Kalvino

Bandit Gang’s Meme Snapshot for Gwent #5

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun But Garbage

Overview:

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

 Pros:

– A lot of points in round 3

– Spread power → big cards and tall removal/engines

– You play ball in a fun way

Cons:

– Terrible round 1

– Vulnerable to bleed

– Draw dependent

Core Cards:

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

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

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

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

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

Pros:

– So greedy it’s actually fun!!!

– Nice point finisher

– Easy to understand strategy

Cons:

– So greedy it’s actually painful!!!

– Very RNG dependent

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

Core Cards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Pokkas88

Overview

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

Pros:

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

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

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

Cons:

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

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

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

Core Cards

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

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

Written by Mercernn

Overview:

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

Pros:

– Deck has some amazing synergies

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

-Massive point value if everything plays according to plan

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

Cons:

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

– Very draw dependent

– Low consistency

Core Cards:

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

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

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

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

Written by Pokkas88

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

Pros:

-So much fire

-Its a Shupe deck

Cons:

-Fragile combo

-Lots of set up

Core Cards:

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

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

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

Renew: Solely for Alissa again

Written by Kalvino

Overview:

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

Pros:

– Core pirates synergy is pretty good

– Crach is low-key MVP

– Has Uma

Cons:

– Requires opponent to play units

– Few consistency cards

Core Cards:

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

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

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

Iris’ Companions: Used to ensure you draw Iris

Written by Kalvino

Lore Friendly

Overview:

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

Pros:

– Amazing in a long round

– Can destroy greedy decks

– Good against swarmy decks

Cons:

– Terrible against unitless decks

– Spies are a bit underwhelming engines

– Very slow.

Core Cards:

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

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

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

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

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

Pros:

-Some good synergies with the Knight cards

-Good consistency

Has both control and defensive capabilities

Cons:

-Low tempo

-Bronze cards with Knight tag feel very underwhelming

-Difficult to deal with swarm decks

-Difficult to play against heavy control decks

Core Cards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Pokkas88

Overview:

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

Pros:

– Actual Blizzard value

– Chonky units

– Lots of Pew Pew 

Cons:

– Low point output on our side

– Relies on opponents cards

Core Cards:

Blizzard: Destroys all lowest units (including ours) 

Alissa Henson: Double Blizzed fun

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

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

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

Written by Kalvino

Overview:

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

Pros:

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

– Scenario can help in getting round control quickly

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

Cons:

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

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

– Tricky to navigate correctly

Core Cards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Pokkas88

Becoming A Pro

Overview

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

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

Pros

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

Tall units and tall removal support the strategy 

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

Cons

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

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

Doesn’t necessarily have the strongest round 1 

Core Cards

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

Written by Escanbryt

Overview:

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

Pros:

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

– Decent both in control and proactive play.

– Capable of excelling in both short and long rounds. 

Cons:

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

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

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

Core Cards

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

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

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

Written by Mercernn

Overview

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

Pros:

– Great mixture of consistency, control and engines

– Gives Madman Lugos a chance to shine 

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

– Still viable even if your combo bricks

Cons:

– Sequencing can get a bit itchy from time to time 

– Squirrel and especially Xavier Lemmens can ruin your day

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

– Not much Rain without the combo

Core Cards:

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

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

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

Suggestions:

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

Written by Sawyer

Overview:

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

Pros:

-Consistent game plan

-Plenty of points in all rounds

-Only cares about setting up graveyard

Cons:

-Really needs last say 

-Needs the right cards early to ensure later combo

Core Cards:

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

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

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

Written by Kalvino , Deck by Decode789

Honorable Mentions

Overview:

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

Pros:

-Fun meme deck with very good potential

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

-Massive points in a long round

Cons:

-Susceptible to tall/row punish

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

-If AQ gets heatwaved, the entire plan falls through

Core Cards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by UngryNab

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

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

Deck by MrRepek

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

End of Year Interview 2021 Kalvino ‘Some big personal moments for me that I’m pretty proud of’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Welcome Kalvino, you are the next in line after Enzo! How would you reflect on the year 2021? 

Kalvino: Looking back I can say 2021 was better than 2020! Some big personal moments for me that I’m pretty proud of. Happy that I finally started streaming this past February as it’s something I always wanted to try. Also got my first ever Passport and left the country for the first time! So focusing on the positive it was a good year.

 BJ: You recently joined Team Bandit Gang as a streamer for Gwent after you finished your 1 month trial, how are you liking it?

