We now have 2 players who have booked their Premier Bracket Quarter-Final board. No surprises to see Hielco as first player in, where he awaits either Brainysmurf or Sohal. He is joined by steelers, who defeated compatriot astros yesterday to earn a spot in the last 8, and earns a place against either KARAISKAKIS or Nortrom.
I caught up with steelers and astros as they relaxed with a game of tiddlywinks before their showdown. Let's see what they had to say.
EXCLUSIVE Interview with steelers
Despite having a wealth of games under your belt, you are relatively new to tourneys here. What is the main difference you find between tournament and ranked games?
I think I'm a better tournament player than ranked player. Like you said, I've played a lot of games, and a lot of those games aren't played when I'm at 100%. I often play with many distractions around me. For the tournaments, I make sure there are no distractions and I can play at my best.
Wise. Speaking of relaxing, have you spent much time in the Players Lounge?
I visit the players lounge from time to time,but can't say I've spent too much time there.
Also wise. You know it's fictional right? Your next opponent is fellow countryman astros. What's your plan of attack?
Astros and I have played each other many times and know each others style well. My plan is to be less predictable and keep him guessing
Something tells me it's going to work. Have you tried a Marmite sandwich yet?
I have not tried a Marmite sandwich, and I'm not sure I ever want to
You do want to - you just don't know you do. What would you consider a good result at SpringTourn?
I'm happy I made it to the final 16 in the winners bracket, but I'm hoping for 1 more win (and if I get it, I'll be hoping for 1 more win after that, and 1 more after that, all the way to the title).
After a big win, how do you relax?
I usually relax by excitedly telling my wife about it, who couldn't care less. Then I get mad, and play another game of Stratego.
I'm with you there. Not that &*^)(&!-ing game again is the usual response. Music, Sound effects, or something else entirely?
No music or sound effects. If it's a ranked game, I usually have the TV on on the background. For a tourney game, it's silence
Yes silence is golden - or deadly. What's the next best thing after Stratego?
My beloved Pittsburgh Steelers (American football) are the next best thing to me after Stratego. But if I were to pick something with more international appeal, I'd say darts.
Ah yes, arrows. Right up my street. Talking of which, some of the local market vendors at SpringTourn are offering replica dolls of the big name players. Who would you most like to be matched up against?
I've got my eye on the top. So I'd most like to be matched up against Hielco. You have to beat the best to be the best. I'm a long way from the best, but that's where I want to eventually be.
Well good luck in the rest of the tourney and thanks for your time :-)
EXCLUSIVE Interview with astros
Some punters stand to win some serious points in the SpringStakes if you triumph at SpringTourn. What would be a good result for you in this tourney?
I will only be satisfied with winning the tournament. I have received a more favorable draw and have improved from past tournaments. If I play my best, I believe I have a shot.
Have you spent much time in the Players Lounge?
I did not realize there was one.
Wise - it is indeed fictional. Your next opponent is fellow countryman steelers. What's your plan of attack?
In the past my opponent has chosen to not vary his setups. I hope he sticks to this plan. Otherwise it should be a tough game. We both play an aggressive, attacking style so I expect a short, decisive match.
You seem to have eliminated some inconsistency from your game, as demonstrated by your recent NASF tournament victories. How have you changed the way you play?
I have improved as a player, but the inconsistency remains. I am unhappy with my performance in the first two rounds. However, that is behind me and I need to be ready for steelers.
Have you tried a Marmite sandwich yet?
I have not, but am looking forward to.
That's more like it. Who would you want to play in the final should you get there?
I would like to play TheOptician in the final. I feel slighted he gave me such poor odds to win the tournament and nothing would be sweeter than crushing his army in the finale.
I hope it happens - that guy's a %^(^^. How do you prepare for a tournament game?
I make sure I am well rested and have a good internet connection.
Music, Sound effects, or something else entirely?
If my opponent decides to run out his clock I like to queue up a little Europe:
Great way to end the interview. Thanks for your time and good luck!