nominated his PT-LA winning Sligh deck
[view]Rubin wins his deck
[view]Jon Finkel passes the bid to Ben Rubin
[view]Bob Maher pronounces his bid clearly
[view]Players in the Auction fold quickly for the less powerful decks

Friday's Pictures

[view]A wide view of the lobby area
[view]Rubin laughs, while Jeff Donais records the contents of the draft
[view]Rubin and Mowshowitz give the draft pool a staredown
[view]Blackwell and Long share a laugh. Last time they drafted together, Long was disqualified
[view]Boeken points at the Dream Coat, definitely the strangest card in the pack
[view]Shvartsman and Maher contemplate the draft situation
[view]Gary Wise drafts against Ryan Fuller
[view]Players frantically traded, in preparation for the Grand Prix
[view]Outside the venue
[view]Spectators watch the action
[view]Gerardos having a good time
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz plays against Gerardo Godinez
[view]Noah Boeken handed Alex Shvartsman his first loss of the week
[view]Dave Price plays Jon Finkel
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii plays a match against Bob Maher, Jr
[view]A tired Ryan Fuller against a tired Chris Pikula
[view]Guess whos behind these placards
[view]A very rarely seen Sword of the Chosen, played by David Price
[view]Tons of crazy cards. On Gerardo Godinezs side, Multani, Maro Sorcerer, Verderaloth, The Ancient, Stalking Shambler, Mageta the Lion and Sustaner Falconer. On Zvis side, Sliver Queen
[view]Kai Budde is checking out the situation
[view]Kai is unsure which pile is better
[view]Ben Rubin is eyeing a Disturbed Burial
[view]Both Pikula and Fuller have to read Arensons Aura, which was reprinted in Invasion as Teferis Care
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz prepares a split
[view]Mike Long evaluates a split
[view]Jon Finkel is edgy
[view]Jon Finkel is surprised
[view]Jon Finkel plays Dave Price while Skaff Elias watches
[view]Darwin Kastle ponders a split
[view]A closeup of one of the draft packs - note the FIVE legends
[view]Shvartsman looks over the piles
[view]Noah Boeken is in your face
[view]Mike Long and Darwin Kastle have a relaxed chat
[view]Long defeats Price and they shake hands. The two have been sometime-bitter rivals for years
[view]Meteor Storm gives Mike Long a large measure of control
[view]Kai Budde contemplates which card he should cast
[view]Finkel vs. Budde. Both players are very methodical and thoughtful
[view]Gerardo Godinez Estrada with a smile. Gerardo is the highest ranked player in Latin America
[view]Trevor Blackwell looks over his draft
[view]Noah Boeken
[view]Fuller leans over the table at Boeken, Jeff Donais covers
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii plays against current leader, Alex Shvartsman
[view]A happy Pikula goes for his draw
[view]Bob Maher sorts through his very multicolored hand while playing Chris Pikula
[view]Players are trading everywhere
[view]Outside of the main Invitational area, players prepare for the GP Sydney Trial
[view]More players in the lobby
[view]Spectators watch Gary Wise and Trevor Blackwell draft
[view]A view of the Invitational floor
[view]Ryan Fuller trades with a local player. While Ryan pulled out tons of cards, including Millstone and Hatred, the other trader couldnt find anything interesting
[view]FIRE
[view]Gary Wise looks over his base black deck
[view]Ishii looks over his possible deck, during construction
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii laughs as the first cards are opened
[view]Mike Long and Dave Price share a laugh
[view]Ben Rubin works on dividing the piles. The cards were all multicolored in the first pack, making it difficult
[view]Boeken and Lynn watch Fuller divide the piles.
[view]Bob Maher and Chris Pikula Solomon Draft
[view]Players compete in day two of the Invitational, in the background, Gary Wise stretches
[view]Godinez and Long shake after a good match
[view]Kastle asks a rules question - Brady Dommermuth and Mark Rosewater handle it
[view]Wise, with his two card library, wonders how he can win the game
[view]Gary removes an incapacitated Outpost token
[view]Though it is uncommon to spend such a powerful spell on a token creature, Alex was forced to deck Wise, because of Wises powerful sideboard
[view]Alex Shvartsman taps twelve Mountains to Fireblast, under three Chills. Shvartsman successfully killed the Outpost token and went on to win the match
[view]Ben Rubin thinks about the game
[view]Lots of Legacys Allures in Mowshowitz vs. Finkel
[view]Trevor Blackwell sez Chill is a good card
[view]Blackwell counts his land because of Chill
[view]Price Parches Boekens Fireslinger
[view]Price is not happy with his draw. Sideboards Randy Buehler observes
[view]Noah Boeken of the Netherlands
[view]Maher goes to draw against Fuller
[view]The Invitational is full of good humor, despite the competitive nature of the participants
[view]Jamie Lynn leans in to watch Bob Maher
[view]The soldiers rally - and awesome board shot of Gary vs. Shvartsman
[view]Ryan Fuller uses Wasteland
[view]Chris Pikulas recurring creatures stare down Buddes arsenal of squirrels
[view]Darwin Kastle has several good creatures, including Avalanche Riders, a card of his own design
[view]Players ponder a complex board
[view]Australian Ben Seck reports on Boeken vs. Price
[view]The Kai Budde sweater
[view]Darwin Kastle adjusts his life total
[view]Ishii plays Kastle while a young Australian watches

