Monday, January 14, 2019

Minion Masters Monday

Minion Masters!

It's Minion Masters Monday, which means more weekly news from the BetaDwarf team about upcoming content and community engagements. Today we'll be looking at Update 86, as well as reviewing new additions to the BetaDwarf team.


The Witch Hunter

Update 86 comes soon and aligns neatly with the countdown timer we currently have available in-game for the release of Diona. Our first new master since Milloween, she aligns with the Rise of the Howling Moon Battle Pass and will be bringing her top notch hunting skills to the battlefield to stall, slow, and control the battlefield. We've previewed her live on our Twitch Developer Stream, the VOD of which can be found here, but here's a handy recap of what she can do:

Her Basic Attack is a 15 damage shot from one of her two handheld crossbows once per second. Additionally, Diona spawns a Bear Trap close to her Master Tower every 20 seconds that alternates between the two lanes. When a minion walks over the Bear Trap, they will be damaged and rooted.

Her first and third perk add a Trap card to her deck - Either the Crossbow or Decoy Trap. When a trap card is used, it will change to the other trap when it's put back in your deck. The Crossbow Trap is weak but provides good supporting DPS that can target ground or air units, while the Decoy Trap has a moderate health pool with a Taunt effect. Both Traps can be placed anywhere inside the arena, unlike regular Building cards.

Her second perk has her trusty pup Ruffles bravely venture into the Battlefield to retrieve the spoils of war for his Master. The first time an enemy minion dies while Ruffles is off cooldown, they will drop a special potion that can be worth either 2 Mana, 3 XP or 250 Health. Ruffles will then jump off the Master tower and attempt to bring it back to Diona by walking across the arena and taking a few seconds to secure it, at which point the reward will be given. If Ruffles takes any damage or is stunned before he retrieves the potion, he is sent back to the Master tower and the reward is removed from the battlefield. In either scenario, Ruffles will need to rest for 10 seconds before the perk can activate again.

We're very excited to release Diona to Minion Masters, who will be available for purchase for 775 rubies or 1500 shards from the Master selection screen. Look forward to her in Update 86!

New Year, New Dwarves

We've also been hard at work recruiting new talent to the BetaDwarf team. We're always looking to expand our capabilities to work on new features and content for Minion Masters, which is why we're happy to announce that we've recruited two new Programmers to the team recently who have already been hard at work behind the scenes on both Guild features, and stuff we aren't quite ready to reveal yet. But more hands on the deck certainly means you can see the impact they'll have on Minion Masters soon enough.


King Puff Cup 30

The 30th King Puff Cup will be taking place soon, and with the new year the circuit has been bringing on new management to help make 2019 a great year for Minion Masters E-Sports. Julaiwnl and salbei have joined as administrators and have been working tirelessly to improve the competitive experience for both players and KPC Staff.

The 30th King Puff Cup features a first place prize of an AMD Vega 56 Graphics Card once again, worth an estimated $500, with second place earning a $100 SteelSeries Code. It will take place on January 26th, 2019 at 14:00 UTC, with signups closing on the 25th at the same hour. If those prizes sound good to you then you need to be in it to win it, so make sure you sign up to the tournament right here!

That's all for today, Masters. Next week you'll be able to catch a sneak peek at that elusive Tier 100 Battle Pass skin that we've been hiding away for so long.

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Minion Masters Monday - We're back!

Minion Masters!

The Dwarves are back in the office from their Christmas holidays (well, we've been back since Wednesday actually) and it's time to get cracking on our future updates and content, such as the new master Diona.

Back in the Office

Now that our two week slumber is over, BetaDwarf is back to working on giving our players the best Minion Masters experiences they could hope for in 2019. We told you that 2018 would be a huge year for BetaDwarf, and with our First on Discord promotion combined with going Free to Play on Steam, we're certain all the new voices among our community can agree with that. 

