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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 set, the contents of the current Draft Pack, and the #Expedition Archives (select promo and cards from campaigns). Other than the smaller card pool, the Expedition game mode functions similarly to the Throne game mode.

Expedition Format Edit

Expedition decks must adhere to Eternal's contructed format rules:[1]

  • 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. It includes The Flame of Xulta (including its promo cards), the current Draft Pack's contents, and a collection of select cards called the Expedition Archives.

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 the The Flame of Xulta, Eternal Draft Pack, and Expedition Archives 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 Archives Edit

The current Expedition Archives includes the following cards:

These pre-The Flame of Xulta promos:
The cards from the Dead Reckoning and The Trials of Grodov campaigns, except:

Past Expedition Formats Edit

Dates Format
December 2, 2019–present The Flame of Xulta, Draft Pack contents (40 new cards), and the Expedition Archives (unchanged)
November 19, 2019–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

Expedition Game Mode Edit

The Expedition game mode, like Ranked, 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

Expedition is accessed under the "Versus Battle" section on the game's home screen. From here, players can select (and edit) their deck and see their current rank progress.

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 (ProfileMatch 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

The first Ranked, Expedition or Casual win of each day is rewarded with a pack of the most recent set. In addition, each Expedition win is rewarded with chests as follows:

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 (ProfileChapters) 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.[2]

Chapter Rewards
Rank Chapter Rewards
Bronze 2 Shadow icon Premium Uncommons
1 pack
Silver 2 Shadow icon Premium Uncommons
2 packs
Gold 1 Shadow icon Premium Uncommon
1 Shadow icon Premium Rare
2 packs
Diamond 2 Shadow icon Premium Rares
3 packs
Master 1 Shadow icon Premium Legendary
3 packs
Rank Reset[3]
Ladder Finish Ladder Start
Master Gold III
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:[4]

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.[5]

Card Back Edit

An exclusive Expedition-themed card back was awarded for participation in the Expedition Orienteering and Expedition Caravans tournament events.[6][7] Each player received a basic cardback, and could earn points based on leaderboard standings to upgrade the cardback's appearance up to 6 times.

History Edit

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.[8]

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.[9]

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[10]

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.[6]

The next format rotation was hinted at in the Flame of Xulta set announcement, along with the news of another Expedition event.[11] 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.[7]

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.[12]

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.[2] 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.[5] Quarterly Championship Points to qualify for these tournaments started to be tracked in November 2019, with points awarded for October's leaderboard finishes.[4]

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).[13] 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.[14] 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.

References

  1. "Game Setup". Eternal Advanced Rules
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eternal subreddit - Downtime Monday, 10/28/2019 [post] by DireWolfDigital (October 25, 2019). Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  3. Eternal subreddit - What was your rank... by _AlpacaLips_ (February 01, 2017). Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DWD News - Quarterly Championship Points (October 31, 2019). Retrieved November 02, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 DWD News - The 2020 Eternal World Championship (October 07, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 DWD News - New Event: Expedition Orienteering (July 30, 2019, updated July 31, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 DWD News - New Event: Expedition Caravans (September 04, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  8. DWD News - New Format: Expedition (June 21, 2019, updated July 01, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  9. Eternal subreddit - Expeditions Update [post] by Scarlatch-DWD (June 26, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  10. Eternal subreddit - Servers are back up with Expedition! [post] by DireWolfDigital (July 02, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  11. DWD News - New Set: The Flame of Xulta (August 27, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  12. DWD News - The Flame of Xulta: Expeditions and Draft Packs (October 04, 2019). Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  13. DWD News - Expedition: Format Changes and Live Balance Updates (November 14, 2019). Retrieved December 03, 2019.
  14. DWD News - Draft Pack & Expedition Updates (December 02, 2019). Retrieved December 03, 2019.
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