End of Year Interview 2021 SuperSpock9000: ‘This has been one of the most challenging years I’ve had in a while if I’m being honest’

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 Spock, you are the next in line after wicked. How would you reflect on the year 2021?

SuperSpock9000: This has been one of the most challenging years I’ve had in a while if I’m being honest. Between some health issues with family members and starting a new job there has been a lot thrown at me this year. However, things have gotten significantly better and I’ve managed to adjust to my new work environment. Besides these endeavors, I’ve made a few achievements this year that I’m pretty proud of, Gwent especially. I’ll go into more detail about my Gwent achievements later but I managed to do well on the SBB ladder as well as some Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Duel events. These accomplishments made me realize that card games are something that I can compete in competitively outside of Gwent. Even though this was a difficult year as a whole I think I’ve controlled everything I could to the best of my ability and I’m in a pretty good spot as we wrap up the year.

BJ: Glad to hear things are going well for you! What has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

SS: This year was the best year for me to compete in gwent so far. I managed to achieve my long-time goal of placing in the top 64 during a competitive season and i managed to finish in the top 16 during the TLG invitational which was an unexpected surprise. I was even invited to talk about my tournament experience in TLG’s podcast which was an awesome experience! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the bookend of the year. It might be the lack of proper balance or the general grind finally amounting to needing a break but for the last two months of the competitive season and the entire off-season I haven’t had much desire to play on ladder or in community events. Although after watching world masters and seeing all the new changes coming in the December patch I’m excited to start playing again.

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

SS: Storybook Brawl is a really fun game and I’m looking forward to seeing how the game evolves and hopefully gets more traction. It’s really fun playing with different compositions of boards from game to game and it really rewards adaptability to drafting which is something I never really thought about as a skill until playing this game.

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

SS: Haha, this is actually something my IRL friends mention to me a lot and is a bit of a meme in our group. I always tell myself that I’ll start streaming again but one thing I’ve realized about myself is that right now I enjoy competing and playing optimally in my games more than streaming and entertaining. Perhaps my priorities will change with time and streaming will be more appealing but right now I think I’ll only do them when the urges really hit me.

BJ: Time will tell in that case. Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

SS: I’m not really sure what my goals for next year are. Finishing more frequently in top 64 qualifiers would be nice as well as maybe going for a top 16 spot.

BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

SS: Be healthier, work on myself more mentally and physically, and try to get outside of my comfort zone a bit more.

BJ: Personal growth is one of the most satisfying things. Good luck with that! Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

SS: Thanks for taking the time to read my interview! Look forward to another great year for BG as we continue to pump out content and try our best in Gwent and maybe even StoryBook Brawl!

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*SuperSpock9000's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Spock decided to start his top 10 with number 1 instead of 10.

1. Blightmaker: Most nilfgaard decks had the weaknesses of a slow start in round 1 and can make playing the faction annoying on blue coin. However, after the introduction of blightmaker this problem was lightened a bit at the cost of a slightly clunky deck building restriction. Easily one of my favorite cards to come out this year.

2. Citrian envoy: NR is well known for its Draw-your-golds like nature. Citiran envoy helps with this issue a bit at the cost of being a really low tempo play. However, it’s cheap enough that it can find its way into an NR deck every once in a while and helped me a ton during the invitational a lot.

3. Artaud: Artaud is a really cool spying payoff card that has crazy synergies with the assimilate archetype. I love playing nilfgaard and this card is an absolute house in the faction.

4. Dead man’s tongue: This card can be decent tempo while offering another form of consistency to nilfgaard decks. In very niche scenarios you can also banish high provision cards that you might’ve missed in round 3. It’s an all-around very strong card that I love playing in my NG decks.

5. Sunset wanderers: If you had to ask me what card I think of when I think of Gwent in 2021 it’s Sunset Wanders. This card completely warped the meta when it debuted and remains a viable card today. My favorite thing about this card is that it was the first card to have the mechanic of starting in your opening hand. This is a mechanic I hope CDPR explores more because I love this kind of design.

6. Mammuna: Another card that completely warped the meta on release along with all the other insane monster cards that were released around that time. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Even though other monster cards have been left behind I still think Mammuna is an amazing card and will see play once the faction she’s in sees some more love.

7. Tunnel Drill: Even though everyone and their mother complained about tunnel drill I thought it was quite the fun card to play and it kept Syndicate relevant in the higher tiers of competitive play. I’ll never forget sitting in voice chats with Sonnelion and hearing him say “BAM” “BAM” “BAM” every once in a while when this card would hit the board and do what it does best.

8. Coupe de grace:  At the time of release I actually thought this card was pretty bad. Initially, it might have been a low tier echo card for sure. However, after many buffs to spying cards, Coupe has made its way into most NG decks these days, which I think is for the better. There’s nothing like playing 2-4 Joachims per game when you’re in a particular mood.

9. Kolgrim: While some people despise the clog archetype I really enjoyed playing it myself and Kolgrim was more often than not the win condition that ties the deck together. As much as I know some people would love for clog to never see the light of day again I’ll be happy to slam down a Kolgrim or two (off of kingslayer) if the meta ever calls for it.

10. Eist Tuirseach: Another powerful finisher card. Even though warriors aren’t as powerful now as when Eist was first released it was one hell of a swing if your opponent gave you enough of a body to match that of the Jutta that you pitched from your deck. I’m a fan of big finishers in Gwent and Eist was one of the most memorable finishers that were around this year for me.

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