Minion Masters - UncleOwnage


Minion Masters!

King Puff Cup this Saturday was amazing! If you were unable to make it to the live stream in time, had to go early or tuned in late, you should definitely check out the VOD

This week brings the last part of the Draft madness, this time with a guaranteed Legendary Card at 12 wins!

We’ve also got some interesting balance changes for you all this week :)

Legendary Draft event
  • For one week, you can gain extra one-time rewards when reaching a certain number of wins in Draft.
  • 3 wins - 750 Gold
  • 6 wins - 100 Shards
  • 9 wins - 100 Rubies
  • 12 wins - Random Legendary card
  • You can only claim these rewards once
  • No special rules for card choices.

A.I.M. Bot available!
  • The A.I.M Bot is now available outside of Draft through spins and crafting.
  • 5 Mana, Rare.
  • The A.I.M. Bot is a Drone Walker that comes with an Automated Intelligent Murder system pre-loaded to gain Marksmanship!

Balance
  • Black hole - Mana cost 3 to 2, Duration down 7 to 6
    --- Developer comments ---
    Black hole took too much of a backseat when it was changed last time. The high mana cost made it clunky, and with the Beam of Doom changes the use of it changed as well. It’s a fun and spectacular card at high levels of play, and we would like to see it used more.

  • Combustion - Damage up from 100 to 150
    --- Developer comments ---
    Combustion feedback before its’ release saw it too powerful in many cases, but it was perhaps scaled back a little too much.
    We decided to increase the damage because we wanted to maintain the card as a high skill card that could provide a great reward. This change also emphasizes the sacrifice aspect of it.

  • Snake Druid - Damage from 20 to 25, Attack delay 500 to 400
    --- Developer comments ---
    The Attack delay specifically targets Snake Druids interaction with Minions that have 5 speed and 6 range like the Succubus. He should now be able to keep them at bay, thus providing more utility. The damage increase helps him be viable in more situations, too.

  • Crossbow Dudes - Attack cooldown from 1.6 to 1.5 sec. Also affects Shielded Crossbow Dudes, Raging Reinforcements and Crossbow Guild.
  • Troubadour - Damage from 250 to 300 (dps 50 to 60)
  • Whirly Scrat - Health 360 to 390, Damage 50 to 55
  • Musketeer - Damage from 60 to 65

Misc
  • We’ve made some further improvements to matchmaking, specifically to reduce the cases where players encounter people far away in rank.
Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - x8


Minion Masters!

Another week, another great tournament. The Jarvo Invitational happened Saturday and saw the return of RushSecond in great form since the previous tournament.
We’re really looking forward to the King Puff Cup this coming Saturday!

As promised, this week brings another new card.
The Draft madness continues as you can gain gold, a spin token and the new Rare; A.I.M. Bot!

Mini-draft event
  • For one week, you can gain extra one-time rewards when reaching a certain number of wins in Draft.
  • 3 wins - 500 gold
  • 6 wins - NEW card, A.I.M. Bot (only available through draft)
    • The A.I.M. Bot is a Drone Walker that comes with an Automated Intelligent Murder system pre-loaded to gain Marksmanship!
  • You can only claim these rewards once
  • No special rules for card choices.
  • A.I.M. Bot will be spinnable and craftable after this week.

Sniper Squad available
  • The Sniper Squad is now available outside of Draft, in spins and crafting.
  • 5 Mana, Common.
  • Spawns 2 Sniper Scrats - 50 health, 100 damage, 4 Attack Speed, 16 range.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where you had to click replays multiple times before they would start.
  • Fixed the player names being white in match UI - Thanks owo
  • Fixed a bug where Milloween’s skin was receiving too little light.
  • Fixed a bug where Lost Legionnaires, Gambler’s Ball and Combustion appeared in spins with the wrong rarity.
Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - UncleOwnage


Minion Masters!

Did you watch the King Puff Cup in the weekend? We did, and it was great to see a new season of competitive Minion Masters get kicked off with exciting games!

This week we’re doing a smaller version of the March Draft event with a new card included as a prize. Next week will also see the introduction of a card, and you can watch our blog posts for teasers!

Mini-draft event
  • For one week, you can gain extra one-time rewards when reaching a certain number of wins in Draft.
  • 2 wins - NEW card, Sniper Squad (only available through draft)
  • 5 wins - 60 rubies
  • You can only claim these rewards once
  • No special rules for card choices.
  • Sniper Squad will be spinnable and craftable after this week.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue when inspecting opponent cards in tutorial where the ‘Master’ would face the wrong way
  • Fixed an issue with the Fire Imps glow animation being too emissive
  • Fixed a bug where Stun VFX would not show on Stormbringer
  • Fixed an issue where estimated wait time when matchmaking because massively negative - Thanks Truteo and Vango

Misc
  • Increased the threshold for when players can rematch against the same player.
  • Ratbo voice volume in tutorial reduced a bit.
  • Changed all instances of “Spawn” to “Summon”
  • Clarified Stormbringer’s Perk 2 to explain units get the buff when summoned.
  • Clarified the message that appears when server is going down.
  • Settsu’s Blast Entry now has an eligible area indicator.
  • Cleaned up some VFX when claiming Might towers
  • Reduced volume on SFX when Scrat Tank gets hit.
  • Claiming quests on the News screen now shows the gold claimed as a number rather than flying to the (hidden) tray.
Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - x8


Deadwood
Explore the lands where the dead rule! Explore the Deadwoods in this new exciting adventure in Expeditions! Fight some grim new bosses and kill the dead in order to bring peace to the last remaining survivors in these lands.

