Like a traditional MMORPG, you can expect BattleForge to evolve over time as the developers tweak card values, introduce new decks, add more maps, and offer other improvements. Yet some might not have the patience, or the cash, to wait that long. The novelty of using cards to summon creatures may quickly wear out its welcome depending on how hard or expensive it is to build a competitive deck.
Otherwise, you won't be able to easily counter what you'll likely see from more dedicated opponents. Without the booster packs, expect to be spanked like a naughty monkey in PvP matches, which at the time of this review, lack capture-the-flag, king-of-the-hill, and other diverse play modes. BattleForge is certainly an interesting spin on the genre, but its curious design decisions may prevent it from realizing its full potential.