February 4, 2014 Comments Off on The Bracket: Some Drafting Errors
Okay, so the world of competitive SolForge is starting to get rumbling again, so this column will start to get moving again as well. The First Forge Watch Invitational was a huge success, so after some lengthy discussions amongst ourselves, some consultations with SBE, and some lengthy nap times, we’ve decided to do it again! Details about the invitational can be found here; here details about the tournament series, which will earn you invites to the invitational. The first qualifying tournament is February 15; sign-ups will start next week, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your decks!
Also, last week saw the first major Unheroic Tournament since the patch. Congratulations to SilverTail on an impressive victory. From a metagame perspective, Tarsus Deathweaver decks were clearly dominant. Only time will tell if another deck will arise to defeat it, or if Tarsus is simply master of the unheroic format in the current card pool.
Okay, enough with the Spring Cleaning, let’s talk about draft. I’ve been playing a lot of draft, and I’ve noticed my opponents making the same three mistakes over and over again. So, in case any of you happen to be reading this column, I thought I might try to offer some constructive criticism. I’ll call those three mistakes:
December 20, 2013 Comments Off on 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!
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.
SolForge is now available for iPhones using iOS 5 and above.
Compete in tournaments for prizes!
Play in either Constructed or Draft tournaments.
Complete your rounds at your convenience.
Play three rounds and win prizes based on your results
All players are guaranteed prizes.
Draft tournaments are now available!
Draft a deck of 30 cards, play three rounds, and win prizes based on your results.
All cards you draft will be added to your collection.
24 new cards have been added, with six for each faction.
The new cards are available in new booster packs earned from daily rewards as well as booster packs purchased from the store after the update.
Booster Packs acquired prior to the update will retain their original contents, and can be distinguished in your inventory by their different art.
Over two dozen cards have had their text and abilities updated. Find a complete list at the end of the patch notes!
Fixes to continuous effects now allow cards like Alloyin General to work properly with Hinterland Watchman and Lightshield Patrol.
Event tickets for tournaments are now available.
Booster Packs including the 24 new cards have been added.
Daily Reward Updates
First Online Win now awards 500 Silver.
Games in which both players are reduced to the same health total below zero are no longer considered a draw and instead move to sudden death, in which the player who ends any turn at a higher health total wins.
Improved Game Log
Additional information about effects.
Game Clock Improvements
Per-turn grace period added to adjust for latency.
Fixes implemented for clock drift.
Performance and scalability improvements
Added support for maintenance windows
PC ONLY: Chat Button Added
Join the SolForge Community Chat on Steam with the press of a button!
PC ONLY: Improved Large Card View
Enlarging a card displays all levels of the card at once.
Toggle between current and original card text and stats.
Specific Card Changes
Bulwark Bash now specifically requires you select a creature with Armor in order to be played.
Forcefield changed from Rare to Common.
Forge Guardian Alpha Attack increased to 4/8/20 (was 2/6/18).
Jet Pack now grants Mobility 1 at all levels.
Lightshield Patrol Attack changed to 4/7/15 (was 3/6/20). Health increased to 5/10/20 (was 4/9/20). Armor bonus increased to 2/3/4 (was 1/2/3).
Matrix Warden Attack increased to 3/8/12 (was 2/6/8). Health reduced at Level 3 to 12 (was 14).
Munitions Drone Health at Level 1 is now 6 (was 5).
Nexus Pilot Attack and Attack bonus increased at Level 1 to 3 (was 2).
Steelshaper Savant now only triggers on cards from the Alloyin faction.
Corpse Crawler changed from Rare to Common.
Cull the Weak changed from Rare to Common.
Darkshaper Savant now only triggers on cards from the Nekrium faction.
Grave Pact changed from Common to Rare.
Touch of Blight changed from Common to Rare.
Xrath, Dreadnight of Varna has been reworked.
