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Gwent Open Beta and New Changes Livestream Notes

I’m taking notes on some of the big changes and additions coming to Gwent!

Stream is over, I’m going through the VOD to pick out any other new cards or information I might have missed.

  • All cards will have premium versions when the open beta is released.
  • New Currency coming to Gwent: Meteorite Powder – will be used to upgrade your cards to premium version.
  • You get Meteorite Powder from milling premium cards, leveling up, rank up rewards, or you can purchase it.
  • Starter decks are getting an upgrade to be more useful to new players. 6 Silver cards and 4 Gold cards will be included in each one.
  • Tutorials have been replaced with Challenges. You can get rewards for completing each one and you are rewarded with that specific leader when you complete their challenges.
  • You can unlock each current and future Leader from the Challenge mode!
  • Challenges should last you 5 hours.
  • Faction abilities have been removed from the game!
  • The abilities have been added to some of the cards in the game.
  • An additional mulligan has been added to turn two and three. You can replace one card at the beginning of each round.
  • Leaders can now spawn copies of themselves on the board.
  • You can auto-mute your opponent’s in the settings.
  • Weather cards can now be on any row and have different control type effects.
  • Armor is a new ability that gives cards more health but without adding strength.

Keywords

  • Ally: A Unit on your side of the Board.
  • Ambush: Play face down and only reveal when certain conditions are met.
  • Boost: Increase a Unit’s current Power.
  • Clash: Trigger this ability only if neither player has passed.
  • Consume: Destroy a card (or Banish it, if it is in the Graveyard) and Boost the Consuming Unit by its Power.
  • Craven: Trigger this ability if your opponent is losing the current round.
  • Damage: Decrease a Unit’s current Power.
  • Deploy: Trigger this ability when the card is placed on the board.
  • Destroy: Move the card to the Graveyard.
  • Discard: Move the card to the Graveyard from the Hand or Deck.
  • Draw: Move the top card or cards from your Deck to your Hand.
  • Effort: Perform the specified action for every card targeted by the preceding ability.
  • Enemy: A Unit on your opponent’s side of the Board.
  • Highest: The Unit with the highest Power. Ties are resolved randomly.
  • Orders: Trigger this ability when your Leader card is played (but before the Leader’s ability is resolved).
  • Resilient: A Resilient Unit remains on the Board at the end of the Round.
  • Resurrect: Play a card from the Graveyard.
  • Reveal: Turn a card or cards in the Hand over, exposing them to both players.
  • Spawn: add the card to the game and play it.
  • Spring: Reveal a face down Ambush card and trigger its ability.
  • Spying: A Unit is Spying when it is on the opposite side of the Board from the player who played it.
  • Strengthen: Increase a Unit’s base Power.
  • Summon: Play the specified card(s) from your Deck.
  • Timer: Reduce the Timer by 1 every turn. Trigger the ability when it reaches 0 (at the beginning or end of the turn).
  • Transform: Convert into a different card.
  • Turn Start: This card’s ability triggers at the start of its current owner’s turn.
  • Veteran: Trigger this ability at the start of Rounds 2 and 3 when this card is in the Hand, Deck or Graveyard.
  • Weaken: Decrease a Unit’s base Power.

Leaders

  • Eredin – 6 Str – Deploy: Spawn a Bronze Wild Hunt Unit.
  • Unseen Elder – 4 Str – Deploy: Consume 3 Allies, but Strengthen this Unit by their Power instead of Boosting it.
  • Dagon – 7 Str – Deploy: Spawn Biting Frost, Impenetrable Fog, or Torrential Rain.
  • Morvran Voorhis – 6 Str – Deploy: Reveal up to 3 cards from either player’s Hand.
  • King Bran – 3 Str – Discard 3 cards from your Deck (including Golds) and Strengthen Units among them by 1.
  • Emhyr var Emeries – 3 Str – Deploy: Return an Ally to your hand, then play a card from your Hand.
  • Eithne – 5 Str – Deploy: Resurrect a Special card from your Graveyard.
  • John Calveit – 4 Str – deploy: Look at the top 3 cards in your Deck. Play 1 and place the others back.

New Types

  • Beast
  • Construct
  • Cursed
  • Doomed
  • Draconid
  • Insectoid
  • Relict

Card Changes

This is just a brief look at some of the changes, there’s so many that it’s hard to keep track.

