v3.00a Patch Notes - Released on live servers 4v4 - Fixed a bug where mercenaries were visible to the other team when sent during the day - Fixed a bug where it was possible players to build in both middle areas and lanes - Misc cosmetic fixes - Significantly improved lighting on Very Low graphics settings Performance - Various optimizations that should improve performance. - Disabled some of in-game messages/notifications in 4v4 for performance and reducing clutter - More to come in the future. v3.00 Patch Notes - Released on live servers NEW! Classic 4v4 Queue Welcome back, old friend. We heard your feedback. Instead of limiting 4v4 to custom games, we've created a 4v4 queue that uses Speedy Matchmaking (forms a match as soon as possible and shuffles teams based on rating, while preserving parties). Depending on reception and popularity, we're open to the idea of supporting 4v4 with ratings in the future. NEW! Desert Ridge 4v4 Map We designed a brand new map to accompany the return of 4v4! One of the primary goals of the map is to improve performance, so players don’t crash in the loading screen or experience lag. That’s why the map’s theme is a desert and there aren’t a lot of environment props. NEW! Play vs. AI Queue You can now play solo or with friends against a team of bots! Current difficulty options: Easy, Medium, Hard. This queue is great for practicing and for players that prefer a PvE experience. NEW! Ranked Borders Season 2 ends on January 14 at 10am PST / 7pm CET. Rewards are based on your peak rating and level, so there’s no risk in playing. For details, check out the Season 3 Announcement. Best of luck in the final few days! On January 14, all ratings will be soft reset. Rating changes will be disabled until Season 3 officially starts (expected January 28). NEW! Leaderboards Leaderboards are now in three categories: Rank, Level, and Collection Value Play Menu Update Play menu is now separated into Play and Training. Play - Ranked: 2v2 mastermind-only with skill-based matchmaking - Classic: 4v4 with speedy matchmaking - Featured Game Mode: Special rules and mechanics, enabled occasionally on weekends - Custom: For tournaments and in-houses Training - Tutorial: Learn the game - Play vs. AI: Play against a team of easy, medium, or hard bots - Sandbox: A quick way to create a solo custom game with -debug enabled and 10k resources. Fixes and Improvements - Updated translations - Options Menu now loads instantly when discarding changes - Fixed a rare bug where a creep wandering into another player's lane got lost - Fixed a rare bug where a wave would end twice if a Froggo was spawned just as the wave was cleared - Fixed a rare bug where a unit getting stuck in a wall would cause the game to become unstable Game Balance Mastermind - Bonus income: 4 -> 3 With ranked becoming mastermind-only, the extra income isn’t necessary. The 3 income is still in place for rerolling on wave 1. Legion Spells Overwork - Worker bonus mythium generation on wave 11: +70% -> +60% Fighters Gateguard - Chaos Hound: Attack speed: 1.24 -> 1.15 Harbinger - Cerberus: Attack speed: 1.24 -> 1.15 The spawn positioning change in v2.44 to Chaos Hound/Cerberus was a significant buff, so these units needs to be nerfed back down Warg - Health: 880 -> 970 - DPS: 42 -> 36 -- Damage: 50 -> 31 -- Attack speed: 0.84 -> 1.18 - Now satisfies the Mastermind requirement of a fortified/natural tank or offtank Shifted into the role of an off-tank, faster attack speed, and better damage thresholds during early waves Lioness - DPS: 115 -> 114 -- Damage: 134 -> 97 -- Attack speed: 0.85 -> 1.18 Faster attack speed Alpha Male - Health: 3000 -> 3300 - DPS: 143 -> 122 -- Damage: 167 -> 104 -- Attack speed: 0.85 -> 1.18 Shifted into the role of an off-tank and faster attack speed Desert Pilgrim - Chain Heal: Improved autocast behavior (now less likely to hold on to the spell at full mana) Lost Chieftain - Gaia Shield: Shield: 700 -> 650 - Gaia Shield: Improved autocast behavior (now more likely to buff melee units over ranged units) - Fixed a bug where Lost Chieftain would sometimes fail to cast Gaia Shield, usually on itself Eggsack - Now has more consistent aggro - Fixed a bug where breaking Eggsack early would decrease damage and damage reduction by 10% per stack (intended amount is 15% per stack) This significantly nerfs the strategy of intentionally “sacking” the Eggsack by placing it in front or using it to stall the wave Hydra - Health: 3000 -> 3150 - Hydraling: Health: 1000 -> 1050 Mercenaries Four Eyes - Health: 2400 -> 2500 - DPS (without spell): 105 -> 140 -- Damage: 90 -> 70 -- Attack Speed: 1.16 -> 2 - Death Stare: Damage ramp: 25 -> 5 (this number looks small, but due to the significantly faster attack speed, Death Stare is still about half as strong as before) Still strong against heavy tanks but is no longer completely neutralized by smaller units. Has very good damage thresholds against base T1 fighters. Centaur - Health: 4050 -> 4300 - Damage: 160 -> 190 - Cleave: 50% -> 30% Centaur currently shuts down too many builds and makes certain units (notably Swift/Arcane tanks and lower tier tanks) obsolete late game. Shifting some power from splash to base stats. Waves (14) Killer Slugs - Spell Resistance: 25% -> 20% Our next Nomad release is a true arcane tank, which will make wave 14 more manageable (16) Cardinals - Health: 1800 -> 1850 This wave is already a bit weak, plus the Centaur change allows units such as Devilfish, Doppelganger, and Fatalizer to more effectively counter wave 16 King Upgrades (coming soon) - Expected released on PTR: January 18 - Expected release on live: January 21 Here’s our current design for king upgrades! We’d love to hear your feedback and any ideas you have. - Meant to be a defensive tool, not a replacement for workers - Can only be upgraded during the night (build phase) - Upgrade pool is shared by all players on your team - Generally stronger late game but can also be used situationally early game -- Upgrading Regeneration if your king takes significant damage early game -- Upgrading Attack or Spell if you predict taking king damage -- Using leftover gold to supplement income Upgrade Attack - Cost: 30 gold - Number of upgrades: 10 - Income: +3 - King: +6% attack speed Upgrade Regeneration - Cost: 40 gold - Number of upgrades: 8 - Income: +4 - King: +0.05% missing health regeneration per second Upgrade Spell - Cost: 50 gold - Number of upgrades: 6 - Income: +5 - King: Increases mana gained from auto attacks by 0.25 - Possible: various spells with unique effects?