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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]

Description

Mechanics

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]

Objective

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]

Variants

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 Maps

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

Earning Blitz cards

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 cards

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 Grunts.jpg Grunts 10 Common N/A The Banished None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Marines-Alt.jpg Marines 10 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork AggressorSentinel.jpg Aggressor Sentinel 20 Common N/A UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Chopper.jpg Chopper 20 Common N/A The Banished None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Hellbringer.png Hellbringers 20 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Artwork Jackrabbit.png Jackrabbit 20 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz Jump Pack Brutes.png Jump Pack Brute 20 Common N/A The Banished None
HW2 Blitz Cyclops.png Cyclops 30 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork EliteRangers.png Elite Rangers 30 Common
  • Detect
The Banished None
HW2 Ghost.jpg Ghost 30 Uncommon
  • Shield
The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Holo-Decoy.jpg Holo-Decoy 30 Uncommon N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blitz-Artwork LivingBarrier.jpg Living Barrier 30 Rare N/A The Banished Colony
HW2 Blitz-Artwork PelicanTransport.jpg Pelican Transport 30 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Veteran Hellbringers.jpg Veteran Hellbringers 30 Rare N/A UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Watchtower.jpg Watchtower 30 Uncommon
  • Detect
UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Banshee.png Banshee 40 Common N/A The Banished None
HW2 Cryo Troopers.jpg Cryo Troopers 40 Common
  • Shield
UNSC Serina
HW2 Blitz Elite Enforcer.png.jpg Elite Enforcers 40 Common
  • Shield
The Banished The Arbiter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork GoliathHunter.jpg Goliath 40 Common N/A The Banished Colony
HW2 Blitz Brute Rider.png.jpg Grunt Riders 40 Common N/A The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
HW2 Blitz Heavy Grunts.png.jpg Heavy Grunt 40 Common N/A The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
HW2 Helldrop.jpg Helldrop 40 Uncommon N/A UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Hunter.jpg Hunters 40 common N/A The Banished None

Prowling Grunts 40 Uncommon
  • Cloak
The Banished The Arbiter
HW2 Scarred Grenadiers.jpg Scarred Grenadiers 40 Common N/A The Banished Voridus

Scorch Mines 40 Unommon
  • Cloak
The Banished Atriox
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ShrapnelMines.jpg Shrapnel Mines 40 Uncommon
  • Cloak
UNSC Isabel
HW2 Veteran Jackrabbit.jpg Veteran Jackrabbit 40 Uncommon
  • Rush
  • Detect
UNSC None
HW2 Artwork Warthog.png Warthog 40 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork WildHellbringers.jpg Wild Hellbringers 40 Uncommon
  • Blast
UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Wolverine.jpg Wolverine 40 Common
  • Detect
UNSC None
HW2 Assault Elites.jpg Assault Elite 50 Uncommon
  • Rush
  • Detect
The Banished None
HW2 Bloodfuel Grunts.jpg Bloodfuel Grunts 50 Uncommon
  • Siphon
The Banished Decimus
HW2 Bunker.jpg Bunker Drop 50 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Johnson
HW2 Cryogenic Detonantor.jpg Cryogenic Detonantor 50 Uncommon
  • Cloak
UNSC Serina
HW2 Extractor Marines.png Extractor Marines 50 Uncommon
  • Siphon
UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork FlameWarthog.jpg Flame Warthog 50 Common
  • Rush
UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Artwork Hornet.png Hornet 50 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Ice Barrier.jpg Ice Barrier 50 Rare N/A UNSC Serina
HW2 Infused Engineer.jpg Infused Engineer 50 Common
  • Detect
  • Support
The Banished Voridus
HW2 Infused Mines.jpg Infused Mines 50 Uncommon
  • Cloak
The Banished Voridus
HW2 Artwork Marauder.png Marauder 50 Common N/A The Banished None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ProtectorSentinel.jpg Protector Sentinel 50 Uncommon N/A UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Blitz Reactive Cyclops.png Reactive Cyclops 50 Rare
  • Reflect
UNSC None
HW2 Artwork ReactiveMarines.png Reactive Marines 50 Rare
  • Reflect
UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Reaver.png Reaver 50 Common
  • Shield
  • Detect
The Banished None
HW2 Seismic Charge.jpg Seismic Blast 50 Uncommon N/A UNSC Serina
HW2 Spartan Morale.jpg Spartan Morale 50 Uncommon
  • Rally
UNSC Commander Jerome
HW2 Spike Turret.png Spike Turret 50 Uncommon
  • Rush
Banished Atriox
HW2 Blitz Terror Chopper.jpg Terror Chopper 50 Rare
  • Shock
The Banished Decimus
HW2 Ultra Mines.jpg Ultra Mines 50 Uncommon
  • Cloak
The Banished Pavium
HW2 Blitz-Artwork VehicleSymbiotes.jpg Vehicle Symbiotes 50 Uncommon N/A The Banished Colony
HW2 Blitz-Artwork AdvancedOptics-Alt.jpg Advanced Optics 60 Rare N/A UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Artwork ArmouredMarines.png Armored Marines 60 Rare
  • Guard
UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ArmoredWarthog.jpg Armored Warthog 60 Rare
  • Guard
UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blast Hammer.jpg Blast Hammer 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished Decimus
HW2 Cloaking Field.jpg Cloaking Field 60 Rare
  • Cloak
The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Blitz-Artwork DoubleTime.jpg Double Time 60 Rare N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Engineer.jpg Engineer 60 Common
  • Detect
  • Support
The Banished None
HW2 Frostraven.jpg Frostraven 60 Common N/A UNSC Serina
HW2 Grunt Mob.jpg Grunt Mob 60 Rare
  • Rush
The Banished None
HW2 Artwork HeavyMetal.png Heavy Metal 60 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Hellcharge.jpg Hellcharge 60 Uncommon N/A UNSC Kinsano

