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End of Year Interview

End of Year Interview 2020 SynergyGod3773: ‘2021 will be a life changing 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: The God himself sits with me today. This year was a year that you did a lot of things for Bandit Gang. But how would you reflect on the year 2020 in your private life?

SynergyGod3773: 2020 was a rough year for the most part. Most of the time I was secluded from friends and family due to COVID. So in an essence, a lot of previous and current members of BG became my family. I spent more time with you all playing Gwent and other games then I did seeing them.

BJ: Bandit Gang is basically a second family for every member. And you joined Team Bandit Gang after Team Rankstar got disbanded as one of the first Pro Players this year and are now considered one of the veterans of the team. How have you experienced this year in BG?

SG: Being called a veteran is cute. But I am honored that BG decided to take me in after Team Rankstar (TRS) faded into time. This year has been a great year in general for Gwent and for the team. We participated in multitudes of community tournaments, many people of qualifiers, and made new friends.

BJ: That’s true. What was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

SG: Season 2 of Gwent Masters had its high and lows. Obviously not making it to a Gwent Open was disappointing, but I did make a few top 64 qualifiers which was very nice. It was good to compete against some of the best minds in Gwent. Overall, competing this year in 2020 was a lot of time committed, you kind of had to with so many people having extra time to play due to COVID.

BJ: With season 2 having come to an end. What do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

SG: The achievement goal has always been to make a Gwent Open, that will not change. Ultimately, it will be also utilizing good time management skills in order to be efficient with my play times. To maintain a good social/work/family life I will need to make every game count.

BJ: You also 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? 

SG: Knowledge transfer and learning have always been kind of a soft spot for me. I currently work in the IT industry and teaching people new things specifically about technology has been internalized in me. This has also been the case for me with Gwent, as I love teaching people the tricks of the trade for Gwent. Now can I coach up people and prepare them for any given scenario? no, you cant, but you can give them an awareness of plays that might not otherwise existed. Ultimately, I want to share the love of this game with other people and give them a sense that anyone can compete in Gwent.

BJ: Aside of that you had a big role in organizing the very first Duel of Dogs tournament, how do you look back at that?

SG: The Duel of Dogs tournament was a big deal for Team Bandit Gang. While it didn’t have a lucrative prize pool like some of the most recent community tournaments, it allowed us to establish a footprint in the community tournament landscape. Overall the experience was very positive, but at times can be stressful especially when you use the CDPR tournament client. I have no doubt that additional tournaments will happen in 2021.

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

SG: Yes, I need to get back to the gym. I have been saying this on my streams for so long. COVID has obviously put gym participation on the back burner this year. Additionally, I will be moving to Houston this year to finally live closer to my girlfriend. 2021 will be a life changing year.

BJ: That all sounds great and I hope that you can make it all come true. In addition to that, do you have any new year’s resolutions?

SG: I don’t have any new resolutions this year, I am still working on some previous resolutions. No need to add more, haha.

BJ: Haha, shocker. Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

SG: Never stop making goals for yourself, whether its in life or in Gwent. Always setting a new bar for yourself gives you something to strive for and makes life more interesting. Good luck out there on the path everyone!

BJ: Thanks for your time!

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*SynergyGod3773's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Synergy decided to kick off his top 10 with his number 1 card of 2020.

1. Orianna – I piloted the small vampire cult earlier in the year and it was all thanks to this broad. She is Bae!

2. Braathens – While I am not a fan of NG much. The art on this card is just too good to ignore.

3. Triss Telekinesis – While Orianna is my vampire bae. Triss is my Witcher 1/2/3 bae. I will never betray her.

4. Passiflora – While syndicate is currently not in a great spot. This card was great for spawning all the lovely novigradian ladies. Not to mention the thicc elf in the background.

5. Kiki Queen – While the days of Kiki Queen reigning supreme are over. She was a very pesky bug that shaped the meta for many months.

6. Letho Kingslayer – This greedy card caused nightmares for people, whether they were copying an elder bear, a defender, or now even Kolgrim. The card deserves respect.

7. Angouleme – This card is pretty memey. But I it found its way into a challenger with Freddy babes and almost ran the gambit with it. Now its found a new home with NG Assimilate with all the new locations.

8. Bribery – This card was such a divisive card for a LONG time. Paired with hefty helge and elder bear Stefan, this card could potentially spell doom for opponents. #saynotobribery

9. Vissegard – This card no longer has inspiration. But this dual wield sworded knight was a force to be reckoned with when paired with a boosted board and draug.

10. Saul De Navarette – This was by far my favorite SY card. The tempo pass at 7 cards with potentially 2 other engines ticking was great. Especially when you see opponents dont have an answer to it in round one.

End of Year Interview 2020 GhostArya: ‘Honestly, I think I never felt happier than after streaming’

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: Heyo Arya, happy holidays to you. I see you are dressed to the occasion. As you might have noticed I start the interview with a simple question that is not always easy for people to answer. So lets begin. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

GhostArya: Honestly, I can’t believe that 2020 is coming to an end. This seems like one of the fastest years ever. My family suffered a great loss at the beginning of the year so the first lockdown to feel very lonely. However, I also got to work on some amazing projects and started streaming and developing our hamster game.

To balance the good stuff happening I unfortunately missed my master’s final exams due to surgery with broken elbow and I decided to quit one of my jobs.  All in all, it was a year of huge changes and self-reflection for me. And joining the Gwent community and Bandits were the highlights of the year looking back at it.

BJ: You mentioned masters. What do you study and do you have another shot to make the exam?

GA: I studied addiction science and yes, I still have three more tries because medical reasons don’t count as a failed attempt – luckily! It is actually the first time I have to repeat an exam on uni – kinda stressful.

BJ: I am glad to hear that. And like you said yourself you joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer for Gwent. This was after you decided to leave Sensual Team. What was your reason to leave Sensual Team and join Team Bandit Gang?

GA: I joined Team Sensual incredibly early on – probably like a month after I started streaming. While the team felt supportive and I met some awesome people there, there was also a noticeable language barrier and after some changes in the team both me and Branca decided to leave.

I would say that members of the Sensual Team are great people who are passionate about gaming, but the aims and direction of the team weren’t a fit for me. Team Bandit felt like home from the start because I already knew many people in the team, which also played major role in deciding what to do after leaving the previous team.  

