Expedition refers to both a constructed format and the player-vs-player game mode which uses it. The format features a rotating card pool (its legal cards change over time), limited to the most recent expansion sets and campaigns/bundle sets, and the contents of the current Draft Pack and select older cards or campaigns. Other than the smaller card pool, the Expedition's game mode functions similarly to the Throne's.
Expedition Format Edit
Expedition decks must adhere to Eternal's contructed format rules:
- A minimum of 75 cards and a maximum of 150 cards.
- At least 1/3 of the cards in the deck, rounded up, are power cards.
- At least 1/3 of the cards in the deck, rounded up, are non-power cards.
Unlike the Throne format, which allows all collectible cards, the legal card pool for Expedition decks is limited.
Legal Cards Edit
The current Expedition format includes:
- The Flame of Xulta (including its promo cards)
- Echoes of Eternity (including its promos)
- the Whispers of the Throne bundle set
- the Shadow of the Spire bundle set
- the current Draft Pack's contents
- cards in the Expedition Archives
- Find past Expedition formats in a later section.
Expedition Archives Edit
Sometimes Expedition includes older campaigns and bundle sets (or select cards from them), or select older promo cards. These are grouped into a deck selection filter called the Expedition Archives.
The current Expedition Archives includes:
Use the "Expedition" toggle in the deck selection and creation screens to filter for cards legal in the current format. Card may be further sorted with their set filters.
A "Make Expedition Copy" button appears on deck selection screens. The feature may be used to convert existing Throne decks to the Expedition format. Cards which aren't legal in Expedition are replaced with similar legal cards using an algorithm.
Expedition Game Mode Edit
Expedition's game mode, like Throne's, is a Versus Battle mode in which you play against other players to increase your rank and gain rewards. Expedition matches are single-game playoffs.
Playing Expedition Matches Edit
Pressing "Play" enters the player into the matchmaking queue. Once an opponent is found, the match begins. After the game, changes to the player's rank and faction progress are displayed, and the winner receives their win reward, before returning to the Expedition deck selection screen.
A history of recent games can be found in the Match History screen (Profile → Match History). Selecting a previous match reveals the cards drawn throughout the game, along with the remaining cards in the deck as it ended.
Match Rewards Edit
|Every 1st & 2nd win||Every 3rd win|
|1–9 total wins||1 bronze chest||1 silver chest|
|10+ total wins||1 bronze chest||2 bronze chests|
Win tracking is reset each day along with the "First Win of the Day" reward. Win tracking and rewards are separate for Ranked, Expedition and Casual modes.
Player Ranks Edit
Winning or losing games in Expedition mode contributes to a player's position in a tiered ranking system. These ranks, in ascending order, are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Master. Bronze through Diamond are divided into tiers of I, II, and III, I being the highest.
Ranking position is tracked in points; each win or loss will add or subtract 10-20 points. Tiers are broken up into 100-point increments, passing that threshold raises the player's rank to the next tier.
Losing games will never bring you down in rank (e.g. from Silver to Bronze). Losing can reduce your tier within a rank (e.g. from Silver II to Silver III), but this will not happen within the first three games after moving up a tier.
Each player's rank and tier is visible in Expedition matches.
Masters Leaderboard Edit
After reaching Master, players are placed into a leaderboard where further wins and loses contribute to each player's position within it.
The Leaderboards screen (Profile → Chapters) displays the current top 100 players. A toggle lets the player their own position and those of their friends.
End of Chapter Rewards and Reset Edit
Ranks are tracked throughout each month's Chapter. At the end of the month players receive rewards based on their final rank, of packs (of the current set) and premium cards. Player ranks are reset for next Chapter.
|Bronze||2 Premium Uncommons|
|Silver||2 Premium Uncommons|
|Gold||1 Premium Uncommon|
1 Premium Rare
|Diamond||2 Premium Rares|
|Master||1 Premium Legendary|
|Ladder Finish||Ladder Start|
|Diamond I||Silver I|
|Diamond II||Silver I|
|Diamond III||Silver I|
|Gold I||Silver II|
|Gold II||Silver II|
|Gold III||Silver III|
|Silver I||Bronze I|
|Silver II||Bronze II|
|Silver III||Bronze III|
|Bronze I||Bronze III|
|Bronze II||Bronze III|
|Bronze III||Bronze III|
Quarterly Championship Points Edit
For players who reach Master, the end of each chapter also rewards Quarterly Championship Points (QCP) towards the next Expedition Quarterly Championship. The amount of points is based on final leaderboard position:
|Ladder Finish||QCP Rewarded|
|Rank 1 Master||40 QCP|
|Top 20 Master||15 QCP|
|Top 100 Master||10 QCP|
|Master (101+)||5 QCP|
Organized Play Edit
Expedition is a featured format of DWD's organized play program. Expedition and Throne formats are alternately used for the 2020 World Championship season's Eternal Championship Qualifier tournaments.
This season also has Quarterly Championships, 2-day invite-only $4,500 tournaments in each calendar quarter for both Expedition and Throne formats. Invites are based on points accrued by top monthly leaderboard positions and in specific events.
Card Back Edit
An exclusive Expedition-themed card back was awarded for participation in the Expedition Orienteering and Expedition Caravans tournament events. Each player received a basic cardback, and could earn points based on leaderboard standings to upgrade the cardback's appearance up to 6 times.
The Expedition format was announced in June 2019. It was introduced as a replacement for the Casual game mode, with series of different formats which would rotate in regular intervals (of around a month) and could include custom game rules.