Invigorating Frenzy 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished Voridus
HW2 Artwork Ironclad Hunters.jpg Ironclad Hunters 60 Uncommon
  • Guard
Banished Atriox

Locust 60 Common
  • Shield
The Banished None
HW2 Mantis.jpg Mantis 60 Common N/A UNSC Sergeant Johnson
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Mastodon.jpg Mastodon 60 Common N/A UNSC Commander Jerome

Sniper 60 Common
  • Cloak
  • Detect
UNSC None
HW2 Stasis.jpg Stasis 60 Rare N/A The Banished The Arbiter

Suicide Grunts 60 Common
  • Blast
The Banished None
HW2 teleport.png Teleport 60 Uncommon N/A The Banished Shipmaster

Unstable Jump Brutes 60 Uncommon
  • Blast
The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
HW2 Blitz-Artwork WildJackrabbit.jpg Wild Jackrabbit 60 Rare
  • Blast
UNSC Isabel
HW2 Conduit of Rage .jpg Conduit of Rage 70 Uncommon The Banished The Arbiter

Enduring Will 70 Common N/A The Banished Pavium
HW2 Blitz-Artwork EngineerSwarm.jpg Engineer Swarm 70 Uncommon N/A The Banished Colony
HW2 Mech Overcharge.jpg Mech Overcharge 70 Rare N/A UNSC Sergeant Johnson
HW2 Artwork Methane Wagon.jpg Methane Wagon 70 Common N/A The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Nightingale.jpg Nightingale 70 Common
  • Detect
  • Support
UNSC None
HW2 Prowling Marauder.png Prowling Marauder 70 Uncommon
  • Cloak
The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Blitz-Artwork RestorationDrones.jpg Restoration Drones 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC Anders
HW2 Artwork ShadeDrop.png Shade Drop Drones 70 Uncommon N/A The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
HW2 Blitz-Artwork UnstableBanshee.jpg Unstable Banshee 70 Rare
  • Blast
The Banished Shipmaster

Vanguard Wolverine 70 Uncommon
  • Rush
  • Detect
UNSC None
HW2 Blitz Veteran Cyclops.png Vanguard Cyclops 70 Uncommon N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork VeteranFlameWarthog.jpg Vanguard Flame 'Hog 70 Common N/A UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Concept BloodfuelLocust.jpg Bloodfuel Locust 80 Uncommon
  • Siphon
  • Shield
The Banished None
HW2 Cataclysm .jpg Cataclysm 80 Rare N/A The Banished Voridus
HW2 Enduring Salve.jpg Enduring Salvo 80 Uncommon N/A UNSC Commander Jerome
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ODSTDrop.jpg ODST Drop 80 Uncommon N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz Phantom.png.jpg Phantom 80 Common N/A The Banished The Arbiter
HW2 Plasma Bolt.jpg Plasma Bolt 80 Uncommon N/A The Banished The Arbiter

