End of Year Interview

End of Year Interview 2021 SynergyGod3773: ‘2021 Was clearly a rough year for most of the world, myself included’

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 Synergy, you are the last person in line after Sawyer. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

SynergyGod3773: 2021 Was clearly a rough year for most of the world, myself included. I endured a COVID-19 infection, a heartbreak, and even some family drama. But professionally it was my best year yet. While I was not as competitive in Gwent in 2021 I made additional friends that found a home with Bandit Gang, we setup two awesome tournaments which were the 2nd Annual Duel of Dogs Tournament and the Charity tournament in association with ShupeTV.

BJ: You have been involved as our pro team manager this year. How do you look back at this journey?

SG: Last year’s journey as pro manager was very enriching. I got to know a lot of our competitive players well. I even got to compete against JSN991 in one of the Kreve leagues this year and he kicked the crap out of me which was good moment to see one of our players take 1st place. Additionally, we had monthly internal tournaments and plenty of friendly competition within the bandit ranks.

BJ: What has it been like to stream on Twitch this year?

SG: My stream schedule was very erratic this year mainly due to real life. I moved from Dallas to Houston and then back to Dallas again. During this five month stretch I was barely able to breathe let alone stream. I have been branching out to stream a little more variety rather than Gwent, but Gwent will always be the core game. I will try to be adhering to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday Stream schedule in the future if possible.

BJ: You have been organizing tournaments for Gwent this year with the team, what was that like?

SG: The tournaments we organized this year were fun but also very frustrating due to the tournament client… well… being the tounament client. This goes for the internal tournaments we setup as well as the public tournaments such as the duel of dogs. I look forward to administrating more tournaments in 2022!

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

SG: In 2022 I have a lot of goals, mainly get back in tip top shape again and lay the foundation for my purchasing a house. I have already started on both of these journeys and by the summer time I hope they become a reality.

BJ: Best of luck with that. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

SG: My only new years resolution is to drop about 15-20 pounds, I know it’s a traditional resolution, but hey… you have to start somewhere.

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

SG: Live life to the fullest, don’t let COVID-19 or any other obstacles hinder your life. Set your own terms and break down those barriers that prohibit you from being the best version of yourself!

BJ: Cheers and happy new year!

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*SynergyGod3773's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Synergy decided to not include a top 10 this year.

End of Year Interview 2021 Sawyer1888: ‘I am proud on every success I can get’

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 Sawyer, you are the next in line after Mercernn! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

Sawyer1888: First of all, nice to see your End of the Year Interviews are back and glad to be part of it again. This year was, interesting I would say. It had its ups and downs for me in my personal life, with some unique moments, like being announced to be the best mate of a friend at his wedding, winning some Gwent Tournaments or making some process elsewhere. Corona still has a big influence, so I am proud on every success I can get. 

BJ: Thanks man! Its a lot of time and commitment, but all worth it in the end. And I know you achieved certain goals with the academy team since you became their manager this year. How do you look back at your journey as an academy manager?

S: It was and still is a very exciting experience. One of my highlights was the Charity Event with Shupe TV for sure, as I could feel the team spirit while everyone was helping each other. But it was also stressful from time to time, as you have to organize things through different time zones and when I felt my motivation to play Gwent slacking, I had to still keep in touch with the game to be a good manager. But after all, I am very proud of how the Academy has improved and would call everyone in there a friend.

BJ: That surely was awesome to organize. You also have been working on a variety of projects regarding your writing for the website. What has that been like?

S: Actually I miss the writing from time to time, while I was to busy managing or organizing stuff. So with the introduction of the Skill beats Luck Series I found the perfect format for me I think. Having so many different guests from different communities and countries is amazing, and for 2021 I can promise you guys some exciting new interviews coming as well. Maybe I will even find the time again for a Gwents Elite #3, as the last two parts were pretty successful; I am still listening to some of those songs from the Spotify list I created.

BJ: I love how much that playlist was appreciated by people in the community. Hope to see you do more stuff like this in 2022! How was the year 2021 for darts?

