What’s In My Deckbuilder?

TheKalvino – What’s In My Deckbuilder?

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

TheKalvino's Deck Picks

Invigorating Witchers

It’s no secret that ST is my favorite faction! This (recently updated) deck in particular has a place close to my heart, and so it has been a mainstay in my deck builder! Soon after I started streaming, I was inspired by Mercernn to focus on the Mastery challenges, and of course I had to go for that beautiful ST Mastery Squirrel border. I created Invigorating Witchers to get those 100 Invigorate Wins (before the Leader was changed, I must add) and enjoyed every second of running that list. The idea is a classic ST movement with a bit of inspiration from NR Witchers’ approach of double carryover (Leader & Vesemir) with many flexible slots for whichever Witcher you prefer to run.


Shupe’s Soup

Don’t tell anyone (especially Mercernn), but I love me some pure RNG, and there is no better list to employ this concept than NG Assimilate. As you can tell by the title of the deck, this one is focused on Shupe, everyone’s favorite Troll, along with Elf & Onion Soup, which recently got even cheaper to run! Highrolling your way to victory has always been a staple in NG’s gameplan but with this deck this tactic feels even more dirty. Viewer discretion is advised!

Unbearable Bear Swarm

I’ve always been an SK fan; it was one of the first factions I fell in love with, thanks to Ace of Plays and his passion for Queensguard/Selfwound. This deck is a more recent creation I built after reaching Pro Rank a month or two ago and getting a bit bored of climbing. The idea was simple: Play Bears and Win somehow! It resulted in a Corrupted Flaminica deck with an Olaf/Hym finisher and Dire Bear coming in clutch more than a few times.

Bomblin Restores My Hope In Humanity

In all honesty, the majority of my deckbuilder is filled with Bomblin’s creations. I consider myself an apprentice to his Meme Genius and am always inspired by his creative brand of deck building. I was on vacation in August and didn’t play as much Gwent as I usually would, but the list I ended up running the most was this beautiful Bomblin creation. The uninterruptible combo of Idarran and the Patricidal Fury leader to set up Restore or Bekkers Dark Mirror was just so satisfying!

Decode + Igor Is A Crime

You may notice a theme in my deckbuilder: I’m inspired by many fellow Bandits! Decode is one of the most dedicated creators I have ever met, and many of my favorite decks can be attributed to his mind. I have fond memories of discovering the great potential of Igor’s synergy with Fallen Knight! The deck shines with an Intimidate package, including Cleaver & Whoreson Senior (who at the time got quite a bit of value in NG matchups by transforming Joachim). When I received the initial version of the deck, I used it to climb to Pro that season. I recently felt nostalgic and decided to try my hand at recreating it for the current patch.

Who Is TheKalvino?

TheKalvino is a streamer on Twitch and co-owner of Dh’oine Sanctuary.  With his wholesome presence and his homebrew decks he will accompany you in his streams, but don’t expect a lot of winning to happen! TheKalvino has joined Bandit Gang on a trial and will bring his passion for Gwent and creativity for Content Creation with him to make sure he can help bring BG to endless glory. You can find TheKalvino on Twitter here.

If you missed the twelfth 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!

Freddybabes – 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 say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Freddybabes's Deck Picks

GREEDY BOUNTIES
Bounty deck I’ve been playing a lot of, very fun with quite a lot of power.

GENERIC KELLY DECK
Generic Keltullis deck with added witch apprentices for when the ladder is very NR heavy.

SIEGE DRAUG NR
The best NR deck I’ve played this patch, great value from lots of powerful win cons.

PATIENT NR
An early build with mages and Priscilla / Dandelion, not super strong but was very fun at start of the patch.

KOSHCHEY RELICTS
Relict monsters with an Ihuarraquax, not optimal version of this kind of deck but had a blast playing it.

TRIPLE DAGUR
My attempt at a Skellige rain deck, discovered that Melusine cultists aren’t great, but the deck was a blast nonetheless.

