Invitational Preview - Shenful Scorpion Challenger


Shenful is a Scorpion player from Texas, U.S who made T16 at the last Worlds

pre-season

1 win in an obviously quiet pod.

Wins vs Crane Nep [1500]

Season 2

In another quiet pod a 3-0 record actual (7-0 plus drops) was enough for first place.

Wins vs Lion sruman [1646], Crab FanFloor [1227],  Crane Katai [1733]

Season 2 Cup

The cup started well but elite Scorp Bayushi Nomen was next and that proved an obstacle too far.

T64 beat Phoenix Kibagami Jubei
T32 lost to Scorpion Bayushi Nomen

Season 3 - Start Rating 1874

As one of the higher ranked players Season 3 was a bit of a mare with a 2-2 record (I haven't managed to track who that second loss was to) actual (5-2 with drops)

Wins vs Crab Athra [1085], Dragon Togashi Komhl [1780]
Losses vs Scorpion fordream [1789]

Season 3 Cup

Though through Shenful did not attend the cup

Season 4 - Start Rating 1794

Dropped due to inactivity.

Season 5

Not present

LCQ

Came back strong in the LCQ, after the enforced absence powering through some very strong players to reach the (current) top 2 and a finals match versus fordream.

Wild Card beat Crane Kibosh [1391]
T64 beat Crane Chutereve [1766]
T32 beat Phoenix fleepa0 [1686]
T16 beat Scorpion SirLargeness [1748]
T8 beat Scorpion Raphelos [1700]
T4 beat Phoenix ShibaInu [1884]
T2 beat Scorpion fordream [1663]

Shenful gets through to the Invitational by winning outright the last chance qualifier! As a strong contender in the first few seasons he would probably have had enough points had he played all the seasons anyway so his inclusion could have been on multiple fronts.

The questionnaire!

Did you play a lot of Original L5R? and if so how long/when

- No, started at Gencon. 

Do/have you played other competitive card games at a high level?

- MTG / Game of Thrones 2nd Edition

What were your experiences of the Discord League – any highlights ?

- Got to test vs top players. Most interesting game so far was vs Raphelos LCQ finals Adept of Shadows war T1. 

Do you have any advice for the other lower ranked players?

- Accept RNGesus and Pray daily. Tilt-> Analyze Play-> Improve -> Win Games. Circle of life. 

What is there that you like/dislike about new L5R and what would you like (or not like) to see moving forward.

Likes: 
- Game is complex and awards good play also feels rewarding to play well. 
- Interactive conflict turns
Dislikes:
- Less Limit 1 Cards (Imperial Palace can be free win Turn 1). 
- Make going 1st more attractive: Let 1st player peek at a facedown province after mulligans are completed
- Change Earth ring to: (Draw a Card Opponent Discards Card OR Discard 2 Cards then Draw 2 Cards)

What are your favourite/least favourite matchups?

Least Favorite: Scorpion vs Dragon when on the play - Restoration lottery worst lotto.

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