SVO: To get started, can you tell us about yourself and your involvement in the competitive Shadowverse scene?
JaZe: I’m JaZe. I’ve been playing competitively since the first season of SVO. I won that season, and the next, and the next. I even got to go to Japan to play against the world’s finest, where I got third. Since then, I’ve been focusing on casting the matches of other players. If you ever tune into Disastra’s Monkey of the Week tournament, I’m usually there, breaking down the plays and thought processes for everyone to understand.
SVO: After moving to a more analytical role casting, did you then opt to change teams from ManaSurge to Disastra?
JaZe: Changing teams from ManaSurge to Disastra was something I had planned on doing eventually since I was always close with the Disastra players. I just didn’t want to change anything when I was on a hot streak, so last season was the best timing for me.
SVO: Going back to your hot streak, how was your experience at the 2017 WGP?
JaZe: It was fantastic! I’ve never gotten to play against so many good players, and they were all incredibly nice too. I didn’t really expect to do well, so every win felt like a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, I was pretty sick during the tournament, which I’m guessing had to do with nerves. I also wished I could have played better. Apart from the tournament, it was great to get to finally eat Japanese ramen and sushi. Both were as good as I’d heard.
SVO: You placed very well securing third place and the $12,000 prize pool! What have you done with your winnings since the WGP?
JaZe: On the day after the tournament, I went to Akihabara and splurged on all the things I thought were cute but too expensive.
SVO: Moving forward, do you have any plans to compete in SVO: Dawnbreak, Nightedge or do you think you’ll be transitioning into a coaching or casting role?
JaZe: I plan to get as many casting spots as I can get my hands on, that’s for sure. As for competing, we’ll see. If I can work up the same amount of enthusiasm for Rotation that I have for the rest of the game, you can bet I’ll be high up on the scoreboards again!
SVO: Do you have any advice for players just getting started on their path to the WGP?
JaZe: Remember that this is a card game. You can put in time and effort and still get no results to show for it. It happens to everybody. You have to make your peace with that. If you want to succeed, don’t get discouraged and keep practicing.
SVO: Do you have any shoutouts you’d like to make?
JaZe: Join the next Monkey of the Week tournament! It’s a casual tournament where a lot of good players prep for SVO. You’ll get to play against them and see where you can make improvements. Plus, I cast those matches pretty frequently, so you’ll get to hear what I think of your plays. They happen every week on Thursday at 2PM EST.