Friday, March 22, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

While the dust settles in regards to the balance changes and new card in Update 90, it's time for us at the BetaDwarf offices to get cracking in regards to the Zen-Chi Zap Mini-Pass. Expect to hear more on that soon. There is, however, an update due to occur before then, as Zen-Chi Zap is currently aligned for Update 92.


So, what next?

That means we have Update 91 to fill, and we'll hopefully be continuing last update's trend of fixing up bugs and applying general polish to Minion Masters. We'll also be holding a rerun of the Memote Melee, giving you another chance to get your choice from WutPuff, PuffChamp and Puffa once you open one of those chests for their respective team! Other then that, there'll be lots of exciting announcements coming in the next few weeks on the Zen-Chi Zap update webpage in the leadup to its release. Later today we'll be revealing the first card of the new set, so stay tuned for that! You can check out the page right here.


Discord Emote Contest carries on!

Don't forget to enter while you can, Masters! The Minion Masters Emote Contest will be running until the 3rd of April, at which point three winners will be selected to have their emotes added to the Minion Masters server! We've seen a lot of good entries so far, and a lot of dedication with the amount of effort users have put in. So don't forget to enter for your chance to have your work immortalised - Check out the contest details here!


King Puff Cup 33

The last King Puff Cup before the King Puff Invitational happens next weekend, on March 30th!

"Are you looking to show everyone who is the best Minion Master?
Are you interested in winning some amazing prizes?
Are you ready to become the new King Puff Cup Champion?
Don't wait any longer, King Puff Cup 33 is taking place on March 30th at 14:00 UTC, 6:00 PST, 9:00 EST, 15:00 CET, with a prize pool of $800 for the Top 8 players, and giving the champion the $500 SteelSeries code!"

If any of that sounds interesting to you, then sign up today on their tournament page and join their Discord server to show the world you're the best Minion Masters player there is!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

Welcome to the new Friday Minion Masters blog post, and there's lots to share about this patch and future content for Minion Masters! Firstly, we've got the long-awaited arrival of an old friend for some of our veteran players, as decided by our community in the Card House Contest!


A Stormy's Coming

Stormy, Stormbringer's elemental sidekick, will be releasing to Minion Masters with Update 90! This Legendary Zen-Chi card will be guaranteed to shock your foes, and bring all the elemental power you need to the Minion Masters battlefield. Stormy will be craftable in-game for 2000 shards, or obtained through Power Token spins, like any other Legendary Card. There'll be more news on exactly what Stormy does on our Developer Stream this Monday, so stay tuned!

Battle for Light's Reach extension + Zen-Chi Zap

On a similar Zen-Chi note, we have news about our current Battle Pass as well as the next. Firstly, Battle For Light's Reach will have its duration extended by 1 week, so that it runs until April 17th. Secondly, the next Battle Pass, Zen-Chi Zap, will be what we're referring to as a "Mini-Pass". What's different, you might ask?

  • The Mini-Pass is intended to be a shorter experience, and thus easier to complete.
  • Everything is halved!
    • Half the price
    • Half the tiers
    • Half the cards/skins
    • Half the duration
The Mini-Pass is an experiment to try out different Battle Pass formats, as well as to help us align our production schedules on our end. They also allow us to express different races and affinities more efficiently, so doing a smaller pass in between the larger ones gives us more opportunities to develop our game world. Note that we aren't currently permanently switching to this new Mini-Pass format, and we currently plan for there to be a fully fledged Battle Pass once this ends.

But while everything might be halved, the excitement will remain just the same! We've heard rumours of a certain fiery spirit getting an upgrade that will be coming alongside this Battle Pass... Keep an eye on our Update pages later today for the launch of our Zen-Chi Zap page.


Dwarf Stream incoming!

With Update 90 releasing on Wednesday, it's only appropriate that there be a Developer Stream to accompany it! On the new date of Monday the 18th, you can join BetaDwarf Community Manager That Sprite as he walks you through everything you need to know about the new update, from Stormy, to Balance Changes, to answering your questions about the Mini-Pass format, to maybe even some Viewer Games. Make sure you tune in on the Minion Masters Twitch Stream at 1800 UTC to hang out with our awesome community! Rumour has it, the upcoming Balance Changes will have some love for a certain little box...

BetaDwarf @ San Francisco Game Developers Conference

BetaDwarf will be bringing Minion Masters to the 2019 GDC! You can find us in the Xbox booth from Wednesday the 20th to Saturday the 23rd, where you can meet UncleOwnage and BaboonLord as they show off our fully playable Xbox One port of Minion Masters! If you're in the area, stop by and take the time to chat with them! For details of the Game Developers Conference, just check their website right here. We hope to see some of you there!


King Puff Cup 32 Recap

The 32nd King Puff Cup happened last Saturday. Were you watching? We were, and it was a fantastic display of competitive Minion Masters throughout the show! After a tough Swiss stage full of nailbiting sets, Top 8 showed to be a fierce competition in which multi-tournament winner katt was eliminated 3-2 by CroakerX, who then proceeded to power through long time tournament veteran Dirion on his way to the Grand Finals! Meanwhile, King Puff Cup 31's runner-up Mattie made an impressive showing once again, taking down both videogamer77 and TomatoMato to compete for the top prize. Both players had a phenomenal tournament, and CroakerX ended up being crowned champion in a 3-2 set. 

