Team Bandit Gang

End of Year Interview

End of Year Interview 2020 Babyjosus: ‘I would love if the coronavirus fucks off the world in 2021’

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.

Weevil89: Well BJ, it certainly has been an interesting year, with an equally interesting set of interviews. I’m happy I was chosen to do yours. First, how would you reflect on the year 2020?

Babyjosus: Where do I start? Well, I suppose I could start with the trip to Warsaw not getting through because the whole situation surrounding the virus changed very quickly all of a sudden with borders closing. Which, first of all, meant that I didn’t see someone that I was looking forward to seeing again, but also that Gwent Masters 1 didn’t go through. And the other thing that was unfortunate was the money loss because I didn’t get a refund from the hotel. So fuck them to be honest, they lack compassion. The Moxy hotel better not be fully booked next time. And that’s where everything happens too. By not being there you miss out.

So yeah, that was that. Two months later I graduated from my bachelor studies which was 1 year later than originally planned. That was mostly my own doing and I can’t believe I actually managed to pull it off. Let’s say that my bachelor thesis didn’t go as smoothly and that I didn’t get the reward for being the best student. But hey, I did graduate in the end and I am just delighted I am done with all that for now. And that I was able to piss off my mentor. The idea of doing a masters has come to my mind at some point, but I don’t need it for the job that I am doing now anyway. And I don’t have the drive right now to go back to school either. Maybe in 5 years or something.

Which leads up to the other thing that I wanted to talk about and that is that I have been very fortunate with being able to keep my job during these special circumstances of today’s world.  Although there was 3 months of unemployment in between. At least I have the certainty now that in 2021 I will have a job so I can pay for my dream apartment. Which is something that I’m working on right now. I finally moved out and took the next step into my life by living on my own. In my opinion, this will do a lot of good for me and will definitely work in my favor. For example, inviting that girl over to my place so I could give her a crash course for Gwent 😉

All in all it has been a good year for me because of my accomplishments, but I would love if the coronavirus fucks off the world in 2021.

W: You have really stepped things up this year in Team Bandit Gang, taking on a lot more responsibility. How have you been enjoying that? 

BJ: It’s been a great ride to be honest. I joined the team after leaving Team Rankstar. Team Rankstar was sadly falling apart and because of that I simply wanted a new experience. In contrast, Bandit Gang was a small group of people that I was friends with, so joining them made a lot of sense to me. Other than that its exciting to be a member of a new team because you are building something from scratch and then see where it will all go to.

Of course, when you are on a team and you get more responsibility, you start to get in the middle of politics, which means you get to see the whole picture of stuff that is happening behind the scenes. And that can be frustrating sometimes. Especially when certain things are out of your control. Like team pouching. But I would say it has all been an interesting learning experience.

W: Let’s talk about what has changed in the team. Members have come and gone, but I think we have grown so much this year as a team and, in a way, as a family. What are your thoughts on this?

BJ: You know, even with the politics happening and having to deal with that, the team itself has been fantastic because we have had some amazing collaborations on Twitch, YouTube and article writing on our site. Nobody can take that from us. Especially when you consider that it has only been the first year of Bandit Gang.

And I can say that when it comes to content creation, Bandit Gang is the team to look at. The most established teams in the Gwent community might have the biggest streamers, but they lack the creative minds to come up with the ideas that we get. I mean, we even outplayed CDPR by writing an article about the Faction Ambassadors and properly introducing them because CDPR didn’t.

So yeah, we should be damned proud of ourselves, even if we don’t always get the recognition for it. And like you said, members have come and gone. Some left due to personal reasons, some left because they didn’t enjoy the game as much as before anymore and some left to join a more established Gwent team. But you know, someday they will tell their grandchildren that they were a part of Bandit Gang. Because we are going places.

Therefore I want to thank all the current members, but also former members like BanditP1g, Driftbling, VilleKS, SemperEU, DrDenuz, TweedleDumdee & JAExs . They have all contributed in 2020 to the team in their own way.

W: I notice you always have Spotify on when you’re going about your day. Is there any artist that particularly inspires you while you work? 

BJ: Not necessarily any artist, while working I like to use Spotify to get to find out about new music. Every week you have a new playlist that has been specially made for you. But if I don’t use it for that I would say that techno does the job. Especially when you need to write reports. If you want to call someone, I wouldn’t say it’s convenient.

W: What hobbies/ activities, if any, have you picked up for the first time during 2020? How have you been passing the time? 

BJ: Article writing has become a new activity for me. Early this year, I published my first article about the Gwent Partner Program. I enjoyed doing it so it has become more of a hobby throughout the year. I like to write about certain subjects. Like that one time when I was writing an article about tilt with Mercernn.

So yeah, writing for Bandit Gang, managing the website and doing admin related tasks for the team has helped me a lot with passing the time. There were also periods of time when I streamed, but I have stepped away from that because it’s not easy to combine it with the things that I already do for Bandit Gang and my full time job. It’s all very exhausting so I’d rather watch a movie or TV show in the evenings nowadays. Other than that I have recently been playing Cyberpunk 2077 and I am planning to play more of that so that will help me with passing the time in 2021 as well haha.

W: What TV show hooked you the most in 2020? Or even a film?

BJ: Poah, too many to name really. But recently I have been hooked on Better Call Saul, Ozark & Manhunt: Umabomber. And before that The Queen’s Gambit. I totally binged watched those. Regarding film I would say that this year I have fallen in love with Xavier Dolan’s movies. That guy is so talented. When he was 20 years old he debuted his first movie ‘I Killed My Mother’ already. This one I haven’t watched yet because I can’t find a place to rent it in my country, but I have almost watched all his movies. To be fair there are only 8 movies he directed since he is only 31 years old. But I would definitely recommend watching his repertoire if you are a sucker for drama! 

W: Do you have any aspirations or goals for 2021? Or any New Year’s resolutions. 

BJ: I would like to start painting again and pick up my music. Music usually comes and goes, but it has been ages since I made some paintings. So I would like to explore that more. Especially different techniques.

Other than that it would be nice to develop myself in getting better at cooking. Not only do I need to cook for myself now, but it’s also a nice skill for when you have someone visiting. Regarding New Year’s resolutions, I wouldn’t say that I need them 😉 

W: What do you think of the state of Gwent this year, including the most recent expansion. Have CDPR done well? 

BJ: Hmm, the state of Gwent has been on and off to be honest. At times it’s a lot of fun to play and then you have these months when it’s just stale meta. I usually take a break from Gwent when that is the case. And in my opinion it’s because they have released less expansions than before. Now I would say that the most recent expansion offers a lot of unique and interesting cards. But then I start to wonder again how long it will last. Overall I would say that CDPR has done alright, but I expect a lot more from them in 2021. 