  • King of Beggars – 15 Str, Ranged – Deploy: If you are winning, Weaken this Unit enough to tie the Round or to a minimum 5 base Power.
  • Saskia – 7 Str, Any Row – Orders: Summon this Unit.
  • Ithlinne – 2 Str, Any Row/Disloyal – Deploy: Play a Bronze Special card from your Deck, then Spawn a copy of it.
  • Aglais – 10 Str, Any Row – Deploy: You may Resurrect a Special card from your opponent’s Graveyard. Effort: Weaken self by 4.
  • Ocvist – 6 Str, Siege – Timer 4: Turn Start: Damage all Enemies by 1, then return this Unit to your Hand and Transform it into Exhausted Ocvist.
  • Treason – Play the bottom card from your opponent’s Deck.
  • Xarthisius – Deploy: Look at the top 3 cards of your opponent’s Deck (including Golds). You may choose 1 and place it at the bottom of their Deck.
  • Restore: Return a unit from your Graveyard to your Hand, then Discard a card.
  • Avallac’h (Neutral) – 10 Str, Any Row – Deploy: Clash: Draw 2 cards (including Golds).
  • Yennefer: The Conjurer – 4 Str, Any Row – Turn Start: Damage the Highest Enemy/Enemies by 1.
  • Kayran – 10 Str, Any Row – Deploy: Consume a Unit from your Hand, then Boost self by an additional 5.

Video Explaining Meteorite Powder

Weather Card Changes

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Open (Public) Beta Coming to Gwent on May 24th, 2017!

It looks like Gwent Open Beta is coming on May 24th, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4!

Closed beta will be coming to an end on May 22nd, which means your card collection and progress will be removed. You will receive kegs based on how far you progressed and how many kegs you opened, check out more information here.

Scheduled to begin May 24th, Public Beta will be available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
“Public Beta is the next step in the game’s development process, one that we’d be honored to continue alongside everyone who’s been with us thus far,” said Benjamin Lee, Development Director at CD PROJEKT RED. “It’s also a chance for many new gamers to play GWENT for the first time and we’re looking forward to making the game even better with their help,” added Lee.
Watch the Public Beta overview live on the official CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel
The stream will begin today (May 17th) at 9PM CEST
GWENT’s Public Beta is a fresh start for everyone. Card collections and player progress will reset to ensure gamers begin on equal footing. Everyone who participated in the Closed Beta will receive Card Kegs, as well as other in-game rewards for their activity. Additional information regarding Closed Beta participation rewards is available here.
The switch from Closed to Public Beta will entail a short technical transition period starting May 22nd. Until the start of Public Beta on May 24th, game servers will be offline for maintenance. During this time, GWENT’s Facebook and Twitter channels will provide updates on the game’s status.
More information about Public Beta, as well as GWENT in general, is available in the FAQ section of playgwent.com.

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Gwent Hotfix – Henselt/Promote Update & Playstation 4 Technical Beta Announced!

Gwent just got a Hotfix that improves the game’s overall performance as well as updating how HenseltSpawn: Henselt Deploy: Choose a Bronze Ally. Play all copies of it from your Deck. and PromoteChoose 3 adjacent units on your side. Convert all non-Gold units among them to Gold until removed from the battlefield or the round ends. work with the positioning patch.

We’ve just released a small update for GWENT on PC and Xbox One, which improves the game’s overall performance and stability.

The update also adjusts the Henselt and Promote cards to work with positioning recently introduced to the game. You’ll find their updated tooltips below.

Henselt:
Choose 7 adjacent units on your side. Convert all non-Gold units among them to Gold until removed from the battlefield or the round ends.

Promote:
Choose 3 adjacent units on your side. Convert all non-Gold units among them to Gold until removed from the battlefield or the round ends.

See you on the battlefield!

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There will also be a Playstation 4 Technical Beta which will allow you test out Gwent if you are a PS4 user. This is basically a stress test of sorts where they try to find any bugs when the server is given a heavier load.

We would like to announce a weekend-long PlayStation 4 Technical Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

If you want to check out GWENT on your PlayStation 4 you can do so starting Friday, March 31st, 19:00 CEST. The Technical Beta will end on Monday, April 3rd, 08:00 CEST. During that time players will be able to create their own decks, check out the tutorial and participate in online casual matches. The game will be available for download from PlayStation Store.

