Monday, January 22, 2018

Minion Master's Monday - Reworks and Winners

Minion Masters!

Last Monday, we had to tell you about the delay of Update 57. Today, we announce it! How much better could a week possibly start? Correct. With some prize money from the previous King Puff Cup 16.


Expeditions 2.0


After a lot of work and a delay of 7 days, we can finally look forward to release the Expedition rework on Wednesday. Approximately one month ago, we started to reveal the changes we will introduce step by step and now that the release day comes closer, we get more and more excited. Not only to see the rework in action, but also about your feedback and to move on to new features, reworks and improvements.

One more time, we want to give you an overview about the upcoming changes to the Expeditions:
  • Supplies will be removed
  • Relics will be removed
  • Premium Upgrade changes to Gold again
  • Gold is back as a reward
  • Daily Quest will reward Gold again
  • Movement in the Expeditions will be free
  • Expeditions map size will be reduced by roughly 2/3
  • Might can only be acquired by overcoming online challenges. These challenges will contain optional objectives like "Kill 10 minions before they reach your side of the arena".
  • Completing a challenge removes the encounter and rewards you with Might. Important note: You don't have to win the battle, but reach the objective. Progression is possible without winning.
  • PvE encounters are not gone. But they are fewer than before and will test your might
  • Rewards are gone from the map. Beat the last boss to claim your rewards
  • You can only get rewarded once per Expedition
  • Daily income for players stays the same
  • Free Expeditions will be released periodically
Along with these changes, Premium Upgrade will be changed as well. We want to advise you to visit this blog post for all the information you need.

Furthermore, when we shut down the servers on Wednesday, ongoing Expeditions will be stopped and Local Supplies as well as Expedition progress' will be lost. So please make sure to finish ongoing Expeditions prior to the server shut down somewhere between 9 and 11 am UTC.

Your saved Supplies and Relics will be reimbursed. Supplies will be converted to Gold at a 1:0.3 ratio. Every Supply is worth 0.3 Gold. Relics will be converted to Gold at a 1:50 ratio. Every Relic is worth 50 Gold.

That covers the most important things for Wednesday. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask us on Discord, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook or the Steam forums.


King Puff Cup 16


Last Saturday, the King Puff Cup staff presented us another amazing tournament. It was some of the longest tournaments we ever saw and the length of the VOD shows you what we're talking about. By the way: if you missed the live action on Twitch, here's the uncut VOD for you to enjoy!

King Puff Cup 16 introduced a brand new format called Masters and Mercenaries. This format assigned 5 cards to each Master, which were exclusively available for the repective Masters. Mercenary cards were available for all Masters. Besides that brand new format, the list of winners seemed somewhat usual. Nonetheless, we saw very intense battles and high skilled matches. Congratulations to the winners of King Puff Cup 16:
  1. RushSecond - $100
  2. Memfisto - $60
  3. Dirion - $40
  4. Zgriptor - $25
We want to thank every single participant and viewer for supporting us and the King Puff Cup staff. Our thanks go also to said staff for bringing us amazing tournaments over and over again!

Oh and at the end of the VOD, there's a new drawn picture of Daddy Dip ;)

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Masters, that's all for today. The blog post is somewhat shorter since most of you already knew the details aboutz the upcoming changes to the Expeditions and Premium Upgrade. To make up for that, we will have a long patch note news on Wednesday ;)

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Friday, January 19, 2018

Community Happenings - Art and Competition

What's up, Masters? It's Friday again and this time, there's no delay to talk about. Everything regarding the Expedition rework is already discussed, the new Premium and related changes as well. So, what do we talk about today? The answer is Art.

Welcome to the 80s


Zgriptor likes to be creative when he isn't fighting against Minion Armies of other Masters. He also likes the 80s, obviously. This week, he surprised us with two pictures showing Volco and King Puff in an 80s theme.


