Friday, August 24, 2018

Community Happenings - King Puff Cup Season 3 Qualifers around the corner!

Minion Masters!

Tomorrow, the King Puff Cup staff will kick off the last tournament prior to the King Puff Invitational on September 1st! The Qualifiers leading to the main event of King Puff Cup Season 3 will be played in a different setting as usual. Let's have a closer look!

Five Master on the road to King Puff Invitational 3

The King Puff Invitational is by far the biggest event when it comes to competitive Minion Masters. The season finale not only comes with a larger prize pool but also with an exclusive in-game chat color, a sweet little trophy next to the winner's name & an exclusive in-game skin. Before we dive into the King Puff Invitational though, let's talk about the Qualifiers.

Five Masters will battle for 4 remaining spots at the King Puff Invitational and the KPC staff decided to let them battle it out in a Best of 5 Round Robin. From the 'Full Rulebook for Participants':
Qualifier players will earn 1 point for a match win and 0.5 points for each game win. The top 4 move into the Invitational as noted in the Seeding section.
Tiebreakers are first decided by if any of the tied participants had previously beaten any other tied participant. If there are none, then remaining participants play a bo1 with 2 bans. The lowest two seeds play against one another. This is followed by the next lowest seed playing against the winner of the previous tiebreaker match. This repeats until no more tiebreakers are needed.
Now that we got the settings & rules out of the way, here are our five Masters competing tomorrow:
  • TheHagenGnome
  • KishinAshura
  • PakoMANIAC
  • The_Dovahnation
  • XiaoJyun
All of them had shown a very steady performance across multiple tournaments this season and not a single one wouldn't have deserved a spot at the King Puff Invitational. Besides well-known names, we will get to see KishinAshura and/or XiaoJyun moving on to the KPI, both of which are rather new to the tournament scene around Minion Masters. They played their first King Puff Cup season and really surprised participants and viewers with their performances.

TheHagenGnome came back recently to the competitive side of Minion Masters and even though his beloved Volco got his Perk 1 changed a while back, he still seems to enjoy launching all these fireballs towards the opponents' faces.

Almost all of us know PakoMANIAC, the one who abandoned the Prowler for 3x Wizard Puffs. Let's see if this friendship holds & if we get to see some Puffs at the Qualifiers.

The_Dovahnation is another candidate for the King Puff Invitational. Known for his unmatched self-torture decks featuring loads of Blood Imps, he proved this season that he can not only decimate his own HP quickly but the opponent's as well.

For all of you not patient enough to wait for the stream tomorrow, the bracket of the Qualifers can be found right here.

We're very excited to see the action on the flying arenas tomorrow, August 25th at 13:00 UTC live on Twitch. Don't forget to tune in & have a chance to win in-game goodies for just watching and being active in the Twitch chat.

About King Puff Cup Season 2, Season 3, and the future

A lot of things are still work in progress regarding King Puff Cup Season 4. All parties involved want to have Season 3 to be finished first. From our side, all we can tell you by now is that we will have some interesting tournaments after the King Puff Invitational, testing potential adjustment to the tournament settings and formats. We also asked FFA in an interview - not only - about King Puff Cup Season 4, and here's what he had to tell:

Hi FFA, nice to have you! Even though the most members of our community might know you already as one of the official Discord moderators and head admin of the King Puff Cup, or just being very active in the community, would you please introduce yourself real quick?

Hi, I’m FFA, founder of the King Puff Cup. I am co-admin of the tournament organization and moderate the community Discord. In addition, I maintain my data spreadsheet for the game players can find at and coordinate various things across the community. I have been playing and giving feedback on the game since December 2016. And if anyone reading this has any follow up questions they’re free to leave me a message on Discord@FFA#4526. I don’t bite... much.

Now, the last two tournaments of King Puff Cup Season 3 are around the corner. We will see the Qualifiers for the King Puff Invitational this Saturday and the King Puff Invitational itself on Saturday, September 1st. If you look at King Puff Cup Season 3 retrospectively, how do you feel it went?

