CD Projekt Red has just unveiled a new esports initiative for their collectible card game (CCG) Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, and this is the Masters Series, seeing players around the world compete for the title of World Champion.
Participation in the competition is free and anyone can enter from PC, PS4, or Xbox One, provided they're over 18 (if you're between 13 and 17 you must get a guardian to review and approve the rules). A part of this is the new Pro Ladder, a competitive mode that is the entry point for those who want to compete, and becomes available when players reach Rank 21, the highest rank possible in standard ranked play.
The Pro Ladder then allows players to get a separate Matchmaking Rating (or MMR) based on their performance, a rating that's based on the sum of MMR for their four best-performing factions each season.
"Each game played with a faction unlocks 1% of its fMMR," the website explains. To unlock 100% of a faction's fMMR, a player needs to complete at least 100 games with that faction. Similarly, playing 50 games will only unlock 50%, and so on. You cannot unlock more than 100% of a faction's fMMR."
Way more detail can be found here, but it's also important to note that at the World Masters there'll be a $250,000 USD prize pool. Is Gwent a threat to games like Hearthstone?