I Play Magic: The Gathering!
There are a lot of TCGs (Trading Card Games) in the world. Some of the most famous and well-known are Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon. But the king of all trading card games is none other than Magic: the Gathering! Magic has been around since the early 90s, and now it has grown to be the number one collector-hobbyist endeavor in the world! With tens of thousands of players in dozens of countries all over the planet, a professional organization rivaling most current e-sports, and thousands of dollars in prizes, MtG or ‘Magic’ as we fondly call it, is definitely one great way to have fun!
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Simply put, Magic is a game played with printed cards. Matches are usually between two players seated opposite each other across a small table. Players then take turns playing various cards with the goal to reduce their opponent’s life from 20 to 0. Sounds simple enough right? Here is a short video primer to guide you along the very first basics of playing the game by the good guys over at Magic!
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But Magic has very exclusive circles and it may seem like a mystery or a trivial child’s game to many. So I am here to gladly tell all of you why Magic has been a big part of the way I spend my time, and why myself, and many like me, consider Magic as more than just a hobby, it is a passion.
Why Magic: the Gathering Is the TCG for Me
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The very first thing that made me fall in love with the game is how it brings people together. Let me tell you a very short story as to why I think Magic is more than just a game, it is a community. I was with my friend at a restaurant. We gave our order to the waiter and proceeded to lay our cards on the table to play Magic while we waited for our food. Several times as we played I would notice the waiter look curiously over our table. He finally walked up to us again and said “you play Magic too!” We then started to chat about where we play, and what cards and decks we use. Instant friendship! And this is one thing I like about the game, that through it, I get to meet lots of different people with the same passion that I have.
A Second Home
Your local Magic shop becomes your second home where players become friends. Take the previous Grand Prix for example, it was a huge event that had over 1,000 participants from players all over the world. At one time, I was playing against this young Japanese boy who could not have been more than twenty years old. We spoke just about 5 words in English the entire time we were playing, but we understood how the game works and played a great match. Beside us, a tall Norwegian man was chatting with his own opponent, a pretty girl from Cebu. And all this was happening under the watchful eye of the French head judge of the event!
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See what I mean? You get to meet lawyers, teachers, doctors, students, and many others at a Magic tournament. We even have a father-son duo at a local store near us who play together! The dad being around 40 years old while his son is maybe 9 or 10, and he competes with us! Some of my closest friends come from my Magic team. We are even now ‘kumpares’ as we all become godfathers to the son of our friend. Magic surely has the ability to bring people together.