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End of Year Interview 2021 Weevil89: ‘Although I still enjoy streaming, my priorities have shifted towards improving myself in other ways’

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

Weevil89: 2021 started as a more optimistic year, with mass vaccination programs rolling out across the world. The company I work for continued their work from home policy and I got offered a permanent role, yay! Made some new friends and connected more with myself. Overall, a good year.

BJ: That’s nice to hear. And what has it been like to stream on Twitch this year?

W: Twitch streaming has taken a backseat this year for me. Although I still enjoy streaming, my priorities have shifted towards improving myself in other ways. I will continue to stream in the future, but it will be on a looser schedule.

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

W: I’m really enjoying it. The game has much more depth than I originally thought and I’m always learning new ways of thinking. The BG guys are all really nice as well. Particular shout-outs to wickedsyam and Energiix for pointing out my pepega plays.

BJ: Awesome! This year you also met some of our team members including myself, how do you look back at that?

W: I thoroughly enjoyed it. Meeting Branca and getting to travel around Portugal was amazing. And then of course BJ’s visit to Dublin was particularly fun. So much Japanese food! Looking forward to the next time.

BJ: It was fun indeed and look forward to visit again! Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

W: I’d like to participate in a Storybook Brawl tournament. I’ll also be playing some new games including FFXIV Endwalker and Elden Ring.

BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

W: Practice gratitude every day.

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

W: Dare to open the door, you never know what lies ahead. And, inspired by Storybook Brawl, “try to use what the shop gives you, rather than chasing things that aren’t there”.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

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*Weevil89's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Weevil didn’t include a top 10 this year.

Weissenberg’s thoughts, Weevil89’s casting experience, Zubedoo’s road to the final, Sawyer1888’s victory speech

Intro

Tuvean y Gloir (Death and Glory) was a periodic Nilfgaard-exclusive tournament organised by Weissenberg where eight participants battled for the Emperor’s favor. Players had to craft three different Nilfgaard decks with three different leader abilities. Said decks were to exclude three specific cards banned by the Imperial Council of Gwent. The three cards were Masquerade Ball, Kolgrim and Tourney Shaelmaar. During the quarter and semifinals players had to face one another in a single elimination battle using the best out of three format. And the final was to be held according to the best out of five clash. The tournament happened last weekend on March 13-14 and was casted live on Twitch by Weissenberg & Weevil89. And Zubedoo & Sawyer1888 represented Bandit Gang in the tournament.

Graphic made by Weissenberg.

Weissenberg's thoughts:

”Tuvean y Gloir was supposed to be a small viewer-based tournament. I wasn’t going to put too much effort into prep and production. But, after receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to the initiative I decided it will be worth the while. Eventually I ended up doing much more than I imagined I would. Weevil, due to his experience in marketing, was bombarding me with ideas and ways to improve the viewing experience and it motivated me greatly. In the end organizing the tournament proved much more exciting and rewarding than I expected. It was still a small event, but to me it felt almost like casting an official tournament. I’m proud of what we achieved with Weevil and looking forward to future collaborations.”

Weevil89's casting experience:

”As my first casting experience in quite a while, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable. I was quite nervous at first, but I quickly found my feet. Weissenberg was awesome to work with – cool, professional, and passionate. He set up a wonderful tournament and I was glad to be a part of it.

The choice to ban Masquerade Ball and Kolgrim was a smart one, and it forced players to create decks that went beyond the meta we are all familiar with. As expected, most players brought an Assimilate deck, since it can still do well without the Nilfgaard scenario. And I have to say, it was those matches that proved the most interesting. Whether it was chains of Coup de Graces on Anna Henrietta or filling each others’ boards, it made for some very dramatic moments throughout.

A particular highlight for me was the double Madoc deck that Xhanthiax brought on the first day. Because lists were semi-open, only Weissenberg and I saw it coming, and it certainly delivered. A swift victory indeed. Sadly, that path to glory was cut short by a rather lucky Triss play by our man Sawyer who, by all accounts, barely slipped up throughout the tournament.

