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End of Year Interview 2021 SuperSpock9000: ‘This has been one of the most challenging years I’ve had in a while if I’m being honest’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Spock, you are the next in line after wicked. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

SuperSpock9000: This has been one of the most challenging years I’ve had in a while if I’m being honest. Between some health issues with family members and starting a new job there has been a lot thrown at me this year. However, things have gotten significantly better and I’ve managed to adjust to my new work environment. Besides these endeavors, I’ve made a few achievements this year that I’m pretty proud of, Gwent especially. I’ll go into more detail about my Gwent achievements later but I managed to do well on the SBB ladder as well as some Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Duel events. These accomplishments made me realize that card games are something that I can compete in competitively outside of Gwent. Even though this was a difficult year as a whole I think I’ve controlled everything I could to the best of my ability and I’m in a pretty good spot as we wrap up the year.

BJ: Glad to hear things are going well for you! What has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

SS: This year was the best year for me to compete in gwent so far. I managed to achieve my long-time goal of placing in the top 64 during a competitive season and i managed to finish in the top 16 during the TLG invitational which was an unexpected surprise. I was even invited to talk about my tournament experience in TLG’s podcast which was an awesome experience! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the bookend of the year. It might be the lack of proper balance or the general grind finally amounting to needing a break but for the last two months of the competitive season and the entire off-season I haven’t had much desire to play on ladder or in community events. Although after watching world masters and seeing all the new changes coming in the December patch I’m excited to start playing again.

BJ: You also recently started playing Story Book Brawl, how are you enjoying that?

SS: Storybook Brawl is a really fun game and I’m looking forward to seeing how the game evolves and hopefully gets more traction. It’s really fun playing with different compositions of boards from game to game and it really rewards adaptability to drafting which is something I never really thought about as a skill until playing this game.

BJ: Can we expect some streams in the future again?

SS: Haha, this is actually something my IRL friends mention to me a lot and is a bit of a meme in our group. I always tell myself that I’ll start streaming again but one thing I’ve realized about myself is that right now I enjoy competing and playing optimally in my games more than streaming and entertaining. Perhaps my priorities will change with time and streaming will be more appealing but right now I think I’ll only do them when the urges really hit me.

BJ: Time will tell in that case. Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

SS: I’m not really sure what my goals for next year are. Finishing more frequently in top 64 qualifiers would be nice as well as maybe going for a top 16 spot.

BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

SS: Be healthier, work on myself more mentally and physically, and try to get outside of my comfort zone a bit more.

BJ: Personal growth is one of the most satisfying things. Good luck with that! Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

SS: Thanks for taking the time to read my interview! Look forward to another great year for BG as we continue to pump out content and try our best in Gwent and maybe even StoryBook Brawl!

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*SuperSpock9000's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Spock decided to start his top 10 with number 1 instead of 10.

1. Blightmaker: Most nilfgaard decks had the weaknesses of a slow start in round 1 and can make playing the faction annoying on blue coin. However, after the introduction of blightmaker this problem was lightened a bit at the cost of a slightly clunky deck building restriction. Easily one of my favorite cards to come out this year.

2. Citrian envoy: NR is well known for its Draw-your-golds like nature. Citiran envoy helps with this issue a bit at the cost of being a really low tempo play. However, it’s cheap enough that it can find its way into an NR deck every once in a while and helped me a ton during the invitational a lot.

3. Artaud: Artaud is a really cool spying payoff card that has crazy synergies with the assimilate archetype. I love playing nilfgaard and this card is an absolute house in the faction.

4. Dead man’s tongue: This card can be decent tempo while offering another form of consistency to nilfgaard decks. In very niche scenarios you can also banish high provision cards that you might’ve missed in round 3. It’s an all-around very strong card that I love playing in my NG decks.

5. Sunset wanderers: If you had to ask me what card I think of when I think of Gwent in 2021 it’s Sunset Wanders. This card completely warped the meta when it debuted and remains a viable card today. My favorite thing about this card is that it was the first card to have the mechanic of starting in your opening hand. This is a mechanic I hope CDPR explores more because I love this kind of design.

