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ROAD TO NATIONALS: AUTUMN BURCHETT GEORGE CHANNING 15/08/2018

In this instalment of Player Spotlight we will be talking to Autumn Burchett. One of the most successful English players in recent times Autumn has finished in the Top 16 of a Pro Tour, won a Magic Online Championship Series event on Magic Online and repeatedly smashes any event Francois Hauchard organises. Currently a Silver Level Pro and the reigning English National Champion after an undefeated run last year, Autumn is a force to be reckoned with.

 

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

I started playing Magic in 2013 around the time that Dragon’s Maze was released. Since then I’ve played on 5 Pro Tours, with my best result being 11th place at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. I’ve achieved Silver Level Pro status twice and last year I won English Nationals. My favourite deck ever is Grixis Delver, although I adored both Temur Energy and Modern Dredge, before they banned Golgari Grave-Troll.

My favourite formats are Legacy and Cube draft, although I enjoy playing pretty much any format of Magic. My favourite draft formats are triple Khans of Tarkir, Amonkhet/Hour of Devastation and Invasion Block draft.

 

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

Nissa, Vastwood Seer. It is possibly the most satisfying card to cast ever.

 

Q: What is your favourite Magic memory?

Winning English Nationals without dropping a match <3.

 

Q: Which players comprise your playtesting group?

I don’t have a specific testing group but I often talk to a combination of Stephen Murray, Jadine Klomparens, George Channing and Ryan Pugh in the run-up to any big tournaments. My local playgroup consists of Hannah Lissaman, Nik Ek, Neil Grayson, Sanchia Constance, Alex Watson and Daniel St.John-Hall, although I only see them once every few months.

 

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

14-0-1. I ID’d the last round of swiss because I love ruining a good storyline.

 

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

Audibling into a different Constructed deck the night before the tournament again!

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

All I have to say is that I have yet to lose a match at English Nationals...

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.