Thursday, March 19, 2020

Zealots of the Burning Fist

Minion Masters!

Get your Free Supreme Card with Version 1.11!

You've likely seen it in the in-game news - We're offering all players a free Supreme Card with the release of Version 1.11. Anyone who logs in for the first week of the patch (from the 26th of March until the 2nd of April) will receive a copy of the new card, Zealots of the Burning Fist. But what is this card?

The Zealots of the Burning Fist are battle hardened soldiers of the notorious Order of the Burning Fist and are loyal to High Inquisitor Ardera, fighting with a reckless abandon that demonstrates little care for their own safety. This fervor allows them to hit harder than the regular Warrior, dealing 100 damage instead of the regular 70, but it comes at a price - With each attack, they lose 10% of their own health. But that's not all - If you only control one Zealot, it gains Rage and Haste, capable of outputting massive damage if they aren't handled with care.

Make sure to collect your free copy with the release of Version 1.11 on the 26th of March!

Warrior Re-Model

Also coming with this update is a new set of model and animations for the Warrior and Divine Warrior cards, to make their appearance more consistent with the Empyrean faction. Check them out and let us know what you think:

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Upcoming Balance Changes & Free Twitch Prime DLC

Minion Masters!

Upcoming Balance Changes

Coming in Version 1.11 is a major overhaul to how we're treating low mana cost cards. The main idea behind the upcoming changes it re-balance the value of 1 mana cards in general. Currently, we feel that the mana slot is offering far too much value for cards that should be primarily included for their cycling value, and should not be able to out-value cards of higher mana costs. In general, we want to aim for 1 mana cards to be on the same power level as a Mana Puff.

Specifically, we feel that cards like Screaming Scrat and Sewer Scrat are two of the biggest offenders in this regard, frequently trading for cards that are of a much higher mana cost than them as well as offering cycle opportunities and easy bridge capture. Particularly at a high level, there is no real downside to including these cards in your deck, often limiting choice when it comes to deckbuilding.

So, what are the changes? In some circumstances where we felt a card was too powerful to be a 1 drop at a design level, we opted to re-scale them to a higher mana cost rather than harm the identity of the cards. An example of this would be Sewer Scrat, who becomes a 2 mana card with a slightly lowered Poison duration to 3 seconds, but now comes as an Armored Sewer Scrat instead.

There's a lot of interesting play space in both the control style and bridge grab metagames, and we believe that by removing the efficiency that most 1 mana cards have, we can create a more diverse spectrum of choices for players to make when it comes to those elements.

Additionally, there is a secondary benefit to the changes we wish to make - It helps lay the ground work for the upcoming Wild Cards rework we are currently planning. We'll have more news on this at a later date, though do note that this will not be included in Version 1.11.

Here are the changes we're currently planning to make:

Blood Imps
  • Mana Cost 0 > 1
  • Damage 10 > 15
  • Attack Speed 1 > 1.1
Illusory Cleaver
  • Damage 20 > 10
Nether Bat
  • Mana Cost 1 > 2
  • Damage 20 > 35
  • No longer has a reduced Aggro range
Bats Bats Bats

(This change is being made due to the re-scaling of Nether Bat)
  • Mana Cost 4 > 5
  • Duration 6 > 5
Screaming Scrat
  • Mana Cost 1 > 2
  • Damage 60 > 100
  • Health 60 > 100
  • No longer shares stats with Armored Scrats
Sewer Scrat
  • Mana Cost 1 > 2
  • Poison 5 > 3
  • Now an Armored Scrat

Additionally, there are some extra changes related to these that we feel are appropriate to share:

Armored Scrats

  • Instead of dying, now turn into a regular Scrat
  • Damage 20 > 10
Bridge Buddies
  • Changed back to "Summon a Scrat. If you own a bridge, summon an Armored Scrat".
Propeller Horde

(This change is being made as Illusory Cleaver was a significant stopgap to the power level of the card)
  • Unactivated Unit Count 5 > 6
  • Activated Unit Count 10 > 8

Those aren't all the balance changes coming in Version 1.11, so stay tuned closer to the release of the update on the 26th of March!

Get Might of the Slither Lords DLC for FREE with Twitch Prime

Everyone's a fan of free DLC, right? For a limited time only, you can get a free copy of the Might of the Slither Lords DLC from Twitch Prime, usually worth $15, even if you already own the DLC!

Might of the Slither Lords gives you a wide variety of powerful Slither cards - From the humble Slitherbound to the ever-useful Daggerfall, it's the perfect set of cards to add to your collection, and comes with two exclusive Slither cosmetics. Don't wait - Get your free DLC now with Twitch Prime!

