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 Mercernn, you are in line after Christo. How would you reflect on the year 2021?
Mercernn: To be fair, 2021 was very similar for me in comparison to 2020, in fact it’s a bit difficult for me to distinguish these two perfectly, as they blend together a bit. The one thing that was different, I’d say year-defining even, was that my grandfather got a stroke in July and moved on with us as he needed someone to take care of him. This changed our everyday lives completely, but I think it actually helped us to work together as a family more and for me to get closer with my granddad, so I see it as a very positive change, actually, though I’d lie if I said that I wasn’t nervous about such a big change initially. A lot more has happened, I re-evaluated my opinions on a lot of things, got to know (better) a lot of people that became an important part of my online life, such as Weissenberg whom I cooperated with on a bunch of his projects, or our Number 1 Meme Customer, Repek, or Bomblin whom I used to get in touch a lot more than before, as he started streaming right before my timeslot. I’d say that overall it was a very cathartic year, full of tension, stress, radical changes, but in the end also relief, satisfaction, acceptance and positive view of the future.
BJ: How the tables have turned in your life. Glad it all resolved in a positive end of the year. You have been quite involved behind the scenes of Bandit Gang. How do you look back at this journey?
M: Right, so once again, things kinda blend for me, but I think we’ve managed to accomplish quite a lot. I’d say the highlight of our team efforts was the second iteration of Duel of Dogs, but there have been other cool projects and a lot of individual achievements that just connect together in a really nice way. Me, personally, I never looked at the team as a way of gaining some benefit for myself, rather than to provide for others and make their experience better. I could paraphrase JFK by saying: „Ask not what your team can do for you, but what you can do for your team.“ 😀 Right, and “working behind the scenes” as you called it is exactly what allows you to do this. You can help other people with their personal projects and just feel good about it even if you don’t necessarily like the task or activity you helped them with. I’d say that would kinda summarize my involvement with the team, I don’t really do much of my own projects, but I provide assistance to other people a lot in a variety of things, a bit of a jack of all trades, and this experience fulfills me a lot.
BJ: And we are forever grateful of your assistance! A somewhat personal project of yours is of course streaming. What has it been like to stream Gwent on Twitch this year?
M: So, streaming Gwent on Twitch has been a little tricky for me this year, since life got a bit busier for me, in particular because of school, so I haven’t been streaming as much as I would have wished, but I still am able to stream quite regularly, so can’t really complain. Outside of that, I attempted to hit top 500 on pro ladder twice and each time failed because of stroke of bad luck. The first time, right after Way of the Witcher I made it to top 300 with a day or two left and then CDPR prolonged the season by a week. 😀 I was so burnt out that I just gave up and naturally didn’t make it. The second time I placed 502nd and I had moved by the 2 places in the last 15 minutes of the season. Had I gotten 1 more mmr I would have stayed in there! So this is something that will definitely stay with me. Also, it’s been a great pleasure for me to help Weissenberg with multiple of his projects on Twitch and I couldn’t leave without mentioning that the one thing that helped me with overcoming all the tilt and burnout coming from the game was Nickelback… no, just kidding, it was the incredibly kind people in my chat, but there was a lot of Nickelback too this year!
BJ: May you continue to enjoy listening to Nickelback in your streams, even when its often at times forcefully… I know you are a huge fan of total war games since we play those games together. Which total war game got most of your attention this year and how so?
M: Yes, we do! Every Thursday after our meetings, it became a tradition that I am very fond of. We’ve finished Shogun 2 at least once, I believe, played Rome, Napoleon, Thrones of Britannia, yeah, it’s been an amazing experience. Back to the question, so, I’m not a big fan of Warhammer which is what the games have been focusing on for a while, so I’ve been looking more to the past and I think the most fun I’ve had was with you when we played Shogun 2. It was my favourite entry in the series before we started our campaign coops, but playing these together and just talking about nonsense really adds to the experience. In any case, I absolutely love Shogun 2 for it’s simple design, unique setting and superb atmosphere, easily my favourite strategy game.
BJ: May we continue our tradition in 2022! Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?
M: I would like to read more. It’s been something I’ve been trying to get back into for some time, but I keep on avoiding it, because I’m lazy. A few days ago I started reading The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus which I’d like to finish soon and after that, I’d like to just move on to another book and don’t stop for the rest of the year. I hope it will last, because my reading list is almost as bloated as the list of films I’d like to watch, that’s another thing I should get to, actually!
BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
M: Not really, I don’t really give them much value.
BJ: Fair enough. Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?
M: I wish you and your closed ones happy holidays and I hope you are safe and well. While I don’t think the world will change radically, I hope at least your personal lives will get/stay warm and calm and if you ever found yourself lonely, remember there are dozens of friendly Gwent streamers on Twitch that can help you with that problem. Stay awesome, Gwent community!
BJ: Cheers and happy new year!
*Mercernn's Top 10 Cards of 2021
*It seems that Mercernn is trying to send a message to the reader with his top 10.
1. Ignatius Hale
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10. Peasant Militia