Thursday's Pictures

[view]From the other side
[view]The game-ending stack - 11 cards deep
[view]Bob has as many Outposts as Plains
[view]Gary forms a Outpost regiment
[view]Bob Maher considers his massive army
[view]Gary Wise and Bob Maher, Jr. play a Counterpost mirror - with tons and ton of soldier tokens
[view]Zvis looking good against Longs red deck
[view]Maher and Wise played a drawn out Counterpost mirror match
[view]Shvartsman vs. Fuller
[view]All Europe: Boeken vs. Budde
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii vs. Dave Price
[view]Chris Pikula vs. Darwin Kastle in a Survival mirror match
[view]Rubin vs. Godinez
[view]Kastle thinks
[view]Mark Rosewater and Paul Barclay
[view]The Jon Finkel
[view]Counterpostin fiend, Gary Wise
[view]Gary Wise is on the ropes
[view]Ishii has a good laugh with his opponent
[view]Japans Yoshikazu Ishii
[view]Kai Buddes squirrel tokens
[view]Bob Mahers sideboard
[view]Zvis Tradewind is having trouble with Kais squirrels
[view]Gerardo Godinez chose to play aggressive red
[view]Kai Budde taps an Island with Opposition
[view]A rarely seen Soldevi Digger
[view]Maher and Finkel played very similar decks
[view]Jon Finkel, currently undefeated, is pleased
[view]Noah Boeken vs. Ben Rubin
[view]Ben Rubin thinks about his hand. Behind him, Dave Humpherys observes
[view]Ryan Fuller vs. Zvi Mowshowitz
[view]Finkel explains something to Chris Pikula
[view]Chris Pikula is exciting
[view]Mark Rosewater reads the pairings
[view]Trevor Blackwell is doing his Michael Jackson impression
[view]A large crowd has gathered to watch the matches
[view]Being Ben Rubin
[view]Look Its Ben Rubin
[view]Whatever
[view]Jon Finkel is 3-0
[view]Defending champion Pikula asks Finkel if he has any Pokemon to trade
[view]Chris Pikula shows Finkel the door.
[view]Alex Shvartsman kills one of Kai Buddes smaller creatures with a Berserk
[view]Mike Long vs. Gary Wise
[view]Trevor Blackwell concentrates on the game, while Noah Boeken works on his modeling career
[view]Kai Budde is a past World Champion
[view]The Ben Seck and competitior Alex Shvartsman
[view]Mike Long attacks
[view]Gary Wise is a thoughtful player
[view]Early Nguyen and Worth Wollpert look on as Ben Rubin plays
[view]Bob Maher Jr. vs. Ben Rubin
[view]GP Dallas Champion Matt Vienneau reports on Zvi Mowshowitz and Dave Price
[view]Jon Finkel vs. Ryan Fuller
[view]Being Zvi Mowshowitz
[view]Bob Maher passes the turn
[view]Dave Price, looking like a deer in headlights
[view]Zvi Mowshowitz gives Dave Price the Stare
[view]Jon Finkel tells a joke
[view]and Ryan Fuller sees the humor
[view]Old chums Chris Pikula and Mike Long, two previous Invitational winners
[view]Players must adjust to the strange playtest cards
[view]Ryan Fuller examines cards in deck building
[view]Jon Finkel plays Illicit Auction. Hes the only player using it, out of ten red players.
[view]Closeup of Hells Caretaker
[view]Spectators crowd around Zvi Mowshowitz and Dave Price while Mark Rosewater makes a ruling
[view]Darwin Kastle looks over the board
[view]GP Helsinki Champion, Noah Boeken
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii plays against Noah Boeken
[view]Panoramic shot of all the invitees
[view]Blue and white ended up with some powerful cards like Argivian Archaeologist and Clone in the Duplicate Limited.
[view]Old rivals Chris Pikula and Mike Long share a rare laugh together
[view]More laughter
[view]Rules lawyers Brady Dommermuth and Paul Barclay discuss the interaction between phasing and echo
[view]Invitees are using mock-up cards - these are the same templates used to playtest new sets.
[view]Alex Shvartsman builds
[view]Ryan Fuller examines a strangely-costed Fanning the Flames
[view]A view of the Invitational floor
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii, Japans top ranked player
[view]The Great One, Bob Maher, Jr.
[view]Dave Price and Darwin Kastle build
[view]Gerardo Godinez looks over the cards for Duplicate Limited

