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Before Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters or even Pokemon became card-game staples in Japan, an American import cast a spell over fans here.

Magic: The Gathering, created by Richard Garfield and first published by Wizards of the Coast in 1993, is considered the gold standard of the collectable card game genre, having spawned countless imitators, tributes and spinoffs over its 29 years as a tabletop touchstone.

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