That’s it! I found Duelyst about a year ago, at that time trying to find a new thing to scratch my CCG itch.
My first impression of the game was rather poor: I’ve never been good at chess, go, or anything similar; the first games against the AI were underwhelming due to the very narrow selection of starting units; faction identity and lore/universe were utterly confusing; the pixel art direction was off putting.
I forced myself to keep playing, convinced that the game that had such great reviews was going to reveal itself as soon as I got a bigger collection to draw from. I was right, my enjoyment grew tenfold as soon as I got the Bronze Package.
Songhai started to look attractive, then I thought Abyssian was more my style, until I recently “got” what Vanar was about. Nowadays I pat myself on the back for never disenchanting anything.
- Lyonar: straightforward (5/10)
- Songhai: weak/OP (4/10)
- Vetruvian: weird (4/10)
- Abyssian: kind of like Black in MTG, versatile (7/10)
- Magmar: silly and OP (6/10)
- Vanar: kind of Blue in MTG, freestyle (8/10)
Boronian and his wiki were such a great help in figuring out how to play. I got involved in the wiki project, and the community. Many friends here helped me grow from naive noob to regular experimenter (still not competitive though!).
(wiki & friends - you know who you are: 10/10)
In conclusion: Great game, time well spent in the Duelyst land. And off to another year of enjoying it!