Update 04-2022

By  Kitty · Official · 04/2022Back to releases

Hello Stormbounders! A new version of Stormbound is coming early April bringing balance changes, 3 new cards including 2 legendary heroes, QoL improvements, and some exclusive offers!

Important notice

While I have your attention, please remember the pandemic is not over, even if you have been vaccinated and got a booster shot. You can still carry the disease and make people sick.

So 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. 🙏

Disclaimer

Unfortunately, the friends notification system has been more complex than originally anticipated which, coupled with one of our engineers being absent, has caused some delay in our backlog.

As a result, we intend to finish shipping the friends notification toggle and multibuy features promised last month, and would like to apologize for the delay.

Balance changes

This release, just like any other, will bring some balance changes.

Nerf compensation

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

  • common card  Common card: coin 10 coins at level 2, coin 20 coins and fusion stone 1 fusion stone at level 3, coin 50 coins and fusion stone 2 fusion stones at level 4, coin 120 coins and fusion stone 5 fusion stones at level 5.

New cards

There will be two new neutral legendary heroes introduced next month: Siro the Resurrector on April 17th and Gray the Balancer on April 24th. There will also be an alternative to Execution in the form of a new spell: Demotivation Strike, introduced on April 10th.

3
Demotivating Strike
Demotivating Strike

Disable a target unit’s ability, then deal 2 damage

commonLevel 1
3
Demotivating Strike
Demotivating Strike

Disable a target unit’s ability, then deal 3 damage

commonLevel 2
3
Demotivating Strike
Demotivating Strike

Disable a target unit’s ability, then deal 4 damage

commonLevel 3
3
Demotivating Strike
Demotivating Strike

Disable a target unit’s ability, then deal 5 damage

commonLevel 4
3
Demotivating Strike
Demotivating Strike

Disable a target unit’s ability, then deal 6 damage

commonLevel 5
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Siro the Resurrectorancient hero
Siro the Resurrector

Before moving, respawn 1 surrounding non‑legendary friendly unit destroyed since the beginning of the turn

legendary
7
Level 1
1
7
Siro the Resurrectorancient hero
Siro the Resurrector

Before moving, respawn 2 surrounding non‑legendary friendly units destroyed since the beginning of the turn

legendary
8
Level 2
1
7
Siro the Resurrectorancient hero
Siro the Resurrector

Before moving, respawn 3 surrounding non‑legendary friendly units destroyed since the beginning of the turn

legendary
10
Level 3
1
7
Siro the Resurrectorancient hero
Siro the Resurrector

Before moving, respawn 4 surrounding non‑legendary friendly units destroyed since the beginning of the turn

legendary
12
Level 4
1
7
Siro the Resurrectorancient hero
Siro the Resurrector

Before moving, respawn surrounding non‑legendary friendly units destroyed since the beginning of the turn

legendary
15
Level 5
1
4
Gray the Balancerhero ancient
Gray the Balancer

Before moving, destroy the weakest unit from the player who has most units on the board

legendary
4
Level 1
1
4
Gray the Balancerhero ancient
Gray the Balancer

Before moving, destroy the weakest unit from the player who has most units on the board

legendary
5
Level 2
1
4
Gray the Balancerhero ancient
Gray the Balancer

Before moving, destroy the weakest unit from the player who has most units on the board

legendary
6
Level 3
1
4
Gray the Balancerhero ancient
Gray the Balancer

Before moving, destroy the weakest unit from the player who has most units on the board

legendary
7
Level 4
1
4
Gray the Balancerhero ancient
Gray the Balancer

Before moving, destroy the weakest unit from the player who has most units on the board

legendary
8
Level 5
1

As usual, there will be exclusive packs for every new card to get immediate copies as well as coin 750 coins and fusion stone 5 fusion stones.

Demotivation Strike will be introduced on April 10th along with its promotional pack, which can be purchased until April 17th.

Demotivation Strike: 10 copies of Demotivation Strike + 5 fusion stones + 750 coins

Siro the Resurrector will be introduced on April 17th along with its promotional pack, which can be purchased until April 24th.

Siro the Resurrector pack: 1 copy of Siro the Resurrector + 5 fusion stones + 750 coins

Gray the Balancer will be introduced on April 24th along with its promotional pack, which can be purchased until April 10th.

Gray the Balancer pack: 1 copy of the Gray the Balancer + 5 fusion stones + 750 coins

New Brawls

Similar to what we did in the last months, we will introduce 3 new Brawl modifiers for the 3 new cards. We think it’s a good way for you to be able to try, play with and enjoy newly added cards before you start collecting them.

Like last time, a 0-mana level 1 (unless owned and leveled) copy of the new card will be added to everyone’s deck (thus causing all decks to have 13 cards).

  • The Warrior Brawl starting on the April 14th will be for Demotivation Strike.
  • The Warrior Brawl starting on the April 21st will be for Siro the Resurrector.
  • The Warrior Brawl starting on the April 28th will be for Gray the Balancer.

