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Decode789’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?

Decode789: First, joining TBG is the best decision I ever made, because now I can show my creativity without any hindrance. Second, I have known most of the members since TBG was created so they are family. Third, It makes me happy to be part of a great team who knows when to goof around and when to be serious. Love y’all.

BJ: What made you join team BG?

D: Earlier when TBG was founded by BanditPig, I decided then and there to be part of it. The reason I wasn’t able to join earlier was due to IRL reasons. I decided to join because I wanted to showcase creative decks and do some guide on a specific faction.

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

D: People can expect off-meta decks, articles, and videos either about certain characters in Gwent or a decklist. I can also do a little bit of logo designs if needed.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an (assistant) video editor for BG? 

D: Before I was all into games, I made music back in the day. This eventually led me to video editing my musical creations and posting them on YT back in 2009-2010. I love to be creative. All I need to do now is brush up my skills again and let my creativity flow through. So in conclusion, I feel that I am very well suited to be the assistant video editor for BG. In fact, it’s an honor.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

D: Thank you everyone for the love and support you have given! You are the reason we are encouraged to do more!

You can find out more about Decode789 here.

LawAndOtter’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?

LawAndOtter: It’s really great to join a team of folks who care about Gwent and about each other. The first meeting I was on was like joining a group that’s been hanging out at the bar together for years, in the best possible way.

BJ: What made you join team BG?

LAO: There was a call on Reddit for contributors, and I answered. I love the Gwent community, but I’ve been a bit of a lurker for a while now. I tend to be pretty quiet in person, and that carries over to online. I’m excited to be giving back to the Gwent community.

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

LAO: Lots of articles, especially beginner’s guides and strategy deep dives. I’ve played CCGs all my life (MTG player back in the 90’s when things were still simple). Gwent is by far my favorite digital CCG, and it’s all because the strategy involved is so rich. I love thinking and talking about strategy in Gwent, and I’m thrilled to move forward those discussions in my role as a writer.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

LAO: I love writing, and I love Gwent, so it’s a good fit. Whenever I pick up a new deck (meta or meme), I always think about how I would write a deck guide. That improves my play and makes me think about the deck better. My mind’s always turning things over in Gwent, so now I just have to start typing.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

LAO: Thank you for your support of Bandit Gang! I would say that whatever you want to see from your Gwent content creators, don’t hesitate to speak up! We’re all passionate about the game, and if there’s something you’d like to see more of, someone on the team would love to make it a reality.

You can find out more about LawAndOtter here.

Akaean’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now that you are officially part of BG?

Akaean: I am very excited about being a part of Bandit Gang because I can continue my borderline incoherent ramblings about Gwent and, I hope, other people will read them and even occasionally find them helpful. Bandit Gang is a better outlet for my obsessive energy than Reddit. As Bandit Gang grows, it will continue to be an excellent resource for people who want to learn about Gwent, and I am excited to be a part of that.

The other major thing is that it is exciting to be a part of a community that is as passionate about Gwent as I am. I remember when I made pro-rank for the first time, I was pretty stoked about it, but who could I share that accomplishment with?  My 65-year-old mother?  My buddy, who played through the tutorial and was done with it?   It just feels good to be a part of a community that shares the same passions and obsessions, and I’m looking forwards to becoming a contributing member.  

BJ: What made you join BG?

A: Honestly, a recruitment topic on the Gwent Subreddit is what pushed me to reach out to Bandit Gang. I am a pretty active poster there, and I was already frequently posting in the newcomer’s thread to help new players.  When I learned that Team Bandit Gang was looking for a content creator, I knew that I wanted to do this. I already liked spilling unnecessary amounts of ink about Gwent, and I brought with me some prior experience guest writing articles about other mobile games, such as Pokemon Masters.  In this case, I have the opportunity to pontificate endlessly about Gwent, and Bandit Gang gets to host my ramblings. All that said, that dope pink suit stirred something deep within my psyche, and it does a disservice to BabyJosus to not give credit where credit is due.  

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

A: I think it is safe to say that people can expect me to write content about Gwent. My favorite topics generally involve theorising about strategy and giving advice to anyone willing to listen to me.  The focus of my articles will be on various decks, strategies, and guides aimed at helping new players learn some of the concepts of the game. In addition to writing, I am not opposed to contributing content in other ways as well.  Streaming, Podcasts, whatever projects Bandit Gang is working on – I am more than happy to pitch in and learn something new. 

