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    Post Announcing Shadow Era: Lost Lands



    The Shadow War's toll on Balor becomes more apparent day after day. The Decay now runs rampant, as entire cities become uninhabitable. Some fall beneath the oceans, others into sink holes forming right beneath them. Cataclysmic earthquakes and volcanoes have laid waste to towns and villages, and some have fallen to plague-like miasmas. The only land seemingly unaffected by the destruction lies to the south, across a vast ocean and unexplored by even the bravest of Balor's citizens. In fact, only Rothem ever dared to cross to the Wilds, returning with the very weapon that seemingly began the process that is eating the world alive.



    We're happy to announce the first details of Shadow Era's 4th set, Lost Lands! The set is themed around three main concepts:

    - Ruination: Continued use of shadow energy has now opened up huge tears in the fabric of the world, creating portals between previously far-away lands in Balor and huge chasms that have swallowed up entire populations.
    - Resurgence: Invading Shadow forces entering through the Shadow Gates continue to terrorize and conquer the lands of Balor, but the Humans are fighting back;
    - Rediscovery: Our heroes are on the move, seeking places and people long forgotten, driven by a prophecy of something that could end the war once and for all;



    Gameplay Features

    - a new type of card called Location, which will represent where the battle between our characters is currently taking place; this will change throughout the game to represent either a physical journey or a portal opening between places. Sides can win or lose control of locations, which adds a further meaning to the idea of "lost lands".
    - a new mechanic called Seek, which allows you to search your deck for a card meeting some criteria.
    - fully neutral allies, representing characters so far not involved in the conflict, with their own agendas and motivations.
    - the proper debut of the Aldmor ally alignment and their artifacts, which have so far only been teased in Shadow Era;
    - bolstering of each of the ally alignments that were established in Shattered Fates, as more allies from those alignments are brought into the conflict.



    Set Breakdown

    15 Human Allies
    15 Shadow Allies
    20 Neutral Allies
    10 Warrior class cards
    10 Mage class cards
    10 Hunter class cards
    10 Priest class cards
    10 Rogue class cards
    10 Wulven class cards
    10 Elemental class cards
    10 Human Ability/Items
    10 Shadow Ability/Items
    20 Neutral Ability/Items
    20 Armor/Weapons
    20 Locations


    Release Schedule

    Set 4 will be released in parts, each acting like a small expansion and being balanced accordingly. The first part will have roughly 65 cards and is focused on giving greater power and more options to "tribal" decks, as well as adding some useful splash allies for other decks, and debuting our new Location card type.

    As of today, Part 1 is nearing the end of its closed beta testing. We'll be revealing more and more details about Lost Lands in the next few weeks!


    UPDATE:

    Subsequent articles about Lost Lands:
    #2. Locations: Our New Card Type Explained
    #3. Lost Lands: Design Goals of Part 1
    #4. Lost Lands: Design Process Spotlight
    #5. Lost Lands: All About Aldmor
    #6. Lost Lands: Deck Archetypes in Shadow Era
    #7. Lost Lands: The Homunculi Are Expanding
    #8. Lost Lands: Theme Decks
    #9. Lost Lands: Balor World Tour
    #10. Lost Lands: The Story So Far
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    looks good to me...
    this location mechanics reminds me a lot of LOTR site mechanics and taking control and liberating them (in later sets)
    just don't release anything without card art
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    Looking good, and judging by those images, stuff already has art and flavor texts (those cards do at least, lol).

    I will say I'm not entirely sure about the look of the Location cards. Not sure if that image depicts a final look, but looks very squished down and odd to me.

    But otherwise excited to see more.
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    Man am I glad I didn't spend my shadow crystals on cosmetics :P

    I can't wait to make an Aldmor deck! That Ancient of Aldmor seems like a really cool card which will make your opponent think twice about spending their shadow energy! The location card sound really cool too. I love the idea of a battle that keeps going through shadow gates to different dimensions. Doesn't seem completely obvious to me how it's gonna work, but it sounds like it's going to really shake up the gameplay.

    Are Wulven done with adding new heroes now? Didn't see any in the list. To be honest we've probably got enough of them. Some of the less played ones just need more cards that support them which I guess they're gonna get.

    More lore is always exciting! So I'm guessing it was Rothem who brought back the shadow crystals from the lost lands...

    Also, I've got my fingers crossed for a Man of Shadows card!

    What is this strange sensation... could it be? Is it hype after all this time?!

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    Did everyone notice it's being released in sections?
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    It's cool that we might have a quick release of the first 60 cards.
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