The Draft Event is now over and it is now possible to craft the card Incubus.

Balance
  • Bounty Sniper’s XP bounty has increased from 1 to 2.
  • Tranquil Shi-Hou’s Health has been increased from 350 to 420.
  • Stun Lancers’ Damage is increased from 15 to 20

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed Fire Imp throwing fire at nothing - Thanks Excaliber80
  • Fixed Scott stuck after crying - Thanks marie
  • Fixed an Assassin bug, where he didn’t spawn - Thanks catsie36
  • Fixed Settsu’s Ammo UI toggling the white mark arrow - Thanks SMNCUB
  • Removed the unneeded space in the Bridge Shrine description text - Thanks Steven
  • Morgrul’s Roar is no longer prevented by stun.
  • Settsu’s high powered laser angles correctly now visually - Thanks Zgriptor
  • Fixed a case where the decks were bugged - Thanks ☢.MG.☢
  • Fixed the rarity text of hero skins in the hero selection screen to display at the right times.
  • Settsu piercing shot does not hit AoE properly - Thanks Khazlariko
  • Reintroduce Steam group again!
  • Fixed being stuck after a user did his Daily spin - Thanks Commander Tom
  • Fixed Assassin losing stealth after being Spirit infused and then not going stealth again - Thanks Grey Wolf
  • Fixed Assassin comes out of walking blind date unstealthed - Thanks zgriptor
  • Fixed Lenny face not showing in chat - Thanks SMNCUB ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • Fixed a Scrat Tank animation issue, when being spawned in battle.
  • Now able to see the Leaderboards for past seasons - Thanks Edelweiss
  • Fixed an issue where Scott attacked despite being dead.
  • Fixed an animation case of the card popping back and forth - Thanks Vango
  • Curse Bearer is now highlighted when target by spells - Thanks Khazlariko
  • Fixed some cases of the Chinese translation not showing.
  • Settsu’s jump audio volume has been reduced a bit - Thanks owo

Misc
  • Small sound and visual improvements to the Watch And Win.
  • Now possible to copy-paste Watch and Win keys.
  • New graphical solution for Bridge Shrine on low quality settings.
  • Improved Scott and Cleaver’s ragdoll to avoid crazy flying behaviour.
  • Divine Warrior now use the right walk animation.
  • Stats in card inspection has been rearranged in a new and better order.
Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - oxonium

Minion Masters!

Draft Event and NEW CARD - Incubus

  • In this event you will get a chance to play with the new Incubus card in draft mode!
  • There will be an increased chance of the Incubus appearing during card selection.
  • If you manage to get 12 wins you will be permanently rewarded with the Incubus card and the ability to craft it before the card is fully released!
  • Additional one-time rewards are available at 3, 6 and 9 wins as well.
  • The event will run from March 14th to 28th. When the event is done Incubus will be fully released in the normal fashion.
  • Everyone will receive 1 free draft ticket so you can try the event.
  • The Incubus is the community card event winner - a 5 mana Minion that jumps to any ranged enemy who hits him. He also deals damage in a small area with his fiery sword!

Intro quests
Intro quests have been added to guide new players through the early parts of the game. More will be added over time!

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed 2vs2 leaderboard display bug.
  • Fixed Daily Quest "Power Hungry" bug.
  • Shields now work correctly on Morgrul The Swarmer King.
  • Combustion now properly deals damage to flying units - thank you GreyWolf!
  • Milloween no longer turns pink when she dies - thank you Memfisto!
  • Succubus now gets properly marked with the new indicators. - thank you markljunggren!
  • Fixed an issue with prowler jump and brutus attack cancelling each other multiple times.
  • Fixed an issue where the Prowler's animation didn't play properly- thank you SMNCUB!
  • Fixed an issue where the Spiritmancer will stop targeting units that are about to die which prevents him from giving hp to allies. - thank you ThatSprite!
  • Fixed issues with Musketeer riposte ability and animation.
  • You can no longer spawn cannon roller outside of the arena - thank you Omicron666!
  • Combustion 'buff' is now correctly applied when minions are no longer hypnotized - thank you FFA!
  • Fixed an issue where ranged units would have issues aggroing correctly - thank you Steven!
  • Fixed a visual bug with divine shield.
  • Fixed the expedition map.
  • Healing shrine will properly show range in preview.
  • Fixed a missing image for expedition boss.
  • Fixed that Ratbo’s name would appear in a expedition boss’s tool tip. - thank you FFA.
  • Fixed an issue where reward icons for quest and achievements were gone,

Misc
  • Succubus Projectile Effect - Visual change.
  • Fixed lighting issue that would cause dark metals when shadows are off.
  • The great Memfisto now has a special chat color for winning the King Puff Invitational. YAY!!
  • Added a higher chance of daylight skyboxes
  • Added 2 snow skyboxes
  • Placed the friends list above notification popups.
  • Small rework on replay buttons
  • Matchmaking code refactored. A number of back-end changes to the matchmaking code have prepared for improvements in the future and made the process more secure. We’ve also changed a few variables to make it wait longer before matching people very far from each other in rank.

Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - UncleOwnage


Minion Masters!

With Update 60 we've introduced a number of visual changes to the game so everything looks a lot better!

