There are other reviews out there that go into more detail about how the game is played. I think there are many that do a very good job of that, so I won't reiterate. I recommend Tom's Epic Gaming Blog (http://www.tomsepicgaming.com/epic-card-game-review/) This review comes late in the game so it can act as more of a refresher and a follow up to say the game is still amazing.
Epic came out last year but I didn't get a chance to play it until early this year. It had been on my radar ever since it came out since the company that makes it also made Star Realms, which is a really fun space themed deck builder. I was always intrigued by the art, as it is amazing, and the gameplay seemed like it fit the title.
|Warrior Angels? Go on....|
We both loved the game. We loved how it truly felt Epic. It was an apt name. Both players start out with 30 health, and the goal is to lower it to 0 by attacking and dealing damage, similar to so many other card games. In this game, however, each player has access to some epic champions that can easily take away 1/3rd of your opponent's health with one swing, and sometimes worse.
|Decide not to/can't block? Game over.|
Now before people start throwing their popcorn in the air saying this game is too swingy and random, let me stop you. Although it can easily seem like the game is swingy, and it definitely can swing very quickly, this is not a bad thing, nor is it something that good players can avoid it happening to them. In Epic, you are never really out of the game. Since so many cards allow you to draw multiple cards, you are never short of a hand. Since every card costs the same or cheaper, you are never without a blocker or attacker. And as you can see from the champion above, you can't really ever be out of the game when your next attack could win it for you.
That being said, good players will still find a way to win. Good players will know when to spend their gold, and when to goad their opponents into playing their gold first. Good players will keep answers in their hand to use when an opponent plays something, Good players will not flood the board with champions just because they can and then get ruined when their opponent plays a board sweep that kills everything. What I'm saying is that anybody can play this game and have fun with it, but only a few can really master it.
|Dinosaurs, magic fireballs, and dragons?! Where do I sign?|
Yes another big different between Epic and other card games is that there is no stack, or response events and such. When it is your turn, you have priority, which means you opponent can't play anything until you decide to let them. If you want to spend your gold to play a champion and play a 0 cost event that allows you to recycle 2 of your cards in your discard pile in order to draw a card, then attack with your played champion, you can. And there's nothing your opponent can do about that. Once you pass priority, then your opponent gets to do the same thing. You will go back and forth with priority a couple of times in a turn, but it's very easy to follow and makes the game far less complicated as a result.
I also love how in depth you can get in this game. There are so many choices. Since you can play any card, you are given a tremendoes amount of flexbility. Do you spend your gold to draw 2 cards? Do you play a champion? Do you try to trick your opponent and pass priority, trying to get them to spend their gold first, so you can react and beat them? Do you play a card now to try and establish the board further, or do you sit on your laurels and try not to overextend? Do you play a card to destroy an opponent's little blocker to let your big guy through, knowing that they might be able to play a low health, but much better card and then you'll have nothing to deal with it? There are just so many choices. It's wonderful.
|Falling in love with the art yet?|
|Most annoying card in the game|
You can play multiplayer, and try to defeat a table full of players, or simply go head to head. You can play Constructed, and try to build the perfect deck, or play my new favorite Dark Draft format, which pits each player against each other in a draft where you are each dealt 5 cards, you pick 1, and pass the remaining 4 and your opponent picks 2, while you pick 2 from your opponent's remaining 4 cards. it's cut throat and rewards skill and planning.
The game is also extremely easy to get into. It is not expensive at all. I bought my first set at $15, but you can find them cheaper online. Each set gives you 120 cards split into the 4 factions. There is also an expansion called Tyrants, which added 48 cards split into each faction, that added a ton of variety. And now, they just spoiled the next set which will be coming later this month called Uprising, which will be very similar to Tyrants. Stick around, as I will be reviewing that set shortly. But all in all, it's a very easy game to get into. No random booster packs, no trying to get that one card everyone has. If you want a card, get it. Everyone has access to the same cards.
|Dragons, lightning mages, and Crystal Golems, need I say more?|
Either way, expect to see a whole lot more of Epic in my blog. I really love it and I hope you will learn to love it to. It's a game that is still taking off and has already grabbed the attention of several pro Magic players and converted them.
Until then, I hope you enjoyed this article and happy gaming!