Leader Rarity Being Reduced to Epic from Legendary and New Patch Coming Soon!

It looks like we’re going to see a few significant chances in the upcoming Gwent patch for Closed Beta. One of those changes will be the changes to Leaders rarity from Legendary to Epic. This means you will be more likely to receive them in your Kegs. We will also be receiving 600 Scraps each for any non-starting Leaders in our collections! On top of that, they are throwing in a free Keg for everyone. Sounds like a pretty sweet update!

Greetings Gwenters! We’ve got a patch coming this week that’ll rebalance some of the cards. Since we’re changing the rarity of Leaders from legendary to Epic (a big deal!), you will get 600 scraps each for any non-starter Leaders in your collection (to make up the difference in crafting price). We’re also throwing in a free Keg for everyone, because why not? More details coming soon!

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CDProjektRed will also be doing a livestream on Twitch on Thursday, November 17th to go over the upcoming patch in more detail!

Gwent Closed Beta Key Giveaway!

I have received a single Gwent Closed Beta Key, so I wanted to give it away to one lucky Gwentify user.

Update – A Winner has been Chosen!

9:18AM PDT: Rickka011 has confirmed and received the key, thank you to everyone who entered the contest!

7:30AM PDT: Rickkao11 is our randomly chosen winner! They have 48 hours to respond to the e-mail before another winner will be picked!

Here are the rules:

  • Register for Gwentify.
  • Be sure to register with a real E-Mail Address! I will be contacting the winner via E-Mail.
  • Create a Deck using our Gwent Deck Builder.
  • The deck must be reasonably put together and titled. Anything with a title like “asdfasdfasdf” will be eliminated from contention.
  • You only have to submit one deck to be in consideration, but feel free to submit as many as you want (it doesn’t increase your chances).
  • The giveaway ends October 29th, 2016 at Midnight PDT. I will choose one RANDOM user and update this post once the winner has been chosen.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond verifying the key has been claimed. If the winner has not claimed the key within the 48 hour period, a new winner will be picked!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook where I will also be announcing that a winner has been chosen. Good luck to everyone who enters!

As a side note, I’m looking for feedback on the site and the deck builder. Let me know in the comments what you would like to see improved!

Gnimsh’s Gwent First Impressions and Deck Lists

Gnimsh is a long time Hearthstone player, so I was very interested to read his take on Gwent. He was kind enough to allow us to re-host his thoughts here, check him out on Twitter!


Hey guys, I’m already 3 days in and around 150 kegs have been cracked. So far the game is great and really enjoyable. I like the feeling of a new card game, where you build new decks and try different ideas. I love the sounds/art style and mechanics, but let’s talk about the real stuff.

ECONOMY and is GWENT too expensive?

For now I agree with Noxious and other people who said that the game is expensive. I’ve spent around 150 usd on Kegs and got all rares, several epics and few Legendaries. Where crafting epics won’t be a problem due to daily rewards I’m looking at those Legendary cards and I’m thinking that no way I can collect them by crafting. I will need to either spend more or get lucky with Keg opening.

This might actually be fine as I still have the thrill of pack opening trying to hit those Legendary cards and collecting part of the game is still open to me, but I do feel like it might be a really long grind and we might need more in game rewards to allow people to get the cards easier. Not to mention a free to play model.

On the other hand it’s better to give less in the early beta days, than too much.

Deck Building

I like how the Gold cards you get will stay with you for a time and how Gwent is giving you a very good Vanilla GeraltNo ability. when you start. I opened Triss MerigoldRemove 4 strength from a non-Gold unit. and played her a lot before getting other cards. I still have her in most of my decks as options open.

The gold/silver/bronze deckbuilding mechanic is really interesting and especially Silver slot forces you to make important deck building decisions.

Every game I find something new and adjust my decks.

Some of the decks I’ve seen were crazy! Like de-ranking your Bloody BaronSpawn a Botchling or a Lubberkin. to silver to be able to resurrect it and have more Lubberkins.

Gameplay

Game is really smooth and requires a lot of strategy. It’s incredible how important restraint and thinking ahead is. Being able to have 1 more card in the last card can often win you the game. Did you need that extra 4 strength in the first one? Did you really need to remove that minion in the second? There is a lot of room for skill and baiting your opponent. Plus how to play your strategy and not get disrupted, while disrupting theirs. How to play around ScorchDestroy the strongest non-Gold unit(s) on the battlefield., or weather. Lots of fun!

The only complaint here would be if players magically stop playing removal then the game feels like solitaire. I had a couple of games like that with my Dwarf deck. We just played our cards without any interaction and then someone won.

