Gwent: The Witcher Card Game’s Mahakam Ale Festival Event is Live, Runs to October 12

October 3, 2017Written by Chandler Wood

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game might still be considered in public beta at the moment, but that’s not stopping the team at CD Projekt RED from having events in the game. September 29 marked the beginning of the Mahakam Ale Festival, a Gwent event that brings six new single-player challenges (three challenges each with two difficulties), new cards, and a unique player avatar, frame, and title for completing the challenges.

All have heard of Mahakam, but few have beheld the dwarves’ famed stronghold from within. Elder-in-Chief Brouver Hoog has no trust for travelers and opens his gates to them only with the greatest reluctance… unless, that is, they come to attend the great Mahakam Ale Festival.

Come by and join us in the celebrations! During the Mahakam Ale Festival you will be able to play three brand-new challenges on two levels of difficulty, and claim a unique player avatar, frame and title in the process.

The event lasts from September 29th until the ale eventually runs out (that’s October 12th, in case you’re wondering). See you in Mahakam!

If you’ve yet to try out Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, or just haven’t played in a while, now is the perfect time to return and win some limited time rewards. My preview from E3 2016 highlighted the Witcher spin-off title as something where I could easily see myself losing time to the cards.

If you know how to play gwent, then you’ll feel right at home here, however there’s a depth and complexity that wasn’t present in The Witcher 3. New abilities shift the play of power on the board and create unique situations that require some thought and strategy to get through. Much like the original, deception and tricking your opponent is still a core part of Gwent, and I found myself with match wins by allowing myself to fool my opponent and throw the first round to tip the scales of the latter half in my favor. It’s the depth of strategy required that makes me want to keep playing and trying out new decks, factions, and cards.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is going to be free to play, which is why it’s all the more surprising that CD Projekt RED went even further than just polishing up and balancing the game of gwent. They will have campaigns that will run 10+ hours and will tell more stories in The Witcher universe. If you thought Blood and Wine was going to be the last you heard of Geralt, you’ll be happy to know that Gwent’s campaigns will see him returning. These campaigns have an overworld that can be used to get additional cards for both the single player campaign matches and the online play. Oh yes, did I mention that Gwent has online competitive play?

Have you tried out the challenges in the Mahakam Ale Festival yet? Make sure to earn the unique rewards before the barrels of grog run empty on October 12.