Here Is An Introduction To The English, Northern Irish and Scottish MTG National Teams, by Graeme McIntyre

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Let’s get to know the English, Northern Irish and Scottish National teams for the 2017 World Magic Cup!

A true champion is one who sweats from exhaustion when no one is watching.“- Bas Rutten

With English, Scottish and Northern Irish MTG Nationals all done, I thought it would be a good idea to write something up about each of the players on the teams. I have had the good fortune to have played fairly extensively within each of these communities and retain ties to each going back over 15 years, so I have an interest in the outcome of each event, and I can say a little bit about each of them. I was really pleased to see that each country has a strong team, with Scotland especially putting out what is likely their best possible team.

 

The English

Ross Broxup

Ross Broxup MTG English Nationals
Ross Broxup

Ross Broxup is the only player I’d not heard of before they made the World Magic Cup Team, so I have little to go on beyond what is on the Wizards Coverage page, but it’s events like this that make people known to the whole National community. Ross is 26 and plays at Mana Gaming Eastbourne. He went 5-1 with this Mardu list:

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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Thraben Inspector
Toolcraft Exemplar
Scrapheap Scrounger
Veteran Motorist
Pia Nalaar
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Archangel Avacyn
Cut // Ribbons
Unlicensed Disintegration
Fatal Push
Abrade
Heart of Kiran
Cultivator’s Caravan
Concealed Courtyard
Spire of Industry
Aether Hub
Needle Spires
Inspiring Vantage
Shambling Vent
Mountain
Plains

Sideboard

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Oath of Liliana
Oath of Chandra
Painful Truths
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Anguished Unmaking
Liliana, the Last Hope
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Hazoret the Fervent
Goblin Dark-Dwellers
Hour of Devastation
Sweltering Suns

Autumn Lillian Burchett

Autumn Lillian Burchett MTG English Nationals
Autumn Lillian Burchett

Autumn Lillian Burchett has really risen to a place of prominence within UK Magic in the last few years, taking out Scottish finalist Duncan Tang in an RPTQ a year back, obtaining several decent GP finishes, and she also seems to be winning something in an eternal format event every other week. Now, she’s the English Champion, having won an extremely difficult multi format event against 390 other players, an event which required 10-2 or better for a top 8. Autumn never dropped a match. Possibly the best deck builder in the country, Autumn’s strong lateral thinking skills will be invaluable in the difficult deck building process required in Team Unified Standard.

Here’s Autumn’s Four Colour Temur list:

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Longtusk Cub
Servant of the Conduit
Rogue Refiner
Whirler Virtuoso
Tireless Tracker
Woodland Wanderer
The Scarab God
Glorybringer
Confiscation Coup
Attune with Aether
Harnessed Lightning
Abrade
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Forest
Mountain
Island
Swamp
Botanical Sanctum
Spirebluff Canal
Sheltered Thicket
Game Trail
Lumbering Falls
Aether Hub

Sideboard

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The Scarab God
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Confiscation Coup
Negate
Cartouche of Ambition
Hour of Glory
Chandra’s Defeat
Magma Spray
Radiant Flames
Chandra, Flamecaller
Nissa, Vital Force

 

The Northern Irish

Simon Carmichael

Simon Carmichael MTG Northern Irish Nationals
Simon Carmichael (center)

Simon Carmichael is something of an exemplar of the Northern Irish Magic community. His friendly, quick witted, ironic humour is combined with an interesting and considered outlook on life – needless to say, I have a great deal of time for the Northern Irish, and for Simon personally, so I was thrilled to hear he was on the team. In 2010 Simon was the Northern Irish champion, and a team member again in 2011. After that, he took a break which lasted until recently. To go with his three Glorybringer in the sideboard, Simon completed the playset by drafting a fourth! Sadly, whenever he drew the 5 casting cost dragon, he only drew three lands. Still got there, though.

Here is a copy of his list:

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Ramunap Ruins
Sunscorched Desert
14 Mountain
Falkenrath Gorger
Bomat Courier
Shock
Kar Zev, Skyship Raider
Abrade
Incendary Flow
Earthshaker Kenra
Ahn Crop Crasher
Collective Defiance
Hazoret the Fervent
Chandra Torch of Defiance

Sideboard

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Chandra Torch of defiance
Scavenging Grounds
Glory Bringer
Sand Strangler
Blazing Volley
Soul Scar mage
Chandra’s defiance

D.J. Carson

D J Carson MTG Northern Irish Nationals
D.J. Carson (center)

D.J. Carson is another player I was really happy to see make final of the team, having been friends with him for years as a result of regularly playing the Irish and Northern Irish PTQs. DJ has countless top 8s over the 16 years he’s been playing, but never quite managed to win a  major event and go to a Pro Tour or World Magic Cup… until now. I can’t think of a more deserving person.

