- Good TCG mechanics
- Comprehensive PvE content
- High degree of strategic depth for CCG/TCG players
- Over 1400 distinct cards
- Socketed cards add a ton of strategic variety
- Money sinkhole
- Grinding is tedious
- Overly complex for casual players
Hex Shards of Fate is MMO/TCG hybrid game developed by Crytozoic Entertainment. It is one of the most successful crowd funded game, raising over .2 million dollars on its initial Kickstarter Campaign.
Hex TCG is a trading card game heavily inspired by Magic The Gathering. Players build a deck composed of 60 cards from over 1400 distinct cards available in game. Each card is unique and has a different kind of effect, allowing for a whole myriad of strategies and synergies. On first play you’ll get to select a race from one of the eight races available in the game, but this doesn’t lock you into that race, it only affects what kind of starter pack you get.
There are five types of cards in Hex TCG: Constant, Artifact, Troop, Resource and Action. Constant and Action cards triggers some special effects on play, think of them as spell cards in YGO. Artifact and Troop cards are the mainstay of the game. They are the cards that you use to attack the enemy Champion, or use to block enemy attacks. Finally, we have the Resource cards, which gives you a resource point and a charge point whenever you play them. These resource points, or shards, are divided into five types: Blood, Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire and Wild.
Cards in this game have a set cost. You can only play the card if you both have the necessary resource point and meet the minimum shard threshold for the card. For example, the Mushwocky card has a cost of 4 and a threshold of 2 blood. This means you can only play this card if you all you resource points add up to 4 or more and you have at least 2 points in blood.
Before you play a match, you have to select a champion. Champions work a bit differently in PvE and PvP. In PvP, you select your champion from a pool of 20 preset champions. Each of these champions have their own unique charge power that you can activate as long as you have the necessary charge point. In PvE scenarios, you’re not limited to preset champions, you can customize your champion, they can change appearance, and they can level up, getting additional skills in the process.
The champion is your avatar in a match and you lose the game if your Champion’s health turns 0. You also lose the game if you don’t have card left to draw on your turn.
What makes this game different from your traditional table top TCG is that you can customize your cards to give them additional effects. Some cards have sockets in them that allows you to insert gems that give various additional effects. There are twenty different types of gems you can use, each with a different effect.
The game mechanics of Hex TCG is pretty much copied from Magic The Gathering, in fact, they were sued by Wizards of the Coast for it. Like MTG, Hex TCG is a deep multiplayer strategy game. As such, anyone that’s familiar with MTG will enjoy this game.
A TCG game needs to have a large variation of cards and this game delivers, with over 1400 distinct cards you use in your deck. That combined with the socketed card system means you’ll not run out variations in Hex TCG.
The PvE content is also excellent. It allows you to easily practice and hone your skills. This is a godsend for anyone that finds competitive play intimidating like me. It’s not just a glorified tutorial, it’s a full featured part of the game with exclusive mechanics (champion customization, level, and equipment), and it also has an actual story you can follow and enjoy.
Hex TCG, like the name says, is a trading card game. That means you need to collect cards, and like its traditional counterparts, the main way you gain cards in this game is by buying a booster pack. Yup, that means if you want to be competitive in this game, you’re going to have to spend a massive amount of money.
Now, you can also get new cards by grinding, but grinding is grinding. It’s just not fun. And that’s especially true in this game because unlike RPGs, TCG battles are long and requires about 30 minutes of undivided attention for each battle. You can’t just zone out. So not only is it tedious, it will also take you a long time to gather the necessary funds.
This game is also hard to get into if you’re a newcomer at TCG. Unlike Hearthstone, which is easy to get into, Hex TCG is extremely complex. Because the core mechanics are based of MTG, there are a lot of rules you have to keep track of and remember. Enough that you can’t really just jump into this game blind, you have to actually read the manual or finish the extensive tutorial.
In the end, we’ll close our Hex TCG review with two thumbs up. It really is a great TCG/CCG. There are a lot of card variations, and the core gameplay is solid. If you’re looking for a computer game that plays like MTG, you’ve come to the right place. But it’s not for everyone. If you’re a casual player, or if you just want to jump into the game without reading the manual or playing the tutorial, this game isn’t for you. The core mechanics are complex and takes a while to get used to. You’ll have to actually learn how to play the game before diving in.