Magic: The Gathering @ PAX West: a recap


Magic: The Gathering did it BIG again this year at PAX West.  If you remember last year they took over an entire building.  This year they took over the Paramount Theatre and the street outside.  The Kaladesh Street Fair was a sight to behold! Modeled after the Inventor’s Fair that takes place throughout the story on Kaladesh, 9th Avenue in Seattle was transformed into a bustling fair featuring a blacksmith, a glassblowing workshop, and other inventions and creations from local artists that delighted the senses.

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Other Key Moments:
  • New mechanics debuting with the Kaladesh set include energy, vehicles, and fabricate. In-depth info about the new mechanics can be found on the Magic site.
  • Preview cards galore! You can see the latest in the Kaladesh Card Image Gallery. Let me know if you want any high-res versions of the art or cards debuted this weekend.
  • The team detailed the fascinating “Aetherpunk” aesthetic of Kaladesh. Check out this article for more.

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A new Magic World Champion has been crowned! Brian Braun-Duin kept a calm head through all four days of the 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship, overcoming some of the most epic games in the finals to win $70,000 of the $250,000 prize pool and claim his title.
Those were the two words that 2015-16 Grand Prix Master Brian Braun-Duin had for the world after winning his finals match against Portugal’s Márcio Carvalho, a match that featured some truly epic games of Magic. For Braun-Duin, the path to the World Championship was one of a globetrotter, as he traveled all over the globe competing in Grand Prix to earn his seat among the 24 players competing this week. Once he got here, Braun-Duin got an early lead and never looked back, remaining at the top of the standings all weekend and clinching his Top 4 seat alongside finalist Carvalho in Round 13.
His semifinals pitted him against legendary Pro Tour Hall of Famer Shota Yasooka, whom he swept in three blistering fast games. The finals had him square off against Márcio Carvalho, the 2015-16 Draft Master who was also at the top of the standings all weekend. The two traded blows early before settling into a third game that lasted well over an hour, where Braun-Duin was able to mount a lead and eventual win. The fourth and final game of the finals ended in a fit of Tragic Arrogance, as Braun-Duin resolved the powerful sorcery that provided enough momentum to secure victory.
From Pro Tour Qualifier player, to independent circuit competitor, to Pro Tour grinder, to Grand Prix Master, to World Champion. Brian Braun-Duin’s path to history came one step at a time. Congratulations to the 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Champion!

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