W: I have to ask: do you have a shirt that you really love, or one that is comfortably lovely? If so, what is that shirt? 

BJ: My favorite shirt is bordeaux red and my guess is that it’s made of silk. It just feels really nice when you touch it. I usually combine it with my dark grey pants made of cloth. Some black boots and voila – I am ready to go. To me clothing has become an important part of me. One day I decided that the expiration date of my clothing has been expired, and I wanted to buy clothes that I would say describe me. Because I like to dress to impress. Plus clothing can make you feel more confident. If I wear my shirt with the Gwent logo I would feel less confident than if I wear a shirt that I really love. And if you have your own style, girls will dig that.

W: If I were to buy a shirt that would meet the BJ standard, what would you recommend?

BJ: I especially love my shirts that I buy from the brand OLYMP. They have all kinds of shirts, but I am loving the ones with a pattern and/or are colorful that make sure you stand out.

W: Thanks for the answers and see you at the end of next year!

BJ: Anytime. Let’s see what 2021 has to offer!

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*Babyjosus's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Babyjosus’s honorable mentions are Amphibious Assault, Pavetta & Iorveth’s Gambit.

10. Shupe – I had my best competitive season with Jackpot Shupe (previously known as Gudrun Shupe). I put the deck together on stream and started rolling with it. This got me to almost 2550 mmr. Something that I had never reached before. The key was that Shupe could charm the opponents Bincy after having banished The Flying Redanian with Northern Wind. This would make the match against the meta version a lot better for me. Once I reached this high mmr, people started to even netdeck me. That was an amazing feeling.

9. Bincy – My little girl Bincy. Definitely a card that I have enjoyed playing throughout the year. Its such greedy card, but if you can put a defender next to it, it pops off.

8.  Oneiromency – I love myself some tutors and with this card I can tutor two cards to my liking in one game. Except if those Squirrels happen to eat it for their meal. Definitely an auto include for me.

7. Lippy  – Many people won’t like me for including Lippy, but the design of this card is just spectacular. Early homecoming it was the Silver Witchers that you would tutor again from the deck. Nowadays it has a lot better tempo with Cerys and Shieldmaidens.

6. Coën – The only WOFW card in my top 10 because the card works so well in my triple commando deck. It gets me a lot of value.

5. Blue Stripes Commando/ Blue Stripes Scout – These two cards will have to share the 5th spot to be honest. Making copies of the commando’s with the scouts is so satisfying. And then after you use Pavetta to put them all back in the deck and play them out from Roche: Merciless is a wet dream for every girl.

4. Siege – This was the best scenario to play three times in a game. Triple siege even hit the Reddit threads and that is something I am fond of.

3. Caretaker – Because of him, we could play scenario’s twice. And if you Renew him you could play the scenario three times. This reminds me of the good old days when I streamed together with Driftbling and fooled around by trying to play a scenario every round since they were so strong that time there was absolutely no reason not to.

2.  Renew – As previously mentioned, this was a key card for the triple scenario shenanigans. With the nerfs and reworks that is not possible anymore. But I still like to rock this card in my triple commando deck by using it on Pavetta.

1. Matta Hu’uri Matta Hu’uri is my favorite card from Gwent so far. Not only because of the ability, but I am also 100% sure she is based on Mata Hari who is a dutch exotic dancer that was born in my hometown Leeuwarden.

End of Year Interview 2020 KingDenpai: ‘She loved seeing me happy in the way I was and truthfully, haven’t felt in quite a while’

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:  The one and only GM, that is also a king.  Who other than KingDenpai is here. I hope you are doing well man. Recently I read something about the word simp. Did you know that it has become an insult on Twitch? Which might mean that you can no longer do simpathons and call your community the simp gang. What kind of impact has this on you?

KingDenpai: First things first, hello my friend! Thanks for having me for one of my favorite things we’ve done this year. Onto your question…

Well, technically what they said is that they’d be doing a push to shut down outright bullying using the term. And have since stated that they won’t police it being used in a lighthearted way.

However, I’m going to air on the side of caution and try not to overdo it with the term. But I won’t be going mental and never saying it again, you know?

I mean come on, Simpathon was brilliant. I’m so proud of that! So yes, I’ll be saving it for quality rather than quanity in the future.

BJ: Yeah, its pretty hilarious. And Simp becoming an insult is just one thing that happened in 2020. How would you reflect on the year 2020 in yourself?

KD: 2020 has been unlike any year a lot of us have had, unlike the older generation who have felt some level of chaos akin to what we have. I started a new job this year working in a local surgery right as the pandemic reached the UK.

To say it was the most chaotic start to a job I’ve had would be an understatement. Medical industry and Covid was NOT a fun spot to be in. But I hunkered down and did what I needed to.

Working that job got me to appreciate just what we’re all going through right now. I’ve spoken to elderly people over the phone who were bright and chipper one morning to say “We’ll get through this.” and then the next morning you get a notification that they passed away and it can just rock you to the very core.

For me, it showed me the strength of humanity. Seeing people, faced with this incredibly terrifying situation we’re in – rally together has just left a lasting impression on me. It’s been rough, trust me – I miss my family in the states so much. But we’re all slowly taking the steps across the world we need to move forward.

2020 was crazy, but it was another building block for people to take with themselves to the future.

BJ: Yeah, I truly hope that we can all learn from this and that we take measurements to avoid an epidemic from happening again. Another thing that happened this year was that you joined Team Bandit Gang as one of their first streamers for Gwent and are now the General Manager for the team which means you have gotten more responsibilities. How have you experienced this year on Bandit Gang?

KD: I really did didn’t I? I really don’t know what Joe saw in me when I was just rocking like 54 followers but I’m incredibly proud to call myself BG. 

Joining BG was this lovely experience where as a naive smol time streamer, I was just happy to be accepted. I wasn’t sizing up the competition at all – despite playing since Beta and knowing some of the other teams – just the idea that BG wanted me was more than enough.

I never saw the whole – taking over thing coming and if I had to be honest with you…

The team as a whole? Proud as hell. Everyone has killed it and I’m so happy with every guy and girl that is and has been a part of the team in any small way.

Myself? Not happy.

Joining you and the boys when Joe left was a daunting task, and I was incredibly excited to try and move us forward in the direction we wanted. However, I don’t feel I’ve elevated us in the way I would have liked and done the things I wanted just yet.

There is SO much more I want for the team, every little achievement man. I want it so badly for the crew. We’re getting there, but personally, I feel like I need to ramp it up and continue to build us further. All of us on management have our own qualities to bring, and I just want to know that I’m doing what is right in my role.

