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7 Reasons Why You Should Play Gwent

There are about an ocean of card games available in the market. With each one having their own unique traits and appeal to the players, it’s hard to choose which one to play during your free time.

If you’re looking for a game that has both the elements of excitement and challenge, then you have stumbled on the right article. Let me introduce you to Gwent and see why it’s one of the best card games on the market.

What is Gwent by the way?

Gwent is a turn-based card game between two players, with each game taking three rounds. Each player must play one card each turn from a deck of twenty-five to forty cards. The goal is to win two of three rounds by playing cards and spells to gain points called “power” on the board. A player that has the most number of points is declared the winner of the round.

Why should you play Gwent?

Below are the reasons why.

1. It is F2P-friendly

Quite frankly, card games are darn expensive, regardless if they are for trading (TCG) or collectible (CCG). Ask someone who spends a lot of his money on Hearthstone’s digital cards or Yu-Gi-Oh’s physical ones and you’d see the picture.

Most TCGs or CCGs often force players to get all the most expensive cards in order to even have a shot at playing competitively. It’s an entirely different story with Gwent. On this game, most of the decks are viable in their budget versions so you put your faith into cheaper units.

You can pretty much do fairly well and jump into ranked as long as you have the most of the cheapest units on your collections. You’ve got plenty of time to learn the more complex mechanics of the game and to gather in-game currencies for future spending.

2. Creativity Gets Rewarded

With Gwent, you get rewarded for playing the game your way. Not only do you have the freedom to play any kind of deck you want but you also get a reward for doing so.

Each game lasts from two to three rounds. You get your daily rewards not for winning the whole game but for winning single rounds. That surely takes off a lot of pressure to win.

If you’re the type of a busy person who does not have much time, Gwent is perfect for you. By playing for less than an hour per day, you can already obtain one card keg (Gwent’s equivalent of booster packs). Two card kegs will usually take you around two hours, while three card kegs shouldn’t take longer than four hours.

Gwent has undeniably one of the most F2P-friendly systems of rewards in the entire genre.

3. Consistent Game Pace

Unlike many card games, basic mechanics of Gwent largely focuses on thorough planning. The pace of the game is consistent throughout; there is no possible way to get rushed down or lose because you have drawn fewer cards than your opponents.

Same amount of resources to work with are given to each player. Since the resources is out of question, it’s how you use them in a smarter way is the key to winning. You have to make smart and careful planning and you’ll be heavenly rewarded

4. You Can Track Your Progress

This is the game where you can literally feel your progress. With each round that you came out as victorious, your position across many platforms also advances. As you reach the top, your journey will be filled with rewards as you pass each level or rank.

And mind you, the grind to the top is not that bad. In fact, you would only exert minimal effort until you hit the top rankings. The learning process comes natural as your collection grows steadily. You will find more incentives to get as your position increases

5. Your Decision-Making Skills is Improved

Pizza or Chinese for dinner? Subway or taxi? Night out on a Friday night or Netflix at home?

These are just some of the decisions that we have to make in our daily life. If you’re struggling on making these life-changing decisions, then you probably need to try playing Gwent. If there’s one thing that is common between Gwent and the famous Game of Thrones, it’s about two people trying to outsmart one another from the moment they meet.

Gwent is a mind game; you have to create a plan that is simple yet complex at the same time. You have to have Plan B, or Plan C too. Flexibility is important in case your Plan A did not work out in your favor.

Just as how decision making is important, bluffing and knowing when to pass is equally important. You may perceive it as a predictable game on the surface, but it could really be erratic depending on the game plan of you and your opponent. You can work this predictability in your favor though, you can use it to throw your opponents off-balance.

6. Minimum Randomness

As with other card games, you’d find randomness in Gwent however it’s not as irritating as in the other titles. In fact, its randomness is kept on a healthy level.

There are several ways for you to draw through more than 75% of your decks during the course of every, single game. So if you want to win, you must work on your card management and deck building skills. The game may have its predictability which is why complex tactics must be present at all times.

7. It is Still New

Now is the best time to get into the game and its community. Since Gwent is pretty much on its baby days, it’s an excellent opportunity for content creators and players to get onboard.

Though its growth has been tremendous in the past year, there’s no denying that it still has a long way to go. There are still a lot of areas to improve and you will play as a keen-eyed critic to make the game even better.

