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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit

Tw3 gwent deck Nilfgaardian
  • Special - Nilfgaard wins if the round ends in a tie.

The Nilfgaardian Empire Gwent deck must be built from scratch by acquiring cards. The Nilfgaardian faction ability is to also win a round if it’s a draw. The Nilfgaardian deck consists of a total of 38 available Gwent cards.

OverviewEdit

In general, the Nilfgaard card set consists primarily of strong stand-alone cards; a few standard units have point values of 10. However they are quite limited in the number of cards that can strengthen each other; they do have a few with Tight Bond but apart from the Impera Brigade Guard quartet those cards are significantly weaker than the Tight Bond ones found in the Northern Realms Gwent deck. Like the Northern Realms deck there are three standard spy cards but the point values for the Nilfgaard variants are higher.

In general this deck is designed for straightforward, plodding progress and outlasting an opponent in the long run. With their large number of Heroes and wide spread of cards with strong point values throughout the three rows they are the most resistant to Weather effects, but they are also the least capable of taking advantage of the Commander's Horn (gwent card) because their strength is so spread out among their rows and Hero cards aren't affected by them, so they are vulnerable to enemy Decks that can get high burst strength via multiple Tight Bond or Muster units combined with a Horn that they can protect from weather.

One other tactic with it when using it for yourself is the Setup. This takes use of multiple Spies, primarily the high point Melee versions, and Biting Frost (gwent card). Spies increase the strength of your opponent, and if your opponent is able to get a significantly higher point score than you at some point (it appears to be at least a 30-point lead) they will frequently Pass the rest of the round to conserve their cards for further rounds. This appears to trigger a bit earlier if your Card count is notably higher than theirs. So play on this; use a number of melee Spies and nothing else (if you have to put down other cards don't put down Melee and nothing high valued), wait for them to eventually Pass with the supposedly higher hand, and now since they can't do anything else for the rest of the round put down Frost to destroy the advantage they got from your Spies, empty the rest of your hand of Spies of all types to collect as large of a non-Spy hand as possible and lay down the smallest number of cards you need to get a higher point score than them, and win the round. So you end up winning the first round and start the second with a massively greater number of cards left in your hand. Not much should be able to stop you at this point.

Note that NPC Nilfgaard opponents may try exactly the same thing on you. There's more of a chance of them Passing the round when the point score of your hand gets a sizeable lead and they just sacrifice the round but they'll have a much bigger card count than you for the second and likely third rounds, starving you out. The best way to counter this is to Pass when the point lead of your hand is notable (at least 20) but before they have Passed, ideally at a point when they would have Passed on their very next turn. What usually happens is they instead don't Pass and try to beat you in the round anyways, and end up fighting their own spies. You will likely lose the round but they'll burn through a number of the extra cards they picked up and they will no longer have their Spies, giving you a good chance at taking the second and third rounds.

This deck can receive a maximum of 16 additional cards for a total of 26 playable cards when the initial hand of 10 cards is included (3 spy cards, reclaim 3 spy cards opponent uses against you with decoys, mysterious elf spy card, Emhyr var Emreis: the Relentless leader card ability).

Cards Edit

Icon Name (no. of cards) Type Combat row Strength Special ability Description Source
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Emhyr var Emreis: His Imperial Majesty Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
His Imperial Majesty Pick a Torrential Rain card from your deck and play it instantly. Part of the base deck
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Emhyr var Emreis: Emperor of Nilfgaard Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
Emperor of Nilfgaard Look at 3 random cards from your opponent's hand. Purchase from the Innkeep at the Crossroads
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Emhyr var Emreis: the White Flame Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
The White Flame Cancel your opponent's Leader Ability. Gwent: Skellige Style, reward for completing the quest
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Emhyr var Emreis: The Relentless Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
The Relentless Draw a card from your opponent's discard pile. High Stakes
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Emhyr var Emreis: Invader of the North Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
Invader of the North Abilities that restore a unit to the battlefield restore a randomly-chosen unit. Affects both players. Hearts of Stone
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Albrich Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
2
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Quartermaster or Trader in Crow's Perch
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Assire var Anahid Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
6
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Black Infantry Archer (2) Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
10
0
None
0
n/a
1 purchased from the Merchant in Lindenvale
1 purchased from the Merchant in Claywich (after rescuing him)
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
6
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Cynthia Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
4
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Quartermaster in Crow's Perch
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Etolian Auxiliary Archers (2) Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
1
Tw3 gwent medic
Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. 1 purchased from the Merchant in Lindenvale
1 purchased from the Merchant in Claywich (after rescuing him)
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Fringilla Vigo Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
6
0
None
0
n/a
A Dangerous Game, looted from Caesar Bilzen's house
Tw3 gwent card back siege
Heavy Zerrikanian Fire Scorpion Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
10
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Merchant in Lindenvale
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Impera Brigade Guard (4) Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
3
Tw3 gwent tight bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards 1 purchased from the Crossroads innkeep
1 purchased from the Cunny of the Goose innkeep
1 purchased from the The Seven Catsinnkeep
1 purchased from the Quartermaster or Trader in Crow's Perch
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Letho of Gulet Hero
Tw3 gwent close combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Gwent: Velen Players, won from the Boatwright in Oreton
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Menno Coehoorn Hero
Tw3 gwent close combat
10
Tw3 gwent medic
Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Gwent: Playing Innkeeps, won from the Innkeep at the Crossroads
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Morteisen Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
3
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the merchant in Midcopse
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Morvran Voorhis Hero
Tw3 gwent siege
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Gwent: Big City Players, won from Marquise Serenity at the Passiflora
Tw3 gwent card back soldier
Nausicaa Cavalry Rider (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
2
Tw3 gwent tight bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards 1 purchased from the Crossroads innkeep
1 purchased from the Trader in Crow's Perch
1 purchased from the Quartermaster or Trader in Crow's Perch
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Puttkammer Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
3
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Merchant in Claywich (after rescuing him)
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Rainfarn Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Merchant in Lindenvale
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Renuald aep Matsen Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
5
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back siege
Rotten Mangonel Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
3
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
7
Tw3 gwent spy
Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back siege
Siege Engineer Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
6
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Innkeep at the Crossroads
Tw3 gwent card back siege
Siege Technician Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
0
Tw3 gwent medic
Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Purchase from the Innkeep at The Golden Sturgeon
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Stefan Skellen Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
9
Tw3 gwent spy
Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Sweers Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
2
0
None
0
n/a
Purchase from the Merchant in Claywich (after rescuing him)
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Tibor Eggebracht Hero
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Gwent: Playing Innkeeps, won from Olivier at The Kingfisher
Tw3 gwent card back ranged
Vanhemar Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
4
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Vattier de Rideaux Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4
Tw3 gwent spy
Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Vreemde Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
2
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
Tw3 gwent card back close combat
Young Emissary (2) Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
5
Tw3 gwent tight bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards 1 purchased from the Cunny of the Goose innkeep
1 purchased from The Seven Cats innkeep
Tw3 gwent card back nilfgaard
Zerrikanian Fire Scorpion Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
5
0
None
0
n/a
1 purchased from the Quartermaster or Trader in Crow's Perch

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