When you think of card games, you have classics like UNO, Halli Galli, Rummy or Poker in mind. While these are always popular both online and offline, there is also an alternative that many do not even have on their screen. In the so-called card battlers, players usually compete against each other with decks of cards they have put together and combine fighters, objects and other accessories in order to defeat the opponent.
Card battlers are extremely popular thanks to the new cards appearing again and again and the strategic options. Thanks to the close association with extremely successful PC and console games, Card Battler also often attracts those who are otherwise not really fans of card games.
Fans of The Witcher are at the right address at Gwent. The game is a mobile port of the original Gwent from The Witcher, which is extremely popular among fans of the series. The mobile version largely adopts the well-known mechanics of the original and adds a few subtleties. Here, too, everything revolves around our deck, which we constantly have to work on or further develop in order to be victorious in the duels.
Gwent is a mixture of trading and trading card game. In PvP battles at Gwent, we can compete against players from all over the world. Several modes are offered at the same time. For example, we can complete a few relaxed rounds in free games or test decks. If you prefer to be competitive, you can compete against friends or in ranked games. The winner is fought out in up to 3 rounds, whereby the winner has to decide 2 rounds for himself. The most important asset in any fight is the deck.
This consists of at least 25 cards and can be assembled individually. Different types of cards, such as abilities, units or spells, can be placed in these decks. One of the special features of Gwent is the deck management. At the beginning of the first round, 10 cards are drawn, which can only be expanded by 3 cards in the following rounds.
Gwent is available for free on iOS and Android.
Legends of Runeterra
The app stores also have a very special card game for League of Legends fans. Legends of Runeterra is a relatively new card battler from Riot Games. In terms of gameplay, the LoL variant is similar to Gwent and Hearthstone. Riot Games emphasizes, however, that skill is far more important than sheer luck.
Regardless of this statement, chance also plays a role in Legends of Runeterra. The deck with 40 cards, which we need for the fight, consists, for example, of randomly acquired cards and acquired exchange objects. These can be earned through victories and chests, for example. If you don’t want to spend money on additional rewards, you are completely at the mercy of fate. In terms of card types, a distinction is made between champions and companions as well as spells in 3 categories.
While champions are the strongest cards and at the same time the basis for our strategy, companions are among the supporting cards in battle. While the former can be leveled when certain objectives are met, the latter also remain unchanged when the champions progress. The duels themselves are round-based with varying attack rights and aim to destroy the opposing nexus. This has a maximum health of 20 points and must be destroyed as quickly as possible with sophisticated attacks.
Legends of Runeterra is available for free on iOS and Android.
When it comes to card battlers, there’s no getting around Hearthstone. The game released by Blizzard in 2014 is based on the world of Warcraft and has recently seen a significant boost. Hearthstone, like most other Card Battlers, relies on an ever-growing catalog of cards. These are divided into different categories such as spells and weapons, but the focus is on the units.
Over the years, the catalog has developed into a massive hodgepodge of cards, so that over 1,100 cards have come together by the beginning of 2021. The number of cards is expanded every year with new card sets that are published at regular intervals. The gameplay of Hearthstone is relatively simple. Equipped with 30 life points, we fight against the opponent’s deck. Through the tactically correct use of units, magic cards and weapons, the opponent’s units must be weakened or his defensive broken.
The game is played step by step, with each turn bringing a new card. A total of 10 can be kept in your hand. New cards can be added to your own catalog by leveling up a hero class, by opening packs or by making them. While cards can be won simply by playing, the quick deck building is only really possible by buying them with real money. All cards have a rarity level.
Hearthstone is available for free on iOS and Android.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Available for almost a year, The Elder Scrolls: Legends has become one of the most popular card battlers on mobile devices. The game offers hour-long challenges for lovers of single campaigns, which bring some advantages for both single games and multiplayer battles. The single player mode even offers an extensive story that accompanies our duels.
Basically, however, the majority of the game takes place on the map battlefield. There are several rows or lanes that allow us to create a strategy. In order to survive in combat, you need a good deck. This consists of 50 to 100 cards of different types. There are actions, items and supports that can be used tactically alongside the main cards and creatures.
Creatures, in turn, are made up of different races and are endowed with their own abilities, including advantages and disadvantages. Cards can be acquired as well as earned through successes. In addition to the single player campaign, there is also an online PvP mode in which we can compete against players from all over the world.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends is available for free on iOS and Android.
Magic: The Garhering Arena
First published in 1993, the Magic card game is still extremely popular with young and old. While not only the game itself, but also the collecting of cards is an important component of the analog version, the digital offshoot lives mainly from the fun of the game. Magic fans appreciate the digital version primarily because of its loyalty to the game mechanics.
MTG Arena supports playing with constructed decks that can be put together from a collection specially made available. Limited decks are also supported. Here, the players alternate with their opponents and receive cards from the provided decks, which must then be used in the best possible way for the event. MTG is basically a freemium variant.
PvP games can be played without using real money, but the use of microtransactions allows, among other things, the purchase of boosters and entry into various in-game events.
Magic: The Gathering Arena is available for free on iOS and Android.