Skyweaver Interview Series 3: XiaYu
Hello everyone, this month we are continuing our interview series with one of the top players in Skyweaver. He is mostly known for his S Tier decks and he shares them with us each month. Let’s welcome XiaYu and we wish you a pleasant reading.
1-) Firstly, tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I am XiaYu. I was a game developer and now I am a full-time Skyweaver player. I know this game since July 2021 and was attracted by its solid game content. I have played over 20,000 SW matches, most of which are construct conquest games. Sometimes I make puzzles.
2-) What is your history with card games and what makes Skyweaver special for you?
I am a deep strategic game player, I played Go, HeartStone, Gwent, and many types of Autochess games each for a long long time.
Compare to HS and Gwent, Skyweaver has many cool kinds of stuff:
- Attachment structure of Skyweaver brings flexibility and depth to the game you have more potential choices to make each turn.
- Conjure system brings randomness, and most of the time you can control the conjure to some extent, which is related to both gameplay and deckbuilding skills.
- Puzzle lets us see great potential, could a new Dota be generated by Skyweaver?
3-) What is your favorite style of play and why?
My favorite type is control and combo, from Priest and Druid in Hs, to Wisdom in Skyweaver. The general strategy is defense and fighting back. I love explosive decks, you may do nothing in one turn, but suddenly knock them off the next turn.
4-) What are your favorite prism, card, and hero? Why did you choose them?
My favorite prism is Wisdom, favorite card is rosewater charm ( before it was nerfed), favorite hero is Banjo, favorite deck is Banjo Gato (it was nerfed so can’t play it now). Those best explain my play style.
5-) The game recently received a new expansion, what are your thoughts about the new expansion, the current state of the game, and meta?
I am very amazed by the new ideas and mechanisms that Hex brings. However, currently, the team is too small, so new cards bring a huge burden and challenge to the balance team. The meta is probably the worst the moment that I answer this interview.
I am sorry to be a harsh guy in Discord and complain about the balance issue almost every 2 weeks. But I want to put my views again:
Skyweaver has solid content and game structure, so the game is generally fun even if the meta is not perfect. The team doesn’t need to push themselves to make those bold patch changes, only eye on 2-3 most problematic cards each patch is OK. Playing conservatively is both good for the meta and for retention. SW has my support, I am willing to provide advice on balance anytime.
6-) If you had a chance to change or add one thing to the game, what would that be? Do you think there’s something missing in Skyweaver?
Right now the first thing I want to see is Chinese translation, you know as Blizzard stopped its service in Mainland China, we could have a chance to attract some HS players. Just imagine the player size.
7-) You are well known for the top-performing decks that you create. What kind of elements do you consider while creating your decks? If you could give some advice on deck building for new players, what would you advise?
Brainstorming new decks usually start with some OP cards or OP combos, and then find the most efficient way to tutor the key cards, at last, consider the cost curve and fill other slots.
For new players: Try to build a deck in that every card serves one purpose.
8) We have been sharing Top Decks in SWL for more than a year and you have always been one of the top contributors with your decks that get golds on conquest. Sometimes players tend to keep their good decks to themselves, what motivates you to share your decks and help the community?
I do want to keep some good decks, but I guess that’s not the spirit of SW. In SW, you can copy your opponent’s deck with one click and see your game replay. That shows the team’s ambition to make a competitive, transparent game. As a player, you can always improve with these useful tools if you want. My best wish to SW, can’t wait to see it become the No.1 TCG
I would like to thank XiaYu for joining our interview Series and also thanks for reading this interview. You can use the below button read our previous interview with Cytus.