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 Escan, thanks for joining me. You are the very first person I am interviewing for the End of Year interviews. I would say it has been an interesting year. How would you reflect on the year 2020?
Escanbryt: I guess I’ve been better off than many other people. I’ve got a safe job, none of my loved ones have suffered serious health issues and I even managed to make progress in my career. However, it’s been a very lonely year as so many events and opportunities to socialize were cancelled. Some major celebrations that were planned got postponed as well. But while this all sucks a lot, I’m still grateful that it’s only these things that drag me down in this pandemic. Really want this to be over soon though!
BJ: During the pandemic you have joined Team Bandit Gang as an article writer for Gwent, how have you enjoyed it so far?
E: I love to see that my articles are being appreciated. It’s also a nice pastime activity to return to writing after a few years and being more active in the Gwent community. And our members are high quality people. At least most of them. 😉
BJ: Yeah, I remember you telling me about writing reviews for music albums and live reports on festivals before you joined us. I know you like to listen to music and go to concerts in your spare time too. Is there any particular song that you have enjoyed listening to this year?
E: Man, I miss the concerts probably more than anything else. To compensate for that I probably bought more music than the years before and there have been great releases this year. Orbit Culture, Igorrr, Gaerea, Dark Tranquillity, Caligula’s Horse, just to name a few. Along the new release of Caligula’s Horse, I also bought some of their older records and really fell in love with their song “Graves” from the album “In Contact”. Absolutely terrific!
BJ: I will make sure to check those out. What article would you say that you are the proudest of writing this year? And what article was the toughest to write?
E: It’s cool to see that the pirate deck I recently created got some resonance. It’s just lovely to finish the deckbuilding process successfully and then even finding approval by other people. What’s tough to write are seasonal articles where I don’t like the rules of the month. There are some seasons where one deck just outruns all the others by a big margin. This puts me in a position where the good deck is already well known and other decks you want to come up with just can’t compete. The best seasons are those where many things work.
BJ: And is there anything that you would like to do next year? This can be regarding article writing or something else.
E: Article writing is nice, but it’s not one of the things that I’m starved of right now. I will really enjoy doing all the things that weren’t possible this year again. And it would be cool to get into a relationship again. Let’s see.
BJ: That’s understandable. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
E: I’ve never been a big friend of new year’s resolutions. And I think that I’ve got my shit together.
BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?
E: Stay healthy, stay safe, this pandemic won’t last forever.
*Escan's Top 10 Cards of 2020
*Escan’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 it.
10. Tidecloak Hideaway – A card that has been bad for a long time. It surprised me how much tempo it brings to the table in a dedicated pirate deck.
9. Tyrggvi Tuirseach – Not necessarily strong, but I really like Rupture as a status. Hope to see more of this in the future.
8. Blue Stripes Commando – Playing triple commandos made me go climbing to pro again. Was really fun to play when it emerged.
7. Amphibious Assault – This card is just so great. A powerful echo card that pushes cheap bronze cards to power levels of gold cards.
6. Viraxas – My favorite of the evolving cards. The versatility in a deck with a lot of greedy order cards is just nice.
5. Ciri: Nova – Has been a bad card for a long time, now enables a new deckbuilding approach. Few of these nova decks are good, but some of them can be pretty surprising if played correctly.
4. Sir Skewertooth – Loved to play this card in the seasonal mode of the season of magic. I have no clue why syndicate wasn’t more popular in that month.
3. The Beast – Another seasonal mode, but this one carried a really cool deck in the season of love. playing tall when everyone aims at midrange.
2. Vanhemar – Iconic inclusion in any imposter deck, which is my favorite among the new leader abilities we got this year.
1. Caesar Bilzen – Dunno why, but I find this guy adorable. Currently picked as my favorite premium card in the profile screen.