Gwent Rogue Mage Bulwark Guide

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The Gwent: Rogue Mage Bulwark deck is the first you receive and the starter deck.

But, being the first doesn’t mean that this deck is relegated to being for beginners only.

We’ll help you learn the ins and outs of the Gwent: Rogue Mage Bulwark deck’s cards and synergies.

Gwent Rogue Mage Bulwark – Overview

The Bulwark Deck contains the following cards:

  • 1xReynard Odo, Vysogota of Corvo* or Aglaïs*
  • 1xPrince Stennis
  • 1x Zoltan Chivay
  • 1x One-Eyed Betsy
  • 1x Ramon Tyrconnel
  • 1x Tridam Infantry
  • 2x Temerian Drummer
  • 2x Aedirnian Mauler
  • 2x Recruit

*Key card unlocked at level 7
*Unlocked at level 27

Gwent: Rogue Mage Bulwark Deck – Key Cards

Gwent Rogue Mage Bulwark Deck Key Cards

Reynard Odo

When Deployed, Reynard Odo boosts adjacent units by 1. As long as Reynard Odo remains on the battlefield, any subsequent units are boosted by 1 when they’re played.

Unit Power: 6

Vysogota of Corvo

Unlike Odo’s passive ability, Vysogota of Corvo comes with an Order ability that boosts an allied unit by 1. This ability costs 1 charge, and 1 charge is gained whenever you play a card.

Vysogota of Corvo has Zeal, allowing it to use its order ability on the same turn that the card is played.

Unit Power: 5


Striking a balance between the Rogue Mage Bulwark deck’s two previous key cards, Aglaïs has both a passive and an order ability.

At the start of the game, Aglaïs boosts itself by 3.

Once per battle, Aglaïs can use its order ability to double the amount of boost on itself.

Like Vysogota of Corvo, Aglaïs comes with the Zeal ability.

Unit Power: 3

Bulwark Gold Units

Gwent Rogue Mage Bulwark Deck Gold Units

Prince Stennis

When Deployed on the Melee row, Prince Stennis boosts a single allied unit’s power by 4. But when deployed on the Ranged row, Prince Stennis boosts 4 separate allies’ power by 1.

Unit Power: 4

Zoltan Chivay

When Deployed, the Rogue Mage Bulwark deck’s Zoltan Chivay boosts the power of adjacent units by 4. This boost won’t activate without units to place Zoltan next to.

Unit Power: 4

One-Eyed Betsy

This unit damages an enemy by 4 when deployed. The damage is boosted to 6 if the chosen unit has armor.

Unit Power: 4

Ramon Tyrconnel

When placed on the battlefield, Tyrconnel spawns a copy of a bronze unit currently in your hand, then gives the copy 2 additional armor.

Unit Power: 4

Bulwark Bronze – Units

Tridam Infantry

This Rogue Mage Bulwark card deals 1 damage to an enemy unit chosen at random whenever it receives a buff from any source.

Unit Power: 4

Temerian Drummer

The drummer boosts the unit directly to its right by 1 at the end of each of your turns.

Unit Power: 4

Aedirnian Mauler

The Mauler has an order ability that damages an enemy unit by 1 once per battle. This damage increases equal to the amount of boost on the Aedirnian Mauler when its order is activated.

Unit Power: 4


This Rogue Mage Bulwark unit boosts an allied unit on the battlefield by 3, and a random unit currently in your hand by 1 when deployed.

Unit Power: 4

Bulwark Deck – Focus

Bulwark Deck Focus

Many decks that you’ll encounter in Gwent: Rogue Mage are based around debuffing and debilitating the opponent.

Bulwark takes the opposite approach, boosting the power and armor of your units wherever possible. While foes may chip away at your flanks, Bulwark stands strong with imposing cards that support and boost one another.

Another important component of the Rogue Mage Bulwark deck is its ability to deal damage to enemy units, removing them from the board entirely. This synergizes well with Bulwark’s buffing strategy, as many of the deck’s damaging components rely on boosts to activate.

The Tridam Infantry provides a steady source of damage whenever boosted by a spell or unit, and the Aedirnian Mauler can build itself up into a force to be feared, then deal damage equal to its current power.

Gwent: Rogue Mage Bulwark Deck – Synergies

The base deck of Bulwark is constructed in such a way that its damaging and buffing components function together from the get-go, allowing you to improve and perfect this function over time.

The most basic combo to come up in Bulwark is placing a Temerian Drummer to the left of Tridam Infantry. The drummer buffs the infantry at the end of each turn, activating the infantry’s ability and whittling the enemy down by 1 damage every round. As the Tridam Infantry’s ability isn’t capped, any other buffs activated in the same round still trigger the damage, allowing you to quickly chip away at the enemy’s units and score.

Stacking the Aedirnian Mauler with buffs before using its order ability is also a reliable way to take a powerful enemy unit off the board. This unit’s power can quickly reach double digits and destroy all but the hardiest foe. If you’ve drawn Syanna while progressing across the map, that unit’s order ability lets you deal the mauler’s devastating damage twice

That does it for our Gwent: Rogue Mage Decklist. Best of luck out there.

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