Don’t be fooled by the city’s beauty and wealth — it’s rotten to the core. Crime lords are vying for control of the streets using any means at their disposal. Yet strange events are becoming more commonplace. Once rival gangs are now being seen working together. The chaos is evolving, but why? And more importantly, into what?
MEET THE SYNDICATE, GWENT’S NEW FACTION!
The wait is over — mysterious Syndicate is joining GWENT as the newest playable faction! Collect over 90 new cards representing various sides of Novigrad’s underworld, including 15 cross-faction cards that can be used in the decks of already existing factions, 3 cards per each.
NOVIGRAD’S MOST WANTED
Meet 5 new leaders with unique abilities: terrorize your enemies as the reckless gang leader Cleaver; deal in the shadows as the elusive, yet ever present King of Beggars; cleanse the city of non-believers as Hemmelfart, the city’s ruthless hierarch. And that’s just the beginning.
NEW WAYS TO PLAY
Embrace the new meta! Syndicate expansion brings a new battle resource — Crowns, which can be used to activate powerful abilities of cards with the Fee keyword. Look at Grand Inquisitor Helveed, for instance.
You might also notice another new keyword — Profit. When you play a card with this ability, like the aforementioned Grand Inquisitor Helveed or Pickpocket below, you will gain a specified number of Crowns.
Units are not the only source of income — you can profit from playing special Syndicate cards called Crimes. Sometimes Crimes can trigger a secondary effect — that is if you have units with Intimidate, like Crownsplitter Thug here.
Units with Intimidate are getting a boost each time you commit a Crime.
Another way to fill your coffers is to place Bounty on enemy unit and collect your reward after successfully eliminating the target.
Sometimes it makes sense to save some Crowns to use them later with a greater benefit. For instance, cards with Tribute ability are required additional payment to use a more powerful version of their ability. Another example would be a card with Hoard keyword, like the Sea Jackal below.
Units with Hoard ability require a certain amount of Crowns to be saved in order to get the maximum out of them.
Finally, some units are just not like the others… take the Casino Bouncers for example. Their Insanity allows you to spur them into action even if you don’t have enough coin to pay the required Fee. However, what can’t be paid in gold, will be paid in blood — the activated unit will lose a portion of it’s health equal to the number of missing coins.
Dear GWENT players, in the light of our recent news re: proNEO3001, I'd like to remind you that we're expecting everyone in the community to treat each other with respect and courtesy. We don't support and won't tolerate any form of verbal abuse towards individuals or groups.
This rule explicitly saying "live-stream" (but ofc can also be applied in case if a player trying to peek into opponent's screen during LAN tournament), so it doesn't have anything to do with so-called "queue sniping", where no gameplay is being observed by other party in order to get unfair advantage.
I don't understand your comment. You're implying that there is abnormal percentage of draws for some of these players? Re: the bug - it was fixed in it's due time. If you didn't know about it/didn't use it - good for you. ProNEO3001 clearly knew about its existence and clearly was abusing it in his matches. I'm not sure there is anything to debate here really.
Like Vlad mentioned, we've thoroughly investigated this case before reaching any type of verdict. Unfortunately, the evidence was damning - please bear in mind that the main violation here is bug abuse to gain a unfair advantage. Any player, who abuses any type of bug and/or exploit will receive bans and pro players are no exception.
We've also checked GameKings account and didn't find any evidence of bug abuse and/or win trading. As for name-calling we had a warring issued to Freddy some time ago - this type of behavior is unacceptable in the GWENT community.
So-called "queue sniping" isn't prohibited by the current ruleset (it's also a default "feature" for players who have each other in friends lists). Since there is some controversy around this topic in general, we will think of the ways to mitigate it with the future rules updates.
Gj CDPR, banning Proneo for ppl surrending to him without proof he asked em. Not investigating GameKingAt wintrading and sniping. Not punishing Aretuza members Alessio and FreddyBabbes for hatespeech towards CIS region, insulting and calling names. This is dissapointing, truly. U only punish CIS players.
