2018 Dominion Online Championship Quarterfinal Interview: Burning Skull

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.

Burning Skull will be playing jfrisch Friday at 1900 UTC (3 o’clock Friday afternoon Eastern Time); you can watch the live-stream of the match at dominion.games, or at .

This is Burning Skull’s pregame interview.

Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, where are you from, what do you do?

Burning Skull:  Well, hi. Name’s Igor, I’m 30, live in St. Petersburg, Russia and I write code for a living.

How did you start playing Dominion?

Burning Skull:  Picked up a physical copy about six years ago, played a first game on Friday at work, never stopped playing before Sunday night. Was my first experience with board games btw (well, barring some Monopoly in the childhood, and one time Munchkin trauma).

What do you think was your toughest match in the tournament so far?

Burning Skull:  Won’t be a surprise I guess, but Mercury was the toughest.

What are your favourite and least-favourite Dominion cards, and why?

Burning Skull:  My favourite is probably City Quarter, It’s just cool to see how it draws a lot of cards. Also the art on it is nice, if you look closely you can see Donald X. in one of the windows. I also like Miser, it’s kinda niche, but sometimes does a great job. Black Market is love forever as well.

Really don’t like Battlefield – it sometimes makes dumpster strategies win, and why would you want to play a dumpster strategy. Not a huge fan of Tournament – it just leads to frustrations too often.

What cards do you think are the most overrated/underrated?

Burning Skull:  Some of the weaker cards are slightly underrated: Royal Seal is not really a bad card, it’s just the competition at this price point is usually quite high. Also, Transmute is not unplayable at all: you can go for it in like one of 50 games you see it in.

Most overrated cards are still Province and Gold.

What are your initial impressions of Renaissance, the newest Dominion expansion?

Burning Skull:  I’ve been translating the cards to Russian, and that’s a blast, really liked them a lot! Think I like it better than Nocturne so far.

What was the most memorable Dominion match you’ve ever played?

Burning Skull:  Hmm, there was this one relatively recent vs Mic, where I was about to win a game by Ambassadoring him a Province, but there were Changelings on the board, the fact we both missed, and yeah, that was an agonizing revelation. I lost.

How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t playing Dominion?

Burning Skull:  I tend to work a lot, also play quite a few other games. Love reading, love going somewhere to see stuff, just a regular guy stuff. I’m a metalhead of sorts, so summer is for the festivals

What advice do you have for Dominion players looking to get better?

Burning Skull:  Well, fall in love with the game most of all. I started playing competitive to some extent after watching Wandering Winder videos. So yeah, watching good players thought process helps a lot. Taking a break after a game and thinking why it went that way and not the other also won’t hurt.

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