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 Sawyer, you are the next in line after Mercernn! How would you reflect on the year 2021?
Sawyer1888: First of all, nice to see your End of the Year Interviews are back and glad to be part of it again. This year was, interesting I would say. It had its ups and downs for me in my personal life, with some unique moments, like being announced to be the best mate of a friend at his wedding, winning some Gwent Tournaments or making some process elsewhere. Corona still has a big influence, so I am proud on every success I can get.
BJ: Thanks man! Its a lot of time and commitment, but all worth it in the end. And I know you achieved certain goals with the academy team since you became their manager this year. How do you look back at your journey as an academy manager?
S: It was and still is a very exciting experience. One of my highlights was the Charity Event with Shupe TV for sure, as I could feel the team spirit while everyone was helping each other. But it was also stressful from time to time, as you have to organize things through different time zones and when I felt my motivation to play Gwent slacking, I had to still keep in touch with the game to be a good manager. But after all, I am very proud of how the Academy has improved and would call everyone in there a friend.
BJ: That surely was awesome to organize. You also have been working on a variety of projects regarding your writing for the website. What has that been like?
S: Actually I miss the writing from time to time, while I was to busy managing or organizing stuff. So with the introduction of the Skill beats Luck Series I found the perfect format for me I think. Having so many different guests from different communities and countries is amazing, and for 2021 I can promise you guys some exciting new interviews coming as well. Maybe I will even find the time again for a Gwents Elite #3, as the last two parts were pretty successful; I am still listening to some of those songs from the Spotify list I created.
BJ: I love how much that playlist was appreciated by people in the community. Hope to see you do more stuff like this in 2022! How was the year 2021 for darts?
S: Oh, it was very entertaining. Gerwyn “The Iceman” Price started the year with becoming world champion and world #1, won both of the European Tour events and also the Grand Slam in November for a 3rd time already. Kinda sad that he missed the whole Premier League dure to a Covid Infection, but he came back strong.
Also his fellow Welshman Johnny “The Ferret” Clayton was producing magnificent darts this year…now it’s nice to have the framed picture signed by them both, even before Price won the Worlds and Clayton the Premier League or Grand Prix.
Currently the World Championships are running again till January 3rd, while many top ten players are in decent form, it can be very interesting to see who goes through in the end. Hopefully Price will defend his title, so I can let everyone know again in our Discord 😊
BJ: Looking forward to watch the match tonight! Is there anything that you would like to do next year?
S: Well I want to finally finish my Master Thesis and end my study time with a success. Maybe trying to find an internship, to get going again in a fitting work environment, as I am currently having a study-job in an office which is cool, but has nothing to do with Geography and Spatial Planning. The next steps would be to find my physical form again, as I was kinda slacking during the pandemic and joining a Darts Team, which turned out to be very difficult with all the restrictions. But I know from the past, that with a bit of routine, I can throw a decent dart, so I want to keep pushing forward.
BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?
S: Difficult to say, but probably to follow my words and keep fighting. Maybe it is time to stop putting the pandemic in front as an excuse and start finding ways to achieve my goals again.
BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?
S: Be kind and humble. I experienced life over the recent past from a difficult perspective, so you never know who else currently is as well. Encourage yourself and others to think outside the box, no matter how the box looks like, as fear is the mind-killer.
BJ: Cheers and happy new year!
*Sawyer's Top 10 Cards of 2021
*Sawyer’s top 10 doesn’t contain any kind of bias for NG and SK at all.
1. Fercart: As it had the best reveal so far as well as the artwork and ability.
2. Fucusya: Is its flexibility levels up every Skellige deck.
3. The Mushy Truffle: As it allows a variety of interesting combos.
4. The Witchfinder: As I love bounty archetypes and this card can be very dangerous.
5. Blightmaker/Mage Assassin: As it’s such a strong thinning package, helping Nilfgaard to be more consistent.
6. Artaud Terranova: Because with a decent set-up and timing, it can be devasting.
7. Skjordal: As I loved his ability before and with the new King Bran it’s even better.
8. Gedyneith: because of the provision changes for the druids it becomes much more playable, together with Bride of the Sea for example.
9. Gorthur Gvaed: As it carried me to victory in the Nilfgaard Tournament.
10. Witch Apprentice: Because it’s a flying pig.