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Community Tournament: Duel of Dogs (The Big Heist)

Introduction

Team Bandit Gang presents: The Duel of Dogs Tournament,  where skill is the only thing that matters, with much loot to be plundered.

Community Qualifiers – November 6th – 7th

Main Tournament – November 13th – 14th

  • Five (5) members from each Gwent team, as well as some notable independent players will be invited to participate in the Main Tournament.
  • Total amount of players in the Main Tournament will be 64. This will be a mix of invited players and those who earned a spot via the community qualifiers tournament.
  • If a team CAN NOT fill 5 spots, the spares will serve as additional spots to compete for within the community qualifier tournament.

Prize Pool

Prize Pool – 250$ (US Dollars)

1st Place – 175$ + Discord Title + 1200 Meteroite Powder + 15 Premium Kegs

2nd Place – 50$ + 800 Meteorite Powder + 10 Premium Kegs

3rd Place – 25$ + 400 Meteorite Powder + 5 Premium Kegs

Tournament Rules

We highly recommend for everyone to record their games for the sake of potential disputes or claims

  • All rulings made by tournament administrators are FINAL
  • All tournament participants MUST be in the Team Bandit Gang Discord
  • The tournament is open to PC and Mobile players
  • Sign up via Challonge: https://challonge.com/1dhmx85u
  • Tournament check-in will begin 2 hours prior to the start on all tournament days
  • All deck list screenshots have to be submitted via email to teambanditgang@gmail.com
  • If decks are not submitted on time,  the player will be disqualified, no exceptions.
  • All deck lists are subject to verification at any time. Decks that do not match the respective submitted deck lists will result in a match loss to the current opponent
  • Should a game result in a draw in the last 2 rounds of Swiss, the game will be replayed with the same decks and coinflip
  • The coinflip is fixed, the ban via the Team Aretuza ban tool https://teamaretuza.com/gwent/ban will let you know who will go first (and has to send the match request). When you send the match request to your opponent, you are on Blue coin. For Red coin, your opponent must send the request.
  • The first person to win 2 games wins the match in BO3 Swiss and the first person to win 3 games wins the match in BO5 Final 16.

Draws Explanation

  • Game 1 will proceed to a deciding match.
  • If it’s Game 2, it’s 2-1 for whoever was already up 1-0.
  • If it happens in Game 3, the series ends in a 1-1 result
  • Should a game end due to DISCONNECT, then the player who disconnects is given the loss. However, that player’s opponent has the option to offer a rematch using the same decks.
  • Failure to queue into your match against your opponent within 10 minutes of the match being posted will result in a 0-2 match loss. A second failure to show will result in a disqualification from the tournament.
  • You may stream your games at your own risk, and streaming with a delay is highly recommended
  • Any cheating, vulgar or unsportsmanlike behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances and may end up in disqualification from either tournament.
  • Cash Prizes – An active PAYPAL Account is required, or the cash prize will be voided

Tournament Format

Community Qualifiers - Swiss Rounds

  • Limited to 256 players who can enter qualifier tournament
  • While all Gwent teams can bring five (5) people from their teams straight  to the main tournament., additional team members can participate in the community qualifier for their spot in the main tournament.
  • The amount of players who can advance to the main tournament will depend solely if all of the Gwent teams invited can fill a five (5) player invite roster. For example, if 10 Gwent teams all had 5 players join the main event and 3 independent notables joined the main event then there would be 53 out of 64 spots filled. This would leave 11 spots  that community qualifier players can compete for. Qualifying spots will vary depending on the outcome
  • Start Time: Saturday November 6th @ 7am CDT – first half of the Swiss Games will be played
  • Start Time: Saturday November 7th @ 7am CST (daylight saving happens this day) – second half of the swiss games will be played
  • Best of 3 format
  • Bring three (3) decks from three (3) different factions. Final deck lists are to be uploaded as SCREENSHOTS NOT LINKS to teambanditgang@gmail.com no later than November 5th @ 7am CDT.
  • Open deck lists from one (1) hour prior to the start of the tournament
  • Ban 1 deck each, win with the remaining 2
  • Draws in the first four (4) rounds will finish with a 1-1 result
  • Draws in the last two (2) rounds will be replayed using the same leaders and same coin
  • All scores must be reported in the #duel-of-dogs-qualifier-scores channel in the Team Bandit Gang Discord

