Explaining Gwent's User Interface - Pt. I
November 22, 2018 by Easha Dustfeather
Greetings, fellow Gwenches and Gwentlemen! I am Easha Dustfeather, member of the Lodge of Sorceresses Gwent community, which supported me while writing this article about Gwent's user interface (UI). It covers the most important menus and symbols which did not get explained during the tutorial.
The Welcome Screen
After the first launch for Gwent and the following tutorial, the game will always display the welcome screen upon login:
1) Account Overview
Here you can find a quick overview of general information about your Gwent account. Starting from the left, you can see your profile picture and border (you can modify those via the profile page), followed by your GOG account and thus Gwent player name. Clicking here leads you to your profile page. The flag displays your account level, while the number at the shield is your current rank.
2) Your Resources
The resources available to you on your account, and what you can use them for.
Ore: Buy kegs at a rate of 100 ore per keg, or Arena entrance tickets for 150 ore each.
Scraps: Craft cards directly without having to rely on luck to get them from kegs.
Meteorite Powder: Transmute standard cards into their moving premium variants, or buy bundles in the shop.
Card Kegs: Open them for cards. Each keg contains five cards. You get the first four randomly, while you get to pick your fifth from among three choices.
3) Crown Progress
This reward system gives you additional resources and cards just for playing Gwent. You make progress by winning rounds, so even when you are on a losing streak, you can still advance and get rewards if you win at least one round in a match. The progress you make here is reset once every 24 hours at 1AM UTC.
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.
These are the possible minor rewards:
- 15 ore (20 ore at Prestige Level 6)
- 15 scraps (20 scraps at Prestige Level 7)
- 15 meteorite powder (20 meteorite powder at Prestige Level 8)
- A random standard card of any rarity
(Curious about "Prestige Level"? You'll learn more soon.)
Major rewards replace minor rewards at certain milestones:
- 2 Reward Points for winning 6 or 18 rounds
- 1 Reward Point for winning 42 or 66 rounds
Doing a Gwent marathon beyond 66 rounds won won’t give you more rewards.
4) Ranked Progress
The small number indicates your current rank, while the symbol above indicates your progress with the current rank’s mosaic avatar. Learn more about ranked play and the avatars under “Ranked 2.0.”
5) Level and Prestige
The aforementioned article also explains player level and prestige under “Updated Level Progression.” The flag as your prestige symbol will be replaced according to your current prestige level wherever it appears. You get one Reward Point for reaching a new level.
6) Daily Quests
Daily quests objectives can range from playing a certain amount of cards to winning matches with a certain faction or in a certain game mode. Each quest rewards you with 40, 60, or 80 ore depending on the quest and its difficulty. After reaching Prestige Level 4 you get Reward Points, and by reaching Prestige Level 9, you get 10 meteorite powder on top of the quest’s ore reward.
You can complete up to three daily quests simultaneously. Upon your first login of the day, the system checks if you have a free slot. If so, it assigns a random quest to you. Once you have completed a quest, the slot remains empty until the next check. Just like Crown Progress, the system’s timer resets once every 24 hours at 1AM UTC. If you get a quest you do not want to complete, you can reroll one of them by clicking at the symbol at the upper left corner of the quest description. This is increased by an additional reroll at prestige level 2. All rerolls are reset once every 24 hours at 1AM GMT as well.
The Main Menu
All the brown symbols at the bottom of the screen have a tooltip which is displayed once you point the cursor at them. If you have unspent Reward Points, a little marker will appear on the reward book symbol indicating their number.
The two arrow buttons to the left are used to browse the news right above them.
At the upper part you can still see your resources at the right and your profile overview at the left.
The Profile Page
A general overview of your achievements in the game. This page can be seen by other players checking your profile. Clicking on your avatar or the card at the left directs you to the TRINKETS tab.
A few general numbers
The number of GGs received (short for “good game,” a token of appreciation you can send to your opponent after a match).
The crown to the right indicates your total victories with this account across all factions.
The two cards are a symbol of your current collection progress.
The last number indicates the highest rank you ever achieved while playing in any ranked season. For example, if you reach Rank 20 in your first season and only Rank 22 in your second one, the number displayed here will still be 20.
This section of your profile page is dedicated to contracts, an in-game achievement system. You can find the progress bar here, as well as the small number at its right side.
Every contract has a certain number of points associated with it. The more difficult the contract, the higher those points. This number is the sum of all points of all your completed contracts, so you can compare your progress with other players.
Below the progress bar you can showcase up to three of your completed contracts. Just click the gearwheel at the right of a slot and choose a contract you want to put there.
These are the same symbols as on the welcome screen, letting you keep track of them in a second place.
Collection progress and victory count
The numbers at the left side list your victories by faction.
The right side of this area shows your collection progress. Numbers indicate your ownership per faction, while the coloured bars are graphical indicators.
If you look closely, you will notice that there are actually two bars. The thicker one is the counter for premium cards owned, whereas the thinner one behind it is for standard cards. In the upper part of this area, you will find several filter options for your victory and card counters.
Trinkets are customisation options for your profile. Here you can select an avatar, a frame for it, and a title to display. All of these can be gained as rewards from ranked games or contracts, by unlocking them in the reward book, by watching CDPR streams, or getting them via The Witcher Tales games. Some of them can be bought for meteorite powder as part of bundles from Shupe.
Use the filters at the right and the search bar to find certain contracts. You can check the track box of up to five contracts to get notifications whenever you come closer to that contract’s goal. If you have contracts with several stages, you can click on those to observe rewards of stages you have not reached yet.
You may notice that many contracts have “in online matches” as their condition. Ranked, Casual, Arena, and even friend matches are considered online matches.
4) Ranked Score
This is the second page other players get to see by checking your profile. Competitive players will be particularly interested in it. The numbers are explained at the right; for more details, visit Gwent Masters.
This concludes Part 1 of "Explaining Gwent's User Interface." Part 2 will explain the deck builder, UI elements of the battlefield, and the result screens after a match.