Friday, October 11, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

1.6 is rapidly approaching, so we've got lots of news to be sharing regarding it.

Balance Changes


We've got a number of changes coming to cards both recent and old in this update. Here's a quick look at a few of them ahead of time:

Ritual of Servitude
  • Maximum mana cost of the Minion summoned is now 6
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  • Developer Comments: While Ritual of Servitude was great at enabling high cost decks that didn't need to rely on a high cycle to be effective, its ability to consistently put out massive minions at a fraction of their cost could feel very oppressive to play against, giving some decks an impossible matchup, especially in 2v2 matches where the second player on a team could cover the deck's weaknesses with additional bridge capture or defense when necessary.
Disruptor Puffs
  • Count 2 > 1
  • Mana 2 > 1
  • New Effect: When Disruptor Puff reaches the middle of a bridge, it teleports to the other bridge, then jumps back every 6 seconds.
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  • Developer Comments: By reworking Disruptor Puffs we wanted to solve a number of goals at once. Firstly, we wanted to get rid of the previous design of the card as it felt difficult to balance with how explosive and uninteractive its primary effect was. Secondly, we wanted to create some form of efficient 1 mana bridge capture that had counterplay possibilities and wasn't strong offensively in order to make its inclusion in a deck a considered choice the player has to make. We hope that the new role this Puff has can fulfill those purposes.
Spawn of Fury
  • Now selects a random minion within a targeted AoE
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  • Developer Comments: Spawn of Fury's greatest weakness was that it required the board to be empty of allied minions in order to be used effectively against a specific minion. This often made the card unplayable in 2v2, and in 1v1 it could create predictable lightning bolt setups or be an easily telegraphed tactic to let your opponent know you're about to try a big push.
We've got more change coming soon, and there's one perfect place to find out about all of them in one go. That of course would be...

The Dwarf Stream



We've got a Developer Stream for Version 1.6 occurring on next Monday, the 14th of October! Hosted by Community Manager That Sprite, we'll be showing off all the upcoming balance changes and the new Apep Rework in action live! Make sure to be there at 17:00 UTC on the BetaDwarf Twitch Stream!

Sinobii's October Battleground Qualifier Tournament


TEAM MANA FRENZY is excited to continue it's “PLAY-OVER-TIME” series! Participants can play each match at ANY time over a set period of days against the assigned opponent, so you have flexibility to control the scheduling of your match, and play at a time that works for YOU! 

EVERYONE who participates, win or lose,  gains TEAM MANA FRENZY Experience Points; as you gain XP, you can LEVEL UP to unlock more free in-game content! For those who place highly, up for grabs in each of the weekly TEAM MANA FRENZY events will be various prizes, as well as invites to the SBI - a monthly INVITATION-ONLY event where you can compete against the best of the best for CASH and Glory!

Keep an eye out for these off-stream tournaments being held WEEKLY by members of TEAM MANA FRENZY including BadAsAfish80 and Sinobii, with a new event scheduled to start every week! Registration is currently open for the next event starting Monday: Sinobii's October Battleground Qualifier Tournament. Find out more and register now at: https://www.toornament.com/en_GB/tournaments/2852166796840239104/information

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!




The mountains whisper...


Throughout the various Battle Passes we've released this year, we always included small insights of lore into the world behind Minion Masters, telling stories of new masters or conflicts between factions that could be reflected in the updates we made. In our next Expansion, for the first time you'll be able to share the journey one of our Masters and their allies will take in their quest to retrieve a legendarily powerful artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. Will you be able to command them to overcome the trials they face? Stay tuned...

Minion Masters will remain on Discord


Recently, Discord released an article talking about ending their Nitro Games program and not offering the service anymore on their platform. We've seen quite a few (understandable) concerns about the status of Discord players and what will become of their accounts. At this current point in time we are not aware of any changes that will be affecting Minion Masters on Discord. The game will still be available to play and download from our Discord Server, and the Nitro exclusive All Masters perk won't be going away either. If anything changes regarding this, we'll be sure to let you know, but for the time being your Discord account is safe and sound.


