Today we had a chance to speak with Sizouney – who is currently playing the European NSVO Invitationals. Playing for HSK, Sizouney also streams regularly streams Shadowverse on Twitch. Check out his Week 1 match, and catch him again this Saturday for Week 2!
To get started why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
Sizouney – Well… My name is Bertram. I’m 19 years old and I come from Denmark. I’ve played video games all my life and happened to get into Shadowverse as my first ever CCG.
What drew you to Shadowverse initially?
Sizouney – A group of friends were very into the game back in the Rise of Bahamut expansion, so I thought I’d try it out and come play with them. I have never been a big fan of card games so the game was absurdly difficult to me, but the art, voice acting and general aesthetics of the game was enough to get me hooked and kept me playing for a very long time.
Was there a particular time you realized you wanted to play Shadowverse competitively?
Sizouney – One of my close friends started playing competitively for team CpV and I was very interested in his experiences. One time he asked me to substitute for him in a team tournament, and ever since I’ve been very interested in competing. Another friend told me that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and that’s what helped me get rid of my initial nerves and jump head first into competitive play.
How did you feel when you first qualified for the NSVO Invitationals?
Sizouney – I was ecstatic! I was super excited about my achievement and it felt great to finally have proven myself as a competitive player with an actual feat under my belt. I rewatched the vods over and over and was, mildly, in shock over the amazing experience.
After your energetic win last week, how do you feel going into the second week of the Invitationals?
Sizouney – I feel really relieved to have entered the round robin on a positive note, and I’m definitely looking forward to play against the other contestants! I got my work cut out for me in terms of practice and it makes me really happy to have a set goal to work towards.
I’m playing two matches, and with my teammate Akamarured going 2-0 in the first week, I do feel a tiny bit nervous.
Speaking of other players, who do you think we should be looking out for as the Invitationals go on?
Sizouney – Players I’m personally looking for, both as competitors and interesting players, are Sheepy and Lana’thel. Sheepy likes to bring a lot of the innovation that we see happening in the eastern meta which makes for some really interesting tech choices and line ups. Lana’thel is a less experienced player and has shown that he is not scared to bring his own kind of innovation. Last week he brought a dragon deck with only Wyrm god, forte+urd and bahamut. While I don’t think he is one of the strongest player, I’m definitely interested to see if he’ll be bringing anything spicy for next week!
If you end up placing in the Regional Finals, what are you planning on spending your winnings on?
Sizouney – At this moment… I have no clue what so ever. I’ve always been extremely bad at actually spending money. I’ll most likely buy a few anime posters and see where we go from there.
Lastly, would you like to make any shoutouts?
Sizouney – I need to give a huge thanks for my teammates Tejjy and Akamarured for getting me to participate in the first place. If it wasn’t for them, I would’ve just overslept and not played in NGE. The rest of HSK and a lot of other friends for being supportive and always helping me prepare for the next week. Those guys are the best!
I also owe a huge thanks to my friend Seu who sits with me in voice chat whenever I’m playing and listens to me ramble to myself. It helps my nerves a lot!