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It's great that Hearthstone proved there was a real market for digital collectible card games, which used to be a wasteland of bad Magic The Gathering adaptations and the occasional weird Mega Man mobile card battler. But a lot of the titles riding in Hearthstone's wake (Elder Scrolls: Legends, Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes) copy down Blizzard's core mechanics as faithfully as they possibly can. That doesn't mean they're bad, just a little uninspired.

That's why Duelyst was so refreshing when it turned up on Steam back in spring. It's a traditional card game wrapped up in the three-dimensional Warhammer-esque tactics you'd find in The Banner Saga or Heroes of Might & Magic. It offers something markedly different from any physical or digital card games on the market, and it’s also really well designed. Hearthstone probably won't be relinquishing its spot on the top of the food chain any time soon, but we're glad the market is expanding.

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