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"Magic" players compete for top prize in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - People from more than 30 countries have gathered in Downtown Memphis this weekend to compete in the 2008 "Magic the Gathering" World Championships.

"Magic the Gathering", a collectible card game along the lines of "Dungeons and Dragons", is a worldwide phenomenon, with over 6 million players in more than 70 countries.

"The players are really competitive and they're usually pretty sharp," said brand manager Mark Purvis. "At this level, the people that are playing are the best of the best, and they're very intelligent players."

And while the game is based on fantasy, the prize money is very real: The winner of this year's championship at the Cook Convention Center will take home a top prize of $45,000, and the event features another tournament in which players can compete to win a genuine gold bar worth $10,000.

"I really like the competitive aspect of it, but there's also social aspect as well," said player Matthew Danner. "Guys behind us are playing with some big money on the line, and a lot of reputation is going to be made here."

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