|Calystral||Polygon blockchain||Steam||Synergy of Serra||Trading Card Games|
The trading card game Synergy of Serra now has its own page in the Steam Store, allowing gamers to wishlist the game ahead of its release. Ultimately the game will be free-to-play, but you can already acquire chests with playing cards through the official website.
At the moment the Steam page doesn’t show any gameplay, but rather highlights the different factions in the game. The German studio Calystral has been developing Synergy of Serra for some time now. They want to introduce a trading card game mechanic not yet seen in digital card games.
Every player can start playing Synergy of Serra using the 90 starter cards. In addition free players can also earn rewards by winning seasonal ranked games. Calystral wants to add an hardcore element to their game, as if trading card games are too vanilla in the first place. During gameplay, players expand and build their deck even further. As a result every battle is unique, strategic and evolving.
Even though Synergy of Serra taps into the Polygon blockchain for its NFT assets, the team wants to introduce frictionless gameplay: no wallets, no plugins and no fees required.
What is Synergy of Serra?
Synergy of Serra is a free-to-play card game, and it allows players to play the game and earn money. Everybody can join the game and use a basic set of cards. However, the blockchain elements adds an extra layer of ownership. This gives players the possibility to really own a set of cards, trade it, sell it and so on. In terms of gameplay, the developers have been inspired by deck-building games like Dominion.
Each player has their own deck, but the deck is developed during gameplay instead of beforehand. Both players create a suitcase of 100 cards, and as a result 200 cards end up on the table. This becomes the card pool from which players draw their cards. Players will need to build an ideal deck. Cards that they don’t need, can be turned into SCRAP. This token can also be used to buy new crates.
At launch Synergy of Serra will offer 159 different cards, divided in four different sets: promo set, starter set, base set and the transcendent set. In addition there are cards without an ‘edition symbol’. These are regular cards that can’t be traded on the blockchain. Scarcity is measured through the rarity and the quality of a card. A legendary golden card is the most valuable, while a painted metal common card is the least valuable.
Each season, which takes one to four months, the game will have seasonal ladders. These competitive modes have play-to-earn mechanics, allowing players to earn cryptocurrencies simply by being good at the game.
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