Prowling Reaver 80 Rare
  • Shield
  • Cloak
  • Detect
The Banished None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ScarredHunters.jpg Scarred Hunters 80 Common N/A The Banished Colony
HW2 Artwork Scatterbomb.png Scatter Bomb 80 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Cryo Bomb.jpg Cryo Bomb 90 Uncommon N/A UNSC Serina
HW2 Blitz-Artwork EnduringLocust.jpg Enduring Locust 90 Rare
  • Last Stand 2
  • Shield
The Banished Colony
HW2 Napalm Missiles.jpg Napalm Missiles 90 Uncommon N/A UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Siege Turret.jpg Siege Turret 90 Rare N/A UNSC Sergeant Johnson
Siphon Field 90 Uncommon N/A The Banished Decimus
HW2 Artwork Skitterer.jpg Skitterer Mob 90 Uncommon N/A The Banished Colony
HW2 Blitz AV14B.jpg Trooper Hornet 90 Uncommon
  • Last Stand 2
UNSC Captain Cutter
Trooper Nightingale 90 Rare
  • Last Stand 2
  • Detect
  • Support
UNSC Commander Jerome
Veteran Mantis 90 Uncommon
  • Shield
UNSC Sergeant Johnson
Wraith 90 Common
  • Shield
The Banished None
HW2 Wraith Invader.jpg Wraith Invader 90 Common
  • Shield
The Banished Pavium
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ArcherMissiles.jpg Archer Missiles 100 Uncommon N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork ArkDefense.jpg Ark Defense 100 Rare N/A UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Artwork CombatSalvage.png Combat Salvage 100 Rare N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 EMP Mac Blast.jpg EMP MAC Blast 100 Uncommon N/A UNSC Sergeant Johnson
Gruntdome 100 Rare N/A The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
Infusion Wake 100 Uncommon N/A The Banished Voridus
Kodiak 100 Common N/A UNSC None
Scorpion 100 Common N/A UNSC None
Shockwave 100 Uncommon N/A The Banished Atriox
HW2 Artwork TrooperWarthog.png Trooper Warthog 100 Rare
  • Last Stand 3
UNSC None
HW2 Veteran Sniper.jpg Veteran Sniper 100 Common
  • Cloak
  • Detect
UNSC Commander Jerome
Vortex 100 Rare N/A The Banished Decimus
Atriox's Bulwark 110 Rare N/A The Banished Atriox
HW2 Artwork VanguardKodiak.png Vanguard Kodiak 110 Common
  • Rush
UNSC Sergeant Forge
Blisterback 120 Common N/A The Banished None
HW2 Blitz-Artwork GhostintheMachine.jpg Ghost in the Machine 120 Rare N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Blitz-Artwork MACBlast.jpg MAC Blast 120 Rare N/A UNSC Isabel
HW2 Marauder Warchief .png Marauder Warchief 120 Rare
  • Rally
The Banished Decimus
HW2 Mega Turret.jpg Mega Turret 120 Rare N/A The Banished Pavium
Methane Party 120 Rare N/A The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
Rain of Fire 120 Uncommon N/A The Banished Pavium
HW2 Blitz-Artwork StealthKodiak.jpg Stealth Kodiak 120 Rare
  • Cloak
UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Victory Turret.jpg Victory Turret 120 Rare N/A UNSC Commander Jerome
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Colossus.jpg Colossus 130 Common N/A UNSC Sergeant Johnson
HW2 Glacial Storm.jpg Glacial Storm 130 Rare N/A UNSC Serina
Ironclad Blisterback 130 Uncommon
  • Guard
The Banished Pavium
HW2 Blitz-Artwork BoundlessFury.jpg Boundless Fury 140 Rare N/A The Banished Decimus
HW2 Glassing Beam.png Glassing Beam 140 Uncommon N/A The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Blitz Ironclad Wraith.png Ironclad Wraith 140 Rare
  • Guard
  • Shield
The Banished None
HW2 Artwork LockdownScorpion.png Lockdown Scorpion 140 Rare
  • Shock
  • Shield
UNSC Isabel
