JerryDamage returns to the blog with another 10 Questions! Long-time blog readers will remember Jerry's interview series where he picks the brain of THL captains and players. This week he sits down with JRJuggerlaw!
Welcome back to another edition of 10 Questions with Jerry Damage. This is a weekly player interview to get to know some of the players and personalities around the league better than just someone who’s name we’ve seen on the website. For this week’s interview, we sit down with longtime THL veteran, JRJuggerLaw.
1. Standard opening question: Where are you from originally? And where are you at now?
JRJuggerLaw: I was born in Long Island, NY and lived there until I went to college, I am currently living in Queens, NY with my younger brother.
2. Other than Hearthstone, what do you usually do to have some fun or relax?
JRJuggerLaw: My main activities outside of HS are my dodgeball and kickball leagues. I have made dozens of friends through both leagues and it is always a fun way to stay in shape and spend time with good company. Other than that I love to relax at home playing video games and watching various TV shows.
3. What’s your history with CCGs? Is HS your first?
JRJuggerLaw: I had tested a few CCG’s prior to Hearthstone but HS was the first CCG I played seriously. The closest I ever came to playing another CCG seriously was Duelyst, a now shut down game that combined card games with a Tactics style game board. I did however play yugioh competitively for quite some time, but I definitely made much closer friends through HS than I ever did with that game.
4. How long have you been playing Hearthstone?
JRJuggerLaw: I have been playing HS since closed beta. I got my beta key right as the finals period for my first semester of law school started so it was perfect and terrible timing for me haha. I have never taken any real breaks from the game so I have been consistently playing since then!
5. You’ve been in THL for quite a while. How did you first discover THL and what got you interested in being a part of a competitive series?
JRJuggerLaw: So I have told plenty of people this story but one day I randomly went to a tournament hosted by a community gaming group in NYC. While I was there I ran into both Asuna (a former player of THL) and Alec, who everybody now knows as one of the lead designers on the Hearthstone team. Both of them told me about THL as I was looking for a hearthstone league or series to join. I did enjoy playing on ladder but I am known for being competitive to a fault, so I needed something to get my competitive fix for HS since I didn’t want to grind tournaments. A few weeks later I got picked up by THLeumer to join his roster and the rest is history. Over 4 years later and I still love THL just as much as the day I joined if not more!
6. You’ve been a captain in THL and a player. What would you say are some of your favorite parts of being a captain and what are some of the challenges associated with being a captain that you didn’t expect to face?
JRJuggerLaw: My favorite part about being a captain was always being able to dictate who joined the team and the strategies we would implement for maintaining constant contact with each other. But that was also the biggest challenge because some players are better about that than others. Everyone I work with puts in some degree of effort but obviously I prefer when everyone is willing and able to be present as much as possible to help with planning lineups week after week. Either way, I do enjoy being a captain despite all the inherent challenges that come with it.
7. THL has grown to have series for all of the various formats the game can offer (Conquest, Last Hero Standing, Wild, Battlegrounds). Which format do you prefer and why?
JRJuggerLaw: Legacy has always been my favorite format because I love conquest and I prefer closed decklists since I can change my lists based on what my opponent brings. I always found it difficult to decide my decklists for one specific match, as I feel that is way harder to do compared to preparing a lineup for a tournament. I do still like last hero standing, but I prefer conquest because you have to win with all of your decks as opposed to being able to get away with winning with just one of them!
8. If you could take one card from Wild and put it back into Standard, what would you pick and why?
JRJuggerLaw: I would say either Ragnaros the fire lord or Dr. Boom the minion. With how the game has shifted over the years I don’t think rag would be as powerful now as it once was, even with all of the elemental support, and Dr. Boom I feel has always been a strong but balanced card deserving of being part of the core set.
9. Our usernames are something that usually have some special meaning to us. Where did the name JRJuggerLaw come from and how did you pick it as your username?
JRJuggerLaw: Well as many people know my username was originally JRJuggernaut as that was my username for pretty much every game I played. Then one day I decided to change the name to have some mention of the law in honor of the fact that I passed the bar and was finally being sworn in as an attorney. I had some help coming up with a new name and Jetlaw (a former THL veteran) suggested JRJuggerLaw and I loved it, so here we are!
10. If you could pick one card to represent you as a player, what would you pick and why?
JRJuggerLaw: This is really tough, but I would probably pick Reno Jackson, the first highlander card to be printed and one that I feel represents me, a person who under the right circumstances, can have a huge impact when the pressure is on!
That’s it for this week. Thank you JRJuggerLaw for letting me interview you and look forward to another player interview next week.
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