Gneric’s Community Classic #40

Shadow Era: Community Classics is a weekly show highlighting some of the most intense and crazy games Shadow Era has to offer! All games featured on the show are submitted by members of the Shadow Era community! This week episode features ETCoggthekiller playing Majiya and BP LightningFury playing Zhanna. Check out more Shadow Era videos at Eric’sCrusade.

Alzorath’s Meltdown Monday #77

On Meltdown Monday we attempt to best random opponents in Shadow Era with a 30+ card deck made from the contents of 4 booster packs. This is currently the only sealed format available to digital players of Shadow Era, but is quite popular, and can be quite challenging to learn how to properly assemble your deck.

This week follow Alzorath vs ItsMeVan. For more Shadow Era videos check Alzorath’s YouTube channel.

The Metagame, Balance and You by FDL

Defining balance

 
What should the Design Team strive for in terms of balance? Do you want each archetype to have the same overall winrate (RPS) or that each archetype has a 50ish winrate against every other archetype (RTS)?

The first case is akin to Rock-Paper-Scissors. You could argue that it is a perfectly balanced game since each move has a theoretically equal chance to win – they all have one auto-win and one auto-loss. The outcome of a match is decided solely by your pregame choice.

The most successful players will be those that read the metagame better.

In Shadow Era terms, that would be like a Rush Eladawen beats Allied Moonstalkericon beats Solo Gwen beats Rush Eladwenicon metagame.
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Alzorath’s Shadow Era: Trials #4

Follow Alzorath in a series in which he will be post-commentating interesting matches related to a number of decks for a variety of purposes (and maybe even a rare meltdown match) – whether they be for Shadow Era Deck Techs, or for personal exploration into theories and concepts involving trends (or even anti-trends, such as disused card types). Check out more Shadow Era videos at Alzorath’s YouTube channel.

FDL’s GGWP #4

GGWP are series that follow some of Shadow Era tournaments commentated by FDL. This time we follow pjoe’s round through the Finals of this 16 men popup. Featured are Ao1 pjoe0211 (Control Eladwen), BP DOXSTA (Raikka), ETC Veles (Ravager Banebow) and BP LightningFury (Discard Zaladar). You can check more Shadow Era videos at Fou DeLile YouTube channel.

 

Gneric’s Community Classic #39

Shadow Era: Community Classics is a weekly show highlighting some of the most intense and crazy games Shadow Era has to offer! All games featured on the show are submitted by members of the Shadow Era community! This week episode features maxi1230 playing Bloodfang and shawnjch playing Garth. Check out more Shadow Era videos at Eric’sCrusade.

FDL Tip #01: Empty Hands, Empty Threats

It’s getting late in a tight game. You’ve been trading blow for blow, countering each other’s allies, weapons and draw engines. You have an Aeon in your hand and draw a Book of Curses. You sacrifice the Book to get to eight resources since you already have one in play and grace your empty board with Aeon Stormcaller. Right? Wrong!

There is a world of difference between holding one (however useless) card and passing the turn empty handed. Continue reading

FF’s Building a Deck: Basics by FlyingFerrari

#1: Find the decks mission

What is my strategy and what is my goal to win with the deck (Board control? Damage? Particular finisher? etc.) and what archetype it is going to be (aggro, aggro-control, mid-range, control). Just looking at cards for board control, balancing with draw and allies isn’t just the answere of building a deck because without using the point I mentioned above, there is no point to continue. Continue reading

FF’s Archetypes by FlyingFerrari

Heyo!

I somehow got into a mood to write stuff when that’s usually what I hate to do. If only I got that mood when I’m on school, it would help me a bunch. Most of you have already past the school on the back-road and probably don’t want to hear me rant any cheesy teenage stories and jokes from me. Hehe… decks…

What got me in the head just now is that many players here reads the deck archetypes here differently but I’m not saying anyone is wrong. I will go down the lane of the different archetypes and make a short analyze of each of them of what I feel they are for me, most of my knowledge I will put here is drawn from MtG. Continue reading

Advanced Strategies by soothslyr

As most of you know, I posted a thread and blog a while back detailing deck archetypes of TCG’s. It had detailed explanations of what each one was, and how they’re used. I got some very good feedback, but also a few comments about it being geared mostly towards players with little to no experience with card games. I took that to heart, and figured I’d post something for the intermediate to advanced players. New players are encouraged to read as well, and ask questions as you go. Continue reading