I’m not happy just yet, but I’m gonna make sure we reach that mountain top come 2021 mate.

BJ: Sounds promising. From my understanding you are now a full time streamer, how is that going for you?

KD: It feels strange to acknowledge it, when I left my job due to stress based complications – I was full steam ahead on a new gig. However, and I haven’t told this story yet…

My wife and I had a talk one morning. We had a really good talk over breakfast and she just said to me “You’re really shining lately.” and I was a bit surprised by that. We talked it out and she just told me that I’m doing what I want and that is why.

Keep in mind, I’m married and want so much for us. So doing something like ‘full time streaming’ is a bit… well, yeah. But my wife was all for it, she loved seeing me happy in the way I was and truthfully, haven’t felt in quite a while.

So yeah, I’m full time streaming. There’s not particularly a game plan, and as selfishly as I wish it could last forever – I don’t think it can. I’d love if it did. But at this moment, I’m blessed to be in a situation where I have the ability to do so.

It’s been really fantastic, I’ve made such a fantastic family of incredibly awesome individuals. Like, I joke about simps this and that but I really do love learning about everyone who comes into my streams. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting fathers of families, single mothers working their butts off, students working towards their degrees or working professionals who absolutely kick ass.

I’ve done a lot of 24hr streams, had giveaways, subathons, all sorts of crazy wacky fun events but truthfully – I’m just happy to have people to talk to. None of the clout or cash stuff, just knowing I can have a good chat with someone makes all this worth it.

So yeah! It’s been going well!

BJ: That brings tears to my eyes. I am glad you have found your niche. And I saw that you were building your new PC on stream, any games you are looking forward to stream on your new rig next year?

KD: You saw me huh? Say something soon ya dork! Miss ya in my streams. But no no, it was my first build and I owe my success to KilogramSam, CheddarPaul and a lot of other helpful peeps in chat who held my hand for the experience.

In terms of games I’m excited to try on the rig, I’d have to Cyberpunk is the obvious choice. It’s felt a bit like the Crisis of this generation. “Can my computer run Cyberpunk?” kinda thing and to have a PC that can makes me so happy!

I’m the most excited to start my journey through Witcher 3 actually! Viewers will know I’ve played W1 and W2. (W1 being my fav.) and I’m hyped to go through 3 with my family of peeps because I LOVE meeting the Gwent cards I’ve played with for ages, lore tidbits, and just experiencing a good game ya know?

Others include DS3, Devil May Cry 5, the Yakuza series… that kinda stuff.

BJ: Haha, I will don’t worry. And aside of streaming, you wrote your first article for Bandit Gang and it has gotten a lot of great response. Is this something you want to explore more next year for Bandit Gang?

KD: Absolutely! I used to write for a few years when I worked in the games industry and it was a joy – stressful when you had to make crunch for article per day and this and that. But I really did love it to bits.

Writing my piece for BG helped me hit that creative mark I had before, and it was nice. I think moving forward I want to try and dip my feet into something more serious – granted I think the chest article was pretty darn serious anyway, don’t ya think?

But yeah, I want to properly put some effort into something more akin to what Sawyer, You, and the others crank out.

I guess you could call the first article a ‘warm up.’ 

BJ: Exciting stuff. Is there anything else that you would like to do next year?

KD: I’m gonna echo Synergy here and say gym. I live in the middle of nowhere man, but I miss hitting the free weights area of the gym and busting out some good deadlifts. I don’t think I’ll be living in the city anytime soon so I’m gonna have to motivate my ass to do some home work out stuff.

I did some RingFit on stream which I dropped and I’ve certainly felt the shockwaves of that choice – so I’d have to say the biggest thing I want to do next year is just get my body back to a spot I’m comfortable with. Everyone in my life says they love me the way I am – but you know that saying right? You’re the one who has to live in your body.

BJ: Yeah, in the end you need to be satisfied with yourself. Outside of the things you want to do. Are there any new year’s resolutions?

KD: Nah, never do those. If I did, I’ve have a LOT of years to catch up on….

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

KD: I want to personally thank whoever is reading this. If you took the time to read this and the other interviews we have released, THANK YOU. If you have supported BG in any way, THANK YOU. If you’ve just been a fan of myself, THANK YOU. Like, legit this whole bit of word vomit I’ve put forward for the interview would be nothing without someone wanting to actually peek it.

In respect of 2021, I want to just say keep those eyes peeled. BG is going to go places, we’re gonna do a lot more than we did this year. You can be sure that’s gonna be the case and you guys are gonna have a front row seat for this whole thing. No other team has done this level of personalisation. Nobody is out there putting out the amount of articles we have, supporting their team members the way we have with co-ops and interviews, and we’ve got so much more in store!

2021 is gonna be a great year for BG and just wait for what we’ll be bringing to the world of Gwent!

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*KingDenpai's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*What can we say, the guy loves to meme. But a memer that got top 8 in the Gwent Partner Tournament. And that, we will never forget.

10. Tidecloak Hideaway – This card became a favourite of mine out of left field really, I was surprised and loved Escan’s pirate deck so much and it’s all thanks to this card. The tempo from this card is absolutely mind blowing if you have a dedicated pirates deck. Honestly, this will be a card people complain about when we get more pirates support. Mark my words on that.

9. Noothwraith – This card has always been a favourite of mine, and I’m plopping this chica here because of my passion for RAT SWAAAARM. Before Speci ever copy pasted some Rat words, I was memeing it up with my Rat decks and have a few commands dedicated to it. I’ll always love this card and the option of absolute degenceracy that it brings.

8. Sigdrifas Rite – I’ll always love this card, and honestly there just aren’t a lot of revive based cards out there. I love that SK gets this bit of extra kit, with Second Wind dead – I use this to bring back those vital memes. My Draco, Olaf, that kinda stuff.

7. Odrin – I’ll only say this. In the words of someone I adore from my community… Odrin is bae.

6. Harald Gord – People who watch me know I love this card in my classic crimes deck, which I’m not sure will ever make a return with the change to portal… but I love this dang dude when paired with it. Seriously, I think paired with the right decks that Gord is just stupid value for his provisions. Never change this card CDPR.

5. Vypper – This card has made me laugh so much, the meme has passed – but gosh dangit it was a blast to enjoy.

4. Hym – These next ones will be no surprise but I LOVE this card man. I’ve been using it for years and it’ll never stop being something that makes me smile. Wether I’m pairing it with Vildkaarl, Olaf or a bled Yghern… I just love Hym. It’s pretty bad, but it’s surprise factor is god tier.

