CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce that Jan “Superjj102” Janssen has triumphed in this year’s first GWENT Open tournament, which took place last weekend in Warsaw, Poland.
In the tournament, the Pro Ladder’s top 8 fought for their share of a $25,000 prize pool, as well as Crown Points, awarded to tournament participants for their achievements in GWENT’s official esports series. In addition to this, two players who reached the final received invitations to April’s GWENT Challenger tournament.
January’s GWENT Open started off with record-breaking fast wins (Jan “Superjj102” Janssen vs. Benjamin “Kolemoen” Pfannstiel), too close for comfort matches (Raffael “GameKingAT” Iciren vs. Evgeny “eiSloth” Androsik), and perfect games (Elias “Shaggy” Sagmeister vs. Nikolay “Cmel” Sakharov). The quarterfinals also saw Andrzej “Adzikov” Bal, one of the most consistent players of the Pro Ladder, win against Zehua “Huyahanachann” Zhao, thus breaking his “curse” by finally making it into the semifinals.
Jan “Superjj102” Janssen and Raffael “GameKingAT” Iciren’s showing opened up the semifinals, the highlight being game 3 of the series. The Monster mirror battle saw both players go head to head for the most part. In the end, Iciren had to yield, with his opponent taking the win after scoring more than 200 points in final round. The match ended in a solid 3:1 win for Janssen, who advanced to the final.
The second semifinal, Andrzej “Adzikov” Bal vs. Elias “Shaggy” Sagmeister, started out with a very dominant performance by Bal, who quickly gained a 2:0 lead over Sagmeister. Despite being down 2 games, the Austrian managed to pick himself up and make a comeback, but a solid endgame by Bal denied Sagmeister the reverse sweep.
The final between Janssen and Bal began well for the Polish player, who managed to take the first game. From that point on, however, it was all Janssen. After tying it up, he proceeded to win the next battle, gaining the advantage, and ultimately defeating Bal by 3 points in game 4 of the series.
The tournament’s final standings are as follows:
Jan “Superjj102” Janssen (Germany)
Jan “Superjj102” Janssen (Germany) — $10,100
Andrzej “Adzikov” Bal (Poland) — $4,300
Elias “Shaggy” Sagmeister (Austria) — $3,200
Raffael “GameKingAT” Iciren (Austria) — $2,350
Benjamin “Kolemoen” Pfannstiel (Germany) — $1,400
Evgeny “eiSloth” Androsik (Belarus) — $1,400
Zehua “Huyahanachann” Zhao (China) — $1,250
Nikolay “Cmel” Sakharov (Russia) — $1,000
CD PROJEKT RED would like to thank the January GWENT Open participants for a great tournament, as well as everyone watching the event online. More GWENT Open action will follow in March. For the complete overview of GWENT Masters, including the rules, tournament dates and format, visit masters.playgwent.com.
About GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
In GWENT: The Witcher Card Game, gamers clash with their friends in fast-paced duels that combine bluffing, on-the-fly decision making and careful deck construction. The game is played over a best-of-three series of rounds, as players unleash their hand by slinging spells and diverse units with special abilities and use clever tricks to deceive their opponents.