Pawel Burza AMA Tonight 5-7pm CET!

Today is International Ask a Question Day, and to celebrate Pawel Burza is hosting an AMA (Ask me Anything)!

From 5pm until 7pm CET tonight he will be answering questions from the community on the CDPR forums. And it wouldn't be Pawel without any leaks, so we'll hopefully find out some cool new info about future happenings in Gwent!

We'll leave a link to the official AMA thread here once it up, and we'll collect all his answered questions here as well!

AMA Link: AMA with Paweł Burza - ask your questions here!

The AMA is over! Check out all the questions he has answered below, with the most interesting ones colored in yellow! Unfortunately this AMA didn't feature as many leaks as we hoped, there is still some interesting info here :)

Quote from Pawel Burza

When the coinflip will be repaired?
We are testing a solution for the coinflip – adding an attribute for all faction leader cards that would determine who wins the coinflip (think about a Initiative stat – we could balance this stat like the rest of the cards). This is still very work in progress tho

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Why are console players treated as 2nd class?

The servers are horrible for us now and the view that is protrayed to us is that it will be like that for a long time. We get that view because when the servers were bad for us for a month between the armor nerf and saovine patch, nothing was done then for us, just like now.

And to complete the original premise, an in-game tracker should be added for console players because many PC players are taking advantage (along with getting gifted wins from the multitude of disconnects forced upon us) of similar type trackers when they play us.
Hi! We are aware of the issues on consoles happening at the moment, we're sorry about this I can assure you that a fix is coming. We develop the game on all platforms and try to cater to all players. When it come to trackers these are third party apps that we don't officially support.

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I love Gwent but I dont have access to a PC or console all the time. Can you please release a Mobile Android or iOS version of the game
Right now we are focusing on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. But it would be cool to have GWENT o mobile devices!

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Will you fix the mulligan bug?
Mulligan: Yes, we are looking into this atm

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ETA on new expansion?
New expansion is currently in the works, I can't share more info atm

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ETA on Thronebreaker?
Thronebreaker is coming this year, the project has really grown from what we showcased last year, so I'm excited for that. We'll share more info once we are ready.

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Can we expect improvements on the UI?
Yes, we are developing the AI and working on new board designs atm, so expect more cool stuff!

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Where is Rethaz?
Kasia Redesiuk has taken over as Project Director, since the beginning of this year.

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Will we have new events (other than faction challenges and single player mini adventures) in the future?
Right now the focus is on delivering Thronebreaker

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Will we see more board skins, like for example class specific ones?
Like mentioned above new board design is currently in the works

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Is there a legendary pity timer in the kegs or is it a free-for-all?
There is no pity timer in GWENT

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Can you give us an idea of what the new faction will look like
New faction? Nice try

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When is the next batch of cards coming? (even if it’s just 10 like the ones of arena)
Next batch will be bigger and it will be an expansion

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I always wondered: does the 46 in your name have any correlation to Valentino Rossi?
Of course! I'm a big fan of Valentino since the 500cc era, he's always been a role-model when it come to positivist on and off the track :)

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When will challenges be added for the leaders (Eist, Adda, Usurper, etc) introduced during the Midwinter patch? Or is the only way we'll only ever be able to get them is keg/craft?
First we want to improve the ones we have and then add more challenges, the first time user experience deserves an overhaul for sure.

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Hi Pawel ! Can we hope that Toussaint faction will come in Gwent?
Toussaint is part of Nilfgaard, that is all I can say.

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When will all the other cards from the mid-winter-update become premium? I love dem premium cards!
They are coming in April, I'm almost done with Pavko

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Since the Mid-Winter update a lot of players don't understand the design direction the game is taking. I am still playing Gwent because of what it was and what it could be, but not because of what it currently is, a player wrote. How CDPR will manage to add some depth to the game, and is there anything planned to bring back row identity (mechanics, non-agile units, deck-building choices, placements, etc.)?
We are working on a project called Faction Identity, the designers have a goal to balance each faction so it has at least 3 viable archetypes, this means that card which see less play will get reworked.

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The community heavily critized the Create mechanic and sent a lot of feedbacks about its impact on the ladder experience. How the developers will tweak this mechanic?
For create will be reworking some of the cards while others will stay the same and will be limited to Arena only, you won't be able to play them in Ranked and Pro Ladder

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The MMR requirement for Rank 21 changed several times (4500, 4200 and 4300 MMR). How much challenging CDPR want the Grand Master title to be?
We're currently looking for the sweet spot, we want Grandmaster to be more difficult to achieve but not impossible

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How many players hit Grand Master during the first season (june / july / august 2017)?
Don't have the stats with me atm, sorry!

