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Qualifier Champion Interview Week 7: Eaglov

Today we have Eaglov, the winner of the 7th qualifier with us!

Let’s find out what he had to say about his win.

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Garuda – Congratulation on winning the IQ. You are now the seventh champion to win 100 packs, a rare sleeve and a trip as a qualifier for the 100k Invitational tournament, how are you feeling about this?

Eaglov –  Thank you! I’m really happy. Now I can travel to the West Coast in February (it’s the most cold month of the Russian winter) and I can win good money prize. But it’s all secondary. First of all I can conquer a Big Trophy.
G – Can you tell me about yourself and where you are from?
E – I’m 30, live in Moscow, Russia. I work as a restaurant manager.
G – Can you tell me more about the Hex TCG scene that you are part of ?
E -We have Russian community. We playtest a lot between us and we have a lot of conversations about deck building, balance and what happens around Hex. There are not so many players in it, but I think there is enough good players to create a pro team in the future. I had not any playtests with Djinni yet, but I think I will.
G – How did you prepare for the IQ tournament and how will you prepare for the 100k tournament?
E – I will have a lot of training and I will try to understand game mathematics better. I want to choose the most balanced deck for constructed and become as good in limited as I can be.
G – What did you play for this tournament and why?
E – I played a control Winter Moon deck. I have been perfecting it for 2 months. It was a deck that was really hard to play by and my bet was not only the deck’s power, but more that my opponents didn’t know how to play versus it. While driving the deck, I made a lot of 50/50 decisions and all of them were right. Two months of playtest were useful there. I started to play Winter Moon because it’s best matchup vs. Cressida ramp decks and all bets were payed(10-0, 7-0 vs. Cressida).
G – What are your thoughts on the current meta of the game and the different archetypes ?
E – I think there are 3 most powerful archetypes: Ramp, MonoBlood and Azurefate Sorceress R/S. Winter moon and all red deck are good, but only because other players are not ready for them and there is a lot of space for turn on your fantasy around.  The meta is so stable because there is a lot time between sets. In a closed card pool, it’s really hard to make something new. I tried and did it. I hope it will give a push to other players to create their own decks and surprise their opponents. We should remember that it’s beta test still and after release field of opportunities will become a lot larger! Keep playing and don’t be scared of experiments!
G – What was the hardest match that you have faced during the IQ?E – Both semi and quarterfinals were really hard. It was Cressida. They were fast. The destiny of the championship was depending on one draw or 1 resource in long games and luck was on my side. Final were hard to. But I already knew I got my Invitational Qualifier.

G – How do you feel about the recent change announced about the core system and how do you think it will affect the 100k tournament?
E – In constructed 2 of 3 Tier 1 deck becomes more powerful (MonoB and R/S Azurefate) and I am really scared of situations where 2 decks can dominate the scene. Ramp lost some power. Not only with the lost of starting life but it lost speed because of the buff for the other champions and there is another champion that can enter big scene now – Benvolio.

G – Do you have advice for players looking to get qualified in the next constructed or sealed IQ tournament?
E – Experience is #1 way you need to win. While you are sleeping, others are playtesting.

G – Can fellow Hexxers find you playing somewhere? (ex: if you have a twitch, if you post often on forum or something)
E – Right now, no. Maybe in the near future. Thanks to all who playing Hex: Shards of Fate TCG! WE make this game better!

Passionate, loud and long time prolific competitive player, Garuda focuses primarily on limited. He's been working for over 11 years in the video game industry and has a passion for B rated movies. Member of Clan Blackblade.

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