Metagame

EredinPlay Eredin. is obviously the elephant in the room as he has access to cheap cards and is easy to build, so feels powerful plus it’s really frustrating when you get REKT by RNG Monster power, but I don’t think the deck is THAT good. It’s normal and when people get more cards it will be easier to counter all kinds of Eredin, or Ge'elsAdd 2 strength to all non-Gold units on your side of the battlefield.. Where Eredin was destroying my Skellige deck for some time I didn’t have much problem against it with Northern Kingdoms. Plus you can always adjust your decks to counter it. Diversify your rows to play around weather. Play clear skies. Play IorvethRemove 6 strength from a non-Gold unit on the battlefield./Triss MerigoldRemove 4 strength from a non-Gold unit./Vernon RocheRemove 5 strength from a non-Gold unit on the battlefield. and reduce Eredin’s power. You can actually target him with those Legendaries.

At the moment metagame is still shaping up, but we have a plethora of different decks. Ramp with Decoy, Mid range with just strong cards and combo. Combos are frigging cool ;]

I feel like a lot of decks are still undiscovered due to people not having cards. Like Elves seem to be bad and non existent, but almost no one I faced had the important Legendary cards for neophytes.

The only fear is that we can figure out Gwent. That in the world of people with all the cards we will just know exactly what’s the best deck, but I doubt it will happen plus if new cards are released we should always be able to escape that fate 😀

Deck Lists

I’ve posted them at the top and can briefly talk about them. I obviously don’t have all the cards, but if you are looking for some concepts those decks are pretty good.

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Gwent Closed Beta – Pack (Keg) Pricing Structure

We can finally get a look at how the pricing model for Gwent’s packs (kegs) will be at least for now. Keep in mind this is Closed Beta so this stuff can easily change in the near future. Each keg contains 5 cards. At least one card will be Rare, Epic or Legendary.

  • 2x Cards Kegs – $2.99 ($1.50 per Keg)
  • 7x Card Kegs – $9.99 ($1.43 per Keg)
  • 15x Card Kegs – $19.99 ($1.33 per Keg)
  • 40x Card Kegs – $49.99  ($1.25 per Keg)
  • 60x Card Kegs – $69.99  ($1.17 per Keg)
  • 1x Card Keg – 100 Ore (In-game Currency)

I’ve rounded all the averages to make it easier to read.

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Gwent Closed Beta Starter Decks

Closed Beta has just released, so here’s a look at the decks you can try straight out of the box! They are mostly basic cards, but each deck gives you a sense of what you can do with each faction. Check them out below!

Be sure to try your hand at deck building with our Gwent Deck Builder!

Cards: 25 - Melee: 49 - Ranged: 19 - Siege: 10 - Multiple: 0 - Total: 78
Cards: 25 - Melee: 34 - Ranged: 31 - Siege: 17 - Multiple: 4 - Total: 86
Cards: 25 - Melee: 26 - Ranged: 0 - Siege: 4 - Multiple: 31 - Total: 61
Cards: 25 - Melee: 40 - Ranged: 12 - Siege: 20 - Multiple: 4 - Total: 76

Gwent Beta Livestream Information & Images

If you weren’t able to catch the livestream or are looking for some of the new information shared during it, I’m listing a bunch of it below. If you want to watch the full stream check out the video here.

General Changes/Improvements

  • Card art has been upgraded, check out the screenshots below.
  • You can now see the tokens that particular cards spawn in the card viewer (check screenshots).
  • They’ve added card types such as, Mage, Witcher, Vampire, Dragon, etc.
  • Card Draw Mechanic: Second Round – 2 Cards drawn, Third Round – 1 Card drawn.
  • Each card has its own voice and talks when summoned.
  • There’s three different resources: Ore (to purchase packs, maybe more?), Scraps (used to craft cards), Kegs (card packs)
  • Disloyal cards are played on your opponent’s side of the board.

Gwent Closed Beta Livestream Questions & Answers

Keep in mind that I’m paraphrasing the responses.

When will Beta keys be sent out?

October 25th, 2016 at around 10 AM PDT for the first wave.

Will there be Cut Scenes in the game?

There will be comic book style cut scenes in Single Player much like Witcher 3.

Will discarding cards be random or chosen?

A card like SvanrigeDraw 1 card, then discard 1 card. will allow you to choose which card you discard. You can combine this with a card like Clan an Craite RaiderResurrect when discarded..

Who created the music for Gwent?

The same person who did the music for Witcher 3: Marcin Przybyłowicz.

When will Nilfgaard be in the game?

Nilfgaard is coming (no date or timeframe given). They are testing mechanics on revealing cards, they will have units that can view cards from your opponent’s hand/deck. There will be units that get stronger based on how many cards have been revealed.

Is there a tutorial in the game?

Yes, when you start the game you’ll be able to play it.

What cards will be unlocked when you start the Closed Beta?

When you first login to the game you’ll only have the starter cards. You’ll have a deck for each faction, one leader per faction, and quite a few cards to tweak the decks you’ve been given. Scoia’tael will start with FrancescaRedraw up to 3 cards. as a leader.

