[BladeCast - Interview] Charlini - Spain Captain

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With the recent announcement of Bannerlord Early Access set to March 2020, excitement has been growing inside the community for what could possibly be one of the very last tournaments on Mount & Blade Warband. Obviously, with Bannerlord itself having been announced a while back, the rumours of tournaments being hosted for the very last time go back far in time, so much so that it ended up becoming a well-established joke within the competitive community. For that reason, erring on the side of caution remains the safest approach as it still is to be seen how the game will be received once its access is spread to a larger public.

Nevertheless, there is no arguing that March of next year will be a month awaited by many players of the community, competitive or not, and for that reason, the upcoming tournaments set for the end of this year ( Nations Cup 2019 ) and the beginning of the next one ( Warband Native League 8 ) might be looked back at some of the very last competitions ever played on the game. In the case of the 10th edition of the Nations Cup, applications closed the Saturday 28th of September, and we are now in the fifth week of the competition.

To accompany you in this competition, BladeCast_TV will be publishing a series of contents which we hope will help you to enjoy this tournament to its full extent. Below, you can find a list of some of our upcoming articles, as well as those already published.







Yesterday we posted two interviews about the decisive match for Group B between Sweden & Norway and Poland 2. Today we wanted to hear about the huge confrontation in Group A happening tonight between Spain and Germany, starting first with Charlini, the Spanish captain.
 

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BladeCast Interview - Charlini | Spain Captain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A week ago, we wrote an article on Spain's run throughout the last NC and especially the last two amazing years you guys had in this competition. Could you explain to us how was the atmosphere in the Spanish team during these two years and how you experienced all of it from the inside, as a captain and a player?

Well first of all thanks for that huge article that allowed us to review all the progress and experience, was a great read and once again appreciate it a lot. Getting to the point of the question, for us as a pack personally it was great as players to progress from a point of barely being able to compete and field 8 players to start practising regularly and finally being able to get a 2nd and 3rd spot in a gap of 2 years.

2017 at the start was pretty tense, we weren't as close as we are nowadays, things were tense at the beginning, many of the players inside already knew each other but weren't really experienced in the game or had enough confidence to do and say everything they wanted. As a new captain for the team I demanded a lot of activity as we were all interested in improving at that time and had tons of free time. Think having fun on the game was key through this year to develop both competitive wise and personally for each individual in the team. After so many games together that year we actually ended up with big bonds out of the game itself and I guess it's something that stacking hours together caused through this time. 2018 on the other hand atmospherewise was pretty good. We didn't have even 15% of the activity that we had on 2017 as our free time mainly decreased massively. Also the few players with free time lost a bit of interest in tryharding the game as not many of us were around to play. That being said I think games become a bit like a 'gather up to play together' thing while being competitive. So overall it was a fun experience while filling our competitive expectations.

As you mentioned, the activity among the Spanish players has been decreasing heavily between the years. Does this mean that for this Nations Cup, the preparation for the matches has been minimal?

Yeah. Many of the players inside the team have been and are busy atm. Our preparation for 2018 was mainly scrims only. Our aim for this year was the same however we managed to scrim 3 times before the tournament started and didn't find a day inside this 5 weeks to play another one again. So that's pretty much our preparation. It's one of the reasons 2nd week of going after awful results we decided to try and compensate with a bit of activity in public games (mm, melees etc).

You guys indeed had two pretty tough matches to start the competition yet again Turkey and France, you managed to make things look much closer. How do you explain that?

Well I believe that the decrease of activity including attendances in officials affected us massively on the first 2 matches against UK and Poland. We came from 2 tournaments performing really good, but we forgot that those came in with effort and good plays. The moment we start to have such bad activity, being unable to practice together and getting bad results, the few guys who got time and are trying get unmotivated aswell. We were close to disband. Most of our players this time came from a period without playing on any team, or being extremely inactive and unfocused. That summed up to bad plays + mentality are key factors when the opponents play on their high level to result on stomps. To be fair we weren't expecting to get any close result after those 2 first matches.

However vs Turkey, the trollish atmosphere was growing inside ts through the game, and at some point when losing 5-0 we started to win rounds somehow, made a comeback and brought it to a point where we were up by 1 coming to the last set. At this stage we realised that almost everyone was playing at their 2017-2018 level, and the guys who weren't present in those rosters were providing their best aswell. So here we basically thought that we should give it a shot and still try our best the last 2 matches from the group stage with hopes that Germany wouldn't score another point allowing us a last chance to redeem ourselves and contest a playoff spot on Week 5. Now it's about to prove if these close losses were pure luck or a little show of our old performances peaking out.


Charlini talking about Spain's last two games said:
" Now it's about to prove if these close losses were pure luck or a little show of our old performances peaking out"

Touching on that upcoming match against Germany, which is a must-win if you guys want to progress further, how are you approaching it as a team and how big do you feel your chances are?

Well we're playing mainly for fun however want to remain as much competitive as we can. As said previously we wanna show that we can still compete on high level after these 2 close results. Definitely being a must-win match up we'll try our best to win. But considering our way through, it's pretty hard to say if we're gonna be able to provide some contest or if we'll come back to our lowest form if suddenly we can't field 8 or activity and morale decreases. What is clear is that we'll try our best performance and to win against Germany, I don't really feel like speaking of chances considering how unpredictable our game can be, but I do expect to play at my peak same than my teammates and hopefully if we have a shot at winning through the match we'll take it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


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It's always a pleasure to discuss some warband with Charlini and hear about someone from the team, especially after we released an article about them not so long ago. Big thanks for the interview and good luck to the Spanish team tonight. I am sure it will be an exciting match to watch. 
 

Charlini

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Thanks a lot for the article+interview and luck for tonight and huge work as always man
 
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