Magic: The Gathering, a collectible card game developed in 1993 by Wizards of Coast has accumulated over 35 million players around the world both online and offline. However, those players who just play the online version cannot really earn anything while playing the game unless they are competing in an esports tournament where they can have a share in the prize pool.
A new business model for games which is called “Play-to-Earn” is becoming more and more attractive for certain players, a new project for digital collectible card games is developed and that is God’s Unchained.
What is God’s Unchained?
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In God’s Unchained, players don’t just entertain themselves while playing the game but they also have the opportunity to sell their digital cards that can be obtained on the game, made possible by blockchain technology.
God’s Unchained has a similar style of gameplay and is also a free-to-play digital collectible card game like the online version of “Magic: The Gathering.” It was developed by Fuel Games, a blockchain infrastructure provider. Fuel Games previously raised $2.4 million in funds from notable investors like Coinbase Ventures, Continue Capital, Nirvana Capital and Sora Ventures.
The game has been accredited as an “AAA” game and hired Magic: The Gathering’s previous director Chris Clay who already has 20 years of experience in the industry. When it went into open beta in July 2019 the game has already sold cards worth more than $4 million.
How to Play God’s Unchained?
God’s Unchained uses a turn-based battling style of gameplay similar to how other card games are played. The game is free-to-play and players will be given a free collection of 70 individual cards (140 in total) that are sorted into six (6) decks. This is called the ‘Welcome Set.’
Unlike other trading card games like ‘Magic: The Gathering’ where cards are simply part of the game experience provided to players by the game publisher. However, in God’s Unchained players completely own their digital cards and players could sell them to the marketplace.
Players enter in a game with over 30-deck cards which fits your theme for the default six gods and every player starts with a certain amount of mana which increases over the course of the game.
How to Create an Account and Start Playing God’s Unchained
2. After creating an account, connect your wallet by heading over to God’s Unchained official website.
3. Now you can download the application on the homepage just by clicking the “Play now for free” button.
How to purchase cards in God’s Unchained
God’s Unchained is selling expansion packs in the marketplace. You can buy them through their website using Ether or through your credit and debit cards.
Recently, God’s Unchained released a new expansion pack named ‘Trial of the Gods.’ Packs are sold in Rare, Epic, Legendary and Shiny-Legendary packs. These packs are sold to the marketplace at $2.49, $6.99, $24.99 and $149.99 respectively. However, these packs are already sold out in the marketplace but some individual cards can be bought via the marketplace as it provides an opportunity for players to improve their own deck.
HOW TO GET MORE CARDS?
God’s Unchained players can get more cards by playing the game. When they level up they will get certain packs depending on the level. Players can get free Legendary card packs when they reach Level 25.
God’s Unchained also constructed weekend ranked games wherein players can be rewarded with card packs depending on their win/loss ratio on their first 25 games within the weekend ranked timeframe. Rewards from weekend ranked rotates with each game season. However, it can be a good place to earn items which are not usually unlocked via conventional means, such as seasonal card packs.
The development team also provides seasonal packs which can be purchased on their official website until the packs are once again sold out. The best next way to get them is to trade with other players.
When Immutable X, the second-layer scaling solution of Ethereum blockchain, gets released, the official marketplace of God’s Unchained will once again be accessible to anyone as Immutable X provides players zero gas fees whenever they transact their assets inside. The official marketplace will become the go-to place to buy and sell individual cards, packs and other in-game items which might be possible to integrate to God’s Unchained.
HOW TO EARN WHILE PLAYING THE GAME?
As of the moment, earnings are not yet available as the marketplace is still not open because the game is still connected directly on Ethereum blockchain. The main problem they are facing right now is the rising gas fees whenever the Ethereum blockchain gets congested. That is why the team behind God’s Unchained also created a new project which will solve the scalability issue of their Ethereum blockchain. This project is called Immutable, an Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution project which is connected to Ethereum and will become a new blockchain for NFT games like God’s Unchained and others. It will let the players and users enjoy zero gas fees which will be critical if NFT games are to have mass adoption.
After the main problem gets solved here are the possible play-to-earn mechanics of the God’s Unchained which we can expect in the future:
1. God’s Unchained has ranked battle and weekend ranked battle game modes which provide card packs reward for players. Players can easily post this on the marketplace and sell it to other people.
2. Weekend ranked games and other possible esports tournaments is really possible for God’s Unchained because of its gameplay system. Early players can really take advantage of this even on the content creation side since there’s really not a lot of them posting content about blockchain games.
3. Since God’s Unchained is a tactical free-to-play game, esports tournaments are also possible..
4. Players will be able to earn $GODS token, the new native ERC-20 token of the game in the future which will reach a new economic scale for the game which provides the “Play-To-Earn” model that is very demanding nowadays.
What is the $GODS Token?
In partnership with Nine Realms, God’s Unchained also minted its own governance token called $GODS token.
The token is a native ERC-20 token which will be the main utility token to be used for crafting NFTs, purchasing packs from the God’s Unchained marketplace or staking their tokens to earn more rewards under Immutable X future liquidity pools.
$GODS token can be compared to Axie Infinity Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) and according to some sources after launching the game they are now preparing to introduce a new “Play-To-Earn” model which lets players earn more $GODS token in exchange of their time and effort.
Immutable said this helps give players a stake in the game and its economy, shifting power from the developers to the players by providing in-game assets that players can actually own.
$GODS token will serve as the game utility token and will become the heart of the whole ecosystem of God’s Unchained. It gives holders voice also in the ecosystem, as well as having the opportunity to earn more $GODS tokens by providing staking opportunities which allows them to earn rewards in gameplay campaigns.
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