BJ: Its actually not that long ago since you started streaming on Twitch and you have already been on two teams and surpassed 1000 followers during all that. How have you enjoyed it so far and was there a moment in that short period of time that you won’t forget about?

GA: Yes, I have been enjoying streaming so much. Honestly, I think I never felt happier than after streaming. I definitely still remember one of my first streams when I got raided by Moriarty and through him I kind of discovered the Gwent streaming world – I am not gonna lie, I went into streaming quite blindly thinking: “Oh, Gwent is fun and I want to get better at it.” So, when my stream started gaining followers, I was still pretty new to the whole scene, so I am super happy Gwent community is as supportive as it is. And making some real friends – like Branca and Zubeedo for example is something that is also extremely important to me.

BJ: And did you get any better at Gwent?

GA: I hope I did! Reached pro twice which is exactly 2x more than ever before! However, there is a room for improvement for sure.

BJ: I also know that Benny is a big part of your streaming, how did that all started?

GA: Well, we were already working on a hamster game with Jerry when I started streaming. And since I basically push hamsters everywhere and all the time it felt natural to make Benny a part of my stream. Having such a small pet with this big heart helps me when I feel lonely or anxious and the pure and unconditional love these animals can give is something I wish everyone could experience even just for a second when Benny blesses us by showing up on a stream.

BJ: I believe you know a lot of hamster facts and tell them on stream too for channel points. Could you share one of your favorite hamster facts for the people with no channel points?

GA: Hamster teeth never stop growing – that’s why they have to nibble on stuff all the time.

BJ: It all makes sense now. And by the way, when I watched your stream for the first time I noticed your tattoos relatively quick. So just out of curiosity I was wondering if you could tell me something about your tattoos. And if you have any plans to get a new tattoo next year.

GA: Sure! Well, I currently have around 11 tattoos and I unfortunately have an unfinished sleeve on my left arm (covid and surgery make it difficult). So, my plans for now is to finish my whole left arm in 2021 hopefully. The whole theme for the left sleeve is fairy tales – you can see a wolf and Maleficent there already, but I also have a small reference to Beaty and the Beast or my favorite games there. Oh, btw – did you know my other forearm is a Witcher tattoo? 🙂

I am planning on a big back/neck cyber theme tattoo next, but these ideas just must come and feel right. One thing I know is that I won’t be getting another chest tattoo anytime soon – the pain was nearly unbearable, pff. But if you have any more questions about tattoos, I am always happy to answer!

BJ: I had no idea about the Witcher tattoo, what is it?

GA: It is a book version of Triss with the protective barrier spell she uses in Witcher 2 game! You can check it here.

BJ: That looks amazing. I am sure all Triss fans out there are falling in love with it. And is there anything else that you would like to do next year?

GA: I hope to visit Japan next year because we had to reschedule that from this summer and my biggest wish Is to work less and be less stressed. I would love to dedicate more time to Gwent and YouTube and hopefully participate in more tournaments or do more casting.

BJ: Oh Japan, that is a country I would love to visit as well. Have you watched Lost in Translation? Its a movie filmed in Tokyo.

GA: No, I haven’t seen it! Do you recommend it? I might watch it then.

BJ: Yeah definitely, I watched it twice already. Its one of my favorite movies with Scarlett Johansson. Aside of things you want to do next year. Its almost New Year. So do you have any new year’s resolutions?

GA: I usually have several – something small and achievable. For next year I think I will just focus more on things I love.

BJ: That’s a great one! To wrap up the interview. Is there anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

GA: I hope that no matter how your 2020 went, that you can find something that you can learn from and will help you cope with things in 2021 – and also be nice to yourself and others – don’t spam poor Gwent partners with “hurry up” emotes. We know we’re slow.

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*GhostArya's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Arya decided to kick off her top 10 with her number 1 card of 2020.

1.  Gezras of Leyda
– The ginger boi, although a new addition, has quickly become my favorite card with potential outside ST movement decks.

2. Dracoturtle – It is a chonky card – need I say more?

3. Syanna – A fragile card with ultimate meme potential.

4. Sly Seductress – A great engine that can survive thanks to the shield.

5. Philippa Eilhart – Because stealing is fun.

6. Squirrel – The closest thing Gwent has to a hamster and basically a must-have in all my decks.

7. Hawker Smuggler – For chonky units.

8. Alzur – He is a bit forgotten now, but I had a lot of fun with this card.

9. Freixenet – One of the best card arts for me personally, so he deserved a spot.

10.   Cantarella – Bittersweet surprise card, also unpopular one perhaps, but still fun for me to play.

End of Year Interview 2020 Branca93: ‘It was not easy to leave the Sensuals. They were my first family and took really good care of 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: First of all. I do not know you that well, so could you tell me something about yourself?

Branca93: I am just an ordinary Portuguese girl that likes video games and music. I am currently finishing my degree on Foreign Languages and Cultures and after that I’ll probably take a masters on something related to languages. I am a crazy cat lady and I love to see other people happy. I think I am not missing anything ahahah.

BJ: And how would this ordinary Portuguese girl reflect on the year 2020?

B: This was a year of challenge and change, that is for sure. Who knew that we would experience a pandemic in our lifetime? Also, I never thought that during lockdown I would become a streamer nor would I create so many friendships. So, I guess not everything was bad.

BJ: You recently joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer for Gwent after you decided to leave Sensual Team, what was your reason to leave Sensual Team and join Team Bandit Gang?

B: It was not easy to leave the Sensuals. They were my first family and took really good care of me. But lately the team was not active, and I was really looking forward to start new projects. Of course, the leaving of Maurandi did not help. He was an important pillar for me.
I decided to join the Bandits because I really appreciate their attitudes, their goals and the fact they love their family unconditionally. And since I was friend of most of them, well…it just made sense =P

BJ: That’s sweet. For how long have you been streaming actually? And was there a moment in this year of streaming that you will not forget?

B: I have been streaming since the beginning of June so I am quite new in this world. One of the moments I will never forget is when I reached Pro Rank in Gwent. Everyone was cheering for me and I was so happy; for sure it was one of my favorite moments.

BJ: Aside of Gwent you also stream MTG and you are a partner for them too, what is it that you like about that game?

B: There are 3 things that I like about MTG: the artworks, the playability, and the competitive scene. No other card game has so many tournaments as this one and that is important to keep the community active. I have been playing MTG since the “Khans of Tarkir”(2014) block. Back then I would only play drafts and pre-releases but after a while I became more competitive and started playing other formats. Nowadays (and since the pandemic hit us), I decided to give MTG Arena a try and so far, I am enjoying it. Have you ever tried it?

