SolForge, a free-to-play CCG from Stoneblade Entertainment, posted its biggest patch to date, yesterday, December 18th. The patch includes bug fixes, graphical upgrades, text tweaking, and rules errata. However some of the most notable improvements are the addition of new cards, support for iPhones running iOS 5 and above, and the game finally initialized its tournament system which includes both constructed tournaments and draft tournaments.
Constructed tournaments require the player to have a deck already built. They then play three rounds and are awarded prizes based on their performance.
Draft tournaments are the most rewarding tournaments. Players who enter "create a 30-card deck from a selection of random cards." They then play against players who have done the same. The great part is that all the cards you pick are added to your collection. Prizes are then awarded to all players based on their final records.
Both tournaments have their pros and cons.
Constructed tournaments are for those who like to show off their deck building skills and have amassed a collection large enough to do so. This doesn't work for everybody as you have to own the cards. Not everyone owns all the cards. One person may have more than another; meaning that they will not have access to a certain card while some will.
Draft tournaments tend to "even" the playing field as all players are succumbed to the limited and random selection of cards at their disposal. In a limited format, it's not a matter of owning all the cards that can help one improve, it's that you can only get better with experience.
It should also be known that entry into these tournaments are not entirely free. Constructed tournaments require three event tickets while draft tournaments will require seven event tickets. Single event tickets are available for purchase from the game store for either 40,000 silver or 260 gold. You can also buy a set of 10 event tickets for 2500 gold, only.
Gold can be purchased from the store for real money at 1300 gold for $4.99 at its lowest price.
The choice is yours. You can either pay real money to enter the tournaments or use any silver you've acquired through the daily reward system. Fortunately, the game has added event tickets to the daily reward system.
For those who don't know, there are three tiers of daily awards. You earn one for just logging in. You earn another for your first win of the day, and you earn your last one via your third win of the day. In any reward you can earn a basic pack, a normal pack, or a random card as well as silver. And now, since the update, you can earn event tickets too.
If you do decide to go the free route, keep in mind it can be a bit of a grind. No matter how you see things, this update is a huge positive for the game and shows that it is headed in the right direction.
For a complete breakdown of what is included in the patch, then click here.
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