S: Oh, it was very entertaining. Gerwyn “The Iceman” Price started the year with becoming world champion and world #1, won both of the European Tour events and also the Grand Slam in November for a 3rd time already. Kinda sad that he missed the whole Premier League dure to a Covid Infection, but he came back strong.      

Also his fellow Welshman Johnny “The Ferret” Clayton was producing magnificent darts this year…now it’s nice to have the framed picture signed by them both, even before Price won the Worlds and Clayton the Premier League or Grand Prix.        

Currently the World Championships are running again till January 3rd, while many top ten players are in decent form, it can be very interesting to see who goes through in the end. Hopefully Price will defend his title, so I can let everyone know again in our Discord 😊

BJ: Looking forward to watch the match tonight! Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

S: Well I want to finally finish my Master Thesis and end my study time with a success. Maybe trying to find an internship, to get going again in a fitting work environment, as I am currently having a study-job in an office which is cool, but has nothing to do with Geography and Spatial Planning.  The next steps would be to find my physical form again, as I was kinda slacking during the pandemic and joining a Darts Team, which turned out to be very difficult with all the restrictions. But I know from the past, that with a bit of routine, I can throw a decent dart, so I want to keep pushing forward.

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

S: Difficult to say, but probably to follow my words and keep fighting. Maybe it is time to stop putting the pandemic in front as an excuse and start finding ways to achieve my goals again.

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

S: Be kind and humble. I experienced life over the recent past from a difficult perspective, so you never know who else currently is as well. Encourage yourself and others to think outside the box, no matter how the box looks like, as fear is the mind-killer.

BJ: Cheers and happy new year!

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*Sawyer's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Sawyer’s top 10 doesn’t contain any kind of bias for NG and SK at all.

1.
Fercart: As it had the best reveal so far as well as the artwork and ability.

2. Fucusya: Is its flexibility levels up every Skellige deck.

3. The Mushy Truffle: As it allows a variety of interesting combos.

4. The Witchfinder: As I love bounty archetypes and this card can be very dangerous.

5. Blightmaker/Mage Assassin: As it’s such a strong thinning package, helping Nilfgaard to be more consistent.

6. Artaud Terranova: Because with a decent set-up and timing, it can be devasting.

7. Skjordal: As I loved his ability before and with the new King Bran it’s even better.

8. Gedyneith: because of the provision changes for the druids it becomes much more playable, together with Bride of the Sea for example.

9. Gorthur Gvaed: As it carried me to victory in the Nilfgaard Tournament.

10. Witch Apprentice: Because it’s a flying pig.

End of Year Interview 2021 Mercernn: ‘I’d lie if I said that I wasn’t nervous about such a big change initially’

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 Mercernn, you are in line after Christo. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

Mercernn: To be fair, 2021 was very similar for me in comparison to 2020, in fact it’s a bit difficult for me to distinguish these two perfectly, as they blend together a bit. The one thing that was different, I’d say year-defining even, was that my grandfather got a stroke in July and moved on with us as he needed someone to take care of him. This changed our everyday lives completely, but I think it actually helped us to work together as a family more and for me to get closer with my granddad, so I see it as a very positive change, actually, though I’d lie if I said that I wasn’t nervous about such a big change initially. A lot more has happened, I re-evaluated my opinions on a lot of things, got to know (better) a lot of people that became an important part of my online life, such as Weissenberg whom I cooperated with on a bunch of his projects, or our Number 1 Meme Customer, Repek, or Bomblin whom I used to get in touch a lot more than before, as he started streaming right before my timeslot. I’d say that overall it was a very cathartic year, full of tension, stress, radical changes, but in the end also relief, satisfaction, acceptance and positive view of the future.

BJ: How the tables have turned in your life. Glad it all resolved in a positive end of the year. You have been quite involved behind the scenes of Bandit Gang. How do you look back at this journey?

