In Case You Haven’t Entered the Battlefield

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As we all know, it has been a very odd week for professional Magic. WotC made a horrible change, mostly reversed that change, and we're slightly behind where we started. A week that should have been a celebration of the 100th Pro Tour with a stacked Top 8 and a great variety of decks, just ended up being awkward.

The day following the Pro Tour and the initial terrible announcement marked the release date of the much anticipated Magic documentary Enter the Battlefield. I can't help but feel bad for Nathan Holt and Shawn Kornhauser, as this announcement definitely took some of the wind out of the sails of this release.


I've watched the documentary a few times at this point, and it is now available on YouTube and Netflix. The documentary highlights several prominent figures from the competitive Magic scene as well as the scope of professional Magic. I can't recommend the documentary enough as a player, and it's also a great tool to use to introduce those unfamiliar with Magic to your hobby- or for some us, lifestyle.

It's clear how deeply this community cares for its members with the success of #paythepros on Twitter, and now I hope that Nathan and Shawn receive the exposure that they deserve for the hard work and dedication that went into this piece. My only complaint is that I wish the film were longer.

Ryan Overturf

Ryan has been playing Magic since Legions and playing competitively since Lorwyn. While he fancies himself a Legacy specialist, you'll always find him with strong opinions on every constructed format.

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3 thoughts on “In Case You Haven’t Entered the Battlefield

  1. Film is wonderful. Good production values, consistently entertaining, well scored and narrated, just a full A+.

    Now if we could just convince a certain multinational gaming company to hire these people to do coverage we’d have it made…

  2. I saw this advertised on Facebook yesterday and I watched it with my g/f last night.

    *start side note* I really enjoyed it and as someone who has met Chris Pikula in real life….the man deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I know that so many that vote focus solely on “success”, but it’s important to remember that Chris was successful when cheating was rampant, so any of his accomplishments should be seen as additionally challenging (like running into the wind). The rest of the documentary was really interesting as well.

    */end side note*

    My g/f even enjoyed it and I think it helped her grasp some of the reasons why I spend so much time talking/thinking/and playing a card game.

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