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Blitz is an all-new gametype featured in the real-time strategy game Halo Wars 2. Instead of base building and resource management, Blitz focuses on faster paced card-based strategy. It can be played in teams of one, two and three.[1]

DescriptionEdit

MechanicsEdit

Unlike the rest of Halo Wars 2, the player is not given command over a base. Instead, they will be required to select one of their decks of cards, which they can customise from the Blitz menu. Each leader can have a maximum of three decks saved at once, and each deck supports 12 cards. Cards represent units and leader powers and each card consumes a different amount of energy when deployed. Some cards have prefixes denoting special attributes such as the "Terror Chopper" which has the Shock attribute. These attributes change how the unit performs in battle. The starting army of any given deck can be altered, changing which units the player spawns with at the start of the game.[1]

Once a deck has been created and a match started, the player's starting army will be at their home base, a Forerunner structure that heals any friendly units that are placed on it. Four random cards will be drawn from the player's deck and placed in their hand, which is visible at the bottom of their screen. These can be deployed, provided the player has enough energy, by (on Xbox One) holding LT, selecting a card and pressing A. The required energy will be subtracted from the player's total, the unit will spawn wherever the crosshairs are pointing and the card in the hand will be swapped for another. If a unit is not spawned at home base (excluding units with the Rush attribute), it will spawn at half health and deal half damage in what is known as deployment fatigue. After a few seconds, these debuffs will deactivate, provided the unit does not get damaged by the enemy. If a player does not like a card in their hand, they can swap it out for another random card at the cost of 5 energy points.[1]

Energy is required to deploy units and use leader powers. In normal Blitz, energy is accumulated passively at a slow rate. Periodically, energy pickups will be dropped onto the map. Destroying these pods and collecting the energy that spills out of them will increase the rate at which energy is accumulated. Units experiencing deployment fatigue will be unable to pick up the energy from such pods.[1]

ObjectiveEdit

The objective of Blitz is to hold more of the three control points than the enemy team. Control points can be captured simply by placing units upon them, however there must be no enemy units on the plate at the same time, else it will be contested. Whenever a team holds more control points than their enemy, they will begin to slowly earn points. Once a team reaches 200 points, they will win the match. If neither team manages to accumulate 200 points, then the winner will be decided by whichever team has the most points when the time limit is up.[1]

VariantsEdit

Below are a list of variants of the Blitz gametype:

  • Blitz Firefight: Blitz Firefight player(s) to survive for as long as possible against unlimited waves of enemies controlled by the AI. As with normal Blitz, the AI wins if it accumulates 200 points by owning more control points than its enemy. Players cannot win in this manner. They must simply defend these points for as long as they are capable. Otherwise, Blitz Firefight functions identically to normal Blitz, except that energy isn't earned passively - it can only be replenished by destroying and collecting energy drops.[1]

Supported MapsEdit

Currently, Blitz can only be played on The Proving Grounds.[1]

Earning Blitz cardsEdit

Blitz cards can be found in Blitz packs. Such packs reward the player with 6 Blitz cards each. Packs can be earned in a variety of ways. Completing challenges will award the player with packs, as will earning enough XP to rank up. Also, completing the three tutorials and each campaign mission for the first time will award Blitz packs.[1] Additionally, certain actions such as earning the Playin' the Field and Adjudicate the Arbiter achievements in Halo Wars and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will earn the player one and three Blitz packs respectively (if the player owns both games, they can earn these packs twice by earning the achievements in both games). Participants in the Blitz Beta will have earned at least one pack, possibly two if they completed a match in it.[2] Finally, Blitz packs can be purchased for real money from the Microsoft store.[1]

List of Blitz cardsEdit

Main article: List of Blitz cards
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Below is a list of all Blitz cards in Halo Wars 2. A more detailed list can be found here.

