Brian Kibler

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Brian M. Kibler
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Nicknames "The Dragonmaster"
Born (1980-09-07) 7 September 1980 (age 33)
Hampstead, New Hampshire
Residence Carmel Valley, California, USA
Nationality United States USA
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour New York 1996 (junior)
Pro Tour Chicago 1998 (senior)[1]
Winnings $231,147[2]
Pro Tour wins (Top 8) 2 (5)[3]
Grand Prix wins (Top 8) 3 (13)[4]
Lifetime Pro Points 377[5]
Planeswalker Level 50 (Archmage)

Brian M. Kibler (born 7 September 1980) is an American game designer currently working with Gamer Entertainment, a gaming consultancy. In 2010 Kibler designed Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer with Justin Gary, Rob Dougherty, and John Fiorillo.[6] Previously he worked on Chaotic and was the lead designer of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.[7][8] He is currently the senior game designer of Solforge, a digital CCG.

Kibler is also a professional card player and has had great success at Magic: The Gathering with five Pro Tour Top 8s, winning Pro Tour Austin in 2009[9] and Pro Tour Honolulu in 2012.[10] He also has 13 Grand Prix Top 8s, winning three of them including the first one held in the 1997–98 season and most recently Grand Prix Sendai.[11] In August 2004 he won the inaugural VS System Pro Circuit event taking home $40,000 and a spot in history as the game's first champion.[12]

Magic: The Gathering[edit]

Kibler began his Magic: The Gathering career at the age of fifteen, placing 30th in the Junior Division of the first-ever Pro Tour, Pro Tour New York 1996.[8] Kibler would not qualify for the senior Pro Tour until Pro Tour Chicago 1998, which he qualified for by winning Grand Prix Toronto 1997. Kibler notes that all his opponents in the Top 8 of Grand Prix Toronto went on to work at Wizards of the Coast, including Mike Turian, Matt Place and Erik Lauer.[1] Kibler would also attend Pro Tour Los Angeles in the 1997-1998 season, placing within the Top 64, however he would not return to the Pro Tour until the 1999-2000 season.[1]

Kibler made his first Pro Tour Top 8 at Pro Tour Chicago 2000. This was also the tournament where Kibler would earn the nickname of The Dragonmaster, after beating Jon Finkel in the Swiss rounds and Zvi Mowshowitz in the quarterfinals with a combination of Rith, the Awakener and Armadillo Cloak.[1] He would go on to lose to Kai Budde in the semi-finals, taking third place in the overall standings.[13] This would be Brian's best Pro Tour performance before he retired from the game at the end of the 2004 season. In 2005, Brian was one of a small number of players commemorated by Wizards of the Coast with a "Pro Player" collectible reference card.[14][15]

After taking several years away from Magic (while working at Wizards direct competitor Upper Deck) he returned in 2009.[8] Kibler claims that a major motivating factor for his return was his desire to enter the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, which was created the year following his retirement.[1] Kibler would make consecutive Pro Tour Top 8s upon his return, making Top 8 at Pro Tour Honolulu before going on to win his first Pro Tour at Pro Tour Austin, defeating Tsuyoshi Ikeda in the tournament finals.[16] By the end of the year he placed in the top 10 of the year's best performers on the Magic Pro Tour achieving enough points to guarantee him invites to major championships, free air travel, and a guaranteed appearance fee for attending all 2010 events.[17] Additionally, he was tied for 6th among player committee votes of the possible entrants for the 2009 Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame carrying around 20% of their vote.[18] In 2010, Kibler's high performance continued, granting him his third Grand Prix title, another Pro Tour Top 8 and finally induction into the Hall of Fame. Kibler was inducted in the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 alongside Gabriel Nassif and Bram Snepvangers.[19]

In 2012, Brian made his fifth career Pro Tour Top 8 at Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu. The Top 8 would also feature two other Hall of Fame members in Jon Finkel and Jelger Wiegersma. Brian Kibler defeated Finkel in the semi-finals in a match considered by commentators to be among the best matches in Magic history.[10][20] This led to Kibler playing against teammate Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa in the finals. Brian then defeated Paulo 3–2 to win his second Pro Tour title. By winning the Pro Tour, Kibler secured his place in the first Magic Players Championship. Kibler also became the United States National Champion by being the American player with the highest number of Pro Points after Pro Tour Avacyn Restored, leading the United States National Team to 12th place at the inaugural World Magic Cup.

