It's crazy to me that no one has really considered this before, but think about it. In 2009, this report estimated that 12 million players played Magic, and a quote from a Hasbro official in 2011 seconded this. Since then, numbers released from Hasbro show that Magic has grown steadily (the player base grew 29% in 2013). That's an incredible amount of growth and staying power. Now we have a movie in the works, a fourth Pro Tour added to the schedule, Duels of the Planeswalkers staying popular, and growth everywhere it seems. This is a "big-picture" view of Magic, and it got me thinking about what that big picture meant for me. So what does it mean for you?
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One of the most difficult-to-attain skills in Magic is finding the way to look at the big picture, but it's vital. The person playing for the long game by keeping in mind the bigger picture usually comes out on top.
The easiest way to demonstrate this in-game is with a card like Supreme Verdict. As a Control player, you're often faced with the choice of killing one or two creatures on Turn 4, or taking an additional 4-5 points of damage in exchange for killing an additional creature with that Wrath.
What is your big picture? Your goal in Magic? Is it to win a Pro Tour, make some cash on the financial side or just have a good time playing locally with friends? Whatever it is, here's a friendly reminder that, if you stay focused on the big picture, you can reach that goal.