Gwent’s latest expansion takes players to Novigrad, introduces the Syndicate faction, and adds over 90 cards for you to collect.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game released late last year and has slowly been putting out various fixes and updates in the months since. Today, developers CD Projekt Red pulled back the curtain on the latest expansion to the multiplayer card game. The expansion takes players to Novigrad to explore the “rotten core” of the beautiful city. Watch the announce trailer below.
The big addition in the Novigrad expansion is the peculiar Syndicate, a brand new playable faction. You can collect over 90 new cards from the seedy underbelly of Novigrad. Among those 90 are 15 cross-faction cards that can be used with your old decks. You also get access to five new leaders who, as always, have their own unique abilities.
The Syndicate is also bringing a new meta to the game. You will now be able to use a new battle resource called Crowns, which let you activate cards that come with the Fee keyword. To acquire those Crowns, you need to play cards with the keyword Profit. You can also place a bounty on enemy cards and then kill them to claim the Crowns. It looks like a fun extra mechanic that will let players create some interesting combos.
There is another new keyword called Hoard, which gives you access to some of the most powerful abilities in the expansion. It requires you to save up a very large sum of crowns to use, so you’ll have to make a choice between getting more frequent, smaller rewards or just saving everything to splurge on a massive upgrade. Mechanics that force players into tough choices are my favorite in card games, so I personally like this addition.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Novigrad expansion is coming June 28.