Skellige Budget Gwent Deck List Guide

Deck

-- 6,350
47
Melee
16
Ranged
15
Siege
24
Multiple
102
Total

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

The deck is based on the Swim’s Queensguards deck.

Budget Skellige Mulligan

Cards to Keep

Cards to Mulligan

Budget Skellige Strategy

So far this is my favorite deck in the Open Beta. The deck’s basic strategy revolves around QueensguardDeploy: Resurrect all your Queensguards. . It’s the card that revives all its copies whenever one copy gets on the board. It means that if you have 2 copies in your Graveyard and you play 1 from your hand – you get the 2 from Graveyard back. If you have all 4 (counting one from the OperatorDeploy: Choose a Bronze Unit in your Hand and create a base copy of it in both players' Hands. ) and resurrect one, you get all 4 back. While they don’t directly carry over to the next round like a Resilient unit, once you buff them, you can get them all back each round and get a powerful tempo swing. In round 3 this swing can be as much as 30+ strength with just a single Bronze card (Priestess of FreyaDeploy: Resurrect a Bronze Unit. ).

Most of your early round 1 plays are the same in each game. You absolutely want to do a few things, depending on your initial starting hand. First you want to use King BranSpawn King Bran Deploy: Discard up to 3 cards from your Deck and Strengthen all Units among them by 1. Then shuffle your deck. to discard 2 copies of Queensguard and one Clan an Craite RaiderVeteran 1. Whenever this Unit is Discarded, Resurrect it immediately. . This puts 8 strength on the board, so it’s not a terrible tempo move, while it moves 2 of your QG to the Graveyard and gives them +1. Important note: If you start with no copy of Queensguard in your hand, you discard all 3 QG with Bran instead. After that, you want to do play around with your Silvers. You can use Draig Bon–DhuDeploy: Strengthen up to 2 Units in your Graveyard by 3. to give +3 to two QG in the Graveyard. Then, if you have it, you can also Decoy it to do the same thing again. Remember that you will get those 6 extra strength in all 3 rounds, so it’s worth it to use the Decoy. You also want to OperatorDeploy: Choose a Bronze Unit in your Hand and create a base copy of it in both players' Hands. the one Queensguard you have in your hand. For your opponent, it will be useless, just a 3-5 strength unit. They will most likely mulligan it away, but that’s fine. For you, however, an extra Queensguard is insane. Now you don’t have to use Priestess of Freya in round 2 to bring all the other 3 back from Graveyard, plus you get extra strength in round 3 again. You also want to play Holger BlackhandVeteran 1. Deploy: Damage a Unit by 5. If it was Destroyed, Strengthen one of the Highest Units in your Graveyard by 3. and kill something while your Queensguards are still in the Graveyard. This will buff one of them by +3 base strength, which is +9 strength in total if you get them out each round. It’s also great, because it makes one QG have higher strength, which plays around Scorch and Igni a bit (you prefer only one getting destroyed instead of two).

After you do all of that, or however much is possible with your hand (you rarely draw all the good Silvers in round 1). Winning round 1 is nice, but it’s not absolutely necessary. You’re going for 3 rounds anyway.

ErmionDeploy: Draw the top 2 cards from your Deck, then Discard 2 cards (can be Golds) from your Hand. is good to cycle through the deck if your hand is weak. Clan an Craite RaiderVeteran 1. Whenever this Unit is Discarded, Resurrect it immediately. is the best discard target, but if you don’t have them, you can also discard one Bear (you can bring it back later with Priestess), First Light (against decks that don’t run weather), Cleaver (if you don’t need to Lock anything) or even Royal Decree (if you have the other Golds already). Cycling is pretty strong, because it allows you to draw your graveyard buffs (especially Draig) more consistently.

In round 2 you want to continue buffing the Queensguard in your graveyard (if you have a way to do that) and then resurrect all of them. You can also set up Savage BearAfter an Enemy is played from any Hand and its Deploy ability resolves, Damage it by 1. , especially if you lost round 1 and you need to win round 2. Ideally, you want to prolong the first two rounds and go for a short round 3. If both you and your opponent will be left with only 2-3 cards in the hand, you’ll be much more likely to win, because round 3 QG alone can outvalue most of the 2-3 card combos.

Ideally you want to keep Savage BearAfter an Enemy is played from any Hand and its Deploy ability resolves, Damage it by 1. + Clan Drummond ShieldmaidenDeploy: Damage a Unit by 2. If it was already Damaged, play a Clan Drummond Shieldmaiden from your Deck. combo for round 3. You simply need one damaged minion to pull out all 3 Shieldmaiden from your deck. That’s the extra 15 strength + 6 damage out of nowhere. However, you can use that combo in the round 2 if you’re behind and you need to win it. It’s still 12 strength + 6 damage = 18 strength for a single Bronze card.

