EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE - Bat­tle­field – Life On The Magic: The Gath­er­ing Pro Tour­icpro­tour

As a primer for what must be one of the world’s most pop­u­lar card games af­ter poker and soli­taire, En­ter The Bat­tle­field – Life On The Magic: The Gath­er­ing Pro Tour is un­de­ni­ably thor­ough. Writ­ten, pro­duced and di­rected by Shawn Korn­hauser and Nathan Holt, and nar­rated by Wil Wheaton, the film fol­lows a group of elite play­ers in their bids to be­come 2014 world cham­pi­ons. Flank­ing this cen­tral thrust, it also cov­ers the ba­sics of the game and its his­tory, has in­ter­views with the spouses, sib­lings and friends sup­port­ing the ef­forts of some of Magic’s best play­ers, and briefly touches on the fa­mil­iar is­sue of fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion among play­ers and de­sign­ers. Cringe-in­duc­ing rap and awk­ward high-fives aside, it’s an hour well spent.

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