Monday, November 12, 2018

Minion Masters Monday

Minion Masters!

It's been quite the busy week since the last post. We've gone from not having much to talk about update wise, to teasing multiple features and the next battle pass! Remember those Streamer Feature Iterations we talked about last week? We've got more to show off. You enjoyed the key event? We've got more to give! You want to know about the next Battle Pass early? There's a site for that!

Update 82

Update 82 is just around the corner, and we've got quite a bit to share. Firstly, we're able to confirm that a fix for the Rabid Prowler will be in this update. Secondly, there will not be any balance changes in this patch - We are are electing to avoid aligning any potential Balance Changes with the same week of the King Puff Cup.

The Streamer Boost features we introduced in the last update were certainly fun to play around with, but the arena itself was a little lackluster. A couple of boxes stuck on the default arena was no suitable setting for your grand Twitch audience. So we've completely overhauled the arena to make it that much more special. Check it out below!

Next up, we have news of a new event coming in this update as well. We got some great feedback from the previous Key-based events, and we're giving you another one! The Card-House Contest will start with this update with some iterations on previous voting events. You'll be voting for your favourite card between Stormy, Charger, and the newly designed Mal'Shar! The full details of this event will be revealed in the Developer Stream tomorrow, so make sure to check it out!

Dwarf Stream!

The Developer Streams continue to roll on, Masters! That Sprite will be here to give you all the juicy details on this upcoming patch and the features contained within it on Tuesday, November 13th at 18:00 UTC. We got some exceptional feedback about the impromptu Streamer Audience testing that was conducted on Discord before Update 81 was released, so maybe there'll be something similar to show off our new iterations...? There's only one way to find out - Be there!

Rise of the Howling Moon

On Friday, we launched our new Battle Pass webpage - Rise of the Howling Moon! We revealed a lot about the upcoming pass, such as the fact that it includes a Brand New Master - Diona the Witch Hunter! We also revealed the first two cards of the set, the Common card Nether Bat, and the Rare card Once Bitten! You can find the details of these cards in full on the webpage, of course. Keep your eyes peeled on that website for more card reveals in the future!

Once you're done checking it out, why not also join the discussion on our Facebook page and give your thoughts on the cards with other Masters?

King Puff Cup 27

The 27th King Puff Cup is just around the corner, happening this Saturday, November 18th at 13:00 UTC, sponsored by AMD, SteelSeries & BetaDwarf Entertainment! The Staff had a great showing with their usage of the new Toornament site to up the production values last time, and they're hoping to bring us more hours of heart-pounding competitive gameplay! Signup is open to everyone with the top prize being a $300 SteelSeries Gift Code!

You can find all the important information right here, or go straight to their Toornament page right here. We hope to see you there!


That's all for today, Masters! Have a great week and make sure to stop by our stream tomorrow. Continue to give us your great feedback on our Discord, Steam Forums and Stomt!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Minion Masters Monday - Adapt, Iterate, Improve

Minion Masters!

We're finally settling down after the chaotic Discord release. It's been a busy time for us, so everyone at the office is relieved we can get back to our regular fortnightly update schedule. That of course means there isn't an update this Wednesday, as it might suggest. But that doesn't mean we haven't got anything to talk about today! We have news of iterations, tournaments, and an update regarding Guilds to deliver.

First, however, we'd like to take a moment to address issues with the Rabid Prowler card. We're aware of the bug that has caused it to regain its frenzy and we would like to apologize that this happened. Sometimes things can happen a little too quickly and issues slip by that would be hard to find during regular testing patterns.

However, we also do not have the resources available to perform a hotfix to either disable or fix the card before the next update. Our current setup would require a lot of work on our end to prepare a release for this issue as well as server downtime, and in a period where we have a number of large features to work on at once we want to focus on delivering those rather than doing additional hotfix patches. We once again apologize for these issues and the lack of communication on our end regarding them, and hope to improve in this area in the future.

