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Gwent: King Bran Queensguard + Discard In-Depth Guide

Introduction

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 ūüôā


Gwent: Rank 15 Radovid Control In-Depth Deck Guide

Introduction

I’ll be honest – before the patch I thought that NR might be dead after all the nerfs. But instead of dying, it just came back to its roots – Radovid Control was the strongest NR deck when I’ve started playing (I remember Philippa being completely broken back then) and it seems to be one of the strongest meta decks right now. To be fair, close to 50% of my ranked opponents have been exactly Radovid.¬†There are few variations of the deck, but most of them share a similar core.

I’ve finally hit rank 15 two days ago, starting from around 3,300 MMR. I’ve peaked close to¬†top 100 playing this deck only. The deck is very consistent and has no terrible matchups in the higher ranks. In this¬†guide I’d like to go through the card choices and talk a bit about strategy and how to play it. I feel like it’s a great deck choice for anyone who wants a working Control deck or a competitive deck in general. I hope you’re going to like it!

P.S. Deck list was created by the GumGumFacePunch. I’ve also tried the¬†Ruben & Dunkoro’s version,¬†but I personally prefer the first one.


Gwent: Queensguard Skellige Deck Guide

Edit:¬†So… I was in the middle of writing this guide when the news about nerfs to the Queensguard deck hit me. I’m still going to finish it, because I think that the deck is viable even after the nerfs, but I have to say that anything besides Draig Bon-Dhu’s change was pretty unjustified.

Introduction

As you all probably know, Nilfgaard patch for Gwent was just released. It added a new faction, a bunch of new cards for the classic four and A LOT of balance changes. Among those changes were buffs to the Queensguard-based Skellige archetype (now some of which were reverted…). Two most important ones were Draig Bon-Dhu’s buff and changes to the King Bran’s Leader Ability.

Draig Bon-Dhu is now fleeting, relentless and gives +2 base strength to every unit in your graveyard. And given how much Skellige interacts with own graveyard, that’s A LOT. Now, the second change might be even more interesting. The thing about Queensguard build is that it was only successful where you could pull out all 3 Queensguard consistently in round 1. Standard mulligan can only get you so far and you rarely ended up with all 3 Queensguard in your graveyard unless you were running a heavy discard archetype. Old King Bran’s Leader Ability added a little bit of consistency, but at the cost of card advantage. The new one, however, allows you to put any 2 cards of your choice from your deck to your graveyard any time you want. It means that you now only need to get a single copy of Queensguard and pull the other 2 with the Leader Ability.

I’ve peaked at ~3550 rating (around top 300) after the nerfs. The deck is not as powerful as it was before, but it’s still very playable.

Below I’ll show the deck list, explain card choices, write a bit about the combos and general strategy.