Written By: Steve Vegvari
The Hearthstone Canadian Challenge is winding down after the qualifying rounds. While the finals will be held in December, finalists will be taking this time to refine their decks and ensure they head into the finals as prepared as possible.
For qualifying player; Mansion, this is precisely what he will be doing. As a Smash-turned Hearthstone player, he has his eyes set on the finals and is somewhat confident of the outcome.
I was able to catch up to him to get some tips for new players and get a grasp as to how he works on his new deck while preparing for a tournament.
Steve: Can you give us a bit of an introduction?
Mansion: My name is Mansion, I am 22 years old. I am originally from Vietnam, lived in Singapore, the Yukon, and now have lived in Toronto for 10 years. Before starting in Hearthstone, I was a Super Smash Bros. Melee player.
Steve: What made you decide to start playing Hearthstone?
Mansion: Since post-release. So three or four years.
Steve: You had mentioned that you played Smash previously, what drew you over to Hearthstone?
Mansion: I sucked that’s why (laughs). To be more detailed, I started realizing that the skill kept getting wider and wider each year. I had to keep going to school so I could not keep practising like everyone else. So I started diminishing in skill and the gap kept getting wider. I could not go back.
Steve: I’m assuming you don’t feel the same about Hearthstone or do you?
Mansion: Not really. Hearthstone can feel a bit casual sometimes. I’m learning, but at the same time, it does not feel like I have to keep remembering –– like when you go to school or class, you have to memorize for a test. Hearthstone does not feel that way. It feels very natural.
Steve: Is there anything you do to practice when the meta changes?
Mansion: Definitely. What I do is get into a group with all of my practise partners. Practise partners are players who have done well at Majors, World Championships, etc. If you want to know some of the players, there is Luca, Cydonia, Jinki, and the list goes on. We basically work together on different decks, different ideas, so that when the meta shifts, we’re ready.
Steve: What is your deck building process?
Mansion: Honestly, it is all about trial and error for the most part.
Steve: You just completed the Hearthstone qualifier, what was that like for you?
Mansion: It was a lot like the other tournaments I have been in. It was a double elimination so –– it’s kind of hard to explain. I don’t want to say it was easy, but it made me feel like I had to play perfectly every game. It was kind of stressful.
It was double elimination, unlike the Majors where you have round-robin, and if you miss-play one game you still have a chance in the tournament. Here, you mess up two games, you’re done.
Steve: Is there anything you would have done differently?
Mansion: I think I was pretty well rounded.
Steve: What will you be doing in the meantime to prepare for the finals?
Mansion: I’m going to have to practise with my practise group a bit. I don’t think the same deck I went into this tournament with will stay the same. So yeah, going to practice, trial and error, keep building different lists. Going to play the ladder, playing with partners.
Steve: What advice can you give new players?
Mansion: It depends on what level you want to play in. If you want to play casually, I recommend watching different streamers. If you want to play competitively, I still recommend watching streamers, but you should also try out Challenger Cups online.
You can also try hiring a coach from Gamer Sensai or something if you really want to take it to the next level.
Steve: Any recommended streamers you check out when preparing for a tournament?
Mansion: Let’s see. I would go to someone that is currently competing. You could check out Pheno. You can also check out local players like BustaJ. There’s a lot of players.
Steve: Where can people follow you online?
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About The Author: Steve Vegvari
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.