So what lies ahead for 2019? Well, we're working hard on getting our new master Diona the Witch Hunter ready with a current expected timeframe of Update 86, as described by our in-game timer - Though this date is not final if issues occur. Other than that, we'll be continuing to provide new Battle Pass Seasons featuring exciting new content to you - Maybe with more additional Masters down the line? Either way, it'll be a great year to be a player of Minion Masters, and we'll be with you for the ride all the way.

Wolves of the Night

Coming in Update 85 will be some balance changes to cards from the newest Rise of the Howling Moon set. We issued changes to the Bats Bats Bats! card shortly before our winter holiday so that we were able to react to imbalance as soon as we could, and now that we're back from vacation we can re-evaluate the power level of the other cards and adjust them as needed. We'd like to thank you for all the great feedback we've been receiving on the Werewolf cards regarding both the Strengths, and in some cases weaknesses. Our main focus on these changes will be to curb the explosive capabilities of the Werewolf card when they receive substantial buff effects such as Rage by tweaking the base unit's numbers, while reworking the Wolf Among Sheep card to... Well, you'll have to find out tomorrow, won't you?


That's because there will be a Developer Stream live at 1800 UTC on Tuesday the 8th of January, hosted by That Sprite, where we'll be delving into what you can expect from Update 85. Make sure to tune in at our official Twitch channel to get all of the details!

E-Sports

We had quite the active week for Competitive Minion Masters, didn't we? Thehagengnome kicked off the year with his first Gnome Tournament, while the 29th King Puff Cup kept its stride going strong.

The Gnome Tournament series kicked off with spectacular prizes for its entrants, offering $150, a Super Mega Dwarf Pack, and a temporarily exclusive in-game avatar in the fashion of Major Heal from Forced SHOWDOWN! 25 Entrants battled their way to prove their might, with the finals coming down to a matchup between long-time tournament veteran katt and ladder superstar JF, with katt taking the set 4-1 and taking home their prize. It was a great tournament to watch, and we're looking forward to see what Thehagengnome can come up with in his future arrangements.

As for King Puff Cup 29, players fought through the Swiss with the hopes of getting into Top 8 and securing their shot at the $300 SteelSeries gift code, with the majority of its final contestants being relatively new faces to the competitive scene - Divine, Rold, Fanderman, TGXAndy, Lazur and zoom all made it to top 8, but veterans GReY WolF and katt weren't intending on giving them an easy ride to the Grand Finals, with the two facing off. Once again katt upheld his winning streak by taking the set 3-0 and maintaining his consistent results throughout the King Puff Cup season.

It's been great to see all of the Competitive Minion Masters activity sprouting up lately, and we fully encourage our playerbase in their endeavours. Remember, if you have a tournament you want to get off the ground, contact That Sprite on Discord to learn about getting your rewards sponsored.

That's all for today, Masters. Here's to a dwarven 2019!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Thanks for playing in 2018!


It's been a great year for us, thank you to everyone who has been playing Minion Masters in 2018!

The support and kind words we get from you, the players, every day really mean a lot to us.

Whether it is hanging out on Discord or leaving Steam reviews, we love to hear from you. The positivity and passion really gives us a giant boost and we look forward to many more updates and excitement in the new year.

Thank you.

Minion Masters Monday

Minion Masters!

It's the last week before we go on our Christmas Vacation, meaning this will also be the last Minion Masters Monday of the year too. We told you that 2018 would truly be a legendary year for Minion Masters, and we've certainly been through a wild ride! But most importantly of all, we were glad you were here to experience it with us, Masters.


Rise of the Howling Moon

Our fourth Battle Pass Expansion, the Rise of the Howling Moon, starts today! Dive in to our newest update and enjoy 100 new tiers of Battle Pass content. If you need a rough idea of what to expect, head over to our Update website right here! We've had a lot of fun designing and testing this set of cards and we hope you have just as much fun playing them. Let us know on our Discord, Reddit, Stomt and Steam Forums what you think of them after giving them a try in-game!

Please note that Diona the Witch Hunter will not be entering the game until mid-way through the season, at which point the Tier 100 skin will be revealed as well. Happy hunting, Masters!

