How to Play Gwent: Rogue Mage – Beginner’s Guide

How to Play Gwent

Gwent: Rogue Mage is a new single-player expansion for CD Projekt Red’s multiplayer card game, Gwent. This expansion is a rogue-lite map builder that will progress you through a short story and various events and battles as you try to complete each run. Here’s how to play Gwent: Rogue Mage and a beginner’s guide to get you started.

Gwent: General Rogue Mage Tips

  • Spend energy wisely. Use it when you’re running low on cards.
  • Don’t always add to your deck. Consider the purpose of each card.
  • Read the descriptions of the cards and discover their synergies.
  • Plan your route for each run. Always beat an elite battle.

Gwent: Rogue Mage Basics

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Gwent: Rogue Mage’s game mechanics are the same as the traditional multiplayer Gwent game when you’re in a match. You win a round by finishing the round with the highest total score after both players have passed.

Gwent: Rogue Mage Card Mechanics

In Gwent: Rogue Mage, however, a standard battle will only last one round. There are only two paths, melee and ranged. Cards can be placed on any line. Be sure to read your cards and your enemies’ cards carefully to understand their abilities. Cards will often work synergistically; an example is:

  • Tridam Infantry: Each time this unit is upgraded, deal 1 point of damage to a random enemy unit.
  • Temerian Drum: At the end of your turn, boost the unit to the right by 1.

Playing a Temerian Drummer to the left of a Tridam Infantry means that each turn the Tridam Infantry will be boosted. This will trigger its effect, damaging a random enemy by one.

Gwent: Rogue Mage Banner Cards

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You and your enemy will also have Banner cards. These cards are always on the field and have a unique order effect. At the start of each battle, read your opponent’s Banner card, as it will give you an indication of the deck’s theme.

Gwent: thief mage spells

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You will also have access to spells. Spells can be cast by selecting Alzur; these range from damaging enemy units, boosting your units, or randomly summoning a unit to your field. Spells have a one-turn cooldown and use energy to cast. Energy is a finite resource that should last you an entire run; this can be replenished by particular events or by visiting a place of power.

Gwent: Rogue Mage Events

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The significant difference in Gwent Rogue Mage is the rogue-lite elements and the world map, which includes the various events; they are:

  • Boss Battle: A powerful monster is waiting for you. Defeat him to get a Mutagen.
  • Elite Battle: A fearsome enemy awaits you. Defeat them to evolve your keycard.
  • Battle: A regular enemy awaits you.
  • Event: Something interesting can be found here.
  • Place of Power: Restore energy or use an element-based special ability.
  • Treasure Chest: Gain a treasure.

Each type of event has its rewards. In each race, you must aim to complete an elite battle to evolve your keycard. While adding and removing cards from your main deck before the boss showdown. There are many maps and artifacts to find that can help you succeed in your run, be sure to experiment with new maps and read their descriptions carefully.

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