End of Year Interview 2020 war1machine: ‘Hopefully next year will be another step for everyone into living a better life, however that may look’

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: Hey man, its nice to finally talk to you next to the fireplace. We know each other for a long time. I believe I know you are the longest from everyone on the team. How was 2020 for you?

war1machine: Let’s face it, I think most people will say 2020 hasn’t been the best of years. That being said, I think you have to make the best out of what you have and appreciate what you can in life. Hopefully next year will be another step for everyone into living a better life, however that may look.

BJ: I hope that too. And in this very same year you joined us. When Driftbling and I were talking back in the day for who we could add to the team that could help us out with the admin side of things. We immediately thought of you. And when you said the yes word we were very excited to have you on. How does it feel to be a bandit?

WM: I really enjoy being part of the team, although I do wish I could do more. When I first joined it was a bit of a weird time, it was during a lockdown and I didn’t have a lot going on so it was good to focus on something and I’d long been part of the Gwent community. Hopefully I’ll be able to put myself to better use once my work and personal life are in order.

BJ: Let’s find out if that will change in 2021. I know you since the days Repelmer was still streaming and when Gwent was a lot different than it is today. Have you enjoyed Gwent this year the same you did back then?

WM: It is hard to say, enjoyment isn’t really something you can place onto a scale and give it a quantifiable value. There are parts I loved about old Gwent and parts I disliked and of course that is the same now. It’s easy to look to the past with nostalgia and only focus on the good things that happened while eliminating the bad. But I appreciate Gwent for what it is, a unique and changing card game with great artwork and lore and I hope for it to continue and grow for many years to come.

BJ: That’s a way to put it. And I can agree with the things you mentioned. I sometimes see on Discord that you play other games than Gwent. What game did you enjoy the most outside of Gwent this year?

WM: Hmm, 2020 just seems such a blur, I don’t even know what I was going for a good part of the year, I would have to say though Crusader Kings 2. It’s a very fun grand strategy game with RPG elements and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it. I was part of a group of players for a time that played together in multiple sessions, it was fun to watch our nations grow and develop and our dynasties along with it.

BJ: That’s cool, I have never played that game myself actually. Is there anything that you would like to do outside of gaming next year?

WM: Ohh a great many things, I have long considered getting into Youtube but hardware limitations make it somewhat difficult. I also enjoy writing quite a lot and was considering making a few short novels aimed at children. Other than that it’d be good to do some more physical stuff, I’d love to go hiking with friends somewhere once that becomes actually viable.

BJ: Yeah, I remember you saying you need a decent mic and that you are planning to do some kind of history series. And you got the voice for it so you should definitely give it a go. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

WM: I  hope a new mic brings out all it’s finer qualities! My new year’s resolution is to not have a new year’s resolution. Quite the paradox.

BJ: Maybe I should skip that question in 2021. But yeah, anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

WM: I hope you have a good Christmas and stay safe from that which can’t be named or you’ll get demonetized on various platforms. I hope next year brings you luck and helps towards improving or enriching your life in some form or another!


war1machine's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*war1machine’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 of it.

10. Draug – Draug as a card has gone through a few transitions in the game’s history, it was once a monster card. Its current effect though is both powerful and interesting, worthy of being a legendary card. It’s something that allows NR to play in a fairly unique way, swarming with humans, not to gain generic board wide boosts but to turn humans into cursed revenants that can swarm further, control the board or set up things such as Falibor. Overall very cool and flavourful, and one of the best voice lines!

9. Igni – Igni has been a card since the star of Gwent and has always found a home at one time or another. His current initiative ability isn’t as harsh as some other cards and it’s something that if it’s ever in the meta you have to always keep in mind when placing cards onto rows. Very few cards cause quite as much dread as realizing you may have just given your opponent a juicy igni by lining up your own units. A cool ability and again the effect is fitting of what the card is depicting.

8. Braathens – The NG mage’s recent change was something people initially thought would kill the card, but with the buff to emissary that came to this patch as well, I think this card will be very strong and be seen a lot in future NG decks. It has lost some of its former versatility but it still acts as a good enabler of assimilate as well as a good midrange card with decent point distribution.

7. Phillipa Eilhart– The blind mage who caused many to coincidentally be blinded by rage on many occasions. She’s a great card and an excellent way for SY to spend their hard-earned and totally not ill-gotten coins. The ability to seize an engine, defender or just play for raw points makes her a solid card and one that will be seen in SY for a long time to come.

6. Haern Caduch – No I didn’t need to look up that name I promise… this for those who don’t recognize it is the new location cards that were added to Gwent with the recent expansion. This SK location is very strong, the options from it provide good versatility depending on the match up and situation and it’s order to heal is perfect for SK, particularly for the new Bear Witchers. The fact it has resilience too just adds to it. A great card with versatility and point distribution.

5. Idarran of Ulivo – This is another new card and one that is still seeing much experimentation. Whether it is good enough to remain in the meta is still up for debate but for now it has proved to provide a great deal of options for deck building. Being a Neutral card it can be placed into any faction and thus the possibilities are many. It’s been used for all manner of things which I won’t go into here and I’m sure there’s many more things for which has yet to be tried. A unique ability which opens up a lot of new deck archetypes and fun memes too. He does looks like a bit of an edgy emo kid though.

4. Wererat – A wererat, where?! Yes the Skaven have finally invaded Gwent, what isn’t to like about a giant rat monstrosity. This card has the ability to do something many consume cards cannot, which is to transfer its points away from itself and onto other bodies. This is important as going too tall can be a detriment but not only this it’s ability to spawn multiple rats is great for beats and swarm, something that MO has needed support for. It’s an interesting ability as for how strong it is hard to say but I look forward to experimenting with it myself. (Please don’t experiment with giant mutant rats without parental supervision).

3. Viy– I know, everyone is sick of Viy. The card itself though does at least have an ability we’ve not seen, in homecoming at least, before and it gives consume an alternative way to play. I think Viy while strong is counterable through the use of Yrden to reset many of the consume cards that are used to enable Viy, or by getting a long round 3 with an engine deck of some kind as Viy has no control or very little at all being almost entirely focused on the Viy gameplan. Future Viy decks may become more versatile.

2. Anseis – I’m a big fan of the duel ability and the fact Anseis has both zeal and his alternative formation ability make him a solid card for removal. With Shieldwall we all know his power and Viraxas only adds to that. Despite being a whiny self entitled brat, and that Selkirk could definitely kick his arse, as a card he more than proves his worth.

1. Keldar– I’ve included many new expansion cards and well it’s because many of them are just so fresh and new. Their abilities feel unique and yet not too weak to not consider play. Keldar provides support for an NR witcher deck and showcases the new Adrenaline keyword. I don’t think you’d build around his Resupply ability but that is a nice addition. I don’t know if he will make it into the meta but for now he provides a good target for Griffin Adepts, and even without them a 2 point a turn engine with bodies should not be underestimated.