Day 1 - Swiss Rounds

  • Start Time: Saturday November 13th @ 7am CST
  • Best of 3 format
  • Bring three (3) decks from three (3) different factions (Submit 4 decks, 4th will be for Day 2, make sure to specify which deck is for Day 2). Final deck lists are to be uploaded as SCREENSHOTS NOT LINKS to teambanditgang@gmail.com no later than November 12th @ 7am CST.
  • Open deck lists from one (1) hour prior to the start of the tournament
  • Ban 1 deck each, win with the remaining 2
  • Draws in the first four (4) rounds will finish with a 1-1 result
  • Draws in the last two (2) rounds are to be replayed using the same leaders and same coin
  • All scores must be reported in the #duel-of-dogs-qualifier-scores channel in the team bandit gang discord

Day 2 - Top 16 Single elimination

  • Start Time: Sunday November 14th @ 7am CST
  • Best of 5 format
  • Bring four (4) decks from four (4) different factions
  • Ban 1 deck each, win with the remaining 3
  • All draws will be replayed using the same leaders and same coin

Tournament Client

  • The Gwent tournament client will be utilized on the FINAL day on the main tournament.
  • Top 16 players will be featured using the tournament client.
  • Team Bandit Gang will be casting the tournament on the final day of the main tournament. (the casters will be announced in due time)
  • One (1) Top 16 match as well as one (1) quarterfinal match will be cast. Additionally, all semi-finals, 3rd place match, and finals will be cast. The casting channel is still undecided and will be announced shortly.

If you have any Inquiry related to the tournament please send them to the Tournament Organizer SynergyGod

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

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

Dream: It’s very nice to be part of one of the biggest Gwent Teams. I wasn’t eager to join any team but the great people from BG convinced me to try and it turned out great.

BJ: What made you join BG?

D: A certain nice guy called BJ asked me about this, and people from the team said it was also nice in the team.

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

D: I’ll help the team and the community with collecting data and stats (with Mettie of course), and probably with many other things as well.

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

D: I have no idea to be honest, it’s my first time and I was stressed out at the beginning, but it’s better now, fortunately. I will try my best for sure!

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

D: Thank you for being here. Be nice guys and drink water!

You can find out more about Dream here.

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

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

AndreNL: It means that now I’m part of an awesome group of people and, at the same time, I now have more opportunities to help the team and, consequently, the entire community.

BJ: What made you join BG?

A: I love Gwent, so I was always looking for a way to be part of and help the community and I think that joining a team is one of the best ways to do that. I also I think that BG is the most interesting team right now, because it has a perfect balance of the seriousness of a Pro team and a casual/fun mentality, embracing not only the people who want to get better in the game, but also the casual players who just want to have fun.

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

A: Commitment. I’ll help the team and the community with whatever is within my reach.

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

A: I have been working with data for over ten years directly or indirectly. I’m also a computer scientist and software engineer, and have a Master’s degree in Computational Intelligence, so data analysis is also part of my academic background.

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

A: That the team just got much better. I’m joking :). Thanks very much, your support is what makes all the work worthwhile.

You can find out more about AndreNL here.

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

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

AcidBunny: Very happy to be a part of a team like Bandit Gang. This team has not only shown me that it can be a team with a competitive atmosphere for people to improve in, but also a place where you can have fun with everyone and more or less be like a family just hanging around.

BJ: What made you join team BG?

AB: Denpai’s shirtless stream. But on a serious note, it was because the community in and around Bandit Gang was just too wholesome for me to not join and be a part of.

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

AB: As of right now I am still a beginner as an article writer but I have been doing my best to live up to the standards of the article writers of this team and hopefully one day I can be as good as them.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

AB: Honestly, at first I was reluctant to apply as an article writer because I have never done this sort of thing before and anxiety as well as doubt was holding me back from doing all that. Babyjosus and Bigdaddy taught me a lot of stuff about article writing and ever since I have written a few guides and have been really enjoying them, in particular the feedback I have received from the people who read them.

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

AB: First of all, I would like to thank each and every supporter of Bandit Gang for showing us love and support. Every member of the team appreciates it. Keep supporting us all so we can give our best for you all. <3

You can find out more about AcidBunny here.

Zoz97’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

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

Zoz97: I am happy to join Bandit Gang and to be surrounded by members of the community that are friendly and supportive.