K: I’m loving it! I’ve been wanting to do more in the Community and being in BG allows me to do just that. I enjoy being able to talk with teammates about the game and work on the cool projects we’ve got. We recently put out Meme Snapshot 4 which is probably my favorite project. It brings a smile to my face when someone says they tried one of the decks.

 BJ: How have you enjoyed your journey on Twitch so far?

K: I’ve been a viewer of gaming content for most of my life so naturally have always wondered if I’d be able to do it myself. This year I proved to myself that I can, I’ve also gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be a public personality and not an anonymous viewer. I truly have loved my time on Twitch thus far. I have met some really cool people and even better, I’ve made some friends!

BJ: I know that you visited fellow teammate GhostArya this year, could you share the most memorable moment you had together?

K: I spent three weeks in Prague staying with Arya and Jerry in August. It was my first time leaving the States to see some of Europe. Prague was the perfect first destination. It was such a memorable trip with so many great moments. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mercernn in his town and Elis from Team Aretuza at a festival we went to. I have a lot of great memories from my time there but one with Arya I’ll share is from my first week there. We went up to the Petřín Lookout Tower. The elevator was out so we had to climb up what seemed like thousands of steps (at least to me since I wasn’t used to all the stairs) for the beautiful view and it was so worth it. After climbing back down we saw an old fashioned Carousel and looked at each other: We gotta go on that right!? We were a bit nervous since being adults, we weren’t sure they’d let us on, so with my Czech not being the best Arya had to go ask the person working it if we could and they said of course! We were so happy and got to ride around just like the kids, it was such a wholesome moment of pure fun that I remember fondly.

BJ: I love to hear it! By the way, what is the secret behind the stache?

K: The stache does not permit me to reveal its secrets.

 BJ: What a bummer. Is there anything (else) that you would like to do next year?

K: After finally traveling overseas for the first time I’ve got a real itch to travel more and more! There are many places I’d like to see but it all depends on my planning skills, scheduling, and of course money which I sadly don’t have an endless supply of. One thing I have my eye on is Twitch Con in Amsterdam.

BJ: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

K: I’ve never been too into the resolutions thing as I think personal improvement should be a constant goal! With that said I’d like to go into the next year focusing on living more in the moment and overthinking less.

BJ: Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2022?

K: I try my best to focus on positivity but it’s not always the easiest thing to do. It’s a bit difficult to look back on a year with total clarity as we are beings of the present. I think we can find comfort not in deciding if we had more good times than bad but in the fact that regardless of what happened last year we are here now and going into a new year! None of us know what it truly has in store for us. That thought could be perceived as scary or daunting but I believe it’s best to see it as exciting, inspiring, and full of potential. In closing I’d like to say make the most of 2022 as you can as we should every day.

BJ: Cheers and happy holidays!

thumb-1920-373302

*Kalvino's Top 10 Cards of 2021

*Kalvino started his top 10 with 1 (and onward) instead of number 10.

1 – Gezras: My favorite Gwent card forever, it’s always just so satisfying to set up that full back row and see him jump back to make that shining light animation boost everything.

2- Simlas: I’ve really loved all the fun this card has brought! So many different ways to make use of this ability.

3- Bountiful Harvest: My favorite new Nature card. Such a good card with Handbuff synergy and it gives you a unit on the board! What else do you need?

4- Sorceress: Without contest it’s the best bronze Elf card. The dream is to boost her to then create a Harvest which finds you another in an infinite loop.

5- Alissa Henson: An amazing Neutral card, allowing you to play Shupe twice so easily in any deck! Also the backbone of my Quadruple Harvest deck.

6- Fucusya: Second Wind is back baby.

7- Melusine: I love me some self wound SK and this card can damage two cards at once while giving you Rain to damage the opponent!

8- Little Havfrue: This little mermaid is just has so many synergies in SK and such great voicelines.

9- Illusionist: One of the strongest 4p card with such a powerful ability that you have to plan out how to make it work best for you!

10- Uma’s Curse: It got a Provision buff which only made it easier to highroll to victory in any faction!

Bandit Gang’s Meme Snapshot for Gwent #4

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

4. Honorable Mentions: these are decks from community members that we wanted to give that extra spotlight.

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

Fun But Garbage

Overview:

The deck consists of two strategies – you should use them in two rounds to win a game. The first one is a classic soldier strategy. Play a lot of Pikemen, Infantry or illusionists and use Vrygheff + Vreemde. The second strategy revolves around the recently buffed Ointment and old-school Alchemist meme. Swap the power of a small unit (a cow) with living armor or…. With Tibor, so you can use ointment on him!

Pros:

– Soldiers

– Cows

– Can battle both control and greedy decks.

