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Champions Ascension guide

A new player-driven blockchain fantasy game with NFTs and staking gameplay rewards


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Champions Ascension is the latest blockchain game developed by Jam City, the acclaimed North American subsidiary of Netmarble. With well-received mobile gaming titles like Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Cookie Jam backing up their brand, Jam City is now entering the NFT space with its latest Web 3.0 offering. Within a player-driven fantasy world, participants of Champions Ascension explore, battle and earn rewards with unique NFT champions, called Prime Eternals. And for crypto enthusiasts wanting in on the action, the new play-to-earn — or P2E — game aims to include a token economy with staking gameplay.


  • Limited NFT drops
  • Staking gameplay
  • Well-known development team
  • No unique tokens available yet
  • PvE and PvP planned

What is Champions Ascension?

Champions Ascension is the first P2E game to come out of Jam City's blockchain division. It's an adventure game set in the fantasy world Messina. Using NFT champions, players battle each other for rewards in the Colosseum Eternal.

With its soon-to-be-developed token economy, Champions Ascension plans to use novel mechanics for staking gameplay. Tokens, staking, owner perks and battle modes are set to release in early 2022.

Champion ascensionImage source: Champions Ascension

Playing Champions Ascension

Champions Ascension is yet to be released, though we expect players will need to connect a wallet for basic blockchain transactions and purchase an NFT for basic gameplay.

  1. Purchase a champion. Prime Eternals will be the first NFTs available on the Champions Ascension platform. While their price is unknown, it's likely they'll be priced in ETH.
  2. Connect a wallet. Champions Ascension will be released on the Ethereum blockchain. This requires players to have an Ethereum-compatible wallet for buying, selling and transacting within the game's promised economy. Details about other compatible wallets and in-game tokens are set to be released shortly.
  3. Explore Messina. When fully realized, Messina will represent a fantasy world for champions to explore, battle, sell forged weapons and stake tokens.

How does play-to-earn work with Champions Ascension?

Champions Ascension is still in development at the time of writing. Here's what we know so far:

  • Create and collect. Players will be able to create and collect NFT champions.
  • Battle. Players can battle other players to earn rewards.
  • Tiered Champions. Champions will be tiered, with higher tiers able to access more features.
  • Staking. Prime Eternals can be staked in exchange for land tokens called MESSINA.
  • Land purchases. Tokens can be used to purchase plots of land within the Messina fantasy world.
  • Breeding. New champions can be bioengineered from the genes of existing champions.
  • Holder perks. Purchasers of the first 10,000 Prime Eternals will get champion enhancements, special access to extra rewards and token loot drops.

How to buy Champions Ascension compatible tokens

It looks like ESSENCE may not be available to purchase on an exchange in the US.

You can still purchase ESSENCE by using a decentralized exchange (DEX) instead. Decentralized exchanges are web applications that run on blockchains like Ethereum and allow users to trade any asset directly with one another.

Decentralized exchanges (DEX) are unregulated and run using autonomous pieces of code known as smart contracts. To use a DEX you must interact with the blockchain directly, which is not recommended for novice users. Please learn about decentralized exchanges first if you're unfamiliar.

How to purchase ESSENCE using a decentralized exchange.
  1. Find ESSENCE on a decentralized exchange and make sure ESSENCE can be traded for ETH which is the native asset of Ethereum. Popular DEXs include Uniswap, SushiSwap and 1INCH.
  2. Buy ETH to trade for ESSENCE using an exchange like Gemini. You will need to purchase enough ETH to swap for ESSENCE as well as ETH to pay for transaction fees on the Ethereum network (known as gas). You can use a service like Etherscan to get an idea of how much gas fees currently cost.
  3. Transfer the ETH into a web 3.0 wallet like MetaMask to connect to the DEX.
  4. Trade ETH for ESSENCE on the DEX of your choice, following the instructions on screen. Make sure to leave enough ETH in your wallet to pay for gas.
  5. Wait for the transaction to finalize and the ESSENCE tokens will arrive in your wallet.
  6. You may now keep the tokens in your web 3.0 wallet or transfer them somewhere more secure like a hardware wallet.

