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8.3 Patch notes

This time we welcome back some of the old friends in form of 12 new cards, portraying GWENT’s classic leaders.

Their abilities have been designed in a way that ties them closely to their faction, and pays homage to their origins.

8.3 is also introducing a lot of balance changes, notably boosting vampires, redesigning Lockdown, and changing the scope of Warrior tag.

You can read on all the changes and news in detail below.

Changes

Neutral

Vesemir Mentor: Adrenaline changed from 5 to 4.

Monsters

New card: Dettlaff van der Eretein.

Power: 6, Provision: 11, Category: Vampire

“Deploy: Spawn Blood Moon on an enemy row for 1 turn. Increase the duration by 1 for every adjacent Vampire.

Order: Damage an enemy unit with Bleeding by 1.

Deathblow: Spawn an Ekimmara on this row.

Cooldown: 1″

New card: Unseen Elder.

Power: 5, Provision: 13, Category: Vampire

“Deploy: Give Bleeding (4) to an enemy unit.

At the end of your turn, give Bleeding (2) to a random enemy unit without Bleeding.

Devotion: At the end of your turn, also trigger Bleeding on enemy units.”

Carapace: Veil status will now only be granted if the target is a Monster unit.

Alp:

Ability changed to:

Deploy: Give an enemy unit Bleeding (3).

Order: Give an enemy unit Bleeding (3).

Fleder: Ability changed to:

Whenever an enemy unit received Bleeding, gain Vitality with the same duration.

Protofleder: Ability changed to:

Deploy: Give an enemy unit Bleeding (3), then boost self by the amount of Bleeding on that unit.

Skellige

New card: Crach An Craite.

Power: 7, Provision: 10, Category: Human, Pirate

“Deploy: Give 2 Armor to 3 Pirates or Ships in your hand.

Whenever you play a Pirate or Ship next to Crach, damage it and the lowest power enemy unit by each others power.”

New card: Eist Tuirseach.

Power: 3, Provision: 11, Category: Human, Warrior

“Veteran.

Deploy, Bloodthirst 2: Draw a card, then Discard a card.

Whenever you Discard a Skellige unit during your turn, Summon it from your graveyard to this row.

Counter: 2.

Devotion: Also works whenever a Skellige unit enters your graveyard during your turn.”

Ursine Ritual: Provision changed from 17 to 16

Developer comment: Ursine ritual provision was a bit of an anomaly players ended up caughting up to, making the overwhelmingly majoritary Skellige leader ability, despite the others also showing good results. If it’s only a +1 in a vaccuum, Skellige has the tool to make pinging it’s own units be at the very least worth 0 points if not more. With this nerf, we hope to see diversity come back to the Skellige leader ability picks.

Morkvarg: Heart of Terror: Removed Warrior category.

Developer comment: Skellige suffers from this problem where most of its good card inherit from the Warrior category. As such, attempt at building other types of deck (Pirate for instance) tend to end up as Warrior deck in the final form after the iteration process. Removing some of these Warrior category is an attempt at allowing other Skellige Archetype to exist.

Terror Crew Axe-Wielder: Removed Warrior category.

Dimun Smuggler: Power changed from 4 to 3, Provision changed from 4 to 5.

Ability changed to:

Deploy: If played next to a Ship, Spawn a base copy of self on this row.

Order: Damage a unit by 1.

Dimun Warship: Power changed from 3 to 4, Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Ability changed to:

Whenever you play a Pirate, damage self and a random enemy unit by 1.

Deathwish: Summon a random bronze Pirate from your Graveyard to this row.

An Craite Warcrier: Power changed from 4 to 3, Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Northern Realms

New card: King Foltest.

Power: 7, Provision: 12, Category: Human

“The first time a bronze unit on your side of the battlefield is boosted each turn, Spawn a base copy of it at the bottom of your deck.

Devotion: Also boost the Spawned copy by 1.”

New card: Queen Meve.

Power: 7, Armor: 2, Provision: 10, Category: Human

“Inspired: At the end of your turn, lower the Counter by 1.

Counter: 3

When the Counter reaches 0, boost all allied units by 1.”

Kaedweni Sergeant: Zeal removed, replaced by Formation.

Smoke Them Out!: Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Ability changed to:

Spawn 2 Volunteers on an allied row.

If you control a boosted unit, also boost Spawned Volunteers by 1.

Lyrian Scythemen: Power changed from 3 to 4.

Ability is now limited to boosted units on this row.

Scoia’tael

New card: Brouver Hoog.

Power: 6, Provision: 11, Category: Dwarf

“Deploy: Gain 1 Armor for every Dwarf in your hand.

Barricade: At the end of your turn, boost all Dwarves with Armor on this row by 1.”

New card: Eldain.

Power: 6, Provision: 10, Category: Elf

“Deploy: Transform all your face-up Traps into Elven Deadeyes.

