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In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Luke Southworth. Hailing from the North of England Luke is a long time Magic player who can most frequently be seen lurking in the Twitch chat of all the major Magic Online streamers! Fresh off a Top 8 at Grand Prix Birmingham Luke has a wealth of experience to draw from at this year’s Nationals.


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

I started playing Magic around 2000 when Invasion was released and I played casually until Mirrodin and then stopped for a time until the release of Scars of Mirrodin. I’ve been playing more competitively since then and qualified for a Pro Tour back in 2013. I recently achieved my first Grand Prix Top 8 at Grand Prix Birmingham this year playing Red/Black Aggro.

My favourite formats historically have been Innistrad/Return to Ravnica Standard, Amonkhet Sealed and Khans of Tarkir draft. I tend to prefer Limited to Constructed event though my best results have been in Standard. I really love the 4-colour Cryptolith Rite deck with Eldrazi Displacer and the Aristocrats deck, which I used to win my first PTQ.


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

I would probably choose Electrolyze as my favourite card although I am very fond of Restoration Angel as well.

Q: What is your favourite Magic memory?

Honestly Grand Prix Birmingham has topped everything. Celebrating Gary Campbell winning the Legacy Grand Prix and then making the Top 8 in the Standard Grand Prix myself was simply amazing. My trip to Grand Prix Las Vegas last year is probably a close second.


Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group?

Currently I tend to test locally with Team Harlequins, which consists of Scott Mines, Thomas Duffy and Mubs Shah. I also test online a lot with whoever I can badger enough to play and discuss Magic with me.


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

I think I went 1-2 drop last year. I scrubbed out early after testing with Autumn Burchett, who abandoned our team deck and went on to crush the whole event!


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

I’m looking forward to seeing the whole community out at an event. Since the death of the old PTQs it is often pretty rare to see certain faces.


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

I guess I’m about 1%?


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.