BJ: What made you join team BG?

Z: I knew some of the members who were on the team before I joined, so when I was offered the opportunity to join I was excited about it! And of course, playing any game while in a team improves your performance in events and increases you overall experience, so those two factors played a big role in my decision.

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

Z: Hopefully as a pro member of the team, people should expect to see my name often in the top players on the leaderboard as I will work to always improve and adapt as the game changes and evolves. And who knows? Maybe I’ll make it to an official event someday!

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

Z: For me I think the most important thing is to enjoy the game as this is a must if someone is willing to commit so much time and effort for it.

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

Z: I would say that this team is growing and has a lot of amazing people in it, from players to content creators, so expect to hear more about us in the future!

You can find out more about zoz97 here.

Jhugs’s Last Interview | Goodbye From Bandit Gang | Exclusive

Babyjosus: Last year you became a father and had less time to be active for Bandit Gang. What’s it like to be a father?

Jhugs: Being a father is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding. I wouldn’t change any second of it.

BJ: I would like to become a father myself someday. But back to what we are here for. You are leaving Bandit Gang. How did you enjoy your stay in the team?

J: I loved my time with BG. Everyone was respectful, friendly, and always willing to help each other in any way. When the world was amidst a pandemic, BG and Gwent were there to help keep me sane.

BJ: So what was your most memorable moment in BG?

J: My most memorable moment with BG is when I competed in the Duel of Dogs tourney and was able to hang with some of the big names in Gwent. I was really proud of myself and my teammates that day.

BJ: Are there any future plans?

As of now, I’m not sure what the future holds. If I ever get more free time I may return to content creation in some form whether it be YouTube, Twitch, or something else. We’ll just have to wait and see.

BJ: What do you want to say to the fans of BG that have supported you throughout your time here?

J: Keep supporting BG any way you can because these guys are the real deal!

BJ: Thank you for everything and we will miss you!

J: I will miss you guys too…

You can read more about Jhugs on the Honorable Mentions page here.

Decode789’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

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

Decode789: First, joining TBG is the best decision I ever made, because now I can show my creativity without any hindrance. Second, I have known most of the members since TBG was created so they are family. Third, It makes me happy to be part of a great team who knows when to goof around and when to be serious. Love y’all.

BJ: What made you join team BG?

D: Earlier when TBG was founded by BanditPig, I decided then and there to be part of it. The reason I wasn’t able to join earlier was due to IRL reasons. I decided to join because I wanted to showcase creative decks and do some guide on a specific faction.

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

D: People can expect off-meta decks, articles, and videos either about certain characters in Gwent or a decklist. I can also do a little bit of logo designs if needed.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an (assistant) video editor for BG? 

D: Before I was all into games, I made music back in the day. This eventually led me to video editing my musical creations and posting them on YT back in 2009-2010. I love to be creative. All I need to do now is brush up my skills again and let my creativity flow through. So in conclusion, I feel that I am very well suited to be the assistant video editor for BG. In fact, it’s an honor.

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

D: Thank you everyone for the love and support you have given! You are the reason we are encouraged to do more!

You can find out more about Decode789 here.

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

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

LawAndOtter: It’s really great to join a team of folks who care about Gwent and about each other. The first meeting I was on was like joining a group that’s been hanging out at the bar together for years, in the best possible way.

BJ: What made you join team BG?

LAO: There was a call on Reddit for contributors, and I answered. I love the Gwent community, but I’ve been a bit of a lurker for a while now. I tend to be pretty quiet in person, and that carries over to online. I’m excited to be giving back to the Gwent community.

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

LAO: Lots of articles, especially beginner’s guides and strategy deep dives. I’ve played CCGs all my life (MTG player back in the 90’s when things were still simple). Gwent is by far my favorite digital CCG, and it’s all because the strategy involved is so rich. I love thinking and talking about strategy in Gwent, and I’m thrilled to move forward those discussions in my role as a writer.

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

LAO: I love writing, and I love Gwent, so it’s a good fit. Whenever I pick up a new deck (meta or meme), I always think about how I would write a deck guide. That improves my play and makes me think about the deck better. My mind’s always turning things over in Gwent, so now I just have to start typing.

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

LAO: Thank you for your support of Bandit Gang! I would say that whatever you want to see from your Gwent content creators, don’t hesitate to speak up! We’re all passionate about the game, and if there’s something you’d like to see more of, someone on the team would love to make it a reality.