BJ: I have never played MTG so I have no idea what the things are that you told me.

B: Ahahah :p Feel free to ask me anything about it. I’m not the best teacher but I know some stuff.

BJ: Is the draft mode from Gwent any different than the one from MTG?

B: Yes, in MTG you keep the cards you pick and you can chose between drafting with bots or players of the price of participating varies in that and they have a ranked system just for drafting.

BJ: A ranked system would be great for draft mode in Gwent too. Enough of MTG. Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

B: Next year I would like to buy a new computer so I can improve the quality of my streams and the types of games I can play. It is not an easy goal since I’m a student, but I’m confident that eventually I’ll reach it. Regarding my personal life I will probably apply to a masters and join the working world.

BJ: You mentioned applying for masters applying earlier as well. What masters are you considering?

B: Well I’m not sure yet =/ but probably something related with translation. Literary or technical translation.

BJ: And how would you explain that to a layman?

B:Basically translating novels or translating those coursebooks/technical books no one likes or actually reads them ^^

BJ: Oh, interesting to hear about. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

B: Humm, I usually do not have any of those but since this year has been quite strange, I guess I could ask for: More time with my family; The pandemic to end; Upgrade my stream setup; Continuing to be happy.

BJ: Those are great. Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021 before we finish the interview?

B: You can expect some wacky streams, new types of games and some written articles. Besides that, I’ll focus on more tournaments and improve my results in those. Hope to see you there 😉

BJ: Awesome, I look forward to all that!

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*Branca93's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Branca wished to include more cards but only 10 were allowed. And because of that tears were shed.

10. Whispess– She’s the coolest of the 3 sisters and I always liked her design.

9. Fauve – Who does not like a tutor with legs?

8. Iris von Everec – If she’s not my favorite character she is in the top 3 for sure. I just love her story and her artwork is just lovely.

7. Assire var Anahid – If I were a mage I would be her. She has a cat!!

6. Masquerade Ball – After all the ups and downs, the card remains powerful.

5. Crowmother – Aka “Bird Lady”. Love what she does and the artwork.

4. Oneiromancy – The best card in the game (in my opinion).It’s not in the 1st place because I don’t like the artwork that much.

3. Cahir Dyffryn – The best NG boy and also its premium is sweet.

2.Morkvarg: Heart of Terror – My favourite boy in Gwent. He’s powerful, a madman and…yeah that’s it.

1.Passiflora – Besides being powerful it’s just the happiest card in the game. For sure they are having a good time there.

End of Year Interview 2020 war1machine: ‘Hopefully next year will be another step for everyone into living a better life, however that may look’

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, its nice to finally talk to you next to the fireplace. We know each other for a long time. I believe I know you are the longest from everyone on the team. How was 2020 for you?

war1machine: Let’s face it, I think most people will say 2020 hasn’t been the best of years. That being said, I think you have to make the best out of what you have and appreciate what you can in life. Hopefully next year will be another step for everyone into living a better life, however that may look.

BJ: I hope that too. And in this very same year you joined us. When Driftbling and I were talking back in the day for who we could add to the team that could help us out with the admin side of things. We immediately thought of you. And when you said the yes word we were very excited to have you on. How does it feel to be a bandit?

WM: I really enjoy being part of the team, although I do wish I could do more. When I first joined it was a bit of a weird time, it was during a lockdown and I didn’t have a lot going on so it was good to focus on something and I’d long been part of the Gwent community. Hopefully I’ll be able to put myself to better use once my work and personal life are in order.

BJ: Let’s find out if that will change in 2021. I know you since the days Repelmer was still streaming and when Gwent was a lot different than it is today. Have you enjoyed Gwent this year the same you did back then?

WM: It is hard to say, enjoyment isn’t really something you can place onto a scale and give it a quantifiable value. There are parts I loved about old Gwent and parts I disliked and of course that is the same now. It’s easy to look to the past with nostalgia and only focus on the good things that happened while eliminating the bad. But I appreciate Gwent for what it is, a unique and changing card game with great artwork and lore and I hope for it to continue and grow for many years to come.

BJ: That’s a way to put it. And I can agree with the things you mentioned. I sometimes see on Discord that you play other games than Gwent. What game did you enjoy the most outside of Gwent this year?

WM: Hmm, 2020 just seems such a blur, I don’t even know what I was going for a good part of the year, I would have to say though Crusader Kings 2. It’s a very fun grand strategy game with RPG elements and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it. I was part of a group of players for a time that played together in multiple sessions, it was fun to watch our nations grow and develop and our dynasties along with it.

BJ: That’s cool, I have never played that game myself actually. Is there anything that you would like to do outside of gaming next year?

WM: Ohh a great many things, I have long considered getting into Youtube but hardware limitations make it somewhat difficult. I also enjoy writing quite a lot and was considering making a few short novels aimed at children. Other than that it’d be good to do some more physical stuff, I’d love to go hiking with friends somewhere once that becomes actually viable.

BJ: Yeah, I remember you saying you need a decent mic and that you are planning to do some kind of history series. And you got the voice for it so you should definitely give it a go. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

WM: I  hope a new mic brings out all it’s finer qualities! My new year’s resolution is to not have a new year’s resolution. Quite the paradox.

BJ: Maybe I should skip that question in 2021. But yeah, anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

WM: I hope you have a good Christmas and stay safe from that which can’t be named or you’ll get demonetized on various platforms. I hope next year brings you luck and helps towards improving or enriching your life in some form or another!

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war1machine's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*war1machine’s top 10 are just ten cards that he liked this year, without any specific order but I put a number in front of it just for the sake of it.

10. Draug – Draug as a card has gone through a few transitions in the game’s history, it was once a monster card. Its current effect though is both powerful and interesting, worthy of being a legendary card. It’s something that allows NR to play in a fairly unique way, swarming with humans, not to gain generic board wide boosts but to turn humans into cursed revenants that can swarm further, control the board or set up things such as Falibor. Overall very cool and flavourful, and one of the best voice lines!

9. Igni – Igni has been a card since the star of Gwent and has always found a home at one time or another. His current initiative ability isn’t as harsh as some other cards and it’s something that if it’s ever in the meta you have to always keep in mind when placing cards onto rows. Very few cards cause quite as much dread as realizing you may have just given your opponent a juicy igni by lining up your own units. A cool ability and again the effect is fitting of what the card is depicting.

