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: Grab a hot chocolate and sit down with me my friend. But you are more than a friend of course, you are also the first member of Team Bandit Gang. And how would the first member of Team Bandit Gang reflect on the year 2020?
Weevil: 2020 has been an interesting and difficult year for me. Of course, Covid-19 was not something I expected. I started working from home in March of this year, and I have gotten used to it, but it still feels strange sometimes. Other than that, I have come out of my shell a lot more and (ironically) connected with more people and forged some interesting relationships. For this, I am very grateful. As for Gwent, it has felt like quite a slow year, but the game is still thoroughly enjoyable and I absolutely love the community that we have built around it. Bring on 2021.
BJ: I am also excited for 2021 and the possibilities of what it can offer. And you joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer for Gwent at the beginning of the year, but also started proofreading and editing articles for our article writers later on. How have you enjoyed it so far?
W: I really love being part of this team. I have gotten to know everyone a lot over the past year, and I always try to help out whenever I can. My insecurities often cause me to withdraw or isolate myself from others, but being a part of this team has really helped me to overcome that. I think that as long as we are creative, we will never be short of something to talk about in articles or videos, and I am happy to contribute to their success through editing and proofreading.
BJ: I am truly happy that being on the team has helped you in that capacity. And we all know you are one of the OG streamers when it comes to streaming Gwent on Twitch. Would you say this year was any different from last year?
W: I don’t think it’s any surprise that we have seen more people streaming the game this year. More people forced indoors, BG growing a lot, lots of collaborative events and tournaments. Two expansions felt a bit less exciting at times, so there were definitely periods when the game stagnated a bit. The community is what keeps it going, and that has remained as strong as previous years.
BJ: I know you have been reading a new book recently. Could you tell me more about that?
W: Yes, I’m currently reading a book about Attachment Theory. I’m a nerdy Gwent streamer who is 31 and trying to find his life partner. And if I can’t meet as many people at the moment, I’ll do research instead. Very interesting book, talks about the three styles in great detail – secure, anxious and avoidant. If you are someone who has wondered why relationships are also so dramatic for you, this will answer all of your questions.
BJ: I might have to grab a copy for myself, I always try to educate myself more. And aside of reading the book next year. Is there anything else that you would like to do? This can be regarding streaming or something else.
W: Next year, my goal is to improve myself, whether that be through more frequent socialising, exercise, Gwent, or the streaming that goes with it. I’ll be playing the Witcher 3 a lot, as well!
BJ: I thought I would never see you play The Witcher 3, but I would love to stop by when you do so. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
W: If I had to pick something, it would be to be more positive. Meet more people. Say yes to more things. Take opportunities as they present themselves.
BJ: I would recommend watching the movie Yes Man with Jim Carrey & Zooey Deschanel, perhaps it could be motivating for you to say more often yes. And is there anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?
W: 2020 has been a crazy year, but I hope that you have learned something about yourself amid the isolation. I have grown a lot in the past year, and I encourage you all to take the experiences you’ve had in 2020 and use them to better yourself in 2021.
*Weevil89's Top 10 Cards of 2020
*When looking carefully at Weevil89’s top 10 of 2020, you get the feeling that he is still with his mind in Christmas times of 2019. That time when Christmas was celebrated with family, together, in one room and not through a computer screen.
10. Winter Queen – A personal favorite of mine. Gives tempo to frost in a very elegant way.
9. Harald an Craite – I tried to avoid SK, but Harald is just too good. Even now, after some nerfs, he still leads the best bronze core in the game.
8. Ethereal – His reign is over, but yeah he needs a mention. Thanks for the memories.
7. Amphibious Assault – best Echo. Gives you so much choice for 9p cards, while also protecting 4p engines by boosting them. Perfectly designed for NR.
6. Oneiromancy – This card, along with the Echo mechanic in general, have made so many inconsistent decks possible to play.
5. Vincent van Moorlehem – This card’s existence has been so impactful. Handles so many things. If it has no target, however, it’s rubbish.
4. The Beast – Most consistent Monsters engine, difficult to stop unless you have 6 point removal (which not every faction does).
3. Masquerade Ball – aka the only thing keeping NG alive as a faction. But yeah, card is bonkers. Punishes tall, spreads its points around with Thirsty Dames.
2. Mattajosus – Card was bonkers this time last year, and it remained popular for a long time. Aaaand it will be popular again very soon with Adrenaline.
1. Siege – because Triple Siege, nuff said. Also RIP Triple Siege.