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3 reasons why Yo-Gi-Oh is better than Magic

Magic and Yo-Gi-Oh are both card games that have gained huge popularity. But many people prefer Yo-Gi-Oh over Magic. There are several reasons for it and these are discussed below.

The cards

The Magic cards have detailed paintings. Many Magic players love it. However, the look of Yu-Gi-Oh card is simple and this simplicity is very appealing to many people. You will get to see some unique creatures in the Yu-Gi-Oh cards that you won’t find in the Magic. The design of the cards in Yo-Gi-Oh is very impressive.

Nature of the game

The rules of the game are simple in Yo-Gi-Oh. There are only a few rules. So, people of all ages can enjoy playing You-Gi-Oh. Magic is for more serious players.   You need to know the game from before in order to increase your chance of winning. But you can learn Yo-Gi-Oh very easily and start playing right away.

User-friendly

The Yo-Gi-Oh is a very comfortable game to play. The game is simple and very easy to understand. When you play Magic, it will take a long time to learn to manage your resources the proper way. Yo-Gi-Oh is understandable and you won’t have to use much time learning the game.

Yo-Gi-Oh is played by many people around the world. Card games like Yo-Gi-Oh and Magic let people pass some great time. These games are very addictive. You can have a great time playing these games with your friends.

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5 skills that Pokemon card games teach children

Pokemon trade card games are actually very good for the children. It can develop various skills. It has all the benefits of a board game. Here are the skills that the game teaches.

Cognitive skills

You need a deck of 60 cards to play Pokemon. Your deck will contain Pokemon, trainer and energy cards. There are more than 600 Pokemon species and more than 11,000 types of Pokemon cards.

You can build your own deck using the cards available. This task is not easy as there are so many different types of cards. You need to consider several things before choosing cards for your deck. So, it increases cognitive skills.

Critical thinking    

Pokemon is a game of chance and strategy. You need to defeat the opponent through several battles. You should determine which Pokemon card to send, which trainer or energy card to use, etc. Lots of thinking is needed for playing this game.

Mathematical skills

Children will learn mental arithmetic if they play Pokemon cards. It is required to calculate hit points. If you ask children to practice arithmetic at home, they will be reluctant to do so. When children play Pokemon they automatically do the arithmetic while playing.

Learn vocabulary

The Pokemon cards contain descriptions. They use specific words to describe a card. Children’s vocabulary will improve. It can also improve the children’s reading skills.

Trading skills

In Pokemon game, you need to trade one card for the other. Children will learn to trade. This will help them in their professional life. They will understand the concept of fair trade.

Besides learning all these skills, the children become social and understand the importance of competition. These skills can be useful in their professional lives.

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4 reasons why Pokemon card games are still so popular

The market for trading card games is very competitive. But you will hardly find any game that has been around for such a long time Pokemon. This game is now competing with the more sophisticated electronic card games like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Here we are going to look at the reasons behind the popularity of Pokemon.

Variety

Pokemon has come up with various interesting themes. You will never get bored and can try out a variety of themes. It is one of the reasons for its popularity.

Attractive design

The design of Pokemon card is very attractive. So, it makes a great collectible. It will look good on your reading table or bookshelf. You can collect a number of Pokemon card sets.

The battle

The Pokemon card game is based on the video game and the card game simulates battles from the original video games. You can use six Pokemon to fight with the opponents. You can also swap them for new Pokemon. The cards that you draw from the deck are variable. You can add variety to your game in different ways.

The Prize cards

These cards make the game more interesting. The players start with six cards and if you can beat your opponent’s Pokemon, you can take these cards in your hand. There are six Prizes and when you get all six, you win. So, winning Pokemon card games give you a great sense of achievement.

Even after 20 years of its introduction, Pokemon cards are still very popular. People love the game for its design, variety, theme, game rules and incentives. Pokemon card game is a great form of entertainment.

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How to Get Started with Yu-Gi-Oh: A Beginner’s Guide

Have you heard of Exodia the Forbidden One, Breaker the Magical Warrior, Buster Blader, Summoned Skull?

You might guess that they are characters in some mythical movie or game. Well, your guess is not entirely far-fetched. These what-seems-to-be-unfamiliar-names are only a few of the hundreds of characters in the Trading Card Game known as Yu-Gi-Oh.

Now there’s one more question that you might ask: What the heck is Yu-Gi-Oh?