Cons:

– Limited amount of maximum points

– Your combo can be bled

– Low control

Core Cards:

Triss Telekinesis: lets you play one bonus Ointment but can be replaced with a control card like Koko heatwave or Jennifer Invocation.

Germain Piquant: Core card for both of your strategies. An extremely important card so try to keep it for a final round

Mushy Truffle: Amazing for swarming and for keeping your cards healthy. You can use it for Pikemen in round 1 or Illusionists in round 2 or 3.

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

This is an incredible deck whose goal is to play double Cahir and finish the game with Regis: Higher Vampire.

Pros:

– Can’t lose against greedy boosty decks.

– No one expects Cahir in Enslave

Regis, duh

Cons:

Yrden is your enemy

– Bleedable

– Control decks can screw you

Core Cards:

Garrison: you want to use it on your opponent’s card to boost both your Cahirs and then steal the boost with Regis. With Steffan, you can do it twice!

Letho: Most of the time you want to use him on Cahir, however, in some situations, it is better to use him on the defender, Hefty Helge, or even your opponent’s card!

Enslave: is not a card but a leader that is unique and quite good in the current meta!

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

With the recent addition of Mushy Truffle to the game along with some Provision changes it’s now easier than ever to attack your opponents with Cutup Lackeys! I went for a bit of good ol’ Congregate Crimes and Fireswarm with a twist. 

Pros

– Fallen Knight’s can power through round 1 

– Fun to watch Cutups go Pew Pew 

– Damnation Value 

Cons

– Really needs Cutups to survive

– With so many combo pieces, you don’t like to be bled 

Core Cards

Whoreson Senior: We use full leader to ensure we have both targets and coins to allow Senior to give us 2 Cutups on board easily. 

Cutup Lackey: The bonded ability is what we’re aiming to make use of. We have Idarran and Igor to copy them as many times as possible. I like to be as greedy as possible and have them all on board before using any of my Crimes.

Mushy Truffle: Give us quick access to a Cutup Lackey and also does a great job of buffing them out of removal range. The Golden Froth is also very nice on our 2 defenders. Remember to have Idarran down before using Mushy Truffle as it’s a spawn!

Written by Kalvino

Overview:

This deck is silly. This idea is to get Dol Dhu Lokke and set Yghern, Pugo, Griffin, or Radeyah at the top of your deck. From there you have a few options. You can drop Imlerith for a thrive friendly pointslam, you can decoy one of the spawned drones or you can let Sunset Wanderers do its thing. With Dwimveandra you can do this multiple times and since Dol Dhu Lokke stays on the field for multiple rounds you have less pressure to draw both Dwim and Dol in the same round. The teleport facilitates an extra Dwimveandra proc but in a pinch you can replay a locked thrive unit or one Griffin/Elder bear for extra thriveyness.

Pros:

Radeyah and Shupe are really just there because you have no reason not to include them.

Cons:

– It’s a cute combo deck when you draw all the pieces but don’t expect easy wins even when you do draw all of the right cards.

Core Cards

Dol Dhu Lokke: Try to win r1 without playing DDL so you can use it to bleed r2 into a short r3.  

Glustyworp: Glusty is there for the cute Dwimveandra/DDL combo spawning a ludicrous amount of drones on your board. Glusty can and will save you from overswarming your board while also proccing thrive.

Written by Carrost

Overview:
Once upon a time there was a fella that figured out a new strategy for Iris: Shade. This new strategy contained Queen Meve, who gains armor for every boost that she gets, which became an ideal target for Iris. Therefore he put in a bunch of cards that synergize with this strategy and thus the following deck was created.

Pros:
– Thicc Iris
– Synergy between cards
– It is kind of fun

Cons:
– Being bled in round 2
– Missing out on combo cards
– Opponent has answers for your combo pieces

Core Cards:

Queen Meve + Iris Shade: Already explained why they are the core cards in overview kinda.

Donimir of Troy: It protects Meve from not dying, and also protects Vysogota of Corvo who equals a lot of points.

Iris’ Companions: Great tutor, when picking Iris from the deck you can also choose a card to discard. So it doesn’t have to be in hand.

Foltest + Dun Banner: This combo allows you to win round 1 easily which can guarantee you a long round 3.

Written by Babyjosus

Overview:

The meme decks disguised behind the Siege. The plan is to use the scenario in Round 1 to win it and go to a long Round 3. In Round 3, use as many Griffin Witchers as possible with Idarran and then purify them each turn after they are locked.

