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Northern BC's role playing gamers get their big opportunity to shine in Prince Rupert

Playing in a Magic:The Gathering tournament can be an intense experience, such as this stare down by a player in the Northern BC qualifier in Prince Rupert (photo: George Baker/CBC)

Prince Rupert is home to Northern B.C.'s first ever Magic the Gathering regional qualifier. In the 20 years of the role-playing game, there has never been a qualifying tournament north of Hope. To get to the national championships -- a select 100 players -- you must first qualify in provincial championships. Opportunities like this don't come around very often for planeswalkers, as the players are known.  Thirty planeswalkers between the ages of 18 and 50 shuffle their decks, draw their cards and cast their spells, while  Daybreak's George Baker tries to stay out of the line of mana.

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