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"It's not witchcraft when God does it."
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War of Omens is a hero-based CCG created by Fifth Column Games. It is available on Kongregate, Facebook and its own site. There is a Steam (it has been greenlit) and Tablet version in the works.

It has four factions (currently, there's a rumoured 5th in the works). Each of them has their own heroes, cards, and playstyle (see Faction Calculus below for a brief overview of them). It currently has only 1 campaign with 9 chapters, each with 3 battles with a hidden fourth one.

War of Omens contains examples of:

  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Regent Ashkar attempts to arrest Listrata for her treatment of the Pheniketians. It doesn't go well for him, see Surpassed the Teacher below.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Averted. While paying money gets you access to better packs which get you rarer cards more often, there's nothing that can't be obtained for free.
  • Card Battle Game: Players take decks of 10 cards, 4 which show up in the bank on game start and with one restocking at the end of turn. Players play coins from their hand and buy cards from the bank.
  • The Chessmaster: A number of characters show signs of this. Special mention to Regent Marsh, Baroness Anibaldo, and Sofocatro
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Can happen in multiplayer often as the low playerbase means that people with unupgraded cards can be matched against people with 10 epic coins and all maxed cards.
  • Faction Calculus:
    • Vespitole have "draw a card" on all of their cards. This means that they can play a large amount of cards per turn, but their cards are expensive to buy.
    • Daramek like to sacrifice their allies to do things and are fond of "on play" allies. They are also fond of feeding magic to their hero's for effects
    • Metris cards are very cheap and can be very powerful, but are "destroy on use". There are ways to save some cards, however.
    • Endazu have card charges, which they increase by holding cards in their hand or by feeding health to them. However, feeding hp weakens their hero, and charging cards can clog their hand.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Vespitole are influenced by renaissance Europe.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Vespitole cards are green, Daramek are red, Metris are blue, and the Endazu are Purple.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Pietra Siani chooses this instead of being taken prisoner.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Everyone! Faction by faction breakdown:
    • The Vespitole aren't above using witchcraft for their own ends.
    • Daramek are a proud warrior race.
    • Metris would gladly sacrifice a thousand lives for the greater good.
    • The Endazu kidnap children with magic affinity at a young age.
  • Master of Disguise: The Metris have alt-skins that have them dress up as other factions (Theodox -> Daramek, Birondelle -> Vespitole, Valdorian -> Endazu)
    • In campaign, Valdorian is disguised as one of Listrata's soldiers.
  • Powers That Be: The Metris.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Listrata, after her parents are killed by the Siani.
  • Secret Level: If you play a chapter on the highest difficulty and meet a hidden requirement, you unlock a fourth fight. While not required, they still are part of the story. However, they are a step up in difficulty.
  • Spanner in the Works: Sofocatro reveals Listrata is ruining years of his carefully laid plans.
  • The Strategist: Listrata. She hasn't lost a battle yet, despite plenty of deception coming from her enemies.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: When Ashkar attempts to arrest Listrata, she battles him instead, defeats him and thanks him "for this final lesson".
  • Technicolor Magic: The Magic resource is purple. The Endazu are the most magic-based faction, all their cards are purple.