8. Braathens – The NG mage’s recent change was something people initially thought would kill the card, but with the buff to emissary that came to this patch as well, I think this card will be very strong and be seen a lot in future NG decks. It has lost some of its former versatility but it still acts as a good enabler of assimilate as well as a good midrange card with decent point distribution.

7. Phillipa Eilhart– The blind mage who caused many to coincidentally be blinded by rage on many occasions. She’s a great card and an excellent way for SY to spend their hard-earned and totally not ill-gotten coins. The ability to seize an engine, defender or just play for raw points makes her a solid card and one that will be seen in SY for a long time to come.

6. Haern Caduch – No I didn’t need to look up that name I promise… this for those who don’t recognize it is the new location cards that were added to Gwent with the recent expansion. This SK location is very strong, the options from it provide good versatility depending on the match up and situation and it’s order to heal is perfect for SK, particularly for the new Bear Witchers. The fact it has resilience too just adds to it. A great card with versatility and point distribution.

5. Idarran of Ulivo – This is another new card and one that is still seeing much experimentation. Whether it is good enough to remain in the meta is still up for debate but for now it has proved to provide a great deal of options for deck building. Being a Neutral card it can be placed into any faction and thus the possibilities are many. It’s been used for all manner of things which I won’t go into here and I’m sure there’s many more things for which has yet to be tried. A unique ability which opens up a lot of new deck archetypes and fun memes too. He does looks like a bit of an edgy emo kid though.

4. Wererat – A wererat, where?! Yes the Skaven have finally invaded Gwent, what isn’t to like about a giant rat monstrosity. This card has the ability to do something many consume cards cannot, which is to transfer its points away from itself and onto other bodies. This is important as going too tall can be a detriment but not only this it’s ability to spawn multiple rats is great for beats and swarm, something that MO has needed support for. It’s an interesting ability as for how strong it is hard to say but I look forward to experimenting with it myself. (Please don’t experiment with giant mutant rats without parental supervision).

3. Viy– I know, everyone is sick of Viy. The card itself though does at least have an ability we’ve not seen, in homecoming at least, before and it gives consume an alternative way to play. I think Viy while strong is counterable through the use of Yrden to reset many of the consume cards that are used to enable Viy, or by getting a long round 3 with an engine deck of some kind as Viy has no control or very little at all being almost entirely focused on the Viy gameplan. Future Viy decks may become more versatile.

2. Anseis – I’m a big fan of the duel ability and the fact Anseis has both zeal and his alternative formation ability make him a solid card for removal. With Shieldwall we all know his power and Viraxas only adds to that. Despite being a whiny self entitled brat, and that Selkirk could definitely kick his arse, as a card he more than proves his worth.

1. Keldar– I’ve included many new expansion cards and well it’s because many of them are just so fresh and new. Their abilities feel unique and yet not too weak to not consider play. Keldar provides support for an NR witcher deck and showcases the new Adrenaline keyword. I don’t think you’d build around his Resupply ability but that is a nice addition. I don’t know if he will make it into the meta but for now he provides a good target for Griffin Adepts, and even without them a 2 point a turn engine with bodies should not be underestimated.

End of Year Interview 2020 Driftbling: ‘BG is something I am proud to say I was a big part of’

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 Driftbling, nice to have you sit with me next to the campfire for the End of Year Interviews. Its been a while since you left the team, what have you been up to lately?

Driftbling: Hey BJ, first off happy holidays! Lately for TA I was part of the team that helped prep Kole for masters. It was obviously heartbreaking for Kole to come so close to winning it all but he did an amazing job to get that far (and congrats to Paja!). I’ve really loved getting to know the TA people. I could start listing them all but TDLR; the team is fantastic both in terms of talent and personality. For big projects, I’ve also got a few irons in the fire that it’s maybe a bit early to talk about, however what I can talk about is SALAMANDU.

BJ: That video, that’s some cult stuff right there. But yeah, you joined Team Bandit Gang early 2020 and you have really left your mark by starting the Pro Team and Coaching Program, but also the #SayNoToBribery video and Weird Lines series were your projects. How does it feel to have been a part of BG?

DB: It was really hard to leave being honest. It’s a great group of people, and while I have loved being a part of TA, BG is something I am proud to say I was a big part of. From the kinda fun silly little team we were when I joined to the team I left was a great (and quick!) journey. I still get a warm feeling whenever I go to lurk in a BG stream and see the “new” BG logo. The Pro Team, Academy, Coaching and Youtube are all things I can look at and be delighted to see are still going strong. I think maybe my favorite things to look back on (which might surprise some people) are the “is it a problem” Youtube videos, as I remember sending Bandit Pig the audio and the next day he was there with these hilarious video edits he’d done so quickly. As the team grew IIAP went further and further down the priorities list and so there were a few that never came out, but the ones that did are still great in my opinion and they remind me of the early BG days when we were all just pissing about as a few friends really. Also it’s still #SayNoToBribery and even more importantly #SayNoToBriberyPlayer (love him really).

BJ: While you put your heart in BG for a very long time, you decided to follow Ville’s path and join Team Aretuza in the end. Do you still keep an eye out on Bandit Gang?

DB: Absolutely! The great thing is that the team has moved from strength to strength since I left. Ian is doing a good job as comp manager, recruitment for the academy looks to be going well, the stream team is really strong. It all reassures me that I made the right decision as I think it’s worked out well for all parties. I’m exited to see what you and Denpai have moving forward, as you know I trust both of you to do an amazing job. As you know I still keep in touch with some of the individuals too, BG will always be special to me.

BJ: It has been an amazing year for us so far. And can only look forward when it comes to establishing ourselves. So, lots of stuff happened this year regarding you joining different Gwent teams and working on projects. But, how would you reflect on the year 2020 in general?

DB: Well…..corona? It’s obviously dominated the world this year and we’ve all had to deal with it. For me it’s meant our family business hasn’t been able to open our Glasgow escape room yet (my sister would kill me if I didn’t plug) and we haven’t been able to peruse other ideas. Personally, I’ve managed to keep busy with BG, then TA, as well as some music production and a bit of streaming. The Gwent community in general is blessed with a lot of really funny, interesting, and intelligent people who I’ve been lucky enough to get to know (both inside and outside of my teams). It’s not been ideal year but I’m glad I do have things to look back on (especially people I have met and grown close to online during that time) that has made it feel like a meaningful, if very weird, year.

