Babyjosus, Bomblin, TheKalvino, Pokkas88, Carrost & Escanbryt

Theme Snapshot #3: Tales of Love

Introduction

Welcome to our third Theme Snapshot! February is a season of love and we decided to show the love that is hidden in every faction.  Instead of a deck guide, each deck will tell you a unique story brought to you by our best writers. You will be able to learn a bit of lore but also jump into the crazy adventure filled with love.  Let us know which tale you liked the most!

The Tales

Many have met their significant others for the first time while at work, so perhaps one could recommend it as the ideal place for searching for love. The situation gets a bit more complicated if your area of work lies in espionage. Such was the tale of Carthia van Canten (also known as Cantarella) and Vattier de Rideaux. While the Imperial Spymaster, Vattier, would stay in the vicinity of the imperial throne, Cantarella’s position as a double agent required constant traveling and very little time for Vattier.
The situation got so desperate, that the two had to resort to some serious plotting involving numerous masses of soldiers, agents and tactics in order to see each other again.

The plan was simple: 1) Make the entire Alba Division led by Tibor Eggebracht start an offensive deep into enemy territory towards the area of Cantarella’s whereabouts. 2) This encourages the local ruler into sending Cantarella, believing she’s on their side, to the Nilfgaardian side in order to gather information. 3) As soon as she arrives, Vattier orders the Alba Division to retreat into its original position, which also prevents Cantarella from returning too early due to the massive movement of manpower. 4) Finally together!

So, how do you play this deck? 🙂 The core combo is very satisfying, strong, and lore friendly: 1) You use your leader to place cards on the top of your deck in this order: Any nonessential card, Tibor, Vattier. 2) You play Cantarella. 3) You place Cantarella to your opponent’s hand with Ardal aep Dahy. 4) Your opponent plays Cantarella, she plays Tibor, which will summon Vattier. 5) You give Spying to Tibor with Mage Torturer or Thanedd Turncoat and seize him immediately, as Vattier was summoned the turn before, so no need to wait for his order to charge up. Provided you’ll manage to avoid leader abilities and orders on already deployed cards, your Vattier should be safe enough to go on a date with his beloved!

Written by Mercernn

It was a misty morning, the fog hung low around the trees. The dew drops gripped tightly to the bottom of the leaves. The sunlight barely shone through the dense leaves of the Dol Blathanna forest tree tops. A feeling of unease was also in the air as a strange occurrence was fated to happen today; there were strangers in the forest.

A small group of Scoia’tael commandos, we’re taking a rest from what ailed them. To Etriel’s joy, her only issue at the moment was the rock in her left boot. Etriel knelt down and loosened her right boot to remove it and shake out the bothersome rock. On rising, she looked up to see her infamous leader; Aelirenn, with her hand ever present on the hilt of her sheathed blade. Aelirenn was talking with Vernossiel, Milva, and some of her Swordmasters. They were all planning to rendezvous with a lost unit of Half-elves who took in some outcast Witchers. Etriel’s joy started to turn to worry as she overheard the exploits and rumors of these desperate Felines. They didn’t sound like the best company to her, as she preferred the undying loyalty of her Elven sisters. Not really one for many companions anyway, Etriel only ever spent time with Muirlega. Who was far more skilled than any of those faux felines. There was great harmony between them, and their conversations were made more meaningful since Etriel was one of the few remaining Aen Seidhe with the ability of beast communication. 

It was for this reason, her mind was full of confusion as to why Aelirenn was wasting her time to join forces with this Gezras of Leyda and his band of Witcher outcasts. The confusion didn’t last long, as she observed the roaming rabble of Witchers wander into camp. The sunlight perfectly highlighted what appeared to be a long-awaited reunion between Gezras and Aelirenn, who were spinning slowly in a sweet embrace. As she watched the two of them slink away to the luxurious command tent, Etriel whispered to herself, “Doesn’t take much but a death march against all Dhoine to create a couple like that”. She walked away from her relaxed perch and chuckled to herself; “A pair of Elves and Cats we are. From looks alone, I like my Lynx better”.

Written by Kalvino

As most of you fine readers know. The Passiflora is considered the finest brothel in all of Novigrad and houses many kinds of hookers, from Sly Seductresses to Passiflora Peaches, to the most known and noteworthy ones. A utopia to many men, that is.

Men that often crave emotional intimacy and not just sex. And there is one man in particular that craves this, and his name is Geralt of Rivia. A witcher that is accompanied by his dear friend Roach, who he travels with across all of the continent to seek emotional intimacy with the most desirable women.

Many of those nights, he  spent at the Passiflora with his favorite kind of lady of ill repute:  The Sly Seductress. Especially if they are bonded. One time, Geralt wished to spend a night with them and got himself in a fistfight over them with Adriano the Mink. That truly was something, almost like they got caught in a love triangle, which was gossiped about by the Merchants of Novigrad.

Apparently it took until sunrise for the fistfight to end. And at the end of the day, Geralt got his arse kicked by Adriano, leaving the fine establishment thrashed, sporting a black eye. Which resulted in many customers being upset and asking themselves: ”Could this not have been avoided? Was there not a solution for Geralt, Adriano and the Sly Seductresses? Perhaps they should have all enjoyed the evening together and split the costs. Well, there goes the neighborhood. Is it time for a round of Gwent yet?

Written by BabyJosus

Love really gets the heart pumping. Pumping blood!