News regarding the Corona Virus

Due to measures being taken in Denmark regarding the Covid virus, we're switching to working remotely as much as possible for the next two weeks. There's no immediate risk to us, but we're doing our part to help stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, this may mean expectations of upcoming updates may be slightly lowered - A bug fix might take a bit longer, news might be delayed - But we don't think it will have a major impact unless it becomes more serious.

We just wanted to share the news so you know why the spring might be a little different from what we normally do. Now to figure out how we're the most effective when we're apart :)

Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Incoming Developer Stream!

Minion Masters!

Saving Jadespark Jungle Developer Livestream

Looking for some real-time previews of in-game Jadespark Jungle content? The BetaDwarf Developer Stream is the place to be! On Thursday the 27th of February at 1900 UTC, join Community Manager That Sprite as we guide you through all of the new Battle Pass Expansion content.  Here's what you can expect to see on the stream:

  • Reveals of upcoming Balance Changes in Version 1.10
  • Gameplay of all the previously announced cards
  • Exclusive reveal of the new 10 Mana Legendary card - Jahun, Keeper of Jadespark
  • A small showcase of our new Adventure
  • Discussion of other patch features

Tune in here at our Twitch Stream to catch the action live, engage with the community, and ask us questions!

Discord Nitro benefits ending soon

It's been a strong year and a half since we released Minion Masters for Discord back in October of 2018. We've been running a long Discord Nitro promotion where users could receive the All Masters Upgrade for free while they had their subscription, and while it has been enjoyed by many of our Discord users, the promotion will be ending soon on March 26th with the release of Version 1.11. We wanted to give you an early heads up on this, and we will still be continuing to support the Discord version of Minion Masters for the foreseeable future. Thanks to everyone that participated in the promotion, and we hope you continue to enjoy playing Minion Masters!

Sinobii's XBOX SHOWDOWN #6

To support our XBOX friends in the community, TEAM MANA FRENZY is proud to host a large-scale Minion Masters Organized Play opportunity that will be run on XBOX!

PRIZES for this event include a $200 cash prize pool and the extremely rare Dynasty MORELLIA Skin!

This event will be held Sunday, February 23, 2020. Space may be limited, so be sure to register in advance!

Stream and matches start around 12 Noon EST, be sure to check in early to avoid losing your slot.

If you're an XBOX Player and you'd like to learn more details and register to participate in this event, sign up to play at:

We look forward to seeing you... at The Battleground!


Cheers from BetaDwarf!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Hotfixes & Updates

Minion Masters!

Our approach to Hotfixing

The latest hotfix we released just today regarding gameplay bug fixes and an adjustment to the balance of Legionnaires is part of a re-evaluation of how we doing patching. We're always looking for ways to improve, especially when you provide us with all the excellent feedback about the state of the game. In particular, we're examining how we maintain a smooth production with the regular updates, and whether they could be more frequent, or if smaller in-between actions like this are more appropriate. 

We can't make any promises about this at the moment - But we still feel it's important to communicate with you about the internal thoughts at BetaDwarf. Thanks for all of your patience.

Changes to Ardent Aegis

In the interests of being as transparent as possible with new card reveals, we'd like to talk about some changes we've made to Ardent Aegis behind the scenes since the reveal of the card. Typically cards continue to be balance tested behind the scenes after their reveal, and we're now trying to make a conscious effort to incorporate the feedback we receive from the community when particular cards are shown off as well. As such, we've made the following adjustments to the card, which will be reflected on our Update Site with today's reveals:

  • Mana Cost 3 > 4
  • Summons 2 Crossbow Dudes instead of 1
  • Defensive Spell; Can only be cast in your arena
  • Units summoned have no Summoning Sickness
  • Delay 4 > 5

Have you been keeping up with our latest Expansion reveals? We've shown off six brand new cards, two awesome skins, and a new Legendary arena so far - And we're not even close to done yet. Today, we'll be revealing Smite and Shen's Shock Stick, as well as announcing the imminent return of an old friend. Make sure to check it out and get hyped for Saving Jadespark Jungle!

TCL C-Sar's Challenge 5

The fine people at The Challenger League are hosting another 2v2 Tournament this weekend! The tournament is a Double-elimination format that will be livestreamed at their twitch channel, with competitors fighting for real money. There'll be plenty of giveaways throughout the competition from the staff, so stop by for your chance to win a wide variety of prizes.

Make sure to check the tournament out for their high quality coverage. Or if you'd like something a little more relaxed, why not check out their new Podcast? The first episode of the TCL Podcast aired this Tuesday with Westlin & MrSquid, so check it out and give them some feedback!

Cheers from BetaDwarf!