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Magic Compass – Card Reveal by Bomblin

Do not worry guys! It was just April’s fool joke! Bandit Gang is not going anywhere! In fact, today we even have a card reveal for you! The next card drop is coming on Tuesday, the 5th of April, including 21 new cards! I have the pleasure, to present you, the new Epic Skellige Special: MAGIC COMPASS!

The card is a very gripping addition to the Skellige faction. I do believe it can be played in Meta decks, but it can also be a worthy addition to memes!

The Meta:

Firstly, the card is a great thinning card. You can play 2 cards in 2 rounds, while at the same time putting 4(!) cards into your graveyard. This means, that it synergizes with all of the cards that want to be resurrected like An Craite Warrior. Moreover, if you manage to hit a card like Morkvarg in one of the top 3 cards (with a help of, for example, Fisher King) he will jump into the front row. Same thing with devotion Eist! Keep in mind, that it won’t work with discard cards!

The Meme:

This card has amazing synergy with one of my favorite archetypes: Hyperthin. Not only does it thin up to 6 cards, but it also gives you a finisher of a legendary card! Imagine Fucusya or Gedyneith in a deck that does not even use it!

The in-between:

The deck that I am looking forward to making with this card is actually the Ciri: Nova deck. I think it has a chance to be a meme changed into a dream. Why? Because Magic Compass helps you look for the Ciri in round 1, while in round 3 lets you play a legendary card that is actually above the 9 provision limit! Imagine Ciri: Nova, Arnachad, Morkvarg, or Olaf-Hym-combo! The potential is limitless!

Problems:

The card, however, is not perfect. First of all, it is not easy to tutor, especially in devotion Skellige decks. The lack of raid tag hurts the card but it probably would make it too good. Moreover, looking at the top 3 cards can be extremely awkward if you don’t want to lose any of the 3 cards. It will probably need to be in a mid-range deck that just uses good value cards. Lastly, this card gives you so much thinning that you might end up overthinning – here, the second part of the card’s ability helps but you still should be careful!

Overall, I do believe the card is super interesting and I absolutely love its design! What do you guys think? What deck this card can be played in?

Meta Snapshot #1 Rock Paper Scissors

Introduction

After years of playing card games. After thousands of hours put into Gwent. After millions of teardrops poured over the RNG dictating the outcome of the game, Bandit Gang decided to leave Gwent content creation. We are concerned about the horrible balance of the game and we no longer want to be a part of it.

King is dead, long live the King! We are not, however, moving away from content creation! We have agreed to finally move to a game that has a proper balance. That’s why today, we present our first Meta Snapshot for the greatest and most balanced game in the world: Rock Paper Scissors!

A Tier

They work hard and play hard, that’s what you can expect from most Rock players. Hard as a rock? Well, it’s harder than a rock as ACDC sing. The reason for this is that playing Rock puts the most pressure on your carpal tunnel out of all the signs in this month’s meta, and therefore you can just feel the dedication of the players, willing to play in their style in spite of risking their health. This season, Rock finds its deserved place in A tier with an amazing match up against Scissors, but no longer as stellar results against the other signs. Some speculation found in the Chinese RPS Meta Reports indicate that a potential alternative to Rock, the Wok sign, could find it’s place in the international meta soon. For the time being, nonetheless, we have to rely purely on Rock that should stand strong against this season.

Rock is especially great against confident players that like an aggressive, fast pace playstyle. The experienced player often starts with scissors so a rock starter is great against those. It is also expected for a rookie, especially men, to open with rock – try avoiding the mistake. Rock is a solid strategy for new players that want to experiment with a strong sign. 

  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Good Against – Scissors
  • Bad Against – Paper
  • Underwhelming Mirror Matches

Papers, please. No? Oh well, maybe just Paper will do fine then and for as long as you want to succeed in RPS, this meta it couldn’t be closer to the truth! Paper, the simplest and most ergonomic sign isn’t neccessarily a fan-favorite.  As if slapping your opponent cheekily with it and asserting your dominance, Paper gives you a direct edge over any Rock archetype, nonetheless it will have trouble against its historic counter-sign, Scissors. This sign is also ideal for players with sweaty hands, as the natural airflow resulting from using the sign helps you with battling this condition, just genius! 

Paper is statistically the least common strategy. Use it as an opening against new and inexperienced players. Because it is often considered weak, soft, and unappealing by players. It has a surprising effect on your opponents. Do not play against people that like an aggressive approach.