Join Dettlaff’s journey to rescue Syanna as he carves a bloody swathe through Beauclair. Utilize Dettlaff and his lesser vampire minions* and call forth the bloodmoon. None shall be safe from Dettlaff should they harm his dear Rhena.

The strategy is (predictably) pretty much the same as any other vamps deck. Do the thing that vampires do. But now Syanna is here too! For the flavor win, you want to be using her ability WITH Dettlaff, but if you’re one of those dirty game-winners, you can also use her with Protofleder for a decent point swing.

In the more likely (practically guaranteed) case, Syanna is going to get bonk’d. That’s fine! Dettlaff is going to be pissed, but we find that is when he is at its best. Ah, love… or something. The message is frankly getting muddled.

Oh, and if your opponent is one of those degenerate Nilfgaard players, and they are using Milton de Peyrac  Peyran… you know what to do…

The deck doesn’t run much in the way of tutoring/thinning because Syanna/Rhena is hard to find. That’s the joke. Please clap.

Written by Carrost

Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to be the only ogroid in your faction? Only being tolerated because of your usefulness to the military, but not accepted for who you are? Not allowed to stay in the Redanian barracks, but forced to live outside the city instead? But you still carry on because guarding boatses is your passion? Trollololo spent many years in the military, his dedication with Frigates inspired lots of Volunteers to join the army. And he gained a badge for each Volunteer recruited, which he proudly added to his armor. As the time went by, his armor became his purpose, and everything he experienced in the army, all the orders that he and his comrades fulfilled, made it better and better.

But one day, when he was on patrol with some Redanian soldiers, they found a woman near an old mansion. She wasn’t only sad, she was sadness, but also very beautiful. So the Redanians got curious about her and realized too late that she was just a specter. At first the archers realized that their armor and their quiver vanished, then the so-called elites felt all their strength wither away. But none of them was devastated like Trollololo, who lost all that he cared for to some illusion of a woman he didn’t even find remotely attractive. The patrol fled from that place and returned to the barracks, where they could stock up in the armory again. Trollololo however, felt that the army was no longer his home and decided to find another purpose in life, seeking someone not only to tolerate but love him.

After striding around for a while, he came across a company of bandits, who were just stealing some pigs from a nearby farm. This wouldn’t have been too interesting if there hadn’t been one individual among them that was significantly larger than the others. Could it be…? He followed them back to their camp and cautiously approached it. His assumptions were correct, there was an ogroid among them, even a female one! They called her Betsy. But then he witnessed how some dwarven musician came up with a piece of armor for the other bandits. Betsy was furious about it, took that armor and smashed it into pieces, uttering some angry noises that couldn’t be regarded as words. Trollololo still loved his armor, so he turned away disappointed and didn’t bother to make contact.

He sought shelter for the night in a nearby cave, where he found another troll, a strange one. There were colorful paper scraps everywhere. He wore a pointy hat and grabbed a sword by the blade, wielding it like a wand. Then the Nekker standing next to him turned into a soldier – Nilfgaard scum, no doubt. Trollololo wanted to attack that soldier when the mysterious troll swung the sword another time and the soldier turned into a mermaid, then into a dryad, then into some small deformed creature uttering “Uma umamaa”. Maybe this troll was the key to find the lovely she-troll that he desired so much…?

Written by Escanbryt

Rioghan was sitting on the bow of the ship. He was doing the night shift, guarding, and guiding the ship while the rest of his fellow pirates were fast asleep. The previous evening reminded him why these waters were the most treacherous on the continent. He and his fellow raiders battled through the rough storms and huge waves for the entire day. There were times he honestly felt they wouldn’t make it out alive. It was only late this afternoon that the sea went back to its peaceful state. The evening breeze gently touched his face, and the sound of the water splashing on the wooden sides of the ship’s bow almost put him to sleep. As much as he wanted to stay vigilant, this soothing experience made it more and more difficult for him to keep his eyes open. The full moon in the night sky was the only thing preventing the darkness from engulfing the entire ship, allowing Rioghan to at least be able to see his immediate surroundings. His eyes were focused on the playful movement of the splashing water when suddenly, he felt that something had bumped into the ship. And then, it began.

At first, he didn’t realize what it was. But it was there, a low humming, continuous sound. He didn’t know where this was coming from, although he felt like it was not coming from somewhere on the ship. For that, he was sure of. Rioghan thought that his exhausted mind was playing games on him. “What’s next? Am I going to start hearing bloody voices now?” A smirk appeared on Rioghan’s face, as his prompt explanation of the unexpected phenomenon clearly amused him. That smirk quickly disappeared, though, as the sound was now turning into something different. Along with the water splashing underneath the ship’s keel and the low creaking noises of the old wooden masts and sails, Rioghan could now clearly hear a female voice singing. He could not understand what the lyrics were, neither did he want to. The perplexity of what was happening to him sparked his curiosity. His gaze wandered towards the ocean, impatiently trying to track down the source of this unerringly mesmerizing voice. His eyes suddenly focused on the right side of the ship’s stern as he noticed something there. Rioghan could swear that there was something in the water, close enough to the surface to at least make out that it was moving right along with the ship. The pale moonlight subtly reflected on whatever that damn thing was, and Rioghan could distinguish the silhouette of what he initially thought was a big fish. His curiosity suddenly turned into surprise when he realized that whatever he was looking at, it was also staring back at him.

