Marion man reaches high level in game

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On Saturday, Oct. 6 in Hudson, Marion and Good Wolf Game’s own Daniel Buchanan, 22, won his first Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) tournament for the game Magic: The Gathering.

A man from Marion recently scored a coveted win in a popular card game played around the world.

On Saturday, Oct. 6 in Hudson, Marion and Good Wolf Game’s own Daniel Buchanan, 22, won his first Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (PPTQ) tournament for the game Magic: The Gathering, according to a news release.

More than a million people in the United States play the tabletop card game Magic: The Gathering. Another 20 million people play worldwide. Created by Richard Garfield, it is both a trading card and digital collectible card game that can be played by two or more players in various formats. A game usually involves two or more players who are engaged in a battle acting as powerful wizards called planeswalkers. They use numerous cards in the game and can play in different formats, according to online sources.

Dozens and dozens of players attend each PPTQ. Thousands try to win nationwide, but only a select few accomplish the coveted goal.

“Marion can be proud that local resident Daniel ‘Champ’ Buchanan brought this win back home,” said Micky “The Wolf” Estes, owner of Good Wolf Games.

Proud to be from Marion, the first thing Buchanan did after his win was run back to Good Wolf Games, known by its players as “The Stronghold,” to tell Estes about his win.

“That kid just knows how to win,” said Estes of Buchanan. “A lot of people know how to play the game, but Champ knows how to win.”

Buchanan is looking forward to winning his first Regional Pro Tour Qualifier this fall, and then making the Pro Tour itself. He can be found most evenings sharpening his skills at Good Wolf Games located at 131 S. Main St. shuffling his cards and teaching younger players the game he loves, according to the news release.

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