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.

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