This may not occur to some people as needing a tutorial, but I have had to explain it to more than 1 new player, and for new players, it may be a little bit confusing at first. I am creating this as a response to the 'Scrollsguide needs you!' post, requesting more tutorials (it is called scrolls GUIDE after all), and for reference sake, this guide was created on 15/03/14 in version 0.119.1, but you new players, you don't need to worry about that, its likely this guide will stay accurate for a while! :)
This will not be a guide on how to build decks, how many of each card or resource to put in, or any of that. this will be a complete rundown of how to operate the deck builder, and allow you to create any deck you like with the cards you have. no strategy's will be discussed here, only operating the deck builder.
Also, this is incredibly long, so feel free to just skim over it and learn in your own time, its really not that difficult :)
First off, you reach the deck builder by pressing the 'Deck Builder' tab at the top of the screen, to the right of arena, and that will bring you to the screen you build your decks in. It is a 1 screen system, so what you see is what you got. once you understand everything on that page, you'll be set.
It may look a little confusing at first, but I'll split it into four groups; controls and filters, collection, Table, and display, and I will go through them individually to make it simpler to understand.
The display is arguably the least useful window, but it's still important and worth knowing what it does. the display is the tall rectangular box to the very right of the deck builder, and it has no controls. It displays any card that you click on, large enough to read the text on it, which is important for familiarizing yourself with your deck outside of battle. If you click on a structure or creature, its sprite will appear below the card.
It will be facing to the left, as if it's on the opponent's side of the board, so it will be a mirror image of that once you use it in play. And if you have an upgraded card (which you shouldn't if you're a new player, so you don't need to worry about it) then it will show the stats below it. Image If you have an upgraded creature or structure scroll, it will display the stats over the sprite. A useful feature of the deck builder is seeing attack animations; clicking on a creature or structure (yes, and structures, I'm not sure why they make a sound too) will make it display its attack animation and play a sound. One bug to be aware of, although not game breaking, it might scare you, is that you can click on it to start its attack animation through the chat box, or any card stats if you have an upgraded scroll. this means that without seeing it, just clicking around in chat, you might trigger it and the sound will play, so don't worry, you don't have a haunted client.
Your collection, or 'library' is the wide upper screen with a book background where all your cards are kept. Image you can scroll left or right through your collection by dragging it or using the scroll wheel, or if you want to go through it a bit faster, there is a scroll bar underneath the scrolls.
Personally, I find dragging it easier. below each card is a number, which shows how many of that card you have.
There is a visual cue, where you can see up to 3 cards piled up under each one, but if you get a 4th, it will just display the number as 4, and you wont see any addition to the pile of cards under it. This is because you can only use up to 3 cards in a deck, and once you have 3 of every card, you can make any deck possible. You can click on this number below to show the individual scrolls, and for the most part, they'll be identical.
Clicking on the number changes your library to only viewing that one scroll, and it can be changed back by clicking the number again.
This is probably the most important part of the deck builder, as its where your deck actually IS. You can add scrolls to your deck by dragging them from your library/collection onto the table, and if you hold the left mouse button down a bit longer on the card, then you pick up 3 of it (or as many as you have).
This is a faster way of getting 3 cards you want into your deck. If you haven't guessed, you can't have more than 3 of the same card in your deck. 'This holding down the button to pick up 3' function works on both the table and the library (and also in the crafting window, it puts 1 of each into the slots, I know some long time players that don't know about that trick, yw). Once you have at least 50 cards in your deck (it says at the bottom) its ready for play!
The controls and filters are scattered all around the outside of the table and your collection, and are extremely useful for sorting your deck, finding certain cards and much more. First I'll start with the faction filters, there's 4 factions (or colours, resources, types, whatever you want to call it).
They are shown to the left of your collection, and pressing them filters your collection to only show the selected factions. by default, they all start ON, and clicking them turns them OFF, once they are deselected, they turn darker and your collection will not display cards of that faction.
e.g., if you're an energy player, to filter out only energy cards, and remove the others, you would have to click on the order, growth and decay buttons to turn them OFF, energy will then clearly be the brightest of the four buttons, and your collection will only show energy cards.
You can turn them back on by clicking them, and can have any combination of factions on/off at any time, so say if you wanted to make an order and growth deck, you would turn off energy and decay, so it doesn't display them.
Next up, directly at the top of your screen, you'll see the buttons 'Save Deck', 'Load deck', 'Clear table' and 'Add scrolls'.
The save deck button, as you'd expect, allows you to save your deck. It will let you save decks with under 50 cards, although you can't play them, and it will display red [illegal] text beside the name.
The minimum deck size is 50 cards, and a common problem is when someone makes a deck with under 50 cards, adds more cards to it and wonders why its still '[illegal]', its most likely because they forgot to save it. Load deck lets you load up your saved decks, look through them or change them. Also important to know, decks don't 'use up' cards, a deck is merely a part of your collection grouped up in 1 place, so if you only have 3 kinfolk veterans, you don't need 6 to build another deck with them, you can put all 3 into multiple saved decks at once.
To the right of this, is the 'clear table' button, which is simple enough, it clears your table, returning all the cards to your collection, and saving you the time of dragging them up individually, which is good for when you want to make a new deck from scratch. The 4th button you don't need to worry about, it adds 1 of every card you can see in your collection to the table, this can also be done with Ctrl+Enter. This has a few uses, but not many in standard play, so you're fine to ignore it. Next to the 'add scrolls' button, is the search bar, and probably the thing you'll find most useful.
Primarily, its used to search scrolls by name, so you can type in the name of a scroll to easily find it and put it into your deck. When you type in a name of a scroll (or put in a filter) then all scrolls that aren't the one you typed in, or don't match the filter will be greyed out on your table.
You can still tell what they are, but if you don't like having them darker, or you're planning to make videos of the game, then it's advised that you always clear your search bar after use. It has many other uses via filters, which you don't need to know as a new player, but they can be very helpful, you can read my guide to filters here.
To the right of your library is the two 'sort' buttons, which either sort your library alphabetically, or by cost (the resources they take to play).
They can help you find certain cards quicker. Personally, I keep it on 'cost' sorting, although it's on 'name' by default. Next up, the sorting buttons for your deck.
These are very similar to the library sorting buttons, except they're used to organize the table. pressing either one of them will put all of your cards into an easily visible grid, in either alphabetical, or resource cost order. It's always good to organise your deck before saving it, or at any time, as it makes it a lot clearer than a big mess of cards in the middle.
And finally, to the left of that, along the bottom of your table is stats about your deck. it will tell you how many creatures, structures, spells and enchantments are in your deck, as well as, most importantly, the deck count, which just tells you how many scrolls you have in your deck in total.
There is also additional stats you can view by pressing the 'stats' button, which show you the number of creatures/structures/spells/enchantments of individual factions.
As well as showing what's known as your 'resource curve' in a graph, although you don't need to worry about that
Also read my guide to filters here.
if I missed anything, let me know!
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