6. Mammuna: Another card that completely warped the meta on release along with all the other insane monster cards that were released around that time. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Even though other monster cards have been left behind I still think Mammuna is an amazing card and will see play once the faction she’s in sees some more love.

7. Tunnel Drill: Even though everyone and their mother complained about tunnel drill I thought it was quite the fun card to play and it kept Syndicate relevant in the higher tiers of competitive play. I’ll never forget sitting in voice chats with Sonnelion and hearing him say “BAM” “BAM” “BAM” every once in a while when this card would hit the board and do what it does best.

8. Coupe de grace:  At the time of release I actually thought this card was pretty bad. Initially, it might have been a low tier echo card for sure. However, after many buffs to spying cards, Coupe has made its way into most NG decks these days, which I think is for the better. There’s nothing like playing 2-4 Joachims per game when you’re in a particular mood.

9. Kolgrim: While some people despise the clog archetype I really enjoyed playing it myself and Kolgrim was more often than not the win condition that ties the deck together. As much as I know some people would love for clog to never see the light of day again I’ll be happy to slam down a Kolgrim or two (off of kingslayer) if the meta ever calls for it.

10. Eist Tuirseach: Another powerful finisher card. Even though warriors aren’t as powerful now as when Eist was first released it was one hell of a swing if your opponent gave you enough of a body to match that of the Jutta that you pitched from your deck. I’m a fan of big finishers in Gwent and Eist was one of the most memorable finishers that were around this year for me.

End of Year Interview 2021 wickedsyam: ‘2021 has been a bittersweet one for me in the gaming aspect’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome wickedsyam, you are the next in line after Zoz. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

wickedsyam: 2021 has been a bittersweet one for me in the gaming aspect. I am really unhappy with the direction my favorite game Gwent has taken this year leading me to take a break from it in the past few months. On the bright side, this led me into exploring Storybook brawl which I am thoroughly enjoying now.

BJ: Different roads lead to Rome they say. What has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

W: I very much enjoyed the ladder in the start of the year. I believe I consistently finished top 200 in all the seasons I played. Sadly, due to my time constraints, I wasn’t able to push for a qualifier spot.

BJ: That’s unfortunate indeed. You also recently started playing Story Book Brawl, how are you enjoying that?

W: I am very much enjoying storybook brawl right now. The game is very refreshing and it’s my first auto-battler experience. The learning process was so much fun and it’s one of those games which is easier to learn but hard to master.

BJ: Good luck with competing in that! Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

W: I would like to get back to Gwent and I am hoping some of the new patches and expansions fix the balance issues which has made the game a bit stale for me.

BJ: I hope so too. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

W: Not really.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

W: Get vaccinated and stay safe.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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wickedsyam's Top 10 Cards of 2021

That’s a hard one, especially since I haven’t played since the last set of price of power. I would say Mamunna, Artaud, Lydia, Braathens, Simlas, Gerhart, Sigi, Cleaver, Harold the Cripple and Masquerade Ball.

End of Year Interview 2021 zoz97: ‘I’d like to appreciate life more and be grateful for the things that we couldn’t have’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome zoz, you are the next in line after Arya. Could you tell me something about yourself?

Zoz97: I like technology and have been always fascinated by the gaming industry and I hope to be part of the people who create these games.

BJ: Awesome! And how would you reflect on the year 2021?

Z: Life is getting back to normal and that brings hope!

BJ: I doubt life will ever get back to normal, but I managed to catch a glimpse of it myself so I can agree it was somewhat normal. Although living in a society that requires you to have a QR code to enter a place isn’t normal in my eyes. Anyway, what was your most memorable moment this year?

Z: Going on a trip with my friends to the mountains and having a fun night at a new city for me.

BJ: A trip to the mountains huh? Sounds promising. We will await your return from that! But yeah, you joined Team Bandit Gang as a pro player after you finished your 1 month trial, how are you liking it? 

