KARDS - Thomas


This patch makes available the recently introduced Promo cards to everyone and improves the card balance. Read ahead and check the details below!

Improvements
  • 5 Promo cards are now available to everyone. These cards are of limited rarity and you can now craft them. You can also receive those cards now when you open packs.

    Until now, those cards have been exclusive to only those who participated in the First Win of The Day event in August.
    • Royal West Kents (British)
    • 3. Fallschirmjäger (German)
    • Type 98 Ke-Ni (Japan)
    • 756th Regiment (Soviet)
    • 332nd Engineer Regiment (USA)
  • You can now mute emotes in a match


Card balance updates
We have improved the card balance and made several smaller tweaks to six cards. The balance changes are based - as always - on diligent analysis of our metrics and valuable community feedback.

A brief overview of the card changes as following. Read the full details in the dev blog.
  • SU-76M: Defense reduced from 5 to 3.
  • ANNIHILATION: Cost increase from 6 to 7. Allows you to destroy enemy units that cost 5 or less (was 4).
  • PANZER IV F2: Removed the destroy clause. Now, a selected unit at deploy must only retreat.
  • IN THE NAVY: Cost increase from 2 to 4. The cost is reduced by 2 if the enemy controls the frontline.
  • SU 152: Deployment cost decreased from 6 to 5.
  • LANCASTER B.III: Attack effect was changed so that the cards in the enemy’s hand cost increase by 1 (was 2).

Bug fixes
  • The card texts are now more consistent and use the same terminology.
  • Hand cards are displayed too low on the screen and become inaccessible: Fixed.

As always, please let us know what you think about this update and please report bugs via:

Enjoy the new cards and the balance. Please let us know what you think!
KARDS - Thomas
Hello friends!

Rejoice! On Sep 19, we have lifted the embargo on the recently introduced time-exclusive promo cards and open them up to everyone! Additionally, we are updated KARDS with bug fixes and small, but important balance changes.



The five promo cards were given out last month as special First Win of the Day rewards. During the previous month, these cards have been exclusive to those that acquired them then.

With the update tomorrow, you will be able to craft all the promo cards you’re missing.

Card balance changes
We’re doing a balance update on six cards this time around. We’re continuing our overhaul of removal, including removal effects on units. Three cards fall into this category this time around:


Despite the cost increase, this is a boost for Annihilation, as it can now go for many more important targets. There are a couple of reasons for this change, one is to widen the net of potential targets, the other is to break up the cluster of cost-6 removal orders and units in the game. Speaking of a cost-6 removal unit...


A 5/5 tank is a formidable threat, so any kind of a removal tacked on is always going to be super strong. The Panzer IV F2 is stable in the environment for a reason and it makes us slightly sad to have to nerf it, but we feel it is best for the good of the game.

Removing the destroy clause makes it much weaker against aggressive decks, but the retreat ability can still be a huge tempo-swing against mid-range and control decks, so we expect this card to continue to see plenty of play.


Naval Bombardment is a cheap answer to a myriad of threats, but in its current incarnation it is a bit too narrow against a diverse field. The US already have conditional frontline removal in Awoken Giant and Torpedo Attack, Naval Bombardment being in the same boat seemed a bit too much.

After the change, Naval Bombardment will retain its former ability, but you can now spend 4 to bounce a unit from anywhere. You can even spend 2 to bounce from the support line with the enemy controlling the frontline, if you so choose, making this card much more versatile than previously. Bouncing units with strong deployment effects is not much fun, but bouncing units with adverse effects, like a certain Soviet tank, is so much fun.


Speaking of the devil, here it is in all its glory. It actually surprised us how long it took the SU-76M to grab the limelight, as it is such a strong unit.

The fall of Sudden Strike and the rise of Encirclement finally allowed the SU-76M to shine. We’ve analyzed the data on SU-76M decks a lot and while it is putting up decent numbers (and is much more popular now than a couple of months ago), it is still not dominating the format. This leads us to believe that to some extent a new type of a deck in a metagame that was becoming slightly stale created a little bit of a Flavor of the Month phenomena.