3. Olaf – Honestly, Olaf rarely gets me value. I mean, it does with Hym. But outside of Hym, it’s usually just not enough to sway the tide of battle… but why? Why do I keep using him? He’s actually got my 2nd favourite card art in the game. First being Covenant of Steel, but Olaf is just… aunno, when I think SK, I think Olaf.

2. Dracoturtle – I call this bad boi the points behemoth. Seriously, Draco is such a dangerously powerful card if left alone. It’s ability to turn the tide of a point difference is unreal. Mard on this bad boy is just game over, and when paired with Iris and Vlod… well, it got me to Pro Rank for the first time. So nuff said.

1. Ihuarraquax: This comes as no surprise I’m sure to a lot of peeps. I fucking love this unicorn, playing memes usually means that the higher provision cards are what destroy my day. So quax has saved my ass so many times, the only issue is that CDPR needs to STOP buffing cards! Olaf at a 10 makes my choices so much harder! I can’t include other 10ps without worry now! NO MORE BUFFS FOREVER THX.

End of Year Interview 2020 iancm1997: ‘But also to prove myself that I’m worthy of being a manager of a competitive team’

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:  Hey man. You had to wait a while to finally being interviewed, but we are here now. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

iancm1997: A lot of things changed for me in 2020, mostly for the good. Despite Coronavirus absolutely messing up all my original plans, I was able to change the path I went down both academically and with regards to my hobbies. Gwent was something that I played fairly casually up until March, I used my own homebrews and hovered between Ranks 10 and 7. Once quarantine started I decided to play the game more and try to push for pro rank. After getting to Pro Rank, I bumped into Mercernn on ladder and he introduced me to Team Bandit Gang, which I happily joined as a writer. If not for Coronavirus, I would probably still be playing the game casually and not spending as much time on it. I also decided to do a Post Graduate Certificate after getting my Undergraduate degree and I’m having a great time at school right now. If not for Coronavirus, I probably would not have decided to do this certificate.

BJ: Coronavirus had a positive influence in that case. You joined Team Bandit Gang as one of their first article writers for Gwent and are now the Competitive Manager for the team which means you have gotten more responsibilities. How are you experiencing this new role?

I: I enjoy being the Competitive Manager and still having the freedom to write from time to time. The main difference I’ve noticed is that I’m spending more of my day involved with the game, either playing it or helping out the Academy or Pro Team members. When I first became the Competitive Manager, I was a bit intimidated despite coming off a good season. But over time, I feel like I made the right decision to get more involved competitively in the game and with the team.

BJ: From my understanding you have also become more competitive when it comes to grinding mmr, how do you see this yourself?

I: I play more games each month than I used to, albeit not as many as some other players. Personally, I can’t play more than 500 games in a season just due to the fact that I experience burnout a lot faster than other players. This is something that I need to work on as well as learning how to deal with tilt a bit better. This month I’m pushing myself a bit harder, making my goal 10.2k MMR to not only be in a good position for when Masters Season 3 starts, but to also prove to myself that I’m worthy of being a manager of a competitive team.

BJ: I can understand. What do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent with the team?

I: At the very least I would like for one of the Pro Team members to make an Open and for us to have a constant presence in qualifier tournaments. Ideally, I’d love it if we had one of our members make World Masters but as long as we make constant and steady improvement throughout 2021, I’ll be happy. 

BJ: I saw that you did some tests streams on Twitch, is streaming something you are planning to do more in 2021?

I: Yeah, I decided that I’d start streaming on a semi-regular basis in 2021. I got a new desktop set up both for school purposes and for video game purposes so I figured I might as well give it a go. Depending on school and other things, I hope to stream 2-3 times a week. I won’t just be streaming Gwent; I want to play other games as well in order to expand viewership and give some variety.

BJ: That’s awesome. Is there anything else that you would like to do next year?

I: Aside from putting in time streaming and playing Gwent, I’d like to finally enter the workforce and start making some good money. Of course, a lot of other things like getting back into rock climbing and maybe going back to the gym are dependent on what the Coronavirus situation is like next year.

BJ: Lets hope its not. And do you have any new year’s resolutions?

I: Aside from getting a Job and maybe getting back into exercising, I don’t have any immediate resolutions I want to make. I’m pretty happy with how my life is right now.

BJ: That’s great to hear. Is there anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

I: You’ll be seeing a lot more of the BG Pro and Academy Team members finishing higher up on the Ladder and a stronger presence in larger tournaments and events.

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iancm1997's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Roche: Merciless – For the art alone.
9. Falibor – For the art alone.
8.  Braathens – For the art alone.
7. Hjalmar – For the art alone.
6. Caranthir – For the art alone.
5.  Gezras of Leyda – For the art alone.
4. Ramon – For the art alone.
3. Vilgefortz – For the art alone.
2. Harald An Craite – For the art alone.
1. Geralt Professional – It’s the only Geralt that requires proper thinking and deckbuilding.

End of Year Interview 2020 Hawgplex: ‘In the coming year I am hoping to buy my first home and finally have my wedding’

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:  I don’t know you that well, could you tell me something about yourself?

Hawgplex: Simplifying my life is tough, but if I had to, I would say hiking with my dog/fiance, playing video games, and reading are my favorite things to look forward to during an average week.

BJ: And how would you reflect on the year 2020?

HP: I think the only word that comes to mind is crazy. Here’s to hoping that as a whole we all learned something from 2020’s mess, and my thanks always goes out to everyone on the front lines fighting covid.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an Academy Players this year after 1 month trial. How are you enjoying the team so far? 

HP: So far the team has been helpful and chill. Overall, I would say I joined the best situation for me, and the past few weeks have confirmed this.

BJ: And what was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

HP: Overall, I did not compete much under the banner, but look forward to doing so in the coming season.

BJ: You mention upcoming season. What do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

HP: In season 3 of Gwent, I would like to get back to my beta gwent level and start placing in the top 200 at the end of seasons. From there, if it happens, we will see what happens.

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

HP: In the coming year I am hoping to buy my first home and finally have my wedding (its been on pause with covid).

BJ: Oh congrats! Any big plans for the wedding?

HP: We kind of scrapped everything honestly, may just get our parents together and have them with us and just do it, or wait for the vaccines to be all good.

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

HP: My new years resolution: learn more about dogs.