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Can we expect a power discount or premium kegs when the expansion hits?
You can expect more of these coming in the near future

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I wonder if you have prepared something interesting for the Challenger?
I will be there as Pavko  ;)

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There was one interesting card... Old Speartip. Is it possible to return it to the previous version or expect card with similar ability in the future? I mean, noone likes this changes (at least according to reddit) and there were fans of this card. This card is not that hard to understand and if this changes were necessary only because of making core set slightly easier, then I am sadness...
We might change it, but there is nothing I can promise atm.

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Are you guys going to make a option to play friends games between PS4 and PC? I play on PS4 and my friend on PC and we cant play together?
For now we are limited in implementing this unfortunately, although it would be a nice addition.

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Can we have Traditional Chinese version in the future?
That's the plan, more info soon!

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The design team is working on bringing back faction identity the purpose for this is for each faction to have at least three viable archetypes. When it comes to depth we will move forward with more in depth interactions.

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Hey Burza do you know if the team is working to add support to 16:10 screens on PC?
Not for now, but if it's needed we will try to implement it!

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My question is When will JJPasak be unbanned?
Hi, yes if he apologizes, we have the same approach towards all of our players.

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Will quen ever coming back to gwent? with reworked ability or not?
No plans for now.

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Could you tell us how many people are involved in the work on animation cards?
We have 6 animators working on the animations within the game.

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What is your favorite color?
Yellow

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Easy question: list your favorite female character from each faction (neutral too), and yes, this includes the monsters faction. It can be an existing card, or future if you're able to throw a leak or a hint
Neutral: Mandrake or #TeamYen
Skellige: Coral
Monsters: Brewess: Ritual
Northern Realms: Shani
Nilfgaard: #TeamYen
Scoia'tael: Toruviel

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Can you give us some info about new faction? Just some clues. Burza pls.
It's cool and has a ruthless leader ;)

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Are there any chances for rarities on the existing cards planed? (Like more commons)
We don't plan to change the rarities of the existing cards.

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I wanted to ask you if we can hope to have one day a "nostalgic" event in witch we'll be able to play the last Closed Beta patch on an other server (like the PTR) just to remember the old strategies and combos.
Not a plan atm, but I like the idea!

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We need spectator(observing) mode for the community tourney or sth. Have any info?!
Not this year for sure.

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Could new cards like Detlaff, or Syanna, come in Gwent ? In golden/leader cards maybe ? I hope so !
Of course, maybe not as leaders

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Any update on the tryptic cards art ?
We don't plan to bring them back for now.

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Will we see another faction challenge with that Northern Realms frame in the future? I made a mistake and picked Monsters this time around. I believe it's 2nd time we see the same Monster frame so I hope it will be similar with other factions.
Yes, we will have more of these with the same frames as rewards.

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You earlier said that you guys are working on new board designs - is there any chance that there is room for individualization?
We're thinking more about boards which are tied to the design of the factions

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New faction color is yellow isn't it, you coy leek bringer and hint dropper ;)
More towards red

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At what point will CDPR be satisfied with the state of Gwent and do a full release? Sometimes I'm worried that this game might be plagued with feature creep.
We're aiming to move out of beta this year

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Simple Question - When start buff Wild Hunt?
When we add faction identity and add more cards to this archetype, the problem right now is that there are not enough Wild Hunt units.

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So, I play on PS4 and I play on PC. And to be completely honest, It's a total drago trying to collect different things on both. I have a bad collection on PS4 and a bad collection on PC, but if I could just connect the two and share progress, I would have a decent collection on both and can keep both updated. So, while I understand it is a big deal and very tricky to implement, can I officially request that CDPR put as much effort as reasonably possible into connecting progress between PC, console, and any other platform you do in future? I understand the difficulty of such, but I think it would be a major quality of life feature if it could be done, and it is one I do not see asked often.
There are some limitations to this, which are out of our hands for now.

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Hi, I was thinking, if you guys could add some female cards to nilfgard? There are only 7 of them (no bronzes). Even monsters have more. I know there are more important things you are working on now, but maybe just keep it in mind thanks
We'll keep it in mind for sure! Thanks!

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Are other game modes, like for example Tournament mode or 2v2 mode a realistic possibility for Gwent? Could we expect something like that in the future? Thank you in advance!
Right now we have to focus on what we have, but it would be cool to have in the future. I've always been a fan of two-headed giant

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Ah, another question (promise it's the last one from me)... is the plan of making separate sp campaigns for each faction is still up there or has it been changed after expanding the scope of Thronebreaker?
It's still the idea  :)

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Will we, please, be able to complete daily rounds in Arena?
No plan for this, we try to keep arena separate.

