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Announced officially during The Game Awards earlier today, Wizards of the Coast is investing $US10 million into a global esports circuit for Magic: The Gathering that will be equally split across the digital and tabletop versions of the competitive card game.

More money into M:TG is a good thing. But for Australians, it's not all gravy: the Sydney Pro Tour will not be returning for 2019.

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I spent the better part of a decade with my head deep in Magic: The Gathering. I spent all my spare money on M:TG cards, I went to tournaments, I crafted decks, and I woke up in the middle of the night with ideas about possible combos.

I never did particularly well. Although I'm a competent player, I was an ordinary deck-builder, and stubborn enough not to net-deck everything. And even though it's been more than ten years since I "retired", there are life lessons Magic: The Gathering has taught me that have nothing to do with gaming and everything to do with living.

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Revealed yesterday via live stream, Magic: The Gathering Arena is a new way to play Wizards of the Coast's trading card game online. Built with streaming and spectating in mind, it's much prettier than tired old Magic Online, which it totally isn't replacing.