Today I'm going to talk about Gods Unchained, a really cool game reminiscent of Hearthstone and Magic the Gathering that I got to know through @acidyo.
First of all, thank you @acidyo for letting me know about this game, and to give you my thanks I not only signed up under you (I've been earning you some tokens already) but I also placed you as a beneficiary of this post.
That's right, 5% of the post rewards are going your way, even though these days they are not much I'm giving them gladly.
So now that the thank you is out of the way, let's dive into Gods Unchained and why I think it's so special.
Well, this is part of what gives it such charm. Those of you who, like me, are used to participate in Crypto games and paid to play gaming in general know that these games are usually something a bit low-budget visual or gameplay wise.
This isn't the case with Gods Unchained, as it is a game that has premium, hard work and great design written all over it.
To see what I'm talking about, see the trailer above and watch how fluid the gameplay is and how artistically natural it feels.
You'll instantly see the Hearthstone and Magic TCG influence, and that's a great thing as many of us, including myself, have played that game.
Throughout this article I'll tell you more about the game, and I'll finish it by providing everyone with a free invite to check it out.
As you can see in the image above, the cards you own are connected to your Ethereum wallet and in-game account.
There are two editions of cards as of now, the core and the genesis.
There are also other tokens which are the raffle tickets, and these you get on wins. What you'll be able to earn with no investment whatsoever is - for now - the raffle tickets.
You get about 0.01 ETH per 1000 raffle tickets as of now, and I get 1000 raffle tickets after 3-4 hours of playing the game so the return for no investment people is huge since the game is so good you'll be playing it anyway.
Honestly, it's not worth it playing hearthstone if you play this and earn free ETH.
On the other hand, the marketplace will open soon and you'll be able to buy and sell cards as well. You can buy and sell cards right now, but only from the paid edition, so you can also get huge profits on this line, but you'll have to invest first.
For those who don't invest, I think a good benchmark may be 1000 raffle tickets per each 4 hours of play. (again 0.01 ETH at this time, but that can change).
The cards are very complex in their combos and abilities, much like in Magic and Hearthstone, so if you only play #Splinterlands you'll have to adapt.
The game is also endorsed and supported by some big names, one of those Coinbase which needs no introduction.
I've already sold my first batch of tokens for 0.013 wETH that I converted to Ethereum and I'm still thinking if I buy booster packs with these and future earnings or just convert it to Steem and Power them up, but one thing is for sure - we're getting into an era where all you do is tokenized and valued by people in a community, and this is only the start.
Want to know the real awesome thing about the game though?
Here it goes!
One of the guys in charge of Gods Unchained is actually the one of the guys who was in charge of Magic the Gathering Arena.
We all know MTG is huge, and we now know why Gods Unchained is such a good game.
They also say something interesting they thought about when developing the game - taking the good things out of both Magic and Hearthstone and combine them into a new product, a product that is this closed beta game slowly approaching launch time.
This is why you should get in early.
If you want to invest in this project, which I'm very tempted to do myself, you'll want to grab some of the above showned cards - the collection of 380 Genesis cards.
These cards can be and were already auctioned in the past, one of which fetched a little bit over $62,000 - and I'll talk about that later on.
Now, these cards can be used on your decks together with the core cards, but the rewards that you'll get for free play will enable you to build great decks in a short time.
To get you a notion of the rewards I'm talking about, in my first 3 hours of play I oppened about 20 free booster packs - from level ups mostly because each level up you'll get a free booster pack.
Now, the more you lose the less you'll receive of course as EXP is bigger with victories and you'll also get those high value raffle ticks on wins - so winners earn money faster.
But the focus here is in the gameplay.
As a crypto gamer #lifestyle guy, I play some games which are an absolute chore to capitalize on, and are no fun at all.
For example, I got tired of Crypto Knights very quickly - it just isn't fun.
Here, I would play this game with no trouble, it has all the elements of a REAL game and not a Crypto Gimmick, which makes all the difference.
Here is what I'm talking about.
As you can see in the image above, Hyperion was auctioned by a whooping 62K.
This just goes to show that the game has a lot of potential, because players are invested in their collections.
Granted this is top tier legendary level, but @acidyo has a card that is worth quite alot, and you all know even Steem Monster cards are starting to have insane value and its a much more home-made project - no offense to the developers whom I also love and congratulate on their huge success.
This seems to be one of these games that is easy to start playing and hard to master, much like the games it draws inspiration from.
On the other hand, if you are used to playing trading card games then you'll have absolutely no problem getting into Gods Unchained.
The tooltips are everything you need though, the game has an extremely good onboarding curve and isn't daunting not even for those just starting it.
There are also a lot of different game modes to spice things up.
The good thing about getting in early isn't only getting an advantage over people who get there later and an investment lead, but also to be able to gradually have complexity being thrown in and also having time to prepare yourself for future events.
For instances, there will be new game modes coming out and new features added, but one of the things that gets players excited the most is the marketplace launch.
You'll have some time, although not much, to prepare a solid position for when the marketplace opens and cards start flying!
Also, can I just point out how awesome a trading card MOBA is?
(MOBAs are Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas)
You have a lot of customization on available for your playstyle needs, and while in Hearthstone every hero has a different power, in Gods Unchained you'll be able to select among 3 God Powers to aid you in your quest to slay your opponent.
You'll also have a lot of possible combos, strategies and traps to lay to your enemies, and playstyles are hugely different from person to person, ranging from control, traps, direct damage, quick decks and other staples of a good Magic the Gathering tournament style tactic.
Finally, the community is always sharing good guides and tactics, collaborating in building decks and showing off their playstyles.
There is even a tool in which you can build and share a guide that comes complete with the ETH cost to make it and you can buy it directly.
I already made my deck there and it's a control deck which you can see here:
(https://gudecks.com/decks/722) - Deck together with guide... I just love it, but it isn't for everyone.
It helps me have a clean board in the opponent's side.
So, as you can see in the image above, we're still in the early stages of the game and pre-launch.
If you start now you won't pick up the early card sale, but you'll catch the market launch, the game launch and tournaments launch, which is the best part anyway.
I'm truly excited to see where this game is going to end up, and the World Championships will sure be great to watch and to steal strategies from.
As far as the events I'm more excited with - they are the market launch and tournaments launch, since I think those are going to be good money making and card winning opportunities.
For now I'll just keep farming cards, strenghtening my decks and selling those Raffle tokens for sweet ETH.
If you got as exciting reading this post as I was writting it, then chances are you want to jump onboard and check this game yourself.
Well, it's closed beta and with an invite only, so here you go - my invite link:
If you sign up, consider using my invite above as I'll get a free bonus of raffle tickets out of it.
Get started with your own deck now and watch what the fuss is all about.
See you there, and let me know if you need anything.