BJ: You mentioned music production. I know you are a talented DJ/producer in your spare time, and the BG themesong got a lot of listeners lately. What made you decide to create your own songs and what is it that you like so much about it?

DB: The funny thing about me as a DJ/Producer is that at 13 years old I hated electronic music. “Why do it like this when it could sound way cooler with a guitar and be real music”. Well, the first time I went to a proper party I saw the time and place for electronic music of this type and I was hooked. I also found a few artists like Pendulum and Noisia which brought me over to seeing the potential of the virtually unlimited kinds of sounds you can make with synths. Honestly, while I may never be a global superstar, the best thing about making music is that occasionally I get a message from someone saying one of my songs is one of their favorites or really brightened up a terrible day. It’s humbling to think that stuff I just piss about with for my own fun can resonate with people like that.

BJ: It has been quite a journey for you. Just like your streaming. Where nowadays viewers can witness DriftMum on stream. She has become a big part of your streaming. Is there anything that you would like to do next year with DriftMum?

DB: Well, thanks to the interest of Ferd and IAMFLAGG (as well as others) mum is very keen to do a history stream (she has a PHD in archaeology). I will be running away very fast from this having spent my entire childhood being dragged around small walls. On top of this we’re finishing the Witcher 3, and so I’d like to try to get her back into Gwent! Ultimately though it will be up to her.

BJ: Sounds great. And do you have any new year’s resolutions?

DB: No, I can’t say I’ve ever really seen the value in them. If people are thinking about having one I’d suggest trying this instead.

BJ: Lol, nice one. But yeah, to wrap this interview up. I always ask the following. Is there anything that you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

DB: Gwent season 3! 😉 Will be fun to see which players come back for season 3, how the meta shapes out etc. In the wider world, the return of normality. Festivals, clubbing, sports and generally being able to be social again. I’m hoping for a roaring 20s of our own to enjoy.

BJ: Thanks for taking your time to revisit us!

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Driftbling's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Bribery – I will put it last out of spite but really this card not only high rolled me constantly on stream but also gave birth to “Is it a problem – Bribery” and “#SayNoToBribery” both of which were fun BG projects. Also no I didn’t have a sub goal stream where I played as many bribery’s as possible who told you that never happened >:(

9. Hefty Helge – one of Ville’s favorite cards and part of a deck that nearly got him to open. Sadly the old gedy deck let him down in bo5 vs a couple of the LGC boys, but I remember in prep before the tournament Ville was playing poorly and not enjoying the lists he was trying to use. I essentially told him “right f this you’re taking the lists you’re good (i.e. control at that time with wildcard and Helge) at and we’re building around them”. Probably the biggest impact I’ve ever had as comp manager really as he went on to have the best competitive performance of a BG player to date. Can’t wait for it to be bested, though 😉

8. Bomb Heaver – Screaming “catch” became a running joke in the BG pro team so much that I learned how to scream it in stupid voices in various different languages. It got so well known around the Gwent community that I even put the voiceline in as a little easter egg at the end of the song I made for Lionhart (if you use channel points on my channel I make a song for you).

7. Damien De La Teur – Mainly included for his presence in redrame’s hilarious enslave 7 list which he streamed to pro rank.

6. Vivienne Oriole – I was a proud snake oil salesman for this card when it was a very expensive artefact removal. It traded up on artifacts reall hard but at the cost of being a horrible brick in many games. !vivbird “Best card in the game very good trades very well doesn’t brick that’s fake news get it here look it always works 🙂 ” For reference click here.

 5. Salamander – SALAAAAAAAAAAAAAMANDUUUUUUUUUR.

4. Siege – I remember a call when babayjosus was telling me about these busted new cards called “scenarios” that had come out. I wasn’t playing Gwent myself at that time but, with the classic beta deckbuilding attitude, asked how hard can we abuse the card. I asked “is it possible to play it in all 3 rounds?”. We created triple siege as well as other triple decks, but siege was the most infamous one. One of my greatest achievements in the community is that we got a Reddit hate thread (even though the deck was very beatable for good players).  I did also take a siege list to bully uprising at a community tournament and beat none other than much-better-than-me-TASanttu2x in round 1 which was vindicating to the deckbuild.

3. Dandelion Poet – Just here for Driftmum, in her very first Gwent stream she quickly developed an irrational hatred for the card. It’s still funny to this day, was the start of many a funny Driftmum moment and even got featured in the great dandelion show. For reference click here.

2. Draug – This was very significant both because SemperEU (formerly one of my players on the BG comp team) was a phenomenal Draug player but also because it was the surprise deck that Kole took to masters. We were looking for the right NR deck for our lineup, we floated Draug and Kole had played some Draug on ladder to success. I was there when he was testing vs me and Redrame early on and we started to really love this decks matchups. With a few small tweaks from Kole and Rame the deck ended up being a great performer at masters with a 100% win rate until it was banned in the final. It’s also a great card design and remains one of the most interesting cards in Gwent.

1. Kiki Queen – I miss this deck. I became a disciple when both Ferd and Semper were on the same team (two of the very best kiki players along with infernz). Sadly it’s hard to see it ever reaching those heights again though, but it lead to very interesting gameplay situations vs good opponents as both tried to play round the other. I also have a fun memory of being outplayed really well by an opponent on pro ladder and the end game screen showing me Kolemoen. Definitely the deck of the year for me personally, there will only ever be one true queen.

End of Year Interview 2020 Banditpig: ‘Next year I would love to start a hearthstone Esports 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: Well, well, well. If it ain’t the founder of Team Bandit Gang who took some time off from his busy schedule to visit us. Its been a while since you left the team, what have you been up to lately?

BanditPig: After I left the team I didn’t have much going on since it was the middle of lockdown and I had finished college, but still wanted to be productive so I started selling hot tubs and garden furniture on Facebook marketplace. I never did end up starting a dead by daylight Esports team.

BJ: Wait, you did what?

BP: It was a good little money spinner during the summer. I used to wake up early to buy them for £380 and sell them for around £500. Some hammocks I bought for £60 sold for £120. Good times. Man, I miss summer.

BJ: That does sound exciting. A proper businessman at heart. And you started Team Bandit Gang in the end of 2019, what made you start your own Esports Team back then?

