JSN991

End of Year Interview 2021 JSN991: ‘Gwent has definitely had its ups and downs this year but on the whole it was very enjoyable’

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 JSN, you are the next in line after Dream! How would you reflect on the year 2021?

JSN991: I would say that 2021 has proven itself a challenge for me for the same reasons as everyone else.There have been some positives though, for example over the year I’ve become a lot better at coping with a condition I suffer from called delayed sleep phase disorder, which has resulted in me doing better in school.

BJ: That’s nice to hear! And what has it been like to compete in Gwent this year?

J: Gwent has definitely had its ups and downs this year but on the whole it was very enjoyable. It was my first year playing in top 64 qualifiers, and I’m still salty about some of my terrible rng in those tournaments, as well as the month that I missed out on top 16 by 1 mmr. There were some great moments though, my favorite would have to be beating Redrame with my own “Chinese propaganda” deck in my first ever qualifier, and winning kreve league.

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

J: I’ve really enjoyed storybook so far and part of that is due to the number of people in BG as well as in the wider Gwent community that have also been playing it. It was originally just meant to be something to keep me entertained during the Gwent off season, but it’s now become much more than that for both myself and several others. However, how long it can hold my interest will depend on the new content/ balance changes as well as how the competitive scene develops.

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

J: I do enjoy streaming so there will definitely be more streams in the future, it’s just that I haven’t been playing too much Gwent during the past couple months. The new Gwent patch seems promising though, and I suppose I could stream brawl, so stay tuned!

BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

J: I’m currently in the final year of school so I would like to do well in my exams and get into a decent university. I also love traveling so I want to do that more as it hasn’t been possible for far too long now.

BJ: Good luck on your last year! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

J: I don’t really believe in new year’s resolutions since I think it’s good to try and become a better version of yourself no matter the time of year. That said, the Gwent season lines up nicely with the new year, so my resolution could be to do well next season.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

J: Just to expect big things from us next year; I think you will see either myself or another member of BG in an open, as well as more great articles, streams etc from the content team, or even success in storybook considering how many bandits are playing that game now.

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*JSN991's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*JSN doesn’t really have favorite cards, so it was hard for him to make a top 10. So he has come up with something on the spot and as a result the cards in this list generally reflect decks or archetypes he enjoys playing rather than having any standalone meaning.
10. Sorceress of dol blathana– a card that we have seen plenty of this year but is still fun and well balanced in my opinion, its fairly rare to see staple bronzes like this that don’t have boring/ unfun mechanics.
9. Salamandra mage– a very underrated card that can play for insane value and has cool art.
8. Hemmelfart– obviously one of the new releases so it cant go too high on the list, but a strong and interesting card that firesworn (an archetype I’ve wanted to be good again for a long time) really needed.
7. Vanadain– Sonneillon has enlightened me with how powerful this card can be. Great for fixing your hand in those st decks with several bricks and simlas quadruple waylay is pretty nice.
6. Fulmar– Some people (cough cough Energiix cough cough) have hated on this card far too much, especially on its release, so I think it needs some recognition.
5. Seditious aristocrat– the main card in my previously mentioned Chinese propoganda deck, which will always have a special place in my heart.
4. Melusine– just a fun card, not much else to it.
3. Eithne– we all know I am a natures gift simp so she has to be in here somewhere.
2. Olaf– self wound is one of my favorite archetypes and it doesn’t get nearly enough credit, plus the art is perfect for a discord profile pic.
1. Igni– perfect for making your opponent regret their life choices.

End of Year Interview 2020 JSN991: ‘Being in the team has still helped me improve as a player a lot’

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: So, how would you reflect on the year 2020 young man?

JSN991: Like everyone else, 2020 hasn’t been the best year for me, but it hasn’t been without some good moments. For example, I joined BG this year and I’ve loved being in the team.

BJ: I believe you are the youngest member of the team, how does that feel? 

J: True, and by a good few years too I think, but I don’t really feel like it changes much. I guess there’s always going to be some slight differences when talking to people older than you compared to your own age, but I feel like whatever age I was it wouldn’t change much about my role within the team.

BJ: You joined Team Bandit Gang as an Academy Player this year, and got promoted to the Pro Team later on. What was it like to compete in season 2 of Gwent Masters under the BG banner?

J: Technically I joined BG after season 2 was finished, but being in the team has still helped me improve as a player a lot. Just after I joined, I helped energiix prep for the last qualifiers of season 2. It was the first time I’d done anything like that, and it definitely helped me understand how me and my team can help each other improve. Even just having people to talk to in voice chat can make jamming ladder more enjoyable, leading to higher placements on the leaderboards. But that’s probably no surprise, as I think for most people if they have a good group of people around them they rather do something together than on their own.

BJ: And what do you want to achieve in season 3 of Gwent?

J: I hope to improve as much as I can and play in whatever tournaments I can. Ultimately the goal is to make it to an open, but will take a lot of hard work.

BJ: No pressure at all, but you are our Gwent prodigy so we have a lot of expectations from you 😉 Is there anything that you would like to do outside of competing in Gwent next year?

J: Outside of Gwent my plans are fairly simple; I want to do well in school and enjoy life however I can. My main hope (like everyone else) is that there’s no more lockdowns so that I can do more stuff with friends in the following year. Not sure how likely that is though.

BJ: Yeah, I just hope people don’t lose patience. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

J: Not really, I’m not a big fan of new years resolutions because I don’t see why you should wait till the new year to try and improve, just do it straight away.

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

J: Not really except that I think this year will be a big one for the BG pro/academy team. Hopefully you’ll be seeing me as well as some of the other BG guys in an open this year, that’s the goal.

BJ: I know this must have felt like homework to you, but I appreciate you taking your time to answer the questions.

J: It wasn’t too bad, hopefully I gave ok answers.

BJ: If you listened to your heart while answering them, then know that they are ok answers.

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JSN991's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Spores – Not as high as it will be on energiix’s list, but a good cheap tech card nonetheless.
9. Endrega Larva – I don’t think anyone needs convincing this card is good.

8. Jaques – Very solid card that is used in the 2 best sy decks, the spender buff it got was super nice too.

7. Scytheman – One of the few good nr cards that requires setup and was at the core of one of the most enjoyable meta decks this year in my opinion (swarm nr).
 
6. Isengrim’s Council – Very flexible card that can protect engines as well as give symbiosis value.
5. Saul de Naverrate – Possibly the best engine in the game at just 7 provisions.
4. Frightener – An immune 12 for 9 with an easy condition in a deathwish deck, one the most underated cards this year for sure.

3. Cerys – Very good pointslam in any ursine ritual deck, and we all know what it does with lippy.
2. Greatsword – The rework was probably the best change I’ve seen. It removed the huge point ceiling whilst still playing for good value
1. Vanilla Geralt – Despite being seen as the trash starter card for a long time, it was actually seen quite a lot in one month in particular, and I used it in 3 of my 4 decks. This also happened to be the month that I got my personal best ladder finish at #10

Welcome to BG JSN991!

Another Academy Player arrives… 

With JSN being a 17 year old, he is one the youngest team members and thus we like to think that he is a Gwent
prodigy to keep your eyes peeled on. He also will be representing the blue colors.

You can read more about JSN991 here.