The biggest difference you'll notice is that everything is bigger.
This makes the game a lot more readable, showing characters clearly and getting you closer to the action.
At the same time we saw an opportunity to improve on a few gameplay things we wanted to solve both through wide changes, but also with some balance.
You’ll find a detailed list of changes and reasons below, but we quickly wanted to mention some other exciting stuff.

The KPI happened saturday with great games and exciting announcements!
If you haven’t watched it, go check out the Group Stage & Final Stage.

You’ll even see the Minion Masters Card Design Contest winner Incubus showcased during the show.
Also announced was the fact that the winner of the KPI gets his name on a special King Puff Invitational 2 skin, immortalized in the game for all eternity.

NOTE: We have reverted all quality settings for this patch because a lot of things have changed. Please set up your settings again

Now on to the changes of the patch that we all know you’re waiting for!


Visual Overhaul
  • Assets scaled up
    • All characters are bigger, but so are the individual environment pieces.

    • Better readability - you can get closer to the action, seeing things more clearly both for existing and new players. It also helps when people are watching streams and tournaments, catching the eye more easily and showing new potential players the appeal of Minion Masters.

    • Collision radius increased
      Increasing radius was a clear requirement with bigger Minions to avoid clipping and too much, well, cluster-muck. This has had a slight effect on Minions as their range and aggro is based on radius. In most cases it will mean they’ll notice each other slightly earlier. While this means existing players have to relearn a few of the finer placements, it will help moving forwards by focusing the gameplay more on Minion interactions.
      A common strategy was to play very cheap Minions to take the bridges by placing them behind the opponent, especially through splitting units that could take both bridges.
      While the idea of maintaining bridge control as a strategy is not problematic, the idea of putting down Minions that are as cheap as possible is counter to the intention of Minion Masters.
      A Scrat or an Illusory Cleaver is not an especially exciting challenge for the opponent, so in many cases playing against a cycle deck was a chore of having to take back the bridges with a much large mana investment. With plenty of time and space to handle it, the opponent could often place something behind your Minion to take the bridge and then answer your Minion easily, leaving you with the chore again. (This idea of time and dead space is further discussed below).
      The specific thing radius has solved is that it makes it harder to play things behind an opponent, often requiring specific cards to solve that problem. It’s no longer possible to place a splitting unit if you’re under attack from ranged units, as your units will have to fight before they take the bridges. It’s still possible to place small units in the far corner of your arena to grab a bridge.
      We had this dynamic before, but it only happened at longer ranges. Now the threshold has been lowered, and it allows us to play with more ranged units as board control units, especially when you bring in a buff such as Marksmanship, where they will be placed far enough back that the opponent cannot grab the bridge except with a dedicated card such as Bridge Buddies or a group drop.

  • Reduced noise of environments to help Minions stand out more. This makes the game clearer and allows the eye to focus on gameplay elements.
  • Added fog, depth of field and other VFX changes to help bring different environments together in a cohesive look.

  • Minion speed increased
    • We increased the movement speed of everything for a number of reasons. While it helps the look of the bigger Minions overall, it also allowed us to solve a few gameplay issues we’ve wanted to look at for a while.

    • Less dead space
      There was a lot of waiting in Minion Masters when an enemy push was coming, especially for big units. In many cases, this led to new players throwing plenty of units into a push with no success, especially in healing situations. For higher level players, you sometimes had to spend your mana elsewhere to avoid overflowing, but at the same time could not invest too much elsewhere, since you had to keep enough mana for answering the push.
      Meanwhile, the opponent had built up a lot of mana as his Minions walked across the map, which allowed him to freely support with spells or backup units. Ultimately this could lead to 20 mana pushes on your field, while you only had 10 mana to defend with.

      With more speed, mana build-up while you have a push going is reduced, which means you have to be more careful about the investment you put into other areas. Defending and using spells to support your push becomes less likely, which brings the focus of the game into creating a mana advantage over the course of the game so that the opponent cannot counter attack, which allows you to invest in your push.

    • Viable counterpush
      Very much connected to the dead space was the fact that once an opponent placed something big in a lane, your ability to attack him through the other lane was severely limited. He would most of the time have plenty of mana to defend any push you placed, since it took it a long time to get to his tower.
      We want to make it more possible for regular decks to perform aggressive moves, and this is accomplished through overall speed. A few very aggressive cards may need additional tuning after this, given that they’ve also become better at what they do, but we’re aware of them and will continue to gather data.

    • Fits with animations
      An obvious visual improvement of faster movement is that it fits better with bigger unit sizes. We’ve already done some reworks of walking animations for big units such as Living Statue and Demon Warrior, but creating more cases of animations that felt too slow was naturally undesirable.

    • Quicker resolution - more focus on engagements.
      One last thing that changes the overall feel of the game, is that a faster Minion speed makes for quicker resolution, i.e. from a Minion is played till it dies the time is shorter. This also helps to reduce the noise as there will be more focus on individual engagements rather than having to keep an eye out everywhere on the field.
      This will both help newer players find their way, but will also help the experience when watching streamers and tournaments, as both audience and casters can focus on exciting parts without missing out on key information.

    • Of course we should remember that overall the game has not changed in a major way, we have simply pulled it a little in a direction we believe is better for the future of Minion Masters using this as an opportunity to solve many problems at once.

  • Many environment assets have been completely redone. For example, the Area 52 arena has been replaced, but most arenas have been updated.