Still, facing a 5/5 tank on turn 1 and losing quickly with a hand full of answers can be frustrating. With that in mind, and representing the historical performance of the unit better, we feel reducing the defense is the right way to go.

We did consider several other adjustments, but feel this is the best one as it keeps the unit as a dangerous threat, which is exactly what we want to keep this deck archetype alive and kicking. We’ll continue to monitor the performance of the Into the North + SU-76M + Encirclement decks, in all their varied versions, to see if further actions are required in the future.


The SU 152 is feeling a bit jealous of all the success of it’s little brother and petitioned for a face lift or all hell would break loose. We felt obliged to agree, as 4/4 in fury is a sight to behold and not something we wanted to face. So the new cost is 5. Perhaps you will face it more often now.


The Lancaster B.III is an excellent finisher for control decks, but it can be a bit oppressive with its ability, effectively shutting people out of the game. It is still a dangerous unit, but now people can hope for a bit more counterplay.


Card text adjustments
One thing to mention is that we’ve edited the text on a bunch of cards, making the wording more consistent and streamlined over the line. Note that there is no functional change here, just cleaning up some texts that were unclear or grammatically incorrect.

Feel free to point out any errors you find in these or other cards.

As a reminder: if you encounter bugs in KARDS, please report them either directly in the #bug_reports channel on Discord or even better, send a bug report to KARDS support.

That’s it for now. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the patch notes for the full details of all changes coming tomorrow.

Have a great day!
KARDS - Thomas


This patch provides a significant number of bug fixes. Read ahead and check the details below!

IMPROVEMENTS
  • Sound assets for the following units have been upgraded
    • ME 262A SCHWALBE
    • BP-43 ARMORED TRAIN
    • PANZERZUG 61 BP42.
  • You can now enjoy better victory and defeat sounds when playing Soviet decks.
    Adjusted the mulligan message to be more inclusive

BUG FIXES
  • “Ghost” units should no longer be seen on the battlefield.
  • Units with zero attack were able to attack. Fixed: Now, units with an attack value of zero are no longer able to attack.
  • GUNSHIP MISSION first repairs the HQ before dealing the damage.
  • PATTON incorrectly changed Kredits of units sometimes. Fixed
  • ROYAL WEST KENTS sometimes damaged Artillery and Bombers with Armor 1/2 when they attacked. Fixed.
  • ULTRA was not working properly in some cases and then didn’t stop the opponent’s order. Fixed.
  • PANZER III-L had its buff incorrectly removed in some circumstances. Fixed.
  • 10th ENGINEERS could not give boost to adjacent units in some cases. Fixed.
  • More than one NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE were triggered simultaneously for the same attack. Fixed: Now only one will ever trigger each turn.
  • If 463rd BATTALION was the only unit in the frontline and died during an attack, then it would not deal the one extra damage. Fixed.
  • Wrong HQ was given smokescreen if F4F WILDCAT was returning to the battlefield by SENDAI REGIMENT, if the SENDAI REGIMENT was destroyed in its owners turn.
  • When M26 PERSHING was in the frontline, using J1N1 GEKKO and TORA! TORA! TORA destroyed the HQ in some cases. Fixed.
  • When NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE is active, using J1N1 GEKKO and TORA! TORA! TORA deals two damage to the HQ instead of one. Fixed.

USER INTERFACE
  • Higher resolutions and screen ratios are now better supported.
  • Targets of deployment effects no longer erroneously attack.

As always, please let us know what you think about this update and please report bugs either on Discord or directly via a bug report ticket.
KARDS - Thomas


With great excitement, 1939 Games announces the KARDS World Championship 2019 and invites everyone to join!

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Qualifiers started on September 5 and will end on September 30. Qualify yourself right now and join the Officer Club by climbing the ranks to Field Marshal in at least three nations.

Read on to learn more about this event and how you successfully progress!

