Duelyst launches festive Frostfire event with new cosmetics and exclusive cards

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'Tis the season for festive PC game events, and card game Duelyst (opens in new tab) isn't one to miss out. On Thursday it dealt an update that launched the Frostfire Festival, which includes exclusive cards, holiday skins and a new game mode, itself called Frostfire.

The new game mode is essentially an excuse to get your hands on the new goodies in Frostfire crates: you play unranked matches in a snow-sprinkled arena to complete event quests and earn crates. Booting up the game before December 22 will net you a crate straight off the bat, and you'll get two more if you log in between Christmas Day and the end of the event on January 5. If you complete 15 Frostfire mode matches during the event you'll get another crate, too, whether you win or not. Crates galore.

As well as exclusive cards, the event introduces new skins, including Festive Faie, Zyx and Zirix. You can get these skins in the crates, which you'll also be able to buy from the in-game store.

It's not all just holiday fun, though: the update adds new starter bundles and makes a fair few balance changes, including to Maehv Skinsolder, one of the new generals that were added to the game in a big update last month (opens in new tab). Read about all the balance changes, and the long list of bug fixes, in this blog post (opens in new tab).

If you're into CCGs then Duelyst is well worth a look (opens in new tab). It's free, and you can grab it here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.