Winner – Epic Limited Qualifier at Star City Games 2016
What is your name, your age, and the city and state where you live now?
Jeremy Noell, age 33 of Roanoke, VA.
When did you start playing Epic Card Game? What was your first strategy card game? How long have you been playing these sorts of games?
I started playing Epic early this year. My friend Jon Suarez played the previous version and backed the Kickstarter. He introduced me to the game and I ended up picking up three base sets and checking every couple of days for the Tyrants expansion to come out in stores.
My first strategy card game was Magic. I started playing with friends my senior year of high school in 2002, and started playing competitively in 2007.
How often do you play Epic Card Game? Do you have a group that you play Epic with? Do you have a testing group (for constructed or for limited)?
I tested constructed with Jon a bit before Origins, and played in both the constructed qualifiers that weekend. Since then, due to work and life, I’ve only had the opportunity to read people’s opinions on theory, mainly TomsEpicGaming. Now that I’m qualified, I plan to test with some people local to Roanoke.
Questions for Limited:
How did you feel about your card selection?
During the Dark Draft, I felt fairly good about my card selection. I felt much better seeing a couple of the cards that I was worried about passing get put in the discard pile.
Going into the event, what one or two cards did you want to see? Were they there? Did you want those cards for personal preference reasons, or for raw power level reasons, or for another reason entirely?
I really wanted Apocalypse and Amnesia. I ended up getting Amnesia, but Apocalypse wasn’t in the pool. I wanted any sort of sweeper effect, and I think Apocalypse is one of the best ones. I wanted Amnesia as a pressure valve in case they had a lot of draw effects and were getting low on cards in their deck.
What was your favorite play during the tournament, if you can remember?
Probably playing Word of Summoning, recycling Ancient Chant, and getting Drinker of Blood and Thought Plucker off of them.
What plans do you have for testing between now and the World Championships this November?
There are several Magic pros that live in my area that are planning to attend the event that I’m going to work with.
And, finally, what advice do you want to give to the people trying to win an Epic World Championship Qualifier?
If you’re playing limited, don’t get tunnel vision on Loyalty cards with big effects, like Angel of Death or Strafing Dragon.