The KARDS World Championship 2019
The KARDS World Championship 2019 is an open event for all KARDS players starting September 5 and culminating in a grand finale in Iceland in December to crown the KARDS World Champion 2019.



To guarantee a fun and exciting event to all participants, the World Championship has four consecutive stages - each with increasing difficulty and in their own style.

While playing in the World Championship is already a great adventure on its own, the way to the final is sprinkled with additional rewards ranging from unique in-game items to cash prizes!

How you become the KARDS World Champion
The World Championship 2019 has several stages, you need to be successful at each to become World Champion.

  • Stage 1: Reach the Officer Club in September. You reach the Officer Club by climbing to the ranks to Field Marshal in at least three nations. Only players that have been able to reach the Officer Club in September will proceed to Stage 2. If you have reached the top 64 of the Officer Club in September, you’ll skip Stage 2 and go directly to Stage 3.

  • Stage 2: Play through a series of tournament matches. Your three best days will determine your position; you can play as many matches as you like during this period. Only the best 64 players of Stage 2 will proceed to Stage 3.

  • Stage 3: Play through a 128-player tournament in a traditional knock-out style. Qualified for this tournament are the top 64 players of Stage 2 and the top 64 of Stage 1. The best four players are qualified for Stage 4.

  • Finale: The grand finale of the World Championship! All finalists will be invited to Iceland by 1939 Games for a thrilling adventure and to battle for the title of KARDS World Champion 2019!

Take action now: The timeline
The KARDS World Championship progresses through several stages as mentioned above.

  • Stage 1, during which you need to reach the Officer Club, lasts the whole of September. This stage started on September 5 and will end on September 30 at 23.59.59 UTC.

  • Stage 2, when you need to win tournament matches, is planned to start October 4 (Friday) and goes over two weeks until October 21 (Monday).

  • Stage 3, during which you are competing in a full-fledged tournament, is planned for the first three weekends in November.

  • The grand Championship finale is planned to be held in Iceland in early December. The exact date will be published in the near future.


Rewards: Prizes all along the way to the top
Even though participating in the KARDS World Championship is already a great adventure in itself, we have sprinkled your journey through the various stages with additional rewards and prizes!

Let’s go over the rewards one by one.

  • Seasonal Reward upgraded to one Gold Elite card at the end of Season 6 (September) if you have reached at least one Field Marshal rank in one nation or Captain rank in three nations.
  • Everyone who has reached Officer Club in September (reached Stage 2) will receive an exclusive World Championship 2019 card back.
  • Everyone who has reached the knockout-tournament (Stage 3) will get an upgraded version of the World Championship 2019 card back, together with a sizable pack of draft tickets.
  • The finalists get a completely free trip to Iceland plus cash prizes totalling $6.500. The trip to Iceland includes the KARDS World Championship final and a fantastic, unforgettable time together with the dev team!

As the Championship progresses, keep an eye on the news and possible surprise rewards. The KARDS World Championship is a great journey, sprinkled with goodies for everyone along the way!

Additional details
Let's go over some details of the World Championship 2019.

First, the tournament matches of Stage 2. With the arrival of Stage 2 in October, everyone eligible will see a new option to start tournament battles. To keep the focus, we will enable this option only for several hours a day (with a shifting window to accommodate our various time zones). Playing these battles will count towards your tournament score. This score will be used to calculate your position in the Championship. You will be able to keep track of your position. At the end of Stage 2, the best 64 players will proceed to Stage 3.

The tournament of Stage 3 is going to be a knockout tournament with 128 players. We have decided on this size to strike a good balance and to keep this first World Championship challenging and yet accessible enough. The exact rules for this tournament will be posted a bit later - right now you should fully focus on Stage 1!

Each of these stages and the World Championship finals in Iceland will be covered in-depth with upcoming separate blogs.


We, the KARDS dev team, are enthusiastic about the World Championship and are eagerly looking forward to the future.

We would love to hear your feedback in the comments below!
KARDS - Thomas

This patch is about card balance changes and bug fixes all around!