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

A: I’m probably no better suited than anyone else, to be perfectly honest.  As a matter of philosophy, I don’t think anybody can be better suited to do anything than anybody else.  What makes the difference is the will and desire to be a part of something.  In that sense, my passion for analytical writing and Gwent itself will be exceptional assets for our journey ahead.  As Aelirenn would say, “WE SHALL DRIVE THE APE MEN INTO THE SEA!”

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

A: Look at how far I’ve come, supporters of BG!  Look at me!  With hard work, dedication, and drive, you too can spend long hours producing quality content for free on the internet! In all seriousness, I think the best message I can give to supporters of Bandit Gang and Gwent is to remember that we all play this game, ostensibly, for fun, and that is something we should never forget. 

You can find out more about akaean here.

Bigdaddy843’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?

Bigdaddy843: I’m really happy to join a team of content creators whose work I greatly enjoy. BG brought lots of fun to my Gwent experience and taught me lots about the game. I’m excited to bring that and more to all our friends in the community!

BJ: What made you join BG?

BD: There are many niches to occupy in terms of content for the Gwent community and BG is the foremost in terms of entertainment, personality-engagement, and memes. I personally enjoy these greatly as it adds a lot of depth to both the game and the community and I nothing would please me more than to spread this love to others. 

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

BD: Unfortunately, less hanging out on streams as I’ll be busy playing games, crafting decks, connecting with even more personalities and writing about all of these. Having only recently returned to Gwent since Homecoming, I’ve had to face the difficulties as a beginner, then intermediate player. We can do a lot more to help players improve, so I will focus heavily on that. 

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

BD: Hmm … I did journalism in university, some copy for my previous profession and some freelance writing lately, so it should be fine on the skills front. More importantly I LOVE FUN!!! and BG is THE MOST FUN team, MAKING MORE FUN for everyone, so we should be set there too. 

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

BD: I think it’s hilarious some kids be talking poop about BG. They wouldn’t say this poop to us at lan, we’re KEK’ed. Not only that but we blare the freshest memes, feat. the chillest streams and hang out with the hottest dudes. Y’all are fantastic lol.

You can find out more about bigdaddy843 here.

Dr. Corchit’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?

DC: When I started playing Gwent over a year ago, one of the things I found most impressive was the extensive and detailed meta reports featured on various eSports team sites. The decks they showed were always well thought out and offered a window into the thinking behind pro players’ decisions. I’m very happy to be a part of one of the teams that helped introduce me to competitive, pro-level Gwent.

BJ: What made you join BG?

DC: A while back, I saw an interesting article on Bandit Gang’s site, in the What’s in my Deckbuilder series. As I recall, there was a discussion of meme decks strategies that was quite entertaining to read. This stuck with me, so when BJ put out a request on Reddit for article writers, I was quick to respond. One thing led to another, and here I am.

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

DC: I like making custom cards, so I’m planning on posting some to the Bandit Gang website.  I’ve been doing a series on Reddit entitled “Posting a custrom card every day until Renfri is added to Gwent.” I may make those posts a officially a part of Bandit Gang content.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

DC: Quite well, I’d say. Writing is something that has always come naturally to me.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

DC: I got the Witcher 3 achievement for collecting every Gwent card. The whole world needs to know this.

You can find out more about Dr. Corchit here.

xhanthiax’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you’re officially a part of BG?

xhanthiax: I knew a few BG people before getting on the team and I’m really happy to join. It means a lot to be part of a team that does a stellar job both on the content and the competitive front.

BJ: What made you join BG?

X: I’ve always been playing Gwent on my own and I’ve been more and more eager to share knowledge and experience with the community, so when I was invited to join BG’s academy, I quickly said yes.

BJ: What can people expect of you now that you are with BG?

X: Good vibes, funny jokes, a lot of games on ladder and maybe even some sneaky streams from time to time :slight_smile:

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of a competitive player for BG?

X: I’m honestly not really sure as I’ve never played any game at this competitive a level. It’s all a learning experience for me but I’m excited for it and I’ll do my best to succeed and proudly represent the BG name.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

X: Be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe is right, such as playing Lippy or putting pineapple on pizza.

