Friday, June 14, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

The release of Morellia the Lich Queen is upon us, and there's much to talk about in regards to gameplay content coming in 1.2. Morellia will be shown off in full in our Developer Stream that will be announced later in this post, but in the meantime we've also started finalizing the balance changes that will be showing up, so we're happy to be able to show some of them off today.

Balance Changes

One of our most anticipated changes coming to Minion Masters is the rework of Guardian. Guardian is a card that has proven particularly problematic as the card collection developed due to its high potential to protect otherwise vulnerable, but powerful Minion combos from removal effects or general smaller sources of damage. With spells such as Black Hole in consideration, dealing with such combos became a difficult endeavour.

  • Guardian
  • Mana Cost 6 > 5
  • Damage 60 > 80
  • Now only protects Crystal Elves
  • Crystal Construct
  • Damage 60 > 80
We opted to have Guardian fit more of a faction-based niche to fit thematically with the theme of the Crystal Elf Constructs while at the same time greatly reducing the potential for abusive combinations that can be made with the card, while still retaining its core identity. There's still the potential to set up powerful pushes with the existing Crystal Elf cards, and there are certain to be more cards from the faction printed in the future to compliment the existing set. Additionally, we opted to decrease the mana cost so that it might be more usable as a trade-off to its new restriction, and we've also added a small damage buff aimed at giving Crystal Construct a bit of a nudge towards relevancy again.

  • Snake Druid
  • Root Duration 2 > 6 seconds
  • HP 60 > 80
Snake Druid, while a much beloved card of a small audience, suffered from how easily it could be picked off from small units, meaning that it often failed to get much value after its initial play. By increasing the HP he remains a bit more survivable, though easy to deal with on his own. More significant, however, is the increase of the Root Duration that will primarily apply once Snake Druid has been removed or forced to stop attacking, ensuring that the card will gain value.

This is only the beginning of the balance changes we have to show off, however - To learn more, you'll need to stop by...

The BetaDwarf Developer Stream!

Join us on Monday, the 17th where Community Manager That Sprite will be covering all of the changes coming in v1.2, as well as some live gameplay of Morellia! Stop by at 19:00 UTC+2 on our Twitch Account to learn all of the juicy details.

Mystery Skin Revealed!

As many have also speculated the Mystery Skin from the Battle Pass will also be arriving in v1.2, and is a Legendary Skin for our new master Morellia! You can read all about her on our Update Site if you need to get up to speed. We'll be checking out the model in-game on our Developer Stream, but here's a special preview of her Legendary skin (left) and her default model (right):

Prince Puff Cup 2

The second Prince Puff Cup is happening tomorrow, brought to you by the King Puff Cup! Promising more Sideboard gameplay, and with the winner walking away with a Super Mega Dwarf Pack and the prestigious Dynasty Milloween skin, we can expect more intense competitive action! Find out all the details of the tournament right here.

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

Minion Masters Friday - Morellia the Lich Queen!

Minion Masters!

Exciting times ahead, Masters! We're hard at work on Version 1.2 which will provide a new Master and a wide range of Balance Changes to help shake up the meta. We also just finished our second Fanart Contest which was full of high quality community content.

Morellia the Lich Queen

Coming in Version 1.2 is our new Master. We've already talked about her in our last blog post, but today we can show off far more than before. You'll be able to find all the gameplay details about her in the full reveal on our Update Site, but here we're going to give you a sneak peek into how she looks in-game:

Ah, but there's still that Mystery skin to reveal, right? Perhaps a future Development Stream can shed some light upon the matter...

Morellia the Lich Queen will be added to Minion Masters with the release of Version 1.2 on the 19th of June.

PTR Testing for 1.2 Balance Changes

Recently we opened signups for our PTR to help us test Morellia and some Balance Changes ahead of Version 1.2. We've been receiving some fantastic information, but we aren't quite ready to announce the full list of changes while we make some final touches to them. We'll be showcasing some of them next Friday though, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, we'd still love more applications to the PTR, though the response speed may be a bit longer this time around. Thanks for your help!

Streamer Spotlight: Mogabie

Today we'll also be showing off a dedicated Minion Masters streamer - Mogabie! At Level 173, Mogabie is a long time experienced Minion Masters player to learn from, and he's been a very active member of the community for a long time, having streamed Minion Masters since before we even released on Discord! Here's what he has to say about his stream:

"Fun and rich in content, my stream is a place where you can come from work/school and unwind while watching some funny stuff and playing some games with me. I have over 2k hours of gameplay in Minion Masters and usually, get to Top 10 GMs. I prefer to play Premades so I can play with the Masters in our community regardless of rank. So if you are looking to have a chill time with some tunes and play some Minion Master, stop by to say hello and let's get our Minion on."
If that sounds like the kind of stream for you, you can find him streaming frequently right here.

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bones & Bravery Fanart Contest - Results!

Minion Masters!

Just before our release into Version 1.0, we asked you to once again come up with the best Minion Masters Fanart you could think of with a special Bones & Bravery flavoured twist. And once again, the talented creators that submitted impressed us with a wide range of styles and quality entries. Thanks again for making this such a fantastic experience for us on the Dev team! Without further ado, let's get right into our picks:

Honorable Mentions

Once again, there was just too much good stuff to choose from! We don't want to exclude people who really stood out from the crowd, so here's our Honorable Mentions and their artists:

The Winners!

These three submissions in particular though stole the show for us!

LordMonchis' rendition of Nyrvir and King Puff enjoying a break from all the fighting for a spot of tea perfectly captured the Minion Masters spirit and was a fantastic entry that both impressed and warmed our hearts.

Kerim's Morellia was a fantastically done piece with a lot of care put into the details of her outfit, with a huge resolution and excellent colouring that left our art department in awe - A great piece of our upcoming Master!

Hede takes first place though, with a beautifully stylized Mordar that stood out as truly unique from the rest of the competition. Thick, cartoony outlines help capture that menacing Mordar charm while using fantastically contrasting colours to catch the eye, it's our pick for the winner of the Bones & Bravery Fanart Contest.

If you want to check out all of these submissions in full resolution and more, stop by our Discord and check out the Fanart Contest channels in our Archive section. Keep your ears to the streets for more fun competitions in the future!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!