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: Welcome Ithlinne, you are the next in line after Sonneillon! But, first things first. How is your personal project getting along?
Ithlinne Magi: 😀 My personal project is coming along nicely, thank you! For those who don’t know, I bought an ex-racehorse recently. There’s much greater awareness now that these horses who’ve spent their lives giving of themselves to fulfil the ambitions of owners & trainers, need to be taken care of and not just discarded after their careers are over.
I bought him for that very reason, but also for me. I’ve struggled over the last couple of years with my mental health and had some incredibly dark times. I missed being around horses so much and felt having a project was what I needed to help lift some of the weight off my shoulders.
BJ: Awesome! How would you reflect on the year 2021?
I: 2021 has been challenging, both personally and professionally, with some incredible opportunities presenting themselves. Becoming Community Manager for Team BG was one of those opportunities! I was somewhat surprised to be asked, but sharing space with, and getting to know people with a shared love of a game I played since beta days has been quite the experience.
BJ: What was your most memorable moment this year?
I: Outside of Gwent, my most memorable moment was passing my Mathematics degree module. Having M.E means that I sometimes struggle with brain fog and cognition, meaning that it takes me much longer to be able to process information, gain and thus retain understanding of the topics I’ve studied. I worked bloody hard for that module, so to pass, and get a good pass, meant a lot to me.
BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as a community manager, how are you liking the journey so far?
I: I’m really enjoying it! Having the opportunity to promote the amazing work our team does for the Gwent community is an absolute pleasure. So many people put so much of themselves into producing content, and I appreciate them greatly for that. It makes my job so much easier when we’ve got such great content to share.
BJ: How have you enjoyed the team so far?
I: Being Community Manager for BG has been, on occasion, a challenge in and of itself. But it’s taught me the importance of communication, and to listen rather than react when others express opinions that I may not immediately see value in. There are some big personalities in BG and getting to know people and understand their perspectives has been incredibly valuable to me. I feel that it’s helped me become a much better CM as a result.
BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?
I: In terms of the team, and Gwent, I want to be able to improve, both as Community Manager and as a player. I want to be able to look back at 2021 and say yeah, that was ok, but this year I am better than last. I want to be a better person, and make those for whom I work, and those whose lives I am a part of, to be proud of me and what I do.
BJ: Fair enough! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
I: OK, I have a confession. I’m rubbish at keeping to resolutions! Last year I resolved to read more, and to get back to being creative (I love painting and writing) but life swept me along a little bit, and I lost sight of those goals. All of those things require me to make time for myself, which is something I am not very good at. So perhaps the only resolution I can make is to get better at taking time out of life’s craziness to do something I love for me, rather than carry guilt that I’m not working if I do.
BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?
I: I would like to say thank you for your support during 2021, for consuming and enjoying our content, and I hope that you’ll continue to support us during 2022. What we do is for the community as a whole, and that support spurs us on to get better as content creators and give you, the reader, the player, the community member the kind of content that inspires you to continue to enjoy the game we all love.
BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!
*Ithlinne's Top 10 Cards of 2021
*Ithlinne started her top 10 with number 1 (and onward) instead of number 10.
1. Sunset Wanderers ~ some love it, some hate it, but I always welcome interesting ability designs that step away from the damage/boost styles of other cards.
2. Lippy ~ My heart belongs to the Skellige Isles, and nothing says pirate degeneracy like Lippy Gudmund!
3. Crimson Curse ~ AQ swarm from a few seasons ago was one of my favourite lists, and Crimson Curse was a great way to put pressure on an opponent in a R2 push.
4. Mushy Truffle ~ Ignoring the fact that I just love the name, this card has so much flexibility, if I can fit it into a deck, I will.
5. Fucusya ~ There is no downside or punishment for including this card in your deck. What’s not to like?!
6. Igni ~ Yeah, I know, but come on, getting a good Igni is just so satisfying!
7. Madoc ~ Ok, again, I know that everyone hates no unit ST right now, but still, I have a fondness for Madoc that I won’t be shamed for!
8. Seltkirk of Gulet ~ quite aside from the fact that it’s a decisive way of dealing with a threat on the board, the premium artwork is just stunning.
9. Villentretenmerth ~ this is a nostalgic inclusion(check out my pinned tweet!!). I had so much fun playing Bork back in the day.
10. An Craite Greatsword ~ hasn’t been meta for a while but I loved the reworked ability of this card. I thought it was a really positive change at the time.