Its release was delayed slightly to make improvements in response to community feedback from the announcement, including a new "Practice Mode" for Ranked to replace the supplanted Casual mode. Expedition's match rewards were increased to matched Ranked, and DWD designed several format-playable theme decks.
The format released into Eternal on July 2, 2019, in its own game mode and queue, and the "Expedition" toggle was added to the deck selection and creation screens. A random Expedition theme deck was given away to each player for free to encourage participation in the format's queue
The Expedition Orienteering event took place from August 2–5, 2019 as the first Expedition format leaderboard tournament. In addition to run rewards, it awarded cash prizes to its top 3 finishers and gave the Expedition cardback to all participants. After the event, the Expedition format updated to include the cards from the new Trials of Grodov bundle.
The next format rotation was hinted at in the Flame of Xulta set announcement, along with the news of another Expedition event. The Expedition Caravans tournament event took place from September 6–9, awarded $1,000 across its top 5 finishers, and also included the Expedition card back.
The Expedition had a substantial update with the full release of Flame of Xulta in October, 2019. It fully replaced its previous legal sets with The Flame of Xulta, the contents of the updated Draft Packs, and a select list of promo cards. The curated Draft packs were expanded to include 785 different cards from the pre-Flame of Xulta expansion sets.
A leaderboard sytem (like Ranked's) was added along with the new rotation. At first it was tracked on DWD's website, but was later implemented in the game client. The "Make Expedition Copy" deckbuilding feature was also added, so players could convert their existing decks to the Expedition format, replacing illegal cards using an algorithm.
DWD announced that this new Draft Pack–based Expedition format would be featured in its organized play program, and would be used for the first ECQ tournament of the 2020 World Championship season in November 2019. Quarterly Championships were also being introduced for both Expedition and Throne formats. Quarterly Championship Points to qualify for these tournaments started to be tracked in November 2019, with points awarded for October's leaderboard finishes.
In November 2019, the Expedition format was updated with the addition of the Dead Reckoning and The Trials of Grodov campaigns (except for a few select cards). With these additions to the format's card pool, new set filters were added to the deckbuilder and collection screens to make finding their cards easier: the Eternal Draft Pack, and the Expedition Archives for the select campaign and promo cards.
DWD stated in their announcement for the December 2019 "Draft Pack & Expedition Updates" that they do not plan on removing cards from the Expedition formats until a major set's format reset on its release. They do not wish to make cards in players' Expedition decks illegal partway through a season. This means that any updates to the format will be done through the addition of more cards (to the Draft Pack or Archives) or balance changes.
Past Expedition Formats Edit
|May 11, 2020–present||Echoes of Eternity, The Flame of Xulta, Whispers of the Throne, Shadow of the Spire, Promises by Firelight, The Tale of Horus Traver, and Draft Pack contents (73 new cards)|
|May 4–11, 2020||Echoes of Eternity, The Flame of Xulta, Whispers of the Throne, Shadow of the Spire, Promises by Firelight, The Tale of Horus Traver, and Draft Pack contents|
|March 30–May 4, 2020||Echoes of Eternity, The Flame of Xulta, Whispers of the Throne, Promises by Firelight, The Tale of Horus Traver, and Draft Pack contents (20 new cards)|
|March 11–30, 2020||Echoes of Eternity, The Flame of Xulta, Promises by Firelight, The Tale of Horus Traver, and Draft Pack contents|
|February 11–March 11, 2020||Echoes of Eternity, The Flame of Xulta, Promises by Firelight, and Draft Pack contents (remade)|
|February 4–11, 2020||The Flame of Xulta, Promises by Firelight, previous Draft Pack contents, the Expedition Archives, and select Echoes of Eternity preview cards (featured in the Echoes of Eternity Preview Draft Packs)|
|December 19, 2019–February 4, 2020||The Flame of Xulta, Promises by Firelight, Draft Pack contents, and the Expedition Archives|
|December 2–19, 2019||The Flame of Xulta, Draft Pack contents (40 new cards), and the Expedition Archives (unchanged)|
|November 19–December 2, 2019||The Flame of Xulta, Draft Pack contents, and the Expedition Archives (select Dead Reckoning, The Trials of Grodov, and promo cards)|
|October 7–November 19, 2019||The Flame of Xulta, Draft Pack contents, and select promos|
|August 5–October 7, 2019||The Empty Throne, Defiance, Dark Frontier, and The Trials of Grodov|
|July 1–August 5, 2019||The Empty Throne, Defiance, and Dark Frontier|
- ↑ "Game Setup". Eternal Advanced Rules
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Eternal subreddit - Downtime Monday, 10/28/2019 [post] by DireWolfDigital (October 25, 2019). Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- ↑ Eternal subreddit - What was your rank... by _AlpacaLips_ (February 01, 2017). Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 DWD News - Quarterly Championship Points (October 31, 2019). Retrieved November 02, 2019.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 DWD News - The 2020 Eternal World Championship (October 07, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 DWD News - New Event: Expedition Orienteering (July 30, 2019, updated July 31, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 DWD News - New Event: Expedition Caravans (September 04, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ DWD News - New Format: Expedition (June 21, 2019, updated July 01, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ Eternal subreddit - Expeditions Update [post] by Scarlatch-DWD (June 26, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ Eternal subreddit - Servers are back up with Expedition! [post] by DireWolfDigital (July 02, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ DWD News - New Set: The Flame of Xulta (August 27, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ DWD News - The Flame of Xulta: Expeditions and Draft Packs (October 04, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
- ↑ DWD News - Expedition: Format Changes and Live Balance Updates (November 14, 2019). Retrieved December 03, 2019.
- ↑ DWD News - Draft Pack & Expedition Updates (December 02, 2019). Retrieved December 03, 2019.