GWENT Challenger is an official GWENT: The Witcher Card Game tournament which pits community members against each other in a series of qualifiers to determine who will clash with professional gamers in the finals.
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I’m not participating in GWENT’s closed beta. Can I still play in the tournament?
Only players participating in the Beta can sign up for the tournament. If you don’t have a Closed Beta code, you might want to check out the code giveaway GWENT DB is running here.
Do I have to pay an entry fee to participate in the tournament?
There is no tournament entry fee. Participating in the tournament is free of charge.
Will everyone who signs up participate in the tournament?
Not everyone who signs up will participate in the tournament. After the closing of the sign-up period, the highest ranked 256 players from each division on GWENT’s leaderboard will be selected to participate in the Day 1 qualifiers, as long as they have applied correctly.
When will you inform me if I made it into the qualifying matches?
We will inform selected gamers about their participation status by sending an e-mail to the address associated with their GOG.com account.
Do I need a GOG.com account to join the tournament?
Yes, you need a GOG.com account and GOG Galaxy to join. GOG Galaxy is a game client powering the multiplayer and matchmaking aspects of GWENT. Find out more about GOG Galaxy on www.gog.com/galaxy.
I have an Xbox One / PlayStation 4, can I participate in the tournament?
GWENT Challenger is played on PC only.
Are there any other account / game progress prerequisites to play?
To sign up for GWENT Challenger Qualifiers, players need to already be Beta participants and need to be present in the ranked mode leaderboard, and be high enough on it to qualify.
Can I buy a ticket and attend the tournament as an audience member / supporter?
GWENT Challenger Qualifiers will not be streamed — purchasing tickets to view matches is not possible.
Will the tournament qualifying matches be streamed?
You will be able to watch the top 8 players compete on the CD PROJEKT RED Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/cdprojektred. We are not planning to stream qualifying matches.
Are there more tournaments like this one coming in the future? Does this mean that GWENT goes full esport now?
GWENT tournaments in the future are dependant solely on community engagement. We’d love GWENT to become an esport and future tournaments are a possibility.
The tournament’s website is English-only. Does it mean GWENT Challenger 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 will be hosted in English (this applies to card text as well).
How does the qualifying system work?
512 players from two time zones, 256 from Division Redania 12:00 GMT and 256 from Division Temeria 12:00 PST, compete using four self-constructed decks each. Each deck must represent a different faction. 16 players from both timezones advance to Day 2. Two finalists advance from each timezone.
What are the dates of qualification matches?
Day 1 of qualifications falls on the 8th of April, 2017. After that day, the top 16 players from each division (Redania and Temeria) will advance to Day 2, which will take place on the 9th of April, 2017.
What timezones will the qualifying matches be played in?
Qualifying matches will be played in two timezones: 12:00 GMT and 12:00 PST.
What is ESL and how are they involved in this tournament?
ESL, originally Electronic Sports League, is an esports company which organizes competitions world-wide. ESL is the world's largest esports company, and the oldest professional esports organization. We’re partnering with ESL to deliver the smoothest tournament experience possible. Visit https://www.eslgaming.com/ for more information.
What’s the prize pool?
The prize pool for GWENT Challenger is 100 000 US dollars. 1st place receives: 60k, 2nd place receives: 20k, 3rd and 4th place get: 10k.
Do I need to be 18 or live in a certain region / country to be able to participate?
For full tournament regulations, please see here.
Is this an online-only tournament, or will it involve travelling?
GWENT Challenger Qualifiers are played 100% online. However, should you progress to top stage of the tournament, ESL will fly you over to Katowice, Poland, to play against our all star line up face to face.
Are there any card restrictions, or can I play with any deck I construct?
For full tournament regulations, please see here.
Are sideboards allowed?
Sideboards are not allowed. You have to prepare 4 decks with a minimum of 25 cards each and a maximum of 40 cards.
What will happen if my match gets disconnected?
If a participant disconnects before the first card is played in the match, the match will be restarted. If a disconnect happens after the first card is played, the player that disconnected forfeits that game.
Will this be a Swiss-system tournament or double elimination?
GWENT Challenger is a mixed system event. For full tournament regulations, please see here.
Can I participate in the Qualifiers in both divisions (Temeria and Redania) at the same time?
No, you can only apply to play in one division.
Can I play in rank mode before the qualifiers registration process ends to improve my leaderboard standing?
Yes. We will check your leaderboard position exactly on the 22nd of March at 15:00 GMT.