Paladins nukes P2W Cards Unbound, compensates players, and adds seriously crappy art

Once again, gamers prove that protests can work.

Here’s the deal: Paladins players have been grousing about the Cards Unbound system for months, alleging that the system basically turned in-game purchases made with gold into purchases made only with real cash – in other words, that Hi-Rez had gone way too far over into lockbox-centric pay-to-win territory. At one point, the Paladins subreddit was so fed up that players were “designing” really terrible MS Paint-esque fake cards in protest.

At the tail end of February – the same day IGN posted an article citing an anonymous source claiming that the Cards Unbound system was forced upon the dev team by greedy execs, the studio finally backed down.

“Looking solely at the metrics, the Cards Unbound system introduced in OB64 has actually been successful in increasing our overall player engagement and new user conversion, while at the same time helping increase our revenue per player,” HiRezChris wrote on February 22nd. Buuuuuuut: “We know this system has angered many of our most loyal fans and become a point of continuous contention in the Paladins community (and even inside of Hi-Rez). Your voice has been heard loud and clear.” Consequently, he said, Hi-Rez was going to remove the Cards Unbound system from Paladins and replace it with one that isn’t so grindy and P2W.

So as of last Wednesday, Cards Unbound is now over, the new patch is in testing, and Reddit appears pleased by the peace offering, particularly with the fact that Hi-Rez granted compensation too.

“With the removal of Cards Unbound, we will be compensating players the Gold equivalent for all duplicate cards acquired through Radiant and Champion Chests. As an added bonus, we’ll be awarding players VIP Points for their duplicate cards. With the removal of various Card Chests, all Paladins players will start on an even playing field in all of our game modes, with no more grind or monetization around loadout card acquisition.”

Perhaps the best takeaway from the whole debacle is that Hi-Rez embraced the terrible art that was done in protest; it opened up a contest for players to submit their worst art, the best (worst?) of which is now in the game as part of a paid spray pack. And below. In order, that’s RIP OB64, Enara by Zennos, Merster Riding by Omenya, Classy Barik by Oppoh, and Gurk by CrankisDank, all very deserving, we think you’ll agree.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks so much, Andee!
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Heliton B. Amorim

Hope it is not too late. I know many that gave up during this mess.

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Bruno Brito

It isn’t. Thing is, Paladins was having MORE players and people on OB64+. And since this is a good change, i’m sure that won’t be hindered.

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k2apa

Of course too late, I stopped playing the game like 3~4+ month ago just before OB 64 came out (I was fed up with the VIP system’s grind for non-pay players)

Glad I did, and didn’t had to go through with the horrible Card System shit. (I played from CB 09 to OB 63)

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Baemir

Well done, Hi-Rez.

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Grave Knight

Ehhhhh. Well done? They were told the “cards unbound” system they were trying to do would be terrible. That it would be p2w, as soon as they announced the changes, and before it even hit the PTS. They didn’t listen. Then they were told that the system is bad and they prefer the old system, so they added a half ass version of the old system no one liked (but was still better than “cards unbound”). It took them 3 updates before they got their shit together and realized the new system is terrible and basically just went back to the old system with some tweaks.

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Baemir

What a tragedy. Perhaps they should have kept it, then.

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Nathan Aldana

“it was a total success in making us lots of money and forcing players to play longer to accomplish anything”

is what Player engagement always sounds like to me

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Kayweg

Point in case, don’t just bend over every time “they” are trying a new way into your wallet.
Resisting can work.

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k2apa

LUL, Resisting can work…

Yea, after 3~4+ month of resisting and most players left the game only leaving people that can afford all cards to be OP. Meanwhile Hi-Rez makes millions off those said paying people.

Resist, sure… they already got their money, changing the system back doesn’t lose anything for them, everything’s Digital afterall, easily done. (especially said Digital that is already there, just push that restore button)

In fact, this just makes them even more money off people like you that thinks they’re doing a good thing and heads back to the game, HAHAHA.

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Bruno Brito

Why do you think anyone who were playing spent anything? I stopped playing on OB65, and got back. I’m well aware of Hi-rez, but the game itself is good now.

The old system is back and tweaked. We got over the CU shit. It’s water under the bridge now.

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Grave Knight

What was weird was the changes they did to the system. Like they didn’t make sense. No one asked for them, and they took away from the system. When people said they didn’t like the new systems because of how restrictive it was, they gave us a half ass version of the old system. People continued to tell them the system was terrible and the half ass version is just as terrible.

The New Old System is just the same old system but with slight changes.

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Bruno Brito

The new system is great. Now they just have to make some balance tweaks. CU was said to be a top-down decision to increase monetization. The devs weren’t happy either.

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Leiloni

I dunno what that picture is but it look like a Sylvari.

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Bruno Brito

It’s Inara, a earth based tank. She’s a stone lady.

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Bruno Brito

Which, i may add, made the game more fun. Since it’s not 12points anymore, but 15, there are really fun decks around, like the Flying Inara.

I recommend. Also, i got the crappy art spray. Love it.

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ultorius

i like the red headed baby on top of the turtle on top of the camel

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McGuffn

The bearded guy in the bikini top and the dress reminds me of Mo in the his princess leia costume for the massively awards.

I’m a fan of the giant rectangular rock with the 3 shards and the staff though.

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Fisty

Nice art contest.