The New Scrublord: Newport5000
Hello rift runners!
The IW Players' Profiles is back and this week we talk with one of our newer players: Newport5000!
You may have already noticed Newport, for although he's fairly new to IW he's already made it to the top of the ranked leaderboard as one of IW's rising stars. Recently, Newport has been playing Yugioh competitively for about 7 years and in general has a competitive background in TCGs. He was introduced to IW through a RL buddy, and is now a passionate player who enjoys collecting alt art cards and playing rift.
So, how long have you been playing IW?
I've been playing for roughly 2 months now, since winter break from college. What keeps me playing is the intricacies of the game, it incorporates a lot of features that I haven't seen in larger TCG's I've played such as MtG and Yugi.
Are you free to play or have you spent money on the game?
I've spent money on the game in support of IW, I bought a Martyr's Bounty back when I started and it was on sale and have since bought a couple other DLC's
I came from a card game where entry to regionals/locals ranged from 10USD to 20USD, there's no reason that I can't throw a few bucks here and there to help keep this game going
If that's 20-30 bucks a month so be it...It's alot cheaper than my previous hobby lol.
What's your favorite feature of IW?
My favorite feature is the simultaneous turns, it adds a dynamic to this game that I've only experienced in Texas Hold'em. I actually find myself comparing IW to a blend of both Hold'em and MtG when I try to share the game with friends.
How often do you play?
I play daily, you may not find me online on the weekends because of school and other obligations I have to the organizations I'm apart of at school, but as far as the hours I'm active, I'll be on at just about any time lol. I'm a bit of a night owl, so there really isn't a time that you won't be able to catch me on a weekly basis.
What's your favorite faction(s)?
My favorite faction is Cult of Verore, the artwork really drives it home for me over their play style which I actually do find a bit degenerate, cards like Aleream the fate twister, and oblivion provide some bazaar yet awesome win conditions to build Verore decks around. I also love the versatility of Genesis, Genesis seems to do just about everything every other faction does but to a slightly weaker extent, it tends to be the most skilled faction to pilot as well, I've learned through playing that even 1 misplay with GI can cost you the match. As for least favorite( don't kill me community) but flame dawn. With a game that has so much depth, I just don't like the idea of rush down which simplifies the game state for both the opponent and the player running fd.
What's your favorite win strategy/condition?
Well, I'm going to sound boring, but damage to fortress is by far my favorite. I'm not a fan of rushdown, I'm more of a midrange guy myself but I think any morale win decks are beyond suboptimal, a win condition shouldn't be dependent on if your opponent plays enough characters and attacks aggressively.
What's your most favorite deck that you've played/seen?
I have only been playing for a couple months, but my favorite deck would probably have to be any variation of Enyah Endless Possibilities. The card limits each count of cards in deck to 1, but allows for so many options to mess around and make something absurd and fun with. I've had decks with her that range from aggro to Grimish/Aleream silly-ness.
What's your favorite card?
My favorite card? It's a 3 way tie between Mysterious Box of Wonder, Humble, and Rita, Mistress of Shadows. In the case of Box and Humble, I've been preaching for so long that they are the best utility cards in the game, have so much versatility and can be played favorably both for the player or against the opponent. As for Rita, she has amazing art, a great effect, and contributes a lot to so many decks. She was actually the first Infinity Border card I picked.
Seen any good decks/strategies recently?
As far as good decks/strats, I haven't see anything out of the ordinary that has really caught me attention. 1GI/2FD Sacculas has been proving to be absurdly powerful and lacks a bad match up.
How many wins do you have in IW? What's your most memorable win?
It's been 2 months and I'm currently sitting at 588 wins, my most memorable win has to be against Chalkbot in ranked the previous month, he was playing 1gi/2fd hammer and I was playing 2dod/1ex mad monk. I won the match off of him playing a deck that really didn't have the best match up, but what makes it memorable was being a new player winning against the best ranked play and who I would consider the best deckbuilder in IW currently. On a side note, he absolutely stomped me the next time we matched up in ranked lol, 2-0.
Most memorable loss?
That would have to be my ranked match against Interesting_Socks. I was 9-0 in matches against Deathblast with Madmonk DoD, so when I saw what he was playing I got puffy; he absolutely blew me out by diligently playing out his Noble Protectors and Martyr Golems making really hard reads and getting rewarded for calling things correctly. Without a doubt it was a learning experience but nonetheless, it had taught me to play against the player, not the deck. That's why I would consider it my most memorable loss.
Which play mode do you enjoy the most?
I have yet to find the time to play tourneys but I love draft and constructed equally, not so big on campaign. Draft has been a constant learning experience since I've started but I've seen my own improvements weekly. I went from averaging 2-3 wins and having problems around 8-9 wins to sliding into top 10-20 weekly between my main and smurf account in that 20 win range. as for constructed, I'm a huge nerd when it comes to theory-crafting and working towards defining/countering the meta, (I have been since my Yugioh days and actually turned a 2 dollar common into a 30 dollar common by top eighting a regional with it as a tech choice.) I finished top 15 in ranked last month but plan to make top 10 this month as I'm actually running a T1 deck now.
