I played a fair bit of warcry. Some of the art has dirfectly transfered into Invasion. Nagyrithie spearmen and "Darkelve spearmen" is the exacty piece, Orcs have a few direct transfer art as well.
FORMAT AND MARKETING
Invasion Format is far superior. I was already burned out over collecables when I got into the game. Only reason I played it was I got free sets as a reward for hosting training games at some games stores. But they only gave me so much, so I had to buy some stuff. I hated colelctables then and now. I have no trouble buying the monthy packs and feel the Invasion format is a great buy.
Warcry deckbuilding was more interesting. The fact that better cards had worse dice results for the most part ment there were less no-brainer cards. And the balance between the "roll" value of a card and how good it was kind of balanced out. Less "I win" cards. Less no brainer cards as well. Deck building felt like it mattered a lot more. Well there are lots of cards to choose from in Invasion. You have a clear build path of answering three questions. a) What is cranking my resourses, B, what is cranking my cards, C what am I winning with. I see Invasion improving with each set making more and more build types viable, but at this strage of the game I say warcry deck building stratgey was better.
Having said that race balance was IMO even worse in warcry then in invasion. A swarmy ork deck kind of dominated all. That beign said the game was not in its depth yet in card selection when I was demoing the game, so that may have improved in time. At the time of my demos of the game, I felt the orcs where way too effecient.
INVASION NOT PERFECT, BUT NEITHER WAS WARCRY, INVASION WINS WITH MORE CARDS TO COME DOWN THE PIPELINE
Warcray attack phase was kind of interesting and there were lots of interesting tactical chocies, but I find Invasion plays quicker and is easy to teach a new player too and simpler. Sure a newbie might need to ask clarification on a few cards, but everything is very smoother and has invasion did a better job of defining order of opperation of effects (actions)
Warcry had potential, but I feel Invasion is the better game.