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Duelyst is a digital collectible card game and turn-based strategy hybrid. The game has four expansions: Denizens of Shim'zar, Rise of the Bloodborn, Ancient Bonds, and Unearthed Prophecy.


In each round, two players must fight across a tactical battlefield. They take turns in which they play, changing position minions and spells represented by cards.
The players aim to build a card deck and move across the field, gaining points and eliminating enemies. The winner is the player who reduces the enemy General's health to zero before they can do so to you. The cards are drawn from a custom built deck. The round continues until one of the players kills the biggest enemy. The game offers a practice mode, puzzle-like challenges, a ranked season ladder, and a draft-style tournament mode. Each match lasts less than 10 minutes, so the game is quite fast-paced.

Key features

There are six factions, each with its characteristics. The factions' appearance and special abilities affect the strategy and gameplay of the decks. There are also more than 700 cards for spells, minions, and artifacts. The Duelyst offers several arenas with various features and design. Every month the game media pages provide lists of power ranking depicting the best custom decks.

Release date
Counterplay Games Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Counterplay Games Inc.
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7 32-bit
  • Processor: 1.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 3.1+ Compliant
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 720p, 16:9 recommended
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: 2.0Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce 600 series with 2GB memory or higher
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: Mac OSX 10.9+
  • Processor: 2 Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 3.1+ Compliant
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 720p, 16:9 recommended
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Duelyst reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
So the Game is not bad it makes a mood. But What I absolutely cannot comprehend is that you still have to buy the Keys for the Boxes. With the Orbs I can understand it and if they had Set key OR Boxes for purchase, that would also be justifiable but both are just too extreme somal as well as the Contents of these Boxes are mostly things that you get exclusively there and I'm not Talking anything The one from Emotes or other cosmetic stuff but from Rare cards that there are no things to play for. If they were to revise this System then at least this Game would get 10/10 from me but so it's only 5 Points.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Probably the best Card Game that Humanity has put forward so far. With Duelyst, Card Game veterans will definitely have their Joy. Choose between 6 Fractions, each with them, each with its own Map set and each with unique Abilities. A Deck consists of 40 Cards from a Faction + neutral Cards that each Faction has access to. The Units summoned by the Cards are moved over a 5x9 Playing field, with each Unit only able to move 2 Units per Round. Combined with the Skills, there is an excellent tactical Depth in the Fights. Particularly noteworthy is the very balanced Balancing. The Pixel Art Design of the animated Maps is also very successful. With Real Money you can immediately buy all the Tickets, which Duelyst unfortunately shifts a little towards Pay2Win. You can also collect all the Content, but it is a great Pity that you can't buy anything once with the Use of €60. Still, it remains a very clear Recommendation to try this Game. Especially Card Game Fans will captivate this Game!
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The Frustration Factor is simply still extremely large. You improve your Deck and build it to impactful Synergies. All with Concept and Consideration. Then you go into a Ladder match and you get overwhelmed by completely simple Strategies. "General + 10 Attack." Of course, it Is not possible to "dispel" n or other counters. The fact that the Artifacts also have a cumulative Effect makes the Game extremely unfair. The "Magma" faction in particular is so stupid and straightforward that you would like to uninstall the Game right away. Just grab the whole "Attack" on the General and gg. In any case, just Works op up to the present Time. But the Tactics (Challenges) and Daily Tasks are Fun. And despite all The Criticism, I find the graphic Style really funny. Collecting Cards alone is a lot of Fun and optimizing your Deck with each time. Unfortunately, far too often without Success and a great Happiness Factor. This is somewhat contained by the "Replace" of Cards in each Round. So far, there is also a lack of More cards with "Draw" ability. Or would it be to OP? This simply makes Low-cost units ineffective. There is still much to balance, but it still motivates again and again, despite the existing lousy luck of the Opponents who surprise you without any Strategy.
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