Infamousneo is the first player to win his trip to California to play in the $100,000 HEX Invitational.
What’s your name, where are you from, how long have you been playing HEX?
Paul Spencer, from the United Kingdom and I have been playing HEX since before alpha launched. We were using the spoilers that had been released to play the game manually without an official client.
You just won the HEX IQ and will be going to California to play for the grand prize of $40,000. What went through your mind right after the last game?
Those last three matches in the top 8 were a somewhat increasing source of both excitement and stress. Had to compose myself before every one and really make sure i didn’t mess up. My immediate thoughts after the game were a mixture between relief that I hadn’t made a mistake and a very elongated version of the word ‘yes.’
What are your thoughts now?
Super happy of course, I’m excited to get out there and take part in the first major official HEX event. It’s a pretty big milestone and it’s awesome that I will be there with a shot at being the first big winner. I’m happy I can relax through the rest of the qualifiers and I’m still feeling quite relieved that i didn’t make a mistake in those last 3 matches. I hope some more of my teammates can make it in. It’s been cool to see everyone getting excited about the event and excited for me.
What is it that you love about HEX?
In terms of the game itself, it’s a true competitive TCG. There is a lot of depth and complexity at every level of the game. More than just taking a deck and playing it, this is the kind of game where you need to understand why and when things are most powerful in order to fully utilize them. Being mechanically sound is important, but there is a lot to be said for intuition and understanding too. The card design is great and there is balance to the point where nearly every play style can be somewhat viable. It’s a deep and complicated TCG that has the room to push the boundaries a little further in terms of card design. It rewards creativity, logic, planning, effort, teamwork and when you don’t want to try so hard it’s just fun to play.
What makes you start up the game and battle it out with your fellow HEXers?
Simple answer is that I just enjoy it for all of the reasons I just spoke about. It’s hard to not want to play when there are always new ideas you want to try out and people you enjoy playing with and sharing the experience with. The biggest reason for me of course though is my stream. Streaming HEX is part of my day almost every day.
What does HEX mean to you?
At this point HEX is pretty much what I live and breathe. It’s my hobby, my passion, my job to some extent. It’s something that has opened up a ton of opportunities for me and allowed me to meet a great deal of awesome people. Generally I just spend a ton of my time doing something I enjoy and feel like i’m a part of something. The more effort I put into it the more it gives back. It’s pretty rewarding!
If you were to win the HEX Invitational in February, what is it you’d do with the grand prize?
The first thing i would do is buy a monster PC. After that i’m not sure… but getting a monster rig to help with my streaming and generally have an awesome time gaming is the agenda.
Could you tell us a little about the deck that carried you to victory in the HEX IQ?
I played a ruby diamond deck that’s primary function was to create board presence and card advantage. I had a Houndmaster of Ardevaas among my rares and I was lucky enough to also grab a Pyresoul Summoner. Both of these cards were invaluable, knowing that there was a good chance i would have more cards on board than my opponent allowed me to better utilize Volley of Arrows, Inflict Doubt, Martyr and Bryson Maplewood. Honestly there were not many cards in my deck that are super powerful alone, but what I had made for a fairly focused deck that worked well together.
I didn’t have much removal, but what I had was useful when I had it. The biggest problem I had to overcome as the lack of options for dealing with big troops. Wild is very strong in this sealed metagame and I had no way of just dealing with big troops; I think my first 5 matchups were against wild decks and every time the problems had to be overcome with smart combat instead of straight up removal like Pride’s Fall. This was certainly a deck it felt like I really had to play and execute certain things well in order to reach the top 8.
Where can people watch you play?
You can catch me on my Twitch page and streaming on Mondays on the official HEX channel.
Do you have a message to your fellow HEX IQ winners? Why do they need to be on the lookout for you?
Congrats in advance, guys! They don’t need to be on the lookout for me, in fact i’m no threat at all. Ignore me completely! Move along…nothing to see here.