I’ve always had a soft spot for trolls in the world of the Witcher. Their oafish and ignorant ways always seemed endearing to me. As if they were mostly just giant children, unaware of the harm they might have been doing. One near Novigrad springs to mind – “Humies make lots of clatter and fight. Troll make humies calm. Now humies no move no more”.
Bless his giant cotton socks. Gwent instantly became endearing to me as soon as I learned that endearing big, fat, ugly troll would be the games’… cardmaster, I guess you could say. Comically, he bellows “TADAAA” whenever he breaks open a barrel of new cards for me. Although, there is more to Gwent that initially meets the eye. A lot more.
Gwent Gets Smarter
Those who played the original Gwent in The Witcher 3 may have a slight advantage over those who hadn’t. Not much, though. A heck of a lot has changed. Many would agree that the original Gwent could be leveraged for success with every match once you had a certain amount of cards. The A.I would do super weird things like play a Clear Weather card with nothing on the table. Or it would continue playing to win a round even if it had to burn through five or so cards just to beat you. All of that nonsense is gone now and Gwent’s new A.I has grown a common sense algorithm, it seems. It now knows when to pass; it knows when it’s beaten and it’s time to give up.
Gwent Still Offers Veterans Tons To Learn
Like myself, Gwent masters from The Witcher 3 will be in for a bit of a shock. CD Projekt Red have made numerous changes, admittedly for the better. It’s obvious that all these changes have led to a massively deeper arena of tactical options available to the player. With that, experienced Gwent card sharp or no, you’ll have to sit down with Gwent and be patient.
This process usually means losing over and over again until you learn how to properly leverage this new set of rules to advantage. To name but a few, some cards now have armour statistics. They may have buffs for other cards, while damaging themselves per turn. Or they may have completely new behaviours when compared to The Witcher 3’s identical cards. Placement of cards on each row is also now a big deal. There are variations on The Commander’s Horn that only buff adjacent cards. Players will need to now think ahead, not only for what their opponent might do but also for their own layout on the table. This is essential to win almost every match you play.
While this new learning process may seem a tad frustrating, especially for those cemented in the old ways of The Witcher 3, I personally am looking forward to garnering a full understanding as I work my up to the toughest challenges on offer. Cleverly, CD Projekt Red have laid out a card game that is not one dimensional. By that, I mean, you’re not simply playing match after match against an A.I. Players can look forward to single player challenges against each of Gwent’s factions and this is essential before challenging anybody online.
Our Adorable Troll Is On Hand For Your Unlocks
You see, completion of these challenges rewards the player with unlock currency and new cards. Both of which will result in faction decks possessing more clout. More importantly – more tactical avenues to pursue. This gives a great sense of progression and reward. Much better than The Witcher 3’s “a card, some wire and some leather scraps”.
Although, this process can be bypassed with microtransactions. I wouldn’t recommend this as you’ll also be buying your way out of an important learning process. Then there’s the whole “pay to win” debate to consider.
Can We Call A Card Game, AAA?
Typical of CD Projekt Red, in a card game of all things, Gwent oozes with quality. Cards are gently animated in hypnotic, gently moving artistry, for starters. Think the talking portraits in Harry Potter and you’re basically right on the button. Music is also of a fantastically high quality. Some tracks can be found in the pubs of The Witcher 3, some are completely original. All sound fantastic with a headset on.
Gwent: A Witcher Card Game, is likely now one of the strongest contenders for best digital card game available. With the clout of CD Projekt Red behind it, tactical depth and visual splendour are at the forefront. For those players in a more pensive mood, Gwent will likely satisfy. Just be prepared to patiently sit down with it, lose many times, build up a decent card collection and learn it properly. By the time you garner a full understanding of one full faction deck, it’s onto the next.
All this value and longevity – and the game is free to download! CD Projekt Red are obviously acutely aware of their player base’s love for Gwent. That’s why microtrasactions will serve as their ongoing moneymaker, here. But if you’re prepared to take your time and earn cards instead of buying them, Gwent will offer you endless play and satisfying matches.