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Will it be possible to chat with your opponent, without the avatar system, in a dicuss area (if the opponent isn't a "friend" ? Maybe not, but i should be nice i think. Thanks !
No plans for this now, we're afraid that this could lead to abusive behavior.

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As NG spies decrease in popularity after the Enforcers change could we expect a re-work to make Enforcers more viable or to revert them back to the effect they had before the mid-winter update?
We might tweak them if spy NG loses interest

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Are you planning to release Gwent for Linux?
No plans for now.

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Are there any plans to add some nice Gaunter voice lines to arena?
We will have some cool vanity items coming soon which are arena specific, oh wait, I forgot that's an easter-egg!

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You said once that vampires are coming to gwent, they will come with that big bunch of new cards or they will be a separate thing? And what about 100 lvl cap, it will be increased ? as many players hit it already.
They will come with a bigger expansion! We might raise the cap when more players get to lvl 100!

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Will some kind of row identity feature to cards be worked on?
Faction identity is the main focus for now :)

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There was a leak on reddit showing frame with arena theme, when and how it will be available?
It's coming very soon! More info coming in the following days!

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What are CDPR views on dry-passing? Do you consider that many (maybe even most) Arena games having 1 round is something healthy for the game? (And constructed games often having 2 rounds.) Why do you think this happens? Are there any plans to fix it?

What are your views on CA spies? Are they getting changed or remain like this? Since they generate so much salt, is there a consideration to removing them from casual (as you did with Arena, and made the game mode arguably more fun to play)?
Dry-passing is part of the strategy for us, you still need to win 2 rounds!

CA spies are problematic for us, there was an idea to remove them completely, but first we need to work on coinflip before making such drastic decisions.

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Is it possible to attend tournaments or events as an audience? We’d love to be in there and cheer, watch etc. Additionally, would be lucrative for both CDPR (from Merchandising perspective) and Poland. E-sport scene is immensely growing and audience is certainly a core part of it.
Hi! No plans, the logistics part is quite problematic, these events are meant to be streamed, this might of course change for World Masters.

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What should I do to work in CDPR like you? As guy from community?
Apply for the job, good command of English and passion for games is a must!

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I'm sorry to criticize, but lots of people like this type of Faction Challenge, but personnaly i think it is to much farming, and I don't have time for it ! Will it be diffferent , please ?
The format is still work in progress, so who knows

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Can we expect gwent single player before E3 or announcement about release date will be on E3 in June actually?
Not on E3 for sure ;)

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Is the new faction going to be Toussaint?
Nope, Toussaint is part of Nilfgaard

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Ok, guys. First of all, I LOVE what you do and how you do. Gwent becomes bigger and bigger and I can't wait for more.
My questions is How do you read my minds?? First, you changed the reward system even little better than I thought(But may be you should add 1 more avatar for 20 Rank). Then you reworked factions battle, you added the great arena mod and so on and so on. You do a great job/ Thank you, Pawel and the TEAM!
We try our best, it's not always smooth sailing, especially after the midwinter update, but we are going back on track right now.

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What about increase of row limit up to 12-15?
Not a plan as for now

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It seems my question on page 6 about player statistics and demographics got lost in the crowd. Would you mind taking a look at it? Or perhaps I missed the answer since I’m on mobile.
We cannot share any stats, sorry!

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Is the current plan for avatar cosmetics per season end just like it was last season? Has anything new changed with it? (with the exception of this season with it just being Roche)
As in rank 15, rank 20 and top 10k?
Yes, we like this system and plan to keep it

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Do you plan any other dev cards like Pavko Gale?
We have a couple already and yes, we plan a couple more

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Can I ever buy an avatar? I really want Letho of Gulet, but I could not reach the top-1000 that season /
We're thinking about an in-game store with vanity items, more info coming soon!

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Any plans for unique play sounds for each card?
Yes! We plan to add more

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Thanks for answer I have one more questions about older frames from Ranked for example Season of the Wolf, Season of the Wild Hunt, Season of the Draconid. Will we have another chance to get those in the future?
Yes! We want to rotate them yearly

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How does CDPR feel about carry-over right now? Too much, too little, just right amount? Are "invisible" carry-over like Wardancer something that you plan to keep in the game? Any changes in sight?
Wardancer are a problem I highlighted to the team some time ago, the challenge is that we can't find the right ability for them, aside form that carry-over looks quite good at the moment.

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Any plans for deck importing/sharing? I miss that option a lot
This is something that is on my radar and would love to have it implemented in the future!

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is there any chance to bring more AMBUSH (i like the mechanic) or DRYAD cards? (there are only 4 playable cards (except leader eithne) and no bronze dryad cards)
Yes! Dryads are coming!

