Build the Ultimate Deck of Gods
Gods Unchained is a free-to-play, play-to-earn trading card game built on the Ethereum blockchain. The game has been in development since in 2018 under the leadership of Nick Clay, former director of the Magic The Gathering Arena, and was one of the first of its genre to include crypto elements.
As in the classic trading card games, players build their deck and compete against each other for rewards and glory. Gods Unchained gives players true ownership of in-game assets by making them NFTs, which players can trade on the ImmutableX Marketplace.
With a rich lore, frequent new card expansions, and the utility provided by the $GODS token, Gods Unchained has become a reference in the blockchain gaming space.
Gods Unchained is a competitive, strategic, and well-balanced card game that manages to feel both classic and modern. Taking clear inspiration from the greatest, such as Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering, it does stand on its toes with a few twists and the benefits provided by the blockchain.
Staying true to the free-to-play model, in the beginning you will be given the Welcome Set, a collection of 70 individual cards (140 total) grouped in six starter decks. As you complete the tutorial you will also receive a few card packs that you can use to customize the pre-made decks.
There are 6 different domains in Gods Unchained, in reference to each of the six Gods: Light, Magic, Nature, Death, War and Deception.
Each god has a unique set of cards to choose from, and all decks have access to a shared pool of cards known as neutral cards. This variety opens up a wide range of strategies and playstyles.
There are 3 game modes available: Solo, Direct Challenge and Ranked.
Solo: Play against the AI to test your skills and try out new decks. In this mode there is no timer to worry about, but also no rewards for winning.
Direct Challenge: Start a private match by creating a unique temporary code and share it directly with another player.
Ranked: This is the main way to progress through the game and get rewards. You’ll get matched with a player of similar rank, however deck strength and card rarity does not influence it. For each match you’ll get Experience Points, but if you win you’ll also get Stars and Flux (in-game resources), as well as Ranked Points. The latter will impact your way through the 12 ranks of the game, from “Bronze” all the way to “Mythic”. Lose 4 games in a row and you’ll lose a lot of progress and might even drop your rank. There is, however, a safe point where you will not lose a rank.
Casual: Choose a deck and easily join a queue for matches that won't affect your official ranking. This is a good way to try different decks and strategies in a less stressful way. In this mode you’ll also get Experience Points, on top of Stars and Flux.
At the start of each game, you get to choose your God Power for that specific match. This ability can be used each turn provided you have enough mana. Already here you can see your opponent’s God, so you may adjust your choice to that.
Then, comes the mulligan phase, where you are presented with 3 cards and get to adjust your starting hand. Selecting a card will replace it with a random one from your deck.
The game then begins and each player draws 1 card each turn. The amount of mana available for players increases by one each turn until turn 5 where it begins to unlock at a slower rate.
To summon creatures, drag and drop the cards onto the board. To launch an attack, or use a spell card, click and hold the cards and drag them to the target. You can have up to 9 cards in hand and 6 creatures on the board.
To win the game you must bring the health of your opponent's god down to 0.
One balancing mechanic is called the “Bag of Tricks”. The player who goes first will receive one bag of tricks, while the player who goes second will receive three. Using it will unlock one mana for that round allowing you to refill and use it with new cards without waiting for the next turn.
Another twist on the genre introduced by Gods Unchained is the Sanctum and the Favor system.
Favor is a resource that players gain during a match for performing certain actions, such as attacking the opponent’s god, or having your creature survive and attack while your opponent’s creature dies.
The Favor points can be spent during the match in the Sanctum, in exchange for temporary cards outside of the player’s deck.
Such a system, while increasing the game’s complexity, brings an additional strategic element that can really turn the tide on a game.
Gods Unchained is one of the most popular P2E card games. It has over 450,000 registered players despite only being in beta. Gods Unchained has stood the test of time and is one of the longest-running, most stable projects in the ever-changing Web3 gaming industry.
The game has been in development for a while, and the team has been regular with new content and features, with much more to come in the future. The recent introduction of Daily Play & Earn has revived the interest in the game despite the downturn the sector is experiencing as a whole.
One of the biggest milestones still to come is the release of the mobile version, which can potentially onboard a huge number of new players.
The high-quality art, visuals, and sound effects make the game feel polished despite a few performance issues here and there.
The game is simple to learn but difficult to master due to the numerous strategy combinations available.
There’s a lack of variety in game modes, and although the game itself provides different ways to approach each match with the existing god decks available, there’s still not much incentive for players to do so once they find their preferred deck.
We do expect the team to deliver updates on this front as the game exits the beta version it is currently in.
Although the game is entirely free-to-play, the truth is that players may see their progress hindered towards the higher ranks and may require strategically buying cards to improve their decks. A good way around this may be the implementation of a card rental system, where players then get to use a card in exchange for paying a share of their profits to the card owner.
Easy to Learn
Go to the Gods Unchained website and create an account by entering an email address and a password.
Now it’s time to download the game client, click on “Next & Download”. You’ll be asked to choose a username.
You’ll need to check your email and confirm your account.
Open the downloaded file, and once it loads, you need to login using the email address and password set earlier.
Once you login, you may see an “update required” button, just click it and let it finish.
Time to connect a wallet. On the top right, click your profile and then “Manage Wallets”. You’ll be directed to the website (may be necessary to login again). If you’re using Metamask, the plugin will automatically pop-up asking to enter the password.
Click the button “Add wallet to GU”, Metamask will open up and ask you to “sign”. Once connected, all NFTs and other game assets will be automatically added to your wallet.
You’re ready to start. Although optional, it’s recommended you start with the tutorial so you learn the ropes and get some free cards.