While many deck builders have made their way to the iOS, Ascension is one of the best implementations, if not the best.  It has been a while since we have seen an update to Ascension, but Playdek was able to take the reigns of the implementation the Rise of Vigil expansion, and it was just released yesterday.

Playdek, a leading mobile and video games publisher, and Stone Blade Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of original board and card games, announce the release of Rise of Vigil an in-app expansion for the award-winning mobile game Ascension. Now available on the App Store, the new expansion features a new energy shard mechanic, adding even more depth and strategy to the game.

Ascension: Rise of Vigil includes 46 new center deck cards, including 11 new Monster cards, 24 new Hero cards, 11 new Construct cards and new starting deck art. The new energy shard cards allow gamers to unlock the latent power of Heroes, Monsters and Constructs and challenge players to take a second look at cards that initially might not appear powerful.

“We’re excited to release this new expansion to the popular Ascension series and we thank fans for waiting,” said Joel Goodman, CEO Playdek. “The new energy shard cards energize the gameplay by making players rethink old strategies.”

The game supports real-time and asynchronous online play for one to four players, as well as pass-and-play multiplayer features or play against AI opponents. The expansion also features new background theme art and music.

To download Ascension: Rise of Vigil, go to the App Store (SRP $3.99).

While it has been a long time coming, I’m glad to see expansions for Ascension are coming back again.  Each cycle of Ascension offers something different from the previous ones, and the artwork continues to get better.  If you haven’t checked out Ascension yet and like other deck building games, you are doing yourself a disservice.  If you don’t have an iOS device, then be sure to check out the most recent incarnation of Ascension, Realms Unraveled.