Card changes
For more in-depth details of the recent card changes, please read the latest update September Card Updates and Improvements.
  • DIVE BOMBING: Effect lasts until the start of your next turn (was: until end of turn).
  • IMPERIAL STRENGTH: Effect changed to discard all activated countermeasures (was: Countermeasures cannot trigger this turn).
  • ENCIRCLEMENT: The duplicated card now also receives the Blitz ability.
  • ORDER 227: Your damaged Soviet units get +2 attack (was: Targeted Soviet units gets Ambush and +1 attack for each enemy unit in the frontline).
  • BOMBING RAID: Cost increases to 4 Kredits (was: 3 Kredits).
  • Ki-43 HAYABUSA: Cost increases to 4 Kredits (was: 3 Kredits).
  • DAYLIGHT BOMBING: Damage dealt reduced to 2 (was: 3 damage).
  • MOSQUITO FB Mk VI: Cost increases to 6 Kredits (was: 5 Kredits).

Bug fixes
  • SENDAI REGIMENT is not using effects when leaving the battlefield. Fixed.
  • Buff is not removed when 10th ENGINEER BATTALION is returned to hand. Fixed.
  • When picking an invalid target the targeting card was stuck until hovered. Fixed.
  • The damage and death indicators did not follow the card when it moved. Fixed.
  • PATTON effect is not being applied to cards newly drawn. Fixed.
  • The deployment cost for A-20B is incorrectly calculated. Fixed.
  • DEADLY DUTY didn't draws cards before destroying (e.g. in conjunction with YAK 9). Fixed.
  • The notification text widget has been updated to match wider screens.
  • Various improvements to prevent a match from accidentally stalling.
  • Inconsistencies in the historic descriptions of cards has been fixed (thanks to alihangir for combing through the card descriptions).

Graphic and Cosmetics
  • Wirbelwind has been updated with new artwork.
  • Katyusha has been updated with new artwork.
  • Improvements to the card and board rendering engine.
  • Various airstrike orders now show correct aircraft shadows.

As always, please let us know what you think about this update and please report bugs either on KARDS Discord or directly via a bug report ticket.
KARDS - Thomas


Season 6 has started on September 1, 00:00:01 UTC, and with that we now know the winners of Season 5!


The Winner
Congratulation to DARKNESS for scoring the first place of Season 5!
Runner-ups are Fendor, ROY1380, gabo, and BruceJohnWayne!

Rewards
Besides the top players (who will receive physical rewards), everyone else is a winner too!
All the rewards for Season 5 have been automatically delivered to your account. Simply log into KARDS and collect the juicy prizes!

As explained in detail, the seasonal rewards increase with every 5 ranks. You have received a Gold card (the more ranks, the better the rarity) and 1-2 card packs.
  • Then, for each Field Marshall you got a National Pack.
  • Reaching the Officer Club gave additional rewards.

Rank reset
With the new season, we also have adjusted your ranks to keep everything fresh and challenging:
  • For each nation, you will drop one rank.
  • You will retain any stars you already had at your previous highest rank (e.g. you were a Major with 3 stars for Germany then in the new season you will be a Captain with 3 stars).
  • Your Field Marshal ranks will get adjusted to Major at 4 stars.
We believe that this is a good balance between preserving your progress and keep the reward scheme fair towards new players.

Have a great start into Season 6!
KARDS - Thomas


Best KARDS enthusiasts,

Fresh with the beginning of September, we have an update for you! Following the August update, we continue the card improvements and also bring good bug fixes later this week.

Please comment below and let us know what you think!

Read on to learn more about the changes of the following eight cards:
  • Dive Bombing (Germany)
  • Imperial Strength (Japan)
  • Encirclement (Germany)
  • Order 227 (Soviet Union)
  • Bombing Raid (Japan)
  • Ki-43 Hayabusa (Japan)
  • Daylight Bombing (Britain)
  • Mosquito (Britan)
Stay with us as we go over the cards in detail!

Details


There are a couple of reasons for this change:
  1. Strengthen Dive Bombing a bit.