Z: Team Bandit Gang is amazing and the people here are very friendly and supportive and I feel happy to be part of this community.

BJ: Nice to hear! How have you enjoyed the team so far? 

Z: It’s definitely an enjoyable experience especially competing in the in-team tournaments.

BJ: Those are cool indeed, although next year there will be some changed made to that format. And is there anything that you would like to do next year? 

Z: I’d like to appreciate life more and be grateful for the things that we couldn’t have in the past two years.

BJ: Fair enough! Do you have any new year’s resolutions? 

Z: Yes, I would love to see more places and meet new people and of course qualify for a Gwent Open hopefully!

BJ: Good luck with that! Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

Z: Live your life, be who you are and always be grateful!

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*zoz97's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Zoz didn’t include a top 10.

End of Year Interview 2021 GhostArya: ‘Streaming now feels like an actual part of my life compared to last year’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Arya, you are next in line after Corchit. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

GhostArya: I don’t even know where the year went! It seems like such a short one honestly. However, a lot has changed and looking back at it, it was definitely an exciting one.

BJ: I know you achieved certain goals on Twitch this year. How do you look back at those? 

GA: I celebrated one year on twitch and reached 2k followers, this was huge for me! I am glad I managed to stay somewhat consistent and streaming now feels like an actual part of my life compared to last year when I was unsure where it will all go.

BJ: Glad to hear that! You also started the beginner series with Christo, what made you decide to work on that?

GA: Lots of people who tune into my streams are people who just started playing Gwent and would ask me about how to get started. So I wanted to be able to provide them with some materials they can rely on, but I didn’t find anything I truly liked – so I thought we could make it happen as a team! It turned out to be quite a big task tho!

BJ: And we all know you are a hamster mom. What has that been like this year? 

GA: Benny is getting older and older (he will be two years in April!) and that means he needs more attention. He has been a great company during the year and we enjoy every moment with him. Hope we get to see more of him on streams.

BJ: This year you also met some of our team members like Bomblin, Kalvino and Mercernn, how was that? 

GA: Aaah, that was the best best best thing ever! I really enjoy meeting people from the Gwent community and I feel like I have made some new great friends. Hopefully, I will get to visit Bomblin again soon, we need more slav co-ops.

BJ: We definitely do! Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year? 

GA: Work less? Haha. I want to travel more if it will be possible – so maybe I get to visit more Gwent people?

BJ: Who knows! Do you have any new year’s resolutions? 

GA: Work less! (Yes, I have to mention that again).

That’s it. I used to give myself goals for each year, but we will just see how things go.

BJ: Good luck! Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022? 

GA: We all hoped 2021 will be better, but 2022 seems like a much luckier number, so I am going into this year quite optimistic.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*GhostArya's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*You think you all will expect the first 5, those are just my favorite and top ST cards of 2021.

1.Gezras

2.Simlas

3.Sorceress – fish lady

4.Bountiful Harvest

5.Cat witcher

6.Squirrel – Benny!

7.Gedyneith – My favorite scenario that I feel like is finally seeing more play

8.Wild boar of the sea – maximum PEW PEW – or at least… a cool animation?

9.Magne Division  – this was buffed so well and with the bonded changes I feel like Magne Swarm is just too good!

10.Tempest –  repeat after me: tempest has value. Sometimes the value is moral victory.

RIP: Trophy catch

End of Year Interview 2021 DrCorchit: ‘I want to do the reveal for when Renfri is added to Gwent’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Corchit! You are the next in line after Escan. Could you tell me something about yourself?

DrCorchit: I have a lot of creative interests, like building Legos and designing video games and music. That’s probably why I like creating custom cards so much.

BJ: How would you reflect on the year 2021?

DrC: Let’s not look back. 2021 isn’t a particularly great year. I’m much more interested in the future.

BJ: Fair enough! What was your most memorable moment this year?

