Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: jsh

389 players participated in the Dominion Online Championship, the largest Dominion tournament ever! Now, only 8 remain. Today and tomorrow, we will be posting interviews with the remaining players. To discuss the championship and these interviews, click here.

Interview With jsh: Dominion Online Quarterfinalist

Beyond Awesome: What do you think was your toughest match?

jsh: The match with Cuzz went very poorly for me at first, but I managed to turn things around. I anticipate tougher matches ahead.
Beyond Awesome: Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, where are you from, what do you do?
jsh: I’m 31, I live in South Carolina, and I’m teaching English in college right now.
Beyond Awesome: How did you get into Dominion?
jsh: Some online friends wanted to play it back in the isotropic days, so I gave it a shot. Once I saw how the kingdoms were randomized every game, I was hooked.
Beyond Awesome: Most feared opponent on Dominion Online?
jsh: It’s easily Mic Qsenoch. I almost never stand a chance against him, even when I feel like I’m playing very well. Even Stef I can usually go toe-to-toe with; maybe it’s just psychological.
Beyond Awesome: What are your favorite and least-favorite Dominion cards, and why?
jsh:  I love Black Market because it creates unusual, silly games that are a lot of fun as long as they aren’t complete blowouts. My least favorite card (besides Possession) is Chariot Race. I always feel like I just got lucky when I win with it, and feel cheated when I lose. There always just happens to be my lone remaining Copper on top of my deck…
Beyond Awesome: What are your initial impressions of Nocturne, the newest Dominion expansion?
jsh: I probably shouldn’t talk about it since I was a playtester, but I’ll say that I do enjoy it. Niche cards are a lot of fun, and there are several in the set.
Beyond Awesome: What advice do you have for Dominion players looking to get better?
jsh: If you actually want to get better, it’s very important to learn from your mistakes. I mean that as in, actively pay attention to the mistakes you make, question how to eliminate them or figure out what you could have done better, and then actually practice what you discover. It’s one thing to claim you’ve learned something or chat about it snarkily with others, and entirely a different thing to actually put it into practice. Personally, I’m usually too lazy to put in the effort, which is why I’ll probably never get to the top.
Beyond Awesome: Finally, who do you think is going to win the Championship?


jsh: I have confidence in myself for now.
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