Both versions are great on their own, if you ask me. If you don’t want gold chests in Thronebreaker, you can skip them. I think it’s a cool game with or without the chests. Personally, I enjoy getting the fancy cards even though I’m not sure I’m going to play much Gwent. (I love the card game, but I do stress out over multiplayer.) I thought the tutorial in Gwent was fun and helpful. It doesn’t answer every question about the game, but it’s enough to get you up and running. I prefer it to the longer tutorial they used to have.
If I do pass on Gwent, it won’t be because of the daily quest system. I’ve always thought the daily quest in Gwent was easy. You don’t have to win any matches at all; you just have to win 6 rounds. In any given match, you almost always win at least 1 round, since most games go to three rounds. And I found as a new player that I won plenty of matches because the competition was as clueless as I was. Yes, the games are taking a few seconds longer because there are fewer dry passes now, but I think that’s a major improvement to the game – one of the best new fixes. Now everyone plays at least 3 cards a round, instead of just passing round two (or even round 1) for card advantage.