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In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Nick Waugh. Based in the South East of England, Nick is a mainstay of the tournament scene in the local area. Nick is especially well known for his relaxed approach to time and will frequently be seen entering a tournament venue at a neutral pace mere seconds before the first round is meant to start. Nick is also a member of Team Upheaval.


Can you tell us a little about your Magic playing history?

It all started for me on a French school trip in 2001; Apocalypse had just been released and all of my first cards were in French, which didn’t matter that much because none of us knew the rules anyway! I obviously loved it and haven’t looked back since.

My best result so far, without doubt, is 5th place at Grand Prix Barcelona; it is the first time I’ve finished in the prize money at a Grand Prix and only the second time I’ve made Pro Points. I even beat a few Pro players along the way!

My favourite decks have always been aggressive decks or tempo decks, usually with a Red component to them and obviously I have to say my favourite is Modern Burn. I enjoy Modern, Standard and Limited equally and despite the bad rap Standard has been getting lately I really try to champion the format as I feel it represents Magic as a whole.


Q: What is your favourite Magic card of all time?

Upheaval? No, in all seriousness it probably has to be Eidolon of the Great Revel as that card has earned me, by far, the most money! Growing up I always loved Thorn Elemental as well but more recently I have gravitated towards cards like Mantis Rider, Heart of Kiran and Glorybringer.


Q: What is your favourite Magic memory?

Aside from my recent Top 8 my fondest Magic memory is probably playing with the Starter 2000 decks (with accompanying VHS instructions) with my current teammate George Mostyn when we were about 12 and 9 years old respectively. We’d jam vanilla creatures into each other all day and loved it!


Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group?

I currently test and travel with a group of players from The Games Shop in Aldershot, known as Team Upheaval. The team consist of myself, Chris Burrows, Darragh Buckley, George Mostyn, Mike Lo Conte, Nate Hills, Rich Carr and Sam Clarke.


Q: What was your record at last year’s English Nationals?

A disappointing 5-6-1. I started out strongly with a 4-1-1 record after the first half but after an ill-advised double-espresso I ended up with a somewhat creative second draft in an archetype I would describe as ‘Aggro-Ramp’. Needless to say the deck went 0-3.


Q: What are you most looking forward to for this year’s English Nationals?

Being able to drive in both days without having to book a hotel is certainly a bonus! I’m not sure how this year’s venue will stack up to the Roundhouse but if the tournament is anything like last year’s then I will be happy. It was genuinely one of my favourite Magic events of all time!


Q: How likely do you think you are to win English Nationals this year?

It certainly isn’t out of the question. I think that my performance at Grand Prix Barcelona has shown that I am able to tangle with the best of them. The split format does provide a challenge but I have Grand Prix Turin to help prepare for Limited and Grand Prix Brussels to help prepare for Standard.

English Nationals run from 17th-19th August at the Watford Colosseum. More details and registration options can be found here.

About George Channing:

George has been playing competitively since 2014 and is a true grinder; with a huge number of competitive events under his belt, his results have been improving year on year. With a Grand Prix Top 8 in Modern and a few Pro Tour appearances, he aspires to become a regular on the biggest stage. George’s role on Team Axion is frequently related to metagame and decklist analysis, whilst also providing a lot of raw testing data. He most enjoys Standard with the speed and frequency of the metagame developments keeping it interesting.