Pros:

– PEW PEW PEW

– Very good control

– I love to stockpile

Cons:

– Destroyed by total control decks

– Only good in long rounds

– Have bad cards and leader!

Core Cards:

Purify cards: use them on the row with Griffin Witchers for a replay of 3 damage each!

Idarran: Can work with Kaer Seren, Siege, and many more!

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

Probably the best Regis deck is the Nilfgaard spies deck but if you want to try something different, I strongly suggest Skelige Regis! The deck is incredible in long Round 3 if you manage to line up everything nicely and can guarantee you a victory against a lot of decks.

Pros:

– It is a Regis deck

– Amazing long round potential

– Huge, satisfying finisher

Cons:

– It might be hard to set up Regis

– You cry when you see Dagur banished

– Bad against decks with a low amount of units.

Core Cards:

Dagur Two Blades: You can play him twice because of Fucusya and he can give you a CRAZY amount of points with Regis.

Discard package: A classic, yes but worth mentioning because it lets you get Regis into your hand which is crucial for the deck and allows us to not play Matta.

Whale Harpooner: This card got a nice buff and it feels good in a Regis deck – helps you line up power and move units to one row.

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

 Elf and Onion Soup 4 Times in one game! What else do you need to hear? This one is pretty janky but lots of fun. Due to Soup being an alchemy it’s very easy for it to find value in a Druid deck. First Soup is the one from deck, Second is from Bride of The Sea, Third is Bride of the Sea again with Fucusya, Fourth is from Alissa putting it back and then playing it with Ermion. The perfect sequencing of this can be difficult and is dependant on your draws. 

Pros:

– RNG Casino Fun

– Gedy and Preachers offer many points

Cons:

– Very vulnerable to graveyard punish

– Preachers need to survive to give us points

Core Cards:

Elf and Onion Soup: We want to destroy our low power gold cards to find more useful ones. Main Target is Crowmother since she comes back, Morkvarg does as well. Ermion and our 4 power golds are nice targets too. Can be used one low power bronzes if needed, like Crows. 

Bride of the Sea: Since we need at least 1 turn of Rain on board to access Soup when we play Bride I went for Rage of The Sea to guarantee it always works. We want to use Fucusya and play Bride again so we must make sure we get her in the graveyard in either an early round or by destroying her with Soup. 

Alissa Henson: Used to shuffle the Soup back in deck to be tutored out again. 

Derran: Can be useful to put Crowmother in the Graveyard.

Written by Kalvino

Lore Friendly

Overview

With the recent expansion focusing on Mages, Bomblin & I felt inspired to highlight some Nilfgaardian Mages with this deck. At first glance it may look like a worse version of popular meta Assimilate decks, which might be true, however we have the power of underused cards on our side! You can look forward to surprising your opponent with Fringilla Vigo’s fiery pew pew and if you so dare you can even use Assire to put her back in the deck and do it again! The most fun card is definitely Cosimo Malaspina for good ol’ RNG nonsense.

Pros

– Surprise opponent 

– Highroll to victory 

– Play both Fringilla & Artorius Vigo

– Master of Puppers 

Cons

– Almost a Meta deck

– Cosimo Lowrolls are painful

Core Cards

Fringilla Vigo: She makes great use of all our mages and feels great played next to a Blightmaker and their spawned Guardian 

Cosimo Malaspina: Has many targets to transform in this deck. His value is not always assured but its always interesting to see what he finds you. Best on 4p or 5p cards.

Assire var Anahid: Very flexible but probably best used to put Roach or Cosimo back in deck for later.

Written by Kalvino

Overview:

Fully agent deck that can get a lot of value in a long round with a False Ciri! Also, if you missed Ball, you can play it again! Plus, no one is using the Lockdown leader ability!

Pros:

– Huh? ah…

– Nice in long rounds

– Struggle in Round 1

Cons:

– Bad leader ability

– Limited amount of points which can be generated

– Overswarm

Core Cards:

False Ciri: Not only the art and the voice line are incredible. The amount of points this card can provide for 6 provisions is amazing!

Seditious Aristocrats: You have a lot of spies so this card can get you a lot of value.

Emhyr: I just like my big boi.

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

In my opinion, dwarves are a super boring archetype. This version makes it more fun. It is also not a bad deck but lacks a tiny bit of control. The combo is to use Filavandrel from Isengrim’s Council to create Zoltan’s company. With Francesca and the original card, you can create a lot of Rowdy Dwarves! Then, you finish the round with Zoltan: Warrior.

