Nilfgaard Budget Gwent Deck List Guide


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If you’ve just started Gwent in the Open Beta, check out this Budget Nilfgaard deck list guide!

Budget Nilfgaard Mulligan

Cards to Keep

Cards to Mulligan

Budget Nilfgaard Strategy

This budget Nilfgaard decks is based on spies. It utilizes the insane synergy between EmissaryDeploy: Look at the top 2 Bronze Units from your Deck. Play 1 and shuffle the other back. and Vicovaro NoviceDeploy: Look at the top 2 Bronze Alchemy cards from your Deck. Play 1 and shuffle the other back. plus the stacking strength of Impera BrigadeWhenever a Spying Enemy appears, Boost self by 2. Deploy: Boost self by 2 for each Spying Enemy. (which you can move to the next round with Combat EngineerDeploy: Toggle a Bronze or Silver Unit's Resilience. Crewmen 1.).

First Emissary you play is not that powerful. You end up giving your opponent +2 strength for playing a Bronze unit. Yes, it’s deck thinning and yes, you can choose that unit, but it’s still only alright. However, the card gets insane when you start playing the Vicovaro Novices. Now, instead of putting 2 strength on your opponent’s board, you put 3 strength on your own. So you keep the same effect, but you get 5 more strength in total. Similarly, Ambassador is normally only +8 strength, but if you proc it with Vicovaro Novice, you get a +13 strength Bronze. That’s quite powerful.

Not to mention that each time you play a Spy, you buff your Impera Brigade by +2. They start at 6 strength, but just after the two spies they’re 10 strength Bronzes already. They’re crazy good if you can Combat Engineer them and then hit the Ambassador buff on one of them. You can also try to hit the +10 buff on something else in order to protect them from getting Scorched (be careful, especially if you’re stacking multiple Brigades in a single turn).

The deck has also some control thanks to the Rot TosserDeploy: Spawn a Cow Carcass on an opposing row.. While the card is worse than it used to be, because your opponent has two turns in order to counter the Cow, it’s still great quite often. Most of the time, Rot Tosser either forces your opponent to sacrifice his minion or to make a sub-optimal play, like using a small minion he didn’t want to use to get destroyed instead.

The deck runs a lot of minions with powerful effects and Emhyr’s ability allows you to reuse any of them. You can, for example, bounce Rot Tosser back to your hand if you need to use it again. If you play against a weather deck and you’ve cleared it once, you can bounce back the VanhemarDeploy: Spawn Biting Frost, Clear Skies or Overdose. to have a second clear for the next round. Then you can always bounce the Novice to get even more value out of your Bronze Spies. You have a lot of good choices here and Emhyr turns your board into your “second hand”, where you can pick any of the effects present on the board any time you want.

Budget Nilfgaard Upgrades

If you happen to have one of these cards, you can add it to the list instead of the budget Silvers/Golds to make it stronger. You can also prioritize one of these cards in Keg openings if you want to complement this list.

You want to keep those Silvers/Golds: DecoyReturn a Bronze or Silver Ally to your Hand, Boost it by 3 and play it., VanhemarDeploy: Spawn Biting Frost, Clear Skies or Overdose., CantarellaDoomed. Deploy: Look at the top card from your Deck. Draw it, or place it at the bottom of your Deck and draw the new top card. and CahirDoomed, Stubborn. Deploy: If playing as Nilfgaard, trigger your Leader's Deploy ability..

And replace the rest of them with:

Silver: Joachim De WettDeploy: Play the top Loyal Bronze or Silver Unit from your Deck and Boost it by 10., AuckesDeploy: Toggle 2 Units' Lock. If Enemies, Damage them by 1 as well., CynthiaDeploy: Reveal the Highest Unit in your opponent's Hand and Boost self by its Power., The GuardianDeathwish: Create 2 Lesser Guardians on the top of your opponent's Deck., OcvistAfter 4 turns, at the start of your turn, Damage all Enemies by 1, return this Unit to your Hand and transform it into Exhausted Ocvist.

Gold: Ragh Nar RoogApply a Ragh Nar Roog Hazard to all opposing rows. Ragh Nar Roog Hazard: Every turn, at the start of your turn, Damage the Highest Unit on the row by 2., Geralt: IgniDeploy: Destroy all the Highest Units on the opposite row if that row totals 25 or more Power., Menno CoehoornDeploy: Damage an Enemy by 4. If it is Spying, Destroy it., RainfarnDeploy: Play a Bronze or Silver Disloyal Unit from your Deck. Shuffle the others back., CiriAt the end of the Round, return this Unit to your Hand if you lost. Deploy: Gain 3 Armor.

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9 thoughts on “Nilfgaard Budget Gwent Deck List Guide

  1. Corey
    September 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    vicario novice doesn’t do anything in this deck??? did the card undergo changes since this list was posted?

    • Ange
      September 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Vicovaro novice used to trigger the ability of a spying emissary or ambassador instead of what it does now. A lot of the budget decks on this website are outdated.

  2. Executed419
    July 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Is it still worth crafting?

    • Squirrly_Fury
      July 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      I would also like to know, as I’m starting a beginner Nilfgaard deck.

  3. Eddie Shepherd
    June 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    The deck looks great and I am excited to try it out. Thanks for sharing

  4. raaaahman
    June 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Hi, I’m new to the game but I’m very interested in the Nilfgaard faction, and the base deck was satisfying enough to push in this way.

    I’ve seen the novice plus emissary and impera brigade combo mentioned already, and while I understand how it’s good, I’m also wondering how it compare to nauzicaa brigade plus medic: nauzicaa kills emissary, strengthen, and medic could get emissary back. As it seems less powerful than impera+novice on the long run, it also seems more versatile: medic is not limited to replaying only your spies, and can use opponent’s power against himself. Also as nauzicaa brigade strenghten instead of boosting itself, it can be replayed by Emhyr or decoy and stack strength (and will also heal).

    On another topic, I understand the neat card avantage given by Cantarella but she seems to be a too obvious “I’ll concede” move in my opnion (unless you also have Moenho Coehoorn), so she maybe a bit hard to play right. Why not mentionning Vilgefortz? With cheap combat engineers and vicovaro novices he will have target to practice.

    I also wonder if using Renew to get back Cahir to replay Emhyr’s ability to re-use a unit’s power would be smart or totally overkill… :p

    • Cheesiy
      June 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      With Canterella you can play rot tossed on an empty row and then play Cantrella the next turn and they might not be able to stop the cow from killing her

      • raaaahman
        June 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        Oh nice, didn’t thaught of that trickery.

    • Dasher3
      June 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      I’m pretty new too, so I have similar concerns about Cantarella, because her usefulness is situational and may depend on other cards.

      I don’t have a lot of these cards so I run both medics and novices. You don’t get to choose from Your brigade gets strengthened when you activate the spy via the novice.

      I’ve been thinking of Renew as well. I can only create one gold atm and I want to be something I can always find a use for. But especially for Nilfgaard since Cahir is so strong.


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