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!

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