Wednesday's Pictures

[view]Trevor Blackwell
[view]Noah Boeken
[view]Jon Finkel
[view]Ryan Fuller
[view]Gerardo Godinez Estrada
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii
[view]Darwin Kastle
[view]Mike Long
[view]Invitational favorite, Jeff Donais
[view]Invitational favorite, Scott Larabee
[view]The Sydney Opera House, Sydneys most famous landmark, was built in the 1970s. You might have heard about it during the Olympics.
[view]Its not easy coming up with twenty different captions that all say Look The Sydney Opera House
[view]Ryan Fullers a dreamboat.
[view]Jeff Donais thinks its raining.
[view]Gary Wise sez Im king of the world.
[view]Gary Wise sez WHASSSUP
[view]A passing boat - the Astro Venus
[view]Finkel is in love... with Jeff Donais
[view]Jon Finkel, Ultimate Fighting Champion
[view]Yoshikazu Ishii looks like a champ.
[view]Zvi does the Humpty Dance
[view]Zvis getting jiggy wit it
[view]Macarena Master, Zvi Mowshowitz
[view]Youve got to sell it SELL IT
[view]Mike Long beats down on Mr. DCI, Jeff Donais
[view]Mike Long dreams of his Valerie. Sorry ladies, hes off the market.
[view]Bob Maher pretends hes won. Behind him, its a cloudy day in Sydney
[view]Pucker up
[view]Dave Price sez whats a matter, you
[view]Sideboards own Alex Shvartsman
[view]Jeff Donais taunts Invitee Ben Rubin with the trophy
[view]Trevor Blackwell is a sweetheart
[view]Darwin Kastle is a manly man
[view]The Opera House
[view]Sydney, Australia
[view]The Sydney Harbor Bridge
[view]The Invitees
[view]Random.bird
[view]Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge
[view]More focus on the bridge
[view]The players, together
[view]Staff Photographer Craig Cudnohufsky organizes a photo session
[view]Darwin Kastle, Laura Waniuk and The Ben Seck
[view]Zvi and co. scout the hotel.

Tuesday's Pictures

[view]Kai Budde in the rain
[view]Baby Rosewater plays with the always controversial Mike Long.
[view]Jon Finkel poses with his Magic Invitational competitor shirt.
[view]Australias own Ben Seck. Ben has taken to calling himself, Hollywood after he appeared on a nationwide television program discussing Magic as part of the PR for Grand Prix Sydney.
[view]Trevor Blackwell. Pro Tour Champ
[view]Gerardo Godinez, top player from Mexico and Pro Tour regular.
[view]Ryan Fullers signficant other Jamie Lynn. Jamie Lynn is a good Magic player herself and has made day two at several Grand Prix.
[view]Bob Maher keeps reminding himself, I am a Pro Tour Champion
[view]Alex Shvartsman, Randy Buehler and Zvi Mowshowitz at the player meeting.
[view]World Champion Jon Finkel has had just about enough of Matt Vienneaus humor.
[view]Bob Maher takes notes and plans for the weekend.
[view]Former World Champion and one of the friendliest Germans you will ever meet, Kai Budde. Kai is sporting his traditional conservative sweater look today.
[view]David Price claims he is having a bad hair day, so he hides his hair for this shot.
[view]The group of players listens intently to Mark Rosewaters speech.
[view]Darwin Kastle mugs for the camera.
[view]Top Japanese player, Yoshikazu Ishii.
[view]Rachel Rosewater plays with the Meddling Mage card. She will be a mage herself once she gets a little older.
[view]Pikula was presented with an advance copy of Meddling Mage. The coveted Magic Invitational prize of having your own card created is one that players will fight hard to win.
[view]Chris Pikula poses with a glass encased copy of the Planeshift card Meddling Mage. The card has striking artwork featuring Pikula as a mage. This is one card that was actually improved after it was submitted by a Magic Invitational Champion.
[view]Maher, Finkel, Vienneau and Fuller.
[view]Gary Wise admired Pikulas creation Meddling Mage. Gary noted, Last year I was only 15 spots away from being able to create a card myself
[view]Mark Rosewater explains the Magic Invitational procedures during the player meeting. Beside Mark are his wife Lora and child Rachel. Zvi Mowshowitz is in the background, considering stealing the child.
[view]European Champion Noah Boeken with Pro Tour Chicago 1999 Champion and Pro Player of the Year Bob Maher and Pro Tour regular Ben Rubin.
[view]2000 Canadian National Champion and Pro Tour regular, Ryan Fuller.
[view]A close up of David Prices passport.
[view]Matt discusses winning Grand Prix Dallas without ever playing blue. Randy once again states, The rule is: The is no rule. They giggle like schoolgirls afterwards.
[view]Mark Rosewater gets into the Australian spirit with this classy chapeau.
[view]Jamie Lynn and Canadian National Champion and her beau Ryan Fuller.
[view]Grand Prix Dallas Champion and Sideboard reporter Matt Vienneau stares down Magic developer Randy Buehler.
[view]David Price showed us his Passport photo. He was a real hippie back then


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