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ROAD TO NATIONALS: CHRISTOPH GREEN GEORGE CHANNING 31/07/2018

In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Christoph Green. Christoph is based in the South of England and can frequently be seen in the surrounding PPTQs. Always a cheerful and friendly opponent, Christoph had his breakout success recently as the Standard pilot for the British trio who won Grand Prix Madrid earlier this year.

 

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

I’ve been playing ‘competitively’ since the start of Khan’s block although I have only been taking Magic seriously for the past year or so. My only significant Grand Prix finish so far is the win at Grand Prix Madrid alongside Charles Eliatamby and Ben Jones.

I don’t have a favourite deck per se as I don’t have a huge history of play to draw from but as Grixis Energy has taken me the furthest in a tournament, as well as taking me the furthest physically (all the way to Minneapolis for the Pro Tour!) then that must be my favourite deck. All Hail THE Scarab God!

 

 

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

Basic Island.

 

Q: What is your favourite Magic memory?

Hearing my team being called out over the tannoy at Grand Prix Madrid made me feel ecstatic! The Top 4 felt like an FNM in comparison to the buzz of getting through the swiss part of the tournament. I don’t mean due to the level of competition, as all of our opponents were incredible players but the nerves and adrenaline simply faded away, perhaps by then I’d simply run out of both of them!

 

Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group?

Chris Arlow, James Staples and (An)Drew Spreadborough have been my Magic brothers since I started playing competitively. We frequently travel together, for Grand Prixs as well as smaller events and give each other support as well as great company.

 

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

X-bad...

 

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

The draft. There aren’t very many opportunities to do a high level competitive draft outside of the Pro Tour or a Grand Prix Day Two. I find this opportunity especially exciting as the M19 format will still be relatively new.

 

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

With the incredible performances of English Magic players recently I can’t say I fancy my chances... but strangers things have happened!

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.