Host Blake Rasmussen is back with a new WeeklyMTG, this time with a big announcement and two interviews with Pro Tour finalists Reid Duke and Benton Madsen.

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Pro Tour Phyrexia Debrief

The bulk of this week’s WeeklyMTG is dedicated to interviews with both Reid Duke, recent Pro Tour Phyrexia winner, and Brenton Madsen, Pro Tour newcomer and runner-up to the tournament.

Duke played Izzet Creativity for the Pioneer portion of the three-day tournament, taking it to his first Pro Tour Victory.

Reid Duke's Pioneer Izzet Creativity (1st)

Creatures (2)
Xenagos, God of Revels
Worldspine Wurm

Spells (29)
Fiery Impulse
Secrets of the Key
Spell Pierce
Spikefield Hazard
Fire Prophecy
Make Disappear
Indomitable Creativity
Valakut Awakening
Big Score
Dig Through Time

Enchantments (5)
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Shark Typhoon
Lands (24)
Hall of Storm Giants
Otawara, Soaring City
Riverglide Pathway
Shivan Reef
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Spirebluff Canal
Steam Vents
Stormcarved Coast

Sideboard (15)
Rending Volley
Aether Gust
Disdainful Stroke
Narset’s Reversal
Mystical Dispute
Shark Typhoon
Hullbreaker Horror

“The draft was great, it was like picking up where I left off,” Duke said of the Phyrexia: All Will Be One draft. “I navigated into my favorite color combination in this set which is Red and Green.” Duke described himself as more confident with the draft portion of the tournament, rather than the Pioneer portion.

Duke described his victory as a haze, with the reality of his victory not fully hitting him until Cedric Phillips brought him on stage. “I was in this totally dazed state, not really able to process what had happened. Cedric invited me onto the stage and he announced to the room ‘I want to introduce your Pro Tour Champion, Reid Duke. And I teared up a little bit in the moment.”

For a deeper look into Reid Duke’s Pro Tour experience, check out our coverage of the event.

Duke lost to Brenton Madsen earlier in the event, only to face him again in the finals. Rasmussen interviewed Madsen next, a relative newcomer to the Pro Tour scene, with Pro Tour Phyrexia being his first.

Madsen has been playing Magic since 2012, starting back with Magic 2013 starter decks. Since then, Madsen has been at SCG Invitationals, PTQs, GPs, and more, before finding success more recently playing Izzet Creativity on Magic: The Gathering Online.

Madsen attributes his success to food of all things, describing an event where he brought food with him to an event, met another player who brought something to eat before the finals, and has since brought his own food to events to reduce the stress and mental load of having to eat between rounds.

With him to the Pro Tour, Madsen brought Selesnya Auras, a relatively uncommon deck choice to the tournament. Madsen revealed that after taking a walk around Central Park he thought about Michael Leches Aura’s list from the Regional Championship, one of the last big Pioneer events. The deck had received a few new pieces since then and went with his gut on how the deck would perform.

Benton Madsen's Pioneer Selesnya Auras (2nd)

Companion (1)
Jegantha, the Wellspring

Creatures (17)
Generous Visitor
Gladecover Scout
Skrelv, Defector Mite
Light-Paws, Emperor’s Voice
Sram, Senior Edificer

Enchantments (24)
Cartouche of Solidarity
Ethereal Armor
Gryff’s Boon
Kaya’s Ghostform
Sentinel’s Eyes
All That Glitters
Alpha Authority
Rune of Sustenance
Warbriar Blessing
Lands (19)
Boseiju, Who Endures
Branchloft Pathway
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Mana Confluence
Razorverge Thicket
Temple Garden

Sideboard (14)
Boseiju, Who Endures
Portable Hole
Adanto Vanguard
Rest in Peace
Rune of Sustenance
Warbriar Blessing
Extraction Specialist

The two wrapped up their interview with questions from the chat, ending on one fan asking what their pre-match rituals might be.

“Do what you need to do to feel good,” Duke said. “Anything to get a mental reset and clear the plate from whatever happened in the previous match.”

Benton described his first ritual as drinking Ethiopian coffee before a big event, though it does make him jittery. After that, Madsen described his meditation process in the morning, twenty minutes to see how he is doing for the day. Then, Madsen enjoys a good, hard book between rounds, recommending Meditations by Marcus Aurelius as being particularly useful for him.

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