M: Right, so once again, things kinda blend for me, but I think we’ve managed to accomplish quite a lot. I’d say the highlight of our team efforts was the second iteration of Duel of Dogs, but there have been other cool projects and a lot of individual achievements that just connect together in a really nice way. Me, personally, I never looked at the team as a way of gaining some benefit for myself, rather than to provide for others and make their experience better. I could paraphrase JFK by saying: „Ask not what your team can do for you, but what you can do for your team.“ 😀 Right, and “working behind the scenes” as you called it is exactly what allows you to do this. You can help other people with their personal projects and just feel good about it even if you don’t necessarily like the task or activity you helped them with. I’d say that would kinda summarize my involvement with the team, I don’t really do much of my own projects, but I provide assistance to other people a lot in a variety of things, a bit of a jack of all trades, and this experience fulfills me a lot.

BJ: And we are forever grateful of your assistance! A somewhat personal project of yours is of course streaming. What has it been like to stream Gwent on Twitch this year?

M: So, streaming Gwent on Twitch has been a little tricky for me this year, since life got a bit busier for me, in particular because of school, so I haven’t been streaming as much as I would have wished, but I still am able to stream quite regularly, so can’t really complain. Outside of that, I attempted to hit top 500 on pro ladder twice and each time failed because of stroke of bad luck. The first time, right after Way of the Witcher I made it to top 300 with a day or two left and then CDPR prolonged the season by a week. 😀 I was so burnt out that I just gave up and naturally didn’t make it. The second time I placed 502nd and I had moved by the 2 places in the last 15 minutes of the season. Had I gotten 1 more mmr I would have stayed in there! So this is something that will definitely stay with me. Also, it’s been a great pleasure for me to help Weissenberg with multiple of his projects on Twitch and I couldn’t leave without mentioning that the one thing that helped me with overcoming all the tilt and burnout coming from the game was Nickelback… no, just kidding, it was the incredibly kind people in my chat, but there was a lot of Nickelback too this year!

BJ: May you continue to enjoy listening to Nickelback in your streams, even when its often at times forcefully… I know you are a huge fan of total war games since we play those games together. Which total war game got most of your attention this year and how so?

M: Yes, we do! Every Thursday after our meetings, it became a tradition that I am very fond of. We’ve finished Shogun 2 at least once, I believe, played Rome, Napoleon, Thrones of Britannia, yeah, it’s been an amazing experience. Back to the question, so, I’m not a big fan of Warhammer which is what the games have been focusing on for a while, so I’ve been looking more to the past and I think the most fun I’ve had was with you when we played Shogun 2. It was my favourite entry in the series before we started our campaign coops, but playing these together and just talking about nonsense really adds to the experience. In any case, I absolutely love Shogun 2 for it’s simple design, unique setting and superb atmosphere, easily my favourite strategy game.

BJ: May we continue our tradition in 2022! Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

M: I would like to read more. It’s been something I’ve been trying to get back into for some time, but I keep on avoiding it, because I’m lazy. A few days ago I started reading The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus which I’d like to finish soon and after that, I’d like to just move on to another book and don’t stop for the rest of the year. I hope it will last, because my reading list is almost as bloated as the list of films I’d like to watch, that’s another thing I should get to, actually!

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

M: Not really, I don’t really give them much value.

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

M: I wish you and your closed ones happy holidays and I hope you are safe and well. While I don’t think the world will change radically, I hope at least your personal lives will get/stay warm and calm and if you ever found yourself lonely, remember there are dozens of friendly Gwent streamers on Twitch that can help you with that problem. Stay awesome, Gwent community!

BJ: Cheers and happy new year!

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*Mercernn's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*It seems that Mercernn is trying to send a message to the reader with his top 10.

1. Ignatius Hale

2. Ignatius Hale

3). Ignatius Hale

4. Ignatius Hale

5. Ignatius Hale

6. Ignatius Hale

7. Ignatius Hale

8. Ignatius Hale

9. Ignatius Hale

10. Peasant Militia

End of Year Interview 2021 TheOneChristo: ‘For me 2021 felt like 2 distinctly different years to me’

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 Chris, you are next in line after AcidBunny. How would you reflect on the year 2021? 