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

HP: In 2021, please be smart 🙂

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Hawgplex's Top 10 Cards of 2020

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

1. Nivellan
– Best witcher short story, so its my favorite card 😀

2. Haunt – Love the art, favorite faction.

3. Eithne: Wrath of Brokilon – I mean, have you seen this, amazing.

4. Luberkin – best story in w3.

5. Kambi – Its a magic gold chicken, cmon.

6. Bomb Heaver – CATCHHHHH.

7. Toad Prince – Fat frogs are great, and so is this boss in W3 on Death March :O

8. Blue Boy Lugos – I mean, who wouldnt want to eat skelligan plants and see blue whales and women in a cave?

9. Dulla kh’Amanni –  Treasure bros anyone?

10. Sir Skewertooth – An inspiration to pigs everywhere, this is a hawg and a half.

End of Year Interview 2020 Sikamouk: ‘2020 is definitely the one year where I have improved the most’

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: Salut Sikamouk. This has been an interesting year. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

Sikamouk: I have been playing Gwent more or less regularly for 2 years now and 2020 is definitely the one where I have improved the most. Now there is no time for a break because I still have a lot to learn.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an Academy Player and got promoted to Pro Player after your top 64 qualifier performance. How have you experienced this year in BG?

S: I can say now after a few months in the team that I am satisfied to be a part of it. On the one hand, there is a good atmosphere, I would say, the members are welcoming and keen to help each other, it makes you feel good. Competitively, I am happy to be part of a relatively new team with promising players. We naturally find ourselves in the place of underdog compared to teams that have been established for a longer time and that instills a positive dynamic that makes you want to surpass yourself to find your place in the scene.

BJ: That’s great to hear. And what was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

S: I played most of Season 2 going it alone and finding out what being part of an active team can do competitively was a pleasant surprise.

BJ: Alone is just alone you know. Its nice to be with like-minded people. And what do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

S: I don’t have a specific goal, I just want to play at my best and hopefully the results will follow.

BJ: Alessio and Owiiii have left Gwent for LoR, did that had an impact on the French Gwent community? I know you guys are a close community.

S: I didn’t hangout much with Alessio, but I can say that it was mostly a big competitive loss for Gwent. As for owii, it’s true that I had developed affection for him, we talked a lot, he was the best French player when I started Gwent in addition to being super nice as a guy. He taught me a lot, the French community misses him in Gwent, but I can only wish him the best for his career as a Runeterra player in which he already shines to be honest. We love you owii.

BJ: Those are some nice words for owii. Is there anything that you would like to do outside of Gwent next year?

S: I did like to get in better physical shape.

BJ: Any new year’s resolutions?

S: I would love to dive back into reading, I read a lot in the past and have given up on books / newspapers too much lately. And why not stop smoking, it might not hurt.

BJ: Those are some nice new year’s resolutions. At last. Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

S: Try to be a decent human being.

BJ: You heard it here KingDenpai. Thanks for your answers Sika!

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Sikamouk's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Siege – I was really enjoying playing this card before the trebuchet nerf, doesn’t feel as impactful at the moment in my opinion.

9. Forest Protector – I am a big fan of spell oriented Scoiatael decks and protector was a great addition to this archetype, really solid card.

8. Eleyas – Nice elf pointslammy card that got even better with natures gift, also reminds me of the great TW2 quest.

7. Milaen – This card is nothing special but it just felt good to play before it got powercrept. Really like the art aswell.

6. Iorveth – Again a nostalgic pick because I really enjoyed playing traps when it was still a thing.

5. Gaetan – One of the new st movement card, really powerful, feels great when you slam it on the board.

4. Morenn – Step on me Morenn.

3. Koschey – This card feels really good to play i love it sadly there’s not many reasons to not go for viy atm for monsters but his time will come I am sure.

2. Schirru – One of my signature cards, played loads of Schirru games, i always enjoyed swingy control cards.

1. Scorch – Same feeling that i have with Schirru, got my first highscore with an elf scorch deck that saber did back in the days.

End of Year Interview 2020 Sonneillon: ‘Never would’ve thought that the beginning of the end of the world would be so boring’

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: @Sonneillon @Sonneillon @Sonneillon.

Sonneillon: @babyjosus @babyjosus @babyjosus.

BJ: How would you reflect on the year 2020?

S: Never would’ve thought that the beginning of the end of the world would be so boring.

BJ: Yeah, a zombie apocalypse would be more exciting I would say.  You joined Team Bandit Gang as a Pro Player after doing a trial this year. How have you experienced this year in BG?

S: Sharing the Gwent experience with other players, getting different perspectives trough cooping – you just never wanna go back. Can recommend.

BJ: True that. And what was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

S: I didn’t really compete again. Yet.

BJ: Maybe someday. What do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

S: The sweet spot. Enjoyment and a lot of mmr.

BJ: Outside of playing Gwent. You became a coach for the coaching program, what made you decide to become a coach this year and what would you like to achieve next year as a coach?

S: I won’t get jebaited by this one.

BJ: It was worth the shot. I know that you like to watch movies. What was your favorite movie that you watched this year?

S: This was mainly a TV show year for me . For movies the last memorable one was the Trial of the Chicago 7.

BJ: What TV shows did you watched then?

S: American horror story , Luther , The Americans , Orange is the New Black , Ratched, Manhunt unabomber.

BJ: Ratched is a good one. And I used to watch Orange is the New Black, but I lost interest for that one in the end.

S: After watching season 1 you technically didn’t miss much. 

BJ: Outside of Gwent and watching TV shows and movies. Is there anything else you would like to do next year?

S: Survive.

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

S: Getting better at being interviewed.

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

S: Wear your mask.

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*Sonneillon's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Sonneillon has no top 10 cards of 2020.

End of Year Interview 2020 SuperSpock9000: ‘This was very unmotivating and I started to lose interest in the game shortly afterward’

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: Hey man. Before you joined the Academy Team this year I already knew you from your Twitch streams and it has been nice to have you on board since then. How would you reflect on the year 2020 in general?

SuperSpock9000: Once the pandemic started, I felt unmotivated to do anything, but staying indoors meant more Gwent so I cannot say there wasn’t a silver lining. I saw the summer as an opportunity to go all out for a top 64 spot on the ladder and get into a qualifier. During the season of the Griffin, I tried my very best but fell short at spot #66 on the ladder. This was very unmotivating and I started to lose interest in the game shortly afterward.

However, that changed when I got a surprising message from SynergyGod on discord asking if I would like to join the team. About a month later, I remember talking to you about some specifics and before I knew it, I was doing a trial. Everyone was nice, and I felt like it was a great place to be with people who were invested into the game as much as me.

I got to participate in my first tournament with the other guys from BG during The Elder Blood series which was a completely new experience for me. While I did not accomplish much, other than getting top 5 in a Gwent trivia game, the tournament experience was great, and it helped familiarize myself with the format. Shortly afterward, The Duel of Dogs tournament came up and I was ready to try my hand at the tournament scene again. Unfortunately, I could not secure the last game I needed to qualify for day 2. This led me to doubt my ability to compete in the game. Along with it came the stress of finals week approaching and a US election that I could not that could not be ignored. With all these mixed emotions I started to return to the unmotivated state of mind I had earlier in the year.