BadAsAFish80's Minion Masters Tournament #3

While his #2 tournament is drawing to a close BadAsAFish80 has opened registrations for the next tournament that will be bigger and better than before.


Key points:
- Morellia Dynasty skin and other in-game content to be won, plus the event additionally grants experience towards in-game content via the Team Mana Frenzy Community.
- Winner (plus others depending on participant numbers) to be invited to Sinobii's cash prize monthly tournament.
- 1v1 / Dual Elimination / Best of 3 format / No wildcards
- A flexible schedule gives 3 days for you and your opponent to arrange and complete your match for each round at your convenience.
- Start planned for Monday 7th October.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to BadAsAFish80 on Discord (all the details are in the link) and he will be happy to help you.

Many thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing you in the tournament.

Good Luck, Fish.

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

We've got a bit of a shorter blog post this week as we're working on lots of awesome future content for Minion Masters, but that doesn't mean the news we have to talk about is by any means small.

No double Masters in Premades

Coming in Version 1.6, we'll be removing the ability for two players in a Premade 2v2 Lobby to queue with the same Master. A big part of what gives Premade teams a huge advantage over regular solo queue players is the ability to co-ordinate their deckbuilding perfectly, and with some masters synergizing too well with themselves (Double Mordar, Double Stormbringer, Double Ravager) it could often feel outright unfair as a result. When making a 2v2 lobby, an error message will come up if you try to Search while sharing the same master as your partner.

Re-Connect is coming to Minion Masters

After a small delay from Version 1.5, we're fairly confident that we'll be able to include the Reconnect feature in Version 1.6. Currently, when a player disconnects from a match, the game will instantly end - Giving the win credit to the player (or team) that were still present. With the new Reconnect feature, the match will continue until completion when a team dies. The disconnected player will be able to reconnect to the match as soon as their issues are over, and hopefully start mounting their epic comeback. 

In 2v2, this also removes the scenarios where a teammate disconnects during the win animation, and not being credited the victory as a result, or a game that you feel was still winnable by yourself resulting in you being thrown back to the main menu.

Between this and the Premades Double Master change, we're hoping the quality of the 2v2 game mode will be improved significantly in Version 1.6!

The Challenger League Schedule

After the successful first TCL tournament, we've been provided with a full schedule of their planned upcoming tournaments. You'll hear more details about them as they approach, but check them out:

  • October, Saturday 12th - Official event.
  • October, Saturday 26th - 2v2 Guild Wars.
  • November, Saturday 2nd - Official event.
  • November, Wednesday 13th - Casual event.
  • November, Saturday 23rd - Official event.
  • December, Wednesday 4th - Casual event.
  • December, Saturday 14th - Official event / Season End.
Make sure to participate and get competitive experience with our awesome high level players!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

We've got some extra followup from last week's Apep redesign reveal and some details of Minion Masters for Steam China:

Redesigned Apep Skins

Last week we showed off Apep's brand new look. We're ecstatic at all of the positive feedback we received from all of you, and there were quite a number of requests to show off what all of his previous skins look like with the new model. Well, they've just been completed and we're ready to reveal our new Snake God's outfits:




















The Molten, Toxic and Blood Apep skins will retain their animated emission vfx, which we'll hopefully showcase on the next Developer Stream. Which one is your favourite?

Minion Masters for Steam China



Minion Masters has always had a healthy Chinese audience, which is why we were super excited to be one of the first titles confirmed for the platform's release. We're hard at work making sure everything is in the right place for the future release, and while it's a significant time away before anything concrete happens, the possibility to spread Minion Masters to another audience is a fantastic prospect. 

For those who've already followed the news and voiced concerns, we want to emphasize that no existing in-game content will be affected by our plans for Steam China. While there will be alternative models, art etc. to meet Chinese regulations, they will be exclusive to the Steam China edition.