Pros:

– Cute, big combo

– A lot of points outside of combo with Brouver

– Armor can protect you from pings

Cons:

– Yrden

– A lot of setup

– Be careful not to overswarm

Core Cards:

Brouver: helps you win the round where you don’t use your combo.

Francesca: Mostly used for Zoltan’s Company but can be flexible with Council or Call of the Forest

Dwarven Chariot: Spawns Rowdy Dwarves and gives armor to set up Brouver or to protect engines.

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

I built this list to revisit the self poison archetype after the Wretched Addict received a nice buff recently. However I ended up with a hybrid list that features several sketchy locations and a nice Syndicate vibe, so it suits this category.

Your strategy is starting your engines early and harvest points from overspending. You can play your cards as you draw them, but save your spenders for the end of the round. So the coin management is pretty simple, and so is your point generation.

Pros:

– Wretched Addict is a pretty good card now

– Three different possible targets for Dwimveandra

– Beggars work well with Caesar Bilzen, if Sigi Reuven is not available

Cons:

– Little removal in this deck

– Self poison package is a bit clunky, Wretched Addicts often need a second round before they get started because Gellert is vulnerable

– Fisstech is bad for you

Core Cards:

This deck is not as much about particular cards, but more about the theme.

Written by Escanbryt

Overview:

I am trying to make Vampire deck good every single season. I’ve tried full-on vampires, mixed them with Frost and now it is time for a control heavy decklist. And it works quite well!

Pros:

– Nice combo with Orianna

– A lot of control

– Vampires

Cons:

– You lose against Veil and no unit decks

– Small cards that require setup

– Can be bad in short rounds

 

Core Cards:

Toad Prince: amazing 4 point removal that can bypass shields and armor for relatively low provision

Orianna: winner of a long round if hidden behind the defender

Yghern + Ozzrel + Golyat: old combo is back after recent provision changes!

Written by Bomblin

Becoming A Pro

Overview:

The core idea of this deck is to use one of the recent additions to the game, Mushy Truffle, to protect possibly one of the greediest cards in the game – Vattier. You might be asking yourself why use Mushy Truffle over cards such as Armory, Petri’s Philter, Thunderbolt or perhaps even your Defender. The answer is cost-efficiency, as all of the previous cards either rob you of way too many points alone, or can take place of other, better cards and thus weaken your deck overall. Mushy Truffle provides you with some extend of protection and even if Vattier gets answered or you don’t draw him, you are still left with a stellar card capable of generating over 20 points. The deck has been proven by reaching Pro Rank and is capable of climbing further. 

Pros:

– Vattier’s crazy potential unburdened by wacky tech/support cards.

– A very strong Assimilate and control packages.

– Multiple finishers/plans for the final round – flexibility.

Cons:

– Difficult to pilot and susceptible to a degree of rng with draws.

– In some matchups even 5 power won’t be enough to keep Vattier alive.

– Finding proactive plays can get tricky depending on your hand.

Core Cards:

Vattier de Rideaux: Freedom has never been sweeter as Vattier can exist without a bunch of silly cards now. Usually your R3 card but in some heavily unfavorable matchups (Swarm, Control or Movement decks) you can also play him earlier if you know he wouldn’t stick anyways. Unbelievable potential, he can reach over 30 points of value quite often. Most often played as the penultimate card and boosted by Mushy Truffle immediately for protection. 

Mushy Truffle: Can protect Vattier, triggers Assimilate twice, Allows you to use your opponents bronzes against your opponent, provides you with carryover if played in R2. This card is crazy. You always wanna draw it regardless of whether you plan to play Vattier or not. Illusionists are both quite powerful and very fun to play with. 

Ramon Tyrconnel + Soldiers: The reason for why I opted for Ramon (Aside from loving the card!) was that he can provide you with an additional lock that could potentially unblock your Vattier. Furthermore, he can give you extra Assimilate engines and more proactive control setup with Slave Hunters and a variety of useful things with Illusionists. Ramon can be really draw dependent and you should keep it in mind, though, when using Roderick, Joachim, or when shuffling in general. 

Written by Mercernn

Overview :

The main idea of the deck is to punish your opponent with their own strategy. Usually Vilgefortz Renegade targets include Heatwave, Echo cards or Combo cards which you can pull off with Artaud Terranova and Coup de Grace. Ideally in round 1, you thin with Blightmakers, set up spying with Turncoats and Mage Torturer. Then Fercart into Dead Man’s Tongue for thinning and tempo. Nilfgaard usually prefers a longer round, so when you win round 1 proceed to dry pass round 2 and  take the long round 3. There are some exceptions depending on you matchups like Traps, Relicts, Double Cross, etc. 