If you experience any problems during the technical beta do not hesitate to contact our tech support team at: ps4gwent@cdprojektred.com

More information about the Technical Beta is available in the official FAQ:

Q: How can I access GWENT: The Witcher Card Game PlayStation 4 Technical Beta?
A: The only thing you need to do is enter PlayStation Store and download GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Technical Beta.

Q: When will the Technical Beta be live?
A: The Technical Beta will be launched on March 31st, 19:00 CEST and end on April 3rd at 8:00 CEST.

Q: What regions are participating in the Technical Beta?
A: The Technical Beta is available in Europe, North America and South America.

Q: What game features and functionalities will be available in the Technical Beta build?
A: The Technical Beta build will allow players to create their own decks, play the tutorial and online casual matches.

Q: What’s the purpose of the PlayStation Technical Beta?
A: The Technical Beta’s purpose is to test how the game works on PlayStation 4 with many users playing simultaneously. Technical glitches are possible, but the game is already fun!

Q: Is there any chance you’ll extend Technical Beta tests?
A: We’re not planning to extend the Technical Beta.

Q: Is PlayStation Plus required to participate?
A: A PlayStation Plus subscription is not required to participate in the Technical Beta.

Q: Can gamers purchase in-game items like Card Kegs during the Technical Beta?
A: Real currency purchases are not available in the Technical Beta.

Q: Are you planning to wipe progress made while playing the Technical Beta?
A: After Technical Beta is concluded, GWENT Technical Beta accounts will be deleted.

Q: What language versions are available in the Technical Beta?
A: The Technical Beta is available in: English, German, Russian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American-Spanish, Italian and Polish.

Q: Can I share in-game screenshots and video footage?
A: We’d be very happy if you did! However, please remember that this is still an early version of the game, so some bugs and glitches might occur. We’d be very grateful if you mentioned that what you’re posting is Technical Beta footage.

Q: How much HDD space will I need to install the Technical Beta build of GWENT?
A: You’ll need about 3GB of free space to install the Technical Beta build of GWENT.

Q: Do I need internet connection to participate in the Technical Beta?
A: Internet connection is required to play.

Q: Can I get Trophies for playing the Technical Beta?
A: While Trophies will be available in the final game, you will not receive any for playing the Technical Beta build.

Q: How can I report a bug or contact tech support?
A: In order to report a bug or any issue with the game, please reach out to our technical support here: ps4gwent@cdprojektred.com

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CDPR’s Official Gwent Challenger Tournament Announced!

Looks like Gwent is going to get it’s first official CDPR Tournament in April! The Gwent Challenger Tournament will include open qualifiers which will determine the four players that will get a chance to compete in the Main Event with four pro players. These pro players are: Trump, LifeCoach, ppd, and Noxious.

Quick Information

  • Not everyone who signs up will participate in the tournament. After the closing of the sign-up period, the highest ranked 256 players from each division on GWENT’s leaderboard will be selected to participate in the Day 1 qualifiers, as long as they have applied correctly.
  • The Open Qualifiers will take place across one weekend on the 8-9 April 2017. The ‘Temeria’ Open Qualifiers will take place at 12pm PST and the ‘Redania’ Open Qualifiers will take place at 12pm GMT on each day.
  • There will be 256 places available in each Open Qualifier. This means there are 512 places available in total across both the ‘Temeria’ and ‘Redania’ Open Qualifiers.
  • The Main Event will take place on 13 May 2017 at ESL Arena in Katowice, Zeliwna 38, Poland.
  • The prizes are: first place prize is $60,000; second place prize is $20,000; and the third and fourth place prize is $10,000 each.
  • The Main Event will be an eight-player tournament; four professional esports players (“Pro Players ”) and the four Qualifying Players.

The official announcement is below, but be sure to check out the full information on the tournament here, and the official rules here.

We’re excited to announce GWENT Challenger — an official GWENT: The Witcher Card Game tournament organized in partnership with ESL.

The tournament will pit 4 best players from the community against professional gamers: Trump (Jeffrey Shih), Lifecoach (Adrian Koy), Noxious (Kacem Khilaji) and ppd (Peter Dager). GWENT Challenger finalists will compete for a total prize pool of $100,000.