Luckily, about a month before the Duel of Dogs tournament I started running on a regular basis with one of my friends from university. This was single-handedly the best decision I have made for my mental and physical health over the last few years. After working out it often feels like a mental reset button I can always rely on when I feel overwhelmed. After The Way of the Witcher expansion set released I started really enjoying the game again. With all the new cards added there’s new decks and matchups to learn, which is one of my favorite parts about Gwent. Recently, we held the second In House BG tournament and that was a massive success for me. So yeah, it has been one rollercoaster of a year for me. 

BJ: Whao, that doesn’t sound like an easy ride. But winning the second in-house tournament is an amazing achievement. How did it feel to win it and did you prepped for it at all?

SS: It felt great to win the second BG in-house tournament. This was my first Gwent tournament win and even though it does not have the same stakes attached to it as an official CDPR tournament or the community ran tournaments from a few months ago it still hits for me. We have some great players on our team from both the competitive and content side of things, so it was no easy feat to come out as the Bandit Champion. I knew going into the tournament what I was going to bring for my first 3 decks, but for the last one I had to do some digging. Movement for ST, Shieldwall for NR, Imperial Formation for NG, and some kind of SK list as the fourth deck was the lineup I wanted to bring. After a day of testing different decks, I knew Lippy wouldn’t cut it, so I decided on the control SK list that Sawyer made earlier in the week before the tournament. I spent the last 3 or 4 days before the tournament playing nothing but SK to test it out and get a feel for its matchups. Outside of playing an extensive amount of the SK in the days leading to the tournament I did not touch my other lists since I already had a fair amount of experience using them beforehand. 

BJ:  Outside of playing the in-house tournament. What was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

SS: Well, I didn’t join until the very end of the competitive season for Masters 2. In fact, during the first month I became an official academy member, which was also the last month of the competitive season, I was more focused on university since the first weeks usually set the tone for the rest of the semester. However, in the following months when I was playing in the tournaments for Elder Blood and the Duel of Dogs it was fun to prep with other members. It gave me a great idea of what it was like preparing for competitive events and I look forward to doing it again when Masters 3 rolls around in January. 

BJ: Good thing season 3 has arrived. What do you want to achieve in this particular season?

SS: Right now my goal is to make it into a top 64 qualifier, I’ve had that goal since Masters Season 2 started so I would really like to see it through and work from there. Otherwise, I’d like to help out the team however I can in prepping, article writing, or just promoting whatever BG is proud to present.  

BJ: I hope you can achieve your goals. Is there anything that you would like to do outside of Gwent next year?

SS: If things can get closer to normal in 2021, I would really like to socialize more. Because of the pandemic I put a halt on most of my social life in-person so being able to go back out into the world will be on the list of things to do for sure. I will be applying to graduate schools in the coming year as well so getting everything I need for that will be another large undertaking. Other than those I don’t have much planned, to be honest I’m more of a go with the flow type of guy anyway.

BJ: I can relate to that, but its good to make plans. Especially when you want to date girls because girls don’t like guys with no plans 😉 And what about new year’s resolutions. Do you have any?

SS: Nope, no new year’s resolutions for me. Any resolution I make usually gets forgotten after a week or two. However, I liked the idea that Driftbling suggested in his interview of having a theme of the year rather than a resolution. Here’s the video he linked and I’d recommend anyone who’s interested watch it. 

BJ: Haha, fair enough. And with 2020 coming to an end. Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

SS:Keep your eyes on BG for Masters Season 3.

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SuperSpock9000's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Moreelse – This used to be my favorite card but I can’t say I’ve used it much in 2020. I mostly love this card because of the artwork, it looks like this guy came straight out of bloodborne and I have a soft spot for all the FromSoft games.

9. The Great Oak – This card was a staple in all ST decks for a long time and still has a lot of power. One of my favorite things about this card is that it specifically works with all cards on the row and not just units. 

8. Vernossiel – I like cards that have an effect for each row and Vernossiel has two strong row effects. Her ranged row effect plays for easy proactive points that can lead to swarm setup and her melee row ability can often surprise opponents with a barrage of damage. 

7. Prince Anseis – This card often makes or breaks your game plan as NR but even if you miss it when you need it you can always tell yourself to be more talented at drawing in the next game. This card coupled with Shieldwall can be devastating and makes playing Viraxas even more satisfying. 

6. Amphibious Assault – This card makes playing bronze cards feel good and can even fish for a gold that is 9 provisions or less. It has synergy with the Inspiration mechanic, and it is one of the few high end NR golds that can be searched if you are playing John Natalis. This is easily my favorite echo card. 

5. Hefty Helge – I love playing this card in Imperial Formation since you can give it extra layers of protection with your leader ability. If your opponent cannot answer this card it can be devastating and set up cards like Amnesty or give you more removal reach to deal with any threats your opponent might want to stick on the board. 

4. Harald Gord – I really like cards that incentivize or reward certain styles of decks. Not only does this card require you to stack your deck full of specials to get the proper payoff but it gives a fair finisher to more control-oriented strategies, which I love playing. It is also really satisfying to see him come down as a 15 point or higher unit as the last play of the game to solidify a victory. 

3. Impera Enforcers – If there’s any card that reminds me of beta it’s these guys. They are one of the few cards that kept an ability similar to what they did in beta, although they’ve come a long way since the release of homecoming. They did not see much play until the release of the Master Mirror expansion which brought a lot of payoff for spy synergies and the recent addition of Zeal on these cards makes them feel even better. While they are far from the machine gun like tools, they were in beta I look forward to any future spy support, so I have even more of a reason to play this card.  

2. Yennefer’s Invocation – One thing I love across all card games are simple removal effects. While something like Korathi Heatwave might resemble a rawer version of this concept the additional setup Invocation provides by putting the removed unit to the top of your deck puts it a step above Heatwave in my opinion. This card synergizes well with Joachim or Roderick and if used in rounds 1 or 2 can punish your opponent for using a powerful unit that you can top deck into during the following round. Overall, this card has a lot of versatility and represents one of my favorite designs across all card games. 

1. Roderick of Dun Tynne – This is a card I have had an absolute blast playing recently. After the buff to Coup De Grace, Roderick has felt like an absolute must in Nilfgaard. He can find the golds left in your deck, he has the all-important Aristocrat tag to trigger Masquerade Ball, and he can be played twice thanks to Coup De Grace. This card can grab whatever you stole from Invocation and provide charges to Enforcers or boost Dames. Above all else his ability is also a callback to Emissary’s old effect in beta except you can search for gold cards instead of bronzes. Overall, I try to fit this card in every single NG deck I play and he is another reason I love to see more spy support.