BP: Back in 2019 when you joined a team that some ancient veterans would know as Team Rankstar. You put the [TRS] tag in your discord username and I thought it was very entertaining how you would show off your shiny new badge. I decided to make my own as a joke so I put [BG] in my nickname on discord. Over time some more of your team-less viewers would join and we built a lovely community for those who wanted a tag on their username. Then I kicked them all out and turned it into a real team, because DatBottleOfCidre said I should make BG real in a streamers chat.

BJ: I remember all that very well. Halfway 2020 you changed leadership to KingDenpai and the rest of the management team. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

BP: I think we can all agree that 2020 was a bit shit. I originally planned to meet up in Amsterdam with some BG lads and other Gwent players but that ended up not happening. I think it’s a shame that masters got cancelled as well. Other than that I can’t say much about 2020 because it feels like nothing has actually happened and I am living the same week over and over again.

BJ: The year 2020 does feel like it has been a gap year for some. And do you still keep an eye out on Gwent?

BP: I will always keep an eye out for Gwent because I met a lot of people in the community that helped me a lot when I first started streaming, so as long as I am in touch with them I will be in touch with Gwent. I even played some Gwent after the launch of the latest expansion and tried some silly stuff as usual.

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

BP: Next year I would love to start a hearthstone Esports team. Seriously though, I will hopefully have written and shot my first short film or maybe get a job.

BJ: Speaking of movies. On the 5th of December you released your latest gmod movie Subzero Infection, the sequel to the short gmod movie Subzero Extraction. And for the reader that isn’t aware, I am one of the main stars in it. But the question that I wanted to ask is what it was like working on this ambitious project?

BP: Working on a gmod film is very time consuming. And of course in gmod you can have any props, effects, locations, vehicles or characters you need, but in some ways it still feels harder than making a real life film. Since you can’t have precise fine details or gestures, and when filming you see through the POV of the camera whilst acting, so it can be hard to perfect movement – especially when driving. Everything is done by you, so you can’t have much going on at the same time which can limit your ideas. Overall it is a challenging process but you learn a lot of tricks on the way. I like to think that, despite the shit textures and bad visual effects, gmod films are just as much ‘films’ as real life films. Just in a different medium, like an animated film is. And I wish they had a bigger audience, but for now I just make them to improve my script writing and for my friends. And due to how low-budget they look it is hard to get a serious feel across so I end up making them cheesy on purpose to suit the style. I also think that you make an an excellent voice actor and should be considered a Hollywood movie star.

BJ: I am still waiting to get nominated for best Supporting Actor by the way. Anyway, back to you. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

BP: No, I think new years resolutions are a scam. If you want to improve yourself start today instead of waiting around just so you can tell people.

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

BP: To the reader I would say avoid debt.

BJ: Very helpful advice. Thanks for visiting us and may we have another chat at the end of 2021!

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*BanditPig's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*The piece of paper with BanditPig’s top 10 cards of 2020 got eaten by a dog called Knickers, due to this unfortunate circumstance we only got to know his top 10. Which has left us wondering what his reasoning was for his top 10.

10. Gascon  Reason unknown.

9. Gascon – Reason unknown.

8. Gascon Reason unknown.

7. Gascon Reason unknown.

6. Gascon  Reason unknown.

5. Gascon  Reason unknown.

4. Gascon  Reason unknown.

3. Gascon Reason unknown.

2. Gascon Reason unknown.

1. Gascon Reason unknown.

End of Year Interview 2020 EnerGiiX: ‘I am pushing myself to reach high goals’

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 Energix. So far I have talked mostly with Content Creators and you are the very first BG Pro Player that joins me at the campfire. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

EnerGiiX: My first year of competitive Gwent, is the year that learned a lot and played a lot, really a lot of games even in the off season, I am pushing myself to reach high goals. 

BJ: What would you say that you learned this year and what are these goals that you speak of?

E: This year I learned about all the competitive strategies and teching decks specifically to counter other decks. My goals for next season are aiming for high rankings and qualifying for official tournaments.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as a Pro Player this year, what was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner? 

E: It felt good to prep together with teammates and find my way into the competitive side of Gwent, grown a lot as a player and I think season 3 I will be better prepared for qualifiers and high level Gwent.

BJ: Yeah, you now got experience under your belt. And I don’t want to admit this, but how does it feel to be the best Gwent player of the Netherlands?

E: I never really thought about it, but I guess I am, sadly there aren’t a lot of Dutch players. But it definitely feels good to be the best from your country.

BJ: Yeah, there was a time when I could say the same. I know you like to talk about music, what music that you listened this year would you recommend to the reader?

E: One artist I would recommend is Danny Vera, a Dutch singer. He is starting to get big here in the Netherlands, but isn’t known around the world, which I think should be cause he has amazing talent. His style is a mix between Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak and Elvis Presley.

BJ: He is pretty good indeed. Did you know that he got the first place in the Dutch top 2000?

E: Of course. I have been a fan for 8 years and have seen him in the smallest venues.

BJ: That’s awesome. Is going to concerts something that you would like to do next year?

E: Definitely. I hope next year we are all free again and not limited by Covid. So I can actually visit concerts again because that is something that I did a lot and go on vacation to some nice countries too.

BJ: Yeah, that’s how I picture dreamland right now. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

E: Not really.

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

E: Gwent will be bigger and better next year! And of course keep an eye out on the BG pro’s, the new competitive season we will show what we got!

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EnerGiiX's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Cyclops – Solid removal and catches people of guard.

9. Glusty – The card was amazing when nature gift was a thing.

8. Braathens – Flexible card which gives you allot of options.

7. Forest Protector– Flexible card which gives you allot of options.

6. Pavko Gale – This card has been in and out the meta, I always like to have it in my ST decks.

5. Drummer – Drummer are the best.

4. Rebuke – One of the best removal cards in the game if not the best.

3. Gerd – It’s a new card, but the card is amazing.

2. Spores – People are greedy so spores is a lovely card.

1.Pyrotechnician – I always said this card has amazing potential.

End of Year Interview 2020 Briberyplayer: ‘I am not happy with my daily life and how I manage myself’

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: When I think of you and 2020, I think of the #SayNoToBribery video first of all, and that was when you were not even a part of the team. How would you reflect on the year 2020 yourself?

Briberyplayer:
It was horrible for a lot of people and it was very bad for me as well. It was definitely the worst year I’ve experienced. I’m not happy with my daily life right now and while the pandemic and the rules that naturally came with it do have a big contribution, I’m not happy with how I’m managing myself either. I tend to prefer staying in this comfort zone I’ve gotten used to doing very little for myself over doing something that would be much better for me mentally.

