Best known for his vivid casting and content, Cedric Phillips is an accomplished competitor as well, with a Pro Tour Top 8 to his name. At the Zendikar Rising Championship, he competes for both the title, cash, and qualification to the Challenger Gauntlet.
"I've kinda accidentally qualified for my last few Pro Tour level events over the past 3-4 years and haven't prepped for any of them because of work and life. I decided to take this one more seriously since life is what it is right now. I can safely say that I'm glad I did," he tweeted.
The Championship provide competitors a chance to qualify for the Magic Pro League (MPL) or Rivals through the Challenger Gauntlet. Phillips is not targeting leaving the booth permanently for professionals Magic, although he is not shutting the door for a switch completely.
Phillips had top-level assistance in his deck selection, getting help from MPL pros Brad Nelson and Andrea Mengucci. He is highly confident in his Four-Color Midrange Historic deck, rating it 9 of 10. On the contrary, much less so in his Mono-Green Food Standard deck rating his confidence a 3 of 10.