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Challenger #3 – Day 1 recap

by Francesca “Jaggerous” Jagger

Day one of GWENT Challenger #3 is now in the books, and what a day it was. We saw the four quarter-final best-of-five matches played out in the “Wieliczka Salt” Mine in Poland.

First up was Freddybabes versus Cmel. Freddybabes secured a 3-1 victory over Cmel, utilising an unusual Consume variant. The deck takes advantage of a monstrous Germain/Yennefer combo to access Harpies. It took Cmel, who was targeting the Greedy-Consume variant, by surprise. Conversely, Cmel’s controversial Eithné Hand-Buff deck failed to hit the mark, and he was knocked out of the competition.

Adzikov versus Kolemoen turned out as a surprise for many, with a decisive 3-0 by Adzikov. Lack of Ciri: Nova draws in game 1 spelled disaster for Kolemoen, and a repeat of his round 1 dry-pass strategy proved costly in game 2. Deathwish made an appearance in game 3 for Adzikov, and Kolemoen couldn’t weather the storm as he was eliminated.

SuperJJ versus Hanachan was a big talking point of the day. Fan favourite JJ was expected to win by popular vote, but was taken out 3-0. His strategy to target Greatswords looked promising on paper. But, in reality, his Consume list didn’t make the cut, and Hanachan took three clean victories.

Finally, the new kid on the block, I_aPOROgise, played against the annihilator of tournament dreams, TailBot. A surprise Dagon-Consume list bamboozled I_aPOROgise in the first game, giving TailBot the lead. Game 2 saw a misplay from I_aPOROgise, restoring a Dimun Pirate Captain with no target. Despite a colossal 39 point Schirrú  in game 3 from I_aPOROgise, TailBot demonstrated why they call him “Tailgod” as he cinched the third game in the third round to close out the day.

To find out how things unfold in the semis and grand finals, you can tune in to the CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel from 4pm CEST, April 29th.

See also

The Evolution of GWENT’s Factions

Imagine for a moment that you are the Lady of Time and Space herself, Ciri, and you’ve just travelled back to November 2016. Would you recognise the GWENT you’ve devoted hundreds of hours to? While it’s enjoyed a loyal following, there are many popular players that weren’t around during the very early days of Closed Beta. This was back when there wasn’t even a ranked mode and a “pro ladder” was the stuff of a Dragons Dream. The archetypes that made up the various factions have been through months of evolution – something which we recently covered in “5 Gwent cards that defined the past” – but with everyone gearing up for Homecoming, let’s take a more in-depth look at how the factions have changed.

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Junior Member Posts: 909 Joined: 2017-02-10
thanks Can we see the decks somewhere?
Poser Posts: 106 Joined: 2015-09-16
The game was amazing! And big thumbs up for hosts, casters and also analysts work! Every time Challenger becomes better and better
CD PROJEKT RED Posts: 267 Joined: 2017-04-11
thanks Can we see the decks somewhere?

The game was amazing! And big thumbs up for hosts, casters and also analysts work! Every time Challenger becomes better and better
Great to hear you liked it!
Moderator Posts: 4861 Joined: 2014-10-28
Fun to watch! Good game to all those involved.