 

The Scottish

Steven Murray

Steven Murray MTG Scottish Nationals
Steven Murray

Steven Murray is likely the least surprising name to appear on this list. He has either been captain or won a WMCQ every year since the change over from Nationals, before that he top 8’ed UK Nationals once, and if memory serves, he is also the reigning Scottish champion from 11 years ago. He’s won more PPTQs than I can remember, had various strong GP performances and made top four of an RPTQ recently. The only reason he isn’t captain this year is because Bradley Barclay is, and he’s the only Scottish player with remotely comparable results. Interestingly, he beat his brother in the semis to win progress to the finals.

Here is his Temur Energy List:

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Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Forest
Game Trail
Hashep Oasis
Island
Lumbering Falls
Mountain
Sheltered Thicket
Spirebluff Canal
Bristling Hydra
Glorybringer
Longtusk Cub
Rhonas the Indomitable
Rogue Refiner
Servant of the Conduit
Whirler Virtuoso
Abrade
Attune with Aether
Harnessed Lightning
Magma Spray
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

Sideboard

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Abrade
Chandra, Flamecaller
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Confiscation Coup
Negate
Radiant Flames
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
Tireless Tracker

Duncan Tang

Duncan Tang MTG Scottish Nationals
Duncan Tang (center)

Duncan Tang had a rough spell where he was referred to as “The End Boss” of Scottish Magic. Much the same as Northern Ireland’s D.J. Carson, Duncan would continuously top 8 events but fail to convert. He has been on the Pro Tour this year, and is now about to be part of the Scottish World Magic Cup team, so this is something of a breakout year. In many ways Duncan is the “leader” of Scottish competitive play, often a key part of organising Scottish trips to Grands Prix. He’s also been a good friend of mine for years, so given the captain is also a very good friend, I must say I wish I was there to give Steven a run for his money. Super pleased for all parties, though!

Duncan’s Mardu list:

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Aether Hub
Canyon Slough
Concealed Courtyard
Inspiring Vantage
Mountain
Plains
Ramunap Ruins
Shefet Dunes
Spire of Industry
Glory-Bound Initiate
Hazoret the Fervent
Inventor’s Apprentice
Pia Nalaar
Scrapheap Scrounger
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Thraben Inspector
Toolcraft Exemplar
Veteran Motorist
Fatal Push
Shock
Unlicensed Disintegration
Aethersphere Harvester
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Heart of Kiran

Sideboard

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Abrade
Aethersphere Harvester
Authority of the Consuls
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Glorybringer
Magma Spray
Radiant Flames
Ramunap Ruins
Thought-Knot Seer

 

Welsh and Irish Nationals are still to come in an all-new Standard format, with Ixalan and without Shadows over Innistrad and Battle for Zendikar Blocks. Exciting times ahead!

All the best,

Graeme Mcintyre

Here Is An Introduction To The English, Northern Irish and Scottish MTG National Teams, by Graeme McIntyre
With English, Scottish and Northern Irish MTG Nationals all done, I thought it would be a good idea to write something up about each of the players on the teams.

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Graeme McIntyre
I've been playing magic since the end of Rath Block, and I've been a tournament regular since Invasion Block. I started studying for a PhD in Sociology at University of Leicester in 2017. I was born In Scotland, but moved to Nottingham three years ago, seeking new oppertunities both academic and magical. I play regularly with David Inglis, Alastair Rees and Neil Rigby. I've been on 5 Pro Tours the 2016 English World Cup Team, and Scottish 2003 European Championship Team, but what I really bring to the table is experience. I've played 136 Pro Tour Qualifiers, 18 Grand Prixs, 11 National Championships, 13 World Magic Cup Qualifers, 51 Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers and more little tournaments than I can remember. More than anything else, my articles are intended to convey the lessons of this lived experience. Likes - robust decks, be they control, midrange, beatdown or combo. Cryptic Commands, Kird Apes and Abzan Charms. Dislikes - decks that draw hot and cold. Urza's Tower, Life From the Loam and Taigam's Scheming.