Now, that you know about the different types of resources in Gwent, you can begin to put them to work in building up a collection. The economy in Gwent is very generous to “free-to-play” players, so it should be a relatively smooth process to move from starter decks to meta decks quickly. Here are some tips to help you build up your resources and collection and make your starting experience as easy as possible.
The first and simplest tip to build up your resources is to simply play the game! Gwent introduced a daily login bonus with the implementation of Gwent on iOS, but it is available no matter which platform you use to access the game. Even if you do not plan to play any games, it is a good idea to at least sign in to Gwent each day you are able to pick up a small reward. This ranges from 30 scraps (enough to craft a Common card) to one reward point or even a random card. At the end of one week of logins (the days do not even have to be consecutive), you will receive a random premium card.
You also receive rewards in the form of minor rewards and reward points from winning rounds in Gwent each day. Winning 6 rounds in one day will net you 2 Reward Point, while you will gain more reward points in tiers until you max out at 66 round wins in one day at a total of 6 RP. Along the way, you will pick up small rewards (5 ore or scraps) any time that your opponent wishes you a “Good Game” in the post-match screen.
Minor rewards are granted every two rounds you win up through 18 rounds, and then every four rounds up through 42 rounds. After that you will not receive any minor rewards.
Prestige levels are granted every time you reach Level 60 and do one more levelup in-game.
Major rewards replace minor rewards at certain milestones:
Doing a Gwent marathon beyond 66 rounds won won’t give you more rewards.
In order to get these rewards, we recommend playing Classic Ranked matches over Classic casual matches or Arena. Ranked matches provide us with the best matchmaking for newer players and also rewards us at the end of each season based on our finish. Arena can give good rewards, but costs 150 ore to enter and has no matchmaking. It also does not provide daily round win bonuses unlike Ranked. If players feel comfortable playing and winning in Arena, it can be another possible area to explore to get some unique gameplay experience and pick up rewards at the same time. The Ranked ladder system is explained in more detail here.
The other main method of getting resources involves getting rid of some cards in order to replace them with cards you want. Be weary of “milling” cards, that is destroying them in the Deck Builder, as you only gain a fourth to a third of the crafting cost of the card when we mill it. For example, a legendary card costs 800 scraps to craft, but only gives you 200 scraps when you mill it.
You can mill any card that is not part of the starter set in this way. It is tempting to mill cards from factions you do not think you will play, but this is very inefficient on your resources and you will likely revisit this faction in the future anyway. Only mill cards if you are certain you will not play the faction from which it comes or if you have referred to a trusted source about the potential of the card to ever be played. Also mind that cards could be reworked entirely and thus become playable. You can ask these kinds of questions in the Team Aretuza Discord or with any highly experienced player.
What we should incorporate, though, is milling excess copies. This can be done automatically with the “Mill Spare Cards” button in the Deck Builder. The button will not detect extra copies when they are split between standard version and premium version, however, so from time to time, we recommend you browse your collection to find any bronze cards which you posses twice in their standard version and also at least once in premium version. The button will be filled with colors while it is active and will be faded when it is not, so click on it any time you see it active.
Aside from this, you can also consider spending real money on the game, although it is absolutely not necessary and you can gain multiple meta decks in a short period for free if you focus on the strongest cards. It is even possible to gain a full collection without spending any money. If you do decide to spend on the game, be on the lookout for deals in Shupe’s Shop, including packs or bundles that are sometimes released and provide better value than simply buying kegs.
Shupe often has good deals on offer in his shop!
There are two main ways you obtain cards in Gwent.
Card kegs are purchased with ore (typically one keg costs 100 ore) and are broken down by expansion. When starting out, it is a good idea to invest your ore in Base Set kegs, since this set is the largest and will give the fewest duplicates in the beginning. However, if you have a deck or faction in mind, then expansion or faction kegs (obtained from the Reward Book) can be a good source to attempt to pull some of the cards in that deck. As soon as you start to get many common bronze duplicates from a keg, consider buying a different one to get its bronze cards as well. Especially common bronze cards of all expansions can be assembled fairly easy this way. Unless you are saving ore to enter Arena, it is recommended to buy kegs with ore as soon as you have enough, as there are never deals on kegs (with ore at least) to incentivize saving ore for later.
The other method of obtaining cards is by crafting them directly. This process is relatively straightforward, as you simply need to enter the Deck Builder and click on the card which you would like to craft. On the bottom of the screen is an option to craft the card for the appropriate resources (varying scrap amounts).
The game will notify the player if they have enough resources to craft a particular card by displaying a hammer icon in the bottom left of the card in the Deck Builder screen.