Rioghan stood there frozen, half hanging from the side of the ship, watching in bewilderment as the sea creature slowly started coming out of the water. He could now clearly make out the finer details: Long black hair, beautiful face, slender figure, pale white skin. And those eyes, those hauntingly beautiful emerald eyes, were still locked onto him. He couldn’t see the rest of the body as it was still hidden below the surface, but Rioghan was amazed on how this woman could keep up with the current speed that the ship was moving, seemingly without making the slightest effort. “This is a dream, I must be dreaming, it can’t be… It just can’t be…” he thought. “No, you are not dreaming, I am for real”.

The woman’s voice broke Rioghan’s train of thought, snapping him out of the dumbfounded state he was in for the last few moments. “Who are you? What are you? He asked in amazement. “I have been watching you for quite some time now, sailor. Since you left the Isles, I have been following you and your ship.” “You didn’t reply to my question” said Rioghan with a stern voice. The sea-woman replied to him with a faint smile: “That’s because I don’t need to. Do not be alarmed, I do not wish to harm you”. “Then what is it that you want from me?” said Rioghan, whose curiosity made him forget that his fellow pirates were sleeping just a few meters away from him, somehow still impervious to the events that have just unfolded. She didn’t reply, her body still somehow managing to move effortlessly through the water, her gaze still fixated on him. It was then, that her singing started again. This was a song that made logic fade away, numbed all physical sensations. Rioghan was now just staring at this otherworldly creature, his mind empty of any sort of thoughts or memories of past deeds in life. She slowly raised her right hand, beckoning for him to come closer. And he obeyed. It didn’t really matter if he wanted to do it or not, Rioghan just slowly moved over the ship’s side railing and dropped into the sea. Even the cold seawater did not help him snap out of this trance state he was in. It was her who gently grabbed his sinking body and now held him firmly in her arms. Feeling like he was in a lucid dream, Rioghan barely managed to ask one last time: “Who are you?” She was so close now, her eyes still studying every little detail on Rioghan’s face. Their bodies became one and his numb hands were involuntarily touching something scaly, still hidden below the surface. She was a sea creature, alright. Their eyes locked once more, their faces almost touching. She leaned in and with an uncanny voice she whispered: “Your life… will burn… as bright as the love between us”

This was the last thing Rioghan heard before he felt his body violently being pulled below the waves. Darkness was now surrounding him, but he didn’t care. He knew she was taking him somewhere, but he didn’t care. The only thing that mattered to him was her. And in the pitch-black emptiness of the lower depths of the North Sea, he heard her sing again.

Written by Pokkas88

Conclusion

And that was our third Theme Snapshot, we hope you enjoyed it! We hope that we inspired you to create your own memes or own versions of the decks with this Theme Snapshot. But for now, the Bandits and I will fare thee well, and we’ll see you again in Theme Snapshot #4!

Make sure to come back next month for another Meme Snapshot. Remember, that if you want to be featured, you can send us your decklists to teambanditgang@gmail.com!

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Bandit Gang’s Meme Snapshot for Gwent #5

Introduction

Many decks can be considered Meme Decks. Some people believe that a meme deck is mainly played for fun, to make yourself and the opponent laugh, and not to win with. A deck like Thicc Aglais would be a good example. Other people believe that meme decks have their own theme like the bandit archetype, which makes it a lore friendly deck. And most people would agree that a meme deck is also considered an off-meta deck: a deck that has its own unusual strategy or inclusions, but that can still win you plenty of games. You could think of a deck like Triple Commandos here.

But I digress. Welcome to the fifth edition of Bandit Gang’s Meme Snapshot! In case you missed out on the other editions, you can find them here. Once again, we want to use new concepts that weren’t included in the previous editions, but you might also see different versions of decks that were included already. The main goal, as always, is to show you the diversity that is possible in Gwent, beyond all the top tier meta lists. As before, we kept the same categories but have now added a new purpose to the Honorable Mentions category. The categories are as followed:

1. Fun But Garbage Decks: these are the decks that are just for fun but will not win you any games 90% of the time.

2. Lore Friendly Decks: these are decks that are based around a certain theme that is often lore based.

3. Becoming A Pro Decks: these are decks that are considered off meta, but are decent to climb to Pro Rank with. Nonetheless, they are not included in the Meta Snapshots.

4. Honorable Mentions: these are decks from community members that we wanted to give that extra spotlight. We encourage you to submit your own, read more about this in the Conclusion.

Note: Click on the image of the deck to get directed to the PlayGwent website in order to import the deck to your client.

Fun But Garbage

Overview:

The ball deck is back! This time, with a twist! If you are looking for a unique way to play ball, this is it. How does it work? The plan is to somehow survive to round 3. Mulligan away ball and do not use mentors nor Calveit! In round 3, open with Jan and follow with a spotter to give the opponent ball. BAM! Every Viper Witcher Mentor nets a hefty 15 points! Later, you can use Cantarella to play Ball or Double Cross, if the opponent has a draw mechanic. Discard won’t help your opponent with Gorthur Gvaed on board! 

 Pros:

– A lot of points in round 3

– Spread power → big cards and tall removal/engines

– You play ball in a fun way

Cons:

– Terrible round 1

– Vulnerable to bleed

– Draw dependent

Core Cards:

Gorthur Gvaed: Not only does it give you another Viper Witcher Mentor, but it can also line up a nice Cantarella or mess with your opponent’s draw.