  • Sticky placement
    When placing cards they will now stick to the eligible space. We’ve done this to help new (and old) players make fewer mistakes in placement. It also shows more clearly where your units will effectively spawn in cases where they would be outside the arena before.
    Additionally, we’ve added the ability to place group units closer to the edge, as they will bunch up instead of being limited to a specific formation.


  • Range & aggro indicators
    Range indicators are now dotted to differentiate them from area indicators. Aggro indicators have been added to show which enemy your Minions will target when placed.


  • Reward opening
    Chests have received new animations and a faster flow for rewards.
    Achievements now play a simpler reward effect when claimed.

  • Increased the force that separates Minions a little. This also makes bigger Minions feel heavier, as smaller Minions cannot push past them as easily.
  • Healthbars now scale according to the Minions they’re attached to.
  • Added a small tactile movement for cards when you mouse over them.
  • A new personal goals section now shows on the News screen.


We hope you have a good idea of why we’re making such large changes, we did say 2018 was going to be legendary ;)

We’re very happy to listen to your feedback on the forums, and you can be certain this is not the last time we make large changes to the game, because we’re determined to make it the best thing we possibly can.

On to Balance!
  • Prowler
    • Pounce cooldown reduced from 3 to 2
    • Pounce Minimum range reduced from 4 to 3
    • Damage increased from 75 to 85
    • Clarified Extra damage as Double Damage in text.
    --- Developer comments ---
    The Prowler didn’t feel as impactful as we’d hoped. Often he would end up walking to his target in cases where you expected him to jump.
    After additional testing, we also increased his damage to give him more impact in longer fights.

  • Brutus & Terror Brutus
    • Attack Speed from 3.0 to 2.5 sec
    • Damage from 30 to 50 (DPS 10 to 20)
    --- Developer comments ---
    Brutus was simply not as impactful as you’d expect from a one-time effect in a Master perk.
    At higher levels he was simply ignored, as he did not pose a threat himself, while new players tended to throw plenty of Minions at him because he looked more threatening than he was.
    With this change the Ravager becomes more powerful by putting a tank on the board that can also have an impact on its own.

  • Scrat Tank
    • Health up from 600 to 700
    • Attack Delay from 1.5 to 0.7 sec
    • Damage from 50 to 60
    --- Developer comments ---
    The Scrat tank had 2 major problems;
    • Its mechanic did not become relevant often enough, especially because it took plenty of damage even when fighting in its ideal environment because of the long wind-up on its attack.
    • It was not enough of a threat in itself to warrant the high mana cost.

    We considered many options, but did not want to make more tanks at 3-4 mana cost. Instead, we opted to make his mechanic more relevant. He now quickly hits the enemy and closes up afterwards. This means he fights well against ranged attacks like Plasma Marines and the Succubus as he no longer takes as much damage. It requires better play from the opponent to circumvent the mechanic with a tanky unit.
    Additionally, we increased his health and damage so this 5-mana Minion is a threat in itself even when his mechanic is not overly relevant.


  • Morgrul the Swarmer King
    • Roar Knockback distance up from 3 to 4
    • Roar now also summons 2 Swarmers
    • Health reduce from 300 to 240
    • Damage reduced from 45 to 35 (dps 30 to 23.3)
    --- Developer comments ---
    We wanted Morgrul to feel more special and Legendary, so we opted to make him the real swarmer king.
    Summoning Swarmers both on spawn and death makes him much more versatile, but testing revealed he was too hardy for the cost.
    Reducing his health and dps makes AoE counters clearer, as units will perform better when they’ve removed the Swarmers from the battle first.

  • Battle Shi-hou
    • Health increased from 350 to 450
    --- Developer comments ---
    The Battle Shi-hou had an issue with taking too much damage when fighting large groups of minions. Even in the ideal situation he would be left without much power for such a high cost card.

  • Healing Shrine
    • Fixed an issue that added Healing Shrine radius to its range. Effectively this reduces its healing range from 11.5 to 10.
    • Healing per second reduced from 100 to 75
    • Lifetime increased from 10 to 12 (total healing 1000 to 900)
    --- Developer comments ---
    This is a bit of an experimental change which didn’t receive much testing given time constraints. However, we wanted to iterate on the Healing Shrine now that it’s been brought up in a lot of feedback. Reducing the range should help separate it more from Healing Fireball, as it cannot affect Minions on the opponent’s board.
    At the same time, we wanted to make the impact of having a counter to it feel better. We experimented with delaying the healing until it was fully summoned, but this created a lot of other issues, so we decided to stretch the healing a little.
    This also opens up the possibility of overcoming the healing with enough damage.

    We’re keeping a close eye on the Healing Shrine and would appreciate feedback about the situations where it’s good or bad.


    Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug where Spirit Vessel’s health buff had a longer delay than intended - Thanks Grey Wolf!
    • Fixed a bug where Rage would not work on Gax’ damage - Thanks Grey Wolf!
    • Fixed some expedition objectives failing in Team Battle because of your ally.
    • Fixed a bug where the Zeppelin was missing it’s projectile.
    • Fixed Razorback Ravager being slightly offset - Thanks StevenEven!
    • Fixed the Magma Cannon becoming a mess when stunned.
    • Fixed re-boomer and re-boomer eggs being different radius - thanks Mr.Win!
    • Fixed premade Team Battle win streak breaking when you lost a solo Team Battle - Thanks YokoZar!
    • Fixed Draft showing 3 losses if you quit with 12 wins and came back - Thanks Parallel.
    • Fixed a bug where changing expedition during a long move would make you stuck.
    • Fixed an issue where controllers could not change volume sliders.
    • Fixed Expedition UI not showing the proper deck when searching for a match - Thanks FFA.
    • Fixed a bug where Spiritmancer’s health buff would target a Minion that was already dying - thanks Sick Dinosaur.
    • Fixed a bug with swarmers getting stuck between the totem and arena wall - Thanks Ecke.
    • Fixed a number of layout issues in Expeditions where you could access Might Towers without fighting a challenge.
    • Fixed replays no longer indicating the winner correctly - thanks Khazlariko, StevenEven and Vango
    • Fixed Battle Shi-hou not having enemy indicators on Ugly - thanks Khazlariko.
    • Fixed a bug where Mordar would reset his attack without showing it visually.
    • Fixed an issue where Averill would give the wrong objectives.
    • Fixed a bug where spectators could also clear and receive achievements - Thanks Felicia!
    • Fixed Disruptor Puffs getting Rage from Volco’s 3rd Perk - thanks Dauntless Duelist.
    • Removed the “leaver message” when spectators leave a team battle.
    • Fixed a UI bug where Masters would display in the wrong order on the VS screen.
    • Fixed an issue with spectator numbers not updating properly when spectators left and joined.
    • Fixed Emotes being clickable for spectators even if they didn’t send anything.
    • Fixed bug: Highlight on enemy units when hovering with spell still disappears when teammate hovers with their spell. - Thanks Memfisto.
    • Fixed a bug with Bronze League achievement reward showing as claimable - thanks Brianna & ThatSprite.
    • Fixed solo challenge UI not updating title properly when you finished a set of Masters - thanks FFA.
    • Fixed a bug where having too many symbols would display your name as “ERROR_SafetyMaxHit” - thanks Felicia.
    • Fixed not being able to switch decks in Expeditions if you entered from Draft mode.
    • Fixed a bug with accepting friend invite during matchmaking breaking the lobby - thanks Eazotop
    • Fixed an issue where joining a disbanded lobby could cause you to never find new matches - thanks Memfisto ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    • Fixed a bug where Hypnotizing a Minion cursed by Cursebearer would make curse permanent.
    • Fixed combustion not affect units it was highlighting.
    • Fixed some cases of replays becoming corrupt.
    • Fixed a bug where Lost Legionnaires would gain King Puff’s perk 2 effects - thanks Syluxmaster!

    Misc
    • Increased the playable area of bridges slightly. With the new radius, units had a tendency to get caught on the corners or bottleneck on the bridges. More space to move around in helps this.
    • Fixed a small issue with the playable field on the bottom side being bigger than the playable field on the top side.
    • Minions no longer collider with Minions in Stealth. Stealthed Minions still collid normally themselves.
    • Optimized the spawning of ragdolls.
    • Minions now look more in the direction they’re trying to go than their movement, especially when colliding with other units.
    • Removed the “synching expedition map” modal message when starting an expedition.
    • Pings in Team Battle are now shown on top of the Card UI
    • Added Screenspace Reflections to visual settings - warning: extremely heavy, not for potatoes.
    • Moved Camera Movement settings into visuals.
    • Move Split Versus Screen option into advanced graphics
    • Added indicator for newly unlocked Expeditions in Main Menu.
    • New VFX for Succubus’ teleport.
    • Snake Druid now shoots a projectile for his attack.
    • Improved VFX of: Blood Imps damage, Bridge Buddies scroll symbol, Spiritmancer staff, AtG lights, Daggerfall, Hypnotize.
    • Delayed Settsu’s return to the Master tower on Victory/defeat slightly.
    • Updated Premium Upgrade reward text to reflect new premium upgrade.
    • Added VO for Volco’s Burn the Bridges and Tempers Flaring.
    • Eggs now have referenced stats in preview for Boomer, Re-boomer and Gax - Thanks FFA and Dipshit.
    • Added new Rage VFX
    • Milloween’s Arcane golem now gains up to 5 stacks of power when she gains Perk 3.
    • Snake Druid’s immobilize effect now stops movement abilities from working, e.g. Musketeer’s Riposte, Succubus teleport and more.
    • Updated UI for expeditions with a number of improvements.
    • Opponent emotes now appear on top of expedition objectives
    • You can now watch replays while in a matchmaking queue.
    • Featured offers now still show when you have them, but show as claimed.
    • Changed Ratbo’s “not enough mana” VO to fit better with the situation.
    • Removed a small delay in the reward from daily spin.
    • Clarified Next League Reward UI when you had dropped down a league.
    • Added read more functionality to card descriptions.
    • Added VFX when you use Call to Arms
    • Polished Draft feedback when winning a draft match through Expeditions.
    • Dragging a card onto another will now only replace the other card if the deck is full - thanks GraveCrawler!
    • Bolded the mana cost of cards that have changed values.
    • Improved the cursor indicator for the following indicators: global spawn indicator, Global cursor, Bridge Buddies, Future Past, Future Present and Call to arms.
    • Upgraded Cursebearer’s VFX.
    • Spectator UI now indicates what state the other player is in.
    • You can no longer click on cards during Spectating.
    • Units no longer attempt to attack enemies they will not be able to reach - e.g. Succubus getting stuck on the edge because she does not have range to reach and enemy above it will now ignore it instead.
    • Mordar no longer targets invisible Minions on his board. He will still hit them if currently attacking something else though.
    • Milloween can no longer hit invisible Minions when attacking visible minions.
    • Daily Quests can now be completed in friend matches.
    • Optimized some reward flow.
    • Leaderboards can now show top ranking players even without deck data.
    • Added “and left-click” to the ping loading tip.

