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Elisthebirb – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to share their insights about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Elisthebirb 's Deck Picks

Yoink 7
There’s an emote in the fan made and run Thronebreaker server that depicts the regular discord grinning face laughing maniacally with bloodshot eyes that stare into your soul. This “Ardal 7” deck might unironically be one of my most favourite Gwent abominations, and it also feels exactly like that emoticon. With 17 tactics and 29 cards overall, it sure is a monstrosity, but on the other hand it also felt very complete, whole. And I love it for that. Just please ignore the Bribery there… Me and my good friends from Aretuza had a blast making this, and even more fun was actually taking it to ranked. Is it good currently? Absolutely not, it was barely decent when we made it, but I would never delete it. Well, I rarely delete any decks, as you’re about to find out…

Sacrilegious Witchers
It’s NR witchers from several patches ago, but not the usual list. Oh no. This one is better. No Amphibious Assault, no Natalis, no Margarita, I don’t even remember how many other very much not witchers people play in this. I, for one, am a patron of flavor (and enjoying the absolute circus of Oneiromancy, preferably into Yrden), so I just went into the deckbuilder one day, typed ‘witcher’ into the search bar, and clicked everything I saw. The deck drove my teammates crazy, but in the fittingly infamous words of Todd Howard, it just works. Well, worked, anyway.

Elf and Onion Loss
This is another monstrosity (pun intended) I made with Driftbling sometime last year. It was his idea really – if I recall correctly, I was in need of a third deck for a local tournament, and briefly considered Overwhelming Hunger. I don’t fully understand the gymnastics his brain undoubtedly performed to come up with this. After a solid few minutes of laughing, we built it, we tested it… I don’t remember us winning a single game, rendering the deck name rather accurate, but I kept it out of general fondness for piles, and for the memory of Drift roasting his own creation.

Challenger 5
The name is telling, this deck has been chilling in my deckbuilder for a while. It isn’t mine, though; all credit for its creation goes to Mr. Repek. I imported it, because, well, I was there! Between the Archespore cosplay, the Portals and the Angoulemes and the Gwent charades – that you, BJ, probably remember especially well – it was one hell of a weekend, and I love the idea of remembering it in all the style – through a Gwent deck. Thanks to Repek for making this deck, I will never delete it.

Stayin Alive
Misleading title. This deck is very dead. And by our current standards, absolutely abysmal. Though it was already atrocious in its playable days, and by the look of the list, you can kind of tell which days we’re talking about. This, my friend, is a deck dating back to the first months of Homecoming.
Back in ye olde times of fall and winter 2018, fashion on the ranked ladder was wild. The transition from Beta was a bit tougher for someone like me, given that the game and the deckbuilding were suddenly so different, and I was figuring it all out by myself. But I made this obscenity, and it even worked, sometimes at least. It’s my precious vintage deck, maybe one day I can donate it to a museum.

Bushr Toxic Montage
I swear I can explain. 

Firstly, I am a widely known Scoia’tael enthusiast, but much to my own shame and dismay, I’m yet to complete Invigorate Mastery. I rarely played it back when the options were Aglaïs or Scorch (we already know what my preference was in that regard), and then Invigorate was forgotten by virtually everyone. Until Bushy picked it up roughly half a year ago. So, secondly, because his video popped in my recommended, I thought to myself, ‘aha! easy squirrel border’, and imported the list. And thirdly, I named it after the compilation of his twitch moments that became a popular song request in any voice chat I am participating in. Lastly, I should probably say how Invigorate mastery went. Well. Have you ever seen me sporting the squirrel border?

Who Is Elisthebirb?

Elisthebirb or just Elis, is the talented young lady behind the graphics for Team Aretuza. The design for the website, the new team members announcements and the World Cup graphics are a few examples to give.

Aside of that, she has also worked on commissions for emotes on Twitch, so if you are looking for an emote artist, definitely hit her up!

If you missed the seventh edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here. Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!

Driftbling – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Driftbling's Deck Picks

Shirtless Hunks
Thanks to the magical evening of Stand For Thea, this deck is forever here. Every card is shirtless….. yeah that’s pretty much it.

Horses
This deck contains cards that contain exclusively horses. Funny enough the reason Denpai got shirtless that stream was that he bet me I couldn’t get a win with this…… 1 game later :slight_smile:

Swarm AQ
A wonderful swarm AQ deck Sonneillon made a long time ago….. my god it’s bad but there are the brilliant attempts to find hidden value that is why Sonne sometimes through Gwent history finds the deck everyone else is missing.