BJ: I hope you will be able to manage yourself better next year and do the things that you want to do in order to make yourself happy about who you are. And I know that this year you tried out streaming and that was how you joined us. How have you enjoyed it so far?

BP: Joining Bandit Gang felt nice because I was already familiar with most of the team and also it’s just nice to get in a team and be involved in stuff. And streaming… in general I’m enjoying it and I’m a big fan of the idea as long as I don’t take it too seriously. It can be stressful at times and the moment I feel that, I’ll stop doing it and resume whenever I feel like doing it again.

BJ: Its almost like you have an on-off relationship with Twitch. And did you experienced a funny moment on stream this year that you would like to share?

BP: Ah, so I was doing a co-op with like 6-7 different people at once and one of them was Zubedoo… I was playing NR and I forgot about the opponent, but they basically passed at 6 cards in their hand and I wanted to thin my deck in round 1 and go for a long round, so I decided I’ll go down to 4 cards and then dry pass round 2. By the time I had 4 cards in hand, I had a Kerack Frigate on the board and I was already up by a ton of points, but Zubedoo, being the idiot that he is, told me to click the boat right after I ended my turn (although he claims he did it before), so I, being the idiot that I am, clicked the stupid boat when i had 4 cards in hand, so they forced me to play another one and I had to go a card down only to satisfy Mr. Zubedoo… The moment is clipped in my channel if anyone wants to watch it.

BJ: I saw that clip, it was pretty funny indeed. And I need to ask you this because I know the readers want to know. But what is it that you like so much about the card Bribery?

BP: Here’s the thing. As long as you are the greatest Gwent player of all time (or at least close to my level), you are guaranteed to get the biggest, most expensive and most luscious unit of your opponent’s deck with Bribery. If you don’t have natural talent, the card is just gonna give you 3 random unit’s to choose from, but what a talented player like me reads is ”Play the best unit from your opponent’s deck” and for 8 provisions that’s pretty insane.

BJ: Ha, dream on. Well, you must know my opinion about the card by now. Lets jump forward to next year. Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

BP: I just want to get back on track with my life in all honesty. Like I said, streaming is an idea that I like so I will continue doing it as long as I’ll enjoy it, but the main thing I’d like to change next year is to just force myself to go out more until i like it, because I’m living very differently that how I used to and I miss a lot of that.

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

BP: Well, I’ll go back to school again after more than a year of absence and I have my driving test scheduled in February, so that’s already looking much better than anything I’ve been doing this year. I also like both drawing and painting a lot since I was young although I didn’t take any courses, so I might start one and maybe it proves useful. I’ll do a painting stream at some point and maybe chat can give me their opinion.

BJ: Looks like you have a lot of things to look forward to trying out next year. And before we end the interview here. Do you have anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

BP: Wear your masks.
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*Briberyplayer's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Oddly enough, the card Bribery is not part of Briberyplayer’s top 10.

10. Squirrel
– I’m trying to make this list based on the idea behind the cards and not necessarily how good they are. And this is an ability that makes sense in a game where Echo is a thing and I also like the availability of it, it’s a very cheap neutral.

9. Kerack Frigate – I like that they added more ways to row-stack in NR. Good synergy with Voymir, Draug etc while also being a dangerous card in itself if not dealt with.

8. Winter Queen – Unique way to thin your deck and one of the good thinning golds out there.

7. Ethereal – If this was the original Ethereal it would be much higher on the list. Very interesting card, extremely annoying to deal with.

6. Dunca – My favorite 7 provision card of Master Mirror. Hawker Smugler was already good and this is so much better.

5. Drummond Berserker – It just synergyses so well with what Skellige wants to do.

4. Oneiromancy – Since people wanna tutor more than just units, I feel like a card like that was needed. In my opinion, the best card in the game, but it’s very basic to be NR 1.

3. Braathens – It offers a lot of flexibility and it’s an engine. 10/10 card.

2. Ulrich – It puts 2 engines on the board if you spawn a Fallen Knight and a Fallen Knight is a double engine itself. Only downside is, it can brick.

1.Usurper – The idea of Evolving cards is very exciting and this one is a 12 point point-slam engine that triggers scenario. Perfect card, too bad NG doesn’t have much else.

End of Year Interview 2020 NotRasheed: ‘Not really saying it’s their fault, just wasn’t a good fit’

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 should have thought about this before I started this series of interviews, but unfortunately I have to talk with all the members which includes you too NotRasheed. And I have been wondering. If you are NotRasheed, then who is Rasheed?

NotRasheed: So, I am from Saudi and things are strict here and my friend makes rap music and he couldn’t get hired because of it so he told me “whatever you do if you do anything online don’t call yourself Rasheed”.

BJ: And that’s why you call yourself NotRasheed. Very smart. How would you reflect on the year 2020 definitely NotRasheed?

R: I started the year casting an Artifact tournament, and Artifact 2.0 finally came out after a year and a half of waiting, but it sucks. So, that’s why I switched from a dead game to another dying game.

BJ: Damm, sounds like you had an absolute blast of a year. And that makes me think of something actually. Didn’t people stream porn in the Artifact category because nobody was paying attention to it?

R: Yeah, I started streaming way after Twitch cracked down on that and the section went back to being dead. But then again, half of my viewers were people who came looking for porn and for some reason stuck around. I was essentially a glorified just chatting streamer at that point cause it took 30-40 minutes to find a game.

BJ: And while waiting to find a game you start doing tests on stream like “Am I a dumb bitch?” to kill the time?

R: I have done everything from that to autism tests, to streaming Tinder, to streaming my dates from Tinder.

BJ: It sounds like you had a fun time then. Which from my perspective is something you didn’t experienced in Sensual Team. Could you give some insights regarding you leaving that team?

R: Maurandi talked to me once. To join the team and we didn’t really talk since. And everyone just talked in Spanish in the discord. I was really just in the team in name honestly. Not really saying it’s their fault, just wasn’t a good fit.

BJ: Fair enough. You joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer for Gwent and not as a co-owner as you were promised. What happened there? And how have you been enjoying the teams atmosphere since then?

R: In regards to the co owner thing, I was scammed and Sensual Team won’t take me back. The atmosphere of the team I am really enjoying because they aren’t all typing in Spanish.