BLIGHTBALL
Good old-fashioned Nilfgaard, cut Cupbearer for Dead Mans Tongue like a madlad, otherwise pretty similar to what I used at world masters last patch.

Who Is Freddybabes?

Freddybabes aka Freddo is a partnered streamer, YouTuber and competitive player for Team Leviathan Gaming. As a competitive player he managed to win three official Gwent tournaments, usually bringing decks with a special twist. You can find Freddo on Twitter here.

If you missed the eleventh 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!

TheOneChristo – 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 say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

TheOneChristo's Deck Picks

There are definitely some leftovers from my tryhard Season of the Bear. Then there’s a bunch of other stuff that I never delete. It might be time for the great deckbuilder purge of 2021. Until then, here’s what’s in my deckbuilder.

Shieldwall
I was looking for some NR that wasn’t Witchers and Mr Ecko sent me this one to play on stream. I got sidetracked by Kaedweni Revevants and never actually played it. I’ll probably get to it at some point.

Mobilization
Somebody in chat sent me this one as well, CatDadAnthony I think? I’m pretty sure he lifted it from Trynet. It was fun to play, but I get confused easily playing Revs, so it didn’t do my MMR much good. 

DevilDriven Seasonal
DD’s stuff is my go-to for seasonal. It’s pretty much the first thing that ends up in my deck builder every season. Hats off to you sir for the top notch content.

Bushr’s Overwhelming Hunger
I was looking for old school OH and somebody sent me Bush’s list. It wasn’t exactly what I was going for. That night on stream I was too lazy to build my own deck, so I ended up playing Revs instead and this list sits unused in my deckbuilder (starting to see a trend?).

Decode’s Elves
I love wholesome Elf lists. I always have. They used to be my go to archetype when a new patch came out. I’ve been toying around with Traps – which I hate, so it was refreshing to come back to good old Elf Swarm. Fun and a solid deck. 

Randy’s NG
A viewer redemption, having spent his hard-earned tea bags to have me play his deck. It’s inspired by an older NG, lock-heavy list. Doesn’t quite match up well to the current 4x Joachim lists that are floating around.

Mercernn’s Stockpile Another viewer redemption. Mercernn is an expert deck builder. That being said, Stockpile is bad. Sorry Merc.

BG’s Kelly
I snagged this out of the Bandit Gang discord, I can’t remember who posted it. I’ve been having a tough time with Monsters lately, so I was trying out a variety of different things. 

Piggy’s Pockets
New Lined Pockets lists have been forgoing the Sir. I wanted to try a version with Skewertooth. I didn’t notice a huge difference between the two versions.

Presidente’ Guerilla Tactics
Another viewer redemption. It’s an all-neutral deck with GT. Lots of fun. Lots of Bandits! It actually won us a couple of games…..in casual. 

Psykoki Made Me Do It
It was a viewer redemption. I had no choice. I refuse to play Lippy Gudmund and never used that card before. I used it once. Won the game. Never plan on touching it again. Not sure why I haven’t deleted it yet.

Lined Pockets V3
V1 & V2 are gone, V3 is post Tunnel Drill nerf (I barely want to call it that – post drill tweak?)

Why Viy?
As in “Christo, why have you stooped so low?” I’ve been trying a bunch of Monster things and I’m not loving any of the options, this one included. 

sMORKvarg
Eist list with Mork in it. Exciting, I know.

NR Witchers
Pretty standard stuff, they actually served me quite well a few seasons ago.

“Chinese Metabreaker”
The famous 4x Joachim list that the Council posted as the Chinese Metabreaker. If it was that good, I had to try it, right? Except I didn’t. It still sits unloved in my deckbuilder. I ended up playing Cloggers for NG MMR.

Stupid Bugs
Can you tell that I don’t really like any Monster options this season? This one included. I know it’s a strong list, I just cannot for the life of me figure out how to play it. 

Bladerunner’s Fault
Another viewer list – Bladerunner sent me this guy when I said I wanted to play some Enslave.

