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In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Pete Ward. Pete is infamous for losing the win-and-in match to represent the English National team; having finished second twice at WMCQs and third at last year’s English Nationals he has been on the national team once and played on one Pro Tour so far. Known for his calm and collected demeanor and playstyle, Pete is a member of Hareruya Hopes and currently a Bronze Level Pro.

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

I’ve been playing card games since I was 8 years old. I roped my dad into playing with me and the addiction hasn’t stopped since then. I love playing all forms of Magic, apart from EDH.

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

I’ve recently taken a liking to Grunn, the Lonely King. He dealt the clutch 20 points of damage in only two swings to secure a Pro Tour invite for my team at Grand Prix Bologna this year.

Q: What is your favourite Magic memory?

Playing in the World Magic Cup was a very proud moment for me and one that I hope to be able to repeat in the future. I find playing any high level matches is always such a rush and incredibly fun.

Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group?

I’ve made a lot of great friends through Magic but I don’t really have a specific testing team. Most of my time right now is spent chasing Challenger in League :-D.

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

Third place. Back when we had WMCQs I lost the finals twice and then won one… all consecutively!

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

Coming third again.

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

Locked for third place of course.

English Nationals run from 17th-19th August at the Watford Colosseum. More details and registration options can be found here: https://events.axionnow.co.uk/Events/EventDetails/341

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.