Volco seems to enjoy the good old times and obviously likes the new theme. This can only be topped by King Puff himself, licking his ring like there's no tomorrow. Note the crown and his saliva dropping down from his tongue and you can probably guess where he was all night.


Thanks, Zgriptor! Wonderful art. Let's see if he can be as creative when it comes to his deck building for the King Puff Cup this Saturday!


Daddy Dip and Mana Puffs


Everybody knows everyone's favorite Dipshit. He's the voice of the King Puff Cup and tells others regularly to stop whining about changes made to Minion Masters they dislike. Well, every community needs a critical voice and a Dad. That's why we love him, don't we?

Anyhow, there was a drawn picture of Dipshit floating around on Discord for some time and we found it. Now, we tried to integrate Dipshit into Minion Masters as a minion, but other minions got scared. King Puff overruled us finally and told us about his relations to Mana Puffs. Turns out, there's indeed a Mana Puff sitting right on Daddy Dips shoulder. That forced us to overthink our decision. What if we integrated Dipshit as a minion and mysteriously Mana Puffs would sit on that minion's shoulders?

Even without him being a minion, here's the indeed wonderful drawn piece of art:


Lovely, isn't it? Daddy Dip with a Mana Puff on his shoulder, ready to broadcast live on Twitch (that's what we guess), a Grandmaster badge on his jacket and pretty red hair. Could fit with the 80s themes from Zgriptor, what do you think?

King Puff Cup featuring Masters and Mercenaries


Masters, one last thing. The sign up for King Puff Cup 16 is closed! There was a deadline until January 18th at 14:00 UTC to submit your list of Masters and a link to your Steam profile. Don't know what this is all about? Here's the official announcement on Reddit. By the way: King Puff Cup 16 introduces a brand new format called Masters and Mercenaries. You don't want to miss that, do you?

That's all for today, Masters! We wish everybody participating in the upcoming King Puff Cup good luck and are excited to see you on the live stream on Saturday at 14:00 UTC on Twitch.

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Monday, January 15, 2018

Minion Master's Monday - Delays and Premium Upgrades

It's Minion Master's Monday and we sure hope you had an amazing weekend! The start of the week brings a news, some of you will not be happy about. Today, we have two things to talk about. The first thing is the delay of Update 57 for one week. The second thing is the upcoming changes to the Premium Upgrade. Shall we?


Update 57 delayed?


Most of you might have spotted this already in-game. We changed the timer for Update 57 last Friday. Instead of next Wednesday, we rescheduled Update 57 to Wednesday, January 24th. The reason for that is, that we want to present you the best possible experience and we had doubts, that this goal would have been achievable by next Wednesday. That's why we decided to delay Update 57.

We hope you understand the reason behind our decision. Let's look forward to an amazing release of the Expedition rework in one week!

Changes to the Premium Upgrade


Now, let's move on to said rework. Expeditions will change a lot. With the removal of Supplies, Gold will come back as a reward kind of like before we introduced the first Expeditions. That means that the Premium Upgrade has to change, as well. Here's how the new Premium Upgrade will look like on our Steam Store Page:
  • 2500 Rubies
  • 500 Shards
  • 5 Power Tokens
  • 50% Gold win bonus forever
  • 20% XP win bonus forever
  • 6 additional deck slots
Everything you read above is what a user will get when buying Premium after the Expedition rework.

Now, many users already purchased Premium. To be exact, some users had the very first Premium Upgrade, which we changed with the economy changes back when we introduced the first Expeditions. And here is where it gets a bit complex. We need to cover Legacy Premium users (Premium 1.0) and Supplies Premium users (Premium 2.0).

Let's take a look what an owner of the current Premium Upgrade (Premium 2.0) will get with Update 57:
  • 300 Rubies
  • 5 Power Tokens
  • 50% Gold win bonus forever (replaces 20% Gold win bonus)
  • 6 additional deck slots
This bonuses will be added to all existing bonuses! That means, if you already own Premium 2.0, you will not miss out on anything. Instead, you will get the new bonuses on top.