HW2 TerrorWraith.jpg Terror Wraith 140 Rare
  • Shock
  • Shield
The Banished Voridus
Vulture 140 Common N/A UNSC None
HW2 Blitz Enduring Blisterback.png Enduring Blisterback 150 Rare
  • Last Stand 3
The Banished Atriox
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Grizzly.jpg Grizzly 150 Common N/A UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Spirit Support.png Spirit Assault 150 Rare N/A The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Blitz PelicanGunship.jpg Close Air Support 160 Rare N/A UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Goblin.jpg Grunt Goblins 160 Legendary
  • Rush
The Banished Yapyap THE DESTROYER
HW2 Inferno.jpg Inferno 160 Rare N/A UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Artwork TeamOmega.jpg Omega Team 170 Legendary N/A UNSC Commander Jerome
HW2 Artwork Warlord.jpg Warlord 170 Legendary
  • Siphon
  • Shield
The Banished Decimus
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Alice-130.jpg Alice-130 180 Legendary
  • Reflect
  • Shield
UNSC Isabel
HW2 Atriox's Chosen.png Atriox's Chosen 180 Legendary
  • Shock
  • Shield
The Banished Atriox
HW2 Artwork Eradication.png Eradication 180 Rare N/A The Banished Atriox
HW2 Artwork Forge'sWarthog.png Forge's Warthog 180 Legendary
  • Rally
  • Shield
UNSC Sergeant Forge
HW2 Blitz-Artwork HonorGuardsmen.jpg Honor Guard 180 Legendary
  • Shield
  • Cloak
The Banished Shipmaster
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Jerome-092.jpg Jerome-092 180 Legendary
  • Rush
  • Shield
UNSC Captain Cutter
HW2 Kinsano's Cyclops.jpg Kinsano's Cyclops 180 Legendary
  • Blast
  • Shield
UNSC Kinsano
HW2 Artwork Vanguard Lich.jpg Lich Vanguard 180 Rare N/A The Banished Pavium
Mass Cloaking 180 Rare N/A The Banished The Arbiter
HW2 Sergeant Johnson.jpg Sergeant Johnson 180 Legendary
  • Shock
  • Shield
UNSC Sergeant Johnson
HW2 Blitz-Artwork HunterCaptain.jpg Hunter Captain 190 Legendary
  • Shock
  • Siphon
  • Shield
The Banished Colony
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Pavium.jpg Pavium 190 Legendary
  • Reflect
  • Shield
The Banished Pavium
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Voridus.jpg Voridus 190 Legendary
  • Shock
  • Shield
The Banished Voridus
HW2 Blitz-Artwork CommanderJerome.jpg Commander Jerome 200 Legendary
  • Rally
  • Shield
UNSC Commander Jerome
HW2 Blitz-Artwork Douglas-042.jpg Douglas-042 200 Legendary
  • Guard
  • Shield
UNSC Professor Anders
HW2 Blitz The Arbiter.jpg The Arbiter 200 Legendary
  • Reflect
  • Shield
The Banished The Arbiter
HW2 Artwork TundraBison.jpg Bison 220 Legendary
  • Shield
UNSC Serina
HW2 Concept CondorGunship.jpg Condor Strike 270 Legendary N/A UNSC None
Scarab Assault 270 Legendary N/A The Banished None

Trivia

  • Blitz is the only gametype in Halo Wars 2 to feature Jeff Steitzer as the Announcer.[1]
  • Aggressor Sentinels, Ghost, Cryo Troopers, Elite Enforcers, Goliath, Grunt Riders, Heavy Grunts, Scarred Grenadiers, Protector Sentinels, Frostraven, Mastodon, Suicide Grunts, Methane Wagon, Phantom, Wraith Invader, Colossus, Vulture and Grizzles lack a variant.
  • Shroud, Retriever, Volatile Scarab, Cannon Fodder Grunts and Decimus are absent from the card library.
  • The Extractor Marines are seen holding a Railgun in the render but they're not holding it in-game.
  • Enduring Locusts are seen in the loading screen in Terminus Firefight but they're never accessible there!

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