Infernz Carryover Pile
Infernz carryover pile…. um….. it’s what it sounds like.

Driftbling Approved
This excellent pile was named “Driftbling Approved” as it was originally something RedRame made that we edited a bit. It did have a free 8 provision and I don’t remember what was there before so I put in Iddaran because it sounds pretty funny with Siege and Royal Guards. They can’t heatwave everything 🙂

Chat Deck
And the final funny one you’ll remember BJ, a deck simple enough that even chat can play it. You just play your cards from the smallest number to the biggest, then stop when your opponent stops, make sure your number is bigger, then pass. If their number is bigger play a card that makes your number bigger. Repeat until top 64.

Who Is Driftbling?

Driftbling is someone that does all kinds of things for Team Aretuza. Just like he did for Team Bandit Gang back in the day. One of his latest work is Viy Trance. It even got included in TA’s Meta Snapshot. In this case it was the music speaking for the deck itself, that there was no need to say anything about the deck.

Aside of the variety of things he does for TA, he also does a variety of things on his stream. From streaming Gwent, Witcher 3 and Thronebreaker with DriftMum to streaming Pokemon Nuzlocke with RedRame.  If you want to witness all this yourself then you can find Driftbling on Twitch here.

If you missed the sixth edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here. Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!

Sawyer1888 – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Sawyer1888's Deck Picks

As creative as my content sometimes seems, when it comes to decknames I’m pretty dull I suppose. All of my decks have rather efficient names, so I always know what’s in there. Every deck seems to follow a strict control routine, except my Assimilate list and I never have more than one deck for a leader. My seasonal decks are always called “Seasonal”, so I never confuse it. Maybe I just fulfill the German cliché of trying to be effective. 

Midrange NR
This deck is called Midrange NR, for whatever reason, and is kinda an “optimized” tournament version of the Zeal Boys I made a few months ago, which actually ended up on the trending page of the week back then. I always loved to be flexible with single commandos and a siege, while not having to miss classic NR trades like Seltkirk for duels or the Frigate engine. This deck, except one change, also won me the first bandit gang intern tournament, which I am very proud of, so I always keep it. And yes, War Chariot would be better, but the artwork of Frenzied D’ao is way cooler.

Savage
After I was annoyed by all this engine heavy decks during the late summer and autumn of last year, I created this abomination of a unitless control pile. “Savage” does the trick on red coin against Shieldwall, Hidden Cache, Assimilate or other engine decks, while also can be awkward to play against when you want to control yourself, because of the immune wolves. I actually received positive feedback when I shared a deckguide for its first version and while I also bring it to tournaments, it’s my “go to” deck to teach some meta players in casual a lesson…

SK Control
SK Control, a rather functional title, is one of my favorite decks. Every time I grind back to pro rank, I play a version of this deck. Also its original version was my first deck for what I did a Co-Op stream with team Kreves beefox3, which was really fun! Normally it used to play Lugos and Herkja as well together with Patricidal Fury, but the current meta kinda demands some flexibility and changes. I never play Totem, ever, because why playing self damage stuff when you could play controlling warriors?

Assimilate Ball & Lock Emhyr
Well, as NG is my most loved and favorite faction, I always have some Nilfgaard lists in my storage. Especially after winning the Tuvyean y Gloir tournament, where I experienced the Cantarella and Location combo for the first time, I always try to include this. So one of my decks is a classic Assimilate Ball list, including this combination, while the other NG list is more focused on the new card Emhyr, supported by a control heavy lock and soldier package. My favorite card Fergus always finds decent value, while I sadly cut Palmerin for Cupbearer, which seems the safer pic combined with the poisons and Masquerade Ball.

Who Is Sawyer1888?

Sawyer1888 has been known in his Gwent career for his amazing articles that he has been writing for the Bandit Gang website, but also for clapping players in Community Tournaments like he did in the Meme Series between KRV vs BG & in the Tuvean y Gloir by winning the whole thing.

And as of recent , Sawyer1888 has been promoted to Academy Manager. This because of his passion for competition in Gwent and his skill-set when it comes to organizing. We have faith that he can bring the Academy Team to the next level!

If you missed the fifth edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here. Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!

Ceely – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Ceely's Deck Picks

This summary of decks consists mainly of any lists I built at the beginning of the season when the patch was released- some more refined than others. Shoutout to Shaggy from TA; he helped a lot with the deckbuilding and brought the pro aspect to my general deck ideas!

