OSOH Player Highlight: MitchMachine!30-11-2016
The Pre-OSOH Championship Interview!
Saturday December the 3rd, 2016 the Open Series of Hearthstone Final will take place in Theater Castellum in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, during the Dutchrank E-sports Championships! For this big event sixteen participants have qualified themselves by finishing high or winning at OSOH tournaments that have been organised for an extended period of time. Here we want to let you know more about all the participants!
The fifteenth person we would like to introduce to you is MitchMachine. His name is Mitchell, he is 26 years old and living in Rotterdam. Currently he is in his final year of his IT Management education.
At Middle School Mitchell used to go to day care. Their day care teacher taught all the children how to play Magic the Gathering. After a few years of durdling around Mitchell started to play competitively. This resulted in winning the Junior Championships, a grand prix (similar to DreamHack) and for him in overall competing at the highest stage of the game. Magic the Gathering is also a strategic card game. It is based on a 60 card deck and all 4 offs. “Magic the Gathering really taught me to be patience with key cards, thinking a couple of turns ahead and to switch from being the control to the aggro player based on the board situation.” Multiple of his friends who started playing Hearthstone during the Beta recommended trying it. After the Beta Mitchell started playing casually. He was doing some arena’s from time to time and getting his daily quests until he met Francois (A4Papier). Francois convinced him to play a tournament and he has been playing tournaments ever since.
We asked Mitchell how he is going to prepare for the OSOH Final upcoming Saturday. “Since it’s a small tournament and since 5 of the 16 competitors are from Emperor I really don’t know if we’re going to approach this as a team or as individuals. I am a person who likes to ‘lock’ his line up early and then use the rest of the time finetuning my lists. I value deck and match up familiarity higher than metagaming.”. Mitchell also has a fun fact for us. He has done terribly in every tournament where he didn’t face his opponent and he has had great results in all tournaments where he did face his opponents! “My strength is in picking up information based on my opponent’s body language. I am also known for having a really good poker face. Also a funny story is when I played my second tournament I had to face Monkeloid who had no idea who I was and clearly misjudged me. As many of you may know Monkeloid jokes around a lot during matches. During the second game he stopped joking around and started complementing me on my game. In the final game with C’thun Warrior vs RenoLock he stole my C’thun with Sylvanas in the midgame. Once we both hit fatique I played a Doomcaller and started grinning at him. He panicked and eventually decided to go for a Ragnaros 50-50 which he unfortunately won. The moral of the story though: based on my pokerface, he made a play that almost let me win the game in a game I had zero chance of winning. I think this tournament is full of players on a similar power level and some top players. Hearthstone is still a game of variation so I can see things go either way at the tournament.”.
The player Mitchell thinks who really sets an example is Stan Cifka. “I happen to know Stan Cifka from Magic the Gathering. Many people don’t know he is one of the all-time greats in Magic the Gathering and also happens to be a chess grandmaster on the age of twelve. But what really stands out to me is his healthy lifestyle. As you may know he is known for eating a lot of fruit and drinking a lot of water when he plays on stream. He really sets an example for gamers how to approach life.”. Mitchell doesn’t really think about what the far future brings for his own life though. “I am the kind of guy that lives from day to day. I hope to have minime’s someday.. But for me the most important thing is to wake up every day and be thankful for your life and to keep just doing what you love.”.
Our last question was what Mitchell would advise beginning Hearthstone players at this point. “Well.. This is actually a really tough question. Hearthstone is ‘free to play’. But I think that’s false advertisement nowadays. When I started playing I grinded a tier1 deck in a month. Now with the expansions you need countless hours of grinding to be able to play a tier1 deck. My advice is: buy the expansions and buy as many basic packs from your gold – since it’s the set that will always be standard legal. If it comes to improving your gameplay. I advise on watching streams of the top players like SuperJJ, Rdu, Lifecoach and ThijsNL. Also keep stats of your matches. Try analysing every single game you played. Ask yourself how the game would look if you made a different play. If you see you’re losing a match up often try a different approach or try adding cards which will improve the match up. For me talking about the game with players who are better than me helps me see things from a different perspective.”.
We want to thank Mitchell for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of luck at the Open Series of Hearthstone Final! Everybody who wants to watch MitchMachine in action should come to our Open Series of Hearthstone Final at the Dutchrank E-sports Championships on December 3rd in Alphen aan den Rijn! For more information and tickets check out: Our Event on Facebook. You can buy your tickets at the Dutchrank Store.