TGO: Harvest finally concluded and it was one hell of an event! You can check out the whole Tournament on our youtube.

In this week’s Gwentlemen Talkshow we have a special guest - Mithranor. Mithranor is a prominent Gwent streamer who has been around for quite a while. This week’s topic involve the results of the TGO: Harvest and some closing statements. The main topic of the night were the 20 new revealed cards ofcourse. The talkshow starts off right when the cdpr stream ended so you can have some true first impressions from our hosts & guests.

For more from Mithranor you can find him on twitch



Musical duo Zero & Sqwerell, aka The Sounds of Gwent bring us a lyrical masterpiece to commemorate the christmas period coming up. 

“Wild Hunt Wonderland” - The Sounds of Gwent



GwentSlam #3: Semi Final and Winner Predictions

Yesterday saw the first round of matches taking place for GwentSlam #3. Four players fell by the wayside as TailBot, eiSloth, Dyuhaaa, and GameKing advanced to the semi finals. Ten different community members made their predictions, in order to try and get a flavour for who was expected to win. These ten were:

  • crokeyz - A Gwent streamer who covers the early morning shift. He’s won Gwentlemen Open in the past, and is known for his penchant for mill.
  • Insangpha - Representing Korean Gwent. Insangpha won Gwent Mania Korea, and his team reached the finals of The Gwentlemen Invitational.
  • Jaggerous - Resident host of the Gwentlemen talk show, Jaggerous hosts and commentates for Gwentlemen events. She also makes deck guides on YouTube and streams on Twitch.
  • Merchant - Official caster for GwentSlam and the previous two Gwent Opens, Merchant is also known for his YouTube videos, Twitch streams, and spicy memes.
  • Metranos - Metranos is a regular name near the top of the pro ladder. He placed 2nd in GwentSlam #2
  • ImpetuousPanda - Player turned caster, Panda commentates GwentSlam along with the recent Gwent Open. He also played in GwentSlam #1.
  • Raikou - Seen by many as a deck building god, Raikou represents Japanese Gwent and is a staple at the top of the pro ladder.
  • Swim - Probably the most widely known Gwent streamer and YouTuber, Swim is known for his in depth deck guides. So much so that often he sets trends in what is played on the ladder.
  • vaysh - Well versed with factions across the board, vaysh can commonly be found in the top 8 for Gwentlemen Open events. Another skilled player, he is often seen in the pro ladder elite.
  • Lamios - A hardworking Gwentlemen, Lamios keeps the meta snapshot up to date, and keeps on top of the Gwent meta. He’s also a common name on the Gwent reddit.

While nobody was 100% correct, some did better than others. Both ImpetuousPanda and vaysh did the best, with 3 out of 4 correct. Meanwhile Insangpha may have cursed the players. He predicted the losers of the day, with no correct predictions. Going into Day 2, we asked the group who would win each semi final, and who would end up the ultimate GwentSlam #3 champion. These were the results:

The panel is divided on the TailBot vs eiSloth match-up. Half think TailBot will take the set, whereas half are in favour of eiSloth. Having seen the decks both players brought, this has weighed into the decision making. Metranos expects an eiSloth victory. When asked about it, he said “I think eiSloth is favourite because he has better decks in my opinion, especially with Henselt and the new coin system. I think it’s a huge mistake to not bring Henselt.” Indeed the system has changed in this tournament such that players now alternate going first each game. If you know you are going second it is safer to bring more reactive decks, such as Henselt machines. However crokeyz feels that TailBot’s experience gives him the edge. “TailBot is more experienced than Sloth in the last few patches in both tournaments, and ladder. That will carry him through.” It may come down to deck choices versus experience in the first semi final, but with the jury so split, it seems to be anybody’s game.

When it comes to Dyuhaaa vs GameKing however, the panel was much more unanimous. Nobody expects Dyuhaaa to win. Seen as an underdog due to his lack of experience, Dyuhaaa surpassed expectations in the first round. This time however, he’s facing an opponent with a much stronger tournament track record. GameKing is the defending GwentSlam champion, and his tournament history is what has swayed the jury. Jaggerous felt that “Dyuhaaa has some interesting decks. He’s brought a lot of weather, and GameKing doesn’t have a lot of clear. But GameKing is a tournament veteran. We saw some simple misplays out of Dyuhaaa and ultimately I think Dyuhaaa’s lack of tournament experience gives GameKing the edge.”  With that said, yesterday saw some upsets for sure. Although the odds seemed stacked against him, regicide is a common theme in Gwent, and Dyuhaaa may topple the GameKing and go for the crown.

It isn’t certain on who will play in the GwentSlam finals, but everyone was asked who they expect to win overall. Almost everyone thinks that GameKing is the best player of the remaining four, with 90% in his favour. Five chose TailBot to win his semi final, but none of them think he can beat GameKing. Coming off of a second place finish at GwentOpen, TailBot is a formidable opponent, but when it comes to GwentSlam, GameKing is seen to rule. He finished second overall in the first GwentSlam, and won GwentSlam#2. He is a firm fan favourite, and according to Merchant is _“the motherflippin’ king.” _Only Panda went against the grain, calling an eiSloth win. Last time the group were 90% in favour of an outcome however, they were wrong. Ultimately it comes down to the players and how they perform, and for all we know Dyuhaaa may just take us by surprise.

