Team Axion Now had a very successful previous season, securing a variety of Pro Levels for our members, attending multiple Pro Tours, securing the English National captaincy for the second year in a row and Joao Choca hoisting the trophy at Grand Prix Turin. We have also been extremely pleased to see the development of UK Magic with almost every Grand Prix in Europe this season having had a UK competitor in the Top 8!
However, we are always looking forward, wanting to improve our skills and our results. This season has seen a couple of roster changes with Steve Bains and Sean Li leaving the team and also the stepping down of long-time captain and founding member Tom Law. Replacing them are some of the top players in the UK: Autumn Burchett, Rob Catton and Usama Sajjad.
Every member of Team Axion Now is proud to represent this great company, who have repeatedly shown themselves to be an outstanding Tournament Organiser and Magic Store. If you ever have any questions about Axion or want to talk about Magic we would love to chat - so please don’t hesitate to say hello to anyone in the yellow and purple!
James has been playing Magic competitively since 2010. He joined Team Axion in 2016 as the last of the initial team and has since made his first PT at PT Rivals of Ixalan. He attends as many Grand Prix as his work life will allow and is best known for being perennially busy. He frequently has his own ideas about a format which leads to him playing a different deck to the rest of the team for some major events.
Outside of Magic, he is always busy with work but in his spare time he enjoys playing board games and cooking. He will also always make time to watch the NFL games during the season and actively follows the Seattle Seahawks.
Autumn started learning Magic with the Dragon’s Maze set in 2013. They don’t attend many local events these days due to how much they choose to stream Magic Online on Twitch instead, but they do attend most major competitive events and have had great success at them. In the last few years they’ve attended several Pro Tours, won back-to-back English Nationals, qualified for the Magic Online Championship Series and achieved Silver Level Pro status. They are keen to upgrade this to Gold status and growing their stream at www.twitch.tv/AutumnLilymtg.
David began playing Magic at the Gatecrash pre-release after finding the need for a new hobby, having been a competitive Duelmasters player from the age of 15. He decided upon Magic after watching the Walk the Planes series and his intentions have always been to become a regular Pro Tour competitor, even from day one. During his 2018 season he hit Bronze Level Pro status to help bolster his Magic resume, which consists of 3 PTQ Top 8s, multiple GP top 32s, 1 Pro Tour Day 2 and multiple Regional invites. He has always tried to break barriers as they present themselves with the eventual aim to a win a Grand Prix. His biggest strengths are his ability to bring motivation to fellow teammates but he feels his biggest weakness is his current issue with consistency between events.
Rob has been playing since Morningtide, but started playing competitively around Shards of Alara. He has played on 5 Pro Tours, and recently finished 9th at Grand Prix Birmingham. Located in the North of England, and lovingly dubbed the ‘King of the North’, Rob is a huge fan of playing every Modern tournament he can possibly attend, but is also a fan of every other constructed format.
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.
Henry Channing is a perennial grinder, based in the south east of England he attends as many Grand Prix as possible and regularly tests on Magic Online. He started playing competitive Magic during Theros, which contains his favourite card, Courser of Kruphix. Henry will play any GP format in Magic but prefers Standard and Limited. His best results are two 12-3 finishes at Grand Prix Turin and Grand Prix Birmingham, first place at the Axion Mega Modern securing flights to Las Vegas and several cash finishes on the English tournament circuits. He currently holds a Bronze Level Pro status. Henry’s long-term goals are to Top 8 a GP and obtain that elusive Pro Tour invite.
Joao started playing competitive Magic in England in 2007 and has been a Grand Prix grinder since then. Joao has retained Bronze status since induction and has been rewarded for his consistent results with a win in Grand Prix Turin 2018. He enjoys thinking outside the box and is one of the more creative team members when it comes to fresh ideas. His approach is one of gradual improvement and he is constantly looking for flaws to fix in his game. His aim is to achieve Silver and stay on the Pro Tour circuit.
Since he started playing Magic in 2012, Francesco has fully immersed himself in the competitive aspects of Magic. After moving to England in 2014 he became a Silver Level pro and has been a constant presence on the Pro Tour ever since. Francesco joined Team Axion in 2016, with the aim of contributing to the development of a major mainstay team at future Pro Tours. Francesco is at his best with a 40 card deck, but also enjoys the Standard format. His achievements include 2 Limited GP Top8s and a 3rd place in the 2014 World Magic Cup.
Francesco is the current captain of the English National Team and aims to bring the team to another important finish at this year World Magic Cup. His main objective for this season is to Top 8 the WMC and maintain his status as captain for next year.
Niels Molle started playing Magic as a young kid during Stronghold. After a hiatus of a couple of years Niels returned to the game during Planar Chaos, and has been playing competitive events ever since. Niels’ resume includes two Grand Prix Top 8s, more than 10 Pro Tour appearances and he was the captain of Team England during the 2017 World Magic Cup. Niels is a casual player at heart that just never can play enough Magic. So, no matter if it is Kitchen Table magic or at a Pro Tour, Niels is always ready to sling some cards.
Kayure began playing Magic competitively around the release of M13. After minor success on the English circuit, his breakthrough year was the 2015/16 season, when he was a member of the English World Magic Cup team, the winner of GP Bologna with Blue-White Eldrazi and attained Silver Level Pro status.
One of the founding members of Team Axion, and current captain, Kayure has a keen desire to help English Magic thrive and will always take time to speak to any player.
Though his best results have come in Modern, Kayure’s love for the game means he is happy playing any format.
Usama started playing Magic during Born of the Gods and hasn’t stopped since then. His favourite format is Modern due to its diverse nature and how it rewards practice and knowledge of the metagame. On the other hand his biggest accomplishment so far is winning Team Limited Grand Prix Bologna 2018. He thoroughly enjoys the complexity of the 40-card format where there’s always room for improvement. His aim as a Magic player is to stay on the Pro Tour train. His other accomplishments include: a Grand Prix top 16, a Pro Tour Top 64, three GP Top 64s, a team Grand Prix Top 24, two Magic Online PTQ Top 4s and two RPTQ Top8s.
Raoul started attending GPs in 2007 with Time Spiral block. Following their World Magic Cup appearance in 2015, he co-founded Team Axion alongside Kayure Patel and Tom Law. Within the team, he enjoys collecting the data from testing and making it presentable. Raoul is from Germany and currently lives in Poland; his Magic home, however, is still very much the UK. He travels to UK events where possible, including Nationals, where he made the Top 8 in 2018. He has a few Pro Tour appearances and is eagerly looking to requalify. His favourite Magic format is Draft, as he enjoys the theoretical overlap from format to format, while the change in individual cards keeps things fresh. As such, he is always eager for a team draft with friends and has 18 boosters of various formats stocked up at home.
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.