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End of Year Interview 2020 Sawyer1888: ‘Probably my latest article about Pro Player Mentality was the hardest one, but also the one I’m the proudest of’

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 Sawyer, thanks for joining me. You are not only the second person I am interviewing for the End of Year interviews but also the second German. Coincidence? I think not! I would say this year has been truly something else. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

Sawyer: Hey BJ, thanks for involving me into your series, appreciate it! So…I think personally this year was one of the worst years I’ve ever had, not only cause of corona but also because of my private issues and obstacles I had and still have to overcome.  But it was also the year I got introduced into the Twitch and Gwent Community, while joining Team Bandit Gang as a writer. I had positive moments, chats and a lot of fun in this community and with my new team, while on the other side personal life still seems to take a lot of recovering in the upcoming year. Nevertheless, I hope to take the whole experience of this year as a lesson, make use of it and only think back of what it was worth in the end.

BJ: You joined us during corona as an article writer for Gwent, how have you enjoyed it so far?

S: It was a pretty cool and unique experience for me. I was involved in Esport Teams in the past, but most of them were Germans only. It really helped my English skills in some ways, I hope, and I also made a lot of new friends. Having a small space in life where you can be creative while also getting positive feedback for it felt pretty good, especially in tough times like right now. Who knows, maybe in a few years I’ll write articles in my job or even a book and I might say “This is where it all started”.

BJ: Yeah, I remember you telling me about your esports experience in the past. Which article would  you say that you are the proudest of? And which of them was the toughest for you to write?

S: Probably my latest Article about Pro Player Mentality was the hardest one, but also the one I’m the proudest of. It took a lot of work to contact all these players, while I also felt a bit unsecure on how they’ll all react. Not everyone knows who I am and I have a lot of respect for the “Champions” of our Gwent scene. So now getting in touch with so many of them, while also being able to create something I really think was worth creating and working on, feels amazing and really satisfying in the end. I hope that people enjoy it while reading as much as I did while working on it.

BJ: I read it and as you know you have gotten my seal of approval for it. While reading it I imagined you as a guru of the competitive scene. Sharing the knowledge that you gained over the last days with a warm voice which gave me comfort. But, you are not only a guru when it comes to that. You also are a darts guru from my perspective. I know you like to watch it a lot. Was there any particular match that happened this year that will forever stay with you?

S: I love Darts, that’s right. I love the simple aspect of being responsible for how far you can get and without any chance of blaming something else than your throw. If you win, it’s yours to take and if you lose, it’s yours to reflect on. Corona hit darts hard as any other sport this year, so I really appreciate the PDC (Professional Darts Cooperation) to handle things so well and make tournaments and all that possible. As a huge Gerwyn Price fan I probably would say that the World Grand Prix semi-final against Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall was probably one of the most intense matches for me to watch this year. He had to dig really deep, defended his throw, lead by a few Sets and had to survive 3 match darts in the end. After that he even managed to win the whole thing against Dirk van Duijvenbode, an aubergine farmer. Imagine, an ex-rugby player vs. an aubergine farmer in the World Grand Prix of Darts, life tells the most interesting stories.

BJ: Yeah, I was hoping the aubergine farmer would win because of his Dutch nationality 😉 And is there anything that you would like to do next year? This can be regarding article writing or something else.

S: To finish my master thesis and finally move out of my students apartment and hopefully out of my students life. It’s time for a change and I want to take the next step.

BJ: That’s a good plan and I hope you will be able to do it. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

S: Hell no, after the last year I understood what Chris Cornell said, that to be yourself, is all that you can do.

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

S: Well, without sounding to cheesy, but I really hope that everyone always finds a way to keep in touch with the little things in life. This year was tough for all of us and I think that the Twitch and Gwent community in general did a massive job to remind us, how important a bit of daily joy can be. So, I guess I just want to thank all the streamers and users in chat for making my day during this quarantine, I hope I gave something back as well.

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*Sawyer's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*Sawyer’s top 10 doesn’t contain any kind of bias for NG and SK at all.

10. Arnaghad aka that guy I don’t know how to spell – He looks like a real promising cheese card for SK…but also to be a good use for my favorite faction NG with Imposter.

9. An Craite Raiders – One of my favorite Bronzes this year. Love the set up value together with Harald.

8. Gerd – Hopefully will support my greedy and control heavy Skellige playstyle.

7. Idr and Koshchey – For me this bug duo just looks super scary, in terms of art work and card value.

6. Herkja – Love the horn sound. I often play with cards like Madman Lugos, Donar and other Bloodlust stuff, so if not answered, this card really sets it up well.

5. Braathens – Love create stuff, while it also is so flexible and has a great art work.

4. Skjordal – Pure damage while also playing for points. Rip NR engines.

3. Fergus – Enforcers go Brrrt. And it’s also the Card that won me the Bandit Champion Title as my last play (Roderick into Fergus for double trigger Scenario, while an Enforcer on board).

2. Harald – Harald is cheat, simple. If not answered it can be devastating in a Bloodthirst deck.

1. Usurper – I love the sound and animation, it feels powerful to grab something from your opponent, while triggering Ball and also gaining Enforcer Charges.

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