Gwent Masters has been announced as an official esports event for the free-to-play collectible card game, which we hope to see return over the coming years.
According to the official website, the series will span across three different tiers of tournaments to determine the world champion. Everyone is invited to take part. There will be no restriction on either region nor platform.
The entry level tier will feature eight participants from across the globe that manage to attain the most ladder points, called Crown Points, at the end of each two-month season.
There will be eight Gwent Open tournaments during a single Gwent Masters series, and each will boast a prize pool of $25,000. The two finalists from each of the eight tournaments will be guranteed a spot in the next tier.
A single Gwent Challenger tournament will take place after every two seasons (or four months) and offer $100,000 in prize money. There will be four Gwent Challenger tournaments in a single Gwent Masters series they will also feature eight participants each; four from the previous two Gwent Open tournaments, three from the ladder, and one wild card entry picked by the developer.
Gwent World Masters
The third and final tier will conclude the Gwent Masters series. It will feature eight players in total, comprising winners of previous Gwent Challenger tournaments and the ladder. A $250,000 prize pool has been announced for the first iteration.
The first Pro Ladder season is scheduled to commence on September 1, with the first Gwent Open tournament kicking off this week from Gamescom 2017.
For those who do not delve into competition, Gwent is getting its first single-player campaign called Thronebreaker later this year. The main plot revolves around Meve, queen of two Northern Realms, who is facing the threat of a foreign invasion. The theme will take players to never-before explored parts of the Witcher universe, dueling in story battles and completing rich story quests.