Developed by CD Projekt Red, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is a fairly newly released game on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and iOS. The game was first released in October 2018 on Microsoft Windows, after which it was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in December 2018, and it was only recently released on iOS (in late October 2019).
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Due to the fact that Gwent is a fairly recent entry in the esports lineup, its competitive scene has not picked up yet. However, followers of the game remain avid players, and their knowledge and skills in the game have built it up to be quite the competitive feat even in its infant stage. The game can be played online, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when competing in tournaments, but it is also available on iOS.
The three biggest tournaments that have taken place so far include the GWENT Open that took place in March, the GWENT Challenger that took place in January 2018, and Gwent Prime: Factions that took place in the beginning of March. Other than these tournaments, the Play4Fun tournament is currently accepting registrations for its December competition.
Gwent does not have any specific competitive seasons because of the fact that the game is still new to the esports scene. Tournaments take place all year round, and are especially easy to play in because there are many that take place online. Online competitions are usually more convenient for players because of the ease of access (you can even play in your pajamas and no one will ever know).
Tournaments will be taking place in the upcoming months, and are currently open for registration. Online tournaments are always taking place on a monthly basis, but tournaments on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are limited in their frequency.
No major changes have been announced for the current ongoing season format, but that is sure to change with time; Gwent esports will be making alterations to the competition format in accordance with what they believe will improve the competitive scene.
One amazing part about the Gwent competitive scene is that there are always tournaments taking place. Gwent tournaments are easily available because of the fact that many of them take place online. Gamers can compete from the comfort of their own home, and with the familiarity of their own console.
Online tournaments take place at least once a month, with invitationals occurring on a more frequent basis. The tournaments are quite popular with fans of the game, as they give gamers the chance to polish their knowledge about the Gwent cards and to learn new strategies from fellow players.
Tournaments take place at a national and regional level. However, with time and a steadily growing fan following, it is likely that Gwent esports will incorporate international tournaments and championships into their competition schedule.
However, the prize pools are not as abundant as other games that have established themselves in esports. The highest prize pools have reached $100,000, but this is likely to increase with time and with increasing awareness about the game.
Gwent is played in three rounds, and players go head to head against each other. The main aim of the game is to win at least two of the three rounds. This can be done by playing different cards and spells that will award you with power (Gwent’s version of points). The player with the most power at the end of the round wins that round. After winning, your power goes towards earning a daily reward, which allows you to unlock new card packs.
Each deck is from a different faction, and each faction provides different abilities to the deck. Players are given 25 cards in each deck, and it is up to them to decide how they would like to organize and stack cards against their opponents.
In the game, the difference between a pro player and an average player is easily distinguishable, because a pro player has a hang of what factions lend what abilities to the decks. They also have enough practice to understand what cards should be played at what time.
Gwent itself offers a unique experience due to it being a virtual version of the collectible card games everyone used to play in their childhood.
Gwent makes use of an in-game currency called Ore, which can be obtained by winning multiplayer games, completing challenges, or milling your own cards from one of your decks. Ores can be used to craft a Keg, which costs 100 Ores in total. Crafting a Keg basically means acquiring new cards, and building up your deck. This can be very advantageous, especially if you know your deck requires attention and improvement.
Ore can be also bought with real world money. Real world money can get you the chance to buy other virtual goods that can help you decorate your deck and board even further.
In the world of gaming, you are nothing without your most effective tactics; having such tactics can literally be the difference between winning and losing. The most effective tactic available for someone playing the game is to learn how to play before jumping into a dark abyss of the unknown. The game’s meta is simply to understand how each faction works, and figure out how the factions have been embodied by simple virtual cards.
Players also need to understand that even the bumpiest of roads are only a minor inconvenience for you. The meta may be at risk when the game is updating or going through technical difficulties. It may also be at risk if the opponent’s tactics change and your set plan of action is put at risk because of this spontaneous change. However, this can be tackled by learning how to think on your feet when it comes to your cards, and remaining two steps ahead of your opponent at all times.
There are not many players who play Gwent, because it is still in its developing phase. However, there are esports teams: such teams generally consist of 4 students who partake in the competitive scene. Teams send their best players to represent the team at different tournaments (since everyone cannot be there at the same time).
There is no need to go light on your opponent and give him the benefit of the doubt. However, taking an offensive approach is the only way you can win because it will allow you to take a risk, while most others decide to go the safe route, away from home and family.
Also, this game has not been divided into any character formats (like heros and villains), as it is simply a head to head game at the root of it all. It is merely opponent against opponent, and the player with the most number of points wins one round, winning the minimum 2 requirement will provide you with most of the perks available.
The game modes in Gwent include Casual Play, which allows gamers to go head to head and challenge each other; Rank Play, which involves gamers who compete with each other for the top spots in a ranking system in the game; and Arena Mode, which allows players to build a deck from a number of random cards.
The most commonly used game modes in Gwent esports include Casual Play and Rank Play (for which esports has its own ranking ladder). These game modes are most conducive to a competitive environment such as that of esports, and it allows different players to face off against one another in an epic battle. These game modes are permanent within Gwent esports, and are featured in every tournament.
No new game modes have been announced as of yet, but the developers are gauging the responses of Gwent fans and taking note of any improvements that need to be made to the game.