    And just because these patch notes aren’t long, enough, we want some honorable mentions from the PTR!

    PTR fixes
    • Thank you all for testing. So much feedback came in and we’ve tried to fix it all
    • Specifically we scaled many of the units that people reacted to on stream and PTR to fit better.
    • We reduced the dust in the sandy skybox.
    • We will continue to evaluate the changes and see what else needs tweaking. No change of this size is done in the first iteration.

    Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - x8


Minion Masters!

The secret ritual has been released, inscribed on a spell scroll and now Masters are able to perform this flaming hot new Spell. Use the new card ‘Combustion’ to sacrifice your Minions and turn them into deadly explosions.

The Frisky Friend Fiesta is over and a competitive spirit takes over Minion Masters.
This Saturday the King Puff Invitational rolls away at 14.00 UTC.
Watch the best of the best compete for a prize pool of $850 and a special kind of fame.
But that’s not all, Masters! Make sure to watch the King Puff Invitational show live on Twitch for an exclusive reveal of changes coming to Minion Masters! This will happen at the end of the Group Stage. And there will be Dwarves ;)


NEW CARD - Combustion
  • 2 Mana
  • Spell: Each affected Friendly Minion explodes after 3 seconds, dealing 100 damage to itself and any nearby Enemies.
  • Available in spins and crafting

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed Settsu being revived by Mordar - thanks Jamez28 & Hotair10
  • Fixed Spiritmancer being ignored by enemy units after being healed by healer - thanks Felicia
  • Fixed Spiritmancer re-targeting from master to units that were spawned in range - That Sprite
  • Fixed a case of all minions ignoring Legionnaires until you kill them with aoe - thanks Sick Dinosaur
  • Fixed a bug where an enemy Spear Thrower were ignored by minions - thanks Jsttu
  • Fix for Spear Throwers not coordinating their javelin throws on shielded minions - thanks Grey Wolf
  • Fixed units not targetable thus immortal - thanks The_Terciele
  • Fixed a bug, where reaching Perk 1 in under 40 sec was not working for 2v2s - thanks That Sprite
  • Fixed a bug, where it was not possible to complete final expedition boss as it didn’t fully load the arena - thanks Jsttu
  • Fix for bugged achievements - Thanks to a lot of Masters for reporting
  • Fix for a bug, where the server encountered an error while receiving a quest progress - thanks Khazlariko
  • Fixed a bug, where it was possible to take a Might Pillar without fighting for it - thanks Adeon Hawkwood

Misc
  • Bannerman got a new visual effect for his shield ability

Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - UncleOwnage


Minion Masters!

We had a ton of things planned for this update, but as always we may have been overly ambitious.
With a lot of user feedback, we have delayed a few important things, but that’s not to say today will be boring, oh no!
As we teased on our blog, some very exciting reworks are happening and a new card is coming but we’re also starting the Frisky Friend Fiesta!

Frisky Friend Fiesta event
  • The Frisky Friend Fiesta runs from February 7th to February 21st.
  • You will receive an extra Daily Quest every day - themed around playing with Friends!
  • Three new cards will be unlocked during the event, starting off with two tough buddies.
  • Keep an eye out on our blog for teasers!

Changelog for Update 58

NEW CARD - Lost Legionnaires
  • 3 Mana
  • Spawns 2 Legionnaires
  • 150 health
  • 30 damage
  • 1.5 Attack speed.

Inspire removed
The Inspire mechanic has shown itself to be rather troublesome in Minion Masters. It was completely lopsided in regards to what minions could benefit from it and in some situations made small Minions so powerful you hardly had any time to react.
Many users gave us the feedback that it felt weird it was a flat bonus, but we did not want to make it even closer to Rage’s functionality.

Additionally, we’re working on making sure we can keep developing interesting cards in the future, and to that end we’re cleaning up in the Buff area. Inspire overlapped a little too much with the other offensive buffs, and we felt the visual and design space could be better used elsewhere. Inspire put a lot of limitations on future card designs, and while limitations can be fine, we did not feel this was a good solution.

All these things considered led us to the decision that the game was better off without Inspire, and now was the time to do it, since only two things were using it.
  • Inspire (+25 damage) removed
  • Bannerman reworked.
  • King Puff Perk 2 reworked.


Balance
  • King Puff Perk 2 reworked
    • Before: Give friendly Minions on the Bridges Inspire (+25 damage)
    • Now: King Puff’s 4 and 5 mana Minion cards gain either Rage or Shield when played.
    • The buff is randomly chosen, 50/50 for each.
    • The buff is shown in your hand before you play the card.
    • It only applies to Minion cards, not Minions spawned by Spells or Buildings.

    --- Developer comments ---
    King Puff has had a tendency to be used for stalling strategies because he was so focused on the bridges. Two of his abilities did really well when fighting on bridges, and the third used bridge control to make him survive.
    All in all this meant he was well suited for taking the game to Mana Frenzy and while that should remain a viable strategy, we wanted to give him something that could be used offensively.
    Additionally, the new perk should make deckbuilding for King Puff interesting, by trying to find the right 4 and 5 mana Minion Cards that work well with both Rage and Shield.

