End of Year Interview 2021 JSN991: ‘Gwent has definitely had its ups and downs this year but on the whole it was very enjoyable’

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 JSN, you are the next in line after Dream! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

JSN991: I would say that 2021 has proven itself a challenge for me for the same reasons as everyone else.There have been some positives though, for example over the year I’ve become a lot better at coping with a condition I suffer from called delayed sleep phase disorder, which has resulted in me doing better in school.

BJ: That’s nice to hear! And what has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

J: Gwent has definitely had its ups and downs this year but on the whole it was very enjoyable. It was my first year playing in top 64 qualifiers, and I’m still salty about some of my terrible rng in those tournaments, as well as the month that I missed out on top 16 by 1 mmr. There were some great moments though, my favorite would have to be beating Redrame with my own “Chinese propaganda” deck in my first ever qualifier, and winning kreve league.

BJ: You also recently started playing Story Book Brawl, how are you enjoying that?

J: I’ve really enjoyed storybook so far and part of that is due to the number of people in BG as well as in the wider Gwent community that have also been playing it. It was originally just meant to be something to keep me entertained during the Gwent off season, but it’s now become much more than that for both myself and several others. However, how long it can hold my interest will depend on the new content/ balance changes as well as how the competitive scene develops.

BJ: Can we expect some streams in the future again?

J: I do enjoy streaming so there will definitely be more streams in the future, it’s just that I haven’t been playing too much Gwent during the past couple months. The new Gwent patch seems promising though, and I suppose I could stream brawl, so stay tuned!

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

J: I’m currently in the final year of school so I would like to do well in my exams and get into a decent university. I also love traveling so I want to do that more as it hasn’t been possible for far too long now.

BJ: Good luck on your last year! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

J: I don’t really believe in new year’s resolutions since I think it’s good to try and become a better version of yourself no matter the time of year. That said, the Gwent season lines up nicely with the new year, so my resolution could be to do well next season.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

J: Just to expect big things from us next year; I think you will see either myself or another member of BG in an open, as well as more great articles, streams etc from the content team, or even success in storybook considering how many bandits are playing that game now.


*JSN991's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*JSN doesn’t really have favorite cards, so it was hard for him to make a top 10. So he has come up with something on the spot and as a result the cards in this list generally reflect decks or archetypes he enjoys playing rather than having any standalone meaning.
10. Sorceress of dol blathana– a card that we have seen plenty of this year but is still fun and well balanced in my opinion, its fairly rare to see staple bronzes like this that don’t have boring/ unfun mechanics.
9. Salamandra mage– a very underrated card that can play for insane value and has cool art.
8. Hemmelfart– obviously one of the new releases so it cant go too high on the list, but a strong and interesting card that firesworn (an archetype I’ve wanted to be good again for a long time) really needed.
7. Vanadain– Sonneillon has enlightened me with how powerful this card can be. Great for fixing your hand in those st decks with several bricks and simlas quadruple waylay is pretty nice.
6. Fulmar– Some people (cough cough Energiix cough cough) have hated on this card far too much, especially on its release, so I think it needs some recognition.
5. Seditious aristocrat– the main card in my previously mentioned Chinese propoganda deck, which will always have a special place in my heart.
4. Melusine– just a fun card, not much else to it.
3. Eithne– we all know I am a natures gift simp so she has to be in here somewhere.
2. Olaf– self wound is one of my favorite archetypes and it doesn’t get nearly enough credit, plus the art is perfect for a discord profile pic.
1. Igni– perfect for making your opponent regret their life choices.

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