Please read the announcement - wintrading isn't the only offense on the list that was investigated. You're not going to defend ropebug abuse, I hope? We've investigated claims against GameKing and didn't found any suspicious matches. If you know anything - please report and we will check. So-called "hate speech" allegations are overstatements, however, we've issued some official warning for personal attacks.
No. I must note that this is a normal practice for similar investigations in other esports - there are multiple reasons why sharing this information publically either impossible or wrong. However, there are some publically available Twitch VODs for some of the cases we've investigated using internal tools.
GWENT Masters is the official tournament series for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game designed to let the best players use their skill to compete on the highest level possible. All players participating in the official tournaments or competing in the Pro Rank are asked to accept GWENT Masters rules and regulations and thus are bound to play fair.
After receiving multiple reports indicating that professional player Oleksandr "proNEO3001" Shpak was getting an unfair advantage during the last Ranked Season ("Season of The Viper") while playing on Pro Rank and competing for the spot at World Masters, CD PROJEKT RED has launched an official investigation to confirm or deny these allegations.
During this investigation, we have found solid proof of proNEO3001 violating paragraphs 14.3(a) and 14.3(c) of GWENT Masters ruleset.
We have established that:
-proNEO3001 was exploiting the known game bug to receive favorable results in the otherwise lost matches several times during the season.
-proNEO3001 was receiving unwarranted victories from the players forfeiting to him with a purpose to improve his position on the ladder.
Taking into account the importance of this Ranked season and the severity of the offenses, we have decided the following:
- Reset results of Oleksandr “proNEO3001” Shpak achieved in Season of The Viper;
- Disqualify Oleksandr “proNEO3001” Shpak from participating in any official GWENT tournaments for a period of 12 months;
- Ban the account "proNEO3001" for a period of 3 months.
We strive to keep GWENT Masters free of any form of cheating and sincerely hope that all its participants will respect the rules and conduct themselves to the highest standards of integrity and good sportsmanship.
Based on the analysis of this situation and the feedback received from the community, we will be implementing changes to the format of GWENT Masters and its ruleset in the near future.
To celebrate the launch of pre-orders for Cyberpunk 2077 we have an awesome new border coming to GWENT! You can get it by logging into GWENT on your platform of choice starting today till June 14th at noon!
With the recent debacle about new starter decks (at least I milled all regular ones beforehand), don't you agree that a leek would be in order to soothe the souls? While everyone is asking about Radovid and Shani, I'd like to know if the next expansion brings us back Trolololo and Philippa. Can you comment on that, good sir?
It's mentioned before that there's a consideration on swaping the abilities of Filavandrel and Brouver. Can i/we get any update or confirmation on that if it will push through? Also, may I know how you feel about the state of ST now?
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the new starter set of cards. Our account base is rather large and performing such updates can be quite time consuming. To help clarify things I wanted to share with you some more details about what to expect:
We will go through all pre-beta accounts - if you played 0 online games after 1.0 and have old Starter Set decks & cards, we will remove them from your accounts. Then, all of the new Starter Set decks & cards will be added to your collection. This will be done through this weekend up till Monday 03.06.2019.
We will go through all post-beta accounts - if you have less than the max number of non-premium copies of a new Starter Set card, we will grant you the missing cards. On the other hand, if you have more than the maximum number of non-premium copies, we will mill the extra copies. If you have the maximum number of copies of the Starter Set cards, we won’t be doing anything. This phase will be carried out sometime next week and will last 2-3 days - we’ll keep you updated.
Finding a solution that is fair to players but isn’t easily exploitable can be a difficult thing. We believe at this time that this solution, while not perfect, should be adequate to resolving any major issues with the Starter Set changes.
To answer @KoncertMajstor's question, here's how it's gonna work with new starter decks:
Accounts which sign up after Patch 2.2 will be assigned starter decks accordingly (this means new accounts).
Accounts which played at least 1 online game after Patch 1.0 (post-Homecoming) see no changes (this means active players).
Accounts which played 0 online games after Patch 1.0 (post-Homecoming) have the old starter decks and all cards that constitute those starter decks removed from their collection. Then, all of the new starter deck cards will be added (in card collection), and all of the new starter decks will be added (this means inactive players).