Blightmaker: Pray to get both in round 1, because they are your only good plays in this round.

Spotter: How to ruin your opponent’s day with one simple trick?

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

Sooooo, this is a funny one… The main concept behind this deck is to use good old boy Erland as a big finisher in R3 with a high probability of survival even if you do not have last say. How do we do that, you say? By spawning as many same-type units as possible in R1 & R2 and then using Pavetta in R3 to put everything back in the deck so that Erland can be as “fat” as possible.

Pros:

– So greedy it’s actually fun!!!

– Nice point finisher

– Easy to understand strategy

Cons:

– So greedy it’s actually painful!!!

– Very RNG dependent

– It needs to win R1 and bleed the opponent heavily in R2 in order to create as many units as possible!!!

Core Cards:

Draug: Our main way to produce a lot of similar type of units (Revenants). Revenants can also help in winning some rounds and provide some control over your opponent’s board

The Land of a Thousand Fables: Perhaps the single most important card in the deck as we will use this in R2 to sacrifice our AA (preferably after using it at least once in R1) in order to create a second Draug (has 50% chance to either get Draug or Henselt through this method). Second Draug = more Revenants

Pavetta: Gets all those revenants and puts them back to the deck to increase Erland’s value

Erland: Our winning condition. If all goes according to plan you will get a big 25-30 points finisher, which will also have an additional advantage: Immunity!!

King Foltest: Helps create as many dun banner as possible in order to be used with Draug

Mushy Truffle + PFI: Again, used to create as many bodies as possible for Draug

Queen Meve + Voyomir: Can help in winning R1, pushing or defending a bleed in R2

Leader – Pincer Maneuver: Can help with the consistency and un-bricking our hand

Written by Pokkas88

Overview

Yes, you’re not having a fever dream, it is true, you can technically have at some point a 72-powered ogroid boy in the game of Gwent. So, how is it possible to achieve this? The process itself is actually quite simple. First of all, if the row on which you have Old Speartip: Asleep is full, he will not summon Old Speartip, yet the strengthening part of his ability will trigger. Second of all, there are many ways to spawn Old Speartip Asleep! Third, put the first and the second point together and you’ve got profit. Well… sort of! 

Pros:

– Gives you a reason to play practice mode or friendly matches.

– Intriguing gameplay, especially for fans of puzzle games (e. g. Thronebreaker). 

– A chance to make arguably one of the highest base power units possible in the game.

Cons:

– Pretty much unplayable outside of friendlies/practice. Insta-death to control. 

– Absurdly draw dependent, even with a variety of tutors. 

– No back-up plan and no real way of generating points outside of the core combo.

Core Cards

The Speartips: Always secure the sleepy Speartip in your hand. Always have the angry Speartip in your deck. As soon the countdown on sleepy Speartip reaches 1, or earlier, your row must be filled in order to block the summoning effect. Rinse and repeat.  

The Spawn Gang: The sequencing of playing your spawning engines is very important as you’re fighting both time and synergy. The ideal sequencing is: Idarran – Weavess: Incantation – Caranthir onto Old Speartip: Asleep – Arachas Queen onto one of the 1-powered copies – Abaya and Ritual Sacrifice onto Arachas Queen – use of order on Weavess: Incantantion on Arachas Queen.

Written by Mercernn

Overview:

With the addition of Arachas Queen, MO gained a valuable card that can be used in a multitude of different decks. It also has massive meme potential as some of the synergies it can help create are just plain epic. In this version of the deck, we are going to use AQ + Golyat to create as many Golyats as possible, mainly for two purposes: a) mill our opponent as much as possible and b) to be used with witches sabbath in r2 and r3 for the additional carryover and of course… mill our opponent even more!!!

Pros:

– Deck has some amazing synergies

– Flexible enough to use your cards differently depending on match up

-Massive point value if everything plays according to plan

– Some of the deathwish units can be replaced to your liking!!!

Cons:

– A banished AQ means you lose a big part of your strategy

– Very draw dependent

– Low consistency

Core Cards:

Arachas Queen: The main idea behind this deck. You consume a card on deploy and creating a second copy when its own deathwish ability activates. Used to create as many Golyats as possible but the deck includes other targets as backup (Manticore, Miruna)

Golyat: Summons highest provision unit from opp deck. Mill opportunity + good carryover points through Witches Sabbath

Witches Sabbath + Alissa: Can be used to replay our cards (preferably on both R2 & R3) and get more value out of them, especially if its Golyat. Spring equinox can purify our units in R2 if needed so we can replay in R3!!!

Haunt, Deathwish package, Ritual Sacrifice, Abaya: Can be used in many different ways. Push and win R1, abuse AQ synergy more (eg via Ritual or Abaya), push or a defend a bleed, used in long round R3

Written by Pokkas88

Overview:
The new change to the Initiative keyword means many things, one thing ensures is lots of fire. It’s been awhile since I played a Scorch deck so I thought why not have a bit of fun and try to set it up 4 times in a game! Our old friend Alissa Henson is here to help out with our shenanigans 

Pros:

-So much fire

-Its a Shupe deck

Cons:

-Fragile combo

-Lots of set up

Core Cards:

Scorch: Will burn the highest power units on board(including yours if you’re not careful) so we want to use all our damage cards to line up the opponents cards to same power 

Francesca Findabair: Allows for a glorious Double Scorch in one turn 

Alissa Henson: Puts Scorch back in deck to be played again 

Renew: Solely for Alissa again

Written by Kalvino

Overview:

What if Skellige had their own Iron Man? He wouldn’t be as impressive, but he would be a few fun points! The main idea here is to utilize Onslaught’s passive to give lots of armor to an Axe-Wielder which you then remove with Iris for a big boost and small Pew Pew.

