End of Year Interview 2020 JSN991: ‘Being in the team has still helped me improve as a player a lot’

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: So, how would you reflect on the year 2020 young man?

JSN991: Like everyone else, 2020 hasn’t been the best year for me, but it hasn’t been without some good moments. For example, I joined BG this year and I’ve loved being in the team.

BJ: I believe you are the youngest member of the team, how does that feel? 

J: True, and by a good few years too I think, but I don’t really feel like it changes much. I guess there’s always going to be some slight differences when talking to people older than you compared to your own age, but I feel like whatever age I was it wouldn’t change much about my role within the team.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an Academy Player this year, and got promoted to the Pro Team later on. What was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

J: Technically I joined BG after season 2 was finished, but being in the team has still helped me improve as a player a lot. Just after I joined, I helped energiix prep for the last qualifiers of season 2. It was the first time I’d done anything like that, and it definitely helped me understand how me and my team can help each other improve. Even just having people to talk to in voice chat can make jamming ladder more enjoyable, leading to higher placements on the leaderboards. But that’s probably no surprise, as I think for most people if they have a good group of people around them they rather do something together than on their own.

BJ: And what do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

J: I hope to improve as much as I can and play in whatever tournaments I can. Ultimately the goal is to make it to an open, but will take a lot of hard work.

BJ: No pressure at all, but you are our Gwent prodigy so we have a lot of expectations from you 😉 Is there anything that you would like to do outside of competing in Gwent next year?

J: Outside of Gwent my plans are fairly simple; I want to do well in school and enjoy life however I can. My main hope (like everyone else) is that there’s no more lockdowns so that I can do more stuff with friends in the following year. Not sure how likely that is though.

BJ: Yeah, I just hope people don’t lose patience. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

J: Not really, I’m not a big fan of new years resolutions because I don’t see why you should wait till the new year to try and improve, just do it straight away.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

J: Not really except that I think this year will be a big one for the BG pro/academy team. Hopefully you’ll be seeing me as well as some of the other BG guys in an open this year, that’s the goal.

BJ: I know this must have felt like homework to you, but I appreciate you taking your time to answer the questions.

J: It wasn’t too bad, hopefully I gave ok answers.

BJ: If you listened to your heart while answering them, then know that they are ok answers.

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JSN991's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Spores – Not as high as it will be on energiix’s list, but a good cheap tech card nonetheless.
9. Endrega Larva – I don’t think anyone needs convincing this card is good.

8. Jaques – Very solid card that is used in the 2 best sy decks, the spender buff it got was super nice too.

7. Scytheman – One of the few good nr cards that requires setup and was at the core of one of the most enjoyable meta decks this year in my opinion (swarm nr).
 
6. Isengrim’s Council – Very flexible card that can protect engines as well as give symbiosis value.
5. Saul de Naverrate – Possibly the best engine in the game at just 7 provisions.
4. Frightener – An immune 12 for 9 with an easy condition in a deathwish deck, one the most underated cards this year for sure.

3. Cerys – Very good pointslam in any ursine ritual deck, and we all know what it does with lippy.
2. Greatsword – The rework was probably the best change I’ve seen. It removed the huge point ceiling whilst still playing for good value
1. Vanilla Geralt – Despite being seen as the trash starter card for a long time, it was actually seen quite a lot in one month in particular, and I used it in 3 of my 4 decks. This also happened to be the month that I got my personal best ladder finish at #10

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