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Hex 2

Four years after players first got access, the most ambitious card game ever published is ready for you to jump in. Hex has been on a slow development road, but with the latest release of its second PVE adventure zone, I’m ready to wholeheartedly recommend it.

To me, this is a solo-player card game with more customization, progression, and deck-building options than you’ll ever have time to try out. It’s a deckbuilder’s dream. I’ve already poured hundreds of hours into tinkering with decks and testing them out in PVE dungeons — and if you enjoy that sort of thing at all, you’ll love this too.

(Note: Hex is an online game with multiplayer, and other online functionality. It has an expansive PVP side, but I’m more interested in the PVE side and am recommending it for that — so that’ll be our focus on the show and livestream. The devs have also promised to add a lot of social and co-op features in the future, but those are not implemented yet.)

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How to Play Hex

  • At it’s core, Hex is a card game. If you’re familiar with Magic or Hearthstone, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how to play the game.
  • You build a deck of cards — spells, troops, weapons — all the usual stuff — and take that deck into battle against AI in a PVE campaign or against other players in PVP.
  • In the match, you’ll build up resources to spend on playing spells and troops other tools of war. And you’ll use those combat your opponent and hopefully defeat them.
  • There are a ton of different modes to play in, like Gauntlet (which is similar to drafting in Magic or Arena in Hearthstone), ranked ladder, and huge weekend tournaments.
  • Two of the major big-picture differences in mechanics are that most card buffs/debuffs are permanent (even after death), and less-strict resource requirements that make it easier to play multi-shard decks.

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7 Reasons to Drop Everything and Immediately Play Hex

(Each of these points is discussed in detail on the podcast. Listen to it!)

  • The gameplay is familiar and easy to pick up for card game veterans!
  • The devs are mad scientists!
  • You have MMO-level customization!
  • The solo campaigns are long, unique, and fun!
  • You can farm dungeons for gold!
  • Everything can be bought or sold on the Auction House!
  • So. Many. Holidays!

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2 thoughts on “Hex

  • AzA

    I totally understand the huge appeal of PvE (as a matter of fact, I started playing this game due to the RPG elements of the PvE campaign and the promise of co-op vs AI raids), but when I tried the PvP side, it’s like I discovered a whole different game. Kind of a disservice for a player to not try it as soon as they can (which is pretty easy tbh, with the game granting you draft tickets for account leveling [aka playing] and also being able to farm your fee and pack price in the PvE).

    • Josh Post author

      Definitely. The whole philosophy of this show is basically “you should try things and see if you like it” 🙂 Especially with a free game like Hex, I recommend checking out all aspects of the game and seeing what clicks for you. I hope the big takeaway for listeners isn’t that they should never try the PVP, but that they don’t HAVE to play PVP to get hundreds of hours of enjoyment from this game — Hex’s PVE offerings provide a ton of fun on their own.