Kelly Kelly Bo Belly
Another Kelly list I tried (and failed with). 

ABC Always Be Clogging 

Named after that famous scene from Glengarry Glenn Ross (or the SNL Skit Always be Cobbling), this was a mix of what enerGiiX and iancm were playing last season and was a real superstar for me, punching above 2500. Yes, I’m sorry, but not that sorry for playing clog.

Eist to See You
Ya I was going on a movie kick apparently, this one from Batman & Robin’s Mr Freeze (or Rainier Wolfcastle from the Simpson). First kick at the can for Eist last season. There’s even a deck guide floating around somewhere.

Emhyr’s Sneaky Spices
First go at it with Emhyr. I actually had a lot of fun with this deck. It hasn’t aged all that well, but I don’t have the heart to delete it.  

Triple Commandos
There is no more iconic a combination than BabyJosus & Triple….well Triple anything, really, but Triple Commandos is near and dear to my heart, so when BJ updated his list with the Foltest buff, I had to give it a go.

Who Is TheOneChristo?

TheOneChristo aka Christo is known as the owner of Christo’s Cafe serving all kinds of specialties. He started out as a streamer and joined Bandit Gang as one, but has since then improved his menu by adding Host and Caster to the it. He has been hosting and casting events for Bandit Gang and 983 Media since that and eventually got the opportunity to cast the Top 64 Qualifiers for CDPR alongside WatchFlake.

If you missed the tenth 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!

Escanbryt – 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 say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Escanbryt 's Deck Picks

Hey guys! These decks have been compiled during the Season of the Elf, before the latest patch. As such, the provisions might be slightly different, but the mechanics are all still in place and the decks still have their spirit. Have fun! And shoutout to Team Kreve for the third list.

New Pirate Gang
So the first deck is kind of my signature deck by now. It started out as a Reckless Flurry list in October 2020 and evolved into Blaze of Glory as new cards got implemented. While you could say that it’s just an ordinary Eist-warrior-deck with a few off-meta bronzes, I wouldn’t agree with that. It plays differently and can take round one very cheaply if you draw a good pirate hand and have access to your Tidecloak Hideaways. I’d also say that Eist synergizes well with Dimun Pirates if the bloodthirst gets denied. Downsides are that pirates are missing tutors and you can end up missing some valuable cards from time to time, which overall makes the classic warrior deck a bit more competitive. Still, this deck was the one that scored the only win against enerGiiX in the April BG in-house tournament, so there’s that. Denpai is also very fond of this deck.

Seditious Aristocrats
This Nilfgaard deck is pretty fun to play and more competitive than it might look. It’s about playing Masquerade Ball in the first round to ensure a long round three where you create a setup with Seditious Aristocrats that can generate a lot of points. You play Operator with the Aristocrat and continue to trigger Idarran along with your leader on the opposing Aristocrat. The thing is that even if Idarran gets removed right away, he was already worth his provisions. If not, it gets even better with Informants, Coup de Grace and the like. All the spies that you play afterwards and of course the Usurper generate a whole lot of points. Most enjoyable Nilfgaard deck for me.

Precision Strike by Team Kreve
Precision Strike has always been a leader ability to me that I really didn’t like, regardless of its strength. However, I’m relatively close to completing my “Jack of All Trades” contract and all that’s missing are a few Scoia’tael abilities. So I just thought I might give this list from Vanandmunter of Team Kreve a shot and I have to say I like it so much more than all the other iterations I have played so far. It really feels like it can brick like hell, especially if the Novigradian Justice remains in the deck, but there’s usually some way to resolve it. And the double Serpent Trap is such a nice twist. Really appreciate this list!

Siege Warfare
This deck looks like a real pile, but it can actually bring out a lot of points if you get the right setup in round three. This setup is basically playing siege engines with the scenario and placing Siege Masters in between. Siege Masters are also the leader target. What looks easy to counter is actually not that easy to disassemble if it is played right. Finishing things off with the warfare cards can take you a long way. In order not to get bled, you try to take round one with Kerack Frigates and whatever might be necessary.