To those Chinese Minion Masters players who have been playing already, we want to thank you for showing your support and hope we can bring you an even better experience over the coming months!

The Deadline for the Emote Contest is approaching!


You've only got a couple of days left to get your entries in for the Minion Masters Emote Contest! Entries will be closing this Monday at 0900 UTC+2, at which point we'll be selecting 5 entrants to be polled by the community for the winners! We've got some fantastic entries so far - Will yours be among them?

The Challenger League's First Tournament Starts this Weekend!

Don't forget to tune into the brand new grassroots Minion Masters tournament happening on Saturday at 1300 UTC! It's a Sideboard Double Elimination format with over $200 in cash alone up for grabs as well as the brand new Dynasty Morellia skin! Join the TCL server for all the information on the event as it happens: https://discord.gg/qNCEtRG

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Minion Masters Friday

Minion Masters!

With the balance changes of Version 1.5 hitting the game, it's time to get to work on Version 1.6, and we've already got quite a bit to share. So let's not waste any time:

Apep Visual Redesign

As many of you no doubt saw on the roadmap, we've been tinkering away at a visual upgrade for Apep the Almighty behind the scenes for a while now to bring him up to the better standard of our other masters. The model he currently uses is from our previous game Forced Showdown, where his design was to be somewhat brutish and arrogant, resorting to direct approaches to a fight. A more modern Apep is a much more sinister and cunning figure however, manipulating his devoted followers for his own gain. Here's what our redesigned Slither Lord looks like:


As with the Slither visual upgrades, we've incorporated a healthy dose of Aztec mythology into this new look. We're looking forward to hearing what you think!

The Emote Contest rolls on


Don't forget to enter our second Minion Masters Discord Emote Contest! There's still plenty of time to enter, with the deadline being the 23rd of September. Three lucky winners will be having their emotes permanently added to our server, so if you think you've got what it takes to make some cool icons, check out our blog post here and read how to enter!

Contender in Review

1.4 saw the release of our new ranked league, the Contender League, a new height to reach requiring players to prove themselves in the Grand Master ranks by attaining 2000 Ranking Points without the aid of win streaks. It's been a lot of fun seeing those that push themselves above and beyond the others, and we've got some statistics to share from its first ranked season.

Of all Grand Masters in each rank, the following amount of players proved themselves to reach the prestigious rank of Contender:
  • Solo 1v1: 1.74%
  • Solo 2v2: 3.11%
  • Premade 2v2: 4.42%
We're very interested to see how those numbers change in future seasons! Could you be skilled enough to be in that top percentile of Minion Masters players?

E-SPORTS: The Challenger League

A new Competitive Minion Masters League will be starting very soon! The Challenger League, headed by long time Minion Masters veteran Julaiwnl will be featuring its first Double Elimination Tournament on the 21st of September. Here's what they have to say:

Exciting news, Masters!

A few passionate community members are now going to be hosting monthly tournaments for all of you to enjoy, whether you are a casual player, or a really competitive one!

The Challenger League is now open to the public, and looking for its first champion!

The TCL: Volco Cup 1 will be hosted on September 21st, 13:00 UTC.
It will consist of a Double-Elimination Bracket (Best of 3 & Best of 5), with people submitting 4 decklists + Sideboard.
All participants must join the TCL Discord to compete: https://discord.gg/qNCEtRG

Prize Pool of $200 + In-Game Prizes, check on Rulebook below!

Take a look at the full rulebook of the event here: http://docs.google.com/document/d/1SpQc4yC4G0ngJVUwKMbWDZlAsNY68wO9xkpXBQVWS_A

Register to the TCL: Volco Cup 1 on challonge: https://challonge.com/TCLVolcoCup1

The TCL Staff wishes you all good luck!

We're certainly looking forward to more tournament play, and we hope you'll be there to support this new grassroots league!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!