  • Bannerman reworked
    • Before: 3 Mana, Grants nearby friendly Minions Inspire (+25 damage)
    • Now: 2 mana, When played, grants Shield to the 5 closest friendly Minions in 8 range.
    • Stats are unchanged - 100 health, 10 damage, 1 attack speed.
    --- Developer comments ---
    We’ve wanted to try out Shield on more cards and Bannerman seemed an obvious place to start. His new mechanic serves as a defensive counter to Spells if you’re quick, or a preparatory group buff when attacking.

  • Xiao Long Reworked
    • Before: When an opponent plays a Spell, deal 250 damage to them.
    • Now: When an opponent plays a Spell, gains Rage, Frenzy & Shield
    • Damage increased from 20 to 25.
    • Rage and Frenzy are permanent, as always
    • Shield can be reapplied if spent and the opponent plays another Spell.
    --- Developer comments ---
    Xiao Long has been a much discussed card recently, and based on a lot of feedback we’ve decided to focus on two main issues;
    He was very strong against spell-heavy strategies, to the point where you could call him a hard counter.
    His mechanic felt much worse to be subjected to, then it did to pull it off. This was especially the case in Team Battle, where your ally could unknowingly be killing you with not chance for you to do anything.
    The direct damage was the main gripe, but we wanted to maintain his focus on being stronger versus spell heavy decks and maintaining the trigger for his ability.
    This change caps out the value you can get from him and puts some more responsibility in the hands of the one playing Xiao Long to get value out of him, as positioning becomes important.

Misc
  • Removed ! from the Rage descriptions.
  • Added a safety to prevent people from running the login process twice.

Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - UncleOwnage


Minion Masters!

Exciting times are upon us, as today Expeditions are being revised!
Based on a lot of feedback from you, the community, we’ve made a second iteration of Expeditions for you.
We’re aiming to make Expeditions more optional and free form than before by removing supplies and having it less integrated in the main loop.
You’ll find all the details below, along with bug fixes and other changes :)


Expeditions 2.0
  • Unlocks at lvl 9
  • You can freely move around in Expeditions, no supplies needed.
  • Expeditions grant rewards when completed.
  • You must gather Might to defeat the three bosses and complete the Expedition.
  • For every 10 Might a combatant has more than their opponent they gain 1% more mana and XP during a fight.
  • Each Expedition is available for a limited time.


Economy changes
  • Supplies and Relics removed
  • Gold is earned through Level rewards, Matches, Daily spins, Daily Quests, Watch & Win and Boosts.
  • Each existing Supply has been converted to 0.3 gold
  • Each existing Relic has been converted to 50 gold.
  • Reaching Stone League now rewards 50 shards
  • Supply Boosts are now Gold boosts
  • Premium upgrades changed, see below.

Overall the rewards and card collection in the game should be the same as before, but it’s moved out of Expeditions and much more focused on daily quests and other PvP match rewards.

Premium Upgrade
  • The premium upgrade now grants:
    • 2500 Rubies
    • 500 Shards
    • 5 Power Tokens
    • 50% Gold win bonus forever!
    • 20% XP win bonus forever!
    • +6 deck slots
  • Existing Premium Users have had their benefits converted and upgraded. Details can be found on our blog!



Changelog for Update 57


Balance
  • Curse health loss per second down from 4% to 3%
    --- Developer comments ---
    As you’ve probably already realized, this change is a buff to the Ghost and a nerf to the Cursebearer.
    We’ve had our eyes on Curse for a little while, mostly in the context of Ghost and making it’s conversion mechanic more relevant again. Increasing the lifetime of the converted unit was an obvious change to serve that direction. Units will now live for ~33 seconds instead of 25, if converted at full health by a Ghost.
    At the same time, Cursebearer was released during December and has become quite popular. A major critique in the community has been its ability to completely shut down big units, thus making it better than a Warrior in almost all situations.
    The change aims to keep it an alternative to the Warrior (without putting it at 4 mana where plenty of alternatives exist) by reducing the impact of its additional role.

Quality of Life
  • Smoothed out the transition for spectators when their spectated friend found a match.
  • The main menu should no longer reload if there is an error and you are already in the main menu.
  • The Cancel button for spectating no longer shows in matches. Quit will cancel spectating instead.
  • The left shoulder button now opens the ping menu on controllers (LB on Xbox controllers, L1 on PS)
  • Settings now has an option to disable controllers - Thanks Lizzard
  • After changing visual settings, a confirmation is shown that otherwise reverts to the previous setting.
  • Emotes are now also saved to replays.
  • The black screen showing on modal messages has been reduced for the Visual settings menus.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a visual bug where Cursebearer’s cursed marker would increase when his size increased.
  • Fixed a bug where size 0 objects could cause the screen to become black.
  • Fixed an issue where after spectating, the UI would not update properly and become non interactable in a battle - Thanks Nex
  • Fixed Father Frostival Mordar flying gifts receiving snow layers.
  • Fixed father Frostival Mordar’s position in main menu being slightly off - Thanks StevenEven
  • Fixed a shader bug that made an expedition battle uncompletable - Thanks Dipshit
  • Fixed a bug where you could start spectating while already spectating someone - Thanks Tengs.
  • Fixed an issue where you could start a replay while spectating.
  • Fixed some issues with spectator numbers not updating correctly.
  • Fixed Cursebearer’s aura staying on the ground when you clicked -10s in replays.
  • Fxied a bug where using Bridge Buddies on unclaimed bridges would sometimes spawn Armored Scrats.
  • Fixed an issue where people could get unreleased cards through Achievements.
  • Fixed an issue where the Fire Imp’s first damage tick would happen before the projectile landed if the Imp had Frenzy - Thanks Memfisto
  • Fixed a bug with Blastmancer’s animation when he started attacking - Thanks SuperMegaNeoClimaxUltimateBoy
  • Gax should now properly receive a damage boost from Rage - Thanks Videogamer7777777_91
  • Fixed a bug where Guardian would not protect Re-boomer from damage in certain cases - thanks Memfisto
  • Fixed a UI bug where Spiritmancer’s text would sometimes say it gives 30 health to a minion, instead of 100 - Thanks Greywolf & Jamez28
  • Fixed an issue where Team Battle Leaderboards would show your Premade instead of your Solo deck - Thanks Grey Wolf
  • Fixed a bug where you could get stuck on loading screen when spectating - Thanks Tengs
  • Fixed a bug where not giving the game input would disconnect you during spectating - Thanks Tengs
  • Fixed a controller bug where you could not skip the initial cinematic.
  • Fixed a bug where Guardian would not protect newly spawned Minions in the first frame after they spawned.
  • Fixed an issue where Red Golem would interfere with anti-cheat in certain cases.

