Affinity identities are the pre-established mechanical repertoire each affinity has gained access to over the weeks. The precedent is all the cards that have made it in-game. Hero powers/rewards are generally ignored.
While there are effects that are exclusively of a single affinity, many fall under what affinity doesn't have access to the effect. Sometimes cards which feature effects that don't fit into any single affinity are made as Neutrals. For example, designs that have or give a very high number / random keywords would be these such as Everything Bread and Psychedelic Sheep.
- 1 Identity charts
- 2 Effect categories
- 3 Effect identity categorization levels
- 4 Affinity identity table
Identity charts[edit | edit source]
Effect categories[edit | edit source]
Bounce[edit | edit source]
Refers to returning a unit to its owner's hand, usually from play.
Spot (hard) removal[edit | edit source]
Single target hard removal effects that straight-up destroy or banish enemy units. Note that this category includes effects that shuffle a unit into its controller's deck and conditional hard removal like Scavenge and Fall of the Weak. It does not include Bounce, Blinking, Exhausting, Silencing, or putting a unit on top of its owner's deck.
Action recursion[edit | edit source]
Returning action cards from your graveyard to your hand.
Unit recursion[edit | edit source]
Returning unit cards from your graveyard to your hand or play.
Sacrifice[edit | edit source]
Destroying friendly units.
Unit burn[edit | edit source]
Effects that deal damage to units. This has a subcategory known as "Random pings" which refers to effects that randomly distribute 1 damage at a time. It's primary in Mind and secondary in Strength.
[edit | edit source]
Banishing a unit temporarily but returning it back eventually.
Hero burn[edit | edit source]
Effects that can or strictly damage enemy heroes. Direct hero HP loss is counted under this as well.
Exhausting[edit | edit source]
Force enemy attack[edit | edit source]
Forcing enemy units to attack.
Zone (moving) synergy[edit | edit source]
Niche category in which effects trigger or care about cards being in certain (multiple, different) zones. They tend to be recognizable when they explicitly use the word "zone." It includes cards like Wormhole Investigator, Where?, The Wurm and possibly Entwining Fates.
Mana bursts[edit | edit source]
Effects that temporarily, usually for a single turn, increase the available mana of a player.
Passive mana gain[edit | edit source]
Units which grant an increase in mana through their static ability. Mana Maiden for example.
Card draw[edit | edit source]
General[edit | edit source]
Effects that make the player draw a bunch of cards at one time. While this is mainly seen as primary Mind and secondary Spirit, it can appear in Strength when that card draw comes with specifically Strength drawbacks such as damaging yourself or sacrificing units.
Cantrips[edit | edit source]
Cards that draw a single card as part of their effect - essentially replacing themselves. Specifically actions or units with Summon/Entomb that makes the player draw a single card.
Targeted[edit | edit source]
Effects that draw a card of certain criteria - most often that being the card's type or a tribe.
Effect identity categorization levels[edit | edit source]
Order in appearance rates is ascending; Primary > Secondary > Tertiary > Exceptionally
Note that when an effect falls under primary "Neutral" it might indicate that the effect appears in considerable numbers in each affinity (like "EXP gain" and "Summon").
Primary[edit | edit source]
Most often cards with these effects are in this affinity. Sometimes an effect is so ill-defined in terms of affinity identity that it has no primary (or even secondary). Generally speaking, this probably means that there are less than 5 or so cards with the said effect (in any one affinity).
Secondary[edit | edit source]
Competes with the primary affinity in effect usage. It might be debatable whether this affinity is the primary one for the effect (in the case of "Flying" for example).
Tertiary[edit | edit source]
Effect infrequently appears in cards of this affinity. They are somewhat of an anomaly or perhaps mostly unexplored design space. For example, certain tribes might have mechanical identities that slightly deviate from the affinity's identity in relation to an effect in general. Might at times partially merge into the "Exceptionally" category.
Exceptionally[edit | edit source]
Affinity identity table[edit | edit source]
|Force enemy attack||Strength|
|Card draw: General||Mind||Spirit||Strength|
|Card draw: Cantrips||Neutral|
|Card draw: Targeted||Neutral||Mind||Strength||Spirit|
|Action cost reduction||Mind||Spirit|
|General cost reduction||Neutral||Mind||Spirit|
|Passive mana gain||Spirit|
|Max Mana loss||Strength||Spirit|
|Max Mana gain||Neutral||Mind||Spirit|
|Stat buffs in play||Strength||Spirit||Neutral||Mind|
|Stat buffs in hand||Mind||Strength|
|Stat buffs in grave||Spirit|
|Zone (moving) synergy||Spirit||Mind|
|Spot (hard) removal||Strength||Spirit||Mind|
|Mass hard removal||Spirit||Mind|
|ATK debuffs in play||Spirit||Strength||Neutral|
|HP debuffs in play||Spirit||Neutral|