1 on 1 with Jean Paul
Hello Force of Will Community, this is Jamere Hopkins. Today we have an interview with Jean-Paul Klintworth! As of late, Jean has been all over the competitive scene and has really cemented himself as a top player! He recently won the Grand Prix UK and I thought why not get the man on a mic and hear what he has to say!
Jay: We will start off with a warm up and a bit of an introduction, how long have you been place Force of Will and what brought you to the game?
Jean: Started with Force of Will’s release in the summer of 2015. I got into it because while vising my old local store, people were playing around with some cards. The artworks and themes of early Grimm intrigued me so I looked it up at home.
Jay: Where there any other card games you played competitively before you played Force of Will?
Jean: Well “competitive” as in flying to events all over Europe, no. I played and grew up with Yu-Gi-Oh. I have also played a multitude of online card games too.
Jay: When did you decide it was time to step your game up and get competitive at Force of Will?
Jean: When I started playing the game we had a small community of 4-6 people. Luckily one of them was the, in my opinion, best German player and we kept pushing each other. Like three after we started the game we went to a “road to nationals” for the first real tournaments in the game. We just destroyed everyone.
Jay: So would you say that it is harder to find competitive play in Europe as opposed to the US or Italy counterparts?
Jean: Since every tournament is a Grand Prix now and there are no national championships anymore, where only people from the country could participate, it is easier now. Though for the first year and a half there were only 1-2 big tournaments you could even go to. Being competitive in Europe wasn’t that easy as every country only had nationals. When I heard about the last year’s Grand Prix in Bologna Italy I just had to go. The UK was pretty much the 2nd Grand Prix there was since that.
Jay: That is a bummer. When it comes to the European meta, what are the differences when you compare it to the US?
Jean: The difference is more in the players than the meta. We have people like Tobi Dreger, Federico Zoppini or myself, who can play pretty much whatever and still top/win events. We pretty much have the same ratios as you for played rulers/decks.
Jay: That’s interesting. Has there been any unique builds coming from Europe? For example, a deck like the Lumia Hook deck that came out of Japan. When this was made the US players were still on Fox and Fiethsing.
Jean: Not that I am aware of no. I hope after this tournament people will try Fiethsing without Rulers Memoria as well but I don’t see it happening.
Jay: What helped you decide what to play at the UK Grand Prix?
Jean: Everybody wanted to borrow my Abduls for Val 2.0 or Fox (we get vin3 in about a week or two in Germany) so I had to play fiethsing.
Jay: Were there any match-ups that made you sweat during the Grand Prix?
Jean: I got paired up vs Fairy’s in round 3 of Swiss and got destroyed 2-0. He hit perfect stones and 2x Viviane both games so that was kind of awkward. I also played a Lumia-hook (the pricia variant) where he had to misplay so much for me to win. Other than that there was no real opposition.
Jay: Was this ascended Alice or regular Alice?
Jean: Ascended Alice Fairies obviously.
Jay: I see the players you mentioned earlier come up on the pages from time to time. Are those players the core of your German Team, or just players you have common interests with?
Jean: Zoppini is the best Italian player and we don’t play for the same team but he is a nice person. I doubt you find Tobi online like ever. He quit the game after participating in last worlds.
Jay: What made him quit?
Jean: In general though, if people are as good as you and you like them as a person, you might as well playtest together or just talk about the game. He quit mostly because our locals disbanned. It just ended up being the 2 of us playing 4-5 hours in his kitchen for a long time. As much fun as playing the game is, if you cant “test” for events and have no real way to compete with people on a regular basis, its just part of the fun missing.
Jay: That is exactly what you said to me when I first met you. Decide on joining a team so I can get the playtesting and keep my mind sharp with Meta discussion. Do you recommend more players to create teams amongst themselves to ramp up their game or do you believe there will always be a separation of church and state between the casual players just wanting to stay casual and the players looking to go to the next level.
Jean: I think everyone wants to have fun playing the game. Though, that fun is different for everyone. Some people just want to play things that are interesting and different. Others like myself just want to break the game out of the way it’s intended to gain an advantage while playing the game out of it. If you really want to improve, find a player who has a different view on the game as you do but is about as good as yourself. He also have to have the “need” for himself to always improve as a player. Start testing and start playing with that person as much as you physically can. In my opinion, that’s the difference between those guys who always do good in the Grand Prix and the guy who always win his locals.
Jay: Any future events you plan on attending before worlds?
Jean: Depends a little on money as I’m still going to school and I don’t have an infinite amount. I want to go to as many as possible this year. See how many times I can top events in a row before not doing it for the first time!
Jay: Do you plan on participating in the lackey Invitational?
Jean: If I can make it by the time, I will play online events as much as possible as well!
Jay: Thank you for doing this interview with BrewHouse and best of luck in your future Grand Prix events!!