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Weekly Bandit Gang Content Update #5

Welcome to your weekly Bandit Gang content update.

Hello Strays of Spalla!

I hope you are all doing well today. In today’s weekly Bandit Gang content update, I would like to dedicate a bit more towards our podcast ”The Bandit Hideaway”. Last week we had episode 4 with our General Manager KingDenpai, Team Aretuza’s General Manager Redrame, and Team Kreve’s General Manager Flohmega on the panel and they absolutely trolled the fuck out of Zubedoo. It was a fun one for sure. If you missed it, you can watch it back here. Also, all the episodes should be available on Spotify real soon!

And with that being said, we have planned episode 5 for tomorrow. So instead of a two-week wait, it will be tomorrow at 19:00pm CEST! We have been in talks with Jason Slama & Pawel Burza regarding their participation in the podcast and they agreed to join us soon. The episode will be hosted by Zubedoo and co-hosted by myself and shall be live streamed here. We hope you are excited for this one, we surely are and have put in all the required preparations!

A brand new Decklist Showcase ft Babyjosus & Carrost

After some time, we finally were able to put our heads together and work on the second decklist showcase. With this one, we set a new standard for future editions. In the decklist showcase we presented my Wombo Combo deck. Carrost did the recording for this deck guide and was making his voice acting debut on our YouTube channel. The video has reached over 200 views already and has received a lot of good feedback! We are eager to continue working together on these and continuing the concept.

 

New beginner content has arrived!

We are hard at work behind the scenes on revamping our faction guides and producing new beginner content for both the website and YouTube. And Akaean, who currently is on a one-month trial as an Article Writer for Bandit Gang, has kicked it off with an article about the strategy of bleeding. It’s a guide that aims to open a discussion to clarify the different options players have available in round two. If you are new to Gwent then I would highly recommend reading about it here.

This week's uploads on the Bandit Gang YouTube

Illustrator: NotKelseyArt

Thank you so much for reading, and for supporting our content at Bandit Gang. Next week, I will be back with more content to go through. But for now, I hope you will have a nice rest of your week!

Yours,

BJ
Content Manager
Team Bandit Gang

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 Zubedoo: ‘I want to entertain people and keep the chat happy as much as I can’

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: Sit down and relax next to the fireplace Zubi. And of course I want to congratulate you with your 300 followers on Twitch first. You are relatively new to the scene so that’s a great achievement. I only know you for a short time period because you joined us recently so I am curious to hear how the year 2020 was for you.

Zubedoo: Thank you! I am very thankful for reaching 300 followers. And yeah, 2020 has been quite dull initially obviously because of the Covid breakout, but it was great for me as I graduated from Computer Science Engineering and also joined the wonderful Gwent Community :heart: So overall its been great, but I am sure it could have even better if not for the breakout.

BJ: Oh I have to congratulate you on graduating from that as well then. And like you said you joined the Gwent community this year. So what made you join the team?

Z: Easy, the members. The day I entered this community you guys were one of the first ones I stumbled upon and I knew you guys are amazing and more than anything, I am super grateful of the opportunity given by you guys for me to stream under your banner and do stuff in the Gwent community.

BJ: That’s great to hear obviously. And would you be able to tell about your funniest moment on stream this year?

Z: It happened to me a couple weeks ago, MrLeams sent me a pic of Matta Hurri with my face pasted on hers and I put it on screen, at the same time Thea raided me and everyone saw it 🙂

BJ: I wonder if you have ever seen MattaJosus then… but back to you. I know you do a lot of collaborations with other people on stream, what do you like so much about doing that?

Z: For me the streaming of Gwent isn’t all about the game, I want to entertain people and keep the chat happy as much as I can. Co-ops tend to have a flair that solo streams can’t because there tends to be more interaction and flavors added from multiple streamers.

BJ: Yeah, I have done many collaborations in the past as well and even left some people in tears, referring to Driftbling and KingDenpai here, because they couldn’t handle it. But I have always enjoyed doing them. And I don’t know you that well, could you tell me something about yourself?

Z: Well I am an Indian boy, born and raised and I love to play video games and socialize with people. I never take anything to heart and always take most things in a positive stride. As a person, I just want to be kind and do what is the best not just for myself but my friends and family as well.

BJ: I see that Mercernn is getting some competition for being the kindest member of the team. And now 2020 is almost over. Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

Z: Would love to do well in my work and also become a bigger streamer! 😀

BJ: I hope you can achieve that. And what work do you do if I may ask?

Z:I do Software work in front end, back end, data analysis, coding. The whole package basically.

BJ: Oh, so you are an IT guy. What do you like about your work?

Z: The fact that learning doesn’t stop and it always evolves. It never gets old as well and its a challenge to keep up with it. So many things change every day.

BJ: That’s great. And do you have any new year’s resolutions?

Z: Resolutions are usually something I do not keep but I would say it is to always do better than before and improve myself in anything and everything I do.

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

Z: I hope Corona is gone before April 2021.

BJ: Oh, you have some plans in april 2021?

Z: Its just a time period that I want corona to end to be honest. Its just how I see it.

BJ: If it was up to me it would be over in januari 2021 so I can finally take that one girl on a date to a restaurant 😉

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Zubedoo's Top 10 Cards of 2020

10. Nekker –  I mean come on a thrive for 4 prov? AND we get 2 of these? If they stick on the battlefield, they can go for crazy points and not to mention after the release of the spontaneous evolution, they will be more meta for sure.

9. Aen Elle Conqueror – A straight 7 for 4, no questions asked. Cards like this is what gives me the confidence to go devotion in MO.

8. An Craite Greatsword – Even post-nerf these guys are amazing engines in SK control decks. Sure they are difficult to keep on the battlefield, but even if they are taken out, it gives tremendous value to Hjalmar and sets up Harald really well too.

7. Morkvarg – Good old Smorkvarg, in this meta he always finds value thanks to greedy tall units and who doesn’t like to hear that man’s amazing laugh 😛

6. Halfling Safecracker – Easily one of the best 5 prov value cards out there, it boosts for all crimes in hand on spot and can Intimidate as well. Like come on. 5 – Sly Seductress. Mostly because of the voiceline and card art! 😀

4. Wild Hunt Riders – For 5 prov this is an instant thinning, as it has the easiest condition to meet, Dominance.

3. Usurper General – NG is my fav faction, always has been, this card is amazing 12 for 12 even in non devotion and in stage 3, the Agents help boost him as well, giving it alot of synergy with most cards.

2. Auberon King – In most MO decks this is my auto include and it really is a great short round 3 card. Not to mention the potential double thrive procs.

1. Ocvist – Not a card played, I know. But the art and the roar it gives is just AMAZING to me, it is my fav card design in the game.