Overall, the TailBot vs eiSloth match up is the most contested. GameKing is a clear favourite and it is unsurprising given his GwentSlam history. At the end of the day though, it is also possible that the Insangpha curse may propegate to day two. So expect an eiSloth vs Dyuhaaa final.

If you want to watch GwentSlam and see who wins you can find the broadcast from 4pm CET on Lifecoach’s Twitch channel.

To find out more about the players and their Gwent history, check out our recent article, GwentSlam #3: Meet the Players.

This article was written by Francesca “Jaggerous” Jagger. You can find more from her on her YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter.



Introduction

The third iteration of GwentSlam was, as expected, once again fantastic. The line-up of player, the casters and hosts as well as the stream and production quality were excellent; so huge shoutout to Lifecoach and his crew for bringing consistently such top notch content.

The dust has settled and the pool is cleaned, now is my time for some number crunching. Don‘t forget, the dataset analyzed is has not a huge sample size and conclusions drawn can be flawed.

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Gwent Slam 3 has just reached its conclusion and what a tournament it was!  The Grand Finals were played between relative newcomer to the big stage, Dyuhaaa and one of the games’ best Pro Ladder players, Tailbot.  Let’s take a deeper look at the Finals action:

After being declared the Blue Player who would get the ability to play second in 3 out of the 5 matches, Dyuhaa chose to ban the powerful King Bran.  Tailbot on the other hand decided to ban Broover Hoog since while his lineup was quite powerful, it did notably lack answers to deal with the golden weather in the Broover Hoog deck.

Dyuhaaa did not waste any time showing exactly why he made it into the finals of this prestigious event.  He made an astounding round 1 play by using the power of his Frightener and the red coin to force a pass from Tailbot.  This not only setup a long round 3 which favored his Eredin deck, but it also allowed him to get great value out of his Succubus which may have otherwise been bricked.  While Succubus is a very powerful card it is one that loses a substantial amount of value once your opponent knows that it is in your deck.  Dyuhaaa leveraged this fact to control the pace of the rest of the game.  His open pass round 2 led to a 10 card round 3 in which his frost was able to do a massive amount of damage against the units of Tailbots Radovid deck.  This proved to be too much to overcome and Dyuhaaa drew first blood in the best of 5 series.

Tailbot chose to play his Unseen Elder deck in game 2 when he would have the advantage of going second.  He masterfully crafted a round 1 in which he successfully baited out his opponents Geralt: Igni on a Toad Prince that could have been absolutely devastating later in the game.  He also managed to setup both a Nekker and an Ekkimarra for carryover and timed his pass very well.  He was able to leverage these powerful carry over units to secure a 1 card advantage going into round 3.  Though round 3 was well fought by both players, the combined power of multiple Witch Hunters and the essentially free tempo provided by Dun Banner Light Cavalry proved too much for Tailbot to overcome, particularly since he had a Slyzard in his hand without a target in the graveyard.

Tailbot was now facing elimination and chose to rely on his prowess with his Nilfguard deck to win a mirror match and keep his hopes alive.  His deck was well suited to the mirror match with powerful tools such as Muzzle and the Guardian.  He was able to leverage his Muzzle in round 1 to steal his opponents Impera Enforcers, a key engine card in the matchup.  Round 1 turned into an absolute slugfest with both players trading haymakers and eventually playing every card in their hands.  Tailbot came out on top of the all-in round 1 brawl and was able to turn that win into a favorable round 3 scenario where he was up a card on Dyuhaaa.  The extra card was too much to overcome and Tailbot was able to stave off elimination.

Game 4 showcased Dyuhaas’ very direct and straightforward approach to beating the Nekker focused Unseen Elder strategy employed by Tailbot.  He was forced to go first, but managed to leverage this fact by taking the board over with Impera Enforcers on the very early turns of the game.  This allowed him completely decimate his opponents swarm of Nekkers before he was ever able to really get their engine going.  Tailbot tried to anticipate a long round by making an Arachas Behemoth from his Monsters Nest for some additional value, but his plan was not meant to be.  Dyuhaaa forced him out of the round shortly after deploying his third Impera Enforcer which allowed him complete control of the board.  In round 3 Tailbot gave it his best effort, but an unfortunate Roach draw helped to seal his fate.  His hand was no match for the full might of Nilfguard as Dyuhaaa had all four of his powerful golds saved until the final round.  Nilfguard triumphantly took down the final round of the tournament and Dyuhaaa was crowned the champion!

Dyuhaaa brought a very strong lineup which was much more focused on the powerful weather hazards than any of the other competitors.  His great read on his opponents to not include a sufficient amount of weather clears in their deck paid huge dividends as he was able to ride his slightly unorthodox deckbuilding decisions all the way to the championship.

Congratulations to Duyhaaa our newest champion, and to all of the other participants at Gwent Slam.  This was yet another wildly successful tournament showcasing some of the best players in the world at the peak of their game.  I would also like to thank Lifecoach for hosting, the casters for providing very high quality commentary and all of the behind the scenes people who worked so hard to make this event as great as it was.

This article was written by Joesn0w. You can find more from him on his twitch