Pros:

-Great on red coin

-Has good control like locks and tall punish

-Has engines and tempo to win r1

Cons:

-Can be bled out of good cards

-Less proactive

-Disciplined mulligan is required to not brick your mage assassins

Core Cards:

Vilgefortz Renegade: Great punisher for when the opponent has used tall punishes or echo cards for you to steal. Basic idea is to swap their best card with a bronze tactic from hand which you can then later play with Lydia’s ranged ability.

Lydia van Bredevoort: Pairs really well with Renegade as she can take back the tactic you put in opponent’s GY

Vincent Van Moorlehem: Pairs really well with Imposter

Coup de Grace: The deathblow really helps setting up your Renegade, when the opportunity strikes take it. Use Renegade to get that card you killed with Coup in your hand.

Artaud Terranova: All the spying tags in the early rounds really help you in setting up combos with the Renegade in Round 3/Final Round.

Fercart: Helps you to thin your deck and set up targets for Coup and Artaud. Great when he plays Deadman’s Tongue or Invocation .

Thanned Turncoat : Utilized with Fercart it becomes a nice engine combo that also sets up your Artaud

Blightmaker : Always wants to thin your Mage Assassin

Deadman’s Tongue: Used on Emissary and  Informant most of the time.

Written by Decode789

Overview:

If you know me I always enjoy some wholesome Scoia’tael and this particular deck has quickly become a personal favorite. You may take a look at this list of cards and be confused but I swear it makes sense! The original deck idea was to play as many Sorceresses and Bountiful Harvests as possible; I first tried it with Idarran but have since opted for a more consistent variant. With this final version the idea is to create 2 Bountiful Harvests (while leaving the original 2 in deck) then put them back in deck and play all 4 at once through Simlas. For a sweet and simple explanation, GhostArya (who has enjoyed success with her own version of this deck) said it best; “Get Simlas and 4 Harvests or lose”! Also shoutout to Danamariani from Twitch chat for the perfect deck name. 

Pros:

– Quite consistent

– Very satisfying finisher

– Sorceresses intimidate opponents 

– Great carryover

– Actually likes Blue coin 

Cons

– Falls apart if core cards are missed

– Fears running into Graveyard punish

– Can overswarm in bad situations 

Core Cards

Filavandrel aen Fidhail: One of our ways to guarantee an early Harvest. Ideally we handbuff him with a Vrihedd Saboteur or with a well placed handbuff from another Harvest. Cursed Scroll is used as the stratagem mainly to guarantee Fil on hand so he can be buffed. 

Triss Telekinesis: Our second card with pretty high potential to guarantee an early Harvest. Almost always works unless you run into an opponent with many specials. We are running only 2 sets of bronze specials to make her more consistent. 

Johnny & Sarah: Very underrated cards that work extremely well with our gameplan. We can commit one of them in an early round to secure victory but would love to have both for our final Simlas combo. Can often find them handbuffed or use a leader charge to get them out of removal range.

Alissa Henson: The centerpiece that enables our combo, she shuffles 2 copies of a bronze (Bountiful Harvest) from your graveyard back to the deck. It’s very important you play her before you go for your Simlas. It’s risky to do this before the final round because you could draw into the shuffled cards so ideally it’s done in the same round as Simlas.

Simlas Finn aep Dabairr: The glorious Elven Sage himself who allows for our giant point swing of playing 4 Bountiful Harvest in a single turn. Remember to give yourself ample time as the sequencing of clicking 9 cards in a turn sometimes lasts the full timer. It’s advised to not get a Whisperer in longer rounds as you will often run out of space. Also keep a unit in hand as to not miss out on all the handbuffs from the Harvests, its great to see them all go on Gord for example.

Written by Kalvino

Overview

The main idea of the deck is to have the highest Skaggs as often as possible. If you miss Skaggs in the early game do not worry as you have Filavandrel, Defenders and Sorceresses. 

Pros:

– Can use Red Coin to secure carryover

– Strong engines

– Skaggs offers great removal

– If everything goes well our finisher is huge

Cons:

– Easily punished on Blue if your hand is bad

– Luck of the draw

– Torque can miss target cards if there’s too many units in hand

Core  Cards:

Torque: Bread and butter of the deck, always have to handbuff him when you get the chance

Filavandrel aen Fidhaill: Ideal number for him would be 8 or 10, 12 can sometimes backfire so if you are sure that getting the Waters of Brokilon would win you the game then go for it.

Dunca/Hawker Smugglers: Smugglers should be protected with the leader ability whenever possible because these are your handbuff engines.