You can follow the same process when you want to sell your tokens, or come back to this page to see if they can now be traded on an exchange in the US.

What are the Champions Ascension NFTs?

The first drop of Champion Ascension NFTs are known as Prime Eternals. These unique tokens act as a player's primary avatar in the game — and they're animated!

Prime Eternals are made up of several hundred features, including body types, hairstyles, piercings and other functional parts. Only 10,000 Prime Eternals will be created.

Champions AscensionImage source: Champions Ascension

Prime Eternals will be the only champions in the game with divine components. Founding members who purchase a Prime Eternal from the initial drop will be able to shape the future of the game's road map through voting access on Discord.

How to get NFTs on Champions Ascension

A private sale will offer 2,000 Prime Eternal NFT champions to select members on the company's safelist. Members can purchase 1 Prime Eternal on the Champions Ascension website. A public sale will drop 7,500 Prime Eternals, with 500 held in reserve for promotional purposes.

With Champions Ascension built on the Ethereum blockchain, it's likely you'll need ETH to purchase Prime Eternals. However, specifics about which wallets can connect to the planned marketplace — or how much these NFTs will cost — is not yet available.

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About Champions Ascension developers

Jam City is the developer behind this project, a company that's been around since 2010. Founded by Chris DeWolfe, Colin Digiaro, Aber Whitcomb and Josh Yguado, it's a reputable company with multiple studios across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe with over 800 employees.

DeWolfe, Digiaro, and Whitcomb are all co-founders of MySpace, the once-popular social media platform.

All the games previously produced by Jam City are for mobile devices, both on iOS and Android. Some titles include Bingo Pop, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Disney Emoji Blitz, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. These are some huge franchises.

Jam City's new blockchain division is working on Champions Ascension, and while it might be a new division, the developer has stellar experience.

Champions Ascension road map

Based on the project's road map, we can expect five unique features to be included soon after the Champions Ascension launch.

  • Prime Eternal owner perks. Prime Eternal owners will receive visual enhancements, including victory poses, special access to services and content offered by developers and token loot drops. Loot drops will include land tokens (MESSINA), used to purchase plots within Messina.
  • Staking Gameplay. Players will be able to stake their Prime Eternal NFTs for rewards paid in land tokens (MESSINA) and Diamond Hand tokens. Diamond Hand tokens will be used for purchasing special items in an included shop.
  • MVP gameplay. MVP gameplay is expected to include diverse battlefields, the introduction of higher tiers for champions and the creation of new champions through bioengineering.
  • Gear forging. Players that defeat others in battle will be able to use the bones of the losers to forge in-game gear. This gear can be used to enhance player abilities and can be sold to other players in the incorporated marketplace.
  • Battle modes. By mid to late 2022, Champions Ascension plans to introduce new battle modes, extra staking rewards, the ability to purchase land within Messina and gear forging.

What to watch out for

Despite the trusted names behind the game, some sneak peeks of potential gameplay and a road map for future developments, little information is available on the planned economics of Champion Ascension.

It remains unknown, for example, if land tokens (MESSINA) or Diamond Hand tokens, earned from staking NFTs, can be further staked on the platform. There is also no guarantee that planned developments will happen on a timely schedule

As with any cryptocurrency transaction, there is no guarantee that your NFT or tokens earned in gameplay will hold their value over time. Players should keep these considerations in mind before sinking time and money into the game.

Bottom line

Champions Ascension will be the first P2E game rolled out from Jam City's new blockchain division. With stunning graphics and skilled gameplay governing the mechanics of epic PVP battles, the P2E, NFT-based game is sure to please its growing fan base — should it roll out as expected.

However, the game itself remains in the development phase. And its fantasy world can't yet be explored as of February 2022. While Champions Ascension will be built on the Ethereum blockchain, it's not yet known if L2 blockchains, like Polygon (MATIC), will be incorporated.

The potential exists for a blockbuster hit among fans. If the team follows their road map as planned, Champions Ascension may turn out to be one of the best blockchain games to drop in 2022.

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