Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is a free-to-play turn-based collectible card game between two players that is derived from the card game of the same name featured in The Witcher novels and playable in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Each game of Gwent takes three rounds and each player must play one card each turn from a deck of at least twenty-five cards. Each deck belongs to a faction that offers different play styles. Each faction has different 'leaders' who each have individual abilities. Unlike other traditional collectible card games Gwent does not use a mana system so it is often card advantage what wins the game. Check out our Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Walkthrough and Guide to get help in the game.
Choosing a Starter Deck
Once you have beaten the tutorial you will have an idea on the way you would like to play the game and the type of deck you will need. Look at all the starter decks that are available to you and select one that appeals to you and more importantly suits your play style.
Check for Synergies
Carefully check your cards once you have decided on a starter deck to see what they actually do as many of the cards serve multiple different purposes that will change depending on whether you place them in the frontline or backline, and what you place them next to. What you are looking for are synergies, this in Gwent is when cards combo well together.
Customise your Deck
After you have carefully looked through your cards you will want to customise your deck at the deck builder. There you will be able to discard the cards that don't synergise and replace them with cards from other decks which are more useful. Use the search function to hone in on specific keywords and synergies you want, and craft a few clutch additions. Your deck must have at least twenty-five cards, twenty-three units and be under the provision limit. Stronger or more distinctive cards have higher provision costs, as displayed in the bottom right.
How to Build your Deck
Login and do your daily quests, you get 1 new quest each day if there's space for one. You can have up to 3 quests at a time and you can reroll a quest once a day if it's one you don't want to do. You will be rewarded with Ore which is the games currency when you complete them. Ore can then be used to buy packs of cards (Kegs). Don't get sidetracked, plot a direct course between your existing collection and the next card or two you want. Constantly research deck archetypes and make sure you have a decent deck that is specific and focused for each of the factions. Invest in some high quality neutral cards, like the Witchers, who are all conditionally strong and can be slotted into a variety of decks.
The key to being successful in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is planning ahead while playing patiently and tactically. This means paying close attention to what your opponent is doing and looking for a weakness in their gameplan that you can exploit. Constantly check the cards that are placed on the board to see if you can synergise with any of them to get an advantage.
Don't be Afraid to Pass
If you feel there is no way you can win a round it is more beneficial to save your best cards for the next round and not use them on a lost cause. If your opponent has just dominated you there is a good chance they will have used their best cards which will hand you an advantage in the next round. Don't be afraid to pass, it doesn't mean you will lose the game overall.
Check out our Currency Guide to see what the different currencies are in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.
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