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Toss a coin to your Witcher, oh valley of plenty, oh valley of plenty. That song has been stuck in my head ever since the Witcher Season 1 on Netflix has aired. Now, I have the honor to review one of the lesser-known Witcher games and see if it is as good as everyone claims it to be.


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Development

It was developed and published by a Polish video game company, CD Projekt Red. It is a spinoff from the Witcher video game franchise


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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was developed and published by a Polish video game company, CD Projekt Red. It is a spinoff from the Witcher video game franchise. Gwent was first introduced as a mini-game in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. It has received massive praise from the gaming audience, which is one of the reasons developers decided to create the spinoff. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was initially released on October 23rd, 2018 for PC. Shortly after, on December 4th, 2018, the game was released on PS4 and Xbox One. Following its popularity, the game was released for iOS nearly a year later on October 29th, 2019. Lastly, the Android user got it on March 24th, 2020. 

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was generally very well received by the gaming audience. On Google Play, the game has over 1 million downloads in less than 3 months since its release. It also currently holds 4.6 out of 5 stars user score with more than 200 thousand reviews. On the iTunes App Store, the game currently sits with astonishing 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 35k ratings. Judging by these numbers alone, it is evident that the gaming community is positive about the game and what it has to offer.


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Atmosphere

This is another great aspect of Gwent


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This is another great aspect of Gwent. While playing, you will really immerse yourself in the Witcher world, and if you are a fan of it, you will immediately notice that most of the cards in the game resemble some of the iconic characters from the Witcher games, or some of the monsters, and so on. Also, the game feels very rewarding to play. Synergizing certain cards can feel immensely satisfying, and you will definitely enjoy it whenever you perform some interesting card combo. 

As for the music, it contributes greatly to the overall atmosphere. The soundtrack fits amazingly into the whole setting, and it subtly adds up to the overall feel. Honestly, you will easily lose track of time while playing this game, and hours later, you will wonder how did the time fly by so fast.


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GAMEplay

The core gameplay revolves around building a deck of cards and using them strategically to defeat your opponent


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As its full name suggests, Gwent is a card game. The core gameplay revolves around building a deck of cards and using them strategically to defeat your opponent. The game is very heavily inspired by the Gwent mini-game from The Witcher 3. There are six different factions players can choose from: Northern Realms, Nilfgaard, Scotia’tael, Skellige, Monsters, and Syndicate. Each of these has their faction leaders as well as many different cards unique to that specific faction. There are also some neutral cards that can be used in every deck, but in general, the vast majority of the cards you can choose from while building a deck are related to the faction you play. 

While playing, your goal is to win two out of three rounds. You win round by having more power on the gameboard. Power is gained by playing cards or in some cases, using leader abilities. Playing any of the “unit” cards will allow you to place that unit on the gameboard. The board is split into four rows. Each player will have one melee and one ranged row on their side of the board. In the original Gwent (and some earlier versions of this game), there was also a siege row, but it was removed in the Homecoming Update. 

Unlike Hearthstone (and many other card games), Gwent’s basic gameplay is relatively simple. You don’t have mana, and you are free to use any card you have in your hand, but you are limited to using only one card per turn (unless you use some faction ability or card with special trait and get to use an additional card). However, unlike other card games, you don’t get to draw additional cards until the beginning of the next round (you get to draw three additional cards when 2nd and 3rd round start). Each round ends when both of the players pass, or when both of the players are out of cards. Then, the player with more power on the board wins the round. Because of this, and the limited number of cards you can have, it is extremely important not to overcommit to a single round since this may result in you having next to no cards left for the following two rounds. 

Like in the original Gwent, each of the cards has specific traits. For example, cards with the “Deploy” trait will have an effect upon placing them on the board. There are also spell cards that have special effects, such as dealing damage or placing debuffs on the enemy units. Other than that, there is a lot of synergies involved in playing some cards. Because of this, it is extremely important to craft your deck wisely and include cards that work well with each other.

Faction leaders play a crucial role in the game. Upon choosing a faction, you can select the ability of your leader. This ability is usable in addition to playing a card during any specific round, but it is worth noting that some abilities have limited number of uses and/or cooldown between using them. This adds an additional layer of complexity to the game and makes deck crafting and strategizing even more important. While crafting a deck, there are some limitations. Each card has provisions cost, and you can have up to 165 provisions for a deck. Also, each faction ability costs a certain number of provisions, so you are limited by that as well. All of this makes the deck-building a very important aspect of the game, and there are countless numbers of combinations and options you can use.

As for the game itself, there are several different game modes you can play. Casual play allows you to play games without worrying about your rating. This game mode is excellent for trying out new decks and card combinations before using them in Ranked play. Speaking of Ranked play, this mode lets you compete against other players during ranked seasons. Each season lasts for one month, and during that time, your victories will increase your rank. The higher your rank is at the end of the season, the better the rewards you will receive. There is also the Arena Mode. This mode is very reminiscent of Arena Mode from Hearthstone. Upon starting it, you choose one out of three randomly selected faction leaders, and you draft your deck. You get to choose one out of four random cards for each card of your deck. After you are done with the deck, you get to fight other players in the Arena. If you manage to win nine games, you will receive some great rewards. Keep in mind that you only have three lives while playing the Arena, and losing each game will cost you one life. All in all, Gwent has plenty of gameplay content to offer to its players, which fans of the card games will surely appreciate.


