ROANOKE, Va. — Corey Baumeister has played the popular card battle game "Magic the Gathering" since he was about 10 years old.
Now he's played it professionally for over five years.
He first got into the game through his brother Brad, a former Player of the Year.
"(Magic) really engulfed our life very quickly," Baumeister said. "We started moving up the ranks a little bit, wanting to play more and more, and we're just hooked from there."
Baumeister had his beginnings in Mandan, N.D., before eventually moving to Fargo to go to school, and that's when he started taking his skills to the next level.
"Fargo was really where the Magic scene was a little bigger," he said. "We were traveling to Paradox (Comics-N-Cards) before we lived in Fargo."
Baumeister eventually moved to Roanoke, Va., where he started competing in professional tournaments, and doing live streams on the gaming website Twitch, where he has almost 10,000 followers.
He said playing games professionally isn't as easy as it seems, as he tries to balance tournaments with making videos consistently.
"It is exhausting when I get back from a tournament, and then the next weekend I have to leave again in like four days, because I've gotta cram everything I do into those four days," Baumeister said.
The end goal for Baumeister is a spot in the world championship, where the prize is close to $300,000.
"I've always been knocking on the door, but I haven't quite made it there yet," he said.
Baumeister will be on the road over the next six weeks to compete in more tournaments across the country.