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Duncan "Mac" MacReady is an agent for Interpol's Task Force 29. He is the head of the Counterterrorism unit of the Prague Branch.


MacReady entered the army as soon as he was able and, when he turned 25, he joined the United Kingdom Special Forces. 4 years later, he was recruited into the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, where he would end up spending 12 years hunting down terrorists among every desert on the planet. However, near the end of those 12 years, he became disgruntled and quit when he realized that no matter how many terrorists they took out, more kept popping up. An unknown time later though, he returned to hunting down terrorists for TF29, feeling it was his purpose in life and to keep his skills sharp.

Of all the members of TF29, Duncan MacReady is the longest serving member behind Director Jim Miller and one of its top agents. As he is the senior agent, and in charge of TF29's armed operations, he takes his orders directly from Miller and passes them along to his team. However, as Adam Jensen is on his team and is the only augmented field agent, Miller will bypass the chain of command and directly issue orders to Jensen himself, which does not sit well with MacReady.

To most people, MacReady usually comes off as rude, with no patience for incompetent people. He is aware of his insensitivity and will sometimes try to mitigate it, as shown in his conversation with Jensen in his office. He rarely shows approval, but if one did an exceptional job, he will say so.

He distrusts augmented people, and is therefore wary of Jensen when he joins his TF29 team. If pressed by Jensen, he reveals that part of the reason he distrusts Augs is because he lost 3 of his team members when the Aug Incident happened. This discrimination is well known among other TF29 agents as well, with various agents commenting about it and Miller even asking him to keep an open mind about Aria Argento, the only other TF29 Aug.

Despite MacReady's distrust in Augs, he does value their skills and contribution, as he willingly recommended Aria for his team once she was cleared for the field, even remarking that she shoots better than anyone on his team.


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This character is involved in missions. Black Market Buy, Securing the Convention Centre, Stopping Marchenko, Protecting the Future
This character is invincible or appears in a safe zone. TF29 Headquarters


  • Black Market Buy: MacReady is in overall command of the mission and will repeatedly trade verbal jabs with Jensen throughout the mission. Jensen's performance will also change how he reacts later on.
  • Securing the Convention Centre, Stopping Marchenko, Protecting the Future: MacReady is leading the rest of the counterterrorism team, trying to first catch up with Miller and Jensen, only to be stopped by a mined staircase in Apex Centre. He and Jensen will repeatedly, quite professionally, communicate on how things develop, and he will listen in on Marchenko highjacking their InfoLink conversation. After this, he will take his team and race to the residential towers of Apex Centre, trying to stop the bombs and evacuate the towers. Depending on if Jensen tries to save the delegates or the residents first, as well as if Marchenko lives or dies, his communications with Jensen varies: If Marchenko is stopped first and is still alive, he will express great satisfaction at the chance of collaring the terrorist himself while Jensen races to save the delegates. If Jensen saved the delegates first, he will worry that it will take luck and a miracle to still stop Marchenko while Jensen races to the confrontation.


  • For some reason, Mac's Infolink icon displays him in civilian clothing instead of the combat gear he would wear while on a mission during the finale in London.
  • His surname is displayed as "Macready" in the subtitles with an uncapitalized "r" instead of "MacReady".
  • His blood type is O+.[1]
  • MacReady has a Glasgow smile scar on the right side of his face. Where and how he received the injury isn't touched on in the game.
  • As shown by the photographs shown in the briefing of the first mission, Black Market Buy, MacReady commands around 40 agents under arms, and thus roughly half of the entire Prague branch of TF29 (which has 87 agents).

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Character information in issue 5 of Deus Ex Universe: Children's Crusade.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dialogue between Adam Jensen and Duncan MacReady in the Task Force 29 Headquarters.