  • Difficulty – Advanced
  • Good against – Rock
  • Bad against – Scissors
  • Underwhelming Mirror Matches

Running with Scissors is a great idea, at least for as long as you’re running into a lot of Papers, perhaps not as much in any other cases. Scissors are well known for their Aggro potential which they’ve been upholding for a very long time. The core of what makes Scissors such a dangerous, and at some points even disliked sign, is that its sharp nature as if encouraged the players utilizing it to pressure for victory harder than usual. Channelling all of your pokerface reading skills when playing against a Scissors main is a must! 

The ideal aggressive sign. Usually associated with people that play fast and want to trick your opponent. Play it mainly against females opponents and more experienced players. It is tricky to use against new gamers and males. Scissors are a sign that can easily backfire against new players. Use Scissors in a skilled way against more sophisticated opponents.

  • Difficulty – Medium
  • Good against – Paper
  • Bad against – Rock
  • Underwhelming Mirror Matches

Conclusion

After writing the meta snapshot and analyzing many guides, we got to the conclusion, that Rock Paper Scissors is actually… not a perfectly balanced game! According to the data, people use rock and scissors around 35% of the time, while paper only in 29% of cases! Moreover, people tend to change their strategy when they are on a losing streak and at the same time -> they keep the symbol if they are on a winning streak! Well, If even RPS is not a balanced game, I guess we will go back to Gwent soon…

If you wanted to find out more about RPS check out some of thse websites: 

And that was our very first (and possibly last) Meta Snapshot for Rock Paper Scissors, we hope you’ve enjoyed it! See you next month when, who knows, what we’ll bring to you. 😉 

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Bandit of the Month (February) | Exclusive Interview with GhostArya

Arya has gone above and beyond this month to not only make us all have fun together, when she organised the first BG Game Night, or when she reached semi-finals in the Gwentfinity War tournament, but also when she collected 1K USD during her Charity stream for a good cause! We couldn’t be more proud of you!

Babyjosus: Hey Arya! What does it mean to you to receive your second BOTM?

Arya: It means a lot! Streaming and BG has become a stable thing in my life and although I might not have that much time for the team (and I would love to have more), I know my teammates are always there and I love seeing them on stream or catching up in the discord! But I am a bit surprised to be a bandit of the month!. 🙂

BJ: How do you look back at the game night that you organized with Kalvino?

A: It was a lot of fun, definitely brought back memories of when Kalvino was visiting me in Prague! It gave us a lot of ideas on what (not) to do next time and it felt like a good way to bring the team more together.

BJ: Tell me about your experience in the Gwentifity War Tournament.

A: Gwentfinity was a way for me to play factions and decks I wouldn’t normally play which made it valuable but fun thing to do. I played against Bomblin in the last one and I never want to do that again (because I felt sorry I won!). I am always happy to see more causal tournaments and I think the community enjoys them too.

BJ: What can people expect from you in the future?

A: I haven’t made an official announcement yet (so this is top secret, fresh news!), but you can expect more charity streams because I partnered with Softgiving. And you should also stay tuned for the witcher saga streams that are currently ongoing. 

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

A: Thank you for your support and just know that every lurk or hi in chat is appreciated and we LOVE when you guys try decks from our snapshots! Take care and see you around – if you ever miss your bandits you can always find us in the team discord.

You can find out more about Arya here.

Obzio’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?
 
Obzio: It’s an honour. Validation is not something that I actively sought, but being accepted into a group of lovely individuals with a shared passion for gaming and content creation means a lot.
 
BJ: What made you join team BG?
 
O: First, the people. Whilst I was interested is learning more about what teams do I was still new and didn’t know much about most teams. Then I was approached and after pondering I was excited for the opportunity. But unfortunately my personal circumstances made me very busy initially to commit myself. But throughout the difficult time, the people in Team BG were not only patient, but checked up on me and helped me a lot. Huge shout out to Mercernn and Decode789 here for being all around awesome human beings. Second, I’m not the best player at Gwent since I’m still new. But I LOVE trying my hand at deck building to make something fun! Team BG was the obvious choice because of the focus on meme decks and theme snapshots. I hope to one day be able to make fun to play thematic or meme decks that will be viable for competitive play and team BG is the perfect place for that.

