If you're ready to commit to a new collectible card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Heroes of Skyrim is prepared to deal you in.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends draws on Bethesda's Elder Scrolls story and offers a game that will feel familiar to collectible card players but different enough from Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering that it is worth downloading and playing.


In the game, you build your deck using two of the six available colors representing different strengths, similar to Magic: The Gathering. What's different, however, is you play on the left and on the right side of the game board, attacking on one side and guarding on the other.

The game also offers a smart way to recover from major damage by letting you draw cards from the deck to compensate for lost health. The mechanic gives you a chance to get back on your feet after a serious attack. It's free-to-play on iOS and Android, but as with other CCG, be prepared to buy your way to a powerful deck.

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