Forum Interviews: An Audience with @Elpis 🎙️


Good evening pilgrims,

We gather, perhaps for the last time, to drink deep from the font of Forum wisdom. Thank you all for your support for this interview series, it’s been an absolute privilege to learn from some mighty brains and enjoy the witty world views of some treasured forum friends.

So, today the finalé falls to @Elpis, beta tester of dry wit and a notable proponent of the one-person alliance.

@Elpis, sorry it’s taken me a while to publish your interview; but good things come to we who wait :blush:. You may even want to tweak your answers now we’re a few weeks into the future…Hero Academy…cough

Wash your hands :sweat_drops::palms_up_together:, wear a mask as appropriate :mask: and stay at home :house:.

Remember to #PlayApartTogether

If you missed them, you can find previous interviews below:

Interview Index

@FrenziedEye - Here

@RandaPandah - Here

@Xero786 - Here

@chadmo - Here

@Aquaginera_7DD - Here

@ArktikaTF - Here

@zephyr1- Here

@rook - Here

@littleKAF - Here

@guvnor - Here

@DaveCozy - Here

@Mr.Spock - Here

@Razor - Here

@ScottySG - Here

@NPNKY - Here

@NittanyLionRoar - Here

@Novo - Here

@MysterySpin - Here

@TheChef - Here

@Math4lyfe - Here

@Kikyo - Here

@BarryWuzHere -Here

@IvyTheTerrible - Here

@Pois1 - Here

@akionna - Here

No more interviews are planned, but it may be something we revisit in the future. If you haven’t read all of them, they are all excellent. Or if you want something a little more fantastical, I encourage you to seek out the hero interviews of @PeachyKeen


how long have you been playing? :hourglass_flowing_sand:

  • According to my account info i’ve completed the tutorial at 21 may 2017. So i’m a bit more of 3 years in this game. Back then I did not have any real experience in mobile games, and match 3 wasn’t really my bread and butter. I don’t remember where i saw the advertising (probably angry birds?) and i didn’t had great expectations when i download it, but it caught me pretty fast. I’m a monster hunter/final fantasy kind of player, so the grind in a fantasy environment was ideal for someone like me.

what’s your current role in your alliance? :bar_chart:

  • I’m the leader, co/leader, elder and only member. I’m a so-called “alliance-shifter”, and it’s much more easy to do that alone. I used to be a merc in the past (for a year or so) and i’ve been in some top alliances for some time. I don’t dislike company, but various dramas and my spending habits (really low) has pushed me to seek solitude. I’m quite happy of my choice, and i use this “strategy” from many months now without regretting it.

which hero are you currently levelling and how will you use them? :muscle:

  • After the last update i immediately power-leveled my Guardian Kong, and now i’m working at slow pace on some minor costumes mainly for raid tournament and monthly event. New heroes don’t come my way so often, so i’m never in a rush to level them. Pretty much i can take it easy until i got something interesting. I still use many not emblemed 4* for raiding/mapping and such.

Which is your favourite hero in your roster, and why? :heart:

  • I don’t have many great heroes up my sleeves but i would say probably Black Knight right now. So much valuable in every context and absolutely great against Telluria tanks. I’m a beta tester and i tried him before, but i didn’t realize how much powerful he was and i didn’t really chased him back them (i really wanted LotL). But now, he really got my back half of the time and replaced Hel in my -all good- raiding team.

What’s your favourite source for E&P play advice? :game_die:

  • Obviously the forum was my main source of info for a good period of time, and still now i gladly take a look on BarryzFarm or Memento 5 events. I do not have Facebook, or Twitter, Discord or Telegram. And i keep my whatsapp away from the game so… there’s not much other sources… :sweat_smile:

Do you have a particular memory of a great victory, a tragic defeat or a moment of madness? :exploding_head:

  • Raid tournament sometimes can really make me throw my phone on the bed. I never used gems for retry, so if i’m out… i’m out. And that happen more often then not before the last day. As someone that never had great troubles and enjoyed raiding, this is really frustrating. But probably my most painfully moment was when i was kicked out of the top 10 in a monthly event at the very last second. People that experience it knows the suffering.

Which Season 1 hero would you most recommend to a new player? :man_student:

  • Really hard to reduce it to one. There’s several key heroes in 4* zone that are still relevant now, and regular 3* are your best friend for all your newbie phase (and i still remember now how much i loved my Olaf, bring me on until province 15).I would say the good old ramming pulverizer trio are a safe bet, adding Wu Kong and Boldtusk/Kiril. Probably Wu kong is the most unique, so my choice goes to him.

What can you see out of your window right now? :telescope:

  • My garden. It’s a lovely springy day today. It is a bit a nostalgic view, as soon i will change my home. It is a private house that my family share with my parents, and I lived here for 32 years. We bought (me, my wife and my 5 years daughter) an apartment to seek more indipendency 2 days before the whole coronavirus thing spread out. So lucky.

If @petri was coming to dinner, what would you cook?

  • 89,7% chance i would cook meat, 9% chance i would go with seafood, and 1,3% pasta. But he can rest assured as in my home i’m the one that usually cook, so i’m quite confident in all my cooking skills.