Streamer Feature Iterations

We're thrilled to see how much you have been playing around with our new Twitch features since their release. As such we're fixing some quirks with the system and making some adjustments - nothing too crazy at the moment. For instance, we received some feedback that 9 characters for an audience puff's name was simply too small - So we're extending that to 12. We're also making it so that in 2v2 the Streamer Arena is prioritized to appear, to stop streaks of games where your puffs don't follow you into the match. Those are just some of the iterations coming - make sure to keep giving us your feedback on the features, Masters, as all of it counts!

Minion Masters Halloween Tournament

The community run Halloween tournament happened on Saturday! Edelweiss, Kishin, Mandrewski and everyone who helped behind the scenes worked tirelessly to ensure players had a well managed tournament experience, with few submission requirements and a horde of players to match. The top 4 eventually came down to videogamer77, Thehagengnome, smncub and Datenshi, with videogamer77 taking the tournament in a close 3-2 set against smncub. It was an entertaining experience for all involved, and the VODs for the tournament can be found here and here.

Guilds feature update

We have to unfortunately announce a planned delay to the Guilds feature. We're delaying it to the 17th of December for the time being, though we intend to keep this feature close to the frontline of what we're developing. We've chosen to do this as some great opportunities have arisen regarding Discord that we don't want to simply let by due to their benefits for both us and the playerbase at large. We can't quite talk about the details of these just yet, though, so you'll have to take our word on it. Therefore, we are making the call to delay the Guilds feature temporarily to ensure we can focus on giving you the best you deserve out of Minion Masters.

That's all for today, Masters! We hope you have a great week here at BetaDwarf and continue to give us the great feedback we've been receiving on our latest features.

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Minion Masters Monday - Spin the Wheel of Doom!

Minion Masters!

A new week starts and we have the next update in the pipeline. While currently being finished and polished, Update 81 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st! The live servers are expected to go down around 8am UTC if everything goes to plan. What do we have for you in Update 81?

The Wheel of Doom comes to Minion Masters!

Sorry for the long wait, Masters! Originally announced as the winning card of the last Tri-Team tournament, the Wheel of Doom took longer than expected to cause the maximum mayhem on the flying arenas. Mordar made sure that this little wheel, invented by a madman and infused with magic, destroys friend and foe alike.

It will be a spell, it will cost...

Let's stop right here! What follows will not be pleasant, but we will not reveal the stats just yet! Why? Because we have a new Dwarf stream incoming, tomorrow ;)

But first, we have a Halloween special to announce!

Well, to be honest, Edelweiss and Kishin are the original announcers. Both of them are well-known community members and because they love Halloween so much, they decided to host a Halloween-themed tournament on Saturday, November 3rd at 15:00 UTC. The whole tournament comes with scary in-game prizes sponsored by BetaDwarf Entertainment, and on top of that, every participant will get a prize for sure!

Check out the tournament sign-up page, read the rulebook carefully to know what scary cards you might have to include in your decks, and sign-up for the fun today!

Dwarf stream someone?

"Book me in!" That's what we wanna hear! That Sprite & Erythais will stream for you again on Tuesday, October 30th at 18:00 UTC and, of course, the Wheel of Doom will be the highlight. We'll reveal everything about the favorite tool to cause maximum mayhem on the flying arenas, we answer your questions, we talk a lot of nonsense, and we just have fun together!

Sounds like something you don't wanna miss tomorrow? Then follow our official Twitch channel to get notified as soon as we are live!

Important message from C-SAR (maybe just UncleOwnage) at this point:

You love teasers? Ready for the maximum hype despite the fact that Wheel of Doom is already enough? There are no brakes on the hype train, though: we have a special streamer feature coming with Update 81. Let's just say that the flying arenas will finally be filled with YOUR AUDIENCE [insert favorite hype emote here]!

Last, but not least...

...we have a bit of a sad message for you this day. As with everything in life, people come and go. Some are seeking new adventures, while others have to deal with more important things than Minion Masters (is there really anything more important?).

Today we announce that your favorite Community Manager, Erythais, is leaving. By his own choice, he will hand over all Community Management responsibilities to That Sprite on Friday, November 9th. There are various reasons for this move, but instead of speculating we want him to speak for himself:

Hello Masters!

After being able for more than a year now to enjoy my stay with you as a Community Manager, I have to say goodbye. Well, not a total goodbye, but I will no longer be able to fulfill my responsibilities as a Community Manager coming November 9th.

