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Gwent – How to Play the Beta

by Josh Hawkins

If you’re a fan of Gwent, the card game that was made popular during Geralt’s quest in The Witcher 3, then chances are you’re looking forward to getting your hands on the standalone Gwent game that CD Projekt Red is currently working on. Over the past several months, CDPR has held quite a few betas, but this time players can finally enter the beta without having to jump through any hoops. In this article we’ll show you how to get into the latest public beta for Gwent, so you can start building your collection. We’ll also offer a few helpful bits of info to get you started in this new version of the popular Witcher card game.

How to Enter the Beta

Unlike previous betas, the latest Gwent beta is publicly available on all of the game’s three platforms, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. To join the beta, all you need to do is head to the Gwent website (if you’re on PC), or make your way to the Xbox One or PlayStation Store.

Once you sign up on PC, you can download the game client, and it will only take a few seconds to get started and hop in. Playing the beta on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is a bit more complicated, as you’ll need to manually locate the beta in the Xbox and PlayStation stores.

When you have located the beta, download it, and then start the game up to get started.

Beginner Tips

If you’re brand new to the Gwent standalone game, then you’ll probably notice that things are quite a bit different than you’re used to in the base game that shipped inside of The Witcher 3. Because of this we’ve put together a few helpful tips to get you started in this uncharted territory.

Play the tutorial. This may seem silly, and you may be thinking ‘I already know how to Gwent’, but trust us. This is something completely different than the game that you’re used to in The Witcher 3. So do yourself a favor and let Ciri show you the ropes.

Find a faction you want to use and stick with it. Don’t worry about the others. Focus on building up your deck for that faction and start progressing.

Complete all the challenges. This is a really good way to get some new Leader cards, while also earning Ore, which can be used to purchase Kegs—which give you cards. You’ll want to always be adding new cards to your collection, because then you can start crafting cards and building up your deck with the most powerful cards you have.

Now that you know how to get into the latest beta, and have a few tips to get you started, hop in and try your hand at some of the AI fights. The standalone version of Gwent is quite different than the original game, but that’s not a bad thing—especially for users who enjoy the various aspects of CCGs. You can also take a look at our guide on how to build a strong deck, which will walk you through the various aspects you need to pay attention to when creating a new deck in Gwent.

Josh Hawkins

Josh has been exploring fantastic worlds and getting lost in video games for as long as he can remember. Starting out on the Super Nintendo with Super Mario World, and ending up in the world of next-generation gaming. He enjoys digging into the story and lore of massive RPGs, as well as getting lost just trying to make that last jump in any platformers he gets pulled into, as well as everything in between. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment.