Finishing as runner-up to Archon Storm last season, there was no doubt that Xnergy was going to be a force entering Inception. But, the level of dominance seen by Vendi Clique and his crew is downright startling, as the top team in the THL has collected 28 out of a possible 30 wins in the first two weeks of the season.
Headlining this week's Turf Wars is a rematch of last season's championship, and a series that could set the tone for the rest of the way among the THL elite. Will Xnergy continue its rampage? Can Archon Storm bounce back from a week two loss? The Xnergy captain shares his thoughts on giving THL a rude welcome to the grand tournament that is Season Inception.
THL: How did you hear about THL and why did you join?
Vendi Clique: I heard about THL from Cassity in a different Hearthstone group, I had been looking for a way to get better at Hearthstone and play competitively, and it seemed perfect.
THL: What’s your history with Collectible Card Games?
VC: I played Pokemon and Yugioh at a pretty casual level as a kid, getting into Magic pretty late at 18, but since then I've taken first at a lot of local tournaments and FNMs, and top 8'd a few larger tournaments and PPTQ's. Ive only been playing Hearthstone competitively for four or five months but I dabbled casually a year ago
"Xnergy is trying our best to cement ourselves as the best and most formidable team in THL. Defeating the defending champs after our close loss against them in the finals would be so satisfying, and would for sure prove our strength in the league."
THL: Xnergy is leading THL in points, you started the season with a perfect 20 week, and nobody on the team has won fewer than two games in a match so far. Why are you guys so good?
VC: Not only are we all great players individually, but we are all smart and we communicate well, ensuring that each week is planned well and practiced for. Every move and deck choice we make is planned and ready when we start each match.
THL: We’re getting a rematch of the Kappa finals this week with Xnergy and Archon Storm, plus Storm is coming off their first loss since week 6 of Kappa. You could hang a back-to-back on them—how big is the chance for revenge here?
VC: I have the utmost respect for Archon Storm, they are all amazing players and I wish them the best the rest of the season, but the chance for revenge after losing to them twice last season is far too tempting and exciting for us. Xnergy is trying our best to cement ourselves as the best and most formidable team in THL. Defeating the defending champs after our close loss against them in the finals would be so satisfying, and would for sure prove our strength in the league.
THL: Weeks one and two of LoE have rocked Hearthstone, do you have any predictions for the impact of the second half of the expansion?
VC: I personally believe that the second half of the expansion will be good and have cards that will be playable, but which ones are hard to tell for me. I'm hoping that the meta keeps shaking up, it's tons of fun to play new decks and new cards.
THL: If you had to compare Xnergy to a Hearthstone card, which one would it be and why?
VC: I would compare us to Justicar Trueheart, because our first season we were awesome, but this season we totally stepped our game up even further—just like Trueheart does for your hero power.
THL: What card has your favorite voice acting?
VC: I despise playing against Paladin, but that doesn't stop me from loving Murloc Knight. "Prepurrrr to durrrr" is just too cute to hate.
THL: You’ve repelled through the latticework of laser tripbeams, you’ve bypassed the security protocols, you’ve hacked the mainframe. You can now change any card in Hearthstone—what change do you make?
VC: Consecration no longer hits face. I can't tell how many times I've died exactly to a Consecration.
THL: What's your favorite Twitch emote? If you could add an emote what would it be?
VC: I'm boring and sarcastic, so it's definitely Kappa. I would add a Viridae emote, added to signify anytime something is your favorite.
THL: Favorite way to play Hearthstone: PC, tablet, or phone?
VC: I have only ever played on PC. The mobile versions seem so unaesthetic and the format looks awkward.
THL: Favorite streamer? Least favorite? What do you like/hate about them?
VC: My favorite streamer is, by far, Strifecro. Ive always been a fan of cloud9—in Hearthstone, HotS and CSGO—but he's so positive and excited and is an amazing player. I dislike Kripparian and Ekop, mostly because they hype themselves up as competitive players despite a lack of tournament success and a lack of personal appeal.
THL: Do you stream or produce Hearthstone content? If so, when/where can people find you?
VC: I do stream! i attempt to stream at least a couple hours every night, but i stream much more heavily on weekends. catch me at twitch.tv/veecliquehs! drop a follow and tune in for fun times!
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