If you could make two changes to the game, one realistic and one less so, what would they be? :crystal_ball:

  • The Realistic: a good Hero Academy. Something that would give sense to all the grinding/spending/dupes we have gathered all this time. Because, yes, for me is not something so unrealistic and it should totally already be in the game from the start. Less realistic: odds that allow people to not have to spend small fortunes to get a good hero (or simply a new one)

If I gave you $1000 to spend frivolously , what would you buy? :moneybag:

  • I would literally drown in sushi. All kinds of sushi/sashimi/nigiri or whatever shape they have. I would totally go in one serious sushi restaurant and try out the REAL sushi. I love it and if you eat it without wasabi you deserve pain and baldness.

this is a really strange and challenging time for all of us across the whole player base and all our communities around the world. How has your alliance been supporting each other or those around them? :handshake:

  • It is really a hard time for all of us. The game itself has mitigate the boredom of this forced isolation, and the community of players (be it in world or just alliance chat) has made us remember that sometimes people behind a screen may understand and comfort you same (or even better) of your old friends. Sharing our stories, worries and feelings are all we need to feel closer to each others. I’m quite a lonely wolf myself, but i totally understand that internet was never so important as it is now.

@cheds @IvyTheTerrible etc. etc. This is how you do frivolous :point_up:
None of this sensible saving or altruistic giving nonsense…


Great interview Elpis, nice learning about you. So based on your quote you cook like Tavern of Legends with Meat being 3*, Seafood 4* and Pasta being a 5*. I’m guessing Tofu is HOTM!

Appreciate your candor.



Thanks @Chadmo and thanks @JonahTheBard.
I think we all are curious and want an interview with our Bard of the forum too.

What do you say?


I would miss the interviews. I also know it’s a lot of work for the Bard. I’m torn.


It’s a bit of a fever-dream, but you can read mine here


Pasta = five star hero? What’s your best dish?

Good call on the sushi! My SO has really gotten me into it. Have you ever tried making your own?


I love the intis… :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Thanks @Elpis!!

Any particular kind of sushi??

Interesting approach to the game as far as alliances are concerned. When I take a break for even a few hours, I feel lost and alone in a sense… but for you, it is an environment you intentionally seek out and thrive in.

Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your thoughts. Your contributions on the forum are always respected.

@JonahTheBard very sad to hear this may be the end of the interviews. But kudos to you for putting them together. They’ve been amazing.


Thanks for the insight into who you are @Elpis . I think your realistic wish is now an unrealistic wish…but alas I concur with what your hopes were.


nice read @Elpis . thanks for sharing your frustrations re raid tournament (I often feel the same, my normal raiding is much better than my tournament raiding… stupid VERY FAST format…!!!) and also being knocked out of a challenge event tier (one reason I do not aim too high, I do not wish to spend a weekend checking my phone every hour to see if I’ve fallen a tier…)

Most of all thanks for sharing your one-person alliance experiences, I have had to prepare myself for that possibility as 2/4 of the people in my alliance have disappeared!

@JonahTheBard kudos for an amazing interview series, I have enjoyed each and every one. I am sad to see them pause, but I realize they are a lot of work - thanks for adding that on top of your regular moderator job. (if you ever decide to revisit, I gladly offer my time and help!)


@IvyTheTerrible as a good italian, i can pretty much cook pasta with everything.
I know at least 20 different ways to make it without seeking info, but if i have to pick a dish, i would probably say busara (prawns in tomato or wine sauce).

@Math4lyfe, i don’t know if it’s only here, but everytime i call delivery sushi they change recipes. And they add everytime something new like rolls with cheese or mayo.
Can’t really say which one i love the most.

@sleepyhead very true. In the past when i was really competitive it was stressful checking the phone every 10 minutes hoping people doesn’t score better then you.
It was definetely more healthy stop that.

@JonahTheBard duh, Hero Academy is still an open wound for me and you can easily tell from all the other posts in the forum.
Better not saying out loud what i think right now.


My good Italian friends are the same, can give them almost anything and they can make a good pasta dish out of it. As a “good” Filipino, I can only do that with rice.

I still remember the horror on my Italian friends’ faces when I describe what Filipinos put in our spaghetti… you might not want to Google it :slight_smile: (although, we do not claim it is “real” Italian spaghetti, we acknowledge it is Filipino “spaghetti” ) :slight_smile:


I never seek italian food outside italy, as i know nothing good will come :smile:

Every country has their own fantastic dishes and i always want to try them when i travel.

You are talking with a person that don’t mind try out grilled insect or scorpions.

I’m always curious about new food.


So what are some of the most “bizarre” dishes you’ve tried… and where?


Probably the worst i ever tried it was at Canaries islands (Spain).
Spanish dishes are generally pretty good and similar to italian style, but Canaries have a culture per-se.

It was some kind of lamb steak with a tomatish/grilled sauce… and a banana on top of it :sweat_smile:
One of the few dishes i really regret.

Also curious was a maldivian dish, with a breaded boiled egg within a spicy tuna layer.

It was good, but 1 is enough to fill you up for a week.


I’ll make an offer. If someone wants to assemble (or be part of a group) to assemble questions for @JonahTheBard, I’ll help do that interview. Of course, the bard needs to be game as well. Who knows what these questions will be (I will keep it forum friendly though :slight_smile:).

@Elpis @Chadmo


I’d be happy to. Tell me when and where to send questions to!

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