Alright, this time around I need to write about it fast, before another Hotfix is released and nerfs Skellige again. I really hope not, because Queensguard-related decks are the most fun decks I’ve played in Gwent so far! I’ve got really bored of Radovid after hitting rank 15 and I’ve tried to make some Skellige decks work for the last few days. Sadly, it wasn’t that easy and I just fell down a few hundred rating points. But today, I’ve played the deck for the whole evening and got my rating back. I’ve played around 30 games with the deck and got 70% win rate in the end (21-9), which is really solid.
So, a new patch was released yesterday. You can read the full patch notes here, but I’ll focus on explaining the changes that are important to this deck. First, King Bran‘s ability was buffed and now can discard up to 3 cards from the deck instead of 2. It means more deck thinning and more things you can get into your Graveyard on turn 1. That’s seemingly a small change, but it matters A LOT in the game. Then, Draigh Bon-Dhu was reworked again. It has 4 base strength and adds 3 base strength to 2 units in your Graveyard. While the effect is worse than it was before (affecting whole Graveyard), it lost all the tags – it’s not Relentless or Fleeting anymore, meaning that you can Decoy it and resurrect it. I don’t play Decoy, because I don’t think it’s really worth it with the new effect (and it’s really hard to fit it), but the fact that you can resurrect him with Sigrdrifa (and then possibly with Restore -> Sigrdrifa again) it means that you can add TONS of base strength to your Queensguard (or any other card you want to add Base strength to). On top of that, Ermion was reverted back to his pre-nerf state and he once again DRAWS first and only then you choose which cards to discard. That’s a huge change and Ermion is once again a staple Skellige Gold.
And so, the deck is back in action with a few small changes – for example, it’s not worth it to play Cerys right now, because Ermion is just simply better. After playing 12 games with it so far But once again, I go through the card choices, mulligan, strategy etc. so read more if you want to learn how to play this deck!
Edit: After playing the deck a bit more, I’ve just hit top 100 with it 🙂