Gwent Enters Open Beta, New Gameplay Changes Listed

Following a lengthy period of closed beta testing, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game has finally opened its doors for the public across all three platforms.

“Public Beta is an important step towards GWENT’s final release,” said CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwiński in an announcement. “We’re opening the gates to everyone who wanted to play, but didn’t make it into the Closed Beta.

He also added that the development team gathered a lot of critical feedback from the community during the closed beta period. It has resulted in “some pretty significant content and gameplay changes” that are now available for both current and new players.

Regarding the new changes since the closed beta, players now have the ability to choose exactly where cards are placed in the rows. The new positioning of cards gave the developer the opportunity to introduce position-based effects. For example, the “Thunderbolt Potion” buffs a target card and the adjacent units. “Vran Warrior” destroys the unit on the right side. “Letho” banishes two units adjacent to it.

The faction leaders have been reworked. Their passive abilities have been removed to be available as part of other cards. In addition, every faction gets to mulligan one card at the start of the second and third round.

Weather effects have been adjusted to do damage over time and will linger instead of disappearing completely when cleared. This has essentially made cards likes “Clear Skies” underwhelming. Finally, emotes have been added similar to Hearthstone.

Those who participated in the closed beta will receive a bunch of rewards from the developer. This includes Kegs of cards, avatars, and other goodies. Here is what they will receive:

  • Every Card Keg Purchased: We will return you the amount of Kegs you bought with real money.
  • Card Kegs for Levels: Starting from level 5, you get 2 Kegs every 5 levels.
  • Card Kegs for Ranks: 2 Kegs for each rank.
  • Season Rewards: Everything gained from your end-season placing.
  • Bonus: All items granted as gifts from CD Projekt RED (like the gift premium Geralt card).

Gwent had a strong closed beta, witnessing the involvement of some of the biggest names in the card-playing esports category.