End of Year Interview 2020 HippoShaman: ‘It surprised me 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: Sup man. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

HippoShaman: I think it will take me a bit more time to realize what was and still is going on in the world. It has been different than I have expected for sure. I had got into Gwent just before this whole madness has begun and it has provided me entertainment during these times and introduced me to the Gwent community. Most likely I would not be answering these questions if it was a bit more normal year. Luckily, coronavirus has not affected me as much as some other people and I also managed to finish my bachelor’s degree so I might even think about this year as a good one once everything gets back to normal.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an Academy Players this year. How are you enjoying the team so far?

HS: I joined about two months ago (right after the Duel of Dogs tournament organised by Bandit Gang) where I managed to progress into the main tournament through qualifiers and was asked if I would like to join the Academy team. It surprised me initially because I have never thought much about being part of a team before, but I must say I am happy I decided to join. It gave me a lot of motivation to try to improve at the game and I don’t think I had single negative experience while being part of the team. It has been overwhelmingly positive, and I hope it will continue so.

BJ: And what was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

HS: I have joined right after the competitive season ended but during the off-season I managed to set my new personal records for the total MMR and being on the team definitely helped me in this sense. I still don’t want to think about myself as a “pro player” simply because there are still many people better than me and I initially had no intention of trying to compete with them. What I am taking from the season 2 of Gwent Masters is that I am better Gwent player than I have thought and only thanks to Bandit Gang I have started realizing it. Now I hope that I can compete with the best and time will tell if it really is so.

BJ: What do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

HS: I have simple goals – I would like to improve my win rates on ladder and set some new personal records MMR wise. I hope this approach of steady improvement will be good enough to eventually hit top 64 of Pro rank. It might take few tries, but I believe I can get there sooner or later. I consider tournaments much harder than ladder and it is something I need to take part in more often. But important is to have fun as well so I hope I will be able to build some fun decks to play, just like I have done with Gedyneith this year.

BJ: Speaking of Gedyneith. How come you call yourself the Gedy Ambassador?

HS: I have been called that few times and I have become notorious for advising putting Gedyneith into every deck (not necessarily just Skellige ones). Once I have seen my opponent play it against me, I knew this is something I want to play. And when I found out that I can use Lippy Gudmund to play it more than once I could not resist and played hundreds of games trying to find the best double or triple Gedyneith decklist and I would like to believe I got there in the end. It is one of the few decks I have built myself, learnt how to play it by trial and error and I think there are not many people who could play that archetype as well as I could. I will still try to build good or at least fun decks around the card and hopefully I can make it work once again even if it is doomed.

BJ: Since you mentioned Lippy Gudmund I rather change topics. Is there anything that you would like to do outside of Gwent next year?

HS: Given current unpredictable times I have not planned too far ahead. I would like to learn some new things, maybe improve my English and German and also stay in touch with people that are important to me. I have put a lot of my time into Gwent this year and I hope I can find the right balance again if the world returns to what it was like year ago.

BJ: And what about new year’s resolutions. Do you have any?

HS: I have never really liked the idea of new year’s resolutions. So, no I don’t have any.

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

HS: Don’t take things too seriously and try to have fun. Also, not everything can be fun and some things you should take seriously. Have a good year. And my top10… will leave it to you and readers to judge if the order makes sense :slight_smile:

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HippoShaman's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Gezras of Leyda – Probably my favourite witcher from the recent expansion.

9. Endrega Larva – How many Monsters decks without it have you seen?

8. Decoy – While being more of a meme card, I had some incredible fun with this card, I only wish it could not pull the card you have just Decoyed.

7. Yennefer: Conjurer – When I got back into Gwent this year, I thought this is one of the best cards in the game. Well, if not answered it’s great.

6. Novigradian Justice – I think this and Harald Gord are the only dual faction cards which see often play in both factions… The thinning is always nice.

5. Ermion – Perfect card to play with Gedyneith, it used to be amazing to bring him back with Second Wind.

4. Imlerith – Probably the most flexible card in the game. You never know in which Monsters deck it will fit next month.

3. Trained Hawk – I really like the art and this is probably my favorite card for a Harmony deck.

2. Harald Gord – I enjoyed playing him with Crimes especially but he works in Scoia’tael as well.

1. Gedyneith – If only you could still play it every round… There always is something incredibly satisfactory about seeing the druids work together for me, cannot explain it but love it.

End of Year Interview 2020 Enz0Plays: ‘2020 has been quite the roller coaster ride for 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: This year you joined Bandit Gang, left Bandit Gang and rejoined Bandit Gang. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

Enz0Plays: I think 2020 has been quite the roller coaster ride for me. On the first half of the year I had all the momentum in the world with making Gwent content as well as streaming a bit more consistently, even after the pandemic happened I was still optimistic with where I was going as a content creator, but then once the summer came around the momentum completely shifted and I started to lose motivation and energy to play, a slump that I am still trying to climb out of. I think this was a combination of stale metas that have happened throughout the year as well as some personal struggles, so I decided to take breaks, which started to accumulate as I started to notice the slump I was in was getting harder and harder to get out of, so that was when I decided to leave Team Bandit Gang, and they were really understanding with my struggles and were willing to take me back with open arms should I choose to. Then in the month I spent “in the mountains” as you would say, I started to get ideas for content that I want to create for the game, so that was when I decided to rejoin. Right now, I am just studying, chilling and doing my own thing while I am not currently working, and I plan to make sure 2021 I can regain the momentum I have lost.

BJ: Whenever someone goes ”into the mountains” I hold my heart. And you originally joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer & Youtuber for Gwent and are now delving into other projects. What made you decide to change things around?

EP: During my time off, I was watching a lot of game shows, specifically trivia shows, with my dad, and it gave me a lot of ideas on games I could present to the Gwent community and perhaps get them to participate in them. I have also been watching a lot of podcasts and news segments, which I am also starting to create episodes for and will be releasing at some point in the near future, but some time before the next year, I want to go back to doing streaming and Youtube videos again, but my main goal on my comeback is to expand on the types of content I want to create for Gwent and any other passion projects that might come up in the future.

BJ: That sounds pretty promising. Any insights you want to give away about those projects to the reader?

EP: I just want to say I sometimes spill some goodies and spoilers on these projects on my discord and twitch streams (which don’t occur often, still working on it) and some occasional co-op streams, so tune in to when any of those happen so you don’t miss out on some tidbits and leeks. 

BJ: Outside of all the content creation. I know that you like to play basketball in your spare time. What is it about basketball that you love so much and where did it start?

