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Beginner’s Guide 3: Gameplay Techniques (Evolution)

Beginner’s Guide 3: Gameplay Techniques (Evolution)

Introduction

The Evolution mechanic is unique to Shadowverse and this is one of the most important techniques you need to understand and master if you’re striving for the top! This mechanic, available in limited quantities every match (2 times if you’re going first, 3 times if you’re going second), is only available to followers. By evolving a follower, they are enhanced in numerous ways, such as by boosting its stats or gaining new effects. This guide will provide some tips on how to determine the timing for using the Evolution mechanic.

1. Evolve followers that were played that turn
1. Evolve followers that were played that turn

When followers evolve, most get a stat boost and the Rush ability, which allows them to attack other followers, even though they were played that turn (cannot attack leader though). Therefore, it is often more advantageous to evolve a follower that was played that turn, which would otherwise not be able to attack until the following turn. However, keep in mind that the Rush ability only allows the attack against enemy followers (they can attack leader the following turn). This way of using Evolution is usually to get board presence, so in many aggressive decks, there will be times where you will evolve a follower played in previous turns, to deal more damage to the opponent.

2. Some followers gain new abilities when they evolve
2. Some followers gain new abilities when they evolve

Aside from the Rush ability gained by most evolved followers, many followers also gain other effects when they evolve. Generally, it is much better to use your evolution points on these cards, rather than to followers that only get the stats boost.

3. Keep track of your EP, as well as your opponent’s
3. Keep track of your EP, as well as your opponent’s

Evolution is an extremely powerful mechanic, so it is important to manage your EP. Try to always have the same or more EP than your opponent. Having 2 or 3 less EP than your opponent is typically not good, because your opponent will have more flexibility in their options with the remaining EP. As an exception, the deficit does not really matter if you are making the winning play or very close to it. Don’t evolve just because you can!

4. Use up your EP

It is wasteful to lose a game from being too stingy in using your EP. It is a valuable and limited resource, but it is there for you to use. When you cannot decide to use it or not, it is generally a good idea to use it. Also, evolution points can only be used once per turn, so saving multiple EP is not a good idea.

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