Event prize pool – $25 000

This year’s gamescom will be the venue for an official GWENT: The Witcher Card Game tournament and we’ve got a ticket with your name on it — if you’ve got the skills to claim it. Sign up and rank up to claim 1 of the first 7 slots in the tournament, or qualify to fight for the final spot as the tournament’s Wild Card. Whichever path you end up going, once you’re in, you’ll be facing some of the best GWENT players out there.

HOW TO QUALIFY

There are two paths you can take to qualify for the tournament.

Ranked play

7 of 8 spots in the tournament are dedicated to the top ranked players among those who signed up to participate in the tournament, as determined by the state of the rankings on August 1st, 4PM CEST. If you think your ranking could use a bit of work to secure a spot, now’s the time to put in the effort.

step 1
Sign up for tournament
step 2
Rank in top 7 of registered players
step 3
Accept invitation
to gamescom

Wild card qualifiers

The final spot in the tournament is reserved for the winner of the Wild Card Qualifiers, which will be held on August 24th at gamescom. Battling it out will be 8 players who signed up to participate in the tournament and were ranked near the Ranked Play top 7 on August 1st, 4PM CEST.

step 1
Sign up for tournament
step 2
Rank high enough to receive invite for qualifiers
step 3
Come to gamescom and fight for the wild card
SIGNUPS FOR THE TOURNAMENT CLOSE AUGUST 1ST, 4PM CEST

FAQ

Do I have to pay an entry fee to participate in the tournament?

There is no tournament entry fee. However, if you qualify and will decide to participate in the
on-site Wild Card Qualifiers, you will need to cover gamescom 2017 ticket, travel, and accommodation expenses on your own.

Can I play in ranked mode before the registration process ends to improve my leaderboard standing?

Yes. We will check your position on the leaderboard exactly on the August 1st, 4PM CEST.

Can I take part in the Wild Card Qualifiers online?

No. To participate in the Wild Card Qualifiers you need to be physically present at gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany on August 24th.

When will you inform me if I qualified for the tournament / Wild Card Qualifiers?

We will inform selected gamers about their participation status by sending an e-mail to the address associated with their GWENT account they used to sign up for the tournament.

I play GWENT on Xbox One / PlayStation 4, can I sign up and compete to qualify for the tournament?

Yes. The leaderboard in GWENT’s ranked play covers the ranking for players across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The main event and Wild Card Qualifiers, which will take place on-site during gamescom 2017, will be played on PC.

Do I need a GOG.com account to join the tournament? What about Xbox One / PlayStation 4?

If you are playing GWENT on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, a GOG.com account or GOG Galaxy is not required. However, when signing up to the tournament, you will be asked to provide the email associated with the Xbox One / PlayStation Network account you use to play GWENT.

If PC is your platform of choice for gaming, then yes — you need a GOG.com account and GOG Galaxy to play GWENT and sign up for the tournament. Galaxy is a game client powering the multiplayer and matchmaking aspects of GWENT. Find out more about GOG Galaxy on www.gog.com/galaxy.

Are there any other account / game progress prerequisites to participate?

To sign up for the GWENT gamescom tournament, players need to have access to the game’s Public Beta, as well as be present in the ranked mode leaderboard and rank high enough on it in order to qualify.

Do I need to be 18 or live in a certain region / country to be able to participate?

In order to participate in the main event and the Wild Card Qualifiers, you will need to be physically present at gamescom 2017, which means travelling to Cologne, Germany. To do this, you need to either be in possession of a valid visa or other valid travel document required to cross the external borders of the Schengen Area or be a national of a European Union member country. If you qualify for and will decide to participate in the Wild Card Qualifiers, you will also need to cover your gamescom 2017 ticket, travel, and accommodation expenses on your own.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need parental consent to sign up for the tournament, and, should you qualify, have a guardian present with you during gamescom 2017, the Wild Card Qualifiers, and tournament.

For full tournament regulations, please see here.

Will you be streaming the tournament online?

You can watch all main event matches on the CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/cdprojektred. The Wild Card Qualifiers will not be streamed.

Can I attend the tournament as an audience member / supporter?

It’ll be mighty awesome if you do! All matches, both main event and Wild Card Qualifier ones, will be played at the GWENT booth (hall 8, stand B-021) in the Entertainment Area. Feel free to drop by and cheer the players on! Please remember that while you don’t need extra tickets to come and watch the tournament, you will be required to present a valid gamescom 2017 ticket to enter the show grounds.

