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ROAD TO NATIONALS: FRANCISCO SANCHEZ GEORGE CHANNING 07/08/2018

In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Francisco Sanchez; better know as Patxi. Patxi Sanchez is originally from Spain but now lives and works in London. A regular winner at Axion Mega events and a Magic Online menace; he is frequently seen in the Top 8 of Premier events on Magic Online in varying formats and is only not in the Top 16 of the ‘Challenge’ events if he is busy playing paper Magic that weekend. Patxi hasn’t been playing competitive paper tournaments for that long but he has a strong set of results from solid to outstanding in the events he has attended.

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

I’ve been playing since Mirrodin but only very casually at school. I started playing more seriously around the time of Zendikar and have qualified for three Pro Tours since then. My best result so far was a few weeks ago at Grand Prix Copenhagen where I finished second but I’ve also had several 12-3 finishes at Grand Prix events.

My favourite format is draft and especially Cube drafts.

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

Dark Confidant. It is sad that the card is effectively unplayable in Modern at the moment.

Q: What is your favourite Magic memory?

I really enjoy all the places I get to travel to by playing Magic; the trips are my favourite part of the game. Pro Tour(ism) in Hawaii was an especially amazing experience.

Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group?

I used to be part of a group in the UK which was sponsored by TrollTraders, it contained some great players such as Matt Foulkes, Sam Rolph, Ben Jones, Charles Eliatamby and Dylan Summers. We aren’t sponsored anymore but they are still my main UK-based group. On the Spanish side we have a small group of close friends including Antonio del Moral, Jose Cabezas, Toni Ramis and Christian Menéndez.

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

They didn’t let me play :-(

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

I hope to do well at the tournament. I played in a few of the older Nationals events and they were the best tournaments of the year!

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

I’ll try to be honest even if it sounds a little arrogant; I think I’m doing well lately, I have a deep understanding of the Standard format and I like the new draft format so I would hope to make the Top 8. However, it is a very long tournament and anything can happen.

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.