Level 1: While Xrath is on the field, Zombies you control get Regenerate 2. (5/6)
Level 2: While Xrath is on the field, Zombies you control get Regenerate 4. (9/10)
Level 3: While Xrath is on the field, Zombies you control get Regenerate 8. (14/15)
Zimus, the Undying creature type changed at Level 1 from Soldier to Human Soldier.
Ashurian Mystic changed from Rare to Common.
Asir’s Blessing changed from Common to Rare.
Disintegrate changed from Common to Rare.
Flameshaper Savant now only triggers on cards from the Tempys faction.
Glacial Colossus Attack increased to 6/10/16 (was 4/8/14).
Lightning Brand now grants +1/+2/+4 Attack until the end of turn to the targeted creature. The Level 1 version also now affects creatures of Level 2 or lower, while the Level 2 & 3 versions now affect any creature.
Nargath Bruiser Health bonus increased to 2/4/8 (was 1/3/5).
Primordial Surge is now known as Primordial Slam.
Rimehorn Charger Attack increased to 5/8/10 (was 5/7/9). Health increased to 8/11/13 (was 8/10/12).
Stonefist Giant Attack increased at Level 3 to 16 (was 12). Health changed to 6/13/24 (was 6/14/16).
Storm Caller Attack increased to 8/11/14 (was 6/9/12).
Water Walker Attack changed to 5/12/14 (was 5/8/26). Health changed to 2/9/11 (was 2/6/12).
Windcaller Shaman changed from Rare to Common.
Zyx, Storm Herald ability changed from Activated to “Zyx battles an additional time on your turns.” Zyx now has Mobility 1 at all levels.
Echowisp Level 3 no longer says “you may” put a copy into each available lane.
Ether Hounds Attack increased to 3/5/7 (was 2/4/6). Also, the copy is no longer limited to an adjacent space.
Grove Matriarch now places a 3 Attack, 3 Health Sapling into play when it dies at Level 2 and a 5 Attack, 5 Health Treefolk into play when it dies at Level 3.
Lifeshaper Savant now only triggers on cards from the Uterra faction.
Lightbringer Cleric creature type changed from Cleric to Brighttusk Cleric.
Swampmoss Lurker Attack increased at Level 1 to 8 (was 6). Health increased at Level 3 to 15 (was 9).
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!
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:
Silver ticket prices are tricky, because they are a balancing act with a lot of other factors. Right now all you’re seeing is the cost of buying in to a draft from ground zero with silver only. There are quite a few other ways to get tickets within the system, including your daily rewards and tournament prizes.
Our tournament payouts are very generous. You are guaranteed to receive more than enough tickets to enter another tournament if you go undefeated, in addition to other prizes, and you have a good chance of receiving enough tickets to play again for free with a 2-1 result. You also get some number of tickets back, along with other prizes, for one or zero wins. You also keep all of the cards that you draft, in addition to your prizes.
We recognize that silver prices for tickets appear high, but when you look at the fact that you will never have to purchase the full seven tickets after your first event (since you even get a ticket back for zero wins), the total cost of the draft experience is much lower than it looks.
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.
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.
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.
December 11, 2013 Comments Off on SolForge Report 12-11-2013
Hello everyone! SeomanReborn here with a preview extravaganza version of the SolForge Report. This week, we got a Chrogias-load of preview cards and an update about the upcoming Patch. Kibler talked about Daily Reward changes and reminded users about StoneBlade’s policy on third party programs. Let’s get on with the Report
The Patch is ready to submit to Apple. They plan on submitting it in the next few days then it is all in Apple’s court. The expectation is to have it in our hands before Holiday break.
You won’t always get a Tournament Ticket as one of your daily rewards, but Kibler was unclear about how many you should average in a week.
You will be able to purchase Draft Tickets with a “quite high” amount of Silver.
Drafts will cost 7 tickets and Constructed Tournaments will cost 3 tickets.