Before Day 1 drew to a close, there was a slight complication which made things even more interesting – one of the participants, Azra11, withdrew from the event for personal reasons, and offered his place to Zubedooo, whose performance he enjoyed in the first match. Although unexpected, Zubedooo took it humbly and gave Sawyer a run for his money, tying up the final set at 2-2 before Sawyer claimed victory.

Looking back, I am pleased with how things went, but for the players and for Weissenberg and myself. I’m happy with the job I did with casting, and I would welcome any such opportunities again. I’m not sure what we would have done if Zubedooo had won, but even Sawyer’s victory had many shouting “rigged” from the stands. I guess we will never know.”

Zubedoo's road to the final:

First off, taking part in an NG-only tourney is in itself an amazing thing, as we all know NG mirrors are always fun and need more thinking than usual for every play we make. Initially I was knocked out in the quarters of day 1 itself, but due to some situations that came up, I was brought back in to the tournament. Like a true Nilfgaardian, I did not let go of this opportunity and grabbed the finals spot and was simply ecstatic when I did it. Cherry on the top for me was the BG only finale between me and Sawyer, it was an honor to go toe to toe with a player like Sawyer who is super competitive and has that “Win till I die” attitude.

The finals were really intense, he was winning 2-0 initially and then I almost come in with a reverse sweep, but ultimately Sawyer took the finals 3-2 and it was a blast to take part in that finals. I have played in very few tournaments before, so overcoming some pressure was a task, but ultimately I did overcome that and it feels great, more so that I have the push now to take part in even more tournaments in the future.

I would like to thank Weissenberg for giving me the opportunity to take part in the tournament and casting it along side Weevil and making the experience even more fun. I did not take the W in the tournament, but I had a lot of fun and that is what really matters in anything we do even in life. If I had to give a highlight in the tourney, it is the 2-0 SMORC win I took with my Double Cross deck to get into the finals, my heart was racing and I was even more pumped to get into the finals and put up a good fight!”

Sawyer's victory speech:

”Everything got a bit itchy, when the patch was delayed and everyone only had a few days to test out the new cards and changes, which lead to the overall opinion, that Anna Henrietta was just good enough in every NG mirror to almost auto-include her in every deck. We delivered the decks a day before the tournament and after the draw show we also knew who we would face in the bracket.

Saturday the 13th Weissenberg and Weevil casted the qualifiers, while the Semis and Final were played on Sunday the 14th.  Without going into too much detail, I really liked all the artwork made for the tournament, especially the layout of the stream, graphics for the decklists and also the Nilfgaard only music to create a fitting atmosphere. The communication via discord worked pretty well and easily, while also the timed schedule was at least for Europeans quite pleasant. At the start it was meant to be closed decklist, which thankfully got reworked to be a kinda open decklist tournament after all. So again, I appreciate the flexibility and communication between the organizers and players.     

But, and there is always a but, sadly the tournament client acted wildly from time to time, which is an ongoing thing since months. We can just hope that CDPR tries to work on this fast enough, so future events can work even more smoothly. It’s always a shame to delay matches or even not being able to stream them. In conclusion I would say that this tournament was a great success and fun for everyone to watch, while it also was way more intense and skill dependent than I honestly expected. 

I just hope that CDPR will highlight these kinds of events in the future a bit more and support the community in offering some smaller prizes or advertise the streams. Events like the QuillandLance Cup, the Kreve League, the TLG Invitational or other ongoing leagues shape and strengthen the community, while also advertising the games abilities. It would be a wasted opportunity to never mention them in at least a monthly recap video, some weekly tweets on Twitter or promoting it in any other way officially.    

It brings people together and allows us to take part in a growing scene, while meeting new people and enjoying the game together. Sometimes it feels like only when known “Pro Players” take part in certain events, they are taken more seriously, but it’s also the content creators, article writers, streamers etc. who try their best and are actually able to play some decent rounds of Gwent.”

Graphic made by Weissenberg.

Final Remarks

We are immensely proud of Weevil for helping out with the casting and overcoming his insecurities. And of course we are proud of Zubedoo and Sawyer for participating and both representing us in the finals. Overall the tournament was a great event for people that are loyal to the Emperor to participate in. Tuvean y Glour 2 can’t happen soon enough in our opinion!

End of Year Interview 2020 Weevil89: ‘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’

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.

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*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.