One of the more popular Solforge streamers played 5 different card games in the last week and now he has done a video where he ranked the games in a bunch of different categories. I thought I would share because it is interesting to see where an outsider thinks the game is strongest and weakest. This is the video to see his reasoning.
To summarize he ranked Solforge, IW, War of Omens, Hex and Hearthstone from best to worst. These are the ranks IW got in each category. They were all done comparing the current state of the games so upcoming features were mentioned but not considered in the ranks.
New Player Experience-1st!
Free to play-4th
trading, auction house and crafting-1st!
Skill mitigating cost- 3rd
Supported Platforms-5th (Got robbed compared to hex due to not knowing about the non-steam client.)
Shocking Omissions-4th (1st is worst in this one. A non-horrible deckbuilder was the omission for IW but he knows the new one is coming soon.)
Overall Subjective Favourites-5th!
Obviously IW would have a hard time getting first with the bias he would have toward Solforge. Although getting ranked last is rough. Hopefully IW will get so good by the time he does this again it will need to get ranked higher. I know planned things coming soon like the new deck builder will help a lot.
If someone is curious to see how him trying IW as a new player went this is the stream from last week.
I think that at the very most, Infinity Wars would've gotten 3rd, because he has a huge bias towards both Solforge and Hearthstone. Alot of the points that he made towards Infinity Wars were simply not true, possibly one of the biggest example of that is the fact that he doesn't know that there are tournaments going on, and the fact that there is a standalone client.
Its a fairly subjective point to make, but I also disagree with his statements on how free-to-play the game is. With Pauper, Merged, and alot of commons/uncommons in the game being some of the best cards in the game, it has nothing over the other games. Also, I think its better for free-to-play on a different level. Sure the other games might be better at free-to-play if you just play them for a few matches per day. Taking Solforge for example, you can easily buy a pack every day or maybe two, but the game doesn't start off your investment very well.
To me, there are 2-3 different types of free-to-play players, I am of a different kind than that which will like Solforge's model. I like to try out a game, potentially get hooked into it, spend lots of time initially with it and get invested into it, etc. Solforge on the other hand gates you out of doing that. Wanna get more booster packs? come back tomorrow or pay money because you won't even get enough silver for half a pack if you play out your matches until you reach our cap. In Infinity Wars, you invest alot of time initially and you're spammed with boosters for levelling up, and the game gives you alot more cards via the campaign(in Solforge, you get 2 starter decks. In Infinity Wars, you get
Edit: Just thought I would add in that I do think that the game is grindy in some ways, but come on, second to last where as last is a game thats not even Free to Play? I'd at least put it above Hearthstone, but again, he's got a bias towards it. Hearthstone gets a pass because of one specific deck, rather than any actual mechanics in the game to help make it more Free to Play.