Achievements[edit]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
1997–98 Grand Prix Toronto Block Constructed 30–31 August 1997 1
2000–01 Pro Tour Chicago Standard 1–3 December 2000 3
2001–02 Grand Prix Houston Extended 5–6 January 2002 2
2001–02 Grand Prix Tampa Sealed and Booster Draft 23–24 February 2002 6
2001–02 Grand Prix Milwaukee Standard 11–12 May 2002 6
2002–03 Invitational Seattle Special 18–20 October 2002 5
2002–03 Grand Prix Boston Sealed and Booster Draft 22–23 February 2003 1
2002–03 Masters Yokohama Extended 9–11 May 2003 7
2002–03 Nationals San Diego Special 27–29 June 2003 6
2003–04 Grand Prix Kansas City, Missouri Rochester Draft 18–19 October 2003 4
2003–04 Grand Prix Washington D.C. Team Limited 17–18 April 2004 4
2003–04 Nationals Kansas City Special 18–20 June 2004 6
2003–04 Grand Prix New Jersey Block Constructed 14–15 August 2004 2
2009 Pro Tour Honolulu Block Constructed and Booster Draft 5–7 June 2009 6
2009 Pro Tour Austin, Texas Extended and Booster Draft 16–18 October 2009 1
2009 Grand Prix Minneapolis Sealed and Booster Draft 14–15 November 2009 3
2010 Grand Prix Sendai Standard 5–6 June 2010 1
2010 Pro Tour Amsterdam Extended and Booster Draft 3–5 September 2010 6
2011 Grand Prix Denver Sealed and Booster Draft 19–20 February 2011 8
2012 Pro Tour Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 10–12 February 2012 1
2012–13 Grand Prix Anaheim Block Constructed 26–27 May 2012 6
2012–13 Grand Prix San Diego Modern 16–17 March 2013 6

Last updated: 28 May 2012
Source: Wizards.com

Other accomplishments

Personal Life[edit]

Kibler grew up in Hampstead, New Hampshire and attended boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.[8] Kibler would later attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Philosophy and Religion.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Brian Kibler: Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame". Wizards of the Coast. 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders". Wizards of the Coast. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  5. ^ "DCI Ratings and Rankings". Wizards of the Coast. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer". Boardgamegeek.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Brian Kibler, Part 1". Upper Deck Entertainment. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-22. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d "Twenty Questions With Brian Kibler". MTGFanatic.com. 11/1/2010. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Kibler Completes Comeback with Austin Victory". 18 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  10. ^ a b "Kibler Triumphs in Epic Pro Tour". 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  11. ^ "Brian Kibler Wins in Sendai". Wizards of the Coast. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  12. ^ "Atlanta Native Brian Kibler Crowned Champion in Upper Deck Entertainment Super Heroes Trading Card Game Pro Circuit Tournament". Business Wire. 26 August 2004. 
  13. ^ "2000 Pro Tour Chicago Coverage". Wizards of the Coast. 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Forsythe, Aaron (5 April 2006). "Ask Wizards - April, 2006". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Brian Kibler (Pro Player Card)". StarCityGames.com. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Stark, Bill (18 October 2009). "Pro Tour–Austin Finals: Panic in Austin – Menagerie Breaks Loose!". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Pro Players Club
  18. ^ "09results: Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Profiles: Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  20. ^ Sadin, Steve (14 February 2012). "Lessons from Pro Tour Dark Ascension". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Ponce, Sean Erik (03/02/2001). "Deranged Dad #74: Interview with Brian Kibler (Armadillo Cloaks and Riths!)". StarCityGames.com. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
Preceded by
Ali Antrazi
Magic US National Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Josh Utter-Leyton