5 CCGs to Watch in Esports
Collectible card games (CCGs) may not be the most popular esports, but the success of Hearthstone has paved the way for more digital card games to grow competitive communities. The following five CCGs are rapidly growing and could soon make an esports launch.
1. Magic: The Gathering Arena
Magic: The Gathering has been a leading physical card game for 25 years, but in the last three years its prowess as an electronic sport has significantly increased. The latest release, the Gathering Arena, aims to keep digital expansions in line with physical releases. The game is still in beta but expected for full release next year.
From its beginnings as a side game within the Witcher 3, Gwent has built one of the largest digital CCG communities. Now a standalone game, CD Projekt Red is supporting the community with the official esports series Gwent Masters.
3. The Elder Scrolls Legends
Bethesda's CCG builds off the popularity of its popular franchises much like Hearthstone does for Blizzard. The game saw its first major tournament this year during QuakeCon, which featured a $50,000 prize pool.
Prismata is a hard fit for the definition of CCG but it doesn't really fit anywhere else either. Whatever it is, it drew the attention of leading CCG players during its early access period and could easily build a following. Players praise its skill-based mechanics that leave out much of the randomness built into other similar games.
The Dota-themed CCG by Valve is expected to launch as an esport immediately after its public release. Fans of the franchise are excited by what they have seen so far. It is scheduled for beta release in October followed by a full release at the end of November.