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2001 Magic Invitational

Player Pictures

[view]The champion is crowned
[view]Final match - an intense and long battle
[view]Jon Finkel wants to be your friend
[view]Might he be admiring the fine fellah on Meddling Mage
[view]James White scopes out the Invitational play area
[view]Clegg managed to cast all four of his Meddling Mages against Budde
[view]Budde and the super-cool Sideboard box
[view]Dan Clegg taps lands slowly
[view]The Meddling Mage in action
[view]Budde vs. Richards
[view]Scott Richards and his mono-red deck
[view]Budde in motion
[view]Benafel shuffles, Finkel bored
[view]Finkel seems strangely uninterested in what Benafel has to say
[view]Ladies and Gentleman, Chris Benafels left ear
[view]Mike Pustilnik never looks like he thinks hes winning
[view]How can someone with Kamahl, Pit Fighter in play look so unhappy
[view]The furry kitten seems to prefer Benafel, much like last night
[view]Chris Benafel looks placid as he takes his time contemplating his move
[view]Brian Kiblers new pet cheetah gazes lovingly at the crowd
[view]Mikey P. versus Kamiel Cornellisen
[view]Kamiel Great White Cornellisen has the menacing gaze of a mighty shark
[view]Mike Pustilnik, mournfully contemplating his options Or fast asleep
[view]Player study their notes before the Rotisserie Draft begins
[view]Olivier Ruel seems more interested in the camera than the draft
[view]The Oddssey Set is one big boster pack for Rotisserie Draft
[view]The amazing trophies for this weekend
[view]The Ruel brothers face off in 5-color
[view]Olivier Ruel playing 5-color
[view]Antoine Ruel playing 5-color
[view]Mikey P and Dave Price face off in 5-color
[view]Mikey Ps deck may be taller than him
[view]Dave Price shuffles up his 5-color deck
[view]Antoine Ruels Pig loves 5-color
[view]Mikey P and Chris Pikula finished shuffling their massive decks
[view]Mikey P in Round 4, 5-color
[view]Chris Pikula in Round 4, 5-color
[view]Tom van de Logt vs. Scott Richards in Round 3
[view]World Champion Tom van de Logt in Round 3
[view]Latin American Champ Scott Richards in Round 3
[view]Jon Finkel vs Chris Pikula in Round 3
[view]Jon Finkel in Round 3 Duplicate Limited
[view]Chris Pikula in Round 3 Dulicate Limited
[view]Antoine Ruel in Round 2 Duplicate Limited
[view]Kai Budde in Round 2 Duplicate Limited
[view]Despite some earlier seasickness, Fujita was able to boogie the night away at dinner
[view]There were two boats for the tour. Chris Benafel doubles as a lighthouse with his bright yellow sweatshirt
[view]Mike The Skipper Pustlinik seems content during the three-hour tour
[view]Kai Budde can fearlessly face down opponents in the top 8, but seems hesitant to approach the savage jungle cat
[view]The first wine tasting session already seems to be having an effect on some players.
[view]Dan Clegg seems less than inspired by Marks pre-Invitational spiel.
[view]During the player meeting, Kiblers demonic eyes reveals that he literally sold his soul to get to invited.
[view]Thousands of fans gathered in wait for the beginning of the Invitational. They have declared Mikey P. to be their king
[view]Finkel is slack-jawed in surprise at Van de Logts play
[view]Gary Wise has found an audience.
[view]Kamiel and Dave face off in tense practice draft
[view]While the sweater that has won 4 PTs practices 5, Mike Pustilnick marvels
[view]Chris Pikula surveys his board position as Scott Johns mocks him with laughter
[view]Jon Finkel in Round 1 Duplicate Limited
[view]Gary Wise in Round 1 Duplicate Limited
[view]The Worlds Best Player vs. The Worlds Loudest Player: Jon Finkel vs Gary Wise.
[view]Brian Kibler in Round 1 Duplicate Limited.
[view]Chris Pikula in Round 1 Duplicate Limited.
[view]Brian Kibler and Chris Pikula in Round 1 Duplicate Limited.

Site Pictures

[view]The view from the tour boat was breathtaking as night fell
[view]As the search for sharks continued, South Africa faded into the distance
[view]The scenery was spectacular on the boat tour
[view]As Fujita can confirm as he suffers in the throes of sea-sickness, this boat tour was unforgettable
[view]Jon Finkel simultaneously busts a move and taunts the baby cheetah
[view]Jon Finkel poses with a baby cheetah as Fujita hides behind a post
[view]All the players lined up for a chance to pet the cheetahs - the marvels of Africa are unmatchable

Staff Pictures

[view]Sideboard reporter Matt Vienneau discusses philosophy, art and Magic theory with Mark Rosewater

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