New GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Update Live; Includes Nilfgaard Changes, Balance Improvements, and More

on February 18, 2017 7:14 PM

Yesterday, GWENT: The Witcher Card Game’s latest update went live on Xbox One and PC.

With the new update, CD Projekt Red has said its main goal was to solve some of the major issues that were affecting gameplay, and improve how Nilfgaard works – especially strategies focusing on revealing cards. Additionally, many Nilfgaard gold cards have also received strength improvements.

The other notable change regards the Clan Tuirseach Axeman card: it’s ability now only works with units damaged on the opponent’s side.

The full list of changes, sorted by faction, can be seen below:
General / Neutral  
  • Commanders Horn now adds +4 to a row.
  • Triss Merigold can now target both sides of the board.
  • Merigold’s Hailstorm, Skellige Storm and White Frost now let you choose one weather effect.
Monsters
  • Ancient Foglet strength changed from 6 to 5.
  • Avallach strength changed from 6 to 8.
  • Crones strength changed to 7,8,7.
  • Succubus strength change from 10 to 8.
  • Vran Warrior’s Strength changed from 5 to 6.
  • Succubus will now place ‘Agile’ units on the opposite row upon moving them.
  • Vran Warrior will not consume a unit right after being played.
Skellige
  • King Bran now discards up to 3 cards and adds +1 base value.
  • Svanrige now draws cards first and then discards them.
  • Draig Bon Duh strength changed to 4.
  • Draig Bon Duh in no longer Relentless.
  • Draig Bon Duh ability changed to: add 3 base strength to 2 non-Gold units in your graveyard.
  • Clan Tordarroch Armorsmith strength changed from 6 to 5.
  • Clan Tuirseach Axeman gets +1 strength for every damaged unit on the opponents side of the board.
  • Ermion will now draw 2 cards and discard 2 cards.
Northern Realms
  • Kaedweni Siege Support can now only be placed on the siege row.
  • Reinforcements will now be able to target all Bronze cards, even if there are no copies left in the deck
Scoia’tael
  • Added a 1 turn timer to Dennis Cranmer – will now reset all other non-Gold units on the row at the end of the round.
Nilfgaard
  • Impera Brigade is now boosted only by spying units on opponents side of the board.
  • Treason now adds +8 to a opposing spying non-Gold unit.
  • Mangonel strength changed to from 4 to  6.
  • Spotters now recieve +1 for each revealed card wherever they are.
  • Spotters strength changed from 5 to 4.
  • Nauzicaa Brigade now deals 5 damage.
  • Impera Brigade now gets +3 strength instead of +2 of every spying units
  • Sweers strength changed from 7 to 8.
  • Vanhemar strength changed from 7 to 8.
  • Cynthia’s Guardian strength changed from 8 to 6.
  • Menno Coehoorn strength changed from 9 to 10.
  • Xarthisius strength changed from 9 to 11.
  • Morvran Voorhis will not shuffle the deck after using his ability.
  • Tibor Eggebracht now gains base value strength and reverts to 7 once removed from battlefield.
Game fixes / changes:
  • Fixed an issue witch Reinforced Trebuchet ability countdown continuing in the graveyard after if it’s removed from the board.
  • Fixed an issue with Regis not transforming into Higher Vampire.
  • Fixed a rare issue with using Treason on a damaged Cantarella: the card will be moved to the graveyard correctly while having at most 6 strength.
  • Fixed an issue with Roach and Foglets not coming back on the board when previously locked.
  • Fixed an issue with Pavetta destroying herself after using Alzur’s Double Cross.
  • Fixed an issue with Tuirseach Axemen recieving a massive amount of points after Dimeritium Bomb was used.
  • Tuirseach Axeman’s ability will not be triggered by set and consume effects.
  • Tuirseach Axeman’s ability will only be triggered by opponent’s units.
  • Fixed an issue with Skellige faction ability not working on Morkvarg.
  • Fixed an issue with Ele’yas recieving points for Commando Neophyte’s, which where moved with Drowners or Geralt: Aard’s ability.
  • Revealed ambush cards will be affected by Weather now.
  • Morkvarg should no longer recieve random strength values after being affected by weather and resurrected.
  • Harpies will no longer spawn eggs when pushed by Geralt: Aard.
  • Fixed an issue whereby Ceallach would be activated 3 times upon using Jan Calveit’s ability.
  • Fixed an issue whereby Dimeritium bomb would reset units’ to their base strength disregarding Weather Effects.
Game polishes:
  • John Calveit’s tooltip fixed to mention non-Gold Units.
  • Added a 1 turn timer to Lubberkin’s ability.
  • Fixed Skjall’s tooltip to: lose 2 strength instead of 3.
  • Numerous tooltip fixes.

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC at an undisclosed date. The game is currently available in a type of early access form on both the Xbox One and PC.

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