Brian Kibler’s name rings for three main reasons; he is known as a collector of trading card games, as a streamer, and as a game designer. One of the games he has designed is Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, which he created together with other game designers such as John Fiorillo, Justin Gary, and Rob Dougherty.
He is also credited with helping design Drawing Dead, has worked on Chaotic and SolForge, and was the lead designer for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, and is also a design consultant for Eternal.
Brian Kibler’s Biography (Age)
Kibler was born on September 7, 1980, in the town of Hampstead, New Hampshire (where he grew up) as Brian McCormick Kibler.
He is a graduate of Phillips Academy – a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts – and Emory University Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned a degree in philosophy and religion.
He began his career (Magic: The Gathering) in 1995 at the young age of fifteen. He started in the junior division of the very first Pro Tour – the New York Pro Tour 1996 – and finished 30th. In 1997 he made a big breakthrough when he qualified for the Pro Tour Chicago 1997 after winning the Grand Prix in Toronto. All the other people who made it into the Toronto Grand Prix Top 8 all worked together at Wizards of the Coast.
Later that same year (1997) Kibler participated in the Pro Tour Los Angeles for the 1997-1998 season and was in the top 64, unfortunately, he did not return to the Pro Tour until the 1999-2000 season. In 2000, Brian made it into the top 8 on the Pro Tour Chicago 2000.
At this tournament, he earned the name Dragonmaster after defeating Jon Finkel in the Swiss rounds and Zvi Mowshowitz in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, he lost in the semi-final against Kai Budde and became third in the overall ranking. This tournament became the last one for Brian Kibler before he was eliminated at the end of the 2004 season.
After several years, Kibler experienced a big return in 2009. He explained that his decision to return was to participate in the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame, which was established in 2010, one year after his retirement. His return did indeed bring so many surprises, as he soon made it into the Pro Tour Top 8 and the Pro Tour Honolulu Top 8 in a row, before taking his first Pro Tour on the Pro Tour Austin after defeating Tsuyoshi Ikeda in the final.
In late 2009, he was named one of the best Top 10 players of the year on the Magic Pro Tour. He collected enough points to not only receive invitations to major championships, but also free air travel and, most importantly, a guaranteed entry fee for participation in all 2010 events. These gradually brought him closer to his dream of being inducted into the Gathering Hall of Fame.
Also in 2010, he was among the 6th to be selected by the Players’ Committee for possible acceptance into the 2009 Hall of Fame. After his third Grand Prix title and another Pro Tour Top 8 title, his dream finally came true. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 along with French professional card player Gabriel Nassif and Dutch Magic: The Gathering player Bram Snepvangers.
His career did not end with his acceptance into the Hall of Fame. In 2012, he entered the Pro Tour Top 8 again at the Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu – the fifth in his career. He made it to the semi-finals, where he again defeated Jon Finkel in the final against his teammate Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa and beat him 3:2 – his second Pro Tour title.
This victory secured him a place in the first Magic Players Championship, where he emerged as the National Champion of the United States, receiving the highest number of Pro Points. Brian Kibler also won the 2015 and 2016 ChallengeStone tournaments, finishing second at GEICO Brawl #1 in 2015 and BlizzCon 2016.
Brian Kibler was a commentator on the Hearthstone tournament and has also broadcast his Hearthstone gameplay on Twitch.
Brian Kibler’s Wife
In 2014, on October 12th to be precise, Kibler proposed Khans of Tarkir to his girlfriend Natalie Warren in Honolulu, Hawaii, after she had participated in the Pro Tour. The following year, the couple entered into a marriage.
Kibler and Natalie have a Pomeranian mixture, which they gave a Japanese name.
There is no specific number available online as the exact amount Brian Kibler is actually worth, but in 2017 he had a total of $279,747 in winnings, which put him in 11th place of all-time earnings and 18th place in 2018 on the same list.
Kibler is color blind. He is also active in social media and has an ongoing YouTube channel with over 400,000 subscribers.