What’s better than being cool? Ice cold PvP battles. The MMO CCG Berserk: The Cataclysm, published by IDC/Games, has released a major content update, that amongst other things, will deliver new tournament systems and completely new features.
If you’ve not heard of Berserk: The Cataclysm, it’s basically a freemium card game featuring 1,200 different cards. Sort of. Actually, it’s not a card game at all, but more akin to a card-based squad builder. It eschews card game mechanics as all the battles in Berserk are automated. Instead, the game focuses on an understanding of the meta and deck composition.
Amongst the new features it delivers two league modes called Ranked League and Ranked Ladder, both featuring the Elo Ranking System. In Elo-style leagues, players who have a higher ranking can be paired with lower ranked players, but the changes in rating depend on who the winner is. If a higher ranked player wins against a lower ranked player then they would gain less ranking than if a lower ranked player would win against a higher ranked player.
Each season’s highest ranked players will be awarded prizes. The update also features “Strategic Boosters” that can be used during “critical moments.” If you’re not a fan of the 1v1 ladder then Standard and Swiss modes will also be available in the game. Standard is a single elimination tournament whereas Swiss (a common CCG tournament pairing system) lets you continue playing whether you win or lose and pairs you against players with a similar score, rewarding you based on the final score.
The publisher hopes that all of these bracket modes will engage competitive and casual players alike. Regardless of how you want to play, there are plenty of different competitive modes that allow you to engage yourself in tournaments, which is something sorely missing from popular digital card games. If you’d like to try Berserk: The Cataclysm you can find the game here.