Prestige is one of the most opaque and badly communicated aspects of the Gwent card game. Arguably this doesn’t matter as understanding Prestige isn’t going to affect the way you play (other than encourage you to play more often). Unfortunately, the current communication is actually worse than useless and confuses people (well, it did me!). So what is Prestige and how does it work?
What Is Prestige In Gwent?
Prestige in Gwent is an extension of the Experience Level system, which itself is simply a reflection of how much you play. You gain experience points every time you play a game of Gwent and, when you have enough, you level up.
Prestige acts to break up infinite levelling into a number of tiers. You begin at Prestige Level 0, Experience Level 1 and gradually increase your Experience Level to 60. After that, your next level up takes you to Prestige Level 1 and you Experience Level is reset to 1. So a player with a higher Prestige Level is always a higher ‘real’ level than a player with a lower Prestige Level, regardless of the Experience Level number shown on the screen.
Like I said, it’s confusing. One way to think of it is that to get your ‘real’ Experience Level you multiply your Prestige Level by 60 and add your displayed level.
How To Find Your Prestige Level
Now we know what Prestige is and how to interpret it. So all we need to do to compare our real level with someone else is to look at our Prestige Level. So where can we find our Prestige number? Or theirs?
No, honestly. There is – as far as I can tell – absolutely no way of getting your Prestige Level or anyone else’s displayed as a number in the game. It’s not even shown in your profile stats. The best you can do is to go into the ‘contracts’ section of your profile and look at the ‘levels’ subsection to see which Prestige contracts you’ve completed. Hardly the clearest communication.
The only way of directly determining Prestige Level is to look at the design of the banner in which your Experience Level is displayed. The differences in these banners are subtle and easily missed unless you’re playing on a large screen. They also use the same small triangle used for card rarity which is almost impossible for people like me with poor colour vision to distinguish. The only one that really stands out is Prestige Level10, but it will take a very long time to get to that stage.
Consider the example shown here, which I screen-grabbed from the current leaderboards. The player at the top here is Prestige Level 4, Experience Level 15. The next one is Prestige Level 2, Experience Level 45. The lowest is Prestige Level 1, Experience Level 57. That’s as clear as a very unclear thing on a foggy day.
Arguably this doesn’t matter since Prestige doesn’t affect gameplay. However because the Experience Level is displayed clearly as a number, it actually miscommunicates. When I began playing Gwent, I remember looking at the leaderboards and wondering how a level 1 player could possibly be doing so well. I now know that it was because that player had a high Prestige Level and hence was effectively at a much higher level than 1.
What Does Prestige Do?
As I’ve said, you can argue that none of this matters since your Prestige Level doesn’t have any affect on Gwent gameplay. What it does do is provide you with various bonuses such as getting better cards in kegs (booster packs) and better daily login rewards. Again, there is nowhere in the game itself where you can find a list of either your current rewards or those for other Prestige Levels. The best you can do is look at the contracts-levels section of your profile and hover over the box at the bottom of each contract that says “Reward: User perk”. I wonder how many people find that?
Gwent is a great card game, but the UI needs serious work.