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Reid Duke
Reid Duke
Nickname reiderrabbit[1]
Born September 8, 1989
Residence Sugar Loaf, New York, USA[2]
Nationality {USA} American
Professional Career
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Amsterdam 2010
Top Finishes 7 (2 wins)
GP top 8s 24 (6 wins)
Hall of Fame
PT Champion

Reid Duke is an American professional player from Sugar Loaf, New York. He won the Magic Online Championship in 2011 and Pro Tour Phyrexia in 2023.[3] He has four Pro Tour top eight finishes, at PT Journey into Nyx,[4] PT Eldritch Moon, PT Rivals of Ixalan, and Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019. Other results include a runner-up finish at the 2013 World Championships as well as wins at GP Nashville 2012, GP Miami 2013, GP Portland 2014, GP Oakland 2016, GP Louisville 2017, and GP Cleveland 2017. He also was a columnist for, writing the article series "Level One".[5] These were also released as an e-book.[6]

Professional play[ | ]

Beginnings[ | ]

Reid Duke started playing in 1995, at age five, with his brother Ian Duke,[7] who is now a member of Magic R&D at Wizards of the Coast, and his cousin Logan Nettles, also a prolific and successful competitive player. For a time, he was primarily a Magic Online player, but made the transition to in-person competitive play. He qualified for Pro Tour Amsterdam 2010 via rating,[8] and won a Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) event to qualify for the 2010 Magic Online World Championship, where he finished 5th,[9] as well as the 2010 Magic: The Gathering World Championships in Chiba, Japan. Although his finishes in his first Pro Tours were unspectacular, he has not missed a Pro Tour since Amsterdam 2010.

Rising stardom[ | ]

Duke first experienced success at paper Magic in 2011, when he reached the top eight of two Grand Prix events: Grand Prix Providence, where he finished fourth, and Grand Prix Montreal, where he finished fifth. He also won another MOCS event to requalify him for the Magic Online Championship, this year held in San Francisco concurrently with the 2011 World Championships. Duke ended up winning the event, defeating Florian Pils in the final.[3] This qualified him for the inaugural Players Championship event (later renamed the Magic World Championship). At Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu, Duke finished in the money at a Pro Tour for the first time, placing 38th.[10] From here, he would go on to finish in the money in eight consecutive Pro Tours. He also won his first Grand Prix when he defeated Todd Anderson in the final of Grand Prix Nashville.[11] He has since 2012 been a part of the team now known as The Pantheon, alongside players such as Jon Finkel, Kai Budde, and Gabriel Nassif.[12]

The 2012 Magic Players Championship did not go well for Duke; he finished the event with a 2–10 record, taking last place.[13] Following this failure, Duke made it his mission to redeem himself by qualifying for next year's event and putting up a better performance,[2] even going so far as to write down the mistakes he made in the tournament.[14] Thanks to three Grand Prix top eight finishes, in Charleston, San Antonio and Quebec City, as well as stellar performance on the Pro Tour, he succeeded in requalifying for the World Championship when he finished 9th at Pro Tour Dragon's Maze in San Diego.[15] He finished the 2012–13 season on 52 Pro Points, which was also sufficient for Platinum membership in the Pro Players Club.

Breakthrough performances[ | ]

Duke started the 2013–14 season well, winning his second Grand Prix, at GP Miami.[16] Duke went on to dominate the Swiss rounds of the 2013 World Championship, finishing in first place before the knockout rounds.[17] Duke faced Josh Utter-Leyton in the semifinals, defeating him 3–2. He was considered a substantial favorite against his final opponent, Shahar Shenhar, and did indeed take a 2–0 lead in the best-of-five match, but Shenhar came all the way back to beat Duke 3–2 in an upset.[18] Duke thus took second place in the event. He put up three more Grand Prix top eight finishes during the season, in Detroit, Barcelona and Philadelphia, before finally posting a top eight performance at a Pro Tour. At Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta, Duke finished fifth, losing in the quarterfinals to Yuuki Ichikawa.[4] At this point, he was in position to win the 2013–14 Player of the Year title, but ultimately this was won by Jérémy Dezani. He was also overtaken by teammate Owen Turtenwald for captainship of the United States national team at the 2014 World Magic Cup when the latter made the top eight of the final event of the season, Pro Tour Magic 2015.

The 2014–15 season started well for Duke, with him and his Peach Garden Oath teammates Owen Turtenwald and William Jensen winning the very first Grand Prix of the season, Grand Prix Portland.[19] At the 2014 World Championship, however, Duke posted a modest 14th-place finish, and his Pro Tour results throughout the season were average. He managed to reach two Grand Prix top eights, in Singapore and Montreal, towards the end of the season to retain Platinum status, but he did not qualify for the 2015 World Championship. In February 2015, Duke came close to a MOCS event trophy for the third time, but lost in the final.[20]

After failing to qualify for the 2015 World Championship, Duke had a much better 2015–16 season that included Grand Prix top eight finishes in Detroit; Quebec City; Washington, D.C.; and Barcelona, plus a win at GP Oakland. He was in the running for Grand Prix Player of the Year for almost the entire season, but ultimately the title went to Brian Braun-Duin. Duke still qualified for the 2016 World Championship, however, as his Pro Tour finishes were stellar. He came close to a second top eight at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar, but lost in the last round to finish 19th. He would still get his second Pro Tour top eight, as he finished seventh at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, the last event of the season.