Pros:

– Core pirates synergy is pretty good

– Crach is low-key MVP

– Has Uma

Cons:

– Requires opponent to play units

– Few consistency cards

Core Cards:

Iris Shade: Takes armor off your Axe-Wielder or another Pirate and boosts self 

Terror Crew Axe-Wielder: When it loses armor it damages so perfect target to remove armor from 

Elf and Onion Soup: Nice RNG spice, used on Roach & Knickers 

Iris’ Companions: Used to ensure you draw Iris

Written by Kalvino

Lore Friendly

Overview:

With a recent change to Regis, the deck got so much better! You can finally tutor Regis with cards like Joachim or Roderick. Spies are still a bit underwhelming but at least the board clear looks cool! You can also consider a version with more assimilate cards. It would be harder to lineup Regis but it would make games more winnable.

Pros:

– Amazing in a long round

– Can destroy greedy decks

– Good against swarmy decks

Cons:

– Terrible against unitless decks

– Spies are a bit underwhelming engines

– Very slow.

Core Cards:

Regis: tutor him now, yay! Remember that he still doesn’t work after you use orders (including leader ability!)

Joachim: With Coup, he can line up 1 and 4 powers values for Regis. If you add to it Roderick, you already have a great row for our favorite Vampire.

Ramon: Great with Impera enforcers. In some niche situations, you can play him with Cavalry.

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

A deck I have been working on for quite some time now, since CDPR buffed Vandergrift a few patches ago. I really wanted to create a Vandergrift + Vandergrift’s Blade deck and this buff served as a good excuse to play around with the Knight tag. This is a lore-friendly non-meme deck that is actually fun to play and a fresh alternative to what everybody is playing in NR right now!!!

Pros:

-Some good synergies with the Knight cards

-Good consistency

Has both control and defensive capabilities

Cons:

-Low tempo

-Bronze cards with Knight tag feel very underwhelming

-Difficult to deal with swarm decks

-Difficult to play against heavy control decks

Core Cards:

Vandergrift’s Blade + Reynard Odo: If played in the same round, these cards can basically boost every unit played by 2 (blade will only work with Knights though). The extra boost can help a lot of your cards survive their first turn on the board while for some it can boost their removal capability!!

Prophet Lebioda: Each unit played next to Lebioda gets that well needed shield!!

Prince Anseis, Seltkirk & Vissegerd: Some excellent removal options (Anseis & Seltkirk) while Vissegerd can act as a last say card that will gain a lot of charges if most of your units are boosted.

Donimir: Very important to at least protect your units… The more your units remain alive (and boosted) the more you increase your chances on winning!!

Vandergrift: Like seriously… who expects this… from NR… in this meta?

Raffard’s Vengeance + Thaler + AA + Cintrian Envoy: Some good options to use for thinning and getting the cards you want… Use wisely!!!

Written by Pokkas88

Overview:

It’s getting a bit chilly around here, let’s make sure our opponents are freezing too! I dont think I’ve ever seen anyone play a deck focused on Blizzard…probably because it’s a terrible idea. I thought to try it out in Monsters as our units should always be higher power than the opponents. Alissa back again to potentially play Blizzard twice! 

Pros:

– Actual Blizzard value

– Chonky units

– Lots of Pew Pew 

Cons:

– Low point output on our side

– Relies on opponents cards

Core Cards:

Blizzard: Destroys all lowest units (including ours) 

Alissa Henson: Double Blizzed fun

Saesenthessis Blaze, Ivo of Belhaven, Yennefer Conjurer, Nithral, & Myrgtabrakke: All these cards are used to damage the opponents units and set their power to be lower than any of ours 

Incubus: Pulls a high power bronzes from our graveyard and ideally a low power unit from the opponent 

Hideous Feast: Very useful card as it can damage opponents cards in range of Blizzard and boost our cards to safety

Written by Kalvino

Overview:

When talking about SY, there is always one specific card that comes to mind for me… COLLUSION!!!!! I always felt that this impactful crime has great potential and loved experimenting with it. In this lore-friendly deck, we are trying to use collusion not once, but twice!!  It is a bit challenging to pull through, but when it does it feels so rewarding. Most people right now expect to face SY Jackpot, so this deck will definitely catch many people by surprise!

Pros:

– Can use collusion in two different rounds or even in a single round for double the value

– Scenario can help in getting round control quickly

– Lots of different cards from different archetypes allow for a more flexible approach to each match up

Cons:

-Heavy control decks will limit your potential to set up the board properly for Collusion

– Coin usage is very important as we do not have infinite coin generation

– Tricky to navigate correctly

Core Cards:

Collusion + Alissa + Ferko: The main concept of the deck. Play collusion once, use Alissa to return the card from your graveyard to your deck, then replay collusion once more via Ferko if needed. Ferko can be used in the same round as well if collusion and Alissa are both in hand!!

Passiflora Scenario: Can be used to gain round control, set up those engines and fill your pockets with very much needed coins.

