Update 01-2021

By  Kitty · Official · 01/2021Back to releases

It’s almost the end of the year already (and what a year it’s been, honestly…), and Sheepyard is gifting us with a small release with balance changes, exclusive offer and some UI improvements!

Merry Christmas

You will be rewarded coin 300 coins and ruby 30 rubies upon login this week. While I have your attention, please wear a mask and avoid unnecessary travels—especially if you live in an area with rampant COVID-19 cases. It takes everyone’s effort to slow down this pandemic. Do the right thing. 🙏

Balance changes

This release, like any other, brings some balance changes for the new season starting on January 1st, including a new mechanic—vitality.

Vitality is essentially a reverse poison: not only does it heal poison, but it also buffs units by 1 strength at the beginning of every turn. Similarly, poison cancels vitality. Both of them are not subject to cancelation via freeze.

  • Broken Truce now costs 4 mana (up from 3) and will randomly dispatch the leftover damage amongst all surrounding units and structures (bases excluded).
  • Xuri, Lord of Life now vitalizes the friendly units he flies over.
  • Potion of Growth now vitalizes the target and buffs for 2/3/4/5/6 (down from 3/4/5/6/7).
  • Sunbeam Serpents no longer need to be bordering a dragon to activate their ability.
  • Chilled Stonedames costs 5 mana (up from 4) and no longer need the enemy units in front to be weaker.
  • Linked Golems’s base strength is now 2/2/3/3/3 (up from 1/1/2/2/3), and their ability grants 1/2/2/3/4 (down from 2/3/3/4/5).
Nerf compensation

As usual, some compensation in the form of coins and fusion stones will be provided to owners of Linked Golems, proportional to the level and rarity of the card. Find below the compensation values for each rarity and level.

  • epic card  Epic card: coin 15 coins and fusion stone 2 fusion stones at level 2, coin 40 coins and fusion stone 5 fusion stones at level 3, coin 120 coins and fusion stone 10 fusion stones at level 4, coin 250 coins and fusion stone 20 fusion stones at level 5.

Cheapened Brawl

Similar to what happened in November, the Brawl starting on December 24th (and only that one) is going to be cheaper. All fight will cost 50% of their original price.

Here are the adjusted values for every milestone:

Required crownsCost per matchReward once reached
crown 10 crownscoin 0 coins (0)1 Humble Book
crown 20 crownscoin 10 coins (-10)ruby 5 rubies
crown 35 crownscoin 25 coins (-25)1 Classic Tome
crown 50 crownscoin 50 coins (-50)fusion stone 10 fusion stones
crown 70 crownscoin 75 coins (-75)1 Mythic Tome
crown 95 crownscoin 100 coins (-100)legendary card 1 legendary card
crown 125 crownscoin 125 coins (-125)fusion stone 50 fusion stones
crown 160 crownscoin 150 coins (-150)ruby 250 rubies
crown 200 crownscoin 200 coins (-200)legendary card 5 legendary cards
crown 250 crownscoin 250 coins (-250)fusion stone 200 fusion stones
Brawl calculator

To calculate how far you can go with a given amount of coins, or how much it will cost you to reach a certain milestone, be sure to use the Brawl calculator. It makes it possible to define a certain Brawl discount as well.

Daily check-in calendar

The daily check-in calendar will pursue in January. It will work exactly like the Advent Calendar from December and will cost only $5 to boost to Premium.

This is the total value for the Advent calendar, free and premium respectively (including free rewards within the premium one):

  • Total free rewards: coin 450 coinsruby 40 rubiesfusion stone 7 fusion stonescommon card 4 common cardsrare card 1 rare cardepic card 1 epic card and 1 Heroic Tome
  • Total Premium (including free) rewards: coin 1,350 coinsruby 120 rubiesfusion stone 28 fusion stonescommon card 4 common cardsrare card 5 rare cardsepic card 2 epic cardslegendary card 1 legendary card, 1 Heroic Tome and 1 Mythic Tome

Exclusive offers

Like most holiday events, there will be some one-time only special offers for people willing to put some money into the game. The Christmas exclusive packs will be available from December 21st (9AM CET) until December 27th (end of day) so be sure to jump on them!

  • Christmas Tree Pack ($9.99): 3 Mythic Tomes + 2 Heroic Tomes + 1 Classic Tome + coin 500 coins
  • Helpful Elf pack ($19.99): rare card 20 rare cardsepic card 15 epic cardslegendary card 10 legendary cards
  • Santa Edrik pack ($49.99): coin 6,500 coinsruby 650 rubies
Christmas Tree Pack ($9.99): 3 Mythic Tomes + 2 Heroic Tomes + 1 Classic Tome + 500 coins
Helpful Elf pack ($19.99): 20 rare cards + 15 epic cards + 10 legendary cards
Santa Edrik pack ($49.99): 6,500 coins + 650 rubies

On top of that, all books will yield an extra card until the end of the Christmas event (end of day on the 27th). Books rewarded through the Brawl will not.

UI improvements

Besides some minor quality-of-life improvements, the collection pagination has been redesigned from scratch to use a swift slider instead of tedious tap/click navigation.

In case you missed it, a recent update also added a collection filter to display cards from all factions, and cards from the current deck’s faction + neutral. Pretty handy!

Pagination of the card collection


When is the update going to be released?

The balance changes will be effective with the season reset on January 1st. The Christmas offers will be available from December 21st until December 27th (end of day).

Will more cards benefit from vitality in the future?

Absolutely. Vitality will not be a Swarm-specific ability and will make its way to more cards after we test it with these 2 first.