Legacy Premium users will get even more since we changed a product twice, which they bought:
  • 300 Rubies
  • 5 Power Tokens
  • 100% Gold bonus to matches & quests for 1 year
  • 50% Gold win bonus forever (when 100% buff runs out)
  • 6 additional deck slots
To summarize that: all your bonuses will transfer, and any new stuff we add to the new Premium will also be added to yours. For example, people who have bought Premium before the last change kept their double income buff (it was just changed from Gold to Supplies) despite it not being in the new Premium. At the same time, the new Premium got a permanent 20% Supply income bonus, which was also added to the old Premium.

Additionally, we also give people a small bonus because we changed stuff on something they bought.

In short, if you bought the legacy Premium version, you could get the value of up to 3 Premium versions for that early purchase. Even if not, you will still get all bonuses added to your existing bonuses. And with a 50% Gold win bonus forever, even users that will buy Premium after Update 57 will have a significantly higher income - forever!


Masters, that's all for today. We will spend the majority of our time this week to finish and polish the Expedition rework and add additional features to Update 57, along with bug fixes. We're sorry for the delay, but we don't feel like it's worth it to rush such a big rework. In the end, we all want to have fun with Minion Masters and must ensure we provide the best possible experience to do so.

Thanks for your understanding and ongoing support!

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Friday, January 12, 2018

Community Happenings - A brand new format & a preview

It's Friday. This week is about to end, but the outlook for next week is very exciting. On Monday, we will have an in-depth look at the changes for the Premium Upgrade, Wednesday is patch day and next Saturday is all about Masters & Mercenaries.


Masters, get ready for a brand new format


Last Tuesday, the King Puff Cup staff surprised us with an early announcement of King Puff Cup 16 on Saturday, January 20th at 14:00 UTC. While an early announcement would be just that, the content revealed a brand new format called "Masters & Mercenaries".

The tournament itself will be somewhat similar to the last Conquest tournament. First of all, there are bans. Means, when you play in the group stage, you and your opponent will ban 2 Masters from each other. These Masters are not allowed to be used for the duration of the matchup. You and your opponent will only see the chosen Masters, not the decks! Chosen Masters? Yea, right. When you sign up, you have to submit 4 Masters along with a link to your Steam profile page. Only these Masters can be used during the tournament. Please note, that in Best of 5 matches, only one Master gets banned by you and your opponent.

Next, Masters which won a game will be banned for the rest of the matchup. If you won a game with Settsu for instance, you cannot use her again during the same matchup. This, however, does not affect the decks.

Now, let's come to the Masters & Mercenaries part. Each Master got assigned 5 cards. These 5 cards can only be used with the specific Master. However, you don't have to use these cards! Mercenary cards are available to all Masters. And like mentioned before, you could build a deck from Mercenary cards only! Here's an overview of all the Master cards and the Mercenaries!

To make it easier for you to check if a specific decklist complies with the rules, Omicron made a little tool: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eQErz5XJ8VMsCijV9vYA5vEkorV385ky6mo6BZnIhic/edit?usp=sharing

Please note, that you are allowed to edit your decklists during the whole tournament and matchups. Wild cards are banned as usual and you're limited by the 4 Masters you chose while you signed up!

Speaking of signing up... besides competing for honor & glory, there's a $225 prize pool split amongst the Top4 of the tournament! Choose your Masters, copy your Steam profile link and sign up today!