Bloody Good Friends + Sea Jackal (Leader charges): Main source for 3 of the 5 tags needed to get a full value collusion. Always keep 1 BGF & 1 Sea Jackal for each time you are going to play collusion

Whoreson’s Freak Show: Can be used alongside payday and Kurt to remove targets that can be dangerous for you when setting up your board.

The Mushy Truffle + Sly Seductress: A very strong synergy with the Passiflora scenario, can be a good alternative for a R3 encounter where collusion has already been used in previous rounds

Jacques + Helveed: Your main source of Firesworn in this deck. Even if one of those tokens survive it will be enough to trigger collusion. Also can be your spenders if needed.

Written by Pokkas88

Becoming A Pro

Overview

This deck emerged from a shower thought that I had around the time when Ardal aep Dahy was released. It revolved around giving Cantarella to the opponent and having them play it to his disadvantage or discard it. So browsing across the deck builder, I came across three cards that caught my attention: Saer Quan (in combination with Amnesty), Curse of Corruption and Count Caldwell. Saer Quan turned out to be a bit clunky and CoC is often unsynergistic with Snowdrop, so I eventually picked Count Caldwell

Combo is easy: Play Cantarella, then in another round, play Leader and place Caldwell as the second card from the top. Then you play Ardal on Cantarella, while you draw the top card. Now your opponent has Cantarella in his hand while Count Caldwell is on top of your deck, and you have the tallest unit on the board. Will he play it? 

Pros

Punishes curious opponents for playing Cantarella. Most of them are curious. 

Tall units and tall removal support the strategy 

Operator with Nilfgaardian Knight enables a Shaelmaar target and gives great bonded value to Illusionists later on. 

Cons

Totally falls apart if you don’t have dominance during the combo 

Combo only works in the last round. Otherwise, Cantarella will just not be played (probably) 

Doesn’t necessarily have the strongest round 1 

Core Cards

Ardal aep Dahy, Cantarella, Count Caldwell (or another target card) and a few tactics. The rest of the deck should just revolve around the strategy.

Written by Escanbryt

Overview:

This deck is incredibly fun and surprisingly strong (Got me to Pro this season with a 12-2-1 record). The core strategy you follow is to utilize Caravan Vanguards for filling your rows as much as possible, and then employ Cat Witcher Mentors and Gaetan to get payoff from the high amount of units. The deck also includes a carryover package with handbuff and Allgod, which works very well with your leader, as well as Harald Gord to help you in shorter rounds. 

Pros:

– Very powerful, Cat Witcher Mentors can consistently reach over 20 points of value if used correctly.

– Decent both in control and proactive play.

– Capable of excelling in both short and long rounds. 

Cons:

– Draw dependent to a degree, as it is easy to brick your hand and many of your cards are combo-based. 

– Vulnerable to wide punish (Lambert, Lacerate, the SK Rain Archetype). 

– The risk of overfilling is omnipresent and requires a lot of thinking ahead. 

Core Cards

Caravan Vanguard: A priceless card for this deck. They have a very nice value curve, starting at 7.5 (Unbonded + Bonded / 2) and growing for each additional trigger. You aim to play them always on the ranged row to get more units, rather than boost. In such a scenario, a bonded trigger can play for 9 points of raw value + 2 triggers on each Cat Witcher Mentor + 2 triggers on Gaetan. 

Teleportation: A surprisingly valuable combo card, which is intended to be used on Vanguards. Provided you have 2 Vanguards on the board (1 play), Teleportation on one of them will trigger bonded, thus resulting in 6 raw value points + 2 triggers on each subsequent Mentor + 2 triggers on Gaetan + 1 point on Harald Gord + potential healing/status removal. You can easily get over 10 points with this handy, cheap card! 

Cat Witcher Mentors + Gaetan: These are your payoff cards for row swarming. Always play Mentors after you swarm your row a bit, so that they couldn’t be removed by low damage and place them to the leftmost position for synergy with Gaetan later. Also, always calculate how many spots you need to preserve for Mentors and Gaetan (1-4). Once your row is filled with but one position left, play Gaetan which will not only trigger his ability, but also re-trigger Mentors’ abilities for every card moved provided you played them to the very left. This will also only work on Adrenaline 4. 

Written by Mercernn

Overview

The Skellige Rain Archetype should never be underestimated. It even was played in the last Masters, but we made some cheeky changes to it.
Obviously you try to overwhelm your opponent with the classic Discard Package, while using some of your Bronze Engines to secure a round. The core and idea of this deck though is, that you play your leader earlier than usual, but keep in mind that you want to play it with Gremist in hand or on board, so that you can purify Arnjolf. This way we make sure that you can replay it with Fucusya, so that you get 10 turns of rain, which your Messengers of the Sea and Rioghan can make use of.
Cards like Madman Lugos, Gigascorpion Decoction or Avallac’h give you some control options, while the Megascope might get you an additional Messenger.
Sequencing with this deck is key, so make sure to plan ahead to maximize your rain value!
Your last 3 plays, with Messengers on board, might look like this: Sigrdrifa’s Rite on another Messenger, Fucusya into Arnjolf and then Bride of the Sea replaying Sigrdrifa’s Rite into Rioghan.  