    German removal received a big hit in the last update and we wanted to strengthen their standard removal a little bit in comparison to the standard removal of other nations.
  2. Make debuff effects a bit more meaningful.

    Having them last until the start of your next turn (so the enemy unit operates at reduced strength for their next turn) is a step in that direction.



The reason for this change:
  • Clarity:The old effect could be a bit difficult to understand.
This does strengthen the card a fair amount, but we want there to be a strong silver bullet in the base card set against countermeasures as an answer to potential countermeasure heavy decks in the future. Note that the discard is universal, so don’t be the one that activates a countermeasure and then play this.


We wanted to give a slight nod to aggressive frontline decks and improving an under-strength card at the same time seemed like a match made in heaven.


Order 227 is one of these cards that we want to get thematically right, and the current version doesn’t quite get there. Coupled with the fact that after it was nerfed recently it became quite underwhelming, we decided to take another stab at the card that would both be more thematic and good enough to see play. Damage state of units being something that matters is also something we want to strengthen for the Soviets.


The recent changes to several removal cards made Bombing Raid stick out like a sore thumb. A possible 7 in total damage for mere 3 kredits was much too good.

So we’re upping the cost of the card to 4.


Burn is a deck people like to have robust debates about on Discord and elsewhere. From our standpoint, burn serves two purposes:
  • A deck for (new) players with greater ambitions than card pool.
  • Burn keeps to format in check - without it the metagame would quickly move towards bloated degenerate midrange decks.
Burn is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean we don’t put our critical eye on it from time to time. This is one of those times.

Hayabusa offers a lot for mere 3 Kredits, especially when compared to standard rarity 3 cost fighters of other nations. We contemplated adjusting its stats, but decided the best move was to increase its cost to 4.


This change is a continuation of our efforts to address some of the stronger removal in the game, as seen in the last patch. While Daylight Bombing doesn’t see a whole lot of play, according to our data, it does have one of the best win-rate percentage around and a strong removal that can a) also go directly to face and b) sets the enemy back on Kredit is too much. So, we’re weakening the removal part a little.


Removal is not just on orders, it is often also attached to units and there are few better examples than the Mosquito (well, there is a German one that comes to mind, but that is for the future). The main reason for increasing the cost is the same as with previous removal changes - to make it slightly more difficult for control players to rely solely on removal to deal with aggressive threats. Let’s see how much this change will matter.


Well, that’s it for this time around. Let us know what you think!
KARDS - Thomas


Advance your KARDS collection this weekend and get new exclusive cards all for free - here is how.

We offer you something special this weekend:
Time-exclusive, free bonus cards for your first win of the day in a PVP match on each of the next five days!

Let’s go briefly about the why and then the juicy details about the how. Read on!

As we are heading towards KARDS release later this year, we are curious to see what you like and if there are things that you are especially fond of. We hope for your feedback as we go along - all the while you will get some free cards out of it. Fair deal?

This is what you can expect this weekend.

Time-exclusive cards
The cards you can get this weekend are time exclusive for one month. This means, that once this special weekend is over, no one will be able to get these cards for one month.

After that, these cards will become generally available via card packs, as rewards, in draft, and you will be able to craft them. Until then, however, they are exclusive to only those who got them this weekend!

Cards for 5 Nations
The new cards, one of each nation, are of limited rarity. The card cost ranges from 2 to 7 and their strength and abilities are aligned with their nation.

As we don’t want to spoil the surprise of these cards, we have decided to not go over the details here. Be assured though that these new cards are nice and competitive (no cheap or overpowered crap, KARDS is here to stay long term) and that the cards enrich the base set of each nation according to their main theme.


To the cards ... get them!
When you score your First Win of the Day, you get as a bonus a full set of these time-limited cards. As those cards are of limited rarity, you will get 3 (of the same) card in total as a bonus.

Each day, you can get a full set for one of the nations.

The event starts on Thursday, August 15, and ends on Monday, August 19.

You achieve a First Win of the Day only if you battle other players via the regular “Battle” functionality. AI matches, Draft matches, Challenges do not count towards First Win of the Day.