Questions, questions and more questions


We do receive a lot of questions from you. Late 2017, we decided to introduce a format called Ask the Dwarves. That format simply makes it so, that you can send questions to Erythais (on Discord) or thomas@betadwarf.com if you prefer emails. Questions asked that way will be gathered and 3-4 randomly chosen questions will be answered in our Friday blog posts. All other questions will be answered as well, of course, but not here on the blog ;)

This week, questions were again about the upcoming changes to the Expeditions. These questions were more or less the same questions we saw a week ago, so instead of answering them one by one, we will give you another overview of the upcoming changes:
  • Supplies will be removed
  • Relics will be removed
  • Premium Upgrade changes to Gold again
  • Gold is back as a reward
  • Daily Quest will reward Gold again
  • Movement in the Expeditions will be free
  • Expeditions map size will be reduced by roughly 2/3
  • Might can only be acquired by overcoming online challenges. These challenges will contain optional objectives like "Kill 10 minions before they reach your side of the arena".
  • Completing a challenge removes the encounter and rewards you with Might. Important note: You don't have to win the battle, but reach the objective. Progression is possible without winning.
  • PvE encounters are not gone. But they are fewer than before and will test your might
  • Rewards are gone from the map. Beat the last boss to claim your rewards
  • You can only get rewarded once per Expedition
  • Daily income for players stays the same
  • Free Expeditions will be released periodically
Additionally, your saved Supplies and Relics will be reimbursed. They will be converted to Gold as follows:
  • Supplies will be converted by 1:0.3. Every Supply is worth 0.3 Gold.
  • Relics will be converted by 1:50. Every Relic is worth 50 Gold.
By the way, here's a little picture from the new expeditions:


Please note, that this screenshot does not show the final version! But you can see the new quest givers for the challenges as well as Might pillars being blocked behind challenges. Supplies, Local Supplies, and Relics are already removed, which makes it so that Stormbringer can move around totally free and unlimited by any resource. For a bigger version of that screenshot, here you go!

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That's all, Masters! Please make sure to look out for our Monday blog post, when we discuss the upcoming changes to the Premium Upgrade and don't forget to train your skills on the flying arenas and participate in the next King Puff Cup 16!

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Monday, January 8, 2018

Minion Master's Monday - Come closer, it's 2018

Another week, another Minion Master's Monday! How was your weekend, Masters? We sure hope fine. Our weekend was amazing since we love to watch Minion Masters matches, especially when they are happening in a competitive environment. And we're happy that the King Puff Cup staff gave us exactly that!


Live @ King Puff Cup


Last Saturday, the first live broadcasted Minion Masters tournament happened. King Puff Cup 15 brought viewers around the globe a new experience. For the first time, the casters were commentating games live, instead of commentating replays. And we want to thank OneCanOfSprite & Tengs for their casting - you did a great job, guys! But there's more to run such a tournament. That's why we also thank all the moderators and, of course, 3FFA & Dipshit!

It was the first live commentated tournament, but in the end, we saw the usual top performers doing their thing. However, Memfisto not making it to the final stage was definitely a surprise. He wasn't able to overcome Sain and lost his match during the group stage 1:2.

The final stage brought us all the big names: boxes, OrpheusEndeZR, Dirion, RushSecond, Zgriptor, the Angry Snail (GrafSchnecke or ecke), Sain, and PakoMANIAC. Okay, okay... not only the big names! But players which beat the group stage and earned it to be one of the Top8 of King Puff Cup 15.

Along the way to the grand finals, GrafSchnecke and PakoMANIAC were the first to be eliminated. The Angry Snail lost to Zgriptor and Sain, whereas PakoMANIAC found no way to overcome Dirion and OrpheusEndeZR. Sain and OrpheusEndeZR followed ecke and PakoMANIAC, which divided the Top8 by half.

In losers round 3, RushSecond beat boxes 2:0 and made it to the losers finals, where he faced Zgriptor again. Zgriptor managed to beat RushSecond once, but this time, RushSecond turned the tides of the battle after being behind by 2 games. This 'Reverse-Sweep' decided that Zgriptor will get the 3rd place and goes home with $40.

In the grand finals, Dirion waited for RushSecond. The first set of the finals was a clear 3:1 for RushSecond. In the second set, however, Dirion played his Red Golem Ratbo like no other can and managed to get a 2:0 lead relatively quickly. The third game was a real surprise. RushSecond decided that he cannot beat Dirion's deck, but he can try to play the same deck. He copied Dirion's list and the game started. All the last games, Dirion ran no real Cleaver, but one copy of the Illusory Cleaver. This time, however, he surprised RushSecond with a real Cleaver and managed to win the third and deciding game. In the end, Dirion took the 1st place, while RushSecond rushed to the 2nd place.

