With the final week of the Season 2 Regional Finals upon us, we chatted with Jaze who is leading the bracket in the North American Regional Finals!
To get started, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jaze – I’m from the US, and I’m 24 years old. My main interests apart from my hobbies are math, computer science, and teaching.
Are you a teacher right now?
Jaze – Nope, but I was a student teacher for most of the last school year. I taught Algebra 1 at a local high school.
What brought you into Shadowverse?
Jaze – I’ve been playing card games my whole life, starting with Magic. I played a lot of Hearthstone in college to scratch that card game itch, but I never really liked it. When I started seeing my friends and streamers play Shadowverse, I tried it out and was immediately hooked.
What made you decide to play Shadowverse competitively?
Jaze – When I decided that being a public school teacher wasn’t for me, I had a lot of free time on my hands. I’d been playing Shadowverse for several months already, and I figured it would give me something to do every week.
Your competitive Shadowverse career has already been very successful – how does it feel being the first place winner of Season 1?
Jaze – It feels amazing that I won, but a little undeserved. I made a lot of mistakes, and I have a lot to improve on moving forward.
What have you been doing in order to improve for Season 2?
Jaze – Frankly I’m disappointed in the amount of effort I have been putting into Season 2. Without any major tournaments to practice for, besides NSVO, I’ve been playing Shadowverse only 3 hours a day on average. That said, my mistakes in the round robin motivated me to practice a lot harder, and I’ve been playing over 5 hours a day to prepare for the finals.
Speaking of the finals, you’re at the top of the Regional Finals bracket – how do you feel going into the final week of Season 2?
Jaze – I’m surprised that last week went so smoothly, but now that I’m in the grand finals I’m determined to win it all again.
Who are you most nervous about going up against?
Jaze – Frankly, I think both Gengur and Lest are very strong opponents. But if I had to pick one, I’d say Lest, because he draws well so often it’s scary.
Do you have any plans for how you want to spend your winnings?
Jaze – I’m going to save most of it for the future, but I know I will spend a fair chunk of my winnings on crystals so I can have the entirety of the next Shadowverse expansion on day 1.
Let’s talk about your involvement with your team Mana Surge. Tell us about your involvement with the team.
Jaze – When I started playing Shadowverse competitively, I did everything by myself. I was able to put up decent results in the ExG weekly tournaments, but I had to give up my spot in the top 16 because I had to work on Sunday mornings. After the second time this happened, Red messaged me and asked if I wanted to try out for ManaSurge. I joined the team and immediately saw improvements in my results. Being on the team gave me the ability to scrim whenever I wanted to, and I could get advice from some of the best players in the game. It makes a huge difference.
Did you have any shoutouts you wanted to make?
Jaze – The first and biggest will always go to MS Autoaim, because he always put in so much effort into helping me prepare for these tournaments. I’d also like to thank Kuriketto, who has been supporting me so much both in, and out of the game. And of course, I’d like to make a shoutout to my team, ManaSurge, for always supporting me and believing in me when I needed it the most. I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many great people.