254 players participated in the 2018 Dominion Online Championship. Only 8 players are left, and we will posting interviews with each player this week before their match.
vsiewnar will be playing Mic Qsenoch Wednesday October 24 at 1000pm UTC (6 o’clock PM Eastern time Wednesday evening); you can watch the live-stream of the match at twitch.tv/dominionstreams.
This is the pregame interview with vsiewnar.
Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, where are you from, what do you do?
vsiewnar: I’m 28 and originally from Trinidad but currently live in Canada formally studying Applied Mathematics here. Thanks to ShuffleIT for organising!
How did you start playing Dominion?
vsiewnar: I started playing in person through one of my friends (trinadianese online) who introduced me to the game. It took some convincing to play the first game since I don’t typically like board games!
What do you think was your toughest match in the tournament so far?
vsiewnar: I’d say it was against ehunt in Round 2. We got pushed to game 7 and I had to come from behind to win the decider.
What are your favourite and least-favourite Dominion cards, and why?
vsiewnar: My favourite card changes from time to time. For now, I’ll go with Apothecary and Artificer. Sometimes, there is elegance with Apothecary such as setting it up to draw all 4 revealed cards or taking advantage of the information it gives. Artificer’s gaining ability is attractive mostly because it topdecks the card and is not mandatory.
Sentry often irritates me because I often expect too much from it. Perhaps I should lower my expectations. Governor also forces me to think a lot and is often centralising.
What cards do you think are the most overrated? What cards do you think are the most underrated?
vsiewnar: I think Watchtower and Tracker are underrated. The topdeck ability is good and they both sometimes provide significant additional support. I have also seen a few people sleep on Groundskeeper though that may have changed by now.
I’m not sure what cards are overrated. Personally, I think I overrate Villa and Legionary. Villa changes the game a bit but not as much as I thought and Legionary’s attack has counters and checks as do the other attacks.
What are your initial impressions of Renaissance, the newest Dominion expansion?
vsiewnar: I haven’t cast much thought into Dominion: Renaissance aside from quickly reading the posted previews. I’ll look more into it when it become available online and I’ll probably keep calling them coin tokens 😛
What was the most memorable Dominion match you’ve ever played?
vsiewnar: The most memorable is when I lost 5.5 to 0.5 to werothegreat in the League.
How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t playing Dominion?
vsiewnar: I should be using this time for my schoolwork!
What advice do you have for Dominion players looking to get better?
vsiewnar: There are different pieces of advice for different levels of players. Some should play more to get more familiar with certain cards and ideas. Endgame is always a big area to improve. There is also the mental aspect of staying positive despite losing or going through some bad luck and keeping alert after 2 or 3 hours.