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I was wrong about Crimson Curse

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Almost 2 weeks have passed since the Crimson Curse release and this is a good time to look back on my card evaluations.


My top 5 of crimson curse in no particular order:
Tourney Joust
Svalblod totem
Sigvald
Adalia
Sirssa

Honorable mentions go to: Anseis, Regis Bloodthirst, Fisher King, all the 4p deal 2

Best leader is Anna — Sin (@Gnurrgard) March 28, 2019
Oh boy.

If you know me around Discord, you'll know that I'm always lecturing people on how X or Y is wrong. Even Team Aretuza has experienced my rambling a couple of times now (shoutout to Molegion for never taking it personal).
For those of you who get tired of this behavior and want to return the favor, this is your chance to point the finger and laugh and you just got baited into Part 3 of my series:

Why do I suck at this game? Part 3: Mistakes and how to learn from them In the modern day of the Internet, we constantly throw opinions around. Platforms like Twitter and Discord lend themselves towards that. You can discuss…

Why do I suck at this game? Part 2: Ladder, Tournaments, and Pressure (Interview with Kolemoen)

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Benjamin Pfannstiel, better known as Kolemoen, certainly made his mark on the competitive Gwent scene. After consistently qualifying for tournaments, winning Gwent Open #6 and recently finishing #1 in Pro Rank Season 8, it's safe to say that he cemented himself as one of the best players in this games 2-year history. 
To get an insight on how he approaches the game, I contacted him for a short Interview.

Gnurrgard: First of all, congratulations on a remarkable season, finishing #1 with a phenomenal winrate. you're set for the next open now right?

Kolemoen: Thanks! Yep I will be at the open in March. I'll probabaly take a bit of a break for the next 1 or 2 weeks and then start preparing

Gnurrgard: Well deserved rest. How did the last day grind turn out for you? Was there any moment where your #1 spot was severly threatened? How much did you have to play that day to secure the spot?

Kolemoen: I actually did not play much the last couple of days as I had a pretty comfortable lead.…

Why do I suck at this game? Part 1: Building your circle

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Introduction
Card games are often seen as games about individuals. This seems logical; you play alone, not with other people. At the end of a tournament or a Pro Ladder season, we see a single name at the top. We see players like Freddybabes or Kolemoen outplaying their opposition. While it is true that these players are where they are due to superior technical play1, I would argue that to truly reach your potential, you need the right people around you. This is what today's article will be about.

1. The skill of making decisions during a game
Finding the right people The narrative about the Gwent Challenger #4 was the tournament preparation of Team Aretuza. Bringing a lineup that was favored against the whole field, ultimately both Damorquis and Andywand made it into the finals, with Damorquis eventually taking home the Skellige Ring.
Now don't worry, you don't need a team like Aretuza behind you to improve yourself (although if you want to go pro joining a team at some p…

Why do I suck at this game? Introduction: Balance, Always and Never

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Hey there, Gnurrgard here. This is the first one of a series of posts about how to develop the right mindset to improve. This was heavily requested and is something I wanted to do since my Gwentlemen days. Back then this was supposed to be published under "Getting Better", but now that I don't have any affiliation to a team, I can call it by my initially intended name: Why do I suck at this game?
The ideal scenario would be you reading one post and trying to focus on that aspect for your next game session. Then take the next post for the session after that and so on, improve one step at a time. Focusing on too many things at once can be overwhelming and counterproductive.
Balance, Always and Never A pattern you will see here often is that topics seem to contradict each other. This is because I strongly believe that everything in life needs balance and extremes are something you want to avoid.
Every time you see yourself using the words "always" and "never&…

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