Screenshot from Faeria, a free-to-play card/strategy game

With Hearthstone currently sitting comfortably as the most played digital card game it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that there are numerous contenders for the throne out there. More importantly, all of them are quite eager to nab even a fraction of Hearthstone's playerbase by offering something new and different.

It is exactly that last part that Faeria focuses on as it isn't simply a card game, but rather a strange mixture between a classic collectible card game and a strategy orientated board game. Since explaining this whole concept is fairly hard in words alone, here's the relatively recent Early Access trailer to hopefully give you a good idea of what Faeria is all about:


While all of that certainly sounds interesting, Faeria currently has a rather unfortunate problem in that it requires €20 from you before it even lets you get a taste of what it has to offer. Thankfully, starting from tomorrow (August 24th) this will no longer be a concern as the developers have announced that Faeria is transitioning towards a completely free-to-play model.

The shift towards free-to-play will not mark the end of Early Access, however, as Faeria still has a couple of new features and a whole bundle of new content to add before that happens. If you're interested in what exactly that means, and more importantly, what sort of features you can expect to see in the near future, head over to the official road map.

Faeria has some silly dialogue in its bosses

If you do have an interest in card games I would recommend you give Faeria a try as I've heard a lot great things about it, even though I've personally never played it. What interest me the most, and what will probably get me to actually install it, is the fact that it contains a sizable chunk of singleplayer content. It might not sound like much, but this sort of stuff is perfect for people like me who don't feel like spending a month crafting the most optimized aggro deck in order to do the whole ladder grind in yet another card game.

And finally, if you would like to learn more or just look up some of the basics, head over to the official website.

Faeria is a card/strategy game hybrid that features plenty of single player content