Hello everyone, this month Eufrat is our guest for the interview series. He is well known for his guides, decks, and Twitch streams. Let’s get to know him better.
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am 29 years old and I live in Serbia. Currently, I am studying to become a screenwriter. I love to play video games and board games, and I also play bass guitar.
What is your history with card games and what makes Skyweaver special for you?
I started playing yu-gi-oh when I was a kid, then I tried magic and after that, I’ve played pretty much every digital card game I could find. The two games I enjoyed most were Faeria and Beta Gwent. Skyweaver got me interested because it was complex enough to get me engaged, but it was also free2play which meant I could build any deck I wanted. And the community was a big factor too, I always enjoyed “smaller” communities where I knew everyone and the atmosphere was good.
What is your favorite style of play and why?
My favorite playstyle is midrange with a lot of synergies. I have tried all archetypes and aggro is way too straightforward to be interesting, control is somehow evil in my eyes, and I don’t like to remove stuff for 10 turns and only then start playing. So midrange metas are always the most fun for me, and I prefer decks that work like a well-optimized machine that can find answers for all situations. Like the current vapors Sitti deck I’ve made!
What are your favorite prism, card, and hero? Why did you choose them?
My favorite prism used to be Wisdom, but nowadays it’s mostly associated with control and ramp, which is not my favorite playstyle. So now it’s probably Intellect. I like complicated cards, combo cards, drawing, using attached spells, etc. Which should mean my favorite Skyweaver hero is Banjo. But I also like Iris, Mira, and Mai a lot. The card is even harder to choose. I am going to say Electron. Such a versatile little card. It can attack, defend, burn, and remove, is solid at all game stages, and fits in many decks. I would love to see a new artwork for it though. Meng Long is also a long (heh) time favorite, but the new version is boring.
The game received many cards with the Skypass, and there were impactful balance patches, what are your thoughts about the current state of the game and meta?
I think the game was in a good state lately, we had a meta where nothing was broken and anyone could play anything. The last patch, I’m not enjoying it so much, Undragon and Cryogen are a bit too strong. The new expansion is coming soon, so everything will change. I dislike how they are sometimes pushing changes that feel untested and I think they should perhaps hire more people to care about the current game balance.
If you had a chance to change or add one thing to the game, what would that be?
One thing I’m patiently waiting for is the draft mode. Outside of that, I want to see a more serious competitive scene. But since both of those things are present on the roadmap, I can’t complain.
You are well known for your good-performing decks and guides. 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?
Deckbuilding in Skyweaver can definitely look scary and difficult. There are so many cards to choose from, and it is a singleton game so you can’t just fill the spots with 3 or 4 copies of a single card. My advice to deck builders would be – don’t be afraid to try things. Experiment all the time. Steal other decks and start changing them to make them your own. Or start with a rough list and tweak it as you play. Play 3 games, then swap 5 cards, play 3 more games, and so on. Save old decks, because new patches and expansions could make them relevant again. If you see a fun card buffed, try to build around it or find a way to include it in your lists. Also, think about the mana curve. It might be tempting to play seven 5 cost cards, but that will brick you and you will have horrible hands and missed turns.
You have been streaming Skyweaver for a while. How is your steaming journey going and what are your goals for it?
I have been streaming regularly for the past few months and it has been a nice experience. My goal is to entertain and to teach. I don’t have any crazy aspirations like making a career out of it – I know that is almost impossible, but I’m enjoying the progress I’ve been making. I would love to cast tournaments too, so hopefully I will get my chance.