Gwent

Physical Gwent

Blavicon 2018 will be hosting the 3rd year of the nation-wide Gwent tournament. There will be 40 contestants, but only one of them can win. We invite all the visitors to support our contestants. If you want to put your skills to test against the best players in CR, you just need to sign up for the tournament in advance. If you have already purchased your tickets, but only now did it occur to you that you’d like to participate in the tournament, send us a message and we’ll register you additionally.

Schedule of the tournament

The contest will take place in three big parts divided into three days. It starts on Friday at 10 AM in the upper hall, where you will also collect your tournament stuff. On Friday, there will be the first and second parts: base groups and the round of 16. 8 groups of 5 people will be playing in a single round robin system. The best players from each group will then be decided. You’ll get two points for winning, one point for a draw and zero points for defeat. Two best players from each group will move on. In case of tied score in these seeds, the sum total of acquired game points from all 5 matches will be the deciding factor. You have to play with a different fraction in each game. After the evaluation of the base groups on Friday, there will be 8 pairs left. The round of 16 will start around 2 PM.

This will be played in bracket system. In the round of 16, the first seed from group A will be playing against the second seed from group B, and the second seed from group A will be playing against the first seed from group B. These matches will be played as best of three. Therefore, it is possible to play as much as three matches with a single opponent. Defeated players are eliminated; winners are going to the quarterfinals.

On Saturday, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be held. Quarterfinals are the battle of the top 8 players, which will be played in the same way as the round of 16. Therefore, we’ll have top 4 players left and these will be fighting for the title of the Gwent champion of the Czech Republic. The semifinals will decide which pair will go to the finals and which pair will fight for the bronze.

Sunday will offer tough matches of the best players. The finals will tell us who’s going to get the title of the champion of the Czech Republic. The whole tournament will surely be challenging; we recommend you to prepare for it well in all regards.

The grand prize will be worth over 10,000 CZK, so the stakes are high!

Tournament rules

  • before the match, each player will secretly choose their faction using provided tokens
  • after the factions have been revealed, players will prepare their decks; it is therefore possible to react to the other player’s fraction by preparing strategically chosen cards
  • only Gwint Klub decks will be allowed to play with (you cannot play with your own cards); there will be all 5 factions available for every player at the tournament, to be handed out against a refundable deposit of 800 CZK – you will be given these after registration, to be handed back in complete and undamaged condition at the end of the tournament
  • from the round of 16 onward, matches are played as best of three, meaning as much as three possible matches against a single opponent – during these matches, you can only use each faction only once
  • a toss coin before the match determines the player who decides which player begins
  • each player has their own character they are playing as and said character’s sheet for marking their score
  • a referee has to be summoned at the beginning of each match
  • players have a maximum of 5 minutes to prepare their decks
  • after the decks have been prepared, they are to be handed to the opponent for shuffling; after that, each player will draw their initial cards from their own deck
  • in case of a draw, both players lose a life
  • Fair play is enforced, so if we catch anyone cheating, they will be eliminated from the tournament immediately

Please note: We have certain changes and modifications in comparison to the digital Gwent from The Witcher 3. Complete set of rules for this tournament can be downloaded here.

Online Gwent

Blavicon 2018 will host the 1st ever nationwide tournament in the PC game Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. The tournament will be divided into two rounds. The first one will take place in the comfort of your own homes, the second one at Blavicon. The number of contestants for the first round, i.e. the online qualification, is not limited. However, you have to sign up using the challenge.com platform and play the tournament in a single afternoon.

You can sign up for the tournament here:

http://challonge.com/blavicon2018

General provisions:

  • Online qualification is played using the GOG Galaxy client and only on PC; PS4 and XBOX players are unfortunately not allowed to apply.
  • Each registered player has to go through the online qualification at www.challonge.com first – nonattendance means disqualification.
  • Your name at www.challonge.com has to match your in-game name.
  • An up-to-date version of the game is required.
  • If a player cannot invite their opponent or start a series with their opponent within the scheduled time, either because of technical difficulties or own tardiness, they will be disqualified.
  • A screenshot with the end-game results is required if you want to submit a protest against the reported match result.
  • A tie is counted as victory for both players.
  • If one of the players disconnects from the game because of technical difficulties/loss of connection, their opponent wins by default.

Communication:

  • Communication between players is to be carried out primarily through the in-game chat or through the GOG Galaxy client’s chat.
  • Communication with the admins is possible through discussion at www.challonge.com or via its private messages.

Online qualification:

  • The online qualification is open from Saturday 31st March 2018, 1 PM CEST.
  • The Swiss system is used.
  • Each series consists of two to three games against the same opponent (best of 3).
  • Each series lasts no more than 1 hour; players playing longer than that risk disqualification.
  • The top 14 players (or top 30 in case of big attendance) will go to the second round at Blavicon.
  • Gwent tracker / Gwent Up are ALLOWED.

Decks for online qualification:

  • You can play the qualification with any number of decks, but both players are limited to 2 heroes from different factions.
  • The format of the game is Conquest; you have to win with both heroes.
  • If a player wins with one faction, they cannot use it against the same opponent again.
  • If a player loses with one faction, they can either change it or continue playing with it.
  • Players play with open decks; players can change cards in their decks during games as long as they observe the rule of two heroes from different factions.

Tournament at Blavicon:

  • Only those players who have successfully gone through online qualification or have been given a wildcard can attend the tournament.
  • Each round consists of two to three games against the same opponent (best of 3).
  • If you lose a round, you are eliminated from the tournament (single elimination).
  • You can ban one faction of your opponent.
  • Gwent tracker / Gwent Up are FORBIDDEN.

Decks for the tournament at Blavicon:

  • You have to have at least three decks ready in advance.
  • You cannot use a deck from a faction banned by your opponent.
  • You can play the tournament with any number of decks, but both players are limited to 2 heroes from different factions.
  • The format of the game is Conquest; you have to win with both heroes.
  • If a player wins with one faction, they cannot use it against the same opponent again.
  • If a player loses with one faction, they can either change it or continue playing with it.
  • Players play with open decks; players can change cards in their decks during the tournament as long as they observe the rule of two heroes from different factions.

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