so ive been pretty successful with my "mixed bag" deck...its a full 40 cards.
ive noticed that many of the decks people are posting/demonstrating and playing are decks with lower number of cards. obviously there are benefits to this-higher chances of getting the specific GOLDS/Silver/special cards to carry out specific strats....however, i have a hard time limiting my card numbers for fear of an unbalanced deck. i feel like i am in the minority here as most of you guys who seem to be pretty strong/expert players look to be pro-small decks. I guess im typing this because im curious about your feelings about this. I personally find that having a larger deck with 2-4 strats waiting to be unleashed makes for a better game. the downfall is that the luck of the draw can def. screw you if your first hand/drawn cards mix strats.
Why you even ask this? You have good deck, you enjoy playing it, you, probably, can win with it. What do you want to change?
In most TCG, control decks are longer then aggro. For many reasons. In gwent most of decks has 25-26 cards. There is famous 37 card Foltest and having 37 cards in deck is so strange, that this deck even got named from that particular reason. It tells a lot.
I think that shorter decks are better in gwent, cause we are limited in drawing options, so it is hard to use more then 25decks. And why to have cards that you cant even use, and they possibly disturb your gameplan?
For a deck that has great thinning and very good combos with bronze, larger deck size is fine, 37 card deck being the prime example. If you need your gold/ silver for your strategy, then a deck with more cards is counter intuitive. More cards is simply making the deck too inconsistent as each game can play out very differently.
Im playing a Kaedweni Seargent Blue stripes Reaver Hunter Henselt deck, with which I aim to play a kaedweni as an opener followed by Henselt, pulling me 2 kaedwenis, 2 blue stripes and ves from my deck. On my opening hand, I dont want more than 1 kaedweni, any blue stripes or ves, so mulligan can be a pain in the ass and very inconsistent. To prevent a bad mulligan, i play this deck at 30 cards and its running quite nicely.
Edit: forgot to say that im running temerian infanterist too, so even if i got no dead combo pieces in my hand after the mulligan, chances would be high to have 2+ temerian infanterists on my hand with 25 cards. Doenst happen often at 30.
i use to play with 34 foltest deck and i hit 3,7k using mixed strategies and i thought the same for long time that bigger deck giving you more options, and alouds you to preparre ansver for particular games witc your first muligan.
the problem is that in that way you can build a proper deck but you have no chance to control your game. is no point to have 3 round one wiining tactics becouse there is just one round one. then is round two that have completly diferent rulles and in 80% exception you give it to oponents for card advantage nad usualy bshort round three when you have to get right cards to winn it. if you have to many tactic in your deck you lossing value from your golds and silver becouse any of them can support one of your starategies so if that golds and silver dosnt match to what you plaing short and more cocnsistent deck will take more value from this game. Last thing is muligan in round 3. if you hit for exmple river scouts but you have no other units to pull out on the board you scrue and your idea to have more things just in case loosing yyou game.
Gwent have 3 round and im getting redy for 3 round no more, becouse everything needs to mach perfectly and alouds you to abuse deck mechnic to play around 4k MMR
I like to run just as many cards as I need. A good measure is to see how many cards are left in your deck round 3. I tend to play Scoia'tael decks with lots of spells, so I have a lot of deck-thinning mechanisms like Elven Mercenaries or Nature's Gift. These ensure that I will have fewer cards in my deck in the last round, where I'm really banking on some good game-ending cards like Schirru. If your deck has more than 4-6 cards in it going into round 3, you probably want to bring it to as close to 25 cards as possible.
My current deck thins so well that I have 1 card left most of the times.. and if someone Regis or the donar (the skellige lock guy), I have nothing... So one avallach and I run out of cards... I get really bad hand one in 4/5 gamrs