It went alright. However, I really prefer not to focus too much on the past of KPC. Instead, we tend to learn our lessons in the moment and implement improvements as fast as possible. With little to no hesitation. You can see how we do that in each new ruling, each improvement in our tournament formats and even in our prize pool distribution. In order to best serve the community, we always keep moving forward. 

What do you see as the major differences between King Puff Cup Season 2 and 3?

Oh, I don’t even know where to start! In Season 3, we have brought in a new reward system that awards players at the end of the season for participation in the King Puff Cup tournament circuit! Our King Puff Invitational Champion from KPI2, Memfisto, won the very first ‘Top Earner’ prize - the Super Mega Dwarf Pack with his 107.5 points over eight Cups! A whole 30.5 points more than Katt, who was in second place with 77 points over five Cups! 

In addition, we introduced the Hearthstone-inspired Last Master Standing and Conquest tournament formats. Two main formats rather than a variety of different formats mixed together. In addition, we implemented the Swiss system into our tournaments. Among other things, Swiss allows newer players to gain a lot more experience. As a result, newer players have a much faster track for learning enough to compete with some of our top players!

Looking at the roster for the Qualifiers and the already qualified participants of the Invitational, do you think we will get to see, once again, another King Puff Invitational winner?

Well, I really think that even in the Invitational’s groups anyone could win. As expected, those groups are filled with top players who have all shown the capability to pull out a win. Even the arguably underdogs that make up the lower seeds could enter with a strategy no one has seen before and blow the competition away! 
If I had to make a prediction though, I’d say RushSecond, the winner of the first KPI has a really good chance of winning it. If I had to pick someone that could rival RushSecond and Memfisto though, I’d pick a wildcard like Jamez28 or Julaiwnl. They’ve both shown the capability to compete at that high level with innovative strategies that the other participants may not be properly prepared for. Oh, and then there’s always The_Dovahnation. You never know what he’ll do! I think we’ll all find out together watching the King Puff Invitational streams over the next couple weekends at though.

Looking into the future a little bit: what can players and viewers expect from King Puff Cup Season 4?

Good question! There’s a lot still in the works, however, what I can tell you is to look forward to more casters, more money, more players, more fantastic art, more.. well, you get it. Expect more!
Oh, and you’ll get a little taste of even more fantastic art if you tune in for the King Puff Invitational Qualifiers this weekend and the full Invitational next weekend!

With the Discord partnership & shop announcement finally being communicated, what does the King Puff Cup staff expect regarding the impact on our early competitive scene, once Minion Masters is available for free in front of the eyes of a massive audience?

Oh man, anything could happen! I can’t speak for the rest of the staff, however, personally, I have no idea. I mean, this organization started over a year and a half ago as a couple casual tournaments designed to promote a single streamer. Now we’re a leading tournament organization, partnered with Betadwarf Entertainment. Since our inception, BetaDwarf went from little to no focus on esports to hiring you to manage the community and even created an Esports Coordinator position! No one could have predicted this. I’m not about to try and predict the future; however, I can’t wait to experience it!

FFA, thank you again for your time and your answers. Good luck with the season finale and if you want to leave some shout-outs, now’s the time to do so.

Alright, let's get to it! My first shout-out is going to have to go to Betadwarf’s team. They’re an incredible team to work, learn, or just hang out with. While they may make some decisions I'm not always particularly in favor of, they constantly work with us and our community to improve in every area. Not only do they sponsor our King Puff Cup tournaments and the upcoming Invitational, they even go out of their way to constantly reach out to the community for feedback and implement that feedback as best they can.

My second big shout out goes to Dippedy Doo Dah aka Daddy Dip aka Dipshit. Without his constant support, a lot of what King Puff Cup offers wouldn't be possible. Even Minion Masters wouldn’t be the same without him.

And finally, I'd like to end with a shout out to the entire community. The King Puff Cup and Minion Masters experience wouldn't be the same without the support of our staff, players, streamers, and community members that aren't only constant supporters of our organization; they're close friends, and sometimes they can even feel like a second family. They are the ones that make it all worth it.


That's all for today, Masters! Don't miss tomorrow's Qualifiers for the King Puff Invitational & have a nice King Puff Cup weekend ;) Next week we will have a closer look on Update 75, as well as the King Puff Invitational.

Cheers from BetaDwarf