Thanks to all participants and viewers from BetaDwarf! Your engagement and support by participating and watching means a lot to us. Congratulations to the winners!

In case you couldn't make it to the live stream yesterday, enjoy the VOD right here!


What's next, Dwarves?


Expeditions rework is next. We're working hard on the rework and since we already announced the release date, we have to work even harder ;) Therefore, we will skip the weekly update schedule. Yes, you got that right: no patch on Wednesday this time.

Our list of updates until the official release is still long enough to have a lot of talks and discussions, so stay tuned! And in the meantime, just enjoy the current Expeditions. But please be aware that any progress in the Expeditions as well as 'Local Supplies' will be gone once the in-game counter hits 0.

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There's not much more to say at this point and we hope you're just as excited as we are about the new Expeditions. Now, hop into the battles on the flying arenas, Masters! There's always another battle to fight, another Minion Army to overcome and another opponent to beat.

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Friday, January 5, 2018

Community Happenings - Live Broadcasts and Answers

The first week of 2018 comes to an end and we have two important topics to discuss today. This weekend, competitive Minion Masters starts its 2018 journey and that means King Puff Cup returns with a $225 prize pool split amongst the Top4 participants. Additionally, the Expeditions rework has finally a set date to be released and we want to go over some details you definitely need to know prior to this update.

 Expeditions Reloaded


We discussed the most important upcoming changes to the Expeditions in our last couple of blog posts, already. Nevertheless, we want to give you another overview of what will happen:




  • Supplies will be removed
  • Relics will be removed
  • Premium Upgrade changes to Gold again
  • Gold is back as a reward
  • Daily Quest will reward Gold again
  • Movement in the Expeditions will be free
  • Expeditions map size will be reduced by roughly 2/3
  • Might can only be acquired by overcoming online challenges. These challenges will contain optional objectives like "Kill 10 minions before they reach your side of the arena".
  • Completing a challenge removes the encounter and rewards your with Might. Important note: You don't have to win the battle, but reach the objective. Progression is possible without winning.
  • PvE encounters are not gone. But they are fewer than before and will test your might
  • Rewards are gone from the map. Beat the last boss to claim your rewards
  • You can only get rewarded once per Expedition
  • Daily income for players stays the same
  • Free Expeditions will be released periodically
In addition to that overview, we will answer the most asked questions.

What happens to our Supplies and Relics after the update?

Your saved Supplies and Relics will be reimbursed. They will be converted to Gold as follows:
  • Supplies will be converted by 1:0.3. Every Supply is worth 0.3 Gold.
  • Relics will be converted by 1:50. Every Relic is worth 50 Gold.
I loved the PvE aspect of Expeditions. Will this feature be gone?

Like stated in the overview above, the new Expeditions will contain PvE fights, but the encounters are reduced. PvE fights are necessary to progress towards your rewards, though! The few encounters will test your might, which you gathered by completing the PvP challenges. After you have beaten the last boss, you can claim your rewards.

Should I still run Expeditions or save my resources?

That's up to personal preference. We will reimburse your Supplies and Relics with Gold. Please note, that the update is still 11 days away. When we get closer to the update it is important to remember that:
  • Ongoing expeditions will be stopped
  • Local supplies and progress will be lost

King Puff Cup broadcasted live 


With the implementation of the Spectator mode, the King Puff Cup staff decided to utilize this new feature for their first live broadcasting of a tournament. In the past, matches were broadcasted via replays, since spectating the matches was not possible. Spectator mode and live broadcasting is the next step to bring competitive Minion Masters closer to the viewers.