TheOneChristo: For me 2021 felt like 2 distinctly different years to me. While the whole year was great and I look back on it fondly with many highlights, the second half of the year started to get a lot busier with things moving towards being “more normal”. That meant that streaming took a back seat to additional social functions and a busier work schedule.  

Nonetheless I still feel like I accomplished a lot.

I was able to participate in the Aretuza World Cup Qualifier representing Canada and while we fell short I felt like I had an amazing tournament, only losing 1 series (gg Santuu), while defeating a few players who had regularly finished in the top 64. 

I was involved with 983’s Gwent Trivia (returning soon) and the ongoing Gwentfinity War.

I was able to cast a whole lot more than the previous year, including many high profile events. 

I also took part in the Beginner’s Series with Arya for Bandit Gang and became more involved with BG, becoming part of the partner group. 

BJ: An eventful year it was for you. I know you achieved certain goals as a caster this year. How do you look back at your journey as a caster? 

C: So many highlights! 

First off, I simply wanted to highlight the amount of casting I was able to do this year. Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect (well, in my opinion practice makes better, because I don’t know if there’s such a thing as perfect), but I was lucky enough to cast or host events almost every week and definitely felt like I gained a lot of experience and improved in the role. 

Second, was the opportunity to work with so many wonderful casters like Flake, Specimen and Ceely. I am a firm believer that practice helps, but working with people who are better than you also forces you to improve.

Third, there was of course the opportunity to cast 2 of the official Gwent Qualifiers, which was the first time I was able to cast something “official” for CDPR.

And finally, probably the biggest achievement, even though it is non Gwent related, was hosting many events for Kards CCG over the year. This led to me being selected to host their World Championships live in Iceland! 

BJ: An amazing progress you have made! As you mentioned earlier, you also started the beginner series with Arya, what made you decide to work on that? 

C: While there is a lot of content out there for Gwent, I feel as though certain aspects of the community aren’t as well served as they should be. There has been an influx of players over the last year with the pandemic forcing people into lockdown, the Witcher Netflix series, the return of Lifecoach for Masters Season 1 and the release on steam. 

Starting a beginner series just made a whole lot of sense. However, I want to take 0 credit for the idea as it was all Arya’s. I just got involved because I thought it was a great one.

Working with Arya, Enzo and Decode on the project has been amazing as well. 

BJ: Outside of your projects. What has it been like to stream Gwent on Twitch this year? 

C: I mentioned previously that it was an up and down for me, but mostly due to my personal schedule. 

The streaming itself was great. I broke 1000 followers and had my average viewers up over 60, which was a new milestone for me. 

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

C: Two main things come to mind.

Get my streaming schedule back on track. To be clear about this, it doesn’t mean I want to or need to stream a lot, but I would definitely like to do so regularly. Even if it’s only 2 days a week.

Second would be to move on to the next phase of Gwent casting, being able to cast an Open would be a huge goal for me in 2022. 

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

C: I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because if there is something worth doing, it’s worth starting immediately and sticking with it regardless of the time of year.

One thing that I started applying this year was to unapologetic-ally focus on the things you enjoy. If it’s not something that brings me joy, I shouldn’t feel the need to do it just for the sake of doing it. That applies to work, streaming and my personal life.

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

C: First off I wanted to thank everybody who has stuck with me during my casting, streaming and my absences. Even after not streaming for a while, it’s great to see some of my regulars pop into chat to support me and tell me they miss me! It really means the world to me. 

I want to add that you have absolutely not seen the last of Christo’s Cafe 😉 

BJ: Cheers and happy new year!

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*TheOneChristo's Top 10 Cards of 2021

Christo tried to focus on new cards from this year.

