Flow – The QuakeCon 2019 Interview
Flow only learned a few days prior to the Master Series Finals that he would be replacing one of the top Russian players, ksedden, who unfortunately was unable to get his visa. Flow, a consistent top 10 player on the ladder, is a strong substitution. He was the most consistent of all players across all the qualifier tournaments, and although he did not manage to win one, he scored good points in each and every event and was the runner-up from the last chance qualifier.
You can find Flow streaming The Elder Scrolls Legends on his Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/flowmega. You can also reach out to him via Twitter @flowmega1 and we recommend you to listen to his podcast Podcast into Time, that he runs with DeadBrokeNerd and WayneMcPain.
The interview was conducted by MerryWallOfStorms in Grapevine, Texas at QuakeCon on the evening of July 27.
All right. Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me man.
So how’s your QuakeCon experience been so far?
Fantastic. The players all were incredibly kind, incredibly nice, the casters are all nice. We’ve all sort of hung out, gotten meals together, shared stories, shared laughs. The games are fun to watch, fun to be around, and fun to learn. But just the experience of being here with the players really has been the treat of the trip for me, for sure.
Did you get to meet any of the staff since you’ve been here?
Yeah, I talked a lot to CVH and Jason. Jason and I, just before this, were talking about card design and development and things like that and what all of this involves. And, you know, you learn a lot from a developer’s point of view for sure. It gets you thinking about interactions and potential future card design in a more particular way I would say.
So how was your trip back to Dallas? Do you have any difficulty getting here and you’ve been able to relax since you got here?
Yeah, for the most part. The hotel is insanely nice. The trip was relatively stress free for me. I mean, I’m from the States so the flight wasn’t too too long. Frenzy and I met up in the airport and once we got to the hotel, the stay has been fantastic, for sure.
Nice. So you found out not long before the tournament that you were going to be here. How did that affect your preparation and do you feel like you’ve had enough time to prepare?
When I heard that ksedden said he was getting the interview for his visa, I assumed that he would get accepted. I mean, I was pretty ignorant as to how the visa situation works out. But I had thought that getting the interview would be the hard part. So when I heard that he got the interview I sort of stopped trying to come up with other decks and just played a bunch of Battlemage, because I just love to play Battlemage.
And then, I found out three days before the decks were due that I was coming. So, I stuck with Battlemage and Hlaalu, because I know them fairly well. Dagoth got thrown in there, too, because it got some new tools and Crusader was sort of the last in and I wasn’t really, really confident with the Crusader, but, I was hoping it would get the job done. In retrospect, I wish I could have prepared more. Brought some decks or maybe more adventurous decks maybe harder to pin down for my opponent that I was playing but, you know, it is what it is.
Did you have a favorite match that you played or a favorite match in the tournament overall?
I can’t really think of a game that I played, that was my favorite of all the games against Thuldir. They were pretty good. He’s an amazing player, I’ve played him many, many times. It would have taken a lot to go right for me to win that match against him and I think he’s a very, very deserving champion. Favorite match overall outside of mine? Karakon vs. Thuldir, I’m sure is a popular answer. I really liked Boomslife versus superthx. There was a lot of interesting decisions that aren’t very straightforward that I would like to ask both players about. But that was a very strategic match-up and a lot of really well played games, it was fun to watch.
Do you have a favorite deck that you brought?
Probably Battlemage. I like Battlemage for about as long as I’ve been playing the game. It has always been reliable for me and I didn’t get to play it, unfortunately. I think things would have gone differently in the first round had I been able to play it. But I was not. Battlemage is still the king for me.
Were there any new cards from Moons of Elsweyr that you thought had a good place in your lists?
The obvious answer would be Alfiq. I like blue midrange Dagoth and Battlemage and both fit the bill there and I think Alfiq best fits right in those decks. But these are some of the best players in the world, we all knew there was gonna be a lot of Alfiqs, so we either brought Alfiq ourselves, or we brought decks to counter Alfiq, or both. I was in the both category. Apart from Alfiq, my aggressive yellow decks both got Wily Kee’va and I threw a couple of Mercenary Captains in the Crusader.
What are you going to do after this?
I will be heading back home and studying. I’ll take the medical school entrance exam here in about probably another three weeks to get that all planned out and continue my studying. I was studying all last months before this, so I’ll get right back on that and hope that goes well for me.
Thanks man. All right, well, thank you for taking the time to talk to me.
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