Pros:

– Great mixture of consistency, control and engines

– Gives Madman Lugos a chance to shine 

– Makes use of the pointswing potential from Rioghan the Undying, Messengers and Rain

– Still viable even if your combo bricks

Cons:

– Sequencing can get a bit itchy from time to time 

– Squirrel and especially Xavier Lemmens can ruin your day

– Kinda depends on drawing your bronze cards, especially your Messengers

– Not much Rain without the combo

Core Cards:

Fucusya: She is without a doubt one of the strongest card in game right now. You will need her to replay Arnjolf, while it is in Graveyard, to make use of the meme. Otherwise you are still able to play Little Havfrues, Messengers or something else with her, but it’s less fun. 

Rioghan the Undying: While never in your hand, you will need him together with your Messengers and Rain to get the maximum payoff. You will try to get him back with Sigrdrifa’s Rite. 

Messenger of the Sea: They are a strong bronze engine, helping you synergize and maximize your rain potential with Avallac’h, Little Havfrues and whatever you play with Fucusya. They are basically your points with this deck, therefore you want to use Freya’s Blessing and Megascopes on them as well. 

Suggestions:

If you want to play safe, you can change some cards, like Megascope for a Pellar to be able to purify Arnjolf or Tears of Siren to secure yourself some Rain. You can change Avallac’h for Heatwave, but he secures you enough Rain to get your Messengers going. Madman Lugos and Decoction are not mandatory, as well as Spore, but they surely help you to control your opponent’s board.

Written by Sawyer

Overview:

Mourntart got a very nice Provision change in the recent patch and finally feels pretty playable! The points just Pop onto the board! We would like to play into all 3 rounds and set up a giant graveyard for our Mourntart to feast on with last say. 

Pros:

-Consistent game plan

-Plenty of points in all rounds

-Only cares about setting up graveyard

Cons:

-Really needs last say 

-Needs the right cards early to ensure later combo

Core Cards:

Mourntart + Petri’s Philter: The perfect pay-off to your whole game of set up. Philter allows Mounrtart to be played last with zeal and dodge any removal 

Plague Maiden +  Yennefer of Vengerberg + Siegfried of Denesle: Great round 2 to slam points and intimidate the opponent and the purification of tokens means even more bodies for Mourntart 

Mushy Truffle + Caravan Vanguard + Lesser Witch + Celaeno Harpy: All of our bonded units spawn more and more units to fill up our graveyard

Written by Kalvino , Deck by Decode789

Honorable Mentions

Overview:

The inspiration for this deck came from me having the idea of using Ancient Foglets as finishers, slamming them with a lot of weather effects on the enemy rows. Looking at row effects, rag nah rook popped in the list and I thought that I could add Madoc as well, even if it would not be that consistent as I intended to spawn fog frost and cataclysm. With the addition of Arachas Queen I could review the deck and even make it greedier! So, without further ado, I present you “She-Troll white and the 7 Madocs”.

Pros:

-Fun meme deck with very good potential

-Utilizing Madoc in a fresh alternative way by using row effects to both damage AND produce points for our engines

-Massive points in a long round

Cons:

-Susceptible to tall/row punish

-Initial hand is very important to get the maximum amount of Madocs possible (7)

-If AQ gets heatwaved, the entire plan falls through

Core Cards:

Arachas Queen + Madoc: The core of this deck, we need to spawn as many as possible in R1 in order to guarantee our engines will get the maximum value in later rounds

Abaya + Decoy + Witches Sabbath: Very important cards that can help in getting further value from the AQ+ Madoc combo

Whispess Tribute + Whispering Hillock: Excellent cards that act as tutors for the cards we will need

She-Troll + Vran Warrior + Ancient Foglets: Our faithful engines that will produce the majority of points for us. Every time that Madoc’s ability is used, we will trigger these engines concurrently as She-Troll & Vran buff themselves whenever a unit is destroyed and Ancient Foglets buff themselves whenever row effects are applied!!!

Moon Dust + Dimeritium Bomb + Red Haze + Northern Wind: Our bombs that will summon our Madoc from the deck or graveyard. Only 6 of them so use strategically!!!

*Note – A full guide for this deck is included in the PlayGwent database

Written by UngryNab

Our good friend MrRepek created this wholesome deck for the community to help celebrate MissLadyJay and Crozyr’s Wedding!

Mercernn helped out during the stream and suggested we include it. Be sure to click the Deck picture to read MrRepek’s full guide.

Deck by MrRepek

Conclusion

This was our fifth Meme Snapshot, we hope you enjoyed it! Hopefully we can all agree on the fact that there are plenty of decks included for all kinds of players that don’t want to contribute to the meta. For players that would like to have a good time, that want to role-play and want to go put their boot in the meta and claim their seats among the kings.

A big thank you to everyone providing us with their decks! Otherwise it would have been somewhat one-sided, with only decks from Bomblin, Kalvino, Pokkas and myself. We hope that we inspired you to create your own memes or own versions of the decks with this Meme Snapshot. But for now, Bomblin, Kalvino, Pokkas and I will fare thee well, and we’ll see you again in Meme Snapshot #6!

Now is the time to shine, oh memers of the Gwent community! Got a deck that’s so bad it’s good? One that’s kinda out there but still got you to pro, or one that’s lore friendly? Then please send an email to teambanditgang@gmail.com and we will consider putting it in our next Meme Snapshot!

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Deck Guides: Saskia’s Gift & Milva’s Witchers

Overview

Saskia: Commander has arrived on the battlefield to lead your Scoia’tael commandos to victory! Prepare to summon your troops and topple some kings with the full arsenal of the Scoia’tael. Saskia said it best herself: “We’ll win!”