DrC: Honestly, some of my most memorable moments have been talking with fellow Gwent fans about custom cards. There’s so many ideas and some people have quite good feedback.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an article writer after you finished your 1 month trial, and also joined the Academy Team. How are you liking the combination of both creating content and competing in Gwent?

DrC: I like it quite a bit. Sadly the academy team has been less active since the price of power expansion messed up the balance. Hopefully the 12 card drop will help things get back to normal.

BJ: How have you enjoyed the team so far?

DrC: I just like hanging out and chatting Gwent with like-minded people. It was also nice having some teammates to welcome me aboard when I became a Gwent partner.

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

DrC: More custom cards, also I want to do the reveal for when Renfri is added to Gwent. Pawel Burza has confirmed that Renfri will be added, so its a matter of when, not if. But it sounds like it will likely be more than 4 more months before she appears.

BJ: That would be fitting! And do you have any new year’s resolutions?

DrC: I’m working on a game called CivPlanet. I suppose my new years resolution is to release that game on steam and have some sort of a player-base established by the end of 2022.

BJ: Looking forward to play it! Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

DrC: I think we’re on the cusp of a lot of political, cultural, and economic change. So hang on to your hats.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*DrCorchit's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*DrCorchit did not include a top 10, perhaps because he couldn’t include Renfri from 10 to 1…

End of Year Interview 2021 Escanbryt: ‘I’m sad that the virus is still around and public life is still so restricted’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Escan, you are the next in line after JSN. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

Escanbryt: I’m sad that the virus is still around and public life is still so restricted. But I had/have a big project on my job that I can spend my time and energy on and it’s very rewarding to see the outcome these days. And I won’t spend the next lockdown alone, which is also very great!

BJ: Sweet! How have you enjoyed your journey regarding the Seasonal Mode articles?

E: I’m glad I pulled that through. I didn’t just want to let that segment end when they changed the rotation cycle, and I like the new format that we have now. Most seasonal metas remain quite solved anyway, so I think you can come back to these articles for a long while.

BJ: Which article are you the most proud of this year?

E: The seasonal compendium as a whole, which was certainly the biggest BG project for me in this year. I also love participating in our new meme / theme snapshots.

BJ: What was your most memorable moment in 2021?

E: A wedding that I attended in summer. It was just so relieving to have a proper celebration after such a long time. And it’s also where I first met my girlfriend.

BJ: Lucky you! And speaking of weddings, they usually have music on there. Any new music you listened to this year and would recommend?

E: I like the new records from Architects, Gojira, Twelve Foot Ninja or Kælan Mikla, as a few examples. And a band that i only learned about this year is Arcane Roots, but their music is already a few years old and they are unfortunately disbanded by now.

BJ: Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

E: I want to travel again as soon as it becomes possible in a safe way. This year I could at least go to Sweden for a week, but that was business related and not for vacation unfortunately.

BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

E: Things are going very well for me now. I want to remind myself often enough to humbly appreciate them.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

E: I hope that deckbuilding in Gwent will remain fun, cause these are the kinds of articles that I enjoy the most right now. Also the collaboration with team members on the patch 9.6 deck guides was really cool and I want to continue this.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*Escan's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Escan’s top 10 starts at 1 instead of 10.

1) Idarran of Ulivo – wonderful card design that enables so many meme combos that range from utter trash to actually decent. Unfortunately ruins the Plus One seasonal mode.

2) The Mushy Truffle – I really like this card design, has good value, optional carryover, and fits well in many different kinds of decks.

3) Meditating Mage – My card reveal from October. Had his one month of fame with the all in deck, is rarely seen nowadays. Nonetheless the design idea is quite creative, it was just too strong in the beginning.

4) Arachas Queen – My favorite card from the recent 12 card bundle. Works well for swarm decks and deathwish decks alike and is mitigating tall punish with its Deathwish. At least if it’s not something like Heatwave or Yenvo.

5) Ardal aep Dahy – I like the design of this card. Currently working on a deck with Tactical Advantage and Cantarella, could be fun.

