Monday, February 5, 2018

Minion Master's Monday - Winners and new cards

Minion Masters!

We sure hope you enjoyed your weekend and King Puff Cup 17. And we sure hope you're already excited about Wednesday. And Wednesday next week. And the Wednesday after... well... let us explain. The visual rework will take a little longer than expected. For that reason, we decided to bring parts of that rework to Minion Masters earlier. Namely 3 new cards and 3 balance reworks.

Moooore cards!

Yes, we have 3 new cards in the pipeline and will release them over the course of 3 weekly updates, starting this Wednesday! And the first card will make fans of the Legionnaires happy:

The card Two Legionnaires seems quite unspectacular at first sight. All you get for 3 mana is two legionnaires and that's it. When we think about possible purposes for this card, however, taking the bridges comes to mind immediately. This two tough fighters can contest the bridges against Plasma Marines, for instance. We're pretty sure you can come up with more ideas how to use this card to its full efficiency.

What about the other two cards? They will not be revealed, yet. All we want to let you know is the names of the cards: Combustion & Gambler's Ball.

Moooore balance reworks

Let's talk about balance. More exactly: King Puff, Xiao Long, and Bannerman.

Some of you might be excited already to hear that we looked into Xiao Long. He was the topic of various discussions and after a lot of brainstorming, we finally decided how to change him. Xiao Long will no longer deal direct damage for spells played by your opponents. Instead, every time your opponent plays a spell Xiao Long gains Shield & Rage. The Shield is the very same like the one you know from Shielded Crossbow Dudes. Shields and Rage don't stack, but when Xiao Long loses his shield due to damage, it will get reapplied with the next spell used by your opponent. We're not 100% sure about the numbers regarding HP, Attack Damage, and Attack Speed, yet. But it is likely that he comes with slightly more health and damage.

King Puff and Bannerman share one thing we'll remove: Inspire. You got that right, Inspire will be gone and King Puff's 2nd Perk, as well as Bannerman's buff, will get reworked. As far as Bannerman goes, he will grant Shield to nearby allies on spawn. Again, this Shield is the same you know from Shielded Crossbow Dudes. The Shield gets applied to all units, be it ground or air. His stats will be increased most likely as well.

King Puff's 2nd Perk gets changed as well. We cut the bridge interaction you were used to and replace it with permanent buffs to units. We're still testing internally and are not 100% sure yet, but as it stands 4 and/or 5 mana units will spawn with either Shield or Rage (indicated with a respective symbol over the cards). That gives King Puff a new mechanic to play with and can swing the entire gameplay from defensive to offensive, depending on your card choices.

Please note that presented numbers are not set in stone, yet. We're still testing internally, especially when it comes to King Puff. The general information provided regarding mechanics, however, will make it to the live servers. We're aiming to distribute said changes as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee that they are included this Wednesday.

King Puff Cup 17

Last Saturday, twenty 2vs2 teams competed in King Puff Cup 17 for the prize pool of $225. What can we say? It was a great experience and the teams showed us skilled gameplay at the highest level. In the end, 4 teams were better than the rest and got their hands on the prize money:
  1. Team Inception (RushSecond & Jamez28) - $100
  2. I thought this was Draft (Vango & Zgriptor) - $60
  3. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (smncub & Memfisto) - $40
  4. Crazy Vex (Angry Snail & Sain) - $25
Congratulations to all winners and a big thanks to all participants for the intense matches! We want to also thank the whole KPC staff for the work and effort they put in every single tournament! And of course, we want to thank every single viewer!

In addition to a spectacular tournament, Dipshit announced the prize pool for the King Puff Invitational on February 24th: no less than $850.


That's all for today, Masters! We have a patch to prepare and you have information to think about ;) See you on the flying arenas.

Cheers from BetaDwarf