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By Luis, June 15, 2020

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Welcome to our second Aretuza Report. This report focuses on the newly announced Master Mirror expansion, the Gwent Summer Festival, and much more.

Aretuza Report # 2

Game Updates

Journey Quests - Week 11:

This week’s Journey quests require players to do the following:

  • Play 15 cards with the inspired keyword (Regular)
  • Play 3 Dandelion Cards (Premium)
  • Play 15 Siege Engines (Regular)
  • Play 10 units with bonded keyword (Premium)
  • Add armor 10 times (Regular)
  • Finish 3 matches in any online mode (Premium)

Here are two suggested decks for these quests:

Gwent Summer Festival:

The Gwent Summer Festival Challenge asks players to choose a side among Troubadour, Bard, and Storyteller. Each side has different quests for players to accomplish and gives reward points for each quest completion. The title of the chosen side will be awarded upon finishing the last quest. After the event, new bundles will be available in the shop and the winner’s bundle will be on sale at a discounted price. Be sure to log in daily over the course of the event for an extra reward point added to each daily login reward. 

Here are the quests for each side:

Pro Rank Cutoffs:

Here are the cutoffs for Pro Rank as of June 15 at 1:22am CEST. 

Top 16 10,004
Top 64 9,865
Top 500 9,637

Events

Gwent - Master Mirror Card Reveals

The card reveals for the Master Mirror expansion continue over the next few weeks. We have seen Nilfgaard and Syndicate’s cards this past week, with special focus on the key "evolving" cards for each faction. Skellige is up next, beginning on June 15. Visit the card-reveals channel in our Discord server to stay up to date. 

The Invitational

The qualifiers for The Invitational by Team Leviathan Gaming took place this weekend. The top 8 players from the qualifiers received a spot in the main event scheduled for July 11. More information about The Invitational can be found in Team Leviathan Gaming’s Discord.

Team Updates

TLG The Invitational Qualifier

Congratulations to Aretuza's DarxPhoenix for advancing to the main event of The Invitational. 

Top 64 Qualifier

The June Top 64 Qualifiers will take place on June 20 and 21 at 12 noon CEST. Best of luck to UnforgivenIV, kolemoen, theshaggynuts, Adzikov, and shinmiri2.

Stream Schedule: 

Here’s the stream schedule of Team Aretuza’s Pro and Stream Team for the week of June 15 to June 22.

Name Social Schedule (All times are in CEST)
Ceely Twitch , Twitter Tuesday to Friday at 5pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Crozyr Twitch , Twitter Monday at 4pm
Thursday to Sunday at 4:30pm
Lionhart Twitch , Twitter Everyday at 4pm to 8pm
Redrame Twitch , Twitter Everyday at 3:30pm
Shaggy Twitch , Twitter Weekdays at 8pm
Shinmiri Twitch , Twitter Weekdays at 8pm
TheaBeasty Twitch , Twitter Everyday at 10am to 4pm
Videos:

Check out Apero's beginner guide on Defenders and TheaBeasty's deck guide on Skellige Greatswords. 

Player Spotlight: Shinmiri

Shinmiri is the Skellige faction ambassador. He is a Gwent Masters analyst and you can find him in his stream playing Gwent and other games as well as casting tournaments. Get to know more about Shinmiri in this week’s Aretuza Report.

First of all, congratulations on finishing in Top 64 last season. Have you finished in the top 64 before? How does it feel?

This is my first time finishing top 64 in Season 2 and it feels good. 

How was the climbing experience to Top 64? 

It was fun and nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s been a long time since I pushed myself to go for something like top 64, and I ended up really close to the cutoff this time. My last win of the season basically made the difference between being in or out.

Were there any challenges that you faced along the way? 

The biggest challenge was that streaming is counter-productive to going for something competitive like top 64. I play significantly better off-stream than I do on-stream. Multiple times during the season, I would be playing a deck on-stream with very little MMR gain, and then later play that same deck off-stream and climb 70 to 100 MMR in one night. Also, early on in the season, I was streaming some non-competitive decks and that doesn’t help either when time is a limiting factor.

Do you have any tips for other players who plan to climb to Top 64?

My tip would be don’t wait for the last minute to start climbing. Even though the last few days are the most important and also the easiest to gain MMR, you need to put yourself in a position to make the most of those final days. My NG peak ended at 2510, which could have been a lot higher in my opinion, but I neglected it and left it at 2460 current MMR because by the time I got to serious climbing, it was quite far away from peak compared to my other factions, and I only had time to push my ST and SK scores on the final days. So I would try to get all my factions to peak or near peak earlier in order to have multiple options on which faction to push with at the end.

How are you preparing yourself for the qualifiers this weekend?

To be honest, I haven’t been preparing much so far. I’m probably just going to end up bringing decks that I’m comfortable with. Hopefully, I will be able to sit down and get some serious practice in with our Aretuza teammates this week.

Any thoughts on the upcoming expansion, or the newly revealed Nilfgaard and Syndicate cards this week?

I’m happy that they are printing more support for under-utilized archetypes in these factions. Really looking forward to the new expansion and meta-shakeup.

We are halfway through the season. There is still time to climb the ladder and finish the Journey, which concludes on June 30. Also, make sure to start saving ores and scraps to get a headstart in unlocking the cards for the Master Mirror expansion which is due for release at the end of the month. 

Author

Luis

Luis Luis is Aretuza Member

Luis has been a gamer for most of his life. His first console was a Playstation 1 which he got at age 7. A few years later, he acquired a Gameboy Advance that became his gateway to the Pokemon series. He spent multiple hours playing through the Kanto and Hoenn Region with his friends. In 2011, he started playing Dota 1 and was his entry to the MOBA genre of games. Shortly after, he started playing League of Legends which he played from 2012 to 2017. Towards the end of the year 2017, he bought a Playstation 4 and played Destiny 2 and a few single player games on the side such as God of War, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Witcher 3 which he enjoyed the most. His first exposure to Gwent was back in Witcher 3. He realized that he was spending most of his time playing Gwent and collecting all the cards instead of doing side quests and story quests. Fast forward to 2019, he found out that Gwent, the standalone game, would be released on iOS. On the release day itself last October, he immediately downloaded the game and chose Northern Realms as his first faction since this is the faction he played the most back in Witcher 3 Gwent. 

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