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Wizards of the Coast’s hit card game Magic: the Gathering has been a fixture of local game stores since its launch in 1993. Lately, the game has been experiencing a massive surge in popularity due to its crossovers with other properties and its massively successful online app, Magic: the Gathering Arena.
Arena has brought in waves of new players over the past two years, but some players have suggested that it’s bleeding players out of the physical game. “Paper Magic,” which is what players call the tabletop version of the game, has suffered in recent years from the disappearance of its professional circuit, the Pro Tour. Fans of professional Magic are in luck, however: the Pro Tour is coming back after several years off.