Cheers from Betadwarf!
Minion Masters - UncleOwnage


Minion Masters!

A new year begins. A year where we expect a lot to happen with Minion Masters.
2017 was amazing, but it’s nothing compared to 2018 - this is going to be Legendary.

For now, the Frostival has ended, and we’re bringing you a few changes to some cards that didn’t feel as good as we liked. A small patch, but worry not, January is going to be an appropriate start to this year.

End of event Frostival
  • Frostival ended today.
  • The Father Frostival Mordar skin cannot be acquired anymore
  • The three new cards have been revealed:
    • Magma Cannon (Rare) - A stable turret that fires flaming balls of magma at ground or air enemies.
    • Cursebearer (Supreme) - Another living skeleton from among the Accursed. It curses nearby ground enemies, but also brings a big mace to the fight!
    • Bridge Buddies (Supreme) - Ever wanted to take the Bridges while your opponent was pushing? Well these two Scrat buddies are here to help you, as they’ll tunnel to the Bridges and appear directly on them. They’ll even get “armor” if you already have the bridges!
  • The cards are now available through Spins, chests, crafting and so forth.


Changelog for Update 56


Balance
  • Wizard Puff - On death effect targeting tweaked, it may now retarget to another unit if its first target dies while charging. Also accounts for projected damage, and projects damage itself.
    --- Developer comments ---
    While the Wizard puff has a very powerful ability, a recent bug-fix caused the on death effect to often hit enemies that had just died, thus wasting both the potential to remove something and the Mana Puff that would be spawned.
    This new change will help the Wizard Puff feel much better, and make the on death effect more relevant.


  • Soul Stealer
    • Health up from 160 to 180
    • Attack Delay down from 0.9 sec to 0.6 sec.

    --- Developer comments ---
    The Soul Stealer is a Minion we’ve changed a few times before, but the reason we’re taking very small steps in adjusting this card is because it has the potential to be completely dominant in the game.
    With that said we felt it’s time to give him a bit more staying power, since he often got chipped down slowly by the very units he was supposed to handle.
    With a reduced attack delay, there will also be fewer cases of him about to attack a target that gets killed by another unit, allowing him to claim kills. Most significantly though, he will be able to attack fast enemies such as Plasma Marines before they get a second shot off, further reducing the chipping he receives from small units.

  • Fire Imp
    • Damage up from 40 to 50
    • Attack Delay reduced from 1.5 sec to 1.0 sec
    • Now predicts moving targets
    --- Developer comments ---
    The Fire Imp has a lot of potential, but in most situations turned out not to be very useful. With a massive weakness in flying, we felt it had to be more impactful in almost all ground engagements.
    It also had the issue that it felt very clunky to play with its very long attack delay and cooldowns.

    These changes aim to make him more responsive when played, but also show promise much earlier in the fight by killing smaller units like Plasma Marines in one hit.
    Additionally, by predicting his targets he will now be able to hit enemies that get close to him with the full length of the damage, rather than overshooting his enemies.

Quality of Life
  • Clarified Cursebearer’s description to say “ground minions”
  • Pings are now activated by holding down alt, then holding down the left mouse button to make the menu appear. Releasing the left mouse button activates the selected ping.
  • The ranking symbol in the Main Menu has been sized down.
  • Living Statue has received a new walk animation

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where Re-boomer’s egg would not take damage properly - Thanks Omicron666
  • Fixed a visual issue where the re-boomer’s egg would not show the damage it had taken
  • Fixed an issue where using Pings in replays would only show them in one location - thanks Grey Wolf
  • Fixed a bug where Beam of Doom would only do 280 damage to the Master Tower - thanks RushSecond.
  • Fixed a bug where you could in rare cases swap buildings using Trick Swap - thanks Hotair10
  • Fixed a bug where Settsu could fire her High Powered Laser twice without reloading - thanks FFA
  • Fixed an issue where the spectator viewer count would not update when people stopped spectating.
  • Fixed (another) issue with Settsu turning invisible when returning to the Master Tower.
  • Fixed a bug where you could get unreleased and event cards in Expeditions and Achievements.

Cheers from Betadwarf!


Hotfix
  • Fixed colors being added too strongly on (almost) everything, most notably decals
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