Winter Holidays at BetaDwarf

The Holidays may indeed be upon us, and that also means we're in the holiday spirit of giving! From the 23rd to the 28th of December there will be eight Featured Offers available in the shop, as well as a special Free item on the 23rd and 24th, courtesy of BetaDwarf. Don't miss it, it might not be around again for a while!

Obviously, with our vacation, it does mean there will not be any blog posts or updates until we've returned in January. Most of the dwarves will be spending time with their families and won't be available for contact, but we will still be present for support inquiries and to prevent any errors from occurring. If you experience issues during this period, leave a message on Steam, Discord or mail support@betadwarf.com, which we'll be routinely checking.

Discord Snowsgiving Tournament

The Discord Snowsgiving Tournament happened last weekend! It was Minion Masters' biggest prize pool tournament yet with over $25,000 on the line, and competition was fierce with nearly 100 participants in the 1v1 bracket. It was streamed live on Discord's official twitch channel, and the finals came down to a shootout between long-time Minion Masters players, with Katt and Memfisto facing off for the grand prize of $2,500. Memfisto took the win and was crowned champion, with Katt taking a cool $1,500 home for second place. 

On the 2v2 side of the event it was a mix of the old and the new, with Partners teaming up with Minion Masters veterans for exciting team based co-ordination. In the end, VangoBG and Kuryoku took home a prize of $5,000 to split between them, while Engineer Gandalf the Pink and ZonkTheDonk took second place with $4,000. It was an exciting tournament to watch with high stakes on the line, and we're looking forward to seeing the competitive spirit ignited in the players continue into the new year!


Happy Holidays from BetaDwarf!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Minion Masters Monday!

Minion Masters!

It's just one week to go until the Battle Pass switches over to the Rise of the Howling Moon, and we're hard at work preparing for the content release. That of course means there is no update this Wednesday, and instead Update 84 will be on Monday, December 17th. If you've missed all of the reveals we've been making in the run-up to the Battle Pass release, you can find them all on our new Update site right here!


Guilds delayed


Last month we delayed Guilds on account of opportunities we wanted to focus on that we believe were better for the game. Well, another month another opportunity, and suddenly we're here, where the work on Guilds hasn't progressed nearly as much as we'd hoped for. Quite simply, the work with the upcoming tournament, as well as preparations for an upcoming [censored] have pressured the team much more than expected.


At this point we don't think it's going be a good release for the feature come the 17th, so we're opting to delay it till after the holidays. We still have details to figure out, but we're changing some planning behind the scenes to get more resources onto the feature. Once again we're sorry about the delay when we gave such a concrete promise, and we want to make up for the disappointment with a little gift. Go ahead and claim this code in the shop:

3ZQ-NPF-LS8

(Valid until Jan 21)

For the future, we want to emphasize that BetaDwarf is committed to delivering the deadlines we promise you, so when things don't go according to plan, or we see a great opportunity we believe will be better for the game that we have to take, we'll provide you with such a gift if the deadline is missed.


Dev Stream Incoming!


Of course, with Update 84 happening on Monday, we need a developer stream to go along with it! This time the date of the stream will be a little off course to meet the Update and will be happening at 18:00 UTC on Saturday, December 15th. We'll be showcasing the new Battle Pass live and maybe even playing a few games so you can see it in action. There'll be lots of Q&A available about the new cards and master, too, we could have a special guest from the developer team, and maybe we'll even be getting into the Xmas spirit with some giveaways? There's only one way to find out, and that's to be there! We'll be going live right here on our twitch channel.


King Puff Cup 28


The 28th King Puff Cup happened on Saturday! The top 8 saw some new faces once again, with Datenshi and Frog Daddy battling it out, the latter ending with a tied third place finish. The finals ultimately came down to a classic matchup of Memfisto vs Katt, with Katt taking the grand prize of a Radeon RX Vega 56 Graphics Card, and Memfisto taking a $100 SteelSeries Code. If you missed out on the action, you can catch up with the VOD right here on the King Puff Cup twitch channel!


That's all for today, Masters! There's lots more news to come on our developer stream, though, so don't forget to be there for the last Developer Stream of the year!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!