Constructed Tournaments will have tickets as rewards for winning.
There will be no distinction between Gold or Silver tickets in the client. Because of this, if any part of a Draft or Constructed Tournament is paid with Gold tickets then all cards earned will be marked as Gold for purpose of trading.
Kibler announced that the “3rd win of the day” daily reward will be going away, and in its place will be a reward for a 3rd win against an Online Opponent and a 5th win against an Online Opponent. They plan on going to a “Silver per win” system but they do not have the UI system in place to implement this method.
This last week saw a huge influx of preview cards. Here are all the cards in order of release:
SeomanReborn’s Featured Streamer Preview
Note that when the card was shown on Facebook, the card name was changed, indicating a typo on the initial preview.
All of these previews, except for the latest stream preview, are reviewed by the Forge Watch crew on the latest Player Level 4 Podcast. Check it out to hear our thoughts about all of these spoilers! Also, Kibler spoiled that the SolForge SubReddit will be showing off their preview card sometime this week.
The official SolForge FAQ is up on the website. Make sure to check it out here.
There will be more information about Leaderboards and the Tournament scene coming out next year.
On Facebook, Thundersaur’s rarity was confirmed as Legendary.
Hello everyone! SeomanReborn here with a turkey-leftovers edition of the SolForge Report. This week Kibler showed us an awesome Nekrium card and hinted that the patch is on the horizon. Kibler also discussed a change with the way StoneBlade wants to do client updates and gave us an update about Crafting. To help people with questions about the update coming out soon, I have compiled a large FAQ that should contain almost everything we have heard about it so far. Let’s get on with the Report!
November 27, 2013 Comments Off on SolForge Report 11-27-2013
Hello everyone! SeomanReborn here with a pre-turkey edition of the SolForge Report. This week, Kibler gave us another card preview and discussed what StoneBlade is thinking about doing with Draft and Constructed Tournament rewards. John Fiorillo gave us greater transparency on the status of the upcoming patch and SolForge made the Forbes Top DCG list. On with the Report!
October 23, 2013 Comments Off on SolForge Report 10-23-2013
Hey everyone! SeomanReborn here with this week’s edition of the SolForge Report. This week Kibler gave us more information about their current drafting plans while John Fiorillo explained StoneBlade’s stance on Drafting Rounds and Pricing. StoneBlade is going to be at Spiel in Essen in Germany and the next Patch appears to be coming out soon. Let’s get on with the Report!
October 16, 2013 Comments Off on SolForge Report 10-16-2013
Hey everyone! SeomanReborn here with another SolForge Report. There has been a 2 week gap, since there was no SolForge stream last week with Brian Kibler being out of the country. He came back and unloaded a bunch of information about Tournaments and Drafting. Kibler also commented about the card changes rumored to have been found in the newest client. Let’s get on with the Report!
I like lists, and I realized that I haven’t yet done any in this column yet. So clearly it was time to put that to rights. Below, in addition to the standard run-down of recent SolForge tournaments, you’ll find a series of Top 3 lists: Cards to Nerf, Cards to Buff, Cards to Watch, Cards to Draft, and Cards to Play Once The Metagame Evolves. I fully expect people to disagree with me on these things; after all, what’s the fun of a Top 3 list if you don’t say some provocative things? Read More »
Hey everyone! SeomanReborn here with this week’s SolForge Report. Patch 3.1.2 hit the live servers and they were overloaded from the influx of players. Kibler provided us with more information about Tournament Tickets while also showing us how close the iPhone version was to being completed. Let’s get on with the Report!
September 25, 2013 Comments Off on SolForge Report 9-25-2013
Hello everyone! SeomanReborn here with another edition of the SolForge Report. The Forge Watch Invitational Tournament was announced and Kibler talked about the future of SolForge Tournaments in depth on the stream. The Small Update is coming out very soon and Faction Starter decks are coming with it. Let’s get on with the Report!