These Avatars seem to be even more powerful than initially thought, commanding armies and even using magic themselves. This short passage will tell me more about these resources they harnessed.
Moving a bit away from Avatars, players will have another deckbuilding element to experiment with and master – the dual resource system, consisting of essence and energy.
Essence is straightforward – your maximum essence increases by one and fully refreshes at the start of your turn. This resource allows you to play units, the core cards of the game.
Energy isn’t as simple as essence. While it does fully refresh on each of your turns, it does not automatically increase. This resource is upgradeable by the player during gameplay (more about that in another blog).
Essence is considered the core resource of the game, and that’s why it’s completely automated. Energy is more of an optional resource. Avatar skills and attack require energy to use, so increasing your maximum energy will allow you to perform more avatar actions per turn.
There are also different types of cards that require energy to be played, giving players more options per turn. Double the resources, double the casting potential. This has its downside as well – your hand will be draining twice as fast as well.(
Energy cards can offer numerous bonuses. From tempo swings to refueling your hand and health. Very rarely will you be able to summon units with energy cards. But you will be able to support your units, empower avatar attacks, set sneaky traps for your enemies, or even crush single units or whole zones.
You can ignore energy all together. Focus primarily on units. This will give you an edge in some areas, but players that employ both energy and essence can have a wider set of strategies covered. Balancing energy and essence usage is another area to explore, learn and improve at.
Some Avatars were more explosive, but that drained them a lot faster, while other Avatars were able to sustain longer engagements. And in both cases, mastering their resources was one of the key victory factors. But it seems that wasn’t the only area where they would have to split their attention…