MasterMattchu has won his spot to play for the $100,000 in prizes at the HEX Invitational!
What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been playing HEX?
My name is Matthew Hudson and I live in Conway, Arkansas, USA. I played HEX off and on during closed beta, then took a break from the game and returned when the IQs were announced. Since then I’ve been playing HEX 10-12 hours a day (at least), and have put a lot of effort into earning my spot in the tournament.
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 final game?
To be honest, I was really nervous throughout the entire top 8. The knowledge that I was so close to my goal was definitely weighing on me. After the final game ended that weight was lifted and it was a huge relief.
What are your thoughts now?
The plan now is just to get back to playing HEX and start working on my preparation for the event. I want to be able to put forth the best showing I can, so I will be spending even more time HEXing.
What is it that you love about HEX?
The thing I love about HEX the most is the fact that almost every decision you make in a game can be the difference between winning and losing. In most games there will always be a decision that you can point to and say “this is why I lost”. Of course there are times where random chance rears it’s ugly head, but most of the time you have the ability to look back on a game and improve yourself as a player, and that accountability is something that I appreciate.
What makes you launch the game and battle it out with your fellow HEXers?
The competition. I’ve always been a very competitive person and a very competitive gamer. The chance to put my skills to the test against the best HEXers around is an opportunity that I am very grateful to have, and I’m excited to see how I stack up to everyone else.
What does HEX mean to you?
I’ve made a lot of friends since I started playing HEX consistently. Their support and faith in me, as well as that of close friends and family here at home, and the knowledge that I was able to make it all worthwhile is a feeling that I can’t even begin to describe. They know who they are, and to them I say Thank you, a million times over.
If you were to win the HEX Invitational in February, what would you do with the grand prize?
Honestly, I’m not sure. Money’s always been kind of tight for me. Right now I’m preparing to move and have also had some unexpected financial strains pop up in my family. So winning the grand prize would ensure that I wouldn’t have to worry about having everything taken care of. It would certainly be nice if I could pull it off.
Could you tell us a little about the deck that carried you to victory in the HEX IQ?
In the IQ I played Blood Control. I wasn’t able to make many changes to the list in the week leading up to the IQ because I didn’t have the time, but luckily things worked out in the end. Vampire King in addition to all the discard and removal is just obviously a very powerful combination and it’s easy to see why Blood has been one of the top decks for a while now.
Where can people watch you play?
I am not currently streaming. But I hope to be streaming at some point in the future, as soon as i can find the time to make sure I have a good enough setup and can provide a good experience for my viewers.
Do you have a message to your fellow HEX IQ winners? Why do they need to be on the lookout for you?
It will be great to meet everyone else who has taken down an IQ, and I have a lot of respect for all of them. I will be showing up to the event with the intention of getting no less than first place though, and I can promise that I will be doing my best to be prepared to achieve that goal. Good luck to everyone who is competing. I’ll see you there!