Just because the matches are quick and the controls are simple doesn't mean the gameplay isn't complex, though. There are multiple advancement paths to go down during each match, and how you level up can determine the outcome just as easily as your actual skills can. And Guardians also have secondary abilities like brief spurts of quicker movement and area attacks with long cool-downs before they can be used again.

"The whole idea is to learn how to use your Guardian," Olander told me. "It's an ebb and flow of a battle."

That ebb and flow involves watching and learning about your enemies, as well as strategizing around the movements of your own AI-controlled, "meat shield" underlings as they advance to take out deadly enemy towers before closing on your opponent's base. It's really quite thrilling.