OneCanOfSprite and Tengs will be your hosts on Saturday, January 6th at 14:00 UTC live on Twitch. The official announcement doesn't give us any hints how they plan to cast the matches and if that means more downtime between matches for the participants. If you have any questions on that subject, please feel free to contact FFA or Dipshit on Discord or write an email to kingpuffcup@gmail.com.

By the way: you are still able to sign up for King Puff Cup 15 and participate for glory, honor and $225 in the prize pool! Remember that your participation grants you points depending on your performance within the tournaments. The 16 point leaders will be invited to the King Puff Cup Invitational in late February this year.

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That's all, Masters. Feel free to go back to the flying arenas and practice your skills or clear one or two of the current Expeditions!

Cheers from BetaDwarf

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Minion Master's... Tuesday - 2018 Edition

Happy new year to you, Masters! And welcome to Minion Masters in 2018 ;)

This is our first blog post of the new year and tomorrow the first update of the year follows. According to user feedback, some actions we take during new patches are perceived kind of "abruptly". Users would have had an easier time with some sort of pre-announcement. We thought about that and came to the conclusion, that we do not want to reveal changes in detail prior to the official patch notes (because things can still change sometimes), but we want to give you a brief "walkthrough".

Update 56


On Wednesday, together with the patch, our winter event "The Frostival" ends. That means the gifts can no longer be found, Father Frostival Mordar can no longer be acquired and the three cards are available through spins, chests, crafting and so forth.

We will also introduce changes to Wizard Puff, Soul Stealer and Fire Imp. The Wizard Puff receives a targeting adjustment for the on death effect. Soul Stealer and Fire Imp will be buffed slightly. These are no major changes regarding stats or mechanics, just adjustments in order to bring these cards more inline with other cards and hopefully raise their usage.

Furthermore, we adjust the pings for 2vs2 mode. This is a Quality of Life adjustment and will change their activation slightly. The patch also contains several bug fixes, like usual.


Expeditions rework


The last two blog posts contained information about the Expedition rework we are currently working on. To clear that up again: we do not have a set date for releasing the new Expeditions, yet. All we can state right now is, that this rework will not happen tomorrow, but early this year. We're working hard on it in order to deliver the new experience as soon as possible.

The new Expeditions will be both: challenging and rewarding. Challenging, because you have to defeat bosses and overcome challenges with objectives in order to get might and rewards. Rewards are gone from the map, there's no more walking around and spending Supplies for backtracking to reach that Gold pile at the edge of the map. Speaking about Supplies: they are gone as well, together with Relics.

The new Expeditions will be smaller and thus quicker, while the daily income for players will stay the same. The focus is more PvP oriented, since this is what Minion Masters promises: online battles against real players. Furthermore, the economy changes back to a state kind of like before the introduction of Supplies and Relics, since both resources are gone and thus not available anymore through rewards for ranking up, leveling up, completing Daily Quests and so forth.

If you have any questions about the new Expeditions, please feel free to ask! We want to encourage you to make use of our new format "Ask the Dwarves", which we include in our Friday posts. You can send questions to Erythais, our Community Manager, via email (thomas@betadwarf.com) and 3-5 random chosen questions will be answered by us in the blog post. A big rework like that is the perfect opportunity to make use of that format ;)


King Puff Cup 2018


The King Puff Cup returns after its Christmas break with a 1vs1 Metabreaker tournament on January 6th. According to an internal source, we will see the following rules:
  • Wild Cards are banned
  • Scrat Pack, Cursebearer and Scrat Horde are banned
  • A link to your Steam Profile must be submitted
  • Your steam account must be at least level 1 and in good standing with Valve to participate
  • The tournament will be live casted by Tengs and OneCanOfSprite
We're still waiting for the official announcement, so watch the Steam forums and Reddit, closely! There's only four more tournaments before the King Puff Invitational happens on February 24th, so make sure to participate to earn your invitation.

Minion Masters, we are proud and happy to have you with us on that journey. On a journey, that will have many highlights this year. Even if it's kind of semi-promising, but 2018 will truly become legendary. Stay tuned.

Cheers from BetaDwarf