Restore Arnjolf
This is a variation of a list that Babyjosus created around a particular combo. This combo creates a 1-point-Arnjolf with Idarran and then slams points with Giant Boar and Restore. While people often will focus Idarran right away, the Arnjolf in return sticks. At least if your opponent sees this magic trick for the first time. However if Idarran sticks as well, he is giving some nice bonus value to cards like Svalblod Totem or Haern Caduch. BJs list combined this with a Madoc bomb package, while this list plays more witchers and opens up synergies for cards like Heymaey Flaminica, Leo, Berengar, or even Arnvald. The Portal also makes Bear Witcher Adepts ten times better. This deck is still a meme, but a funny one for sure.

Who Is Escanbryt?

Escan is an Article Writer for Bandit Gang with a main focus on Seasonal Mode. In the past he has written plenty of Seasonal Guides and is currently working on the Seasonal Mode page for the Team Bandit Gang website.

In his spare time, Escan likes to listen to music and visit concerts. He even traveled to Leeuwarden in The Netherlands to go to a concert from his favorite band. Oh, and of course to hang out with his friend Babyjosus.

If you missed the ninth 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!

Branca93 – 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 say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving them unique names. Oh well, there is only one way to find out and that is by exposing them through this series!

Branca93 's Deck Picks

Kiki(more) Delivery Service 
The base deck was made by our dear friend Bomblin. The first time I played the deck I was thrilled but to be honest I didn’t know how to play it. It’s really different from the usual things we see around. Then I added a few cards that I thought would fit better in the deck and voilá! Who does not like a nice swarm deck? 

Smooth Criminal
I have always enjoyed playing with Syndicate, but I have never tried to play with this Leader; for some reason I used to find it dull. But now, thanks to Tunnel Drill and Cleaver it is awesome! Since I always like to give a personal touch to the decks, I’ve added Johnny, Sarah and Gord. Since we’re playing with so many special cards, I think it just makes sense to add them ^^ 

Gord and Friends
Well…I admit; I guess I kinda enjoy playing with Gord  ^^ 
And this list combines the best of the ST world. It has Ginger Boy (Gezras), Forest Protector, Fauve, Dunca Lunca and nature spells. Nature’s Gift is a great ability because it can boost our dryads and at the same time give us some smoll treants.  I would say this is one of my favourite decks of all time.

Not your deck…Our Deck!
Assimilation still prevails after all the changes and nothing makes me happier. There’s no better feeling than playing Cantarella and get the best card in your opponent’s deck. What about watching all your creatures getting them points! Beautiful! T_T
And that’s why this deck shall be one of my favourites. It is such good fun! Also Coup has max value here since it can target tons of targets. You can also substitute Triss with Emhyr and add Seditious Aristocrats for one of the 5 drops for some more spicy time.

Shield King
And so, kids, this was the deck that made me enjoy NR. Before playing it, I never had the urge to try the faction. I dunno…I always thought it was dull. But this one is so much fun! Probably it is not good enough for this meta but for sure you will enjoy some of the cool stuff it can do. I would though recommend adding  two Damned Sorceresses to the deck. It can make things a lot spicier. 

Who Is Branca93?

Branca is your typical cat lady, meaning that she finds a lot of happiness in her cats Guppy & Molly by showing pictures of them on her Twitter every now and then.

Branca is rocking the BG umbrella on her Twitch where she streams all kinds of games. From spooky games to card games. You can find her streams here.

If you missed the eight 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!

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 say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving 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 share their insights about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving 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 share their insights about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving 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 share their insights about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving 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 share their insights about what kind of decks they have in their deckbuilder. The decks in one’s deckbuilder often say a lot about the person. The player could be a deckbuilder at heart and enjoy running his/her own homebrews and even personalize their deck loadout by giving them names. But of course, you also have the person who looks at a meta snapshot, starts netdecking the best lists from it and might not even bother giving 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!