Saskia: Commander’s ability revolves around being mindful of the tags (Witcher, Human, Dwarf, etc.) you have on board and in deck. In this deck, you specifically want to utilize her to summon your bronze units onto the board in Round 1. Her Immunity ensures she cannot be easily countered by your opponents and allows you to thin the deck multiple times. 

With Round 1 secured, you can push Round 2 as much as you want. You have a big point slam card in Barnabas Beckenbauer, which you can play for 15 points with an Elf, Dwarf, and Dryad target on board. Saskia (the one with Harmony) serves as a Swiss Army Knife, providing any tag you might end up missing.

Round 3 is reserved for the final form of Eithné: Wrath of the Brokilon with a few Nature cards and Harald Gord.

Your Nature’s Gift leader ability enables many of your bronze engines and adds points to your Nature cards. Saskia: Commander, ensuring an early round victory, allows you to decide how best to approach the later rounds with your multiple combos.

Pros

  • Round 1 plan is solid on both Red or Blue coin
  • An overwhelming amount of engines
  • Can be very consistent with all your thinning
  • Multiple finishers
  • Can survive if bled or combo missed round 1

Cons

  • Devotion 
  •  Minimal control, no tall punish
  • Difficult mulligans
  • Can over swarm in a long round

The Deck

Core Cards

Saskia: Commander An amazing thinning tool which also gives you bronzes you want to have early. You have 5 sets of bronze units for her to call forth into the fray. Mulligans in Round 1 are crucial, since you want to guarantee a wide selection of targets for your draconic general. Your Cursed Scroll stratagem is very useful to guarantee her and put any unwanted bronze back in deck.

Eithné: Wrath of the Brokilon– Round 3 form is a big payoff for being Devotion. Adds 3 points to your Nature cards.

Simlas Finn aep Dabairr– A carryover play with Orb of Insights which can be used on Elven Seers to create multiple copies or on Hamadryads to gain an extra point for each vitality.

Saskia– Spawns an Elf, Dwarf, or Dryad specifically to be combined with Barnabas’ deploy ability.

Harald Gord– Usually gets to his 12 point cap thanks to Elven Seers creating multiple copies of your specials. Our ultimate Round 3 finisher card.

Abandoned Girl Never want to have abandoned girls in hand the same round you play Saskia: Commander as you want to utilize their transform into a Dryad ability to summon the other Human copy from deck later. 

Overview

Pierce your opponents heart in a flash with Milva: Sharpshooter, the lightning fast removal card! Your opponents will be left wondering how their units disappeared and all the while you will be setting up for a devastating combo of your own thanks to your various Feline Witchers and their leader Gezras of Leyda.

Milva: Sharpshooter turns your Guerilla Tactics leader ability into 5 damage removal! She jumps from the deck whenever you move a card (you have leader and many cards to do this). Her Deathblow is very important as it allows you to use her multiple times in a turn and throughout the game. Deathblow must be achieved by her 2 damage order so do not leave her on board if you don’t have a way to kill a 1 or 2 point card! She can be combined with your many offensive movement cards to remove opponents’ threats. 

This powerful control tool allows you to remove any threatening engines your opponent throws at you in Round 1 supported by your various offensive movement bronzes. We have multiple carryover plays to set up for a devastating short Round 2 or a long Round 3 with a fully set up Gezras of Leyda.

Pros

  • So much control 
  • Flexible game plan
  • Good carryover 
  • Tall punish 

Cons

  • Unitless decks 
  • Can be inconsistent (Cursed Scroll is a consideration)
  • No Heatwave 
  • No Purify 

The Deck

Core Cards

Gezras of Leyda– Does this legendary Witcher need any introduction? Loves a long Round 3 with a full back row to boost! Also is known for cheeky 2-0s when the opponent is unprepared.

Simlas Finn aep Dabairr– Your targets in this deck are Bountiful Harvests and Rock Barrage! Usually best to go for Harvests in an early round to thin and get 4 points of carryover.

Milva: Sharpshooter– with Rock Barrage she can remove a 7 power unit. If you have a Dol Blathanna Sentry on melee your movements will deal an extra point of damage which can be useful but often makes Sharpshooter’s Deathblow more awkward to achieve. 

Stygga Castle– Most often spawning you a Cat Witcher Saboteur who’s very useful to target a unit on a crowded row but also works just fine with Sharpshooter on a row only consisting of 2 units. The carryover location order is very useful to move a Sentry from Melee to Ranged or to move any 3 cards to ensure Gezras value.

Brehen– Your one destroy card is pretty easy to set up thanks to all your movement cards. Pairs perfectly with Malena or Vrihedd Dragoon as they do not deal any damage themselves and take away from your destroy value. 

Gaetan– Used to move a full row of cards from one of your rows to the other. Usually melee to ranged to give Gezras guaranteed value. Loves to be combined with Cat Witcher Mentor from Stygga Castle.

Milva– A very useful proactive play to force your opponent to play something worth removing. We play many units to trigger her ability. She can be a cheeky target for Harvest’s hanbuffs too.

Malena– Specifically combined with Sharpshooter she turns into a 3 power removal. She is also used on your side of the board with Treant Boar or to set up your own back row for Gezras

To improve the Madoc match up an Elven Swordmaster at 4p could be swapped for a Squirrel or Milva at 7p could be swapped for Xavier Lemmens at 6p and Elven Swordmaster at 4p could be upgraded to a Cat Witcher Saboteur at 5p.