At the end of the bonus weekend, if you have managed to score at least one win in a PVP match each day, you will have received 15 exclusive cards of limited rarity.

Simply log into KARDS and score at least one win in a PVP match a day, that’s it!


Summary
To summarize this event:
  • Five new cards of limited rarity, one of each nation
  • Each First Win of the Day gets you a set of limited cards for one of the nations
  • The cards are time-exclusive for one month and cannot get gained any other way between the end of the bonus event and end of the exclusivity period
  • The event starts on Thursday, August 15, at 00:00:01 UTC
  • The event ends on Monday, August 19, at 23:59:59 UTC

Please let us know what you think! Remember, we are here for you and to make KARDS a fun game for you. Your feedback is very valuable!

Happy KARDS hunting!
KARDS - Thomas

This patch is all about bug fixing and card balances!


Card changes
For more in-depth details of the recent card changes, please read the latest update August Card Balance Update.
  • DESERT RATS: Damage dealt has been reduced from 2 to 1.
  • FROM THE PEOPLE: Cost has been increased from 2 to 3.
  • SUDDEN STRIKE: Threshold for cards that can be destroyed by this card has been lowered from 3 Kredit costs to 2 Kredit costs.
  • TACTICAL STRIKE: Playing this card doesn’t allow you to draw another card any longer.
  • SKY BARONS: Playing this card now also allows you to draw a card.
  • COMBINED ARMS: The bonus has been clarified. Instead of getting +1/+1 or +3/+3 (depending if you control infantry or/and air units), you get now +1/+1 for each type of non-tank unit you control.
  • I-15 CHAIKA: Defense has been reduced from 3 to 2.
  • TYPE 95 Ha-Go: The attack bonus against infantry has been replaced by 1 damage to the HQ when playing an order (this damage goes to the HQ of the player who issues the order).
  • P-40 KITTYHAWK: Defense has been reduced from 4 to 3.

Bug fixes
  • The 37 mm ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN no longer increases the operation costs of spawned friendly units.
  • When units attack, you need to pay according Kredit costs even when the attacking unit is destroyed by AIR DEFENSE.
  • The destruction effect of cards is no longer triggered when they are being sent back to hand by SENDAI REGIMENT.
  • The kredit cost matches the one shown on the popup of the card.
  • A reduction in damage to the HQ no longer results in healing it.
  • Countermeasure count now as "played from hand" in achievements when they get triggered instead of when they get activated / de-activated.
  • Out-of-turn playing has been improved. Out-of-turn playing sometimes caused units to be invisible and other defects. We are still closely watching this issue, bug reports are highly welcome, as always!
  • The position of Mulligan message has been changed so that they are no longer blocking the text on your cards.
  • We have improved the client logging to allow us a better bug fixing.
  • Card texts have been improved with typo and grammar fixes.

Graphic and Cosmetics
  • The healing animation of the 42ND RIFLES no longer appears when the unit is being destroyed.
  • The position of Order previews have been changes so that they don't overlap each other.
  • A visual defect with LAST PUSH has been fixed.
  • Time-exclusive, free promo cards have been added. More info about this in an upcoming blog shortly.

As always, please let us know what you think about this update and please report bugs either on Discord or directly via a bug report ticket.
KARDS - Thomas

Dear KARDS enthusiasts,

We here at 1939 Games hope that you are having a great summer! Our team is (mostly) back from summer vacations, full of energy and ideas, and ready to roll. Lot of interesting things are on the horizon for KARDS, even in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled!

For now, however, we want to go over some changes to a few cards scheduled to go out in a patch later this week.

Balance update: Removal cards
We are going to update some of the more popular removal cards and here is why.

First of all, this is not a spur of the moment decision - we've been contemplating this change for a while now.