So, you entered the game and rose right into the top 15. how'd you do it?
Well, this wasn't my first TCG which helped a lot with picking up the game. But, I really have to give credit to the streamers I watch (Mole and Equastro) I picked up a lot of things just seeing how they play the game. And I'm not going to BS anybody, if you spend the time and put the effort in, anybody can top20, even top10 ranked.
What deck/deck(s) did/do you use the most?
I played a 2DoD/1Ex mad monk deck in January, maindecking Gather the Weaks and Parallel Rifts. Last Month I was playing MoL ramp. There's too many options to deal with that deck in the meta, so I was having a bit of a mid-month crisis.
I'm trying to switch over to OOS/2GI. It seems a bit steeper on learning curve, and rewards good plays while punishing bad plays. It's also by far one of the better and more viable ranked decks.
What do you like/dislike most about ranked?
I just hate the wait time between matches and the lack of meta diversity, but in regards to deck diversity, it's the same with any TCG so I can't blame IW for that.
So, when you started in IW, did you find the learning curve steep?
Yes and No.
Yes, because the games mechanics differ greatly from Yugioh, which is turn based and lacks a resource system.
But no, for the reason that a lot of game theory transfers from TCG to TCG.
Getting value out of your cards in terms of trading characters with more than a single unit each time, trying to get a "+1" whenever possible (that includes abilities as well). Being able to recognize in game patterns with decks and what the options are as far as what's able to be played out of hand.
Not wasting "power" cards in early game when you do not need too. Not being afraid to take damage when it's favorable over a bad trade with a character.
I guess that's what comes to mind with my Yugi experience and it's relation to the steep IW curve
another important thing that has helped significantly with learning has been Texas Hold'em...
I've played a lot of Hold'em online, and carrying the mentality that there are X cards in the decks, and understanding the probability of you/your opponent drawing what the player needs at a certain time helps a lot.
It's a fundamental example but if there are 2 Mass Deaths in grave, and 25 cards left in your opponents deck, with 2 cards in their hand, you should probably start swinging at the opponents fortress lol.
Do you play rift? How are you liking it?
I play rift more than anything, I love the adrenaline rush I get from drafting seeing if I do or do not have valuable golds pop up in the card selection. More importantly I love the diversity of the format, yes there are stronger options, but more often than not you will never see the same commander composition more than once a run. I think it's a testament to their skill that we see the same players topping the rift boards weekly. I'm liking it alot, I feel like there's a few things that need to be switched up as far as a rift ban or rift rarities, but overall it's a good experience. In my opinion, it's the best way to become fundamentally stronger in the game.
What's your favorite rift purity?
I love GI in rift, you get a lot of options as far as spot removal and quality characters at low rarities and single purity.
How many wins was your longest rift run?
Right now, I think my personal best has been 28, but I'll usually be sitting at the 12-15 range by the end of each week.
Do you play in Tournaments? Why/why not? what do you like/dislike about them?
I would love to play in tournaments, but never have the time on the weekends when they happen! College and the organizations I am apart of have been my priority this semester so unfortunately I haven't been able to enter. I'm looking forward to the week that I can enter though, I learn a lot whenever I play matches with established players.
Do you have any advice for new players?
Yes I do. Stick with the game and don't get discouraged after a couple losses. More importantly make friends with the vets, there hasn't been a single person I've met in this community that I would consider an "elitist", a lot of veteran players have helped me by either giving me cards, decktesting with me, or giving me advice when it comes to deckbuilding. Also watch streams, watching Genmole stream had taught me the importance of how to line characters in the assault/ defense zone to get the best value out of trades.
What do you think is instore for IW in the future?
Quite simply I hope and expect the game to grow, I see a game that has beautiful mechanics and insanely unique animated art for the cards that I have not seen in any other tcg's, everything is set in place to make this game thrive, it just needs the capital for advertisement and a crew that's more steadfast when it comes to fixing bugs. I expect for the game to grow because I have a lot of faith in the current community, ES is putting in work as well as the other mods and balance team.
Is there anything else you'd like to share/say?
Yeah there absolutely is. For those who complain about the balance of IW's meta, I'd encourage you to dabble around with Yugi or mtg standard than say it again that there are problems with this games constructed. A lot of IW players do not understand that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Also, we have a dope community for IW that is beyond friendly and helpful for new players, instead of complaining about the queue wait we need to be getting out there and inviting friends to try the game in an attempt to grow the community. I've gotten three of my IRL buddies to take a swing at IW, just imagine what could happen if 100 of us could do the same.
So concludes another edition of the IW Players' Profiles. Keep an eye out when running the rifts for our new rising star: Newport5000. Friendly, courteous, and an honorable opponent, although he's new, he's no pushover and will surely force you to play your best... or lose. Thanks for volunteering for this interview Newport! Catch you around the rifts!
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