Pro Tour: Austin PureMTGO Coverage

Join hamtastic as he covers one of the largest events in Magic: The Gathering. Audio interviews, sights, and articles as they happen all weekend long!
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The hits just keep on coming this week!  I was extremely fortunate to sit down with Adriana after the V3.5 UI Prototype Meeting and get some great inside information about the new UI, the difficulties that she's run into and much, much more!  Thank you very very much for your time Adriana!

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 19 2009 11:19pm
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I was able to sneak Mark Rosewater away from the gun slinging, the public appearances and the challenge areas to get an exclusive interview.  We talked about MTGO and its role going forward as well as where it will fit into the overall strategy of Magic: the Gathering.  This interview was perhaps my favorite chunk of time from my non-MTGO Live coverage (it's close between this one and my interview with Adriana, coming soon!).  I'd once again like to thank Mark Rosewater for his time since it is certainly a very precious commodity for someone with his level of requirements.  Thanks again, Mark!  Details behind the link!

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 19 2009 10:26pm
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Okay!  As promised, here are more UI screens and details for you all, since I know you're all interested in more information, and who can blame you!

Click the link for the screens!

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 18 2009 2:39pm
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Okay, so here's some first quick shots uploaded (I have video's, and lots more pictures as well, but I wanted to get something up right away for you all!)

Above is the 'default' view of the duel scene. 

Hand is at the bottom.  

Chat and logs and notes go to the bottom.  Which is you know, standard.

You can move the whole left side to about 35 to 45 pixels.  When you do that, items in that screen pop out as needed.  You can also zoom out cards in the graveyard from that side.

Another item of interest, as mana is added to the mana pool, the mana pops out of the side.  There is no persistent pool to choose from/waste space.  This allows for some really cool stuff, like expanding out mana of special types.  So a Snow Mana, a regular Mana, and a doubling cube mana... are ALL IN DIFFERENT SPOTS!!! While that's a corner case right now, it's only just a matter of time until we get some new mana, or snow-covered basics make their way back into Extended.

Another neat thing is that there will now be a "Red Zone" that creatures move into when they're attacking blocking.  This seemingly simple change REALLY helps to show when you've entered the combat phase, which has been a particularily touchy subject over the past few years.  It also allows you to set the blocking order in a very, very obvious manner. 

As I mentioned, I have a lot more screens and a lot of video's of it being demonostrated that I'll post, as well as an interview with Adriana (yes, she still works at WotC).  I'll post that information as I get it transcribed for the web, and if the audio itself came out well enough I'll post that in MP3 format as well.

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 17 2009 8:17pm
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Taylor Webb vs Suari will be taped tomorrow in the morning in the Premier Event area of the Convention Center.  Great work guys!

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 17 2009 7:26pm
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Suari's W/R Deck takes over Draconis' G/U Allies with extra reach provided
korhedron's G/U deck beats Strong Sad's U/B/r deck
MarcioCarvalho beat leearson's mono red deck 2-1
Spitfire_Moe loses to Taylor Webb 2-1 on the back of a beautiful topdecked Into the Roil.

And now we move in to the semi-finals!
Korhedron vs Suari
and
TaylorWebb vs MarcioCarvahlo

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 17 2009 6:41pm
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The last event of the MTGO Live Events have begun and the archtypes/colors break down the following:

korhedron: U/G
Spitfire_moe: U/B
Taylor Webb: U/B
leearson: Mono Red Valakut
MarcioCarvalho: W/B
DraconisUK: G/R/w
Strong Sad: B/U/w
suari: W/R Aggro

Without giving away too much the top two decks I've seen on paper are Draconis' G/R/w and leearson's Mono red.  I'll be covering the next few rounds as they happen!

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Taylor created a fantastic W/U flying deck that stood tall above the others in his pod.  With bombs like Sphinx of Jwar Isle, and many other solid evasion creatures and ample recovery elements his deck was perfectly poised to get him through the tough Event #4 Competition.

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Oct 17 2009 4:07pm
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Please enjoy this video of his winning the game and the match.  His nearly mono black vampires deck made handy work of Olivier's Mono Red aggro deck.  Drawing multiple nighthawks never hurts... I was wondering what could beat Olivier's Mono Red deck, and it seems the answer is: Vampire Nighthawk.

By: hamtastic, Erik Friborg
Oct 17 2009 3:26pm
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Anan Go 666 has built a fantastic Red deck from his Zendikar picks and has swept his opposition into the finals.  Game two finishes as he Spire Barrage's a Roil Elemental to get his creature back and deal the final damage needed to win in the next two turns.  Whomever his last round opponent will be will have to somehow beat a deck with reach and early damage.