superthx – The QuakeCon 2019 Interview
superthx is one of the most consistent tournament players in Legends, winning thirteen Warpmeta tournaments. He is also the winner of the first European Warpmeta tournament ever. He finished ranked play as #1 Legend in October and November 2017, and has four finishes in the top 10 and six in the top 20.
This interview was conducted on July 27, 2019 at QuakeCon, the day after the 2019 Masters Series Finals had been played.
How has your QuakeCon experience been so far?
It’s been great. I’ve been enjoying it really. It’s a kind of privilege to get just flown to a five star hotel, get the plane ticket paid, get to meet everyone from the TESL community and enjoy my time here. I have never been to the US before.
How was your trip out to Dallas? Did you have a hard time getting here from Croatia?
I mean it’s a long flight but it’s fine. As soon as it passes you forget about it.
How do you prepare for the tournament?
Okay, so the biggest meta changes were the nerfs. And, it’s just very obvious what the nerfs would mean as they eliminated some of the decks, and the decks that the nerfed decks used to counter, suddenly were pushed into higher tiers of the competitive scene. Decks like battlemage and tribunal, so a bit slower decks with powerful tools, that couldn’t really exist when Hlaalu and Abomination were dominant and also Market Assassin. And now, the meta has shifted to board control, so it was just Cloudrests, Hive Defenders and Phalanx Exemplars and Alfiqs, obviously. So that’s pretty much what all my decks were centered around and different variations of that stuff.
Do you have a favorite deck in your lineup?
Yeah, battlemage. The deck is just over-tuned. It has a really really strong power level, no real weak matchups and you can take down anything without a problem and I always liked battlemage.
Speaking of battlemage: you had three copies of Alfiq in that list, right?
What do you think of the cards from Moons of Elsweyr? Which ones made it into your lists?
I actually think I ran only Alfiq. I can’t think of any other card, honestly. Discerning Thief is another one, but that’s just a slight upgrade over Gray Viper Brigand. It’s not that important a card. So, Elsweyr and Alfiq pushed Temple Conjurer into being a really good card along with the buff that the card received and developing seven power and having synergy with Alfiq is something relevant.
Do you have a favorite match from the tournament overall and what was your favorite matchup that you played?
Well, my favorite matchup was my Dominion against Fafal’s Hlaalu in the last game of our series. You know, I consider Hlaalu to be not great. I think it doesn’t really have a place in the lineup anymore. I think it has fallen off. He brought it and he also made changes that I really dislike. He made the deck clunkier and less defensive, less tempo-oriented and it really showed in the game but it punished him. He had no defense. And, really, it showed exactly why I don’t like the deck.
Can you point to any specific changes that he made to the deck?
He cut Deepwood Trappers, Candlehearts, Hive Defenders, Brumas in favor of really weird cards, like Stormcloak Vanguard and Gavels, and, yeah, I mean, I just don’t think it works. If I were playing against Thuldir’s Hlaalu list or Flow’s Hlaaalu list, I would respect it much more and could see even banning it maybe.
Have you enjoyed your time with the other players here?
I mean it’s great to meet everyone. I spoke to Thuldir, Frenzy, Karakon and Flow and pretty much all the players. It’s just great to meet people.
Have you got the chance to meet with the Bethesda staff since you have been here?
It’s only Jason from Sparkypants…oh, and CVH: I squeezed the biceps.
Haha, nice! What are you gonna do after this. Got any plans?
There’s probably some tournament series for TESL coming, but as usual those things are usually slow, they take time for them to develop. So I’m going to look into playing some Hearthstone and Magic: the Gathering. I’ll try out those competitive scenes a little bit. I like TESL the most and I’d like to play that game, but I only really enjoy playing it competitively in tournaments and I can only do that if the tournament organizers allow me. And I hope they will.
Last of all, you are known in the TESL community for your great sense of humor.
…and I’d like to ask you: Do you have any like inspirations for that, for your dry sense of humor for all the jokes you’d like to make? Or does that just come from within?
It’s mostly accidental, you know, I just speak what I mean and people laugh and think I’m trolling but, no. Language barrier (a wide smile evolves into a big grin on superthx’ face).
All right. Thank you so much man.
Sure (still smiling). You have a great night.
Thank you, you too.
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