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Tw3 gwent deck Skellige
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 an 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.

Overview 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, this deck's only vulnerability is its sheer reliance on luck. Lacking spy cards and medics, while focusing on card combos (tight bonds or berserker + mardroeme) means that the player practically relies on a good initial hand.

Associated quests Edit

Cards Edit

Icon Name Type Row Str. Ability Source
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Berserker Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 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 Medic: Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Blueboy Lugos Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 6 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Cerys Hero Tw3 gwent close combat 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities.
Summon Shield Maidens: Summons all Shield Maidens from deck and hand.
Won from The Barrel and Bung Inn's Innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige Clan Brokvar Archer Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 6 2 are part of the base deck
1 won from Castel Ravello Vineyard's herbalist
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige Clan Dimun Pirate Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 6 Scorch: Kills the strongest card(s) on the battlefield. Won from Dupont & Sons' merchant
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Clan Drummond Shield Maiden Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 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 won from The Cockatrice Inn's innkeep
1 won from the Francollarts' armorer
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Clan Heymaey Skald Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Clan Tordarroch Armorsmith Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Clan an Craite Warrior Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 6 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent hero skellige Crach an Craite Leader Shuffle all cards from each player's graveyard back into their decks. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Donar an Hindar Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege skellige Draig Bon-Dhu Unit Tw3 gwent siege 2 Commander's Horn: Doubles the strength of all unit cards in that row. Limited to 1 per row. Won from The Pheasantry's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige Ermion Hero Tw3 gwent ranged combat 8 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities.
Mardroeme: Triggers transformation of all Berserker cards on the same row.
Won from Francollarts' innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Hemdall Hero Tw3 gwent close combat 11 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. transformed version of Kambi
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige Hjalmar Hero Tw3 gwent ranged combat 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege skellige Holger Blackhand Unit Tw3 gwent siege 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Kambi Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 0 When this card is removed from the battlefield, it summons a powerful new Unit Card to take its place. Won from Beauclair's armorer
Tw3 icon gwent hero skellige King Bran Leader Units only lose half their Strength in bad weather conditions. Won from the Ducal Camerlengo in Beauclair
Tw3 icon gwent range skellige Light Longship Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 4 Muster: Find any cards with the same name in your deck and play them instantly. 2 are part of the base deck
1 won from the Perfumery's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Madman Lugos Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 6 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent morale booster skellige Mardroeme Special Triggers transformation of all Berserker cards on the same row. 1 is part of the base deck
1 won from The Belles of Beauclair's madame
1 won from the Herb Store's herbalist
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Olaf Unit Tw3 gwent close-ranged 12 Agile: Can be placed in either the Close Combat or the Ranged Combat row. Cannot be moved once placed.
Morale boost: Adds +1 to all units in the row (excluding itself).
Won from The Adder and Jewels Winery's sommelier
Tw3 icon gwent weather neutral Skellige Storm Weather card 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 Beauclair Port's butcher
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Svanrige Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Transformed Vildkaarl Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 14 Morale boost: Adds +1 strength to all units in the row (excluding itself). transformed version of Berserker
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Transformed Young Vildkaarl Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 8 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. transformed version of Young Berserker
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Udalryk Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent siege skellige War Longship Unit Tw3 gwent siege 6 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 won from the Tourney Grounds' innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent melee skellige Young Berserker Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 2 Tansforms into a bear when a Mardroeme card is on its row. 1 is part of the base deck
1 won from the Tourney Grounds' blacksmith
1 won from Pierre at Tailor's Workshop

Notes Edit

  • It should be noted that while Skellige Storm was introduced with the rest of the Skellige deck, and reflects it in its name, Skellige Storm is actually a neutral card and can thus be used in any of the decks.

References Edit

  1. Leaked CD Projekt Red materials from 2014