Devotion: Also transform your other artifacts.”

Dwarven Chariot: Removed Bonded ability and replaced it by “Order: Give an allied unit 1 Amor. Cooldown: 1.”

Eibhear Hattori: Power changed from 3 to 2, Provision changed from 6 to 9.

Ability changed to:

Deploy: Create and play a Trap card from your starting deck.

Serpent Trap: Added “Spring: Destroy the enemy unit with the lowest power.

Pitfall Trap: Added “Spring: Randomly split 6 damage between all enemy units.”

Saskia: Added Harmony.

Nilfgaard

New card: Anna Henrietta.

Power: 3, Provision: 9, Category: Human, Aristocrat

“Deploy: Replace your leader ability with a base copy of your opponent’s leader ability.”

New card: Emhyr Var Emreis.

Power: 7, Provision: 11, Category: Human, Aristocrat

“Deploy: Draw a card, then move a card from your hand to the bottom of your deck.

Whenever your opponent plays a unit, give it Spying.

Devotion: At the end of your turn, Seize a random 1-power Spying unit.”

Lockdown: Provision changed from 10 to 13.

Ability changed to:

Order: Disable opponent’s leader ability for the duration of this round. If your opponent’s leader has no Charges left or is on Cooldown, Spawn 2 Operatives on your melee row instead.

Developer Comment: “With it’s ability to completely remove a dimension of the game, Lockdown was a problematic ability. While it could serve as meta control like we saw against Viy after the 8.0 patch, it could also be abused more widely like in the previous meta, and would easily oppress off-meta fun decks, something players have complained about since way before it became a meta pick.

Still, Lockdown offered a unique control tool to NG and we wanted to preserve that theme.

New Lockdown aims at forcing the opponent to make uncomfortable decisions (like spending the leader ability in round 1) while still allowing for interactions. It opens multiple layer of depth, complimented by cards like Damien de la Tour or the new Anna Henrietta.”

Viper Witcher Mentor: Adrenaline changed from 3 to 2.

Kolgrim: Adrenaline changed from 2 to 1.

False Ciri: Added Aristocrat category, Power changed from 5 to 4, Provision changed from 7 to 6.

Ability changed to:

Deploy: Boost all allied Agents by 1.

Cadaverine: Provision changed from 7 to 9. Type changed to Special, Category to Tactic.

Ability changed to:

Poison an enemy unit, then Spawn a base copy of it on the opposite row.”

Syndicate

New card: Cleaver.

Power: 1, Armor: 2, Provision: 11, Category: Dwarf, Crowsplitters

“Intimidate.

Deploy: Spawn and play Shakedown.

Increase this card’s Intimidate by 1 for every adjacent Crownsplitter.

Fee 4: Spawn Cleaver’s Muscle on this row.”

New card: Whoreson Junior.

Power: 5, Provision: 10, Category: Human, Cutups

“Deploy: Damage a boosted enemy unit by 6. Gain a Coin for every point of excess damage dealt.

Devotion: Also gain Insanity.

Fee 3: Destroy an enemy unit with 3 power or less.”

Lined Pockets: Charges changed from 5 to 6.

Shakedown: Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Tax Collector: Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Whoreson’s Freak Show: Provision changed from 8 to 7.

Sigi Reuven: Provision changed from 12 to 11.

Ludovicus Brunenbaum: Coins gained through ability changed from 6 to 9, Tribute changed from 4 to 5.

Igor the Hook: Provision changed from 10 to 9.

Coerced Blacksmith: Profit changed from 1 to 2.

Oxenfurt Naturalist: Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Tunnel Drill: Fee changed from 3 to 2.

Rico Meiersdorf: Now set its power to the current power of the played card instead of the base power.

Dip in the Pontar: Provision changed from 5 to 4.

Stolen Mutagens: Salamandra condition changed from 3 to 2.

Beggar: Regular Profit changed from 2 to 3, Bonded Profit changed from 4 to 5.

Blindeye Apothecary: Tribute changed from 3 to 2.

Roland Bleinheim: Removed the Adrenaline effect.

Developer comment: This quirky Adrenaline exchange between the two brothers allows us to raised their power level. On the one hand, Roland becomes a better “engine” overall, not limited anymore by its adrenaline. On the other hand, Gellert benefits from a grace period where his ability is unlimited.

Gellert Bleinheim: Removed Cooldown, added “Adrenaline 5: Cooldown 1.”

New Features

12 New cards (Details in “Changes” part)

Game Fixes

Overwhelming Hunger: Deckbuilder and Tooltip will now properly display the change to 2 Charges instead of 3.

Blue Stripes Commando: Now prevents the order getting clicked if the row is full.

Griffin Witcher Adept: Now prevents the order getting clicked if there is no valid target.

Fixed a bug where opponents could see the tooltip of a trap that was being tutored or created.

See also