It was a fantastic tournament, and we're all looking forward to what the King Puff Cup can produce next! There's only one more tournament left until the King Puff Cup Qualifiers start, and we're certain that this one is shaping up to be an event to remember. You can catch up on the VODs of KPC 32 here - Group Stage Top 8

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Minion Masters Emote Contest!


Minion Masters!

We're here today to bring you another Community art-based contest! This time, it's emotes, with a special prize of having your works immortalized on the Minion Masters Discord Server! Here's how you can enter:


  1. Make a cool Minion Masters emote! They don't have to be just puffs, but the general guideline for an emote is a 1:1 ratio emoticon, like the ones you'd see in-game. Make sure that it looks nice as a downscaled emote, too, as that may affect your chances.
  2. Head over to the official Minion Masters discord at http://discord.gg/minionmasters and post your entry in the #emote-contest channel.
  3. Once the Contest ends on the 3rd of April, three winners will be chosen by us. The winners will have their emotes added to the Minion Masters Discord for everyone to use, as well as a special credit in the FAQ!
  • Emotes must be Minion Masters related and not use copyrighted material that isn't from BetaDwarf.
  • Entries must be your own original works. Any medium can be used to create them.
  • Entries must be Safe For Work.
The contest runs from the 13th of March to the 3rd of April, 0900 UTC. Good luck, Masters!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Voidborne Onslaught DLC - 100% off!

Minion Masters! 


Get it today on Steam or Discord!

It's a jam-packed weekend full of exciting events in the arenas!

Firstly, the new Voidborne Onslaught DLC is available for FREE for this week only! This pack is worth $15 and comes with the following:
  • Animated Voidborne Onslaught Avatar
  • Animated Voidborne Onslaught Emote
  • 3x Colossus
  • 5x Succubus
  • 20x Rammer
  • 40x Nether Bat
  • 40x Morgrul's Ragers
  • 5x Power Tokens

Next, Twitch sensation Kripparian (nl_kripp) will be streaming Minion Masters this Saturday at 10 CET! Rumour has it he has a special promotion to hand out, too... Check out his Twitch stream right here.

We will also be having the Fashion Weekend event! Grab a free skin from the shop and browse some great sales, and take part in a Special Quest to earn some free gold!

Finally, make sure to tune in to the 32nd King Puff Cup happening tomorrow at 1400 UTC! Watch high level competitive Minion Masters players duel it out live on stream with a variety of casting talent from the community at the King Puff Cup channel

Monday, March 4, 2019

Minion Masters Monday - Unified

Minion Masters!

Update 89 is right around the corner, and we've been working hard on a brand new feature to help spice up your Guilds experience. We're even including a few changes in this patch based upon your feedback! More on that later, though, as there are two subjects we need to address before continuing.

Schedules for the future

Firstly, the schedule of the Blog Posts and Developer Streams is going to change starting next week. We felt the timing of the two would often clash and make one or the other redundant, and want to space them out to better suit a Patch release. To this end, blog posts will start being released on Fridays while future Developer Streams (excluding the one happening tomorrow) will occur on Mondays. That means the next blog post will be Friday the 15th of March and we will be dropping the Minion Masters Monday name.

Balance Schedule

Secondly, normally we would have an announcement saying there will be balance changes coming in this patch, as it's been a month since our previous balance pass (We typically aim for balance changes once per month). However, we try to avoid doing Balance Patches on the same week as the King Puff Cup as it can be unfair to players in the competitive Minion Masters scene to have to rethink a lot of their strategies and deckbuilding just two days before the signup deadline occurs. As such, there are no balance changes in Update 89, but they will be coming in Update 90 instead. If you have particular Balance requests or ideas, make sure to forward them to us in all of our usual communication channels as we try to make sure to read all of them once we start drawing up plans for changes.


Art of Conquest

Guild Conquest is coming to Minion Masters! Guild Conquest is where the best will rise to the top, receiving both prestige and rewards as you work with your friends to show everyone that you have the best Guild around! Represent your team and give your all in the gauntlet of champions, unlock rewards for your whole guild, and if you're good enough, get the top prize!  If you're looking for a full, in-depth explanation of the Guild Conquest feature, you'll want to tune in to our Developer Stream...



Happening tomorrow at 1800 UTC! Join BetaDwarf Community Manager That Sprite for the full reveal of the new Guild Conquest feature, as well as a breakdown of everything else that's coming in this patch.


Unity 2018

Update 89 signifies a fairly big change behind the scenes, too, as we update Minion Masters to Unity 2018! This was important for us to do as the new version gives us better developer tools to create more varied and better looking graphics in the future. We've also taken the opportunity to change our colourspace values, giving us more colours to work with in the future. Important to note that with this upgrade, DirectX 9 will no longer be supported by Minion Masters.


King Puff Cup 32

The 32nd King Puff Cup happens soon, Masters! Happening this Saturday on March 9th, players will compete once again for an $800 prize pool, and we're certain there'll be the same high quality of tournament play that we saw last time. Make sure you're there to watch or play, and if you're playing, make sure you contact Julaiwnl#9260 or Salbei#0483 on Discord in order to receive your new King Puff Cup Passport! Sign up here!

That's all for today, Masters. Make sure to stop by our Developer Stream tomorrow, and gather your best allies for the new Guild Conquest feature!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!