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Tw3 gwent deck Nilfgaardian

Nilfgaardian Empire Gwent deck must be built from scratch by acquiring cards. The deck consists of a total of 38 available Gwent cards.

  • Special - Nilfgaard wins if the round ends in a tie.

Overview Edit

In general, the Nilfgaard card set consists primarily of strong stand-alone cards; a few standard units have point values of 10. However they are quite limited in the number of cards that can strengthen each other; they do have a few with Tight Bond but apart from the Impera Brigade Guard quartet those cards are significantly weaker than the Tight Bond ones found in the Northern Realms Gwent deck. Like the Northern Realms deck there are three standard spy cards but the point values for the Nilfgaard variants are higher.

In general this deck is designed for straightforward, plodding progress and outlasting an opponent in the long run. With their large number of Heroes and wide spread of cards with strong point values throughout the three rows they are the most resistant to Weather effects, but they are also the least capable of taking advantage of the Commander's Horn (gwent card) because their strength is so spread out among their rows and Hero cards aren't affected by them, so they are vulnerable to enemy Decks that can get high burst strength via multiple Tight Bond or Muster units combined with a Horn that they can protect from weather.

One other tactic with it when using it for yourself is the Setup. This takes use of multiple Spies, primarily the high point Melee versions, and Biting Frost (gwent card). Spies increase the strength of your opponent, and if your opponent is able to get a significantly higher point score than you at some point (it appears to be at least a 30-point lead) they will frequently Pass the rest of the round to conserve their cards for further rounds. This appears to trigger a bit earlier if your Card count is notably higher than theirs. So play on this; use a number of melee Spies and nothing else (if you have to put down other cards don't put down Melee and nothing high valued), wait for them to eventually Pass with the supposedly higher hand, and now since they can't do anything else for the rest of the round put down Frost to destroy the advantage they got from your Spies, empty the rest of your hand of Spies of all types to collect as large of a non-Spy hand as possible and lay down the smallest number of cards you need to get a higher point score than them, and win the round. So you end up winning the first round and start the second with a massively greater number of cards left in your hand. Not much should be able to stop you at this point.

Note that NPC Nilfgaard opponents may try exactly the same thing on you. There's more of a chance of them Passing the round when the point score of your hand gets a sizeable lead and they just sacrifice the round but they'll have a much bigger card count than you for the second and likely third rounds, starving you out. The best way to counter this is to Pass when the point lead of your hand is notable (at least 20) but before they have Passed, ideally at a point when they would have Passed on their very next turn. What usually happens is they instead don't Pass and try to beat you in the round anyways, and end up fighting their own spies. You will likely lose the round but they'll burn through a number of the extra cards they picked up and they will no longer have their Spies, giving you a good chance at taking the second and third rounds.

This deck can receive a maximum of 16 additional cards for a total of 26 playable cards when the initial hand of 10 cards is included (3 spy cards, reclaim 3 spy cards opponent uses against you with decoys, mysterious elf spy card, Emhyr var Emreis: the Relentless leader card ability). This calculation doesn't take into account that spies can be revived with medics for additional cards.

Cards Edit

Icon Name Type Row Str. Ability Source
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Albrich Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 2 Purchased from Crow's Perch's trader
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Assire var Anahid Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 6 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Black Infantry Archer Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 10 1 purchased from Claywich's merchant
1 purchased from Lindenvale's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 6 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Cynthia Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 4 Purchased from Crow's Perch's quartermaster
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Emhyr var Emreis: Emperor of Nilfgaard Leader Emperor of Nilfgaard: Look at 3 random cards from your opponent's hand. Purchased from Inn at the Crossroads's innkeep
Purchased from Lindenvale's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Emhyr var Emreis: His Imperial Majesty Leader His Imperial Majesty: Pick a Torrential Rain card from your deck and play it instantly. Part of the base deck
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Emhyr var Emreis: Invader of the North Leader Invader of the North: Abilities that restore a unit to the battlefield restore a randomly-chosen unit. Affects both players. Purchased from the trader at the circus camp near Carsten
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Emhyr var Emreis: The Relentless Leader The Relentless: Draw a card from your opponent's discard pile. Won from Sasha during High Stakes
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Emhyr var Emreis: The White Flame Leader The White Flame: Cancel your opponent's Leader Ability. Won during Gwent: Skellige Style
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Etolian Auxiliary Archers Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 1 Medic: Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). 1 purchased from Claywich's merchant
1 purchased from Lindenvale's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Fringilla Vigo Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 6 Obtained during A Dangerous Game in Caesar Bilzen's house
Tw3 icon gwent siege nilfgaard Heavy Zerrikanian Fire Scorpion Unit Tw3 gwent siege 10 Purchased from Lindenvale's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Impera Brigade Guard Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 3 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Cunny of the Goose's innkeep
1 purchased from the Seven Cats Inn's innkeep
1 purchased from Crow's Perch's trader
1 purchased from Inn at the Crossroads' innkeep
1 purchased from Lindenvale's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Letho of Gulet Hero Tw3 gwent close combat 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Won from the Boatwright during Gwent: Velen Players
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Menno Coehoorn Hero Tw3 gwent close combat 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities.
Medic: Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards).
Won from Inn at the Crossroads' innkeep during Gwent: Playing Innkeeps
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Morteisen Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 3 Purchased from Midcopse's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Morvran Voorhis Hero Tw3 gwent siege 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Won from Marquise Serenity during Gwent: Big City Players
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Nausicaa Cavalry Rider Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 2 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Crow's Perch's quartermaster
1 purchased from Crow's Perch's trader
1 purchased from Inn at the Crossroads' innkeep
1 purchased from Lindenvale's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Puttkammer Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 3 Purchased from Claywich's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Rainfarn Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Purchased from Lindenvale's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Renuald aep Matsen Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 5 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent siege nilfgaard Rotten Mangonel Unit Tw3 gwent siege 3 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 7 Spy: Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards your opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent siege nilfgaard Siege Engineer Unit Tw3 gwent siege 6 Purchased from Inn at the Crossroads' innkeep
Purchased from Lindenvale's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent siege nilfgaard Siege Technician Unit Tw3 gwent siege 0 Medic: Choose one card from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Purchased from The Golden Sturgeon's innkeep
Hearts of Stone expansion: 1 can be purchased from the trader at the circus camp near Carsten
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Stefan Skellen Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 9 Spy: Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Sweers Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 2 Purchased from Claywich's merchant
Tw3 icon gwent hero nilfgaard Tibor Eggebracht Hero Tw3 gwent ranged combat 10 Hero: Not affected by any Special Cards or abilities. Won from Olivier during Gwent: Playing Innkeeps
Tw3 icon gwent range nilfgaard Vanhemar Unit Tw3 gwent ranged combat 4 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Vattier de Rideaux Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 4 Spy: Place on your opponent's battlefield (counts towards opponent's total) and draw 2 cards from your deck. Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Vreemde Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 2 Random reward from gwent players
Tw3 icon gwent melee nilfgaard Young Emissary Unit Tw3 gwent close combat 5 Tight Bond: Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Cunny of the Goose's innkeep
1 purchased from the Seven Cats Inn's innkeep
Tw3 icon gwent siege nilfgaard Zerrikanian Fire Scorpion Unit Tw3 gwent siege 5 Purchased from Crow's Perch's trader
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