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Rise of the Forgeborn Preview Card: Ebonskull Knight

(Editor’s Note: This article was actually written by Raidrinn, but we didn’t quite have the time to make sure that he was the one who’s name ended up on the article, nor did we give this a thorough editing pass.  Such is life when the patch hits much sooner than you expect!)

Hello everyone! Spoiler season is back and I have been given a royal gift. The purple faction has served me well in the past for awesome abilities, powerful creatures, and devastating spells. Nekrium as a faction has a tendency to have very powerful cards with interesting drawbacks that keep its effects from being overpowering. This card is no different, meet the Heroic Ebonskull Knight. Read More »

Rise of the Forgeborn Preview Card: Wallbreaker Yeti

 

Wallbreaker YetiWallbreaker Yeti will likely most commonly be played as a situational counter, in both draft and constructed, and in that respect it fills a small but very important niche in the metagame. Read More »

Rise of the Forgeborn Preview Cards – Uterra Draft

Rise of the Forgeborn is coming and this is a great week for spoilers.  Earlier this week, Forge Watch previewed two great Legendary cards: Steelscale Dragon and Delpha, the Chronosculpter.

Unfortunately, being at Legendary, these cards won’t have much impact on the upcoming Rise of the Forgeborn draft environment. Therefore, Kit, Noetherian, and Foxhull are excited to bring you today, a trio of upcoming Rare and Heroic cards that we believe will change the way you think about drafting Uterra. What new strategies might be available when drafting Uterra in Set 2?  Find out in today’s exclusive video preview.

With draft and Uterra on our minds, Kit, Noetherian and Fox collaborate on a Set 1 draft where we assemble a very interesting mostly-Uterra deck. At the end end of the draft video, and at the end of each of the three gameplay videos, we provide exclusive previews of upcoming Rise of the Forgeborn content.

Obviously, Forge Watch isn’t the only site bringing you exclusive previews this week. Follow @Forgewatch on Twitter for tweets and re-tweets of SolForge spoilers that we find elsewhere on the Internet. Also, if you happen to miss a preview, check out Stoneblade’s spoiler gallery on the official SolForge Facebook page.

 

Rise of the Forgeborn Preview Card: Delpha, Chronosculpter

From the very earliest spoilers, one of the defining Alloyin abilities has been the power to level up additional cards. Technosmith and Synapsis Oracle were the paradigmatic examples in Set 1, with Metasight adding a spell version in the small expansion. It should come as no surprise that Rise of the Forgeborn brings us an exciting new card with a similar ability. Read More »

Rise of the Forgeborn Preview Card: Steelscale Dragon

I am sure the Dragons of the Nekrium, Tempys, and Uterra used to strike fear into the Alloyin Faction. Those Dragons’ natural strength would have been hard for their machines and creations to kill. Even the great Scrapforge Titan could not match their power and speed.

But Alloyin, known for their ability to adapt and evolve, decided enough was enough. They would fight Dragons with Dragons. I expect that they pooled together their resources and knowledge for the ultimate creation. I present to you the Steelscale Dragon. Read More »

SolForge Report 1-30-2014

Hey everyone! SeomanReborn here with an info-packed version of the SolForge Report. The Forge Watch Invitational was a smashing success and StoneBlade released new items to buy in the store. A huge Winter Sale is underway and Tournament Tickets are now more available. Justin Gary and John Fiorillo provided a ton of new info on Crafting, Set 2, and more. Let’s get on with the Report!

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SolForge Report 1-2-2014

Hello everyone! Welcome to a post-hangover edition of the SolForge Report. It’s been two weeks and an amazing amount of information and changes have surfaced. SolForgeGame.com gets some changes while the Drafting and Daily Rewards were revamped. Justin Gary shared their 4-round Draft proposal while John Fiorillo clarified how the system uses Silver and Gold tickets. There was a needed update on Alternate Art cards and the past, present, and future of SolForge were laid out in the latest developer article. Let’s get on with the Report!