Image Name Energy Cost Rarity Keywords Faction Leader Restriction
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Marines-Alt Marines 20 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Hellbringer Hellbringers 10 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Artwork Jackrabbit Jackrabbit 20 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork AggressorSentinel Aggressor Sentinel 30 Common N/A UNSC Anders
TBD Cyclops 30 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Holo-Decoy Holo-Decoy 30 Uncommon N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blitz-Artwork PelicanTransport Pelican Transport 40 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ShrapnelMines Shrapnel Mines 40 Uncommon N/A UNSC Isabel
TBD Wolverine 40 Common
  • Detect
UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork AdvancedOptics-Alt Advanced Optics 50 Rare N/A UNSC Anders
TBD Extractor Marines 50 Uncommon
  • Siphon
UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Nightingale Nightingale 50 Common N/A UNSC None
TBD Reactive Cyclops 50 Rare
  • Reflect
UNSC None
HW2 Artwork ReactiveMarines Reactive Marines 60 Rare
  • Reflect
UNSC Sergeant Forge
TBD Sniper 60 Common
  • Cloak
  • Detect
UNSC None
HW2 Artwork Warthog Warthog 60 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Watchtower Watchtower 60 Uncommon
  • Detect
UNSC Anders
HW2 Blitz-Artwork WildHellbringers Wild Hellbringers 60 Uncommon N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork WildJackrabbit Wild Jackrabbit 60 Rare N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Artwork HeavyMetal Heavy Metal 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ProtectorSentinel Protector Sentinel 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC Anders
HW2 Blitz-Artwork RestorationDrones Restoration Drones 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC Anders
TBD Vanguard Wolverine 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC None
TBD Veteran Jackrabbit 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC None
HW2 Artwork Hornet Hornet 80 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ODSTDrop ODST Drop 80 Uncommon N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
TBD Veteran Cyclops 80 Uncommon N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ArmoredWarthog Armored Warthog 90 Uncommon N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Artwork Scatterbomb Scatter Bomb 90 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ArcherMissiles Archer Missiles 100 Uncommon N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Artwork ArmouredMarines Armored Marines 100 Rare N/A UNSC Anders
TBD Kodiak 100 Common N/A UNSC None
TBD Scorpion 110 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Artwork VanguardKodiak Vanguard Kodiak 110 Common N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Blitz-Artwork StealthKodiak Stealth Kodiak 120 Rare N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork DoubleTime Double Time 130 Rare N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork TrooperHornet Trooper Hornet 130 Uncommon N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ArkDefense Ark Defense 140 Rare N/A UNSC Anders
HW2 Artwork TrooperWarthog Trooper Warthog 140 Rare N/A UNSC None
TBD Vulture 140 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Grizzly Grizzly 150 Common N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Artwork LockdownScorpion Lockdown Scorpion 150 Rare N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blitz-Artwork MACBlast MAC Blast 160 Rare N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blitz-Artwork CloseAirSupport Close Air Support 180 Rare N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Artwork CombatSalvage Combat Salvage 180 Rare N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Artwork Forge'sWarthog Forge's Warthog 220 Legendary N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Blitz-Artwork GhostintheMachine Ghost in the Machine 220 Rare N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Jerome-092 Jerome-092 220 Legendary N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Douglas-042 Douglas-042 230 Legendary N/A UNSC Anders
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Alice-130 Alice-130 240 Legendary N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Concept CondorGunship Condor Strike 300 Legendary N/A UNSC None
TBD Grunts 10 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Chopper 20 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Jump Pack Brute 20 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Bloodfuel Grunts 30 Uncommon N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Elite Rangers 30 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Ghost 30 Uncommon N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Hunters 40 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Locust 40 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Scorch Mines 40 Uncommon N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Assault Elites 50 Uncommon N/A The Banished None
TBD Engineer 50 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Grunt Mob 50 Rare N/A The Banished None
TBD Banshee 60 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Blast Hammer 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Bloodfuel Locust 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished None
TBD Reaver 60 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Shockwave 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Teleport 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Terror Chopper 60 Rare N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Ironclad Hunters 70 Uncommon N/A The Banished Atriox
HW2 Artwork Marauder Marauder 70 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Suicide Grunt 80 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Atriox's Bulwark 90 Rare N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Prowling Reaver 90 Rare N/A The Banished None
TBD Spike Turret 90 Uncommon N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Cloaking Field 100 Rare N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Vortex 100 Rare N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Glassing Beam 110 Uncommon N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Marauder Warchief 110 Rare N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Wraith 110 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Blisterback 120 Common N/A The Banished None
TBD Prowling Marauder 120 Uncommon N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Siphon Field 120 Uncommon N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Unstable Banshee 130 Rare N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Ironclad Wraith 140 Rare N/A The Banished None
TBD Boundless Fury 150 Rare N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Enduring Blisterback 150 Rare N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Spirit Assault 180 Rare N/A The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Artwork Eradication Eradication 190 Rare N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Honor Guard 190 Legendary N/A The Banished Shipmaster
TBD Warlord 200 Legendary N/A The Banished Decimus
TBD Atriox's Chosen 210 Legendary N/A The Banished Atriox
TBD Scarab Assault 300 Legendary N/A The Banished None

TriviaEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Halo Wars 2 - Multiplayer, Blitz
  2. Halo Waypoint - News, Halo Wars 2: Twenty Questions