6) Torque – Has briefly revived the Handbuff archetype and I’m now on 90/100 Invigorate wins due to him. A few weeks later that deck didn’t find any success anymore, probably because the devotion condition is too much of a drawback.

7) Illusionist – Can be a monster for his 4 provisions if he finds a good target. Also enables funny NG soldier decks.

8) Coën – Difficult to set up, but a nice points-swing if it works. His provision buff to 6 provisions made him easy to combine with Blue Stripes Commandos, had a lot of fun with that deck.

9) Morvudd – Mercernn’s Deathwish deck made me realize how easy it is to gain great value from this card. Nightwraiths or Wererat can easily swarm the board with rats and Harpies are beasts as well.

10) Rience – Conditional card with quite some deckbuilding requirement, but creative design. Just needs a well thinning deck and ideally also some protection for his order ability.

End of Year Interview 2021 JSN991: ‘Gwent has definitely had its ups and downs this year but on the whole it was very enjoyable’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome JSN, you are the next in line after Dream! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

JSN991: I would say that 2021 has proven itself a challenge for me for the same reasons as everyone else.There have been some positives though, for example over the year I’ve become a lot better at coping with a condition I suffer from called delayed sleep phase disorder, which has resulted in me doing better in school.

BJ: That’s nice to hear! And what has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

J: Gwent has definitely had its ups and downs this year but on the whole it was very enjoyable. It was my first year playing in top 64 qualifiers, and I’m still salty about some of my terrible rng in those tournaments, as well as the month that I missed out on top 16 by 1 mmr. There were some great moments though, my favorite would have to be beating Redrame with my own “Chinese propaganda” deck in my first ever qualifier, and winning kreve league.

BJ: You also recently started playing Story Book Brawl, how are you enjoying that?

J: I’ve really enjoyed storybook so far and part of that is due to the number of people in BG as well as in the wider Gwent community that have also been playing it. It was originally just meant to be something to keep me entertained during the Gwent off season, but it’s now become much more than that for both myself and several others. However, how long it can hold my interest will depend on the new content/ balance changes as well as how the competitive scene develops.

BJ: Can we expect some streams in the future again?

J: I do enjoy streaming so there will definitely be more streams in the future, it’s just that I haven’t been playing too much Gwent during the past couple months. The new Gwent patch seems promising though, and I suppose I could stream brawl, so stay tuned!

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

J: I’m currently in the final year of school so I would like to do well in my exams and get into a decent university. I also love traveling so I want to do that more as it hasn’t been possible for far too long now.

BJ: Good luck on your last year! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

J: I don’t really believe in new year’s resolutions since I think it’s good to try and become a better version of yourself no matter the time of year. That said, the Gwent season lines up nicely with the new year, so my resolution could be to do well next season.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

J: Just to expect big things from us next year; I think you will see either myself or another member of BG in an open, as well as more great articles, streams etc from the content team, or even success in storybook considering how many bandits are playing that game now.

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*JSN991's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*JSN doesn’t really have favorite cards, so it was hard for him to make a top 10. So he has come up with something on the spot and as a result the cards in this list generally reflect decks or archetypes he enjoys playing rather than having any standalone meaning.
10. Sorceress of dol blathana– a card that we have seen plenty of this year but is still fun and well balanced in my opinion, its fairly rare to see staple bronzes like this that don’t have boring/ unfun mechanics.
9. Salamandra mage– a very underrated card that can play for insane value and has cool art.
8. Hemmelfart– obviously one of the new releases so it cant go too high on the list, but a strong and interesting card that firesworn (an archetype I’ve wanted to be good again for a long time) really needed.
7. Vanadain– Sonneillon has enlightened me with how powerful this card can be. Great for fixing your hand in those st decks with several bricks and simlas quadruple waylay is pretty nice.
6. Fulmar– Some people (cough cough Energiix cough cough) have hated on this card far too much, especially on its release, so I think it needs some recognition.
5. Seditious aristocrat– the main card in my previously mentioned Chinese propoganda deck, which will always have a special place in my heart.
4. Melusine– just a fun card, not much else to it.
3. Eithne– we all know I am a natures gift simp so she has to be in here somewhere.
2. Olaf– self wound is one of my favorite archetypes and it doesn’t get nearly enough credit, plus the art is perfect for a discord profile pic.
1. Igni– perfect for making your opponent regret their life choices.