2016–17 was also a strong season for Duke. He posted his fifth and sixth Grand Prix victories, at GP Louisville and at GP Cleveland (as a member of the Peach Garden Oath), and while he didn't add to his tally of Pro Tour top eights, he posted stellar finishes, including a 10th-place, a 20th-place, and a 37th-place. This resulted in third-place overall in the Player of the Year race, and as the highest ranking American, qualification to the 2017 World Magic Cup as a member of the United States national team, where they finished 13th. Duke had strong Pro Tour finishes in 2017–18 as well, cashing all events and posting his third Pro Tour top eight at PT Rivals of Ixalan.

GP Richmond 2018, aka GP Reid Duke[ | ]

Towards the end of the season, Duke was in a three-person race for the Player of the Year title against Seth Manfield and Luis Salvatto. Due to an unusual structure, the last Pro Tour of the season was not the last event, which led to a unique Grand Prix coverage experience in Richmond, known to the community as "GP Reid Duke". Duke was scheduled to commentate the event, but upon realising his relative position to his rivals he attempted to withdraw; as an experiment and a compromise, Duke was featured in every round of the event as he competed, with either Marshall Sutcliffe or the second coverage pair commentating with Duke's hand and table audio. While the experiment was a success with the community as an innovative approach to coverage, Duke gained no ground on the weekend, with Manfield adding two points and Salvatto adding one. The last chance event was in Stockholm, but he couldn't add any points, and Salvatto won at PT Guilds of Ravnica after tying Manfield during Stockholm. That said, Duke's team's performance at the season's Pro Tours was good enough to qualify them for the Team Series finals in Las Vegas, where they ended up taking down the Hareruya Latin team to claim the title.

Magic Pro League Era[ | ]

In December 2018, it was announced that Duke would be one of the 32 players joining the 2019 Magic Pro League. He was also voted into the Hall of Fame in 2019, the last inductee as of yet. Because he finished in the Top 20 in the 2019 Magic Pro League, he could continue in the 2020 Season, but was relegated to the Rivals League for the final 2021 season.

Premier Play Era[ | ]

In the revamped Premier Play Era, Duke was the first winner of Pro Tour, defeating Benton Madsen in the Pro Tour Phyrexia in February 2023. This was his first Pro Tour Championship.[21][22] He missed a back-to-back result on the last round of Pro Tour March of the Machine against David Olsen, but converted his Worlds invite into another Top Finish. Duke trailed Simon Nielsen for Player of the Year by a match going into the Top 8 and ended the race at second when he was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

League play[ | ]

Season Rank
2019 Magic Pro League 11
2020 Magic Pro League 12
2020-21 Magic Pro League 6
2021–22 Rivals League 4

Accomplishments[ | ]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2011 Grand Prix Providence Legacy 28–29 May 2011 3
2011 Grand Prix Montreal Limited 17–18 September 2011 5
2011 Magic Online Championship San Francisco Special 17–20 November 2011 1
2012 Grand Prix Nashville Limited 17–18 March 2012 1
2012–13 Grand Prix Charleston Standard 17–18 November 2012 5
2012–13 Grand Prix San Antonio Standard 24–25 November 2012 4
2012–13 Grand Prix Quebec City Standard 22–23 February 2013 4
2013–14 Grand Prix Miami Standard 29–30 June 2013 1
2013–14 Worlds Amsterdam Special 31 July–4 August 2013 2
2013–14 Grand Prix Detroit Modern 14–15 September 2013 2
2013–14 Grand Prix Barcelona Team Limited 1–2 March 2014 3
2013–14 Grand Prix Philadelphia Limited 12–13 April 2014 2
2013–14 Pro Tour Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 16–18 May 2014 5
2014–15 Grand Prix Portland Team Limited 9–10 August 2014 1
2014–15 Grand Prix Singapore Modern 27–28 June 2015 4
2014–15 Grand Prix Montreal Limited 4–5 July 2015 6
2015–16 Grand Prix Detroit Team Limited 15–16 August 2015 3
2015–16 Grand Prix Quebec City Standard 24–25 October 2015 5
2015–16 Grand Prix Oakland Standard 9–10 January 2016 1
2015–16 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Team Limited 12–13 March 2016 3
2015–16 Grand Prix Barcelona Limited 16–17 April 2016 7
2015–16 Pro Tour Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 5–7 August 2016 7
2016–17 Grand Prix Louisville Legacy 7–8 January 2017 1
2016–17 Grand Prix San Antonio Team Modern 1–2 April 2017 2
2016–17 Grand Prix Cleveland Team Limited 24–25 June 2017 1
2017–18 Grand Prix Providence Team Limited 30 September–1 October 2017 2
2017–18 Grand Prix Phoenix Limited 28–29 October 2017 2
2017–18 Pro Tour Bilbao Modern and Booster Draft 2–4 February 2018 6
2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series Las Vegas Team Limited 23 September 2018 1
2018–19 Mythic Championship Cleveland Standard and Booster Draft 22–24 February 2019 3
2018–19 Grand Prix Richmond Standard 8-10 November 2019 2
2022–23 Pro Tour Philadelphia Pioneer and Booster Draft 17–19 February 2023 1


