Duelyst is a combination between a tun-based strategy and a collectible card game

[Update]: Unfortunately, Duelyst will be closing down its doors on February 27, 2020.

Ever since Magic the Gathering devoured all of my lunch money so many years ago I've been in love with collectible card games, mostly because they represent the purest form of competition, just two people striving to achieve victory through strategy, treachery, and the slightest touch of luck.

While Duelyst might not be a pure card game given that it heavily features turn-based strategy elements, it still embodies all of the same principles and gameplay ideas that make collectible card games the incredibly attractive plague upon ones wallet, and I mean that in a nice way. But enough of me yammering, here's a gameplay trailer so you can get a glimpse of what Duelyst is all about:


If you didn't manage to catch anything from that trailer, allow me to give you a brief recap. Duelyst is a fast-paced collectible card game that features a battlefield most commonly found in turn-based strategy games. During each 5-10 minute long match you will need to carefully consider which units to field, which spells to use, and most importantly, chose the best moment to strike at your opponent without losing everything you own.

There are currently around ~330 unique cards across 6 factions to toy around with in either the seasonal ranked ladder, draft mode tournaments (think arena from Hearthstone, but more developed), and naturally, an unranked mode for when you feel like playing against friends or just relaxing after a long day of losing winning.

In short, its a card game with some nifty new elements added to it, so if you're a fan of Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, or other such money-vacuums you'll probably enjoy Duelyst as well. 

You can play it for free by going over to the official website and downloading either the Windows or Mac client.

Duelyst is a combination between a card game and turn-based tactics game