Creatures are at the center of the action in SolForge. They’re what you use to attack your opponent, as well as to defend yourself from your opponent’s attacks.
Every creature in SolForge has two important values – Attack and Health.
Attack is how much damage that creature deals whenever it is in combat.
Health is how much damage that creature can take before it is destroyed. Whenever a creature takes damage, the damage stays on that creature unless it is healed by an effect.
Whenever you play a creature, you choose which of your five lanes to play it in. During battle, creatures fight against opposing creatures in the same lane as them, or attack the opponent directly if unopposed. Creatures remain in the lane in which they’re played until they’re destroyed or an effect causes them to move. You can only have one creature in a lane. If you play a new creature in a lane that already has a creature, the old creature will be replaced.
Creatures have two different states – offensive and defensive. Creatures enter the field on the defensive, and go on the offensive at the start of your turn. Whenever a player hits the battle button, all creatures on the offensive will battle. Creatures on the defensive won’t initiate combat themselves, but will fight back if attacked.
Spells are cards that do something immediately when you play them and then go to your discard pile. Unlike creatures, they don’t remain in play, although they can have lasting effects.
To play a spell, you simply select it and make any choices involved, like what you’re targeting with it. After that, the spell has its effect immediately, and then levels up and goes to your discard pile.
Structures represent buildings, fortifications, circles of power, and other locations that can help your allies and harm your foes. Structures are played in lanes, much like creatures, and generally tend to stick around longer. Structures can only be removed by spells or abilities that specifically destroy them.
Much like creatures, when you play a structure, you choose which of the five lanes in which to play it, and you may only have one structure in each lane at any time. Having a creature or a structure in a lane does not stop you from having the other type – you may have one structure and one creature in each of your lanes.
(There are no structures in the current SolForge preview. They will be added in a future update.)