Welcome back! Why are you back?
Thanks! I had one big goal in esports: to put the Benelux on the map. I think I can realize that goal with Sector One. Even though I left in October 2016 to play for GamersOrigin, I’ve always kept my eyes on the progress and achievements of Sector One.
A large part of my leaving GamersOrigin was due to my studies. In October, I’ll begin the last months of my internship and finish my degree. In order to put some focus on my studies, I’ve stepped away from the world stage. My return to Sector One means I can continue to compete without the added pressure of team standings, which require hours of constant ladder climbing! Additionally, my internship prohibits me from taking time off to travel to tournaments, where many of the team standing points are earned.
Last but not least, I’ve definitely come back for the friendships I have at Sector One. Guukboii and Arneej are also my close friends outside of the Hearthstone scene! Guukboii and I even went on a road trip together this summer.
Do you remember how it all began?
Of course! I used to play massive amounts of card games, every kind you can name: Yugioh, Pokemon, Magic, Digimon, and more. Frederique, my best buddy, suggested one day that I should try Hearthstone on my tablet. What was the worst that could happen, I thought. An absolute obsession, that’s what! I started playing constantly, and began streaming on Twitch. Not long after, Frederique asked me to come to Frag-o-Matic, one of the Belgian LAN parties. Not really understanding what a LAN party was, I decided to trust him, and went along. ‘WTF AM I DOING HERE’ was the first thing I thought when I arrived. But I had agreed to it, so we played the tournament, and I finished in the top eight. That was also when I learned about Sector One and esports.
For the people who don’t already know you, what are your greatest achievements in the Hearthstone scene?
Winning the Dreamhack Tours 2016 with Sector One was a fantastic achievement! I’m also very proud of some of my more recent performances, finishing in the top eight at Dreamhack Tours, and in the top sixteen at HCT Toronto!
For more info: https://liquipedia.net/hearthstone/Chinoize
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I plan on playing as much as possible at Benelux LANs, and I plan to win of course! I’m also busy making interesting guides for perfecting the gameplay of top tier decks.
I’ll be streaming Hearthstone on Twitch several days a week, including ladder games, tournaments and an occasional arena match. You can find my stream here: https://www.twitch.tv/chinoizehs
And also my diploma!
Enough about you, now let’s talk Hearthstone! What is your favorite card?
I think everyone knows that my all time favorite deck is Renolock. It’s a fun, enormously strong deck. I used it to go 14-2 at Dreamhack Tours 2016! So my favourite card must be Reno Jackson.
If I have to pick a card from the current meta, I choose Azalinna. I played it before it was cool (and also before it was good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ChAerLIsnI). I played Azalinna in my Odd Warrior deck at Dreamhack Tours 2018. The card is really hard to play around and gives some percent against Rin (if you can draw Azalinna at the right time). At the moment, Azalinna is being played in more and more decks, including the best deck in the meta game, the Mill-deck Malygos Druid.
- 1Lesser Jasper Spellstone1
- 2Wild Growth2
- 3Ferocious Howl2
- 4Branching Paths 2
- 4Flobbidinous Floop1
- 4Twig of the World Tree1
- 6Spreading Plague2
- 7Dreampetal Florist1
- 7Malfurion the Pestilent1
- 10Ultimate Infestation2
- 5Arcane Tyrant2
- 5Giggling Inventor1
- 7Azalina Soulthief1
- 8King Togwaggle1
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Is this also your favorite deck now?
Absolutely not! Don’t get me wrong, I like to play Druid sometimes, and I think it’s the strongest deck, but I prefer a slower and ‘more boring’ deck style. My favorite deck in this meta is Odd Warrior! Every turn gives four armor and nostalgia: Dr. Boom. What more could you want? This is the deck that I’m currently playing (I went 32 – 9 with this):
- 1Omega Assembly2
- 1Shield Slam2
- 3Reckless Flurry2
- 3Shield Block2
- 5Darius Crowley1
- 5Direhorn Hatchling1
- 7Dr. Boom, Mad Genius1
- 3Gluttonous Ooze1
- 3Ironbeak Owl2
- 3Mind Control Tech1
- 3Stonehill Defender2
- 5Big Game Hunter1
- 5Elise the Trailblazer1
- 5Giggling Inventor2
- 7Azalina Soulthief1
- 9Baku the Mooneater1
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In your Twitter bio it also says “Duskiboy”. What does it mean?
It’s the name of the best practice group in the world, the Duskiboys! The practice group includes Hunterace, Mitsuhide, Glaser, Orange, Bozzzton, and Chinoize (me!). We practice, brainstorm, and even meme together. We don’t just talk about Hearthstone either. It started as a practice group, but it’s also a group of friends. When we’re at events, we always try to grab dinner and see the area together, if time allows.