Howdy Shadowverse Players!

Okay so over this weekend’s Shadowverse Open, we got to see some very long and grindy games get played and I gotta say that one in particular thing impresses me about this new season. During this season, we are seeing plays that we never really saw before in seasons past. Part of that is due to the nature of how this current rotation format works. The other has to do with the fact that players are now moving more in a direction of taking better advantage of the evolution mechanic! In this article, I want to talk about just that.

What is “Proactive Evolution”? (Pre Evolving)

Proactive evolution simply put is evolving a follower when it comes into play and there is nothing in play for it to trade with. You may be wondering why someone would want to do this type of evolution. Well, there are several reasons.

  • It can be used as a method of forcing your opponent to evolve into your follower thus forcing them to burn an evolution point.
  • It can be used as a method of dodging certain removal options.
  • It can serve as bait against a matchup you are familiar with.

Proactive Evolution is a skill that we haven’t seen a lot of in seasons past. We have seen it, but it’s been less effective because a lot of the removal rendered the play rather bad. Now that there is significantly less removal in the rotation format, this type of play is far better now and has been used to great success by many of the top players!

Also unlike in a reactive evolution, in a proactive one, you get to keep your followers’ stats because you are not trading them into anything!

Using an evolution point to attack your opponent directly for more damage is also considered to be a “proactive evolution”.

What is “Reactive Evolution”?

Reactive evolution is using an evolution point in order to gain tempo against your opponent. The most famous card for this type of evolution is Priest of the Cudgel. He banishes a follower and can trade into one of your opponent’s followers in the same turn. Although it would still be a reactive evolution even if you did not trade into your opponent’s follower because you are removing their follower from the board using an ability in response.

Why is this important?

Evolving is one of the most important tools you have in Shadowverse. Understanding how and when to evolve will often determine whether or not you win or lose a game. You might find as you play that maybe you shouldn’t have evolved at a time that you did earlier to help you deal with a threat on the board. Or, that you could have forced more cards out of your opponent to deal with your own cards.

Final thoughts

It does take some practice to understand when and how you should use these tactics. My advice would be to watch matches from the SVO. Many of the regions best will use these tactics to near master levels. It can help you understand how to enhance your own gameplay. Zerofyne is quite possibly the best example of an individual who knows how to use these tactics to their fullest. Definitely, check out his games if you are able. You won’t regret it. Until next time!