Pogaverine
So I’ve started digging NG a lot lately, as a faction, although it’s been one of my least favourite ones in the past. And no, I did not play cloggers, swear on me mum. I think it was Morvrans voice lines that indeed sold it to me in the end. So let’s talk about Pogaverine – the old Cadaverine card is now a tactic and a very cool one at that, especially if you play it twice with the help of Stefan Skellen. This deck can pull some insane combos and is a bit of a blast to the past for Nilfgaard with it’s Hefty Helge and Single Elder bear inclusions. The new card Anna is also here, and she’s a fun one. Just make sure you have your invo handy!

What do you mean spies are disloyal?
This deck has competitive potential, in my opinion. It’s including the new card Emhyr var Emreis (powerful to play r1), who ensures his lil agent friends a safe return to the empire after their sneaky business is completed. With the help of Impera Enforcers and Fergus, you can slam many points on the board with even more substantial synergies this patch around, and boy, am I having fun with this deck! Ball is included because, well, despite the provision nerfs to it in the past, it’s still kind of auto-include for any NG list simply because of its strength.

Controlly Crimes
When I started playing on ladder with all the decks I had just built, I noticed everyone and their mum playing Lined Pockets for Syndicate. Sure, that’s cool and all, but if you want to be even cooler – like the hipster down at the local café who says ”Instagram understands me” then you need to play my version of SY crimes. We’re going a bit old school with this one, including Portal and Whoreson Sr, alongside the new super-strong cards like Cleaver and Tunnel Drill. Because we play enough Salamandra units, the Stolen Mutagens can get some great value – Azar is also fantastic in certain matchups. Bit of a smurf, if you will.

Carapace Leaches (no sparkles)
We all know Vampires have beautiful card art (calm down Chad, not twilight beautiful – hence no sparkles), and it’s so great that these arts were recently re-released into the game. Alongside other Vampire buffs, this is now a playable deck rather than an unfortunate The Shining moment that keeps losing you MMR. Trust me. I’ve given Vampires a go every season since they fell off the radar, everything from nova Vampires to triple Orianna. So we’ve established Vampires are back; why the Carapace leader, you ask? Well, there is so much bleeding you set on the board utilizing your bronze Vampires, as well as Unseen Elder, Crimson curse and so on. Hence, the Blood Scent leader feels kind of overkill in terms of bleeding. With the Carapace leader, you can protect your engines which is excellent, with the added perk of this leader being stronger in a short round.

Me dorfs me points
This one is self-explanatory. Dorfses have pointses, simple as that. Brouver is probably one of my favourite leader cards that were released this patch. After playing a bit, this is the version I settled on. A nice bit of carryover cards, as well as a one-off lock to control any engine you might not be able to answer otherwise. We’re skipping the Heatwave in this version, but feel free to add it in if you long for some extra control. So sit back, relax – let yer hearty hanker for Gwent, and listen to the soothing voice lines the dwarves have to offer you. Oh, and you be careful now, no lusting after their ladyfolk, alright. They’ll come after you with axes.

KEKLais
This one’s a fun one. I played this deck a lot late last patch, and I had so much fun with the list – I decided to include it in this article. Aglais is a card that doesn’t see play very often, but it’s kind of solid here with your leader and a bunch of carryovers. You usually try to set up carryover and win round one to guarantee last say for your tallglais, but even if you don’t manage to do that – don’t fret! This deck can fend for itself in a long round and can be explosive in a short one. Your biggest weakness is not drawing your cards, but who cares! There’s nothing more liberating than yelling at the PC and picking up your hair from the floor after unfortunate draws manipulated your hairline. Personal experience? Certainly not.

NR Midrange
This is my baby, alright. If you’ve ever visited my streams, you know I have a Radeyah addiction and can’t help it. This deck is a throwback to the good old days of Northern Realms, and we’re bringing those glory days back! So get nostalgic, and play some Midrange NR! This deck is also known as Draw Your Golds, Baby! Which is key. This deck has changed a lot and keeps changing. Right now, the list looks like this. If you struggle finding leader targets (the main one being archers), consider putting in a Drummer or a Kerack City Guard. Probably go for the Drummer; I’m not sure I’m in the mood to have a pecker on my forehead (I mean 5head) today.

