Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Eternal Releases on Steam

After six months of closed beta, late last week the new digital card game Eternal released on Steam in open beta, meaning that now anyone who wants to can download the game. As part of the transition, all of the existing accounts were reset, putting new players and veterans alike basically on the same footing. Digital Direwolf also made a ton of balance changes to the game, which included removing a ton of marginal cards, tweaking a bunch of others, and even "nerfing" a handful of cards to help diversify the metagame.

I've already written quite a bit on this game, so if you're curious what I have to say, feel free to check out some of my previous blog posts on the topic. There's a great quote from Numot Gaming that summarizes my thoughts on the game quite well: "Eternal is the game we all wanted Hearthstone to be, and the experience we all wanted Magic Online to become.” 

There are also a ton of great resources to help new players get a feel for the game and hit the ground running. In addition to a surprisingly friendly and helpful Reddit page, there are also guides for players transitioning from Hearthstone or from Magic the Gathering as well as a great video series designed to teach you the basics.

I continue to really enjoy this game, and would love to see others from the Standard Pauper community get into it as well. Who knows, maybe someday I'll even organize a special all-Commons tournament!

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