Inside The Magic Studio: Ben Stark

Robert Martin interviews Pro Tour Hall of Fame member elect Ben Stark in this episode of Inside The Magic Studio, the interview podcast with the best in Magic.

This is Inside The Magic Studio with your host Robert Martin, the interview podcast with the best in Magic: The Gathering. My guest this episode is Ben Stark.

0:00 – 0:45 – Intro to the show and guest.

0:45 – 1:34 – When I say "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Famer Ben Stark," what does that mean to you?

1:34 – 2:18 – The season of Magic you had to make the World Championship was special. Do you feel that was one of the final pieces to get you into the Hall of Fame?

2:18 – 3:00 Will being a Hall of Famer change the amount of events you play in?

3:00 – 3:37 – You are in the same class with arguably someone who is as well known as you are for playing Limited in William Jensen. Your thoughts on him getting in?

3:37 – 5:14– I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the third person in this year’s class, Luis Scott-Vargas. You have played with him for quite a while. Talk a little about Luis.

5:14 – 6:35 – You made the Top 4 at the World Championship. Give listeners your thoughts on the event for you.

6:35 – 7:11 – Some players have said because the amount of rounds isn’t as much as a Pro Tour or Grand Prix that it’s actually easier to play in the World Championship. Your thoughts?

7:11 – 7:33 – How did you come to your choices for both Modern and Standard?

7:33 – 8:09 – What was it like to test with them?

8:09 – 8:58 – What did you draft in M14 and Modern Masters?

8:58 – 9:44 – I don’t want to get into the match about the four Lightning Bolts, but . . .

9:44 – 10:40 – How exciting is it to see Reid and Shahar, both part of the younger generation of Magic, be as exceptional as they are?

10:40 – 11:38 – Was there a game that we didn’t see that you remember?

11:38 – 12:08 – Is the World Championship something you will strive to get back to again?

12:08 – 13:04 How do you help your teammates draft at events like the Pro Tour and the World Championship?

13:04 – 13:36 – I asked EFro this question: what is it like to play with Team CFB, which is like playing with Team Hall of Fame?

13:36 – 14:08 – What was it like working in the booth at the World Championship?

14:08 – 14:33 – If you don’t have the year you had last year and WotC asks you do to coverage in the booth like Luis did, would you?

14:33 – 15:01 – What do you think would be hardest part for you?

15:01 – 15:32 – Could you be critical of someone else’s draft picks?

15:32 – 16:16– Considering your skill in Limited, was Modern Masters the best to draft? If not, which one was?

16:16 – 17:03 – You and William Jensen are at a draft table. Who wins and why?

17:03 – 17:58 – I want you to give me seven other people at a table outside of yourself drafting Modern Masters and why.

17:58 – 19:03 – What is the one thing you want to do in Magic?

19:03 – 20:02 – If you got the privilege to captain team USA in the World Magic Cup, what role would you take on it?

20:02 – 21:01 – You made a comment on Facebook about poker becoming boring to you. Why?

21:01 – 22:20 – How hard is it to play top level Magic?

22:20 – 23:34 – People say you’re a Limited specialist, yet your play this year suggests more well rounded play and thus better results. Why do people get confused about your skill set?

23:34 – 24:21 – What motivates to you play Magic considering you’re a Hall of Famer, Pro Tour Champion, and renowned for your Limited play?

24:21 – To End – What’s next for Ben Stark?

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