Cheapened Brawl

The Brawl starting on April 14th (and only that one) is going to be cheaper. All fights will be 50% off. Owners of the Premium Pass will also have their usual discount applied, leading to a 60% reduction.

Here are the adjusted values for every milestone:

Required crownsCost per matchReward once reached
crown 7 crownscoin 0 coins (0)coin 10 coins
crown 20 crownscoin 5 coins (0)1 Humble Book
crown 35 crownscoin 5 coins (-5)ruby 5 rubies
crown 50 crownscoin 10 coins (-10)fusion stone 1 fusion stone
crown 70 crownscoin 15 coins (-15)ruby 15 rubies
crown 95 crownscoin 20 coins (-20)rare card 1 rare card
crown 125 crownscoin 25 coins (-25)fusion stone 7 fusion stones
crown 160 crownscoin 35 coins (-30)ruby 60 rubies
crown 200 crownscoin 40 coins (-40)rare card 5 rare cards
crown 250 crownscoin 50 coins (-50)ruby 200 rubies
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.

Easter offers

As usual, exclusive packs will be available from April 17th until April 24th:

  • Ament pack ($9.99): 3 Mythic Tomes, 2 Heroic Tomes, 1 Classic Tome and coin 500 coins and 1 exclusive avatar
  • Helpful Bunny pack ($19.99): rare card 20 rare cardsepic card 15 epic cards and legendary card 10 legendary cards and 1 exclusive avatar
  • Easter Edrik pack ($49.99): ruby 650 rubies and coin 6,500 coins and 1 exclusive avatar
Ament pack ($9.99): 3 Mythic Tomes, 2 Heroic Tomes, 1 Classic Tome, 500 Coins and 1 exclusive avatar
Helpful Bunny pack ($19.99): 20 Rare cards, 15 Epic cards, 10 Legendary cards and 1 exclusive avatar
Easter Edrik pack ($49.99): 650 Rubies, 6500 Coins and 1 exclusive avatar

Note that the following 3 avatars will no longer be available after Easter. This is the only way to unlock them, so be sure to seize it!

Easter Bunny
Easter chick
Easter Sheepyard

All rubies offer from the shop will be boosted, by 5% for the cheapest one, all the way to 50% for the highest one. This will last between April 14th and April 17th (end of the Brawl).

Copy improvements

I recently undertook going through all card abilities to improve their English version in an effort to make them more consistent and readable. I then pitched it to our development team to bring these changes to the game itself, which has been accepted.

These changes will be slowly rolled out in all languages in the next few months. Please be patient and it takes a significant amount of time to apply such transversal changes in so many languages.

In the meantime, here are the newly defined guidelines for English content on both Stormbound and Stormbound-Kitty.

Locale

Stormbound uses American English over British English. There are subtle differences between the two languages. The most relevant ones for our project are:

  • Words with an ending similar to “vitalize” are spelled with a “z”.
  • Words with an ending similar to “defense” are spelled with a “s”.
  • Words with an ending similar to “color” are spelled without a “u”.
  • The word “canceled” is spelled with a single ”l”.

Capitalization

  • Unit types (e.g. Feline) and modifiers (i.e. Ancient, Hero and Elder) should be capitalized.

Card abilities

  • An ability should never end with a full stop, no matter whether it is made of several sentences.
  • The word “all” should be omitted when possible, as it is implied.
  • The term “on the board” should be omitted, as it is implied.
  • The term “to fight for x” should be omitted, as it is implied.
  • The term “itself” should be preferred over “this”.
  • The term “Before attacking” should be preferred over “When attacking”.

Pluralization

  • The words “damage” and “strength” are never pluralized.

Highlighting

  • Main actions should be highlighted (i.e. build, command, confuse, convert, deal, deconfuse, decrease, destroy, disable, drain, draw, explode, fly, force, freeze, gain, give, increase, jump, move, play, poison, pull, push, remember, remove, restore, return, set, spawn, spend, split, teleport, trigger, vitalize).
  • Amounts (whether variadic or not) should be highlighted with their unit (e.g. “1/2/3/4/5 strength”, “1 unit”, “1/2/3/4/5 damage”, etc.).
  • The words “bordering" and “surrounding” should be highlighted.
Acknowledgement

Kind thanks to DVRP#5076 for their ground work in their SBLocPatcher repository. A significant amount of the implemented changes were suggested by them.

FAQ

When is the update going to be released?

The balance changes will be deployed with the season reset as usual. The 3 cards will be introduced on April 10th, April 17th and April 24th respectively. The UI improvements will land some time during April.

Is Gray the Balancer counting themselves?

Gray the Balancer does count themselves when resolving their ability.

Is Demotivation Strike similar to Stoic Protectors’ ability?

Silencing and disabling are the same thing, and both abilities will be aligned so they use the “disabling” terminology. This was an omission on our side.