Gwent is an online collectible card monster game made by CD Projekt Red. For now, Gwent is still in its early Beta phase, but the developers are constantly adding in new content and updates to bring the game closer to completion.
I was actually accepted into the Gwent Closed Beta and I wrote a first impressions article, and I have to say, I wasn’t impressed. I grew up playing card games like Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon, and the lack of strategy in Gwent really bothered me. The good news is that it looks like the developers have listened to the players that weren’t happy with the game’s current setup and has been adding in features to hopefully add more to the strategy and tactics element of the card game.
The new update brings quite a few new interesting features, the first being the card positions. Before, cards were locked by type for short, medium and long range combat, there were a few special cards that could break those rules and could be placed in any position, but it was rather straight forward with how you could play cards. But now, the developers have opened it up even more so that you can now choose unit positions on the row for specific card placement, which changes the way the card’s abilities work and affects other cards on the board. For example, placing two cards next to each other side by side could add additional bonuses to increase card stats.
The overall game board and UI has been revamped to allow players to see more of the action so that you always know what’s going on. To add on to this, you can also review card history so that you can analyze what went wrong in the match to help you strategize and plan your actions better in the future.
Players can now also bring up a radial dial menu to select different types of emotes and reactions, such as taunting the enemy player, admiring their strategy, or raging out for suffering a dishonorable defeat. This new system is to encourage player interactions during matches. I would have preferred an actual chat so that I could express myself freely, but, baby steps.
The developers also say they are working on premium animated cards, so that special cards will have an animated variant with special actions and movements. Future updates will also have reworked descriptions for the cards so that the playing experience is more intuitive and easier to understand. Last but not least, the Gwent team is gearing up for a new tournament for contestants to win prizes and a shot at Witcher card game fame.
The tournament will pit 4 best players from the community against professional gamers: Trump (Jeffrey Shih), Lifecoach (Adrian Koy), Noxious (Kacem Khilaji) and ppd (Peter Dager). GWENT Challenger finalists will compete for a total prize pool of $100,000.
For a complete list of all the new updates and changes, you can visit the official Gwent website for further details.
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