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: Today I am sitting down with the proud owner of Christo’s Café, where Christmas is with no doubt being celebrated. And since Christmas is a time to reflect, I will open with the following question. How would you reflect on the year 2020 and the grand opening of your café?
TheOneChristo: What a year it has been. Obviously, a year like no other, but I’m thankfully for how it has turned out for me personally. Streaming is something I’ve been interested in for a long time and the move to working from home (and the equipment that came along with it) was a perfect opportunity to jump in. From there things just fell into place so nicely, the community was welcoming, and Café’s doors opened to a lineup each and every night.
BJ: It has definitely been a year like no other and not only because Covid but also because you joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer & Youtuber for Gwent and even did some casting for the Duel Of Dogs Tournament. How have you enjoyed the team so far?
C: When Denpai approached me to join the team, there was no hesitation on my side. Mercernn and you, BJ, were two individuals who were the most welcoming to me as I started as a content creator and were two channels I would often frequent. I was proud to be given the opportunity to represent the pink and black. I’m somebody who likes getting his hands into all sides of things. I started with streaming and obviously YouTube was a natural progression. I organize and help run tournaments with the team at 983 Media and casting was just another opportunity to try something new. Hopefully I get to continue to do more of the same and try new things in 2021.
BJ: If I am correct it was Flake that introduced you to Streaming and Gwent, how would you describe your friendship with him?
C: That’s right! I’ve known Flake since kindergarten, going on 30 years (yes I’m a boomer). We grew up together, shared similar interests, you know Star Wars, comics, video games and everything else nerd related. We started playing card games together many moons ago with Young Jedi, then the Star Wars CCG, onto Lord of the Rings and others. He got me into Gwent during closed beta, but that didn’t last long and I ended up drifting away from it. He’s also been a streamer for many years and that was really my first exposure to somebody I know being on Twitch. When I was fed up of Hearthstone he encouraged me to get back into Gwent and the rest is history.
BJ: Those friendships are definitely something that you should cherish. Back to streaming. What was your proudest moment when it comes to streaming this year?
C: I don’t know that I can pick a specific moment, but there are a few occasions this year that I was asked if “Christo’s Café” was a real thing (PS It’s not). The Café branding and look (Shoutout to Annaellieee for the graphic design work) all came together naturally from time spent streaming and the wonderful people who jumped in and chatted with me and pitched their ideas (and menu items !specials). I’m really proud of my channel and the Café theme.
BJ: I know you also started playing and streaming Mythgard recently, how is that going for you?
C: I’ve actually been playing Mythgard since open beta, in October 2019. For me, it has the cleanest and most elegant mechanics of any “life total” digital ccg I’ve played. I took a bit of a break in early 2020 as their initial expansion was delayed (thanks Covid) and so there wasn’t much new content. They released their first expansion in September, and I jumped back in casually, this time as a streamer and not too long after joined their partner program. I’ve played CCGs my whole life and I honestly think anybody else who is a card game fanatic needs to give Mythgard a go.
BJ: Is there anything that you would like to do next year? This can be regarding streaming or something else.
C: That is such a tough question. There is so much I still want to accomplish! I think 2020 was a great year for me, especially streaming wise. I was able to get my feet wet and try things out. This has given me a really nice and stable base, but I want to build off of that in 2021 and continue to grow my community, as well as the Bandit Gang and our wonderful “groupies”.
BJ: I am all up for growing the Bandit Gang community. And do you have any new year’s resolutions?
C: I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to change, try something new or improve yourself, you shouldn’t limit yourself to a specific day to start.
BJ: All fine with me. Is there anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?
C: I think 2020 proved that you never know what to expect, but I’m excited for 2021. As I read these BG year end interviews, it’s become clear to me that just because the year isn’t going as predicted, doesn’t mean you cannot accomplish tremendous growth. That being said, in a few weeks we turn the page on 2020, what are you going to set out to achieve in 2021?
*TheOneChristo's Top 10 Cards of 2020
TheOneChristo’s top 10 are just ten cards that he liked this year, without any specific order but I put a number in front of it just for the sake it.
10. Impera Enforcers – They don’t ever survive, but when they do they’re devastating.
9. Vincent Meis – Enjoy your 1 Power Golyat…Arnjolf…Yghern…etc
8. Ard Gaeth – Because people whine that Devotion OH isn’t good and they’re wrong.
7. Blue Stripes Commandos – Triple Commandos is just too much fun not to include.
6. Dracoturtle – I actually really like the design of this card and also like alchemy SK.
5. Vigo’s Muzzle – I didn’t use it much, but watching Mercernn Muzzle people was endlessly entertaining.
4. Manticore – Because people don’t respect the Manticore and they will be punished
3. Skjordal Drummond – Because I like calling him Squirtle.
2. Feign Death – Not the new one, the old one, that only spawned Deadeyes, because Elves are cool.
1. Dunca – I usually default to ST when a new expansion comes out and the number of times people tried to poison, bleed or lock her was amazing.