“It’s a real privilege to observe how active GWENT players are in the realm of competitive gaming. Community-powered tournaments like The Passiflora Championship, The Seven Cats Brawl or The Gwentlemen’s Open are a source of inspiration for the entire team, and we definitely want this part of GWENT to grow,” said Paweł Burza, Community Manager, CD PROJEKT RED.

“GWENT: The Witcher Card Game was created because The Witcher community wanted it. Now we’re seeing more and more gamers wanting to play GWENT competitively, so here we are with a chance to play against some heavy-hitters, and a prize pool to spice things up,” said Marcin Iwiński, Co-founder, CD PROJEKT RED. “I can’t wait to see who wins!” Iwiński adds.

Registrations for GWENT Challenger Qualifiers, a detailed rule set, tournament roadmap and FAQ are all available on the official website.

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Gwent Closed Beta Live Stream Today at 9pm CET!

Another Gwent Closed Beta Live Stream is coming today at 9pm CET! They will be discussing upcoming updates (likely the positioning changes), and playing live matches. Check out all the action on CDPR’s Twitch Channel. Here’s a countdown clock if you are in another time zone (H/T: ghostgnome).

Join us live on Tuesday, March 14th, at 9PM CET (12PM PST) on the CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel! We’ll be playing live matches with the community and talking about the changes and new features introduced with the latest update! As always we’ll be answering your questions, so be sure to stop by!

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Upcoming Gwent Patch Will Enable Card Positioning!

A NDA recently came up which allowed KingBlackToof to discuss a significant change coming soon to Gwent! You will soon be able to position cards on the board. Currently whenever you play a card to the board it goes to the right of whichever card is already on that row. When this patch is enabled you will be able to put it to the left, right, or in-between cards already on the board. You will still, however, be constrained by the card’s row e.g., Melee, Ranged, or Siege.

Check out KingBlackToof’s video below which goes more in-depth on the upcoming change.

Gwent Closed Beta to Open Beta Transition Information

Gwent Open Beta shouldn’t be too far away, so CDPR has released information on how that transition will take place on the official Gwent site. No official date for the Open Beta has been released.

We’ve been in Closed Beta for quite a while now, and we are preparing for the next stage — Open Beta. This is why we’d like to tell you a bit more about how we plan to transition into Open Beta, and what that means for your in-game progress. We’d also like to tell you more about what you’re going to receive for your participation.

Many things have changed since we launched the Closed Beta of GWENT — we’ve introduced dozens of balance tweaks, added new mechanics, new premium versions of cards, implemented a ranking mode, and more.

Since Open Beta will mark a significant influx of new players, we want everyone to start on equal ground. That’s why we need to reset everyone’s card collection (fear not — we’ll give you back all the Kegs you purchased with real money!) and game progress (player level, Ore and Scraps).

However, we also want to reward you for the time you invested in helping us make GWENT better. And this means you’ll get to smash open some shiny new Kegs. Chances are, a lot!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Every Card Keg you purchased — we will return you the amount of Kegs you bought with real money.
  • Card Kegs for Player Levels — starting from level 5, you get 2 Kegs every 5 levels.
  • Card Kegs for your rank — 2 Kegs for each rank.
  • All end-season rewards.
  • All items granted as gifts from CD PROJEKT RED (like the gift premium Geralt card).

All in all, after everything’s done, you should have enough Kegs to make new great decks! Once again thank you for playing GWENT and making it better. We really appreciate it.

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Nilfgaard Cards Revealed – Nilfgaard Patch to be Released on February 6th, 2017

Nilfgaard cards were revealed via a developer’s build to certain Gwent content creators. I’ve included videos below. The Nilfgaard content patch has been announced to be released on February 6th, 2017.

We would like to announce the upcoming arrival of a new playable faction in GWENT: The Witcher Card Game — Nilfgaard.

Part of a major content update for the game, Nilfgaard introduces a playstyle focused on maintaining control over the battlefield. The faction equips players with a set of new gameplay mechanics such as revealing cards in the opponent’s hand, controlling the order of cards in player decks, and trickery based on the use of disloyal units.

The update expands the number of cards available in the game by over 60 — new additions also include faction-specific cards for Northern Realms, Scoia’tael, Skellige and Monsters, as well as neutral cards usable by every faction.

