The people. Dear god, I love the people.
My viewers are amazing human beings who keep me dragging myself out of bed on days it takes 2 hours to get dressed. Because they make me laugh and smile and cheer me on, even when I lose. So I know it’ll always be worth the effort.
I would care about my numbers a lot more if the people who stopped by weren’t so consistently awesome.
You’d never know it by my record, but I’m a fairly competitive person—just not in the usual sense.
Tournaments are probably my favorite format of play, simply because forcing your perception to wrap around another person’s brain and behavior so that you can predict them always teaches me something new.
That’s something you get a lot less of in ranked. Because you don’t see the list ahead of time. And you don’t know the pilot. So you have to play reactively to some degree, rather than with foresight.
Together, we'll find the path
You also appear to have invested a lot of energy in to a detailed data analysis of Eternal's card set.
I can’t help sciencing. I go nuts without it because I want to know how everything works. And if I’m going to the trouble, I may as well write it down in case other people are curious too.
Numbers are just one more way to validate patterns that I see in decks, cards, or game mechanics.
For those who haven't joined yet, what happens on the Kaelos the Reckoning discord server?
I’m mainly there for the #kidsfallingover channel. Please don’t tell anyone.
In all honesty, I just wanted a place where people could ask questions, exchange ideas, and support one another’s competitive play or content where I could freely evict people whose behavior suppressed that. Negativity toward other players has no place there.
We have a rule that there are no “bad cards”. It’s fine to say that a card does poorly in certain match-ups, metas, decks, or for specific purposes. But it’s not cool to tell someone a card, deck, or idea they’re playing around with is worthless.
Because that is equivalent to telling someone their effort and curiosity is worthless. It suppresses the innovation that keeps ladder from getting stale and keeps the game interesting and worth playing. Not to mention: making assumptions or assertions without testing is just bad science.
Glad to have you on our sideShiftstoned:
As if all of that wasn’t enough, you've just recently launched the Eternal Post. What inspired you to create this new space for content?
In Eternal right now, most of the content is produced by teams—and it’s hard to get any kind of name recognition or have your content seen if you’re not attached to or picked up by one of those groups.
That was the case for me because nobody wants someone who doesn’t play to win. But I was fortunate enough to have many of the top-level players as stream viewers (for deck ideas) who became friends and advocates anyway.
Once I had any kind of pull to help other people get seen, it seemed right to help them avoid the obstacles I had to circumvent. I already had a website, so I figured I could just expand it to include sections where other people could be seen.
And there was a lot more interest than I anticipated. So I said “Screw it! Let’s make it a content site where I post rather than my site where content is posted.”
Can you describe for the readers how Eternal Post will work?
We’ve got a lot of big names on board (who should really be commended for their participation). Articles will be posted right beside people who are totally unknown to help get those people visibility and name recognition without the necessity of being part of some other group.
Provided the content is good and the person can behave civilly to other human beings, I will put literally anyone’s stuff on the site. Hopefully, this will lead to a place where content truly succeeds on its own merit, rather than requiring name recognition or popularity for visibility.
I think if we can pull it off, it will be an incredibly healthy thing for the Eternal
community and help drive the player base to be more inclusive, accessible, and approachable for new players.
That’s the change I want to see, so I feel obliged to work at making it happen.
Parting shotOne bullet should do
Thank you for your time Kaelos. You have really shared a lot of insightful information here. But we've saved the most important question for the end.
I know that the readers are dying to hear it from you: will there ever be a Tier 1 deck that contains The Last Word?
I will make it so. You can quote me on this.