Dark Frontier is the sixth pack-based expansion set for Eternal Card Game. It was released May 9, 2019 with 252 new cards.

A dark frontier opens at the edge of possibility, a deadly place where twisted magic and ancient mysteries unite to challenge those bold enough to set foot beyond the borders of the known world.

How to Get Edit

Packs of Dark Frontier are available for purchase from the in-game store, and individual cards may be crafted with Shiftstone.

Dark Frontier packs are also used in Drafts and Leagues, and Dark Frontier cards have been incorporated into the Forge mode.

New Theme Decks Edit

Six new preconstructed decks, featuring cards and themes from Dark Frontier, were added to the store with the set's release. They can each be purchased for Gold icon2500 Gold or Gems icon250 Gems. These decks are:

  • Twist of Tocas (Time iconShadow icon), Soothsayer Warp (Time iconPrimal icon), Ghar’s Travels (Time icon), Clodagh’s Scouts (Fire iconPrimal icon), Chancellor’s Onslaught (Justice iconFire icon), and Livia’s Armory (Shadow icon).

Mechanics & Themes Edit

New Mechanics Edit

Cards with Onslaught give you benefits for attacking. Attacking with your units in combat, using a Killer ability, and even getting into the mix yourself with a relic weapon all count as attacks, so you have some options when it comes to just how you want to plan your offensive.[1]
Twist is a mechanic found on units. Spending power to twist a unit gives it +1/-1 and activates and additional effect. Twist can be used any number of times on your turn (until the unit dies from having 0 health).[2]
Shift and Emerge
Shift is a new mechanical state for units. Units with the Shift keyword can optionally be played Shifted (they can still be played normally), and units may be Shifted by other effects. Some units have additional effects when played through their Shift cost.
Shifted units are in play, but they can’t attack, block, or be selected by any cards. The units' passive abilities still function, and they can still be killed by cards with global effects like Lightning Storm or Harsh Rule.
Units remains Shifted for three turns. At the start of your third turn, it will emerge immediately, ready to attack or block and it gains Unblockable for the turn.[3]

Returning Mechanics Edit

Dark Frontier further explores Warp, featuring many cards with the keyword, and more ways to support decks with a Warp strategy.

Other Themes Edit

Dark Frontier takes things in a different direction than Defiance's three-faction themes, instead supporting mono-faction strategies. High influence mono-faction cards such as Rost, the Walking Glacier, and power like the coins cycle and Seal of Devotion, payoff devotion to one or two factions.[4]

While it doesn't focus on multi-faction cards, Dark Frontier also rounds out support for the 5 two-faction alliances that weren't supported in Defiance with the Insignia power cycle and the remaining smugglers.

Spoiler Season Edit

Dark Frontier was first announced during DWD's live coverage of The Winter Crown ECQ, in a surprising deviation from Eternal's established release cycle.[5]

Dark Frontier's spoiler season officially began April 23, 2019. In addition to the traditional spoilers revealed directly from DWD or assigned to community members, an experimental "Community Spoilers" program was introduced. It made limited number of spoilers available for purchase in the Community Store for 35,000 influence each, providing the opportunity for anyone (with enough influence) to reveal a new card.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 DWD News - New Set: Dark Frontier (April 23, 2019)
  2. DWD News - Dark Frontier: Twist (April 30, 2019)
  3. DWD News - Dark Frontier: Shift (May 06, 2019)
  4. DWD News - Insignias: Changing the Balance of Power (May 03, 2019)
  5. The Winter Crown ECQ with Patrick Chapin, Andrew Baeckstrom, and LSV · 9 stream by DireWolfDigital on (April 14, 2019)
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