Get ready for Ragnaros Season 10 and Sylvanas Season 7 with our week-long series of team reveals! We'll be revealing one team each day leading up to the grand stream reveal on Tavern Talk. Remember to tune in to Twitch on Thursday (Ragnaros) 8/23 and Friday (Sylvanas) 8/24 to see the remaining teams and division assignments. Today is our final Sylvanas reveal: Eon captained by Markshire and written by iCon!
iCon: Alright Mark, talk to me about your motivations this season. What made you want to be a captain?
Markshire: I was getting pretty burned out in Rag league so I decided to take a break from there this season and just play Sylv. I’ve only played in Sylv one season before and I enjoyed it, but found it difficult to commit to prepping for two leagues at the same time. I’ll be attending Dreamhack Atlanta in the fall, which is LHS, so I thought it would be good to get some LHS-specific experience.
As far as captaining, I had a pretty specific group of people in mind I wanted to play with and I felt that I’d be able to be a captain of that group effectively. The team experience in THL has always been what’s kept me in the league, and I know how important it is to have a good captain that unifies the team to another level.
iCon: Talk to me about your overall strategy in designing a team. What was it like?
Markshire: Oh man, what a question. To be honest, there’s so much that went into the team design, recruiting, and interviewing process I don’t even know where to begin.
Webster’s dictionary defines “eon” as “an immeasurably or indefinitely long period of time”, which is a more or less accurate portrayal of how long the recruitment process was for Team Eon. My first priority as a captain was to ensure I had a trustworthy, loyal team of players that I could depend on to submit their classes, show up to their games, be present for team practice and prep sessions, and be upstanding members of the THL community.
Through these criteria, I hand-selected four Sylvanas League free agents that seemed to fit the bill. After scouring the THL discipline archives for any holes in their record, and conducting extensive interviews with their past teammates, I knew I had landed on the perfect team.
iCon: Can you talk a little bit about your roster of players, and your strategy for each one?
Markshire: My 1 seed is none other than TopHatDemon. For Tophat, it’s difficult to say which is stronger: his commitment to the team, his commitment to the league, or his commitment to Hearthstone. Tophat’s loyalty and friendly demeanor have been the driving forces behind his widespread success as a teammate, THL Player, and professional Hearthstone Player (shoutout to Onslaught Clan).
Not only is Tophat a great HS Player, he also consistently places at the top of the 2v2 leaderboards in Battlerite. His competitive nature, tight technical play, and deep understanding of the meta will all be significant factors in his performance at the 1 seed this season, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
I’m playing in the 2 seed this season. Rather than write something about myself, I asked my good friend and teammate Durden to send something in about me.
"I go by Markshire, known to others as Fakeshire, but this past season was doxxed by Donnie and now everyone knows my real name - Mark Durden, CPA. I've long catfished the league into believing I was this cool Ultimate Frisbee player going to an overrated college, but now everyone knows the truth in that I'm a 52yo accountant living in Provo, Utah. But, I'm at least good at Hearthstone. Or, I used to be good at Hearthstone and now live off my reputation of past successes. I really miss the metas when I could go all aggro. I'd be good this season if I was allowed to bring Maly Druid for all four classes, but our oppressive board won't let that happen. It's nice to be ruled by a bunch of fascists.”
My 3 seed is Darkseid. Dark has made a name for himself in THL through his significant contributions as a content creator. He’s served as a streamer and caster for the original Friday Night Fights, the producer for all Darkstones, and is currently the Social Media Director for THL. Darkseid’s accomplishments don’t stop there, however. (Ed Note: His opinions on hot dog toppings are terrible)
He’s also had continuous success on ladder and in THL, being able to hit legend with any deck that contains small time buccaneer. While many may still see Darkseid as a pure aggro player, those who are brave enough to solicit information about him will discover he’s expanded his repertoire of available decks and is sure to be a force in Sylvanas League this season.
FollowDurden comes in as our 4 seed. Durden is a THL veteran whose overall record has ranged from mildly disappointing to mediocre, with the exception of a good performance last season in Rag League. Like any asshole who listens to Gary Vee religiously, Durden has attributed his success to his “multitasking skills” and “hustle” and continuously reminds us of how impressive his record was despite his IRL commitments.
When he’s not playing Hearthstone, Durden can be seen in discord offering unsolicited advice to board members and stirring up unnecessary unrest in the community. It seems that he sustains his interest in THL by finding a new target to hate or a new rule to be offended by - but don’t let his propensity for drama fool you, Durden has some of the thinnest skin in the league. He can’t fathom dissenting opinions from others and will irrationally defend even the most easily disprovable viewpoints, like the integrity of HSReplay’s data collection.
TheTownDrunk caps us off at the 5 seed. Donnie is another league vet with a storied history in THL, as his time in the league so far has been littered with official warnings, social bans, and significant controversy. However, while in the past his favorite pastime was instigating arguments with board members, Donnie is truly a changed man and is now working closely with the board and content department as the THL Tournament Director.
Like the beer at the bars Donnie audits for a living, he has matured and now understands the wisdom and advice that board members can give to him. When I asked him to recant his favorite quote or piece of advice from the board, he told me “We are not ruling based on intent and we have not and will not do so” was one of the most meaningful things he’s ever heard out of the mouth of a board member. I have already seen this new perspective have a positive effect on his Hearthstone game, and I’m excited to see what he can do this season with Eon.
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