Eist Pirates
This deck is only here because I wanted to include a list from every faction. It’s mainly created so that I can put an eye-patch on and yell ”YAAAAARR MATEY!!!”, ”Why is the rum gone? – Remix” and ”Walk the plank, landlubber!” as I play my million point Eist finisher. You know the drill. It’s a bit worse than Warrior SK, but the ships and pirates compensate for that. Also, pirates.

Who Is Ceely?

Even though she is not the most active on her own Twitter, she is the PR Manager for Team Aretuza and makes sure their Twitter is. Although, most people are likely to know her from her streaming on Twitch where her welcoming nature and graceful presence have helped her grow her channel by quite the margin in the last two years. And not only that of course. She takes streaming quite seriously, as you can see that she has put in a lot of time and effort in it, even resulting in getting accepted to the Twitch Partner Program.

If Ceely is not playing Gwent herself on stream than she might be casting Community Tournaments, Online Qualifiers or even her own Sunday Showdown. This and her streaming has all contributed in establishing a wholesome community that engages with each other outside of her stream in the bestestest squad, where such things as game and movie nights are being held. You can find her on Twitch here and on YouTube here.

If you missed the fourth edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here. Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!

Sepro – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Sepro's Deck Picks

There are no two ways about it, I’m a net-decker! Spending time in the deckbuilder is my least favorite aspect of collectable card games. Especially in Gwent, once you hit Pro Rank* pretty much everyone you’ll face is playing meta decks, so if you want to stand a change you have to play very optimized decks yourself. While there is certainly more creativity in lower ranks, I consider it a plus playing in an environment where there are a limited number of meta decks people play, this allows me to really learn how these decks work, which tactics you need to win certain match-ups… Though as a consequence, the list below will not be the most original one, and I can’t take credit for creating these decks. My NR, SK and NG lists are from TLG’s meta report, the Elves list is adapted from the Elves deck from the previous season from their report.

*I play the majority of my games in Pro Rank and with the exception of the first season I have hit Pro Rank every season since I started playing Gwent about a year ago.

NR Witchers
I started playing NR Witchers last season for the simple reason I wanted to play the new cards Way of the Witcher introduced, and this deck includes a lot of them. While I disliked the engine heavy strategies NR gravitated towards in previous seasons (think of Shieldwall with Anna Strenger, Reynard Odo, Vysogota of Corvo, … ) this deck I enjoy playing and made it past 2500 fMMR for the first time ever piloting it.

Ursine Warriors
The last two seasons I’ve played Lippy as my deck of choice for SK. While I don’t think Lippy is as linear as some claim it is, it was time to shift back to a play-style that fits me better. Traditionally I’ve been doing well with SK Warriors in various shapes and the amount of control combined with putting some bodies on the board is a strategy I like in other card games too. If SK Warriors is viable it is an obvious choice for me to include.

Cloggers
Had to see what all the fuzz was about and decided to play the deck myself. A new archetype emerging is cool and preventing your opponent from drawing their good cards is very flavorful for Nilfgaard. I do like the idea of messing with your opponent’s deck, but the concept needs fine tuning. Apart from running Maxii there is little opponents can do about this apart from drawing their golds round one as they might not see them otherwise. When playing this deck, I get the distinct feeling that winning or losing is based solely on whether my opponent was able to draw their high-end cards early on. Not the most satisfying deck to play.

All in Elves
Probably the most original deck in the list due to the inclusion of Saskia. With Novigradian Justice being nerfed this deck needed a big play to tempo ahead, playing for 11 points Saskia plays that role well. She also puts an extra body on the board which has synergy with Gezras, Isengrim and Yaevinn or in case there is an opposing Sabertooth Tiger. This deck worked quite well climbing back up to Pro Rank early in the season, but would require a few adjustments to work well against decks that have appeared more recently (like Arachas Swarm). Also note the lack of movement engines, didn’t like this play-style in NR a couple months ago and don’t like it in ST now.

Ciri’s Poisonous Bounty
Pulled this list from the website as I needed something fast to play a few casual games against my brother (who hadn’t played in a while and didn’t have access to the cards and scraps to craft an optimized meta deck). Syndicate is probably my favorite faction (my bank allows you to put a custom image on your debit card and I’ve put the Syndicate card back there because … you know … bank … Vivaldi bank … coins …) but hasn’t really been viable since Hidden Cache was pushed out of the meta, therefore I have played the fewest games with it. Here combining two packages (self poison and bounties) feels a little clunky, but there is some potential and with a few good cards to support these archetypes they might see more competitive play at one point.

Who Is Sepro?