You can find out more about xanthiax here.

Sacrebleu11’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you’re officially a part of BG?

Sacrebleu11: For me, being a part of BG means being a part of a group of great people who allow me to learn.

BJ: What made you join BG?

S: One day Sawyer messaged me and I didn’t think about it twice since I saw the support I could be given.

BJ: What can people expect of you now that you are with BG?

S: People can definitely expect to see me playing in a lot of community tournaments at the moment. And in the future I’m down for whatever they’d like me to be a part of.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of a competitive player for BG?

S: I think that when I’ll have time I’ll be well suited for that kind of life.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

S: Hope I can make you all enjoy what’s BG has to offer even more!

You can find out more about Sacrebleu11 here.

Ithlinne Magi’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you’re officially a part of BG?

Ithlinne Magi: It feels like walking into a room full of friends where I don’t have to pretend to be anything other than myself. I can talk about gaming and not feel like a nerdy outsider who no one gets. Honestly, you can’t put a price on that.

BJ: What made you join BG?

IM: As you know, I was formerly with Team Sensual. They are really lovely guys, but as the only native English speaker(and non-Spanish speaker) on the team, it felt a tad disjointed, I didn’t really feel part of the team. That’s not a poor reflection on them, they did what they could, but when you asked me if I was still interested to be Community Manager for BG, it felt like the right time to take on a new challenge.

BJ: What can people expect of you now that you are with BG?

IM: Well, writing is in my veins, so maybe the odd article for the team website, as long as I’m allowed to talk about Lippy, of course! Other than that, lots of promoting both the wonderful streamers we have in BG as well as our talented content creators who take the time to write about the game they love. 

BJ: How well suited are you to the life of a Community Manager?

IM: Oh, well I love social media and I spend a huge amount of time on various social platforms, so managing the team’s social interactions is perfect for me. If you can overlook the less than polite people that you inevitably find there, it can be an amazing place for forging friendships, and the Gwent community is by and large a fantastic thing to be a part of.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

IM: Firstly, thank you for their support! We have a team of memers and dreamers, of competitive players and content creators whose diversity means that there’s something for everyone, from new players looking to start their Gwent journey, to seasoned pros looking for fun decks to play on ladder (triple Commandos, anyone?). I look forward to being a part of this diverse and talented team!

You can find out more about Ithlinne Magi here.

Wickedsyam’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: Welcome to BG Wickedsyam. What does it mean to you now that you are officially part of BG?

Wickedsyam: Thank you! It means a lot for me to be part of a team which has great pro players who I look up to and great content creators I enjoy watching.

BJ: Happy to hear that. What made you join team BG in the end?

WS: It was a no brainer for me when I got invited to join BG. The chance to be a part of one of the most competitive Gwent Esports team was too good to give up.

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

WS: You can expect a consistent pro player, a supportive team member and more importantly a huge cheerleader for BG.

BJ: And how well suited do you think you are to the life of a competitive player for BG?

WS: My work and family commitments limits my ability to play a lot of games, but my aim is to improve my efficiency to secure a top 16/64 spot.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

WS: Keep cheering and supporting us.

You can find out more about Wickedsyam here.

Carrost’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: Welcome to Bandit Gang Carrost. What does it mean to you now that you are officially part of BG?

Carrost: Thank you so much. Well, I have found a place that is willing to put up with my bullshit. That alone is pretty grand. I have found a place where I can explore the off-meta and moreover a place full of goons who tend to share that way of thinking.

BJ: Was that what made you join team BG in the end?

C: Going off of my previous answer I was happy to find some people that not only create content for Gwent but they explore and allow me to explore the aspects of Gwent that aren’t constrained by “is this card good?”. That’s a win for me, so of course I signed on.

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

C: Expect streams, weekly articles and even some videos as I work on my content-craft.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of a content creator?

C: I am creative by trade and by calling. Content creation is hardwired into me as I come up with new ideas, mostly in the shower or while I am pooping. Now I have an outlet for those ideas.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

C: Don’t be afraid to play what you want. In no way do I discourage netdecking, but if you’re like me and you get worn out by it after a while take some time to play the weird decks. Play YOUR ideas and you’ll be much happier if you take the time to play around and have  fun. You “play” Gwent; you don’t work it. Find the fun.

You can find out more about Carrost here.