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Beginner’s Guide Part 1: Welcome to Shadowverse! (Beginner's Tips)

Beginner’s Guide Part 1: Welcome to Shadowverse! (Beginner's Tips)
1. How do you navigate the Home screen?

The home screen of Shadowverse may feel intimidating at first, but this guide will help you navigate through!

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Explanation
1 The Profile shows your in-game username and ranking points.
2 In Shadowverse, there are two types of in-game currency: Rupies and Crystals. They both can be used to purchase booster packs and play in Arena mode.
Rupies is a currency that is obtained within the game, such as by playing through the story in Solo mode and by unlocking achievements.
Crystals is currency obtained through in-app-purchase. Crystals can be used as a substitute for Rupies, and in addition, allows you to purchase items such as exclusive leader skins and pre-constructed decks! Crystals can be purchased simply by pressing the “+” button or through the Shop menu on the bottom.
3 The Crate is how you will receive various prizes (such as card packs) from the Shadowverse team!
4 The Info page compiles all of the latest Shadowverse news. Check it out to get information on new events and upcoming updates!
5 The Missions option allows the player to navigate through a list of Daily Missions, Achievements, and Score Rewards. Conquer these challenges to unlock amazing rewards!
6 Use the Friends menu to add and manage friends!
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Explanation
7 Use the Home button to quickly return to the home screen!
8 The Solo mode includes the tutorial, story mode, and practice mode (against a computer opponent). This is a great place to quickly learn the rules of the game!
9 The Multi mode is where you can take on other Shadowverse players! Use the Play, Compete, and Private options to hone your skills!
In Play, you can compete against players online without the ranking system. This is a great place to test out new decks!
In Compete, players compete online for ranking points.
In Private, players can create a private room by inviting friends or giving out the room code.
10 Arena mode allows you to play Take Two, a different game mode in which you create a 30-card deck on the spot to take on other players online who did the same! These cards are separate from your personal card collection, and this may be a good way to learn about cards you don’t own. Occasionally (usually 1-2 weeks per season), another mode is added in Arena called Grand Prix. This mode is similar to Play and Compete, but you have a chance to earn exclusive prizes that you otherwise cannot get!
11 The Cards section is where you build your deck and view your card collection.
12 The Shop section offers three options: buying supplies, cards, and crystals.
13 The More section has features such as: editing your profile, checking your rankings, changing various in-game settings, and watching match replays!
2. Re-rolling
Re-rolling

In Shadowverse, cards can be sold to create Vials, which can be used to create any card of choice (rare cards cost more vials).  Therefore, it is not absolutely necessary to re-roll. However, if you want to start strong with some powerful cards, follow these steps and re-roll until you get what you want!

When you first start your game, you will want to start by playing the tutorial, so you get a feel for the game.  The tutorial consists of 3 rounds, but they can be skipped by using the ‘Skip’ button on the top right. Once you learn the rules and you want to continue re-rolling, feel free to skip the tutorial! After completing the tutorial, you are now ready to buy some packs! Before you go on to test your luck, head over to the Crate and receive your Rupies and Pack Tickets! A single pack ticket, which is specific to a certain expansion set, can be exchanged for 1 pack. Also, here are some other ways to get rewards early in the game:

  • “Play” Chapter 1 of the story mode to receive one Standard Pack Ticket. You don’t have to complete the chapter to get the reward and you can quit at the beginning of the match.
  • Make a deck to receive one Standard Pack Ticket.  
  • Play up to 20 Private matches to get 100 Rupies (per match).  To receive this reward, you or your opponent cannot quit mid-match. This option takes time and is not recommended if you plan to re-roll.

If you did not like the cards you pulled, you can re-roll.  The procedures differ depending on your operating system. For iOS users, you will need to uninstall the app and re-download through the App Store.  For Android users, uninstalling is not necessary. Simply close the Shadowverse app and go to Settings → Apps → Shadowverse → Storage → Clear Data. Open the Shadowverse app again and all of your data should be erased.  

Re-rolling takes approximately 10 minutes.

3. Learn the rules

When you start Shadowverse for the first time, learn the basic rules of the game by playing through the tutorial and story mode!  A guide to the basic rules of Shadowverse can be found here.

In the beginning, learning the vocabulary and keywords unique to Shadowverse may be challenging.  Never fear though, Shadowverse has an in-game dictionary (Effect Dictionary) for these keywords!

4. Story Mode
Story Mode

Besides learning the basic rules, starting by playing story mode is recommended because certain chapters have exclusive card prizes! Although the difficulty can be high in the later chapters, all card prizes can be obtained in the first few chapters.

In addition to learning the basic rules and keywords, story mode is a good time to be exposed to the 8 different classes available in Shadowverse.  They are: Forestcraft, Swordcraft, Runecraft, Dragoncraft, Shadowcraft, Bloodcraft, Havencraft, and Portalcraft. Each class has their own unique characteristics and play styles, so becoming familiar with this is the key to victory!

5. Build your own deck
Build your own deck

After getting the hang of the basic rules, try and build your own deck! Start by choosing what class you want to build a deck for, and select cards from a pool unique to that class and Neutral cards. For example, the class chosen in the image above is Forestcraft, so the deck can only have cards from Forestcraft and Neutral classes.  Deck building is made simple in Shadowverse and can be done by dragging cards up and down. The top row is the cards you want in your deck and the bottom row is your card collection. Find more information on deck building here.

For beginners to card games, it is recommended to start with a deck with many low-cost followers, to learn combat interactions. For experienced card game players, starting off with decks focused on controlling the board or combo may be good!

When you are missing a few cards to complete your deck, consider using Vials to create the cards you need. Here is the number of vials you need to create cards of each rarity: Bronze (50 vials), Silver (200 vials), Gold (800 vials), and Legendary (3,500 vials). Vials can be obtained through missions, achievements, and by liquefying (selling) your own cards!

6. Do your missions!
Do your missions!

Missions are very important in Shadowverse, since this is the main way of obtaining Rupies, Vials, and pack tickets in-game. Missions can be performed daily, with new missions becoming available 21 hours after you clear one.  Up to three missions are displayed at once. Unlocking achievement prizes, in comparison, is a cumulative mission. These take much longer to complete and it is usually achieved by reaching a certain level or winning a certain number of matches with specific classes.  Score rewards are obtained through gaining points in ranked matches. These “scores” reset each month, so you can accumulate these prizes over and over again!

7. Play against other players to get even better!
Play against other players to get even better!

Once you’ve played through story mode and made your own deck, test your skills in the multiplayer mode! This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques that can help you further develop your games.  The following will discuss some points you want to think about as you learn the game.

First, one of the most important concept in card games is “card advantage”. The concept is as exactly as it sounds, but there are different types of advantages in card games. In general, you have “card advantage” over your opponent if you have more playable and usable cards than your opponent.  For example, a single card allows you to draw two new cards or a card that destroys all of your opponent’s cards would net you “card advantage”. “Hand advantage” would be a specific type of “card advantage”, and it simply means you have more cards than your opponent in your hand. Other types of advantages include, but not limited to: Tempo advantage, board advantage, life advantage, and information advantage.

It is also good to research popular decks in the current metagame and learn about specific cards to be wary of.

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