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.
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.
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.
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!