You can find out more about Obzio here.

Neolink’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?
 
Neolink: From all the other teams, BG was always the only one i wanted to join as per the enthusiasm you guys are showing on other discord channels.
 
BJ: What made you join team BG?
 
N: I got invited and was hoping to get it! 😄

You can find out more about Neolink here.

Pokka88’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?
 
Pokkas88: I must say that I am really excited for the chance to be a part of team Bandit Gang!! I am elated to have the opportunity to be able to work closely with a few of my favorite Gwent content creators in a very competitive, demanding, but also friendly and supportive environment. I consider this to be a privilege but also a challenge to be a part of this community!!
 
BJ: What made you join team BG?
 
P: Since I started playing Gwent back in March 2020, I have been interacting a lot with many Gwent content creators (mostly via Twitch & Discord) A lot of these creators were members of team BG and I always enjoyed the interactions I had with them. Content creation is all about exploring new and unique ideas and I was always excited in seeing some fantastic, “thinking out-of-the-box” content that comes from these creators. I identify myself as a meme enthusiast as I love exploring all the “what-if” type of scenarios. I believe that by playing around with your own ideas, making your own homebrew decks and putting them to the test is the only real way for a Gwent player to actually become better at the game (and also have fun). Team BG was always a big source of inspiration for me so I felt like here I will be able to further my Gwent knowledge while also being able to give something back to my fellow Gwent players.

You can find out more about Pokkas88 here.

SuinoValente’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?
 
SuinoValente: It means a lot to me. Since I started streaming Gwent, I always wanted to be a part of an organized, international Gwent team and I think BG is the coolest one around. Everyone has been so nice and supportive to me since day one, which makes me very excited about being a part of this team.
 
BJ: What made you join team BG?
 
SV: Since Suinovalente is translated from Portuguese to English as “the brave pig”, why not join the Gwent team that has a pig as its symbol? Jokes aside, I always wanted to be a part of a Gwent team. I like this game a lot and want to have some mates to be able to share the experience with, discuss decks, do some co-ops and have a nice time while playing or streaming. Besides that, during my little journey as a streamer I encountered some other Gwent teams through their  streamers and I found BG to be the coolest one from my perspective. Many of the bigger teams are very focused on the competitive aspect of Gwent and sometimes seem to forget about the fun element of the game. That’s not the kind of spirit you’d get to see on my stream for instance. When I saw some other BG members like Mercernn and Kalvino streaming, I was surprised pleasantly, since those guys have very fun streams with non-stop chat interaction. It gave me a very good impression of the team and I thought instantly that that’s the kind of people that I like to watch and that kind of experience that I would like to provide for my viewers as well. So, why not try to join their team and be a part of it?

You can find out more about SuinoValente here.

Radovid and Meve: Deck Guide for NR

Overview

Disclaimer: The Radovid + Uprising interaction has been hotfixed shortly after the publishing of this article. The core of the deck was not affected, but the very combo in question should no longer work. You can swap Radovid for a card of your preference.

The time has finally come for the one and only rightful king to make it back to the game. Radovid allows you to regain some of your leader charges, which not only enhances the original power and utility of the leader ability of your choice, but he can also be used for carryover purposes on top of that.

In the case of this very deck, Radovid‘s main purpose is to (with the correct timing) replay up to two Lyrian Scythemen that can be spawned with the final charge of your leader ability, Uprising.

Following this approach, Radovid can reward you with up to 31 points! Is this intentional? Apparently it is! Will this interaction get nerfed or changed eventually? Well, no idea, but one could guess so, as it seems astronomically busted!

The deck itself aims to get payoff from swarm by utilizing not only your ability, but also Queen Meve and Draug, both being rather undervalued cards. Therefore, your general game-plan would be to preserve at least one of these, if not both, for a long round 3 and  then overcome your opponent there.

This deck is based on a Meve/Draug swarm deck from the last season which saw surprisingly positive results on Pro Rank even without the inclusion of King Radovid V.

Pros

  1. Crazy long round potential
  2. Multiple finishers/potential strategies to follow
  3. Capable of surviving bleeding

Cons

  1.  Vulnerable to row punish and certain tech tools
  2. Can experience a lack of consistency
  3. Swarm can lead to overfilling (especially against NG)

The Deck

Core Cards

King Radovid V: A very powerful card capable of allowing you to reuse your final Uprising charges and thus spawning two additional Lyrian Scythemen. In order to achieve this, make sure to always use all of your charges before you use Radovid‘s deploy and consequently order. Make sure to plan out your spacing and timing, so that you wouldn’t overfill your rows for the “procession” of Lyrian Scythemen under his command.

