Genius Invokation is the Genshin Impact TCG mentioned by many characters throughout the story. This fictional game inside a game is getting promoted to a completely fleshed-out game in a few updates. Leakers have pointed out to the Trading Card Game becoming a permanent feature based on some data included in the last few Beta Tests.
The card game is meant to become a minigame of its own in which players will be able to challenge NPCs and, possibly, players regularly. The game is also supposedly becoming another way to get Battle Pass points and a nice small addition to the game.
What is Genius Invokation TCG?
Genius Invokation TCG was created by researchers in the Sumeru Akademya, and it’s very popular in the region. Inazuma is also very welcoming to the card game since the Yae Publishing House was commissioned to create a light novel based on it, making it even more popular. Yeah, this Genshin TCG is basically Teyvat’s version of Yu-Gi-Oh.
The game is notoriously popular among children, but older characters (including some playable ones) are also avid players. The most prominent example is Arataki Itto, who had many appearances through quests and events having something to do with the game.
Other examples include Kamisato Ayato, who frequently plays with Itto (the Drumalong Festival mini event even had a small easter egg in which Ayato sent him some cards), and Cyno, who, despite his serious demeanor and intimidating looks, also has a pretty dorky in which he loves to make bad jokes and play games.
The rules for the new version of the game, as mentioned in a Sumeru Daily Commission, are not yet written and will probably be the ones by which players will abide when this game mode is finally released.
Hoyoverse has mentioned the game through both game and external media, such as during the Special Live Programs, where VAs occasionally talked about the card game, probably as a way to tease its release in future updates.
What do we know about the Genshin TCG?
Aside from that small backstory and some small crumbles from characters’ dialogues, not really much. The first mention of the game came from Merlin, who initially announced the game mode for the 3.1 version.
In more recent posts, he mentioned that it was possibly postponed to either 3.2 or 3.3, but it’s coming. This claim was backed by Ubatcha, who suggested 3.2 for the release date.
Another post in the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor Discord server mentions some supposed tooltips for the Genshin Impact TCG. The Elemental Dice mentioned seems to be one of the main resources for this game, similar to how Energy works in Pokémon TCG, for example.
More recent information from the server suggests The Cat’s Tail, Mondstadt cat-themed bar, as a hub for the game.
These descriptions are even more interesting, as they both suggest that players can both “invite” their owned characters to play (just like they “invite” them to their Teapot) and that opponents can be found throughout the whole map.
This gives a vibe of the Triple Triad minigame from Final Fantasy VIII, which has the side quest to collect all of the cards from opponents. XIV also has the minigame with the same premise.
Collecting cards and creating new decks to fight opponents is a must for playing, so this is expected in a game like Genshin Impact. Also, grinding opponents for specific cards and (possibly) relying on RNG for getting cards from boosters could be a reality you’re not ready to face.
Will we be able to play against other players?
There’s no definitive answer, but it’s possible that yes, as one of the main aspects of TCGs is to play with your friends, and Hoyoverse has previously made players compete against each other in alternative modes, such as in the Windtrace event (Hide-and-seek mode).
The Genshin TCG should be officially announced for either the 3.2 or 3.3 version, and Beta updates for either of these versions will possibly give us more in-depth information on how it works and which type of cards it will feature.
If they’re following the Triple Triad approach, having cards based around the game’s characters would be a great detail and give players even more incentive to try out the game.
While this is not the “endgame” players have consistently asked the company, it’s yet another side content many will be trying out, especially if it has some exclusive rewards apart from Primogems.
Will you be jumping on the TCG bandwagon, or will you just not bother with this side content, similar to how the fishing was treated after people got their weapons?
Genshin Impact is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, iOS, and Android.