I bought into the Duelyst Kickstarter, as I saw a game that had an art style that I adored (both pixel art units and accompanying general art portfolio) combined with a tactical nature that appealed to the turn based player nerd inside me.
I usually play ‘good guys’ in games, so I started to play Lyonar almost exclusively at the beginning, but I was soon tempted by all of the cool tricks of the dark side back during probably the only time Abyssian was considered a strong faction: the very beginning, especially when Sarlaac the Eternal originally cost 1 mana.
So I proceeded to craft, then slowly tune probably the strangest swarm deck anyone saw, and played this almost exclusively, only swapping out a card or two each time a new expansion came out. I came to think of this deck as the ‘Swiss Army Swarm’, with it’s main strength being multiple win conditions, and it’s main weakness in maing sure that I get the right card order for any one of the win conditions.
This deck lead me to earn the most Abyssian ribbons in the entire game (a couple of days ago I reached 62):
I reached S- Rank 15 times, and even made it to the top 50 a couple of times. Though now even the OCD collector inside me has now had it’s hunger satisfied with the fact that I have 3 copies of almost every card in the game, with enough spirit and more to spare to craft the remaining if I wanted to. So at this time, there is nothing left for me to collect.
But with the closing of 2018, and a game that since being taken over by Bandai has had barely a fraction of the updates compared to when it was ‘independent’, I feel stagnation has set in. Maybe I might play a little here and there after the new year, but I don’t see it happening much at all; that is unless there is some sort of balance patch at the very least, or even a new fabled proper expansion.
So until that day happens, maybe I’ll see you in the game from time to time, but more likely I look forward to that potential bright future of coming back to the game with the same regularity I previously had, if an expansion is released.
Thanks everyone for all of the fun, frustrating, exciting, and satisfying battles!