CD Projekt Red has shared the location of the upcoming Gwent Challenger tournament (April 28-29), and i couldn't have come up with anything more appropriate myself; The tournament takes place in the "Wieliczka” Salt Mine!
Originally it was planned for Gwent Challenger tournaments to take place around the world, with the upcoming one to be held in the United States, but they have reconsidered and have decided to host this one closer to home. This makes a lot of sense considering the tournament is not open for a public audience and there are a lot of logistic hurdles to overcome with organizing an event like this.
They have released a teaser trailer as well, and as a highlight we finally get to see Pavko Gale without his usual Burza disguise! Check it out below accompanied by the official announcement from CDPR:
Quote from CD Projekt Red
As the next GWENT Challenger tournament is approaching rapidly, we have some exciting news to share with you!
The venue of the last Challenger, Moszna Castle, was an amazing place that we could transform into a true Nilfgaardian stronghold. We’ve been searching far and wide for a perfect location for the next, Mahakam-themed, tournament, and we’ve finally found it – the April GWENT Challenger will take place on April 28th-29th in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine!
We changed the venue for the April tournament, which was initially set to take place in the United States, because we want to focus on finding the coolest places and ways to make the streaming experience of the upcoming tournaments as fun as possible. We want to provide you with the most authentic experience of The Witcher universe, and exciting & unforgettable esports adventures. We’ve removed the tentative locations from the GWENT Masters schedule but don’t worry – we still plan to bring future GWENT tournaments to different countries, including USA, China & Japan!
As for “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, it is one of the most valuable monuments of culture in Poland, featured on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The mine combines centuries of tradition and modernity — hundreds of years of history locked in an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure. If you enjoyed your trip to the Nilfgaardian stronghold of Moszna Castle, you'll definitely love the what we have in store for you at the salt mines!