Simlas Finn aep Dabairr: Bountiful harvests is a great combo often used to defend the bleed from the opponent and simultaneously handbuffing your cards.

Forest Protector: Bountiful harvest can get you out of a tight spot when you need that small tempo. Into Rebuke for the control option as well.

Vrihedd Saboteur: Filavandrel / Sorceresses

Written by Decode789

Overview:

I love Glusty. I love AQ. I love Shupe. I love She-Troll. I love Renew. How about combining all of these ideas in one deck? It is perfect. Use your Glusty in round 1 because you want to use him again the round 3!

Pros:

– A lot of control

– No one expects double Glusty

– Nice combo finisher

Cons:

– Resets

– Korathi heatwave on Glusty

– Sometimes it is slow

Core Cards:

Renew: Most of the time you want to use it on Glusty to have your combo again. However, there are situations where it is better to use it on Whispess, defender, or even she-troll!

She Troll + Vran Warrior + Wererat: if you can get the combo going on, you get 3 points per turn!

Shupe + Radeyah: Nice value cards!

Written by Bomblin

Overview:

Deathwish has recently been buffed so I wanted to give it a try. Do you want to slam Rotfiends in your opponent’s face? Then this is the deck for you!

Pros

–  Can generate a lot of points in a short round

–  Has a control aspect where people are forced to play either around Fiends, Miruna or Toad Prince 

Cons:

– Goes tall on consume cards

-Opponents can play around Miruna or Toad Prince

Core  Cards:

Mushy Truffle : This card can enable your bonded ability for your Harpy when required.

Penitent: This card can be used early to thin out either Pugo/Golyat from your deck which enables your Ozzrel later on.

Haunt : This is the core deathwish enabler of the deck. Helps you proc Dettlaff, Miruna or Harpies when you are short on consumes.

Cyclops: I would like to call it an offensive consume where you just yeet the Fiend dealing 5 damage and also procing the deathwish of 5 damage. It is a flexible card among deathwish.

Dettlaff: In a short round, Dettlaff and your leader can generate a huge amount of points.

Urn of Shadows: Another useful tool to enable your deathwish abilities when you are short on consume cards. Usually for Archespore thin, Miruna seize or Penitent thin.

Written by Decode789

Introduction:

So first of all, keep in mind that this deck is supposed to be an attempt to use different neutral cards together with the power of Northern Realms to create some unique combination.
It surely has its strengths but also lacks some sort of tempo or heavy control options for certain matchups.

Gameplan:

The core idea is to play your Poor f* Infantry, turn them into Kaedweni Revenants with Draug and overwhelm your opponent with your specter army. Then, using Land of a Thousand Fables to turn your second Amphibious Assault into another Draug, you do all this again. Maybe with some Poor f* Infantry you have left, maybe with some other humans. 

Obviously, you can also use your Radovid’s Royal Guards, Dun Banner or Maxii Van Dekkar in addition to some leader charges in round 1 to place humans on your side of the board, turning them with Draug instead of your Infantry. 

Core Cards:

The Mushy Truffle is there to give you more Poor f* Infantry, while Casting Contest can help you to reenable the Revenants Order Ability and also boosting it up. While cards like Vincent Meis and Margarita Laux-Antille give you some control options on your opponent’s side of the board, the Siege Ladder is necessary to move around your Revenants, making them more flexible in what row you want to spawn more. You sometimes might overswarm a row pretty fast if you are not careful, so see them as your strategic movement.
Mandatory to this list is the Land of a Thousand Fables on Amphibious Assault, as only its order can turn AA into Draug…otherwise the core strategy won’t work. Therefor we have Pincer Maneuver as our leader ability in addition to also playing Oneiromancy…just to be sure. 

Tips:

Anyway, that’s basically it. You might find decent matchups, you might get in trouble versus other decks, but it surely teaches you sequencing in Gwent and can be a lot of fun if everything works out, while also strong enough to overwhelm your opponents. If you want to, you can change cards a bit, like a second Aedirnian Mauler or even including Sabrina Glevissig.

Written by Sawyer1888

Overview:

This deck is very control-heavy and has a few cards and combos that can slam down quite some points. The signature move is a three card combo of Tuirseach Veteran, Megascope and Idarran that yields 27 points for 17 provisions. This can usually only be countered if the Veteran is removed right away, which is kinda easy, but not obvious. And the Veteran can be made harder to remove, if one of the locations has its Order available. If you play greedier, the locations can both benefit from Idarran, if played after the combo.