Pro Tour Results[ | ]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Reid Duke
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2010 Amsterdam Extended and Booster Draft 405
2010 Worlds (Chiba) Special 203
2011 Paris Standard and Booster Draft 237
2011 Nagoya Block Constructed and Booster Draft 238
2011 Philadelphia Modern and Booster Draft 212
2011 Worlds (San Francisco) Special 119
2012 Dark Ascension in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 38 $1,500
2012 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona Block Constructed and Booster Draft 53 $1,000
2012–13 Return to Ravnica in Seattle Modern and Booster Draft 48 $1,500
2012–13 Gatecrash in Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 65 $1,000
2012–13 Dragon's Maze in San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 9 $5,000
2013–14 Theros in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 34 $1,500
2013–14 Born of the Gods in Valencia Modern and Booster Draft 42 $1,500
2013–14 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 5 $10,000
2013–14 Magic 2015 in Portland Standard and Booster Draft 251
2014–15 Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 56 $1,000
2014–15 Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C. Modern and Booster Draft 60 $1,000
2014–15 Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels Standard and Booster Draft 181
2014–15 Magic Origins in Vancouver Standard and Booster Draft 125
2015–16 Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee Standard and Booster Draft 19 $2,500
2015–16 Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta Modern and Booster Draft 36 $1,500
2015–16 Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid Standard and Booster Draft 127
2015–16 Eldritch Moon in Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 7 $10,000
2016–17 Kaladesh in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 10 $5,000
2016–17 Aether Revolt in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 194
2016–17 Amonkhet in Nashville Standard and Booster Draft 20 $3,000
2016–17 Hour of Devastation in Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 37 $1,500
2017–18 Ixalan in Albuquerque Standard and Booster Draft 28 $2,000
2017–18 Rivals of Ixalan in Bilbao Modern and Booster Draft 6 $9,000
2017–18 Dominaria in Richmond Standard and Booster Draft 15 $5,000
2017–18 25th Anniversary in Minneapolis Team Constructed 56 $1,000
2018–19 Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta Standard and Booster Draft 29 $2,000
2018–19 Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019 Standard and Booster Draft 3 $15,000
2022–23 Phyrexia in Philadelphia Pioneer and Booster Draft 1 $50,000
2022–23 March of the Machine in Minneapolis Standard and Booster Draft 20 $3,000
2022–23 The Lord of the Rings in Barcelona Modern and Booster Draft 227 $1,000


Other Magic-related work[ | ]

Reid Duke was a Star City Games columnist from December 2010 to January 2014, at which point he started producing content for ChannelFireball in the form of articles and Magic Online videos. He was also a columnist at, writing the article series "Level One" in 2015. In recent years, he has been a frequent color commentator at Grand Prix coverage, including Grand Prix Richmond 2018, where he famously both played the event and provided play-by-play commentary, and all of his matches were covered.[23]

External links[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Player Profile: Reid Duke. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  2. a b Player Profile: Reid Duke. Wizards of the Coast (2013-08-04). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  3. a b 2011 Magic Online Championship Final. Wizards of the Coast (2011-11-19). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  4. a b Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx Coverage. Wizards of the Coast (2014-05-18). Retrieved on 2014-09-03.
  5. Reid Duke (October 5, 2015). "Level One: The Full Course". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Blake Rasmussen (December 10, 2015). "Best of 2015 and Holiday Treats". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Player Profile: Reid Duke. Wizards of the Coast (2012-12-17). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  8. Pro Tour–Amsterdam 2010 Invitation List. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  9. Magic Online World Championship Standings. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  10. 2012 Pro Tour Dark Ascension Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  11. Duke is King of Nashville. Wizards of the Coast (2012-03-18). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  12. Team Pantheon. ChannelFireball. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  13. Magic Players Championship 2012 Round 12 Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2012-08-29). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  14. Kar Yung Tom (2013-03-13). "Captain’s Log #3 – It’s a Process". Manadeprived. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  15. Pro Tour Dragon's Maze Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2013-05-19). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  16. Duke Draws Blood in Miami. Wizards of the Coast (2013-06-30). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  17. Magic World Championship Round 12 Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2013-08-01). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  18. Josh Bennett (2013-08-04). "Finals: Comeback of the Ages". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  19. THE PANTHEON CONQUERS PORTLAND. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  20. Reid Duke (2015-02-23). "DRAFT WALKTHROUGH". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  21. Corbin Hosler (February 20, 2023). "Pro Tour Phyrexia Finals".
  22. Corbin Hosler (March 1, 2023). "A Legendary Win for a Legendary Player".
  23. Cameron Kunzelman (2018-09-01). "Magic: The Gathering's Pro-Focused Broadcast Experiment Is Paying Off". Kotaku. Retrieved on 2018-09-03.