The Gwent Challenger tournament finals were this weekend, and while the show was pretty fun to watch, what had most of us talking was the man dressed in character as The Witcher III: Wild Hunt's Gaunter O'Dimm. If you don't know who Gaunter O'Dimm is, that's fair, he's the main antagonist of the Heart of Stone DLC for the third Witcher game. He originally presents himself to Geralt as a former merchant of mirrors, who is now nothing more than a mangy vagrant. However, as you could guess, he is a rather powerful individual who gets his kicks by creating pacts with people in exchange for their souls. Oh, and he can also control time with a mere clap of his hands. He also looks like his:
So naturally, at the Gwent tournament finals, one of the tournament's highlights was a Gaunter cosplayer who's main job seemed to be playing Usher to the players. Because this is the Witcher and that's just what you do. Unlike the in-game counterpart, this Gaunter was quiet and lacking the usual pontification and mockery that you'd expect of O'Dimm.
Kotaku's rundown of the tournament mostly focuses on our cosplayer's attempts at recreating the chilling, atmospheric maleficence of the character, and we can't blame them at all. CD Projekt Red have often used professional cosplayers to their advantage by shipping out the well-known Geralt cosplayer Maul Cosplay for E3 last year and having him roam around the Gwent press room and show in full Witcher gear. That they hired a cosplayer to stalk the Gwent Challenger finals as Gaunter O'Dimm is not particularly surprising, but does show the lengths they'll go to in order to create a more immersive experience for fans and pros alike.
While our Gaunter cosplayer has yet to be identified, we'd like to give the man some props for making this an eSports tournament we couldn't look away from.
If you missed the Gwent finals this weekend, that's alright. You can catch up on the action with clip highlights on Twitch. The full video of the tournament isn't up yet, but considering every other round of the Gwent Challenger has been uploaded, I'm sure we'll be able to watch it soon.