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Tw3 gwent deck Skellige
The Skellige Gwent deck, although originally planned in 2014 as part of the base game[1], wasn't introduced until the Blood and Wine expansion. The inspiration for this deck comes from Skellige's clans and legends. The base deck is received from Count Monnier and for collecting all cards there is achievement called "I Have a Gwent Problem".
  • Special - 2 random Unit cards from the graveyard are placed on the battlefield at the start of the third round.

Strategy Edit

While capable of both swarm and Tight-Bond, the deck focuses on resilience. The Skellige deck faction ability doesn't trigger until the beginning of round 3 when two random normal (non-hero or "special") cards are returned to the board. The King Bran leader card ability halves the effect of adverse weather cards, while the King Crach an Craite leader card ability shuffles the contents of both players' graveyards back into their decks. The Skellige deck also features the Kambi card, which, like the neutral Cow card is played with a 0 score that, when removed from the board, "transforms" into a powerful being. Unlike the Cow card, however, Kambi becomes a hero card with 11 score, whereas the Cow card transformation yields 8 score. This deck excels at attrition, but lacks the double-edged risk of, say, the Nilfgaardian deck.

The deck possesses 2 unique features, each introducing potential advantages, with the first tapping into the powers of the default leader card.

  • Cerys is a hero with the swarm ability, summoning Shield-Maidens who in turn possess Tight-Bond. When fortunate enough to possess both 2+ Shield Maidens and Cerys in the starting hand, Shield Maidens can be used on an early round, then restored to deck via the default leader card and summoned by Cerys in a subsequent round.
  • Berserker feature hinges upon units capable of turning into stronger, row-buffing/Tight-Bond variants when triggered by the user's mutation-inducing cards, but this feature places rather significant reliance on luck.

From a general standpoint, the deck can be played very conventionally, using solely brute force. With potent Tight-Bond cards on both close-combat and siege rows, the deck also benefits from swarm cards on the ranged row. This approach works best with King Bran leader card to counter potential debuff cards played by the other side. Under this approach, Cerys is a VERY nice addition (10+4*(1+200%)*3=46 on an empty board) but not the focus of the strategy.

With solid line-ups on all three rows, unique ability to withstand adverse weather and round 3 benefits, the deck has no vulnerability save a high score cap reliant on luck, for the deck has no spy card.

Associated quests Edit

Cards Edit

Icon Name (no. of cards) Type Combat row Strength Special ability Description Source
Tw3 gwent card back skellige
Crach an Craite Leader n/a n/a Crach an Craite Shuffles all cards from each player's graveyard back into their decks. Part of the base deck
Tw3 gwent card back skellige
King Bran Leader n/a n/a King Bran Units only lose half their strength in bad weather conditions. Won from the Camerlengo at The Ducal Camerlengo
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Berserker Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4
Tw3 gwent berserker ability
Transforms into a bear when a Mardroeme card is on its row. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Birna Bran Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
2
Tw3 gwent medic
Choose one card from your discard pile (excluding heroes) to play instantly. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Blueboy Lugos Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
6 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Cerys Hero
Tw3 gwent close combat
10
Tw3 gwent muster
Call all Shield Maiden cards from deck or hand into active play.
Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities.
Won from the Innkeep at The Barrel and Bung Inn
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Clan an Craite Warrior (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
6
Tw3 gwent tight bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both. All part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige
Clan Brokvar Archer (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
6 None n/a 2 are part of the base deck
1 is won from the Herbalist at Castel Ravello Vineyard
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige
Clan Dimun Pirate Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
6
Tw3 gwent scorch
Discard after playing. Kills the strongest card(s) on the battlefield. Won from Dupont & Sons Emporium's merchant (next to the grandmaster smith)
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Clan Drummond Shield Maiden (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4
Tw3 gwent tight bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 is part of the base deck
1 is won from the Innkeep at The Cockatrice Inn
1 is won from the armorer in Francollarts
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Clan Heymaey Skald Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Clan Tordarroch Armorsmith Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Donar an Hindar Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege skellige Draig Bon-Dhu Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
2
Tw3 gwent horn
Doubles the strength of all unit cards in that row. Limited to 1 per row. Won from The Pheasantry innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige
Ermion Hero
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
8
Tw3 gwent mardroeme ability
Triggers transformation of all Berserker cards on the same row. Won from Francollarts' innkeep at The Scarlet Cardinal Inn
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Hemdall Hero
Tw3 gwent close combat
11 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. N/A (is summoned by Kambi)
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige
Hjalmar Hero
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege skellige Holger Blackhand Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
4 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Kambi Special
Tw3 gwent close combat
0
Tw3 gwent summon avenger
When this card is removed from the battlefield, it summons Hemdall to take its place. Won from the armorer in Beauclair (located west of the grandmaster smith)
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige
Light Longship (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
4
Tw3 gwent muster
Summon similarly named cards from hand and deck. 2 are part of the base deck
1 is won from the Perfumery merchant in Beauclair
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Madman Lugos Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
6 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent morale booster skellige
Mardroeme (3) Special n/a n/a
Tw3 gwent mardroeme ability
Triggers transformation of all Berserker cards on the same row. 1 is part of the base deck
1 is won from the Herb Store's herbalist in Beauclair
1 is won from The Belles of Beauclair's madame in Beauclair Port
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Olaf Unit
Tw3 gwent close-ranged
12
Tw3 gwent morale
Adds +1 strength to all units in the row, excluding itself.
Can be placed in either the Close combat or the Ranged combat row. Cannot be moved once placed.
Won from The Adder and Jewels Winery's sommelier
Tw3 icon gwent weather skellige
Skellige Storm (3) Weather n/a n/a
Tw3 gwent skellige rain
Reduces the Strength of all Range and Siege Units to 1. 1 is won from the Tourney Grounds' armorer
1 is won from the Tourney Grounds' barber
1 is won from Beauclair Port's butcher
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Svanrige Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Udalryk Unit
Tw3 gwent close combat
4 None n/a Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege skellige War Longship (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent siege
6
Tw3 gwent tight bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 2 are part of the base deck
1 is won from the Tourney Grounds' innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige
Young Berserker (3) Unit
Tw3 gwent ranged combat
2
Tw3 gwent berserker ability
Transforms into a bear when a Mardroeme card is on its row. 1 is part of the base deck
1 is won from the Tourney Grounds' blacksmith
1 is won from Pierre at the Tailor's Workshop in Beauclair

Notes & references Edit

  1. Leaked CD Projekt Red materials from 2014