This game first originated in Japan and has dominated the entire world. In fact, it has surpassed Magic: the Gathering and now holds the belt as number one TCG in the world. Yu-Gi-Oh started as a Japanese comic book and television cartoon but it widely spread to other parts of the globe. It has a surprisingly positive acceptance when it arrived in the U.S and soon Yu-Gi-Oh cards and merchandise were sold like hotcakes. In no time, it has become the most popular TCG in the world.

If you want to hop on to the Yu-Gi-Oh fever, you’ve got everything you need to know in this article.

Getting Started

The first thing you need is a deck. As a beginner, you can never go wrong if you have one of the four starter decks: Kaiba, Yugi, Pegasus and Joey. Though any of them works good, you can do even better with Joey and Pegasus decks since they are cheaper, better, and easier-to-find. There are 50 pre-selected cards in a starter decks and the cards in each deck will always be the same. The starter decks contain one ultra-rare (foil picture and lettering, two super rare (shiny picture) and 47 common (non-holographic) cards. Starter decks are the bare bones basic decks, and you will need more cards from booster packs in order to make your deck better.

You can bump into fellow Yu-Gi-Oh fanatics anywhere you go. Some card shops host open game days/nights, and others host tournaments, where you can challenge other players to win prizes. With the popularity of Yu-Gi-Oh, you’re more likely to find someone to play with anywhere and anytime. Don’t beat yourself too hard; you’re going to lose some game when you’re just starting so learn from every loss so that you’ll be better on the next game.

Monster Cards

Monster cards, which are the base of every deck, are a light yellow card. Effect monster cards are a dark orange, which sets them apart from other monsters.

Remember that your deck will not be complete without the monsters; these cards are the ones that do the fighting. You should have about 1/3 to 1/2 monsters in your deck. You can either summon the monsters to the field or set them on the field. Place your monster face up with the top of the card pointing towards your opponent when it is summoned. Place your monster face down on the field, pointing sideways when it is set.

There are five main stats in monsters. These are type, level, attack, attribute and defense. The types are: fairy, thunder, dragon, spell caster, fiend, aqua, fish, sea serpent, pyro, warrior, machine, lizard, beast, and beast-warrior. Type causes cards to be affected by other cards in different ways. The level is the number of stars that are on the top of the monster card, below the title. The attributes are: light, dark, earth, fire, wind, and water.

Battles

Monsters also have defense and attacks which are used for battles between monsters. One of these three things can happen when one monster attacks a monster that is in attack position:

  1. If the attacking monster has higher ATK than the defending monster, the defending player takes life point damage equal to the difference in ATK and the defending monster is destroyed.
  2. If the two monsters have the same ATK, neither player takes damage nor are both monsters destroyed.
  3. If the attacking monster has lower ATK, then the attacking player takes life point damage equal to the difference in ATK and the attacking monster is destroyed.

One of these three things happens when a monster that is in defense position is attacked by another monster:

  1. If the attacking monster has higher ATK than the defending monster has DEF, there is no damage in the life point and the defending monster is destroyed.
  2. Nothing happens if the ATK of the attacking monster is the same as the DEF of the defending monster.
  3. If the DEF of the defending monster is higher than the ATK of the attacking monster,  neither monster is destroyed, but the attacker takes damage equal to the DEF of the defender minus the ATK of the attacking monster.

Some monsters have “flip effects”. This enables them to activate the effect when they are flipped face up either by an attack or by an effect.

Magic Cards

Recently renamed Spell Cards, magic cards are a light green color.  It has five types: quick-play, normal, equip, continuous and field. Quick-play magic cards are signified by a tiny lightning bolt in the top right corner and can be activated anytime. Normal magic cards, on the other hand, can only be played on your own turn. Equip magic cards have a small cross in the top right corner and are attached to a monster and that monster gets whatever bonuses of the magic card. You can activate continuous magic cards on your own turn but the effect remains active until you remove the card from the field. Field magic cards are similar to the continuous magic cards, but they usually designate a certain type or attribute of a monster to power up.

Trap Cards

Traps are light purple and they have their own set of rules. They have three types: continuous, normal and counter traps. You have to set the traps on the field at least one turn before you can activate them.

Booster Packs

Booster Packs are the standard way of purchasing additional cards to enhance your deck. There are 9 cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh booster packs with one rare card in each of them. The other eight are common cards that may or may not be good, depending on the needs of your deck. If it’s your lucky day, you’ll find super rare, ultra rare, or even secret rare cards.

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