You can find out more about LawAndOtter here.

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

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

Akaean: I am very excited about being a part of Bandit Gang because I can continue my borderline incoherent ramblings about Gwent and, I hope, other people will read them and even occasionally find them helpful. Bandit Gang is a better outlet for my obsessive energy than Reddit. As Bandit Gang grows, it will continue to be an excellent resource for people who want to learn about Gwent, and I am excited to be a part of that.

The other major thing is that it is exciting to be a part of a community that is as passionate about Gwent as I am. I remember when I made pro-rank for the first time, I was pretty stoked about it, but who could I share that accomplishment with?  My 65-year-old mother?  My buddy, who played through the tutorial and was done with it?   It just feels good to be a part of a community that shares the same passions and obsessions, and I’m looking forwards to becoming a contributing member.  

BJ: What made you join BG?

A: Honestly, a recruitment topic on the Gwent Subreddit is what pushed me to reach out to Bandit Gang. I am a pretty active poster there, and I was already frequently posting in the newcomer’s thread to help new players.  When I learned that Team Bandit Gang was looking for a content creator, I knew that I wanted to do this. I already liked spilling unnecessary amounts of ink about Gwent, and I brought with me some prior experience guest writing articles about other mobile games, such as Pokemon Masters.  In this case, I have the opportunity to pontificate endlessly about Gwent, and Bandit Gang gets to host my ramblings. All that said, that dope pink suit stirred something deep within my psyche, and it does a disservice to BabyJosus to not give credit where credit is due.  

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

A: I think it is safe to say that people can expect me to write content about Gwent. My favorite topics generally involve theorising about strategy and giving advice to anyone willing to listen to me.  The focus of my articles will be on various decks, strategies, and guides aimed at helping new players learn some of the concepts of the game. In addition to writing, I am not opposed to contributing content in other ways as well.  Streaming, Podcasts, whatever projects Bandit Gang is working on – I am more than happy to pitch in and learn something new. 

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

A: I’m probably no better suited than anyone else, to be perfectly honest.  As a matter of philosophy, I don’t think anybody can be better suited to do anything than anybody else.  What makes the difference is the will and desire to be a part of something.  In that sense, my passion for analytical writing and Gwent itself will be exceptional assets for our journey ahead.  As Aelirenn would say, “WE SHALL DRIVE THE APE MEN INTO THE SEA!”

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

A: Look at how far I’ve come, supporters of BG!  Look at me!  With hard work, dedication, and drive, you too can spend long hours producing quality content for free on the internet! In all seriousness, I think the best message I can give to supporters of Bandit Gang and Gwent is to remember that we all play this game, ostensibly, for fun, and that is something we should never forget. 

You can find out more about akaean here.

Bigdaddy843’s First Interview | Welcome To Bandit Gang | Exclusive

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

Bigdaddy843: I’m really happy to join a team of content creators whose work I greatly enjoy. BG brought lots of fun to my Gwent experience and taught me lots about the game. I’m excited to bring that and more to all our friends in the community!

BJ: What made you join BG?

BD: There are many niches to occupy in terms of content for the Gwent community and BG is the foremost in terms of entertainment, personality-engagement, and memes. I personally enjoy these greatly as it adds a lot of depth to both the game and the community and I nothing would please me more than to spread this love to others. 

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

BD: Unfortunately, less hanging out on streams as I’ll be busy playing games, crafting decks, connecting with even more personalities and writing about all of these. Having only recently returned to Gwent since Homecoming, I’ve had to face the difficulties as a beginner, then intermediate player. We can do a lot more to help players improve, so I will focus heavily on that. 

BJ: How well suited do you think you are to the life of an article writer for BG?

BD: Hmm … I did journalism in university, some copy for my previous profession and some freelance writing lately, so it should be fine on the skills front. More importantly I LOVE FUN!!! and BG is THE MOST FUN team, MAKING MORE FUN for everyone, so we should be set there too. 

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

BD: I think it’s hilarious some kids be talking poop about BG. They wouldn’t say this poop to us at lan, we’re KEK’ed. Not only that but we blare the freshest memes, feat. the chillest streams and hang out with the hottest dudes. Y’all are fantastic lol.

You can find out more about bigdaddy843 here.