You can use your Priestess of FreyaDeploy: Resurrect a Bronze Unit. on something other than Queensguard only if you have many of them. You want to play QG from your hand in round 1 and then have a way to ress it in both round 2 and round 3. Which means that your Priestesses are very valuable and you want to draw at least 2 of them throughout the game.

If you draw Operator in round 2 or 3, it might not be completely useless. You can use it on Clan an Craite RaiderVeteran 1. Whenever this Unit is Discarded, Resurrect it immediately. if you have ErmionDeploy: Draw the top 2 cards from your Deck, then Discard 2 cards (can be Golds) from your Hand.  in your hand. For your opponent it’s just a weak unit, but you can cycle it with Ermion. Similarly, you can use it on Clan Drummond ShieldmaidenDeploy: Damage a Unit by 2. If it was already Damaged, play a Clan Drummond Shieldmaiden from your Deck. (and mulligan it in round 3) to hopefully get a bigger chain unless you draw a copy in r3. You can also use it on Priestess of FreyaDeploy: Resurrect a Bronze Unit. in round 2 if have only a single copy – this way you guarantee that you will have a way to bring back the Queensguard in round 3, which is far more useful for you than ressing some Bronze for the opponent.

Budget Skellige Upgrades

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

You want to keep those Silvers/Golds: DecoyReturn an Ally to your Hand, Boost it by 3 and play it. , GremistDeploy: Spawn Impenetrable Fog, Clear Skies or Bloodcurdling Roar. , Draig Bon–DhuDeploy: Strengthen up to 2 Units in your Graveyard by 3., Holger BlackhandVeteran 1. Deploy: Damage a Unit by 5. If it was Destroyed, Strengthen one of the Highest Units in your Graveyard by 3.  and OperatorDeploy: Choose a Bronze Unit in your Hand and create a base copy of it in both players' Hands. .

And replace the rest of them with:

Silver: SigrdrifaDeploy: Resurrect a Unit. , RoachWhenever you play a Gold Unit from your Hand, play Roach from your Deck on a random row before that Unit's Deploy ability resolves. , Donar an HindarVeteran 1. Deploy: Toggle a Unit's Lock. Discard a random Bronze card from your opponent's Deck to your Graveyard.

Gold: 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 one of the Highest Units on the row by 2. , CoralDeploy: Pick a Unit and Damage all Units on its row by half their Power (rounding up and ignoring Armor). , HjalmarDeploy: Spawn the Lord of Undvik on the leftmost side of the opposite row. , CerysAfter 4 Units are Resurrected on your side while this Unit is in the Graveyard, Resurrect it. , Madman LugosDeploy: Discard a Bronze Unit from your Deck and Damage a Unit by the Discarded Unit's base Power. , Yennefer: The ConjurerEvery turn, at the start of your turn, Damage all the Highest Enemies by 1. , CiriAt the end of the Round, return this Unit to your Hand if you lost. , Geralt: IgniDeploy: Destroy all the Highest Units on the opposite row if that row totals 20 or more Power.

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10 thoughts on “Skellige Budget Gwent Deck List Guide

  1. Jean
    June 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Hi there. Is this deck still playable? I have some all the silvers, just need the bears, and some Queenguards.

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  2. Sceltar
    June 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Is this deck still playable after the nerfs ? i started to play 2 days ago and i wanted to craft this deck. Would be so happy about an answer.

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    • bigalke93
      June 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I have had no trouble playing this deck to rank 10, I don’t know how the results be beyond that though.

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      • Madkevind
        June 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        I’ve had good success in casual games with this deck. Seems as you are new you will still be leveling up. Good luck!

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  3. Carl9242
    June 11, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Unfortunately this deck is getting nerfed to pieces.. RIP QG Deck. Thanks for carrying me to rank 10 on your shoulders.

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  4. erelghania
    June 8, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Really good deck, thank you from us newbies

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  5. Carl9242
    June 5, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Great first deck to climb up the ladder, thanks man!

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  6. Exsol
    June 2, 2017 at 6:43 am

    In your Mulligan guide you mention, Clan An Craite Warrior.

    However, I can’t see them in the deck list anywhere. Was it from a younger iteration, or are things missing from the deck list?

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  7. Kalvator
    May 29, 2017 at 2:21 am

    You might want to put the actual starting Skellige Gold card… I don’t remember what it is but it is not Madman Lugos. Apart from that the deck looks really good/fun 🙂

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    • Stonekeep - Author
      May 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

      Sorry, the starter Legendary is Ermion, not Lugos. I’ve messed it up for some reason, I thought that I’ve opened Ermion and had Lugos from the start, but it was the other way around :p Changed it!

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