1. King Foltest: Brought Commando decks back…..until he didn’t. 

2. Bride of the Sea: So much versatility, playing 2 Decoctions in a game is fun stuff, or at least I think so?

3. Rioghan the Undying: Sometimes I like cards for ironic reasons. Rioghan was touted as being pretty powerful when revealed, went on to have some highlight reel plays in the first week or two he was released and then completely vanished. 

4. Idarran: Once you’ve seen Crozyr play 5 Cat Witchers in 2 turns, this card has to make the list

5. Toad Prince: Buffing Monsters/Deathwish makes me happy!

6. Mushy Truffle: While this card might be a bit OP – I like that it’s given bonded a bit of a boost and opened up possibilities for a lot of other gameplay options

7. Crach an Craite: Pirates were borderline playable this year and it was tons of fun – especially with the addition of Fucusya meaning you can play Crach twice 

8. Vanadain: Because Vanadain & Simlas = Fun Waylay shenanigans 

9. Torque: Because one day handbuff will be good – just not today 

10. Rience: Such a cool concept for a card – I wish it was better but I have high hopes for the future (I also love the art). 

 

End of Year Interview 2021 AcidBunny: ‘Absolutely loving it here as a member of bandit gang!”

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 AcidBunny, you are the next in line after DrDenuz. Could you tell us something about yourself?

AcidBunny: hello, I am known as acidbunny or just acid, i live in lahore pakistan i work as a real estate dealer/agent and i am also an article writer for team bandit gang- my hobbies are playing cricket football and videogames, my fav faction is nilfgaard and monsters 🙂

BJ: How would you reflect on the year 2021?

AB: It has been a very stressful year if looked at from my personal life due to some restrictions because of the covid situation but if looked at from my gwent life experience then its been pretty fun, i joined bandit gang and started working as an article writer I was a bit anxious in the start but it started working out pretty well and now I just enjoy making content 🙂

BJ: What was your most memorable moment this year?

AB: I would say winning one of the shupe tournaments and making articles with decode has been pretty fun.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an article writer after you finished your 1 month trial, how are you liking it?

AB: Absolutely loving it here as a member of bandit gang! loving the community in and around the team and the atmosphere and the help i received from some of my fellow team mates.
 
BJ: How have you enjoyed the atmosphere in the team so far?
 
AB: Really liking it here as I said before the help I got from from my team mates has really helped me a lot!
 
AB: Join as much tournaments as I can and perform to my best as well as create as many articles as I can.
 
BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
 
AB: Improving at gwent and getting better would be I would say one of my many new years resolutions
 
BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?
 
AB: I love reading the feedback from you guys and it actually helps me improve my articles and overall i think you guys supporting the team motivates each and every one of us to perform even better 🙂 so thank you for cheering for us! and we will keep pumping out the good stuff for you guys in the next year as well! 😀

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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AcidBunny's Top 10 Cards of 2021

1. Master Mirror: I must admit the reason why i like this card so much is due to my bias towards this character from the witcher 3 game , as I loved gaunther o dimm in the game i love him in gwent as well, the ability to bamboozle not only your opponent but your self with making your bad cards into good cards is just rng in its pure form!

2- Braathens: being able to procc your assimilate engines 2 times in 1 turn is something that very few cards do and out of them i must confess braathens is my fav from his abilities to his premium i just love everything about this card

3- Usurper: while being out of meta i still will not forget the times this card made me won many games, his usefulness as a card that can be played in not only ball decks but in spying decks is just very good in my opinion.

4- fucusya: relatively new card but its function of giving you the ability to play any skellige card you want for 10 or less provisions and giving you rain on top of that is just too much and being flexible enough to be played in from rain decks to reckless flurry and warrior decks has given this card a stable position in the current meta.

5-shupe: shupe wow wow inside! 😀

6- coup de grace: is a very unique card in this game that allows you to not only to replay your disloyal units but also having the ability to play any of your opponents unit as long as they have spying status is just too precious to not include in list of top 10 !

7- cantarella: must I really say how annoying this card can be for both you and your opponent? being to steal anything from opponents 4 prov useless cards to his 13+provision game condition give you this adrenaline and an amazing feeling while the card may disappoint me sometimes but alas it is a risk i am willing to take.