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Graphics

Since this is a card game, it is definitely not as graphically impressive as the main Witcher games


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Since this is a card game, it is definitely not as graphically impressive as the main Witcher games. The game does feature some 3D models, namely faction leaders. Also, the effects of many of the cards are nicely animated without being too “explosive”. When it comes to artwork, the artists did an amazing job. All of the familiar faces from the Witcher franchise look very similar to the way they do in the main games. Cards are filled with plenty of details, and the work that the artists did to make these characters come to life is worth every praise. Overall, Gwent looks very good for a card game, and there isn’t really much that developers could improve in the visual aspect bar some minor tweaking here and there.


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Tech Compatibility

This is, perhaps, one of the downsides of the game, at least when it comes to the mobile versions


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This is, perhaps, one of the downsides of the game, at least when it comes to the mobile versions. For iOS users, the minimum requirement is at least an iOS 12 compatible device, which is fairly high by today’s standard. When it comes to Android, the minimum requirement is Android 7 or later, which is nothing to sneeze at. The biggest complaints about the game were about it having technical issues on low-end devices, which is somewhat understandable, given the game’s hardware requirements. 

Another important thing is that the game takes almost 3 Gb of storage space, which can be problematic for some mobile users. In all honesty, there are many other games that take around the same amount of space or more, but nevertheless, it is definitely a thing worth mentioning.


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Free-to-play Friendly

This is where the game really shines. In today’s day and age


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This is where the game really shines. In today’s day and age, it is fairly common for most mobile games to be filled to the brim with various microtransactions, packs, and all other sorts of predatory monetization. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Gwent since the game is more than generous to free to play gaming audience. In order to unlock new cards, you need to open card packs, also known as “kegs”. Each of these will award you with five cards, with one being rarer than the rest and you will get to choose the rare one from three offered cards. You can purchase these kegs by spending in-game currency known as ore, which can be obtained by doing quests, weekly activities, winning matches, and generally by simply playing a game. Sure, you can still purchase kegs via microtransactions, but it is entirely possible to play on a competitive level without spending a dime, which is one of Gwent’s major qualities.


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Verdict

When everything is pieced together, Gwent is a masterful addition to the whole Witcher franchise


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When everything is pieced together, Gwent is a masterful addition to the whole Witcher franchise, and you will definitely want to give it a try if you are a fan of card games, or simply a “Witcher nerd”.

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SCORE

When everything is pieced together, Gwent is a masterful addition to the whole Witcher franchise...

User Rating: 4.4 ( 1 votes)

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game guides and TIPS

How to improve your gaming experience and gameplay…


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How to draw cards?


In Gwent, you only get to draw cards at the beginning of each round. You can, however, replace some of the drawn cards before the round starts. Also, some of the cards or leader abilities can allow you to draw additional cards or to get some cards from your graveyard.


How to get gold cards?


There are several ways to get gold cards in Gwent. Scoring nine wins in the Arena will always grant you a gold card. Also, try to optimize your ore gain by completing the dailies every day. Over time, this will allow you to get a good number of cards, and you can simply mill any duplicates and use the scraps to craft gold cards.


How to open kegs?


In order to open your kegs, you simply have to click on the keg icon on the upper-right corner of the main screen. If you have any kegs in your inventory, you will get the option to open them.


How to change the leader?


In order to change your faction leader, simply click on the Play option. Then, you need to click on the “Change Leader Skin” button on the bottom part of the screen. Afterward, you will be able to change the leader of your faction. You will notice that some of the leaders are locked, so you will need to unlock them before you are able to use them.


How to change leader skin?


To change your leader’s skin in Gwent, from the main screen, click on the Play option. After that, on the bottom of the screen, you will notice the “Change Leader Skin” button. Upon clicking it, you will be able to change the skin for your faction leader. Keep in mind that you will need to unlock most of the skins before you are able to use them.


How to unlock leaders?


You can unlock most of the faction leaders using the “Reward Book”. You can find it on the bottom-right part of the main screen. Upon clicking it, you will get to unlock faction leaders and their skins by spending reward points.


How to get scraps?


Scraps are used for crafting cards. You can obtain them by spending reward points in the Reward Book. Other than that, scraps are obtainable by milling cards you don’t need. You can find this option by clicking on some of the millable cards in your collection.


How to play Syndicate?


You can play Syndicate once you unlock the starter decks for the other five factions. However,  unlike the other five factions, Syndicate doesn’t have a starter deck. This means that you will have to open Syndicate packs in order to get enough cards to fill up your deck. You can also use neutral cards as an alternative.

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

Atmosphere
Graphics
Gameplay
Tech Compatibility
F2P Friendly

SCORE

When everything is pieced together, Gwent is a masterful addition to the whole Witcher franchise...

User Rating: 4.4 ( 1 votes)
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