BetaDwarf and I leave in good terms and my decision to quit my job is based mainly upon personal reasons. Especially my health condition was getting worse lately. I have a chronic disease to deal with and adding the higher workload due to the recent Discord launch, as well as stress due to several factors to it, the situation got to a point where I had to take actions. Unfortunately.
That being said, I will still be with you as part of the King Puff Cup staff! Let's bring competitive Minion Masters to new horizons and let AMD & SteelSeries just be some sponsors ;) I will also be a Discord & in-game moderator. So behave, as I will be able to swing that ban hammer further :P

I don't want to write multiple pages, as everything is said, already. Last, but not least though, I want to thank all of you for a great time, amazing talks, hilarious rants, and your general support for BetaDwarf as an amazing company, Minion Masters as an amazing game, and, of course, this awesome community! Keep giving feedback, keep reporting bugs, keep suggesting, keep whining, keep ranting at times, as all of that will help the Dwarves to make Minion Masters even better. Thanks for letting me be a part of that exciting journey, Masters & Dwarves!

Cheers from Erythais

BetaDwarf wants to thank Erythais for all he has done for us as a company, Minion Masters as a game, and you as the community. We will miss him as a Community Manager, but we’re thrilled that he decided to stick around as an active member of the King Puff Cup staff and moderator. Thanks Erythais and best of luck!


That's all for today, Masters! Have a nice start to the week, make sure to tune in for the Dwarves live on Twitch tomorrow & prepare for the Halloween tournament this Saturday ;)

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Monday, October 22, 2018

Minion Masters Monday

Minion Masters!

We can finally come back to our usual update schedule with patch days on Wednesdays. The next update will be Update 80, scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th. If everything goes to plan, we'll shut down the live servers at around 08:00 UTC in the morning.

Masters, get ready for upcoming balance changes!

We know that balance changes is the part most players get excited about. For Update 80, we plan to adjust units like the Musketeer and Cannon Roller, but also a building called Dragon Nest. Here's the complete list of planned balance changes, but please keep in mind that the following is still subject to change and the official patch notes published on Wednesday could differ.

  • Will not gain Frenzy anymore, but Rage when you have a friendly unit with rage on the field.
  • Refunded mana down from 2 to 1
  • Health up from 250 to 275
  • Damage up from 50 to 55
  • Health up from 200 to 230
  • Amount of Crossbow Dudes being summoned by this spell up from 3 to 4
  • Will not activate from 3 mana units any longer, but 4 mana units instead
  • Attack delay down from 800 to 600
  • Mana cost down from 5 to 4
  • Duration down from 45 to 35
  • Health down from 300 to 250
We already gave a short reasoning for the upcoming balance changes last Thursday during our developer stream & you will find the usual 'Developer Comments' in the official patch notes on Wednesday.

Mayhem x2

We'll also introduce a 2vs2 mode to the Mayhem game mode. Enjoy all the craziness of Mayhem game rules with your best friends! The score will be the same for 1vs1 and 2vs2 so you can hop in and out of team play whenever you want.

Update 80 will also introduce bug fixes, amongst others Morgrul will stop cleaving.

King Puff Cup 26

Don't forget to sign-up for the first tournament of King Puff Cup Season 4 powered by AMD, SteelSeries & BetaDwarf Entertainment on Saturday, October 27th at 13:00 UTC. The staff around FFA is preparing for the next high-quality competitive season & invites everyone to participate!

You can find all necessary information right here or if you want to skip the brand new home of the King Puff Cup, here's the link to Toornament, the brand new tournament system of the King Puff Cup.

Halloween is around the corner!

And above you'll see a brand new skin for King Puff, being available on Thursday, October 25th in the in-game shop. But that's not all! Edelweiss & Kishin, two well-known community members, announced a tournament on Saturday, November 3rd at 15:00 UTC. While the complete announcement is not published yet, we know that they plan a 'Halloween Card Pool'. Sounds like a challenge for all of you deck builders out there ;)

Stay tuned for more information on that subject!


That's all for today, Masters! Have a nice start to the week and get ready to cause some Mayhem with your friends coming Wednesday ;)

Cheers from BetaDwarf