End of Year Interview 2021 Dream: ‘2021 was fine’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Dream, you are the next in line after Hawg! Could you tell me something about yourself?

Dream: There is nothing to say, I’m just Dream.

BJ: Fair enough! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

D: 2021 was fine, I guess that’s all I can say.

BJ: What was your most memorable moment this year Dream?

D: I have no idea to be honest…

BJ: Alright! You joined Team Bandit Gang as a Data Analyst this year after you finished your 1 month trial, how are you liking it?

D: It’s fine, there’s no pressure or anything, everything is done calmly so for me it’s nice. 

BJ: Sweet! How have you enjoyed your team members so far?

D: They are very nice and helpful so I can’t complain.

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

D: It’s hard to say, maybe be better at Gwent.

BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

D: Nope, I don’t like New Year’s resolutions.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

D: Stay safe and be nice for others.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*Dreams Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Dream’s top 10 is actually a top 5.

1. Bride of the Sea:  I really like the combined abilities with the amount of rain, and the art is wonderful.

2. Sorceress of Dol Blathanna: The card defends itself with art alone, but its ability is very cool, it allows you to make chains.

3. Torque: Very nice support for handbuff, one card allowed this archetype to come back to the game for a while, I hope this is not the end of support for this archetype and something more will appear.

4. Rioghan the Undying: On the one hand it is a card that is easy to counter, but on the other hand if the combo works it is great.

5. Fucusya: A powerful card from skellige, very strong and it would be hard not to have a target in your graveyard, and art 10/10.

End of Year Interview 2021 Hawgplex: ‘I would like to win an official or community SBB tournament’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Hawg, you are the next in line after Ithlinne! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

Hawgplex: I enjoyed this year a lot. I got better at card games, bought a new house with my Fiance, and got a new job.

BJ: Gratz! And what has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

H:I was not able to spend as much time as I would’ve liked during some seasons this year, but overall learning a lot and placing top 500/playing in leagues has been a fun time. My best finish was in Kreve league season 2 (top 10), and a few members from the pro team prepped for the league a lot with me. JSN ended up winning the whole thing and Synergy finished on the podium, so overall that was a fun league experience in particular. 

BJ: You also recently started playing Story Book Brawl, how are you enjoying that?

H: I am enjoying this game a lot. I am playing in my first Mythic qualifier this weekend (12/18). I am hoping to take this first experience and turn it into a good year competitively. 

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

H: I would like to win an official or community SBB tournament.

BJ: Good luck with that! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

H: Drink less coffee.

BJ: Be like me and just drink 1 coffee after lunch! Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

H: Stay healthy.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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Hawgplex's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Another top 10 that starts with number 1. They must do it on purpose to troll me.

1. She Who Knows – loved the carry over mind games.

2. Mammuna – broken.

3. Koschey – love the lore/love monsters.

4. The Brute – quality reading.

5. Fucusya – broken.

6. Sunset wanderers – the art/concept is cool, glad they nerfed the provisions.

7. Melusine – love the lore/concept.

8. Nivellan – best card ever made in any era.

9. Artaud – broken.

10. Geralt Quen – Art is amazing, Geralt is amazing, and so is this card. (sorry if I spelled anything wrong.

 

End of Year Interview 2021 Ithlinne Magi: ‘2021 has been challenging, both personally and professionally’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Ithlinne, you are the next in line after Sonneillon! But, first things first. How is your personal project getting along?

Ithlinne Magi: 😀 My personal project is coming along nicely, thank you! For those who don’t know, I bought an ex-racehorse recently. There’s much greater awareness now that these horses who’ve spent their lives giving of themselves to fulfil the ambitions of owners & trainers, need to be taken care of and not just discarded after their careers are over.
I bought him for that very reason, but also for me. I’ve struggled over the last couple of years with my mental health and had some incredibly dark times. I missed being around horses so much and felt having a project was what I needed to help lift some of the weight off my shoulders.

