Vazrael 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 Tino Kügler and I currently study economics in Frankfurt (Main), Germany. I have been playing HEX since early 2014 and it has become my main game a couple months later.
What are your thoughts now?
“Time to relearn how to draft.” I avoided drafts for a long time since I enjoyed the Constructed Metagame too much since the ban of Titania’s Majesty, so I have basically only been playing Constructed and scheduled Sealed events for the Tournament Tickets for the last months.
What is it that you love about HEX?
I love playing video games, cardgames of all sorts and I am a very competitive person. Hex combines all these things, so it is a perfect fit for me. The community also is one of the best I have ever experienced in an online game and everyone involved in Hex seems to be very passionate about it.
What makes you launch the game and battle it out with your fellow HEXers?
There is no special reason required. My average day starts with work/university, followed by as many hours of gaming as I can fit in and these days I mostly play Hex.
What does HEX mean to you?
HEX is my favourite pastime. I love proving myself in any competitive environment, so I enjoy playing various decks against good players and whether I challenge random people in Proving Grounds or play in the biggest tournaments, I will always try to play as good as I can to get better.
If you were to win the HEX Invitational in February, what would you do with the grand prize?
This will sound rather boring for a lot of people, but except upgrading my computer (what I will do anyways) I would probably go on vacation for a week or two and do some long-term investments with the rest of the money.
Could you tell us a little about the deck that carried you to victory in the HEX IQ?
I was playing the Azurefate Sorceress Combo deck using Tetzot as a Champion. The deck’s main goal is to combo strong tunnelers (in this case Reese and Mesmeric Hypnoscientist) with Azurefate Sorceress, using the Major Ruby of Destruction to deal massive amounts of Damage in 1 or 2 turns. The second gem in Azurefate is the Minor Sapphire of Mischief to be able to keep up Resources for Countermagic and being able to play around basic speed removal. The version I played included some Cerulean Mentalists and Eldritch Dreamers to keep up the card-draw in case i dont get a fast win. The rest of the deck is a balanced amount of various removals. What seemed to be most surprising for people is my decision to run 3 Heatwaves maindeck. The reasoning behind that is that an early Heatwave gives me an almost guaranteed win against mono ruby aggro decks (I played vs. 2 different versions of it in the IQ) and it is also a solid choice against the overplayed ruby/wild ramp deck to stop their Howling Braves, Pucks and Periwinkles. I am still working on the list and have already made several changes to it since I won the IQ with it. It offers a huge amount of different options on how to build it.
Where can people watch you play?
Right now, nowhere. I might decide to upgrade my internet connection as well as my computer early next year and start streaming casually on twitch.tv if people are interested in watching me, but nothing is set in stone.
Do you have a message to your fellow HEX IQ winners? Why do they need to be on the lookout for you?
First of all, congratulations to all of you that made it, let us have a good time in California! That being said, I believe in being rewarded for putting in effort, so I will definitely spend countless hours preparing for the tournament, keeping track of statistics and all the information I can get. You will not catch me off guard, I will be ready for whatever you bring to Entrath!