How does the qualifying system work?

Signups for the tournament will close on August 1st, 4PM CEST. Out of everyone who signs up to participate in the tournament, 7 players with the highest ranking at the time signups close will be invited to participate in the main event of the GWENT gamescom tournament.

In addition to the 7 finalists who qualify from Ranked Play, a total of 8 players who managed to acquire a high enough ranking and have stated they are already attending gamescom 2017 will be invited to take part in the Wild Card Qualifiers. The winner of these qualifiers, which will take place on-site during gamescom 2017, will be selected as the final competitor of the tournament’s main event.

Should we be unable to select at least 4 players eligible to participate in the Wild Card Qualifiers, the 8th highest ranking player on the Ranked Play leaderboard on August 1st, 4PM CEST will be selected as the final competitor of the main event.

For full tournament regulations, please see here.

When and where will the main tournament / Wild Card Qualifiers take place?

The Wild Card Qualifiers will take place on August 24th, 11AM CEST, and will conclude the same day. Day 1 of the main event falls on August 25th, with Day 2 set to follow on August 26th. Matches for both days of the main event will begin at 1PM CEST.

The Wild Card Qualifiers and main event will take place at gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany. The venue for all the matches will the GWENT booth (hall 8, stand B-021), located the Entertainment Area of the Koelnmesse building complex.

The tournament’s website is English-only. Does it mean the gamescom tournament is for English language speakers only?

Fluency in English is not strictly required to participate in the tournament. However, you need to understand the rules and regulations that govern the tournament and they are provided in English only. Additionally, the main event and Wild Card Qualifiers will be hosted in English (this applies to in-game language and card text as well).

What’s the prize pool and how will it be distributed among the participants?

The total prize pool for the GWENT gamescom tournament is 25 000 US dollars.

Regardless of how they place, each of the 8 participants will receive a guaranteed 1 000 US dollars for competing in the main event.

On top of this, the tournament will see participants competing for 1 000 US dollars during quarterfinals, 3 000 US dollars during semifinals, and 3 000 US dollars during finals. How much prize money a participant receives depends on the result of the match. For example, if during the quarterfinals the overall match result is 3:0, the winner will receive 1 000 US dollars and the loser will receive 0 US dollars, if it would be 3:1 the winner gets 750 US dollars and the loser get's 250 US dollars, if it would be 3:2 the winner gets 600 US dollars and the loser gets 400 US dollars).

The winner of the tournament will additionally receive 4 000 US dollars as the prize for taking 1st place. Should the winner go through the tournament winning all of their games 3:0, they will be leaving the event with a total of 12 000 US dollars.

Are there any card restrictions, or can I play with any deck I construct?

All participants must prepare 4 different decks from the in-game factions (Northern Realms, Nilfgaard, Skellige, Scoia’tael and Monsters), with only 1 deck per faction. Each deck must consist of at least 25 cards, with no more than 4 gold cards, 6 silver cards and a maximum of 3 copies of any bronze cards. Participants may create their deck from all cards then publicly available in GWENT, not just cards they have unlocked on their own GWENT account. CD PROJEKT RED will set up accounts for participants to use.

This applies to the main event, as well as the Wild Card Qualifiers. For full tournament regulations, please see here.

What format will the tournament / Wild Card Qualifiers be played in?

Both the Wild Card Qualifiers and main event will be played in a best of five, single elimination format. For full tournament regulations, please see here.

When and where do I submit the decklists if I’m participating in the tournament / Wild Card Qualifiers?

All participants must submit their decklists by August 20th, 11:59PM CEST to the email specified in the full tournament regulations, available here. Players will not be able to change their decklists once submitted.

What version of the game will the tournament / Wild Card Qualifiers be using? What happens if there is an update to the game before the tournament?

If there is a significant gameplay update 14 or more days before the tournament, participants will compete using that version of GWENT. Should that not be the case, participants will compete using the latest publicly available version of GWENT.

I qualified as one of the top 7 ranked play players, but I wasn’t planning on going to gamescom 2017 and don’t have a ticket. What now?

Worry not! We will cover the gamescom 2017 ticket, travel, and accommodation expenses for the top 7 players who signed up and qualified to participate in the main event from Ranked Play.

I have more questions. Where do I go?

Everything you need to know regarding the gamescom tournament is available in the full regulations.

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