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 Moriarty, you are the next in line after Xhanthiax. How would you reflect on the year 2021?
M: I can’t quite put into words how busy it has been for me, really. I’ve had a lot of plates spinning in both my professional and personal life; though many of them seem to be slowing down as the year comes to its end, which is great. I’ve even managed to find time to hop into streams to watch Gwent– and even play it a little again too.
BJ: This year you have been working a lot together with Enzo and Decode on Lore Blast, how are you describing your relationship with them?
M: Well as you all know I haven’t written one in a little while, but it was a really fun change of pace to be reading Enzo’s scripts for the series. I love the series, and I always will. It’s hard to fathom the Herculean effort Enzo’s putting into them at the moment in writing, editing and even narrating some of them at the moment. Where does he get that energy from?
I’ll always love the series, at any rate, and will always be delighted to put my voice to them whether they’re written by me, Enzo, or whomever else.
BJ: How do you look back on all the episodes you worked on for Lore Blast?
M: With a lot of fondness. It’s hardly a new or novel idea but I feel like once Enzo took charge of the editing we really found a unique way to deliver the content; which is fantastic. I had a great time with the research and writing of the original set of videos; but the narrating has always been my favorite part.
All that said; I have a hard time watching them. Hearing my own voice is a weird one. I’m glad other narrators have taken up the task, too, so I can actually sit through a few of them!
BJ: Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?
M: Gwent related? I feel like I’m always wishing I had the time and energy to stream; but I don’t know how tenable that is. I tip my hat to anyone juggling full time employment and their live stream. It takes such a tremendous amount of effort; and with teaching especially I’m usually far too exhausted to do so. All that said, yeah. I’d love to stream again.
BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
M: I think this year I’m going to resolve to eat less meat. I already have a vegetarian day a week thanks to a veggie ex-girlfriend forcing me to learn some pretty awesome vegetarian recipes. I’d like to take that a little further. Mostly for my health, really, though we all know the other benefits.
BJ: That’s a great one. If you have any questions regarding that you can always hit me up. I haven’t had meat since I was 20 years old. But to finish the interview, anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?
M: Don’t play cloggers.
BJ: Fuck cloggers indeed and happy holidays!
*MoriartyUK's Top 10 Cards of 2021
*Finally someone that did his top 10 properly…
10. The Brute: I really like bounty as an archetype, but I don’t think it’s quite there yet. That said, I’ve really enjoyed playing the deck and cards like the Brute have really helped the list I think. As something of a lore nerd, as we’ve established, I also quite enjoy the world building they’ve done around the Hales.
9. Raffard’s Vengeance: Controversial perhaps, since I think most of the community has it marked as too strong. I just really like the card, I think the twist on the crew tag allowing it to include mages is interesting. The order is obviously powerful (And thus feels great to use.) And look at that ART. Such a cool concept.
8. Rioghan: Just a very cool finisher, I love the rain archetype a lot. I do sometimes worry if perhaps it’s a little binary; requiring graveyard hate to stop. But I suppose you can always just bleed and bully a rain deck if you need to. Also, again, a really cool story beats with Rioghan and Fucusya. I love a tragic romance.
7. Toad Prince: Unload the toad! Unclog the frog! Unbench the kench! Unroll the tadpole! Un-imprison the amphibian! Unmute the newt! Permit the kermit!
I love his buff, I love that he exists. I love toads.
6. Illusionist: Very cool card concept which has great potential for weird and interesting combos with Operator nonsense; or just as a reasonable power play on 4 provisions. I also find it quite interesting, as it’s a 4 prov card you don’t really want round one which is a bit unusual.
5. Gerhart of Aelle: I really like this card, I like that there’s an element of risk and reward with his patience. I feel like he sort of encapsulates the keyword well. Since he really is about patience. You can take the 6 point pact now, or perhaps wait for something different and better if you dare risk it. Whereas other patience cards tend to just feel like “Wait as long as possible for a bigger result.” I like that Gerhart actually feels like a test of patience, and not just waiting forever.
4. Torque: I’m not sure why exactly I like this card, I think just watching the buffs hit him and then spiral off onto something else is good for the ol’ dopamine receptors. I just find something about the card really enjoyable. I think I may just love handbuff.
3. Melusine: I enjoy the clown fiesta of building Melusine as high as possible and then praying it doesn’t just get heatwaved off the face of the earth. Cards with exponential potential growth are always compelling to me, and I like that it isn’t just growing for free (Since it wounds adjacent cards) Which gives a further level of play around. It also just has super rad card art.
2. Ildiko: An older card, but an honourable mention. I actually climbed from where I’d degraded to (Rank 12) all the way into pro playing mostly a Stockpile deck that used Ildiko as a pretty significant part of it. I had a blast playing the deck, and I loved finding a use for this card. So I had to include it!
1. Bride of the Sea: I love everything about this card. Its actual art and flavour in the rain and sea-cultist style cards in Skellige. I love the flavour of the effect: recreating alchemy (or gifts) from the sea in proportion to how much rain there is (and thus how devoted to the card and its theme you are.) I love its voice lines, and I really like how it can do some degenerate things in a devoted rain deck, but also how it can just fit neatly into other less rain-focused decks as a simple 4-prov alchemy resurrection. I really love this card, and after much thought think it deserves its number 1 spot!