Otherwise you have the Portal with the Bear Witcher Adepts and almost exclusively high base power units. So you can just play Triss Merigold as a plain removal card whenever needed, the only real brick being Geralt: Quen. Maxii van Dekkar and Cursed Scroll help your consistency.

Pros:

– Can create a lot of pressure on red coin

– Has a lot of options to disrupt engine decks

– Bleeds well and has a good short round with Geralt: Quen and Bear Witcher

Cons:

– Feels awkward if the Tuirseach Veterans get answered early

– Falls short if the removal doesn’t really disrupt a strategy

– Can sometimes have a clunky hand

Core Cards:

The combo cards are the core obviously, but beyond that it’s also not easy to change cards here. Cards like Portal, Marching Orders and Triss Merigold have specific deckbuilding requirements. And this deck feels really synergistic if you consider that this is a control-pointslam-deck. So I wouldn’t recommend changing too much here.

Written by Escanbryt

Honorable Mentions

Overview:

This is a highly greedy, inconsistent but super awesome SY meme deck to have fun with. Off the Books leader is essential as we don’t have a lot of ways to generate coins. Some cards can be used for Tribute (0). Basically has 3 main combos that can be utilized to make your opponent’s eyes roll back and forth while trying to understand what is going on!! 

Pros:

– Super greedy!!!

– Fun interactions/combos

– Feels good to pull off

Cons:

– Inconsistent

– Super draw dependent!!!

– Very vulnerable to tall removal

Core Cards:

Gellert Bleinheim + Salamandra Abomination: Can be used in any round, only if you have a full hand. Main goal is to have Abomination poisoned then add veil to it (via Crystal Skull or Stolen Mutagens). Try getting as many coins as possible and maybe commit a leader charge as well (not more than 7 though). Use Bleinheim and spam its fee order on Abomination. 1 coin will equal to a 4 point boost on Abomination (Veil will protect Abomination from second poison), with enough coins you can get about 30-40 points in a single turn. Can be spammed until Adrenaline 6 (Abomination self-purifies on turn end). Can help pushing your opponent to pass or bait a tall removal

Madame Luiza + Tinboy & Savolla: Can be used at any given moment to win a specific round or get out of a nasty bleed situation

Greater Brothers + Apothecary + Teleportation + Vlodimir: Make sure to initially use Greater Brothers while you don’t have any coins in your purse. Use Insanity until power drops to 2, then play Apothecary using Tribute for both heal and boost then use Insanity again to further boost your armor. Rinse and repeat (second apothecary or via teleportation) for a sweet 35-40+ armor on Greater Brothers. Last card should be Vlodimir to swap armor with power for a nice big finisher.

Bekker’s Dark Mirror: Can be used offensively but also as an extra/backup heal/boost on Greater Brothers for even greater boost!!!

Triss Telekinesis: Chance to get extra Stolen Mutagen or Teleportation 

Written by Pokkas88

Conclusion

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

A big thank you to Carrost, Escanbryt, Sawyer, Mercernn, Decode and Pokkas for providing us with their decks! Otherwise it would have been somewhat one-sided, with only decks from Bomblin, Kalvino and myself. We hope that we inspired you to create your own memes or own versions of the decks with this Meme Snapshot. But for now, Bomblin, Kalvino and I will fare thee well, and we’ll see you again in Meme Snapshot #5!

Do you have a unique meme deck? Then please contact us on Discord and we will consider putting it in our next Meme Snapshot!

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

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

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

Kalvino: It means a lot honestly. I always knew this was the Team I wanted to be a part of. It means I can work closely with fellow content creators I’ve admired since getting into Gwent. I look forward to exploring new types of content and collaborating with my teammates.

BJ: What made you join BG?

K: I was inspired by the many people I interacted with on Twitch and YouTube when I first took a deeper interest in the game. I always enjoyed my time on BG Members’ streams and I was especially interested in the unique approach they took to the game compared to others. After appreciating it so much, I wanted to do my part and contribute further to this great community.

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

K: They can expect more Streams and many Memes! I plan to assist further with the Meme/Theme Snapshot and might try to write some of my own articles or guides. I’ll also make regular appearances in BG video content when I can.

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

K: I think I’m pretty well suited as it’s a creative outlet I relish being able to explore. However, I know I have much to learn from my teammates. I plan to improve on all aspects of content creation and hope I can be a benefit to those working on the existing BG projects.

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

K: First would be thank you for your support! The Gwent Community and by extension Team Bandit Gang wouldn’t be the same without the fans showing their interest. I’m looking forward to more great content focused on bringing fun to your games.

You can find out more about Kalvino here.