The content update introducing Nilfgaard is scheduled for release on February 6th, 2017.

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Nilfgaard Card Reveals

Nilfgaard Premium Cards

Nilfgaard Update Patch Livestream: February 1st, 2017

We’re finally going to get a look at the Nilfgaard faction. Along with this we’ll be finding out what’s going to be updated in the next patch. There was a bit of controversy over the last livestream, because a lot of people were under the impression that Nilfgaard was going to be revealed. It turned out that it was more of a stream to feature some Gwent content creators. We did, however, learn what the Nilfgaard faction ability is going to be:

Nilfgaard faction ability let’s you redraw one card each round. [Source]

KingBlackToof also revealed what one of the leader’s of Nilfgaard will be:

Emhyr Var Emreis – Reveal 2 cards in your opponent’s Hand.

Here’s the official live stream information:

Join us live February 1st, at 12PM PST (9pm CET) on the CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel to check out some of the changes that will be implemented with the Nilfgaard Update.

We’ll go over the patch notes, talk about the new cards, and build a brand new Nilfgaard deck!

Be sure to follow our official Twitch channel, where we will be streaming the game: https://www.twitch.tv/cdprojektred

Hosts:
Paweł Burza
Michał ‘Luigi’ Dobrowolski

Note: The stream will be in English

See you there!

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Gwent Live Stream Overview – Upcoming Patch Changes, Future Additions

The Gwent live stream has revealed some awesome new developments coming to the game. There’s some new categories and changes to cards that give Golden status in the next patch. Ranked Play is being worked on and will be coming down the line along with five new cards and some more additions to premium cards. The experience system is being upgraded and there will be a robust leaderboard for Ranked Play.

If you missed the stream you can watch it here.

Upcoming Patch Changes

Card Changes

Coming Soon

All this stuff is a work in-progress and might not end up going live in this state.

Ranked Play

Ranked Play is being worked on, here’s a screenshot of how it looks when you unlock it:

gwent-ranked-play

New Leveling System

A new leveling system will be added. You will now get experience even if you lose. When you reach a new level you are rewarded, and you will get a reward for every level you get. It will be cards, resources, kegs, etc.

gwent-new-experience-system

Leaderboards

You can filter your leaderboard by region and with friends. Whenever you reach a new rank you will get a reward: cards, resources, or kegs. When the season ends you will get a reward based on your highest rank achieved during the season.

gwent-leaderboards

Premium Cards

More premium cards are on the way for IorvethWhenever an Enemy moves to a different row, Damage it by 2. Deploy: Damage an Enemy by 4.Vernon RocheDeploy: Damage an Enemy by 3. If it was Destroyed, Spawn a Blue Stripes Commando on a random row and repeat the Deploy ability (one time only)., Birna BranDeploy: Move a Unit from your opponent's Graveyard to yours. Every turn, at the start of your turn, Damage self by 1 and Units adjacent to this Unit by 2., CaretakerDeploy: Resurrect a unit from your opponent's Graveyard., and Ragh Nar RoogApply Ragh Nar Roog to all rows on your opponent's side. Ragh Nar Roog: Every turn, at the start of your turn, Damage 1 of the Highest Units on the row by 2..

New Cards

geralt-aard

Geralt: Aard – When you play Geralt: Aard you can choose a row on your opponent’s side, and it will move all of the units to the higher row, and deal 1 damage to all of the units moved.

kayran

Kayran – It consumes three of your non-gold cards and inherits their power.

coral

Coral – You select a row on your side of the board, and it will move all of your units to the row that Coral was played on.

schirru

Schirru – New ambush card. It’s played face down, it’s triggered when a special card is played and changes it to a ScorchDestroy all the Highest Units.. It might play another Scorch after that, but it’s unclear.

dimeritium-shackle

Dimeritium Shackle – It removes all of the current effects on a card and if the card is promoted to Gold it will remove this status. If you play it on a standard Gold card it will remove the Gold status.

General Questions

Will there be player icons (avatars)?

They will come in the future.

Can you use a Medic card on a Relentless card?

Yes.

Will the patch be released in a similar time frame on both platforms?

Yes.

How can you obtain Premium cards?

In Kegs!

Will there be any Neutral Medic Revive cards?

They don’t think so, they want to avoid that.