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The rather engaging card battling game has recently gotten a massive new update that changes up the game significantly. Most importantly, the title is no longer free-to-play with new players having to buy into the experience.

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I’ve had a load of fun playing Faeria [Official Site] casually every now and again. The game manages to combine the inherent potential for different combinations found in card games with simple rules and a cute art style that’s pleasing to experience. It also helps that it has a fair bit of content you can do on your own as well as ranked and unranked matches and tournaments you can partake in if you ever feel like it.

It’s safe to say that this latest patch, dubbed “2.0” or “Fall of Everlife”, is one of the biggest changes the game has experienced. The old F2P model is gone entirely—replaced by a buy-in for new players. Players who played during the F2P period had their accounts automatically brought forward, so they don’t have to buy into the game in order to play. There’s a new in-game economy that is worth looking at closely if you’re an avid player but the short of it is that unlocking new cards will come mainly from just playing the game; real money can no longer be spent to buy battle chests with cards. The in-game currencies that remain are earned through gameplay and used to unlock cosmetic items or Mythic Chests.

There’s plenty of new cards in the update as well, though they must be purchased as part of a DLC pack. There's a new “Corrupt” mechanic introduced whereby an ability is triggered when that creature enters enemy land for the first time. Alongside these cards, players are now able to further customize the appearance of their decks and avatars, as more than 70 new cosmetic items have been added to the game. Couple that with new animations and there’s more to look at and enjoy. All of that is nice, don’t get me wrong, but my personal favorite new feature is the addition of Lore Pages which are little unlockable snippets of the game world’s setting and cards.

For those of you who care more about actual PvP instead of fluff and cards, there’s new developments on that front as well. There’s a new play format called Crucible that has players submit several decks, with the opponent banning one, and then playing with their selected deck until they lose. It’s intended to become the default Faeria tournament format going forward and you can try it out privately as well if you want. The private lobby and Pandora (drafting) aspects have also been updated so tehre’s new things to discover there for veterans as well.

There’s also many balance and bug fixes that made it into the 2.0 update and you can read the full patch notes here.

You can find and play Faeria on Steam.

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abelthorne 22 July 2018 at 10:27 pm UTC
QuoteThere’s plenty of new cards in the update as well [...]
It's worth mentioning that these new cards aren't part of the base game but are from a DLC that you have to buy in addition to the game. New cards will be released as DLCs from now on.

Also, buying the game and/or DLCs doesn't give you the cards immediately, there's still a bit of grinding to do, though it's faster than before to complete your collection.


Last edited by abelthorne at 22 July 2018 at 10:28 pm UTC. Edited 3 times.
BTRE 22 July 2018 at 11:07 pm UTC
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abelthorne
QuoteThere’s plenty of new cards in the update as well [...]
It's worth mentioning that these new cards aren't part of the base game but are from a DLC that you have to buy in addition to the game. New cards will be released as DLCs from now on.
Good point. I'll make that clearer in the article.
Janne 22 July 2018 at 11:51 pm UTC
My main issue is that you can't reset your account and start over. I played it a little when it first came out. Then forgot about it for a long time. Now, if I want to play it again, I can't restart with the tutorial; I'm dropped in where I was last time I played. But I longer remember how to play - I need to redo that introduction to get back up to speed. I can't, so I no longer play.
14 3 years 23 July 2018 at 3:32 am UTC
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Cool. I'll have to jump into the game again soon.
TheSHEEEP 23 July 2018 at 6:34 am UTC
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JanneMy main issue is that you can't reset your account and start over. I played it a little when it first came out. Then forgot about it for a long time. Now, if I want to play it again, I can't restart with the tutorial; I'm dropped in where I was last time I played. But I longer remember how to play - I need to redo that introduction to get back up to speed. I can't, so I no longer play.
Just play a few games against AI or puzzles and you'll get back into it.

Though I agree it would be nice if they just let you play the tutorial again.
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