- how long have you been playing?
I completed the tutorial on January 5, 2018, so I guess that’s when I started. I guess in game terms, that makes me middle aged.
- what’s your current role in your alliance?
I founded Magnificent Bastards 814 days ago, after playing only about 2 1/2 months and have been the leader ever since. I kept it closed for the first few months as a solo alliance, while I lurked here, and eventually realized I was missing out on a lot by not letting anyone else in, so I opened up the doors.
- which hero are you currently levelling and how will you use them?
I’m currently finishing Tyr. He’s at 4/65. He will find a place on my red team, replacing either Santa or Marjana depending on whether I need Santa’s debuffs at that time. After that I’ll go back to on-color feeding until the next hero gets within 20 levels of max. Currently in the queue are Stonecleave followed by Freya for purple; Vivica followed by Mist for yellow (unless Woolerton drops into my lap); Magni followed by Mireweave and then Fenrir for blue, Carver followed by Berden #2 and then Telluria for green (I only have 3 tonics and my 3* greens lack hitters); and Sumle followed by Jean-François for red.
- Which is your favourite hero in your roster, and why?
My favorite hero on my roster is really a toss up. Isarnia was my first 5*. I pulled her my second day in game, when I had no idea the difference between a 2* and a 5*. Thank the Lord she didn’t meet the same fate as my first Bane and my first Wu Kong . It took me 14 months to max her, thanks to waiting on telescopes, but she still sees the battlefield every war. She’s found some recent competition in Kvasir, though. I just love the little bee minions and the swarm animation. I’ve leveled 2 of him for 3* tournaments, and he is death by 1000 paper cuts.
- Do you have a particular memory of a great victory, a tragic defeat or a moment of madness?
My favorite memory is probably our closest war victory as an alliance. I don’t even remember which alliance we were fighting. The name was in Cyrillic, so I couldn’t read their banner. With about 10 minutes left, we were down by around 25 points. They had no flags left and we had one, belonging to one of our newest players. She was fighting with 2* and half-leveled 3* at that point, but had paid attention to the advice she had gotten regarding stacking and ghosting. They had one wounded team worth about 30 points and a handful of stronger unwounded on the field. Everyone who was online helped our player optimize her remaining heroes and gave her strategy tips to use against the wounded team. As the final seconds ticked down, half the alliance was glued to the battlefield screen watching. With about 30 seconds left in the war, she managed to finish off that team and get us just enough points for the victory. It’s times like that that I wish we had a MVP pin or avatar or frame that I could award to my alliance members.
- Which Season 1 hero would you most recommend to a new player?
Best season 1 hero for a brand new player would have to be Belith. That heal + dispel saved my bacon early on plenty of times. Among the 4*, I would have to go with Kiril. Attack buff + defense buff + a beefy heal will be key in any situation. Among season 1 5*, I would have to say Lianna. Her damage is enough to take out most heroes in a single shot.
- What can you see out of your window right now?
Here’s the view from my window. It’s mostly grass, trees, and the occasional deer.
- If @petri and you were on a road trip, where would you be going and what snacks would you bring?
If Petri and I were on a road trip right now, we would probably be heading out West to the Rockies, and I’d probably have a cooler full of iced tea, cheese, crackers, apples and beef jerky.
- If you could make two changes to the game, one realistic and one less so, what would they be?
Two changes to the game…that’s a tough one.
First, the realistic change. I’d create a much better in game tutorial/help system that you could reopen at any time to refresh your memory if you had forgotten how something worked, and I’d include links to the forum for more details.
For the unrealistic, "never gonna happen " change, I’d institute a better communication system for alliances and alliance leaders. It would include an actual invitation system where you could search for a specific player and invite them to join. It would also include tools for alliance leaders and co-leaders to communicate via PM with each other or alliance members. I’d rather not have to address a problem publicly if it can be addressed privately.
- If I gave you $1000 to spend frivolously, what would you buy?
$1000 to spend frivolously? It would probably be split between kitchen tools (pasta roller for my Kitchenaid, maybe a couple of new knives) and miniature figures/paint/brushes, so I could do more of these
- 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?
In Magnificent Bastards, we have several people who have been affected by the current pandemic in various ways. We have folks who have had their work closed down or their hours cut, and others that are working extra shifts. We’ve had folks who’ve had to drastically reduce or stop their spending, some folks playing more, and some playing less. On our Discord server, we have an off-topic channel, and we’ve been using that for extra communication and to help keep our spirits up. As the alliance leader, I’ve relaxed the activity requirements for now, so that the game can remain a source of relaxation and entertainment rather than another source of stress. We’re also sharing advice and uplifting stories of what we’ve seen or done in real life to help deal with the crisis.