Fierce combat, abilities, allies, weapons, armor, quests…all these features familiar to players of World of Warcraft will also be found in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game from Blizzard Entertainment and Cryptozoic Entertainment. With the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (TCG), players will be able to take the world of Azeroth with them to the real world, where they can engage in TCG-based player-versus-player (PvP) fights and epic raid battles.
The following article offers an overview of the World of Warcraft TCG. If you know the basics of the game, click here for the more in-depth rules and details.
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A trading card game has specially designed “playing cards” and rules that will dictate how and when a player can play any given card from his or her deck. Each card often represents an ally or magic spell that a player can use in combat, and the rules that define that card’s properties are listed on the card itself. Prior to beginning play, players compose their decks from their available pool of cards. Players can get more cards from “booster packs” or by trading with friends.
The World of Warcraft TCG consists of many of the elements players are familiar with in the World of Warcraft massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). These include the character classes and their abilities, as well as armor and quests. The artwork of the cards is created by some of the top artists in the fantasy field, including Darrell Sweet, Greg Hildebrandt, Dave Dorman, R.K. Post, and Todd McFarlane. Cards also feature artwork from talented artists from Blizzard Entertainment.
The World of Warcraft TCG offers two different ways to play:
Traditional Play: Two players (or two even-numbered groups) try to defeat each other in PvP style combat.
Raid-Deck Play: One player takes on the role of a powerful enemy boss that all other players group up to battle against.
The World of Warcraft TCG has several different product options available to players looking to play. Many of the products available have random or semi-random content within each of them. This means that players will have a chance to receive different cards with each purchase. This will help players build a collection and provide more options when building a deck.
- Class Starter Decks: For players new to the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, this is the best product to buy to get on board. It provides each player with a full, 60 card deck that is ready to play right out of the package. Players will also get to choose which faction and class to play to start out!
- Booster Packs: These are foil wrapped packs that contain game-play cards that let you customize your deck. Each pack comes with commons, uncommons, and a rare or epic that can power up your decks. The cards in booster packs come from a pool of cards, usually referred to as a set. For example, the Throne of the Tides set contains ferocious Monsters and iconic characters from the different new zones that came with the Cataclysm expansion.
- Dungeon Decks: A Raid Deck allows player to re-enact epic battles against some of the biggest foes from the MMO. This is a multi-player friendly product that allows a player and two of friends to play against another player piloting the boss's special deck. Each dungeon deck also contains a Treasure Pack. Included in these packs are foil cards that show equipment acquired in that dungeon, as well as other game-play exclusive cards. The Treasure Pack may also be purchased separately.
Randomly inserted into some booster packs are the legendary Loot cards! Loot cards have a scratch-off code that can be used to obtain an exclusive cosmetic item in the online game, such as a unique pet, tabard or mount! These cards are very rare…a player who finds one will likely be the envy of his or her entire realm!
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Staying true to Blizzard's motto for the World of Warcraft online game, the trading card game is “easy to learn but challenging to master". While it’s generally a very easy game to pick up, players will have fun developing and refining their strategies for the different tactical situations and also collecting the cards they want to use in their decks.
The World of Warcraft TCG offers several different categories of cards. The most fundamental one is the hero card, which represents the player’s avatar in the card game. If a hero takes damage equal to his health, that player has lost. The TCG provides the majority of race/class combinations so everyone will be able to find their favorite!
As in the online game, where players form groups to take on difficult encounters, heroes will want to recruit allies into their party in the TCG. Allies can attack the opposing hero or use a special ability to have some other effect on the game. While most allies represent the other players one might expect to see while looking for a group in Ironforge or Orgrimmar, there are also allies straight out of Warcraft lore, such asand .
Abilities and spells from the online game make appearances in the TCG in the form of ability cards. Cards likeand can be used in Mage decks, while and can be used in Rogue decks. There are also generic abilities that any class can use, like and .
Weapon and armor cards are equipped directly by a hero, turning that hero into an offensive or defensive powerhouse. With a weapon equipped, a hero can pick off troublesome enemy allies, or go straight after the opposing hero. Armor offers defense against abilities and attacks, as well as granting special abilities to the wearer. For example,lets players search their deck for a weapon, and the provides a repeatable source of card draw. The weapons and armor in the TCG come straight out of the online game.
Quests allow players to smooth out their resource development, which is important for playing the biggest and most powerful cards in the game. They also serve to fill a player’s hand later in the game. Players will recognize the quests in the TCG from their experiences in the online game.
Gameplay in the World of Warcraft TCG is fast-paced and action-packed. Both players build up resources to put allies, equipment and abilities into play while striking at their opponent’s hero turn after turn. On average, a single game takes about 15 minutes, but different classes and play styles can vary. All it takes is two people to play a game, but the game was also built for team-based or grand melee battles as well.
For a full rundown of the turn structure, including more advanced play concepts, the Quick Start Rules are available for you to try out the game. You can download a copy of them here.
There are two very different ways to play the game. Both come with their own style, and both are fun in their own ways!
In Constructed, each player uses a deck made of their own cards. Decks are at least 60 cards, and you can play up to four copies of each card in a deck. The Class Starter Decks, for example, are Constructed decks that are built for play right out of the box!
In Limited, both players use sealed booster packs in order to construct a 30 card deck. You don't need to have any additional cards with you to play this format. All you need are booster packs! Six boosters is recommended for Sealed Pack, where you build a 30 card deck out of the contents of those six boosters. Once you're comfortable with Sealed Pack, try out a Booster Draft, which only requires three boosters per player!
For more information on the Constructed and Limited formats, as well as how they are used in tournaments, please refer to our Tournament Formats page.
Although the World of Warcraft TCG is a great game for people who have never played a TCG before, it also offers a great deal for very experienced players. Cryptozoic Entertainment has a very extensive tournament system with different organized-play programs. There will be tournaments for casual players and an ongoing Battlegrounds hobby league, but the programs also include big tournaments -- regional, countrywide, continental and even world championships -- for players who develop a high level of expertise with the game. For more information about the Organized Play programs that Cryptozoic has to offer, please visit the Organized Play page.
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If you're interested in trying out the game yourself, visit your local hobby store retailer, Wal-Mart, or Target and pick up a Class Starter Deck (bring your friends along so they can pick one up too). You and your friends will be able to play right out of the box.
World of Warcraft MMORPG players will find it easy to take up the World of Warcraft TCG since many of the names and terms used are the same as in the online game. Equally, players who enjoy TCGs will find many elements from traditional trading card games that they will enjoy.