EP: I have played basketball since I was in elementary school. While I have never played for any school teams, I always liked that basketball was a sport I could train and practice and work out by myself, since I actually don’t consider myself a “team player” in person (but online its not a problem since I don’t need to be near people so my social anxiety levels remain low 😊) but I like to use it as a way to cool myself down and let my emotion out if I’m having a bad day or something goes wrong. Basketball is also where I started to discover a competitive side to myself, a side that I have been trying to suppress since I cannot control it yet, but if I choose to let it out then I could try to go pro in Gwent hehe.

BJ: Enz0Pro. Doesn’t sound that bad. Is there anything that you would like to do next year? This can be regarding anything.

EP: Next year, on a content creation aspect, I want to start slowly launching some of the projects I am currently planning for. I would also like to revive some of the software related projects I have also drawn out on paper and would like to transition to a computer. On a personal note, I would also like to revive my fitness and work on my body again. I realize that since the pandemic, I have gained a considerable amount of weight due to gyms being closed and roads being in bad condition so I can’t go jogging. 

BJ: Not bad, not bad at all. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

EP: I want to learn to be more productive and learn the balance between taking breaks and working on projects and such. I also want to establish solid schedules when it comes to releasing content and streaming, but most importantly, I want to establish a solid sleeping schedule. If all of that goes well, I might shift my attention to improving my social interactivity since I don’t possess a lot of social skills at the moment. 

BJ: That’s great. I have actually noticed you are interacting more with some of the team members like Sawyer and Ziggy. And is there anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

EP: I just say thanks to those who read this who know who I am through the videos I have made and the limited amount of streams I have done. I know I was more known in the Gwent community last year compared to this year since I haven’t made as much Gwent content recently, but regardless Id like to thank you guys for the support you’ve given me on my deck guide videos and hope to continue the support as I plan to release more diverse Gwent content in 2021 so stay tuned. 

BJ: And stay tuned we will be.

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*Enz0Plays's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*What is it with people starting their top 10 with their number 1 these days…

1. Korathi Heatwave
 – The answer to everything and the reason why I don’t play as many devotion decks. I just really like the korathis heatwave to remove whatever I want. Very solid way to deal with the ever so pesky scenarios.

2. Gaunter O’Dimm – As part of my services to the G.O.D. I must put him in my top 3 list.

3. Alpha Werewolf – Always found it a good addition to all my Fruits Decks.

4. Ihuarraquax aka the card I cannot pronounce no matter how hard I try – I enjoyed disrupting potential big combos with this card, unless it pulled out Damien on an NG matchup.

5. The Apiarian Phantom – Gave MO the long round boost it needed.

6. Squirrel – I enjoy feeding echo cards and potential ozzy targets to it.

7. Savolla – Before SY was decimated, I enjoyed the short round point slam Savolla provided. As an MO player I respect that.

8. Noonwraith –  Sentimental value as the first Witcher 3 contract available plus solid MO card.

9. Professor –  Inspiration for my latest set of videos that I have been working on plus a solid card when bounty was more playable.

10. Geralt: Igni – While it is a card I rarely use nowadays, the nostalgia I had from using this card during the beta days still hold dear to me, and I cannot find 10 other cards I like over this card for that reason so it is in the 10th spot.

End of Year Interview 2020 JSN991: ‘Being in the team has still helped me improve as a player a lot’

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: So, how would you reflect on the year 2020 young man?

JSN991: Like everyone else, 2020 hasn’t been the best year for me, but it hasn’t been without some good moments. For example, I joined BG this year and I’ve loved being in the team.

BJ: I believe you are the youngest member of the team, how does that feel? 

J: True, and by a good few years too I think, but I don’t really feel like it changes much. I guess there’s always going to be some slight differences when talking to people older than you compared to your own age, but I feel like whatever age I was it wouldn’t change much about my role within the team.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an Academy Player this year, and got promoted to the Pro Team later on. What was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

J: Technically I joined BG after season 2 was finished, but being in the team has still helped me improve as a player a lot. Just after I joined, I helped energiix prep for the last qualifiers of season 2. It was the first time I’d done anything like that, and it definitely helped me understand how me and my team can help each other improve. Even just having people to talk to in voice chat can make jamming ladder more enjoyable, leading to higher placements on the leaderboards. But that’s probably no surprise, as I think for most people if they have a good group of people around them they rather do something together than on their own.

BJ: And what do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

J: I hope to improve as much as I can and play in whatever tournaments I can. Ultimately the goal is to make it to an open, but will take a lot of hard work.

BJ: No pressure at all, but you are our Gwent prodigy so we have a lot of expectations from you 😉 Is there anything that you would like to do outside of competing in Gwent next year?

J: Outside of Gwent my plans are fairly simple; I want to do well in school and enjoy life however I can. My main hope (like everyone else) is that there’s no more lockdowns so that I can do more stuff with friends in the following year. Not sure how likely that is though.

BJ: Yeah, I just hope people don’t lose patience. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

J: Not really, I’m not a big fan of new years resolutions because I don’t see why you should wait till the new year to try and improve, just do it straight away.

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

J: Not really except that I think this year will be a big one for the BG pro/academy team. Hopefully you’ll be seeing me as well as some of the other BG guys in an open this year, that’s the goal.

BJ: I know this must have felt like homework to you, but I appreciate you taking your time to answer the questions.

J: It wasn’t too bad, hopefully I gave ok answers.

BJ: If you listened to your heart while answering them, then know that they are ok answers.

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JSN991's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Spores – Not as high as it will be on energiix’s list, but a good cheap tech card nonetheless.
9. Endrega Larva – I don’t think anyone needs convincing this card is good.

8. Jaques – Very solid card that is used in the 2 best sy decks, the spender buff it got was super nice too.

7. Scytheman – One of the few good nr cards that requires setup and was at the core of one of the most enjoyable meta decks this year in my opinion (swarm nr).
 
6. Isengrim’s Council – Very flexible card that can protect engines as well as give symbiosis value.
5. Saul de Naverrate – Possibly the best engine in the game at just 7 provisions.
4. Frightener – An immune 12 for 9 with an easy condition in a deathwish deck, one the most underated cards this year for sure.

3. Cerys – Very good pointslam in any ursine ritual deck, and we all know what it does with lippy.
2. Greatsword – The rework was probably the best change I’ve seen. It removed the huge point ceiling whilst still playing for good value
1. Vanilla Geralt – Despite being seen as the trash starter card for a long time, it was actually seen quite a lot in one month in particular, and I used it in 3 of my 4 decks. This also happened to be the month that I got my personal best ladder finish at #10