A Pack Isn’t Just 15 Cards
When HEX went into Closed Beta, they gave all their Kickstarter backers many of their rewards which included many, many packs.
Cory Jones mentioned during the Kickstarter that he wants packs to be an experience unto themselves. He wants many exciting moments tied to packs, and I think HEX has pulled that off. This article will be talking about all these experiences in detail. Experienced players may not find any new information here, but there are new players all the time and hopefully they can find some information here on the entire process of acquiring packs of new cards.
One thing of note is that most of these experiences go off no matter how you acquire the pack, including winning the pack in a tournament.
Purchasing a pack from the HEX Store or winning a pack in a tournament has a chance of creating and gifting you an additional pack called a “Primal Pack”. Primal Packs contain 15 cards, but 2 of these are guaranteed Legendary and the other 13 are all Rares (in addition, a Legendary chest is also in the pack). These packs are great for filling out collections as once you have your playsets of commons and uncommons they have the equivalent of 15 packs contained within them.
Players have collected data on Primal Pack generation, and the general consensus is that it’s a 2% chance of getting a Primal when you get a pack. There is no need to even open the original pack; the Primal is generated and gifted at the time of purchase or winning the pack.
Packs listed on the Auction House have already “rolled” their chance to generate a Primal, so they won’t have an additional chance at giving a Primal when you buy them. This is a contributing factor as to why they are cheaper than purchasing the packs directly from the HEX store.
Opening the Pack
This is the standard experience that you get with physical TCGs. When you open the pack there is an approximately 8 in 9 chance you will get 11 Commons, 3 Uncommons and 1 Rare card. The other 1 in 9 chance you receive a Legendary card instead of a Rare.
The HEX pack opening UI allows you to open a single pack at a time or multiple packs. I would recommend not opening any packs and only opening them in Draft or Sealed events. In those cases, it still acts as if you opened it in the pack opening UI, plus in those events you have the opportunity to win more packs in exchange for the modest entry fee.
When you open a pack (either in the UI or in a tournament), in addition to your cards you will also receive a Chest. This chest has a rarity tied to it as well, from Common to Legendary, with Common being the more common chest you acquire of course.
Gold is spent to gamble on a chest. You earn gold currently by playing in any PVP tournament, with more gold acquired the better you do. This method of getting gold will be going away when PVE content is introduced. At that point PVE will be the only avenue for earning gold.
The primary purpose of gold at this time is to upgrade the chest to a higher quality. The higher quality of chest, the more it costs to spin. Although there are other prizes to be won when spinning a chest, we’ll see that those prizes have no bearing on the gold cost to spin a chest. When PVE is implemented (which means PVE cards, equipment, and mercenaries) we will be able to open the chests and presumably get all that (and possibly more gold) within. No one knows the exact contents of chests at the time of this writing.
The better quality the chest, the better quality stuff that comes out of it—which is why you want to spin them (to upgrade them) to get better stuff when you can open them. When we are able to open chests, you’ll generally want to open chests that you have already spun in the wheels of fate and can no longer spin any more.
As for spinning, it’s irrelevant which level of chest you spin, Kismet’s wheels of fate spin the same for any level of chest. Same chance at any of the rewards. “But why is the cost higher?” you ask. Well, that’s because you are gambling to upgrade the chest (remember, this is the primary purpose of spinning).
What happens if you upgrade a Legendary chest? Well it becomes a highly sought after (and can-only-be-obtained-by-spinning) PRIMAL chest with presumably Phat Lewt inside. FUN FACT: Since you can’t upgrade a Primal chest, the cost to spin it is 0 gold (assuming your upgrade comes with a respin as well, as most do).
No one knows how attainable Gold will be in PVE yet. This, coupled with the same-rewards-for-more-expensive-spins have most people ONLY spinning common/white chests for now. It’s the cheapest, gets you rewards, and allows the most spins for your gold.
Shards of Fate chests are denoted with a gem icon next to the chest, while Shattered Destiny chests will have the comet icon on them. These will contain different items, related to the set they were found in, and spinning these chests will result in different rewards.
1 Eye – Respin the chest for the same cost.
2 Eyes – Free respin on this chest.
3 Eyes – Upgrade the chest to the next rarity.
3 Stars – A random Mercenary. This can be one of three mercenaries, a common, an uncommon or a rare.
3 Crowns – A random piece of PVE Equipment. This can be one of three pieces, a common, an uncommon, or a rare.
3 Hands – Upgrade the chest to the next rarity.
3 Moons – A random PVE card. This can be one of three cards, a common, and uncommon, or a rare.
3 Mushrooms – A random deck sleeve. Currently there are three different sleeves you can attain by spinning chests. A common, uncommon, and rare. The art for these sleeves is based on the Alternate Art cards you get on the 3 Skulls result.
3 Skulls – A random Alternate Art card. This can be one of three cards, a common, and uncommon, or a rare.
3 Hearts – Upgrade the chest two levels. Obviously this does only one level if used on a Legendary chest, as there is no chest level above Primal.
3 Spiders – A random PVP rare card. This can be any PVP rare for that set.
In addition the wheel results can be colored. If you get all three colored red, then you will receive an additional reward along with what you spun. For most levels this is simply a booster pack in addition to your reward.
If any of the icons are colored gold, you will receive gold in addition to whatever else you might win. One gold icon is 500g, two is 2500g, and three is 5000g.
Finally, any result on the list that is three stars or higher will not consume the spin available on that chest, and you can spin it again immediately (at a higher price if you upgraded the chest in the meantime).
For the 3 spider level, people have reported receiving a Legendary card instead of a Rare, or a Legendary and a Rare. This usually happens when an “all red” or “all gold” result shows up on the wheel. Many times in these cases the ability to spin the chest again is lost, but that’s a small price to pay for a Legendary card added to your collection!
At this time, it is not possible to open a chest. We’ve been told that they want chest opening to happen when the Arena is released, so that we can use the PVE equipment we find inside the chests to help us defeat the PVE content.
Once you open a chest it’s gone forever. Pay attention to chests that can be spun vs. those that have already been spun and can’t be spun anymore. In the Pack Opening screen with Kismet, you will see chests with the three slot-wheels symbol on them and chests that have no symbol. If they have a symbol that means they can be spun on the Wheels of Fate.
So there you have it. As you can see Cory Jones wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to make the act of getting and opening a pack in HEX exciting! Something cool is available from every step, from buying to opening and even after you have gotten all the cards out of the pack!
And speaking of Primal Packs, today is Christmas so I think it’s fitting that one lucky reader gets one today! All I ask of you is to post a comment on this article with a tip for new players—something you wish you knew when you first started playing HEX. You must also include your in-game name in the comment so I know where to mail the Primal Pack to. I’ll draw randomly from all the comments at some point tomorrow, December 26th, so be quick!