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.