Sepro is a Guest Writer for Bandit Gang. He is a so called Data Expert for Gwent. Whenever we need certain statistics, we simply have to do a quick phone call to Belgium in order to get some of the insights that we require. If he doesn’t posts for the Bandit Gang website, he posts on his own blog. You can check out Sepro’s blog here where he posts about programming, gaming & technology. The Gwent related posts are to be found here.

If you missed the third edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here. Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!

TheaBeasty – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

TheaBeasty's Deck Picks

I eat dead people

First of all, I sincerely apologize for the heartburn that is Kolgrim. To be fair, I didn’t create the monster. I only fed him. I don’t know why this is my most upvoted deck of all time, but I think it has something to do with the name. It makes me chuckle every time I see it in my deck builder, so it will likely stay there until it fails to amuse me (It’s going to be there for a long time).

Triple Boom

This is my favorite deck of all time. I created it back when Vysogota of Corvo was still a viable card. The deck gained massive attraction overnight and soon dominated the meta. The triple “booms” refer to the three shields along with three dueling cards, namely Prince Anseis, Seltkirk and Viraxas King who resets one of the latter. This deck made it to the second page of Top decks in Gwent, and I’ll hold on to it until the day it is playable again!

Sneaky Kiki

This deck only had one rule. It must be played sneakily. The moment the meta catches sniff of a potential triple Kikimore Queen, it quickly adapts and intersects. This deck was so strong if left unchecked, that it was eventually nerfed to oblivion. I now have a different leader, because the old one was changed so that Caranthir could not be played twice. Double Kiki is still pretty strong, and keep it in hand until a sneaky moment to play it arises once more.

I will sell your children

Remember when Syndicate Cache was a thing? The amount of fun I had with this deck was indescribable. I took it to my first Gwent Partner tournament and made it to the second day. When I think back to the good ol’ days, this deck pops to mind.

The Monster Mash

This was a fun deck. So fun, that the entire leader ability was reworked. I spent a lot of time calculating the best ways to counter mirror matches and the like. This slimy monster deck will always hold a special place in my heart.

Who Is TheaBeasty?

TheaBeasty is a streamer for Team Aretuza and part of the casting duo Beauty & Beasty. Before that she used to be a streamer for Team Rankstar and a co-host for the Merchants of Novigrad podcast.

While you might think of her as the Rapunzel of Gwent because of her pretty smile and long blond hair, I would advice to not underestimate her. While she favors the Northern Realms, she does have her Nilfgaardian ways and could poison your children in the blink of an eye. You can find her on Twitch here, on YouTube here and on Twitter here.

If you missed the second edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here. Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!

Baine1 – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

This is ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Baine1's Deck Picks

Wholesome Assimilate
This has lately become one of my favorite NG decks. It is what I call wholesome Assimilate which is actually pretty good still. In January I got it to a decent 2530 mmr, beating pretty much all other decks on ladder. It runs more engines than your opponent can remove usually, but the setup takes time, so you try to win round 1 or if you already know that’s not gonna happen, try to get out of r1 early and defend the bleed in a longer r2. Angouleme is actually pretty good with all the locations running around and can single-handedly win you a short round. One of the few decks from me that does not have Lambert. May he forgive my soul for this blasphemy!

Baine of Glory
I present Baine of Glory, one of my go to decks in every season. I still consider Blaze of Glory one of the coolest leader abilities to play around with. I might have to admit that it is kinda outdated by now, and I usually play a different version (see the other list), but this is still fun to get out once in a while. We are in a meta where people usually open with an engine that gets boosted with the tactical advantage or crystal skull and nobody expects Shupe in SK. Great point swing if you just charm it over to your side. Deck is teched against pretty much all things you can want, with the ability to go for artifact removal on Shupe if you have a more threatening heatwave target. If you wanna have fun, I recommend this.

Baine of Glory 2
This is the Baine of Glory I am currently playing (before that it was a devotion deck with warrior focus). This is inspired heavily by Tailbots latest deck, also running Madoc. I am a great fan of Madoc, and tried fitting it into any deck possible, so I can totally see it being a great addition in a more control heavy SK deck. This is doing really well on ladder too, beating a lot of current meta decks.

Call of Lambert
Harmony is back! Well, kinda. The latest buff to the Harmony leader inspired me to try and get one of those old school harmony decks back into action. Running most of what you might remember from back when harmony was everywhere. Try and go for a long r3 and you should be able to out-power a lot of decks. You might want to bleed out some scenarios in certain match-ups, or other cards (Keltullis), before going into r3, though. I could see people with less virtues change Lambert for something that enables them to go devotion, but I recommend Lambert for the Lambert effect: Eggs and Grandmas.