8-gezras: his versatility to be played in movement, natures gift and dwarf decks make him a very good choice to play in your decks and arguably one of the best st high end golds

9- vincent: I cannot stress this enough at how many times vincent actually made me not rage quit against greedy meme decks running defender – being able to take down the defender without using any high removal cards like invocation and heatwave is what makes this card so good.

10-morkvaarg: heart of terror – tired of those pesky kolgrim/tall unit decks? well fear no more because morkvaarg will pew pew them all! 😀

End of Year Interview 2021 DrDenuz: ‘It was an uphill battle but fortunately I have managed to prevail in the end’

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 Denuz, you are the next in line after Spock. How are you liking your return to Gwent?

DrDenuz: My return to Gwent was quite shaky as there were many new cards and many changes to the old cards that I had to learn and re-learn. It was an uphill battle but fortunately I have managed to prevail in the end. Also my deck-building skills seemed to have ceased, but they have returned after I have managed to create multiple creative meta breaker decks that were hella fun to play! Another obstacle that has shown up at the start was me mistaking Beta Gwent abilities and functions with Homecoming as I watched a lot of Repelmer’s videos before coming back. The confusion was extraordinary at times but in the end I have always laughed it off as it was quite funny. But single-handedly the part that outshines every obstacle was my ability to finally stream with other people and mainly my best friend Babyjosus, who has made my return a truly warm experience and I felt as I had never left! Love you BJ <3

BJ: Love you too bro <3 What’s it like working on content with Bandit Gang again as a guest writer?

DrD: I feel like a slave being bullied if I am not on schedule! :’( Just kidding, it’s an experience that
gives more than it takes. Yeah, it takes from my free time,however the possibility to work withsuch an interesting and neat group of people is rewarding. Especially Mr Editor Gabelheld, who has taught me how to be better with my words and always gave my articles that little
something, that gave them an edge over articles from other sites and blogs
!

BJ: Gabelheld is a life saver. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

DrD: Gwentwise, I wasn’t around for too long to fully assess the year but from the bit I was around I feel like the developers took a better direction than previously but on the other hand I would appreciate them taking a look at unplayable cards. Personally, my year was quite hard and is going to be hard until the very end but that’s for me to cope with all the challenges and
obstacles. Fortunately, I have a great bunch of friends who are there to help and cheer me up!

BJ: What was your most memorable moment this year?

DrD: The most memorable and the moment that I paradoxically remember the least was when I
played the Knickers drinking game with my bro Babyjosus. We were two hours into the stream
from the total five and we had like 25 shots each in our systems, so you can imagine it made for
quite a show haha. We had loads of fun BUT THE BEST PART AND PROBABLY THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE YET CAME, WHEN I CORRECTLY PREDICTED WHEN THE LITTLE FUCKER WOULD COME OUT. SHIT WAS A BLAST!!


Another great memory that I have is the overwhelming support from CDPR and Pawel Burza as
they helped sharing my articles about the Slabic Mythology in Gwent and the ability to reveal an
amazing card for Gwent! The reception I got for the reveal was also exceptional and I will keep
the memory along with the warm feelings for the rest of my life! 🙂

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

DrD: Next year I would love to stream more than I managed in the end of the year and also I would like to introduce new fun game-shows and competitions for the community on my streams andmy videos!

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

DrD: I do not really make any resolutions for the New year, however I would love to keep streaming and be involved in Gwent! When it comes to my personal life I would love to continue working out(yes a cliché but am going strong so far!!) and most of all I SHALL QUIT PROCRASTINATION haha.

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

DrD: My few words to the reader would be “Keep calm & meme hard!” ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT BABYJOSUS MAY NOT STREAM ANYMORE, BUT HE IS STILL THE HOTTEST STREAMER EVER!!!!

BJ: I 100% agree with that statement and happy holidays!

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DrDenuz's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*DrDenuz didn’t include a top 10.

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