I think he's right on the hitching issues being lag given what I've seen on various streams. A few of the streamers noticing how bad the dodge mechanics are if the players are playing from across oceans between each other.
From what I've seen of gameplay online, the combat looks fun if not perfect with the card mechanics and battlegrounds. I thought the spell effects were good. The social base/team building side though drags on with some hilariously bad dialog, even for a comic book story/world. Most are making...
Alpha test is out if you pre-order the game on their website. $99 minimum. $40 version will get you access to the beta when it comes out. I saw a couple of streamers trying it, it looks pretty solid so far.
Yeah, I lasted about 25 hours before I burnt out on it. I think I paid $3 earlier this year for it, so a good value. These days, this game and a couple of others I've tried like it just put me to sleep.