Will Ranked mode be in the Closed Beta?

Ranked Mode is coming, but it won’t be in the Closed Beta right away.

How do you earn new cards in game?

You can purchase them card packs or earn Ore “ingame currency” and use that to get “Kegs” of cards. You can also craft cards with the crafting resource.

Is the Prize Winning Cow still in the game?

Yes, she’s still in the game (with minor stat changes): Prize Winning CowWhen removed from the battlfield, spawn a Chort on the row where this unit was..

How will you deal with potentially running out of characters in the Witcher universe?

It sounds like they will duplicate a lot of characters that are already in the game, e.g., GeraltNo ability.Geralt: IgniDestroy the strongest non-Gold unit(s) on the opposite row if that row totals 20 or more strength..

If both players are Scoia’tael how does the choose who goes first work?

It’s randomly chosen.

How can you communicate with other players in the game?

There’s currently no chat in closed beta, and there’s no way to communicate with other players via the game.

Can you edit your Deck Name?

Yes.

Do traps work against Gold Cards?

No.

What do the Account Levels do?

You gain experience by playing and for every level you gain you get a reward.

Check out the screenshots after the jump! 

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Gwentify Deck Builder & Card Database Updated!

I’ve gone ahead and updated our Gwent Deck Builder and Gwent Card Database to hopefully reflect what is coming during Closed Beta. I will be looking to ramp up the content on this site as the game becomes more finalized and there’s more stuff to talk about. Keep an eye out for more fun stuff to come in the near future!

If you happen to find any bugs please let me know in the comments.

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Gwent Stress Test Live – Card List from Available Decks (Monsters, Northern Realms)

The Gwent Stress Test is live and they’ve just announced that we’re allowed to talk about the game and share information from it. So, I thought it would be a good idea to grab the cards from the updated game and share them with you here. Some of these cards have been seen before, but some are new and a lot have new text. Be sure to check them out below!

Gwent “Kill the Servers” Stress Test Cards

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Monsters Deck

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Gwent “Kill the Servers!” Stress Test Event (September 23rd and 27th)

Gwent will be holding a Stress Test event on September 23rd and 27th. If you want a chance at joining the event, follow Gwent on Facebook and Twitter and watch out on September 22nd where they will announce how they will be available!

Dates

  • September 22nd, 2016 – Follow Gwent on Facebook and Twitter for Information on Code Availability.
  • September 23rd, 2016 – Event is expected to start at 5PM CEST and end at 9PM CEST
  • September 27th, 2016 – Event is expected to start at 8PM CEST and end at 12AM CEST

Official FAQ Information

WHAT PLATFORMS IS THE SPECIAL EVENT LAUNCHED ON?

We’re launching the event on PC only.

DOES PARTICIPATING IN KILL THE SERVERS! MEAN I GET INTO THE CLOSED BETA?

No, it does not. Participating in KtS! does not grant you access to the Closed Beta — although you do need to be signed up for the Closed Beta to be able to apply for KtS! Access. In short, Closed Beta and KtS! are two different things. But don’t worry if you don’t manage to get into KtS!, the Closed Beta will have plenty of spots for everyone.

IS THE NUMBER OF KTS! ACCESS KEYS UNLIMITED?

No, the number of keys is limited — access will be granted based on a first come, first served basis. We will publish exact hours of code distribution via our social media (Twitter and Facebook).

HOW LONG WILL THE EVENT LAST?

The event takes place this Friday, 23.09 from 5PM to 9PM CEST and Tuesday, 27.09 from 8PM to 12AM CEST.

WILL I BE ABLE TO CREATE MY OWN DECK DURING KTS?

No, KtS! is a stress test event and we’re not planning to enable deck building functionality for its duration.

WILL YOU WIPE MY PROGRESS AFTER THE EVENT ENDS?

As players will have no possibility of deck creation or level progressing during KtS!, we plan no data wipes (there will simply be nothing to erase).

WILL I BE ABLE TO PLAY THIS BUILD OF GWENT AFTER THE EVENT?

After KtS! concludes, the test game will be removed from your shelf. No worries though, Closed Beta is coming soon, so there will be plenty of opportunities to play!

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Gwent Closed Beta Delayed!

It seems we will be waiting a bit longer for the Gwent closed beta. The date has been moved to October 25th, 2016. Here’s the official information:

Dear Gamers,

At E3 we announced that we’d launch the Closed Beta of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game in September. Unfortunately, we feel we need some extra time with the game before we hand it off to you for testing. We know we can make a first impression only once, and want to be sure everything is ready before we blast off. Delivering a good game is more important to us than keeping a deadline. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t realize that delays can be disappointing, and we apologize for making you wait. Closed Beta will now begin on October 25th.

Love,
The GWENT Team

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