There are several reasons for nerfing some of the more popular removal cards in the game.
  • Overuse. Removal cards are ubiquitous in almost all decks and the best ones, like From the People and The Desert Rats are an auto-include. While removal orders are still a necessary part of the game, the power level on some of them is simply too high right now.
  • Stalled games. The high popularity of removal cards results in many of the best decks being so order heavy that they have few or no units, especially at low cost, relying completely on orders to keep fast decks at bay until their few, expensive units come later to take the game over. This can lead to very boring "draw-go" style duels where players, with hands full of removal orders, can't or won't play units until very late in the game and often the first one to blink loses.
  • Reduced strategical options. The strength of removal also keeps most aggressive decks too heavily in check, apart from decks that don't care about cheap spot removal, like Japanese burn decks or Soviet token spam decks. So we are nerfing many of the most-used removal cards in the game (including the 3 most popular ones - From the People, Sudden Strike and Tactical Strike).

Not all removal cards are being changed this time around, we want to see the effect of the changes in this round before making a decision on further changes.

Change to nine cards
Let's dive right into it and see what cards we are changing.


It almost feels like a sacrilege to change The Desert Rats, the card has stayed the same for so long. But its ability to cheaply kill small units or buy you a turn with the pinning is just too efficient. Same as with the Naval Power change awhile back, we want British removal to be more reliant on delaying tactics through pinning. While undoubtedly weaker now, it can still deal with popular cards like the 15th Cavalry Regiment and Katyusha.



The glory days of From the People, when it dealt 3 damage AND pinned for just 2 kredits are now long gone. Its power is such that any deck with the Soviets is effectively at 36 card size, as 4 copies of From the People were an auto-include. Increasing the cost to 3 does weaken the card quite a bit - it is not as reliable as early removal against aggressive decks, nor as cost efficient when dealing with higher cost units. With From the People weaker, keeping Bloody Sickle as it is made more sense so that the Soviet standard rarity removal is not too heavily gimped.



The power of Sudden Strike was not just that it was a cheap removal against aggressive decks, but even more that it gave you a tempo boost by allowing you to spend 2 kredits to deal with something the enemy spent 3 kredits to play. Sudden Strike can still cleanly deal with early aggressors, but it no longer gives the tempo advantage and many important units are now out of reach, such as 42nd Rifles and 84th Infantry Regiment to name a couple.



Tactical Strike was not used much until we added a draw card clause to it, then it became on of the most played cards in the game, highlighting the power of cantrips (drawing a card as an extra effect). We're reverting this change now, but because we want to still highlight the cantrip theme of Germany, we are adding that draw clause to another card, see below.



Sky Barons on the other hand does not see much play, as it is much narrower than the similarly costed Tactical Strike. It will be interesting to see how things will stand a few weeks from now. We feel this change is like hitting two birds with one stone, because one of our fears with nerfing removal is that it strengthens air units, so beefing a card specifically aimed at those units seems prudent.


That's it for the removal cards, there are a few other changes to mention:



The current version of Combined Arms does not showcase the combined arms theme the way we want for Germany and now that we have reduced the number of unit types it is much simpler to just give a bonus per unit type. This reads much cleaner and allows for more interesting scaling and deck construction than before. Expect more of the same in the future.



The Chaika is a mainstay of the Soviet self-sacrifice deck. While that deck as a whole is not an issue, the Chaika is a bit too efficient at the frontend against aggressive decks.



The reason for this change is two-fold. The first one is that the current Type 95 is simply very underwhelming and rarely used beyond just the starter decks. Secondly, and more importantly, the new ability is aimed at further curbing the order-centric metagame we're seeing right now. While a single card will of course only go so far, it adds to the arsenal of options available when adjusting decks for an order heavy environment.



Similar to the change above for the Chaika, the change to the Kittyhawk continues in making sure that long-range units do not dominate the game too much. The Kittyhawk is super efficient in what it does and even at the reduced stats it stills offers excellent value for its cost.


Game update this week
That's it for now, as you can see, some big changes coming in the next
patch.

Our hope is they contribute to an improved and more diverse metagame, one more focused on units. The upcoming patch will also include a fair number of bug fixes.

We will publish the full patch notes together with the patch later this week.

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