Welters is a magician's sport played by on a large board or field divided into squares like a chessboard. It was created centuries ago to give the students of magical schools and alternative to dueling and has since developed into an international championship game played between schools. According to Eliot Waugh, it's the magical equivalent to chess.
The objective of the game is to conquer more squares than the opposing side. Each square is made of different Circumstances that a magician must adapt to and solve to conquer.
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The best Welters team in Brakebills is the Physicals team who managed to beat the Natural team. The Physicals also represented Brakebills in the international Welters tournament but were defeated in all their games.
The students try to find a mentor for the course of their careers. To show the mentors the talents of the students, Brakebills organizes a Welters match.
During this match, Quentin creates a spell, which destroys the roof of the building. But the mentors were impressed by his power. One of them asked Quentin, if he would like to hunt a River Dragon together.