Preview: Gwent- The Witcher card game

When CD Projekt Red was established in 2002 no one really gave them attention. When they started their adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher no one thought their game would become Game Of The Year. But since 2015 people know the Polish Developer and know they are a force to be reckoned with. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt t was nominated for “best game in a game”. But now CDPR decided to make this a full on game. Of course, we are talking about the very popular card game Gwent.

*at the point of writing. This game was still in development.*


So obviously when you have already played the Witcher you will know what Gwent is. I personally suck at this game. Forgetting that I gave the full game a shot. And I really liked it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Gwent, but you really need to sit down for a while to understand it and play it well. In The Witcher you also first have to collect all the cards and it just is a lot of work. But it really pays off in the end.

For the people that don’t know, Gwent is a card game where the cards consist of characters of the game itself. You have long, mid and short range cards. You also have some special cards that for instance change the circumstances of the battlefield. Then last you have the “leader card” which is a very strong card with a special ability. You always play minimal 2 rounds with almost the same hand. The cards that you used up in the first round are unavailable in the second round. These cards all have points that you add up. The player with the highest score in the end wins the round. You can lower the opponent’ score with the special cards I mentioned. There are also some different decks. These decks are the factions that exist in The Witcher. In this state of the game, there are monsters, Northern Realms, Scoia’Tael and the Skellige factions. There is also a Nilfgaardian faction that is still in development. Maybe there will even come a Redianian faction? But like in the lore of the Witcher, Radovid and his redianian army are considered the Northlings. So Redania is probably a part of the Northern Realms deck. These factions all have their own benefits. For instance, a Scoia’Tael deck can choose who can go first. This can be a great benefit.

In The Witcher 3 you could obtain cards by defeating opponents, buy them from merchants or just find them as loot. In the game Gwent itself you can obtain cars by buying kegs or by defeating opponents. You can also craft cards.


In Gwent you have some gamemodes. You have an in-depth tutorial first which really helped me. It is a very good tutorial. Then you also have practice and multiplayer. It really is a lot of fun and it will only get better.

The only thing that really bugs me (and I am surely reporting it do the devs) is that sometimes my click does not work. When I play a card that has an effect on another card on the battlefield, it is very hard to select that other card because it just won’t select it.

But overall it is an amazing game already! It is really an extra addition for the devoted Witcher enthusiast. I am very curious to see how it will turn out.


My favorite things are lavalamps, Ska, Metal and ofcourse games! My favorite games are The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim and the kingdom hearts series. I love all kind of games but dungeon crawlers really take the most loot.

  1. Stijn Straetmans February 7, 2017 at 15:24

    *editors note*
    just as we published this review, the developers enrolled an update where Nilfgaard in available.

    • yordi verhoene February 8, 2017 at 01:12

      Milfguard? Now I have to play this!!!

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