It's an outdated, hackneyed, simplistic, standalone, filler that appeals to a very, very small group of mostly younger people. It would be OK as a small distraction in a set of other tavern games but it's laughable as a main feature.
What's next, Lute Hero? Words with Fiends? Angry Gryphons?
The new feature seems to be disliked by a majority of the forum players. But why though? Please, answer why you personally don't like this feature.
I have enjoyed CCGs, including MTG and my first, the Star Wars CCG, but it makes nooo sense to exist within the world itself as these games are, in a way, a different a more abstract way of interacting within that world. In MTG I could have a deck of dragons, elven druids, vampiric assassins, some crazy mix, etc. So now, what, I can be a vampire playing with a deck of vampires? What is this? Elder Scrolls Inception???
A mini game that fit within the actual world, like tavern games, swan stones, foxes & felines, etc. could be fun although not something I think should be the main feature of an expansion, but rather a fun extra in addition the a main feature of a new class, skill line, weapon morph, or pvp feature, etc.
Truly, after the 2021 recap and PvP update, I was expected no new feature this year and I would have been okay with that if the zone and story were well done and I felt the effort were instead going to strengthening the games foundation, improving performance, maybe even some additional QoL features. But this? No, it made me angry. Give the ESL fans an app. Keep ESO an MMORPG.
It feels out of place and is immersion breaking.
Some people need to understand the game is not all about combat.
And going forward, is there going to be expansions to it? Constant stream of new cards to chase and buy?
But the idea of me and my opponent shuffling our decks together is a very interesting decision balance wise. It avoids an unfair advantage from one person having a "Meta" deck and another being brand new. But what this also does is allows Zenimax to sell us booster packs or extremely powerful cards in the crown store. Because it wont be pay to win due to you shuffling your decks into your opponents decks.
That part I am incredibly worried about.
Overall, I think the card game could be interesting but we don’t know much about it yet. The decision to implement a card game is also pretty weird too but i think it probably has to do with ressources being put on big deep rooted problems with the game or maybe even for training purposes.