Frenzy – The QuakeCon 2019 Interview
Frenzy started playing in June 2017, regularly earning his spot among the top 100 players in ranked play. Overall, he has earned five top 10 finishes and 8 top 20 finishes. He won the second 2019 Masters Series Qualifier with a very strong set of control decks.
This interview was conducted at QuakeCon, on July 27, the day after the 2019 Masters Series Finals.
Thanks for talking with me tonight Frenzy.
Yeah absolutely. No problem.
So how has your QuakeCon experience been so far?
It has been really good. Honestly, the best part about it is not even the games and playing. It’s just meeting all the people that you knew for so long and they kind of already became friends and you just kind of continue with that, but in real life. It’s awesome.
So you really enjoyed getting to meet everyone?
Yeah absolutely. Everybody’s been super great. Like even some people that you don’t know very well you just meet them and it’s like you all have common ground in this game since you’ve got stuff to talk about. It’s awesome.
Did you get to meet any of the Bethesda staff since you’ve been here?
We actually met Pete Hines as he was coming in, I think on the day before the keynote. We kind of cornered him and just had a little a small conversation with him. Besides that, I think really just CVH.
Oh, very nice. You are the first person I met today who has met Pete Hines.
A couple of us did actually. We were in a group.
How was your flight out to Dallas? Did you have any difficulty getting out here and have you been able to relax and settle down ?
No, I mean it was just a really smooth flight. I was next to somebody that was going to Japan. We just had a conversation about what we were doing. He thought it was really cool that I was coming out to a convention to play in a eSports event. We really just had a conversation and it was really a chill flight for like three hours, it wasn’t that bad. Everything getting here was fine and then I couldn’t fall asleep for the first three nights, though, until the event really happened, probably just nerves and what not.
What did you do to prepare for the tournament?
Oh, lots and lots of private testing mostly with plzdonhakme. We put in 40 – 50 hours a week for at least two weeks, maybe two and a half weeks and then we invited a few people on like Karakon, Flow, Bujinnovation into our discord calls we would have going all day and kind of brought them in for some outside game, to see what they were testing and just kind of brew it down a little bit. That’s pretty much what we did.
Walk me through your decks. Do you have any inclusions from Moons of Elsweyr? Any cards that you we’re looking forward to seeing play in your decks?
I had two Alfiq Conjurer lists, so 6 Alfiq Conjurers. Zumog Phoom made the cut in Tribunal but not in Telvanni, specifically because it’s easier to directly interact with the board in Tribunal via the Javelins, so that made it a little bit easier. It ended up getting cut in Telvanni for Deathpriests. A couple of Discerning Thief‘s thats our 3 /4 “Pilfer: Draw a card then discard a card of your choice”. It’s really good. I think it was in Guildsworn, because you were able to like discard things against control, like Ice Storm, any things that you don’t necessarily need. I you get clunked up with Executes you can discard them. So those made the cut there. There’s probably more of it I’m not really really thinking of them right now.
Do you have a favorite deck from the ones you brought?
Yeah, I think Tribunal is my favorite. I think it’s one of my favorite decks right now. I like the direction that me and hakme pushed to tribunal in. A lot of people stuck with the Necromancer-Camel-Greed-Tribunals and tried to keep up with Telvanni and Ebonheart that way, and we kind of switched it up and cut all of that for more proactive guards and Wilds incarnate at the top end. I think I could see putting Alfiq Conjurers in that deck. I didn’t have it currently, but it’s already running Mighty Conjuring. So if you put Alfiqs it probably helps the deck. I never really tested it in Tribunal, but I’m sure I could find a cut for them. I like that proactive style of control right now, I think it’s really strong.
Do you have a favorite match that you played or a favorite match from the whole tournament?
I’m sure that a favorite match for the whole tournament was one of Thuldir’s. I just can’t really remember them off the top of my head because I was tired then and I’m tired now but I’m gonna go back and watch him. For my matches, I’m trying to think. Obviously, his tribunal vs. my Telvanni went really smooth for me. You kind of expect it to, but I think I made really good decisions during that match. It’s hard to recall the games even though they were only a day ago. It’s hard to recall everything that happened. I remember game one because I missed my curve and I lost because of it. And I remember that Telvanni game because I could feel myself starting to fatigue during that match. And I was hoping that I’d be able to play Telvanni well because it’s a very high skill-ceiling deck when you had Uprisings and so on. I think I still played that well, but I really do need to go back and watch the games and analyze my plays and see where I may have gone wrong during it.
What are you going to do after this?
After this is all over I will go home and go back to normal life. I’ll probably take a little bit of a break from TESL just because I’ve been grinding it for so very long for so many hours. So I’ll probably take a couple of weeks to a month break from TESL, at least to play other games and get back to real life stuff. I neglected a lot of real life responsibilities to try to practice more so I have got to get caught up on all that stuff. That’s pretty much it. I mean just go back to normal life really.
Nice. Alright, thank you very much for talking to me.
Not a problem. Thank you.
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