Celtics and Lakers. Michigan and Ohio State. Stone Cold and The Rock.
There’s nothing like a rivalry to take a sport to a whole new level. Suddenly each play feels more dramatic, every color pops, and two teams or individuals push each other beyond what anyone thinks is possible.
This season, THL inscribed it’s own duo to this hallowed list: The Gosu Casuals and Those Filthy Casuals.
This week we’re catching up with Those Filthy Casuals one spot—CCG veteran Arthur Rhodes. Rhodes lost in heartbreaking fashion in last week’s opener, and will be looking to rebound in week two against Xnergy, who are sitting in the division’s top spot.
THL: How did you hear about THL and why did you join?
Arthur Rhodes: I heard about THL in The Inn, another Hearthstone Facebook group. I joined because I just got out of a competitive environment and have to have that in my life :)
THL: What’s your history with Collectible Card Games?
AR: Geez... where should I start? Started playing magic in 1995 achieving one lonely top 8 regional performance. Then I transitioned to the Starwars CCG made by Decipher. Georgia state champion in 2000, multiple regional titles, and one qualification for worlds.
That game went under and I was forced to find a new game. Yugioh turned out to be a good fit. I ended up with 18 regional tops, invite to the national championship 9 years in a row (including last year even though I quit, I played in one regional to secure my invite). I’m not the type to settle for second best in any game, so I definitely will play this game at the same level as I have in all other games in the past.
THL: What’s the highest rank you’ve achieved, when did you hit it and what deck carried you?
AR: Almost rank 1 each of the last two months. I don’t remember the decks, but insert best deck at the moment here and run with that...
THL: What was your first legendary and did you dust it?
AR: First legend was Dr. Boom. And yes, I did dust it. I have 4800 dust invested in my gold Boom...
THL: What are your all-time most and least favorite decks? Why?
AR: I've only been playing six months. Most favorite would be midrange hunter. Least is midrange paladin because that deck blows. I hate it for obvious reasons (Saturday).
THL: If you mind controlled Ben Brode for a day, what do you change about HS?
AR: Tournament mode.
THL: What was your most embarrassing play of all time?
AR: I consider deck selection a "play," so after going up 2 games to 0 this past Saturday I queued into a version of paladin that is subpar in every way to secret paladin. It drew like shit three games in a row and I basically gave my opponent the win cause I’m stupid.
THL: Favorite emote? If you could add an emote to the game what would it be?
AR: My regrets. Rekt.
THL: PC, tablet, or phone? If you play mobile where’s the strangest place you’ve played a game?
AR: Sadly mobile only. PC is broken and can’t fix it, cause golden cards took my fixin’ monies... I’m gonna go with bathroom on this one.
THL: Reno Jackson, the hero Hearthstone deserves or tyrannical overlord?
AR: He is very good. I am a fan. So, kneel before your overlord.
THL: Finally, Those Filthy Casuals looked more like casualties after round one of the Battle of the Casuals. Where does the team go from here?
AR: I punted three times. That shit won’t happen again. My team is ready.
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