SolForgeGame.com Website Changes

StoneBlade has been dropping hints and spoilers for their website changes for a while now and on the stream this week Kibler announced that the first of the changes are coming. First, there will be periodic articles from the developers talking about the development of SolForge. They hope this will communicate their intentions and development plans to the community better. There will also be articles from various community members talking about everything from strategy to deckbuilding. You can read more about it from their official release article.

The first Article is about the past, present, and future for SolForge. It goes over how SolForge started, where we are right now, and what features are still being worked on. If you’ve ever had questions about what is being added to the game, make sure to read it. Head over to SolForgeGame.com and check it out!

Drafting and Daily Reward Changes

The patch had some changes to the Daily Rewards and Drafting Rewards that fluctuated without notification from StoneBlade as the weekend hit. The Draft Rewards were lowered while everyone had a large increase in Tournament Tickets from their Daily rewards. With how varied the tournament rewards were, many people found themselves losing tickets much faster than they thought with winning records. The community immediately took notice of this and the forums were quickly filled with questions and concerns. To address this, Justin Gary asked around the community for input and revamped the reward system. They evened out the rate of Draft Tickets from Daily Rewards and standardized a base reward system that lets you “go infinite” in Draft and Constructed tournaments by having at least an alternating win record of 2-1 and 3-0. They also added a guaranteed premium pack to all 3-0 winners. For the complete list of changes and Justin Gary’s full message, see the spoiler below!.

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4 Round Draft Proposal

Also, in response to the community feedback, Justin Gary announced that the StoneBlade team was thinking about raising the rounds in Draft to 4. In his proposal on the forums, Justin talked about how they wanted to be more transparent about changes and wanted community feedback. You can view the complete proposal in the spoiler below.

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Alternate Artwork

On the Stream and the new Article, alternate artwork was spoiled as coming out very soon. Here is a preview of an alternate art Graveborn Glutton!

Alt Art Glutton

Misc.

  • The SolForge Weekly Stream will no longer be weekly. With the addition of periodic developer articles on the official website, Kibler said they felt a weekly stream would not be needed as much. Any streams will be announced ahead of time so people can prepare to watch them.
  • Invites for the closed Beta of SolForge on Android devices have already gone out to a randomized group pulled from the people who filled out their survey. Kibler stated that they would be expanding it in the near future, so don’t feel left out yet!
  • For the Holidays, Premium Packs are 20% off and everyone received a free Draft Coupon! You can check out the official announcement here.
  • Single cards will be going on sale in the Store in the very near future. There will be a different card every day with the newest cards going on sale first. There is no word on what the price structure will be. Kibler hinted that this is just the initial release of this system and that it is not final.
  • There was some concern about how the system used Silver and Gold tickets since we can’t see which are which. John Fiorillo answered the question in this thread saying that the system uses them intelligently and will use 1 Gold ticket, if it’s available, then as many Silver tickets as it can before using Gold again. This will probably be a lot more clear once they upgrade the UI so you can see the tickets separately.
  • The Forge Watch Invitational is coming! Preliminary matches will commence Jan 10-12 featuring some of the top constructed players in SolForge. The Top 8 will then battle it out on Jan 18 for a chance at 25,000 Gold and becoming a permanent fixture in the SolForge universe. Check out our Tournament section to find out specific times and streams if you want to watch the action.

 The Stream


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Raidrinn Reviews: 24 Additional Cards

StoneBlade has given us a most excellent gift of 24 new cards to shake up a very stale constructed metagame. This timely update has come at a momentous time as well. It’s just three weeks till the Forge Watch Invitational and I (along with everyone else who qualified) are busy scrambling to find the most broken pile of cards possible. What better way to start the testing process than to mercilessly judge these new cards and attach an arbitrary rating on to them.