BJ: Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Good thing our spoken language is English then. By the way, I saw on the Bandit Gang Twitter that you got kicked for a brief moment, what was that all about?

R: I was staging a mutiny to overtake Denpai as owner, but he got wind of it by a snitch and then that happened.

BJ: Once we finished the interview you can let me know off the record who the snitch is and I will take care of it. So, you are known as a streamer. What would you say was your funniest moment on stream this year?

R: Being excited for the launch of Artifact 2.0.

BJ: If that was the funniest moment on your stream this year then I am not sure what that even looked like. Anyway, lets talk about you as a content creator for Gwent. How does it feel to not be a Gwent partner?

R: Feels freeing, imagine being in that list with people like Zubedoo.

BJ: Oh god, I know all about that… so how about next year then.

R: Still not be Gwent Partner.

BJ: Sticking to your beliefs I see. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

R: Not really no, how do you build on from perfection.

BJ: Ha, good one. You are a funny guy. So, anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

R: Follow NotRasheed on Twitch. Best looking Gwent streamer.

BJ: At least we know that you don’t lack of self-confidence.

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*NotRasheed's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*If you are tilted after a game of Gwent, are worried about a GOG friend or loved one, or would like free emotional support, the BG helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across the world.

10. Angouleme
 – Great round 1 opener to learn what you’re playing against

9. Redeya – Not that much of a gambling card but it will do.

8. Shupe – Just a better Muzzle.

7. Lippy – The big boy counter to the mill decks running around in low mmr pro rank matches.

6. Gascon – Really itches my gambling addiction.

5. Runestones – It’s all bronzes in the game in one card.

4. Alzur – It’s all golds in the game in one card.

3. Master Mirror – It’s all golds in the game in one card.

2. Elf and Onion Soup – It’s all golds in the game in one card.

1. Uma’s Curse – It’s all golds in the game in one card.

End of Year Interview 2020 Zubedoo: ‘I want to entertain people and keep the chat happy as much as I can’

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: Sit down and relax next to the fireplace Zubi. And of course I want to congratulate you with your 300 followers on Twitch first. You are relatively new to the scene so that’s a great achievement. I only know you for a short time period because you joined us recently so I am curious to hear how the year 2020 was for you.

Zubedoo: Thank you! I am very thankful for reaching 300 followers. And yeah, 2020 has been quite dull initially obviously because of the Covid breakout, but it was great for me as I graduated from Computer Science Engineering and also joined the wonderful Gwent Community :heart: So overall its been great, but I am sure it could have even better if not for the breakout.

BJ: Oh I have to congratulate you on graduating from that as well then. And like you said you joined the Gwent community this year. So what made you join the team?

Z: Easy, the members. The day I entered this community you guys were one of the first ones I stumbled upon and I knew you guys are amazing and more than anything, I am super grateful of the opportunity given by you guys for me to stream under your banner and do stuff in the Gwent community.

BJ: That’s great to hear obviously. And would you be able to tell about your funniest moment on stream this year?

Z: It happened to me a couple weeks ago, MrLeams sent me a pic of Matta Hurri with my face pasted on hers and I put it on screen, at the same time Thea raided me and everyone saw it 🙂

BJ: I wonder if you have ever seen MattaJosus then… but back to you. I know you do a lot of collaborations with other people on stream, what do you like so much about doing that?

Z: For me the streaming of Gwent isn’t all about the game, I want to entertain people and keep the chat happy as much as I can. Co-ops tend to have a flair that solo streams can’t because there tends to be more interaction and flavors added from multiple streamers.

BJ: Yeah, I have done many collaborations in the past as well and even left some people in tears, referring to Driftbling and KingDenpai here, because they couldn’t handle it. But I have always enjoyed doing them. And I don’t know you that well, could you tell me something about yourself?

Z: Well I am an Indian boy, born and raised and I love to play video games and socialize with people. I never take anything to heart and always take most things in a positive stride. As a person, I just want to be kind and do what is the best not just for myself but my friends and family as well.

BJ: I see that Mercernn is getting some competition for being the kindest member of the team. And now 2020 is almost over. Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

Z: Would love to do well in my work and also become a bigger streamer! 😀

BJ: I hope you can achieve that. And what work do you do if I may ask?

Z:I do Software work in front end, back end, data analysis, coding. The whole package basically.

BJ: Oh, so you are an IT guy. What do you like about your work?

Z: The fact that learning doesn’t stop and it always evolves. It never gets old as well and its a challenge to keep up with it. So many things change every day.

BJ: That’s great. And do you have any new year’s resolutions?

Z: Resolutions are usually something I do not keep but I would say it is to always do better than before and improve myself in anything and everything I do.

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

Z: I hope Corona is gone before April 2021.

BJ: Oh, you have some plans in april 2021?

Z: Its just a time period that I want corona to end to be honest. Its just how I see it.

BJ: If it was up to me it would be over in januari 2021 so I can finally take that one girl on a date to a restaurant 😉

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Zubedoo's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Nekker –  I mean come on a thrive for 4 prov? AND we get 2 of these? If they stick on the battlefield, they can go for crazy points and not to mention after the release of the spontaneous evolution, they will be more meta for sure.

9. Aen Elle Conqueror – A straight 7 for 4, no questions asked. Cards like this is what gives me the confidence to go devotion in MO.

8. An Craite Greatsword – Even post-nerf these guys are amazing engines in SK control decks. Sure they are difficult to keep on the battlefield, but even if they are taken out, it gives tremendous value to Hjalmar and sets up Harald really well too.

7. Morkvarg – Good old Smorkvarg, in this meta he always finds value thanks to greedy tall units and who doesn’t like to hear that man’s amazing laugh 😛

6. Halfling Safecracker – Easily one of the best 5 prov value cards out there, it boosts for all crimes in hand on spot and can Intimidate as well. Like come on. 5 – Sly Seductress. Mostly because of the voiceline and card art! 😀

4. Wild Hunt Riders – For 5 prov this is an instant thinning, as it has the easiest condition to meet, Dominance.

3. Usurper General – NG is my fav faction, always has been, this card is amazing 12 for 12 even in non devotion and in stage 3, the Agents help boost him as well, giving it alot of synergy with most cards.

2. Auberon King – In most MO decks this is my auto include and it really is a great short round 3 card. Not to mention the potential double thrive procs.

1. Ocvist – Not a card played, I know. But the art and the roar it gives is just AMAZING to me, it is my fav card design in the game.