Adzikov began to play Gwent at the start of Open Beta. He has played computer games since childhood, and always tries to compete at a high level. Before he began his Gwent adventure, he played competitively in Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends.
Adzikov finished as the top-ranked player in each of the first two Pro Ladder seasons and has also achieved high placings in the seasons after that. He has participated in almost all of the official CDPR Gwent Masters and GwentSlam tournaments. His goal is to get into every possible tournament and win it, especially the Gwent World Masters.
Kolemoen has always been a fan of card games, starting with Yu-Gi-Oh in high school, then later Hearthstone, and finally beginning his Gwent journey in March 2017. Since then, he has participated in 4 Gwent Opens (winning one) and 3 Gwent Challengers, and has qualified for the upcoming Gwent World Masters event. His strength as a player lies mostly in analyzing matchups and adapting strategies. He is part of Aretuza's competitive roster and will represent the team in tournaments, as well as helping others in the team prepare for their tournament appearances.
Molegion is a 21-year-old law student from Kraków, Poland. His adventure with Gwent began after he saw Challenger #1 on Twitch. As a competition addict, he couldn't resist trying out the game and he fell in love with it immediately. In the past he played other competitive games such as League of Legends and Hearthstone, reaching high ranks on both. His goal is simple - become the World Master in January 2019. So far Molegion has proven himself in several online tournaments as well as on Falkon 2017, the first polish Gwent LAN, where he came second. Not only does he compete, but also he was a tournament admin for polish community cups. Even though he is inactive at the moment, Molegion is looking forward to going back to organizing tournaments and sharing his passion for competition with the international community.
Gwent2town is an avid card game player that comes from A Coruña, Spain. He has been playing Gwent since December 2016 and has been since competing in the highest level. As a card game player, passion and a very demanding attitude pushes him day by day to improve. In Gwent he loves to play effective decks that specialize in thinning and stand out with a complex gameplay. As a captain of Aretuza's competitive division, Gwent2town's main role within the team is organizing the competitive efforts of the team and help plot the strategies out tournament players bring to the tournaments. Gwent2town belief on his teamates is second only to his engineering abilities. He will find a way to give his team the best chance for a strategic advantage.
Andywand has been playing Gwent since the Closed Beta, more precisely right after the addition of Nilfgaard. After playing Hearthstone to quite a competitive degree, he was looking for a new CCG to eventually to compete in. What he loves about Gwent is that it is complex. Unlike other CGGs the game is hardly categorized in a few strategies like control or aggro. One may need a different mind set for each other deck, which is quite refreshing. Recently he committed the majority of his time to become as competitive as he can get. Thus, he will be playing a lot of Gwent in the upcoming season and together with Team Aretuza he will aim for the next big event after his stage premiere in GwentSlam 2.
Santtu2x is a 20-year-old economics student from Finland. He first started Gwent during the closed beta, but only started playing at a competitive level in early 2018. In addition to finishing in top 20 of pro ladder several times, he has also reached good results in community tournaments. Santtu2x often tries to gain an advantage by using unique decks tailored to beat some of the more popular lists. This can be seen both on pro ladder where he climbed to respectable scores with engine soldiers and Radovid Shupe and in tournaments like Open #7 qualifiers, where he reached the finals running Eithne Elf Swarm and Moonlight Sabbath.
Shaggy is a sociology student and gaming fanatic. Though long interested in card games such as Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone, he began his competitive career with Gwent, gaining fame by winning the Wild Card Qualifier for Gwent Open #1 and then becoming Gwent's first-ever Open Champion.
After a hiatus to concentrate on his studies, Shaggy returned to Gwent with the release of Homecoming. Long considered a "lone wolf" in the Gwent scene, Shaggy has shed that label by joining Team Aretuza. His goals include qualifying for all future Gwent Masters events and claiming more titles.
Octopuses started playing Gwent in July 2017. He prefers decks that are more complex and require great deal of thinking. His favourite decks are Henselt NR and Spy NG. What makes Octopuses good as a player is his analytical mind set. After each loss he will go over the match in his mind to found out exactly why he lost that game, to prevent it from happening in the future. He doesn't usually blame the coin, RNG, matchup conspiracy or anything like that, but he believes that most of the losses are due to his own mistakes. He hates making mistakes and will do his best to play flawlessly one day.
Octopuses has the great ambition to be the best Gwent player out there. Every pro ladder season he greatly improves his ranking and will thrive to do so until he is number 1. He also tries to compete in as many Gwent tournaments as possible. He won few of the community tournaments already and plans to win many more.
His CCG career began with Hearthstone. He played it a lot and on a high level, but always on casual. First he dipped into Gwent back in closed beta, but started playing regularly when open beta came out. He mainly focuses on his job as a university student, but at the same time tries to play as competitively as possible. He likes tournaments much more than ladder play, because building a line-up involves not only using three or four good decks, but you need a macro strategy aswell. Currently he is not streaming, but you might find him co-operating with one of his teammates on their channels sometimes. Behind the scenes he works on the tournament analysis team.
I've always enjoyed competetive gaming. I grew up playing chess and the first games I played at a decent level were Starcraft 2 (high masters) and League of Legends (dia1). My card game experience before Artifact is mostly Hearthstone and Faeria. in HS, I've reached top 100 legend a couple of times but never played in any tournaments. In Faeria, I'm one of the top players and have won about 3k in prize money.
MrMax71 is 16-year-old player who has been interested in videogames and cardgames since he was a small child. Also, as a big fan of Witcher universe he loved Gwent in Witcher 3. In January 2017 he got access to the closed beta of Gwent: The Witcher cardgame and he has been playing daily since then. You can regularly find him in top 100 of the Ladder/Pro ladder. Besides that, MrMax71 is the Team Aretuza tournament winning machine. Having won numerous online tournaments such as GwentMania #12 or Gwent Speed Cup #15,#16 & #20, he is the most successful Gwent player on strivewire, officially ranked number 1.
Lbdutchboy has been playing card games competitively from the age of 14. He has played Hearthstone for 3 years and traveled across the world, but in the year of 2017 he discovered Gwent and decided that he wanted to pursue a new CCG.
Getting a top 100 place in ranked after only playing 100 hours into the game and getting far into the Gwentslam qualifiers, combined with some more decent rank finishes, his journey climaxed at Gwent Open #4 where he managed to make it to the semi-finals, losing in a close series against the eventual winner. After his adventures in Poland and barely missing out on making it to the challenger, he is even more determined to do what he likes in card games: winning and making it to yet another Open, or even a Challenger.
GlutenSnake joined Gwent in July, albeit having no CCG or card game experience. He was looking for something to pass some time with, and found an amazing game. Somehow he managed to get GM in season 1 and then kept getting better and better, especially thanks to Team Aretuza and its support. His favourite faction is Monsters and his favourite card is Woodland Spirit.
Like many others, ecureuil01 started card games with “Magic: The Gathering”. After some years playing this game, he switched to “A Game Of Thrones” (first edition) with quite some success. He is the most titled A Game Of Trones player in France. He was vice French national champion in 2013, French national champion in 2014 and vice world champion in 2014 as well. Then he was a playtester for the second edition. After the release he played it a few months. But he did not really enjoy it at the end so he searched for another card game… And he discovered “Gwent” last November. Now he is trying to improve himself and dreaming about becoming a pro player in Gwent.