Meet the Pro: Vince Chuan
This series is your chance to “meet” some of our top players before you have a chance to actually meet them at the tournament tables.
You guys already know this week's pro from his article “Slighing Rage at Gen-Con,” but this is your chance to really get to know Vince Chuan.
Vince is our current reigning National Constructed Champion and one of the two pros who didn't answer the question “How Long have you been playing Spoils?” with “Since Open Beta in 2006.” We won't hold that against him, though.
What drew you into playing The Spoils?
I was drawn by the whimsical nature of the game, as well as its skill intense nature.
Why do you continue to play The Spoils?
Other than the fact that I love the game, I really want to support those who put so much effort into facilitating the progress of the game. People like Will Clark, Terence Dorman, Red Craig, are great sources of inspiration in the card gaming world.
What is your favorite moment related to The Spoils?
Meeting Will Clark, Red Craig, and members of Team Hopper are the most memorable moments of my Spoils career.
What is your least favorite moment related to The Spoils?
I’m a perfectionist, so my least favorite moments are all those times when I made silly mistakes.
Where do you play Spoils the most?
At major conventions, such as Gen-Con. There are not a lot of places in New York where I get to play, unless I travel for hours. Having a full time job makes traveling a pain, even on the weekends.
What is your greatest accomplishment as a Spoils player?
I first learned the game on the fly at Gen-Con 2010. It was a limited event, and I basically had some time to kill while waiting for a friend to finish his Magic: the Gathering tournament. I registered myself and asked Will and Red to teach me the basics. After 20 minutes I jumped full speed into the matches. My greatest accomplishment has to be telling Matt (Moxless) that I would see him in Top 4 after losing to him in the Swiss rounds of the event. I kept my word.
What do you hope to see in the future of The Spoils?
I have experience working with Will Clark (Director of Operations in North America), as well as numerous members from the design team. I believe they have done a fantastic job given the tough and competitive nature of the card gaming industry. However, I see room for improvement in terms of project management. As we speak, Seed 3 has already been postponed for more than six months. Regardless of reasons, similar situations should and could be avoided in the future.
Editor's note: All here at the office agrees - and that is what we aim for!
Which trade is your favorite and why?
Actually, I don’t really have a favorite trade. I enjoy both the artistic and design aspects for all trades. I think all of them are unique and flavorful and I enjoy playing all of them. However, in terms of power level, I do believe Warlord is a little better than the others.
What play style would you say suits you best?
I like playing control, even though my play history speaks otherwise. Due to the skill intensity of The Spoils, not everyone can pick up on subtle interactions among cards. As the game goes on longer, the incremental advantage of being a skillful player adds up. In addition, mental fatigue causes many players to make more mistakes as the game drags on. All these are factors that contribute to me favoring slow control decks.
Are you a member of any “team?”
I’m not official part of Team Hopper (because I have yet to step foot into Grasshopper's Comics), but I see myself as sort of a “reserve” member. The team may totally disagree but I don’t care.
What is your forum handle?
How long have you been playing Spoils?
As mentioned, I learned the game at Gen-Con 2010, and have been playing since.
If you could describe Spoils in one word, what would it be?
It’s hard to describe it in just one word, but I will go with “beautiful”.
Do you have any advice for new players?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from mistakes.
What events are you most looking forward to?
I look forward to all the events at Gen-Con 2012. I love to see my friends whom I don’t get a chance to meet up except during big conventions like this.
Any funny stories to share about The Spoils?
I do have good stories to share and one of them is already online. Go check out “Slighing Rage at Gen Con.”
What is your favorite Spoils format (constructed, seed constructed, seed draft, 2nd edition limited, etc) and why?
I like drafting the most. Due to the power of internet, anyone can just copy a constructed deck and play it in an event. This hugely reduces the need for skills in deck building for constructed events. However, in a draft, players are tested in so many areas: 1) card power judgment, 2) reading signals, 3) the ratio between characters and tactics, 4) the curve of the deck, 5) deck building, and 6) optimizing card advantage during actual play.
What is your favorite card flavor wise and why?
Wow, what a tough question. I believe the new Pony Slaystation has my pick. It’s such a fantastic word play on Sony Playstation. In addition, the art is fantastic, even though it may seem graphic, but it’s extremely hilarious and well designed. Having the Playstation controller as part of the graphic just cracks me up. And the flavor text “whoa… great graphics!” under the card name is yet another whimsical touch (Sony Playstation prides itself as having great graphics). Love it.
What is your favorite card play wise and why?
I love Gilded Yurt because it screams card advantage. I love cards that help me trigger more come-into-play or leave-play effects.
Any arch-enemies in The Spoils?
Matt (Moxless) is the bane of my existence. I just can’t seem to beat him.
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