BJ: Awesome! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

I: 2021 has been challenging, both personally and professionally, with some incredible opportunities presenting themselves. Becoming Community Manager for Team BG was one of those opportunities! I was somewhat surprised to be asked, but sharing space with, and getting to know people with a shared love of a game I played since beta days has been quite the experience.

BJ: What was your most memorable moment this year?

I: Outside of Gwent, my most memorable moment was passing my Mathematics degree module. Having M.E means that I sometimes struggle with brain fog and cognition, meaning that it takes me much longer to be able to process information, gain and thus retain understanding of the topics I’ve studied. I worked bloody hard for that module, so to pass, and get a good pass, meant a lot to me. 

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as a community manager, how are you liking the journey so far?

I: I’m really enjoying it! Having the opportunity to promote the amazing work our team does for the Gwent community is an absolute pleasure. So many people put so much of themselves into producing content, and I appreciate them greatly for that. It makes my job so much easier when we’ve got such great content to share.

BJ: How have you enjoyed the team so far?

I: Being Community Manager for BG has been, on occasion, a challenge in and of itself. But it’s taught me the importance of communication, and to listen rather than react when others express opinions that I may not immediately see value in. There are some big personalities in BG and getting to know people and understand their perspectives has been incredibly valuable to me. I feel that it’s helped me become a much better CM as a result.

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

I: In terms of the team, and Gwent, I want to be able to improve, both as Community Manager and as a player. I want to be able to look back at 2021 and say yeah, that was ok, but this year I am better than last. I want to be a better person, and make those for whom I work, and those whose lives I am a part of, to be proud of me and what I do.

BJ: Fair enough! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

I: OK, I have a confession. I’m rubbish at keeping to resolutions! Last year I resolved to read more, and to get back to being creative (I love painting and writing) but life swept me along a little bit, and I lost sight of those goals. All of those things require me to make time for myself, which is something I am not very good at. So perhaps the only resolution I can make is to get better at taking time out of life’s craziness to do something I love for me, rather than carry guilt that I’m not working if I do.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

I: I would like to say thank you for your support during 2021, for consuming and enjoying our content, and I hope that you’ll continue to support us during 2022. What we do is for the community as a whole, and that support spurs us on to get better as content creators and give you, the reader, the player, the community member the kind of content that inspires you to continue to enjoy the game we all love. 

 

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*Ithlinne's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Ithlinne started her top 10 with number 1 (and onward) instead of number 10.

1. Sunset Wanderers ~ some love it, some hate it, but I always welcome interesting ability designs that step away from the damage/boost styles of other cards.

2. Lippy ~ My heart belongs to the Skellige Isles, and nothing says pirate degeneracy like Lippy Gudmund!

3. Crimson Curse ~ AQ swarm from a few seasons ago was one of my favourite lists, and Crimson Curse was a great way to put pressure on an opponent in a R2 push.

4. Mushy Truffle ~ Ignoring the fact that I just love the name, this card has so much flexibility, if I can fit it into a deck, I will.

5. Fucusya ~ There is no downside or punishment for including this card in your deck. What’s not to like?!

6. Igni ~ Yeah, I know, but come on, getting a good Igni is just so satisfying!

7. Madoc ~ Ok, again, I know that everyone hates no unit ST right now, but still, I have a fondness for Madoc that I won’t be shamed for!

8. Seltkirk of Gulet ~ quite aside from the fact that it’s a decisive way of dealing with a threat on the board, the premium artwork is just stunning.

9. Villentretenmerth ~ this is a nostalgic inclusion(check out my pinned tweet!!). I had so much fun playing Bork back in the day.

10. An Craite Greatsword ~ hasn’t been meta for a while but I loved the reworked ability of this card. I thought it was a really positive change at the time.