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Q&A with Christian Van Hoose and Bobby Brake

Q&A with Christian Van Hoose and Bobby Brake

In celebration of Spellslingers and Kaijudo Master Challenge season, we interviewed two Kaijudo players! Kaijudo is an action trading card game also issued by Wizards of the Coast!

G&S: How did you get involved with Kaijudo Master Challenge?

Christian: I got involved with the competitive scene of Kaijudo (which includes Kaijudo Master Challenges and the Kaijudo Championship events) from the very beginning. I’ve played Kaijudo since it was released; I’m a pretty competitive person, so when competitive play rolled around it seemed only natural that I’d take part in as many KMCs as possible! It’s been a ton of fun getting to travel to these events!

Bobby: I got involved with Kaijudo because some of my friends used to play the game Duel Masters. Kaijudo was a very similar game that Wizards of the Coast was making and it looked like a very fun game to play. Once I started, I got hooked on the fun and excitement the game can bring. Kaijudo Master Challenges are qualifier events for the Kaijudo Championship and I started playing in those to better my skill, as well as hang out with other players around the country.

Christian Van Hoose, second from the right.
Christian Van Hoose, second from the right.

G&S: What is your favorite Kaijudo card?

Christian: I have a couple different favorite cards, actually. I suppose I have to mention King Nautilus, since I have a collection of a couple hundred of them. Many are signed by players I’ve met in different tournaments, and I really need to remember to bring my Nautilus binder to more events. My favorite card in general, though, has to be Squillace Scourge. I really like the flavor of it and the effect. I’m also rather fond of its other incarnation, Vicious Squillace Scourge, which I rode to a KMC victory in season three.

Bobby: My favorite card is Pakidamo the Resilient. Not only did I get to name the card for winning the first Kaijudo Championship, but it is just a pretty awesome card. Who doesn’t like a Rhino riding on an aircraft? It is also one of very few creatures that can summon another creature from your deck.

G&S: What’s your best story from a duel? (A surprise victory or a friendship made?)

Christian: My most epic duel story probably has to be from the finals of KMC AlteReality Games in season two. I was against Richard Zapp, who was using mono-Light aggro, and I was on this giant Eternal Haven ramp deck. In game one he hit a Shield Blast Bottle of Wishes in the first shield of mine that he broke, allowing me to summon Eternal Haven on turn three. It felt like a pretty dirty way to win, but Bottle was legal at the time, and you gotta do what you gotta do! If you are interested, the whole match was streamed live and can be found on YouTube.

Bobby: My favorite story from a duel was when we had a 7 year old girl learning how to play Kaijudo and she was given one of the free Kaijudo Duel Day decks. I was helping her along when she was playing against her opponent and she was able to summon 3 Blinder Beetle Prime! She won the game and was so happy because it was her first ever Kaijudo game. I love seeing the excitement on kids’ faces when they do fun plays and are able to win.

Bobby Brake
Bobby Brake

G&S: Anything else you’d like to add?

Christian: Kaijudo’s a great game! Anyone reading this who’s even remotely interested should definitely check it out. I understand this site is mostly known for MTG content, but if you’re looking for an alternative that’s both easier to learn and (many would say) just as strategic even without the complexity of MTG, I highly recommend the game.

Bobby: I have such a great time playing Kaijudo. Every game you play in Kaijudo is different, which is one of the reasons it so fun. There is no greater feeling than breaking your opponent’s shields and clinching your teeth, hoping you do not break a shield blast. If you have not tried this game out, I highly recommend doing so!

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