Viycious
Got-em! My superior charm and writing skills made you read all the way to the bottom. Welcome in the sewers. I present you Viy. And then we eat Viy. And then we play Viy. And then we eat Viy. You know the drill. You thought it is dead? Oh, my sweet summer-child. It was never really gone. You think because hardly anyone plays it, it is dead? I play this deck to channel my inner monster, and I can guarantee that it still works like before the big nerfs. It is a deck that you play in darkness, so you don’t have to see yourself play it. For the same reason there is no Lambert, he does not want to be associated with this abomination.

Who Is Baine1?

Baine1 is one of the OG streamers for Gwent, and known for his fiery passion for the witcher Lambert. In my book, Baine is a very creative deckbuilder. People like Repelmer praised Baine for his harpy shotgun deck back in beta. And I would say that Baine hasn’t changed that much, except that he lost his hair over the last couple years, but he still comes up with his creative homebrews.

When it comes to streaming, Baine has a very calming personality and even the worst meta decks won’t have an effect on him. He keeps calm and just slams his Lambert on the board.  Make sure to find your way to his Twitch, because you will see  decks being played that you have never seen before. You can find Baine on Twitch here and on Twitter here.

If you missed the first edition of ”What’s In My Deckbuilder?” then you can check that out here.

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GhostArya – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

Welcome to ”Whats In My Deckbuilder?”, a brand new series by Babyjosus where he asks Bandit Gang members and other people from the community to give an insight about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often says a lot about the person. This person could be a deckbuilder at heart and plays with his/her own homebrews and even personalizes them by giving them names. But of course you also have the person that looks up a meta snapshot and starts netdecking the best decks from it and might not even bother to give them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

GhostArya's Deck Picks

Agile Bois
Movement ST might not be that popular anymore, but I decided to keep this. I really enjoy this archetype and if you manage to keep Gezras boi alive then it’s just a lot of fun! You mostly want a longer R3 to be able to set up mentor, Gaetan and Gezras. You should have enough dwarfs to set up Novigradian justice. You could remove dwarfs and add more control depending on your preference.

Chonky Dryads
I have had this deck (in different versions) for a few months and it is my favourite to-go when I don’t know what to play. ST symbiosis with lots of pew-pew and Gord for last say. Simple yet effective. You could switch runestone for some 4 point card and upgrade Bekker to Triangle withing a triangle if that is your preference. Cat witcher is a bit experimental here, but I had to fill the void after Novigradian Justice change and I did not want to add dwarfs.

Trappy Traps
I can’t decide on the final form of this deck. It is exactly what the name suggests – a lot of traps and then some cards that I hope can save me from ending up with an empty board. I don’t play Gambit here because I rarely have issues with not having traps. I tried a version with portal, but this is overall more fun. In general, expect some cool moments and a lot of fun with this deck. Wins? Not so much. Hawker smuggler is an option, but it is my favourite card and sometimes gives me super chonky units that might be the ONLY units I can play in this deck, just be careful not to boost your saber tooth (I learned the hard way).

I Still Like Druids
SK scenario, Dracoturtle and pew-pew druids. Need I say more? There is nothing too exciting or new about this deck, I am sure you all have seen it before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a lot of fun!”

Forbidden Fun
I have one more NG deck, but there is nothing interesting about it, so I decided to show you this one. Why is it Forbidden fun? Oh, let me tell you. Your opponents will hate you, you will probably hate yourself for playing this too. But the fun? It never ends. You basically want to play Warritt and then steal with Cantarell in R1, or slam down the double Mange Division and watch your opponent be so confused they forfeit (it has happened several times to me). You want to save defender for the unicorn and bring Damien – you can even do this R1 if you feel like it! Basically, there are no rules for this deck. Oh yes, and there is Cahir too.

Who Is GhostArya?

GhostArya is a streamer for Bandit Gang. She often streams Gwent, but sometimes variety. Arya is accompanied by her hamster Benny who will make appearances on the stream once in a while. And this also goes for her boyfriend Jerry, who even sang on stream. This makes for a wholesome experience for the Twitch chat.

So, what are you waiting for then? Go watch this cool, sweet and adorable streamer already! You can find GhostArya on Twitch here and on Twitter here.

Also please consider checking out our article section where you can find plenty of articles. From member interviews to deck guides and more!