Queen Meve: A card that is capable of unparalleled power in long rounds. We’re talking about 30 to 40 points if all goes in your favour. On the other hand it might be the number one target for Heatwaves and Invocations of your opponents, bear that in mind. In many cases, her boost potential increases not only the potency of your leader, but also empowers other cards such as Vissegerd or Temerian infantry.

Draug: A very good damage engine provider that benefits from Poor Fucking Infantry in particular. The card also has a lot of second hand utility in many matchups. You can transform Counts Caldwells against Keltullis to stop them from moving to the other side or Joachim and other Spying units against Nilfgaard to block Coup de Grace. Be careful to not transform Meve or other crucial cards which you might opt to preserve!

Kalvino’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: What does it mean to you now you are officially part of BG?

Kalvino: It means a lot honestly. I always knew this was the Team I wanted to be a part of. It means I can work closely with fellow content creators I’ve admired since getting into Gwent. I look forward to exploring new types of content and collaborating with my teammates.

BJ: What made you join BG?

K: I was inspired by the many people I interacted with on Twitch and YouTube when I first took a deeper interest in the game. I always enjoyed my time on BG Members’ streams and I was especially interested in the unique approach they took to the game compared to others. After appreciating it so much, I wanted to do my part and contribute further to this great community.

BJ: What can people expect from you now you are on BG?

K: They can expect more Streams and many Memes! I plan to assist further with the Meme/Theme Snapshot and might try to write some of my own articles or guides. I’ll also make regular appearances in BG video content when I can.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of a content creator for BG?

K: I think I’m pretty well suited as it’s a creative outlet I relish being able to explore. However, I know I have much to learn from my teammates. I plan to improve on all aspects of content creation and hope I can be a benefit to those working on the existing BG projects.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

K: First would be thank you for your support! The Gwent Community and by extension Team Bandit Gang wouldn’t be the same without the fans showing their interest. I’m looking forward to more great content focused on bringing fun to your games.

You can find out more about Kalvino here.

Bandit of the Month (September) | Exclusive Interview with Bomblin

It’s our pleasure to award Bomblin with the BOTM this time! We are astonished by your dedication to the team and all the individuals within it. You’ve done a great job leading the Meme Snapshot project as well as by taking responsibility for our Reddit presence. Your morning streams have become a staple of the Gwent Twitch and we are all proud of you for it! 

Babyjosus: Hey Bomblin! What does it mean to you to receive your first BOTM?

Bomblin: It means a lot to me! It tells me that my work matters not only to me, but also to the whole team. It also makes me happy that I have been recognized for allthe things I keep on trying to do for the team. At the same time, I do believe that many other team mates of mine also deserve this title and I hope more people can get to know them.

BJ: How have you been enjoying your road to Twitch Partner?

B: It was harder than it might look, but I enjoyed it a lot. I have spent a lot of time on and off my stream to make sure my channel grows. Achievements like this send me the message that I am doing things (at least partly) right and that people do enjoy my content. It is also wonderful to spend every day doing something you love.

BJ: You have been leading the project for Meme & Theme Snapshots, what has it been like?

B: Yes, I have been leading the project, but without people like Babyjosus and other team members the project would not exist. I proudly treat this project as my content creation baby. It is probably the most important thing I create every other month and it is honestly a blast! I always considered myself a meme enthusiast and these kinds of snapshots let me share my passion and crazy ideas with the Gwent Community. I also love that we, as a team, can provide people with something unique and something that has not been yet presented by other teams. I hope I will be able to work on this project for a long time.

BJ: What can people expect from you in the future?

B: I hope to write more articles in the future, especially in cooperation with some of my teammates (looking at you Mercernn). Moreover, I hope to engage in new projects that Bandit Gang will come up with. On a personal level, you can expect a lot of fun and memes on all of my platforms! Especially so, as I enjoy making videos that are not only regular deck guides.

BJ: What message would you give to the supporters of BG?

B: First of all, I love you all! The amount of support I got from all of you is extraordinary. I would also like to highlight that the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy what you do! Stay safe!

You can find out more about Bomblin here.