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In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Marc Purvis. Hailing from the North East of England Marc is a relatively new comer to the competitive scene but has catapulted himself into the limelight by becoming one of only a handful of English players to ever actually win a Grand Prix when he took down Grand Prix Liverpool.


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

I started playing about 2 years ago when a friend of mine came home from University obsessed with this card game. A couple of us decided to entertain the idea and played a few games and since then I’ve never looked back. My first set was Shadows over Innistrad. It was the first set I learnt to draft with and I quickly became engrossed in the art of drafting, which is where my love of Limited comes from. The Blue/Red Rise from the Tides deck has to be my all time favourite archetype in that set, although Bant Clues was pretty sweet too.

I turned my attention to competitive Magic after English Nationals last year and I’ve had a pretty good first season, winning Grand Prix Liverpool and making the second day at my first Pro Tour.


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

My favourite card is probably Monastery Mentor; I’ve always had a soft spot for any ‘spells matter’ cards.


Q: What is your favourite Magic memory? 

I guess I have to say that my favourite Magic memory is winning Grand Prix Liverpool, it isn’t every day you win a Grand Prix!

Although the feeling of sitting down on a Friday morning for your first draft pod at the Pro Tour is also an amazing feeling.


Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group? 

Being relatively new to the competitive Magic scene the majority of conversations I have about Magic involve the local guys from the North East. However, I have been traveling to more of the European Grand Prix events in the past few months and have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with a lot of the British GP regulars. Being able to talk to and bounce ideas off these guys is really interesting and it helps to get fresh perspectives. I hope that my Magic network will continue to grow.


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

I finished X-3. I managed to rally to a decent finish after a disappointing 1-2 start in the first Constructed portion.


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

Looking forward to being able to improve upon my result from last year and having one of the few opportunities to play the split format outside of the Pro Tour.


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

Winning any event outright is difficult and looking at the GP results over the past year English players making the Top8 isn’t a surprise anymore, which speaks volumes for the quality of competition. Having said that I feel confident enough in my ability to fight for a Top8 spot and then see how it progresses from there.

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.