Going to go ahead and summarize my thoughts on this game. I will say upfront that I think it's cool they made this game feel unique and not a rip off of anything else.
That being said, I just don't think the game is that fun to play, or at least not something I would intend to come back to over time. It feels like it's way more important to build a good deck rather than play your deck well. I have zero problems with this and enjoy deck building a lot actually. The problem comes from the fact that I don't have any cards to build a deck around unless I immediately spend a lot of money upfront. When the main strategy of the game is to build a good deck, and you're missing the vast majority of the cards, it's just a huge downer. I'll compare this with hearthstone since I have a lot of experience in that; if I have a crappy deck and face someone with a good deck, I at least have a chance of beating them through skill and sheer luck. In Gwent it doesn't feel like I have have a chance in hell at beating, as an example since I ran into it several times, a queensguard deck with my crappy starter deck.
I will say that I could be wrong about my assumption that a good deck is more important than good play. That leads to my other problem in that it is really hard to figure out why exactly I lost a particular game. Did I play poorly? Does his deck beat mine? Did he get lucky? Did I get unlucky? It's just really hard to tell which is a real problem since you can only get better if you know what went wrong.
I respect this game a lot but it is incredibly unwelcoming to new players and free to play players. I enjoy it enough to keep playing for a bit, but as of right now I don't think it's going to hold my attention for much longer.
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