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Hi, during last year Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity there was auction, where someone bought real appearance setting into one of Gwent cards. Is this card already introduced? If yes, which one?
Yes! It's the Witch Hunter card

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When more information about expansion vampire?
More info coming soon!

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Are there any plans on somehow bringing back the promote system NR had? Also, how do you feel about making Wardancer appear at the end of the turn like Ronvid?
With gold immunity here, that wouldn't be as good! Wardancer needs to go back to the drawing board for sure.

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I wanted to talk more about the visual and audio flavors of the cards. You guys added some visual effects to cards when they are played.. For example Igni, Yrden and few of the other cards. Don't you think every gold card should have more unique animations like that (I am not talking about premiums)? Also in midwinter, the meteors in RNR were removed, are you guys planning on bringing them back?

Also what about having entrance music for gold cards and unique voice lines? as opposed to the same voicelines that we have right now.

I would appreciate if you can share Team's thought on this topic and whether this has any priority. Thanks.
Yes, all these things are a priority for us and we'll be adding more.

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Hey! Any plans for legendary entrances for premium legendary cards? Like SLYSZEEEEEE LE LE LE LE LE LE LE LE and thunders when Yennefer is played :>
We wanted to introduce card interaction on the board, but that is something that is further down the road.

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Hi, I believe the two most problematic cards in current state of Gwent is Wardancer and Dun Banner. Does CDPR have any interest on changing or balancing those?
Wardancer for sure, Dun Banner can be played around.

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Do you guys plan to bring some units/effects back to their previous effects?
We might not bring back older effects but focus more on creating a better identity for each archetype, that is the goal now, same thing goes for consume.

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Is there any likelihood that Gwynt will appear in the future for ios and android?
PC, PS4 and Xbox one is the focus now

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any words about new ambush cards? maybe to create a whole "ambush deck" or are they just an additional part?
If it was up to me I would love to have an full ambush deck, but I don't think my opponent would love that

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Will new cards appear in the next patch?
No, for the next one we'll be focusing on bug fixes mainly.

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Also regarding the source material: do you have rights to use characters and other things from all the books including Season of Storms? Last year there was also a book released which was written by fans and approved by A. Sapkowski: "Claws and Fangs". I've just read it and there are some plenty amazing ideas for spells, monsters and generally characters, so I was wondering if there's any way you could draw from this place of power? Thanks!
I read the book and loved it! We take ideas form all around the universe, so expect more cool stuff!

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Hi, how about allowing players to check their deck by right-clicking a pile of cards next to graveyard cards? Just make cards desplayed randomly and whole process would be similar to checking cards in graveyard and it wouldn't take board space
I saw this idea somewhere, I think it would be better to have a tracker in-game, but that's not the plan for now.

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When creating new cards, how does the process work? Do you guys think of a cool idea and then give it to something, or are you trying to create abilities for specific characters, that you want to see in the game?
The ideas come from Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz our Principal Narrative Designer, he pitches the idea to the illustrators and they create the card

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Acting as an ambassador of the p2w playerbase, my question for the future is: Could we have the deck "bars" shine and sparkle if all cards they contain are premium?
Interesting idea! Let me pass it on ;)

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Hi Burza! Do we will see more CA cards in the future? And what your team think about CA in general?
CA spies are problematic, we will have to wait and see, there was an idea to remove them completely, but we're not sure about that.

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What are CDPR plans on e-sports in Gwent? Will we have something like offcial Gwent cafes or regional qualifiers?
Right now we see more and more event happening around the globe and we want to support them more then we did previously. We have something regional that is in the works but can't share more info about it at this time.

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What do you think about being able to attach borders, titles and avatars to specific decks? So you don't have to do it manually, there is still a default one for each though if you havn't set them for a deck.
Sounds feasible, let me pass this idea further

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Is there any chance that the dev team could let Anna Podedworna make a concept artwork/ redesign of the board?. Even if it not used I would love to see it.
We have some cool concepts for the new board design and we'll share them once ready

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Okay, to finish things up. Other games have a clear calendar for releases, like MTG releases sets in April, September, December, or something like that. Hearthstone also states they have 3 expansions per year, and more or less when they are coming out.

I realize that these are all older games, and they didn't necessarily have this organization at beta, but when can we expect to get this kind of calendar for Gwent?
Yes, once we have everything done and working properly I'm more then happy to give a proper roadmap

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Will daily rewards and daily "rounds completed" bar fill on Arena? Feels quite bad and unfair to play 8 games and get only 20 ore in return.
We want to keep this mode separate form the daily win counter.

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