What is Eternal?
Eternal is a free-to-play digital collectible card game. Other games in this genre you might have heard of include Hearthstone, Duelyst, and Shadowverse.
What makes this game different from all of the other digital card games right now?
This game takes a lot of cues from Magic: the Gathering, while also being free. The major differences between this game and Hearthstone are the following:
What does it play like?
- No randomness. Cards do not do a random amount of damage, and random effects in this game are limited to niche legendary cards.
- You can play cards on your opponent's turn. This means counterspells, combat tricks, and instant spells are prevalent.
- Deck size. Decks are larger in this game, you can have up to 75 cards for constructed play.
- In Draft, you keep the cards that you pick. This makes draft a great choice for building your collection.
, Eternal "Looks like Hearthstone and plays like simplified Magic: the Gathering"
What are the different game modes I can play?
This game mode is designed to be a free alternative for players who have a starter deck that they feel can't compete in ranked play, but also don't have any gold to play the more premium modes. You take a 75 card constructed deck and play against computer opponents until you lose. You get a reward at the end based on your performance. Gauntlet starts out very easy, and gets more difficult as you beat the computer more.
This game mode is the "poor man's draft", for those players who don't have a very large collection. This game mode is similar to Hearthstone's Arena mode, except you keep your cards. There are some minor differences, though. You will draft a deck from a collection of limited choices given to you, instead of from 15 card packs. The game will automatically give you choices in the two colors you choose from then on, so if you're looking for Time/Primal commons and uncommons, pick Time/Primal cards in forge!
When you go 7-0 in forge, the difficult will increase just like gauntlet. Forge is a good source of cards and gold until it gets too hard, then you should move on to ranked and draft. New players should use forge to get common and uncommon cards until it gets too hard and they can afford draft.
In this mode, you will draft from 4 packs of 12 cards, just like in a normal Magic: the Gathering draft. You keep the cards that you draft! You open a 12 card pack, choose a card, and then pass. Do this until the pack runs out. Repeat this process for all four packs, and then at the end you build a 45 card deck out of your choices. You battle against other random players with your deck until you lose 3 times, then you get rewarded based on your record. There is a draft ladder in Eternal, so you can track how good you are compared to other players!
Drafts in Eternal are not real-time, but they use the same sort of system that a draft would in Magic. That means that your first and third packs will be "passed" to you from someone on your left. Your second and fourth packs will be "passed" to you from someone on your right. Since drafting is not real-time, these draft picks were pre-recorded by someone else before you sat down to draft. This means that you will not be able to signal a color choice to anyone else, but reading the other players' signals is very important.
As an example, if you try to force Justice/Fire, but the people passing to you are picking all of the best Justice/Fire cards before passing to you, your deck will not be very good.
With the release of set two, the first and third packs will be the new set, and the second and fourth packs will be the first set.
This is the mode that most people play. There is a ranked ladder that resets about every month, and the best players always rise to the top. Matches are best of 1.
As a side note, a lot of Magic pros play this game, and some of them are the best Eternal players out there!
They added a casual queue! Now you can still lose to crazy good decks, just without seeing your rank!
Where can I find more information about the game?
Eternal Discord Server