The Ratings

0 Unplayable: These are hilariously bad cards that you would never want to include in a constructed deck. Example: Nexus Core (Hunting Pack)

1 Niche: These aren’t necessarily bad cards, but you won’t see them used that often. Usually have an ability that few decks would want or need. Example: Oxidon Spitter

2 Playable: The bread and butter of most decks. Example: Magma Hound

3 Staple: These are the powerful build around cards of the format. Most often, you’ll see full playsets in decks whenever they can be fit. Example: Epidemic

4 All-Star: The best cards of the set, these are cards that will be played for a long time to come. Example: Zimus, The Undying Read More »

SolForge Report 12-20-2013

Hey everyone! SeomanReborn here with a Draft-saturated version of the SolForge Report. This week the update we have been hyping for weeks was finally released and we now have access to Tournaments and Drafting. We finally get to see what the Tempys Legendary card is and Kibler talked to us about where SolForge is going from here. Let’s get on with the Report!

The Patch

At around 8:45 PDT on Wednesday, Dec. 19, the latest patch hit Steam and the iPad/iPhone versions were available shortly after. If this is your first time on the SolForge Report, here is a list of all the things that were added or changed

  • Draft and Constructed Tournament queues were added. For more information, make sure you check out the Tournament section on the website!
  • Event Tickets, which are used to enter Drafts and Constructed Tournaments, are now available with Gold, Silver, Tournament Prizes, and Daily Rewards
  • There were 24 new cards added to the game. These were added to the main card pool and there are new packs you can buy that will have a chance of containing these. (As a side note, if you had old packs, you will find them using the Inventory button near your Silver total)
  • The iPhone version of SolForge was released with all the current features enabled.
  • Many cards have been updated or changed. Check out the Full Patch Notes to read all the specifics changes.
  • There were many changes and improvements to the UI.

If you want to read all of the changes just use the Spoiler button below.

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There are several undocumented changes that came with the patch. Artwork changes to Botaminate and Avalanche Invoker were slipped in with no mention anywhere. If you find something not in the official patch notes, let us know!

What’s Next?

Here is what StoneBlade has said they are working on for the next update:

  • Crafting – Kibler stated on the stream that there has already been a bunch of work done on this and we should be hearing more details relatively soon.
  • Chatting/Interacting with your Opponent – They added a Chat button on the PC client version to help people communicate more but they do want ways of interacting with your opponent. There are currently no details on this yet.
  • Single Card Purchases/Website Update – These are tied together and they are currently working on this. Kibler said they think this will be done before the next major update.
  • Leaderboard/Competitive Play – This is something that Kibler said we should be hearing about in the near future.

Silver Cost for Drafting

Originally, there was never an indication that you would be allowed to purchase Tournament Tickets for Constructed or Tournament Play. As a surprise, StoneBlade added the ability to purchase tickets for the cost of 40K Silver. Many people thought this was very steep and Kibler responded to such a thread on the official forums. Here is what he had to say:

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Many people are trying to gather data about the averages for the different rewards. I would head to the official forums and Reddit to report your findings and help us make better informed feedback.

Kas, Arcweaver


The Tempys Legendary was shrouded in mystery leading up to the patch. Tempys needed another aggressive creature and it looks like this is it. And, before you ask, he can attack more than twice if you cast multiple spells in one turn. This makes him good in combo decks involving the recently changed Lightning Brand. This is a card I am hoping to get soon and I hope you are as excited as I am about it!

Want to see a full card spoiler? We recently posted a complete card list with pictures here.

Misc.

  • There will be  some sort of Holiday Promotion for SolForge but currently there are no details. Stayed tuned to all the SolForge news channels of communication so you don’t miss it!
  • The official SolForge FAQ was updated with the patch and now contains information about Tournaments as well. If you have questions about SolForge I would suggest reading it first.

The Stream


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New SolForge Set 24-Card Full Spoiler

Late yesterday, Stone Blade released the new iPhone and tournament update for SolForge!  Along with that came 24 brand new cards to play with.  Below, you’ll find a complete spoiler list of all 24 cards along with images.  Continue if you dare… Read More »

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