Update 12-2021

By  Kitty · Official · 12/2021Back to releases

Hello Stormbounders! A new version of Stormbound is coming early December bringing balance changes, a new card, some generous offers and various bonuses!

Disclaimer

The team is currently focusing most of its efforts onto the development of the upcoming Draft mode. We hope to be able to wrap it up in January!

We are also finalizing the new authentication system to let people sign in with their Google account or Apple ID. It will be possible to merge your Kongregate account to your new account (and vice versa). As a result, new players will no longer have to create a Kongregate account.

Balance changes

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

New card

The day before Christmas (December 23rd), a new card will be released. It will join the few common cards with the ability to do chip damage!

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Minion Launchersrodent
Minion Launchers

On play, deal 1 damage to a random friendly non‑Hero unit on the side, then deal the same damage to the first enemy in front

common
4
Level 1
0
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Minion Launchersrodent
Minion Launchers

On play, deal 2 damage to a random friendly non‑Hero unit on the side, then deal the same damage to the first enemy in front

common
5
Level 2
0
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Minion Launchersrodent
Minion Launchers

On play, deal 2 damage to a random friendly non‑Hero unit on the side, then deal the same damage to the first enemy in front

common
6
Level 3
0
4
Minion Launchersrodent
Minion Launchers

On play, deal 3 damage to a random friendly non‑Hero unit on the side, then deal the same damage to the first enemy in front

common
7
Level 4
0
4
Minion Launchersrodent
Minion Launchers

On play, deal 3 damage to a random friendly non‑Hero unit on the side, then deal the same damage to the first enemy in front

common
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Level 5
0

As usual, there will be an exclusive pack to collect early copies of the new card. It will cost $9.99 and bring 10 copies of the card + fusion stone 5 fusion stonescoin 750 coins. It will be available between December 23rd and January 1st.

Minion Launchers pack: 10 copies of Minion Launchers + 5 Fusion Stones + 750 coins

Card upgrading tutorial

Upgrading card is essential to the Stormbound experience. However, it is not necessarily too obvious for new players how it works.

We are introducing a card upgrading tutorial for new players who have never upgraded any cards. The tutorial will guide them through the upgrading system, and will make each player have a level 2 Gifted Recruits card at the end of it.

There is a second part of the tutorial that gives out fusion stone 6 fusion stones, so players can decide themselves if they want to level up another common card right away or keep them for later.

Updated tutorial displaying an explanation about the yellow halo around a card which can be upgraded
Screenshot of the dialog offering 6 Fusion Stones after completing the new updated tutorial

Card level cap

A lot has been done to improve matchmaking over the last year, from algorithmic changes to base health caps. We are finally introducing a level cap based on the player’s league, the same way the fortress level cap works.

  • Starters League: Card level capped to 2
  • Iron League: Card level capped to 2
  • Bronze League: Card level capped to 2
  • Silver League: Card level capped to 3
  • Gold League: Card level capped to 3
  • Platinum League: Card level capped to 5
  • Diamond League: Card level capped to 5
  • Heroes League: Card level capped to 5

We hope this helps solving the matchmaking difficulties by leveling the play field on a per league basis.

Friendly battle notification

A small quality of life change is coming up: there will now be a small notification banner when a friend invites you for a match.

Notification banner displaying “Player 3345” invites you to FRIENDS
Notification banner displaying an invite from a player from the friend list to do a friendly match

Christmas 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 20th (9AM CET) until the end of the next Brawl!

The 3 packs from last year will come again this year!

  • 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

And two new exclusive packs will be introduced!

  • Christmas pack ($19.99): 15 copies of Minion Launchers + a special avatar + ruby 200 rubiesfusion stone 10 fusion stones
  • Sapphire Bundle ($6.99): 1 book of Temples + fusion stone 25 fusion stones. This one pack can be bought as many times as desired!
Christmas pack ($19.99): 15 copies of Minion Launchers + 200 Rubies + 10 Fusion Stones
Sapphire Bundle pack ($6.99): 1 Book of Temples + 25 Fusion Stones

The special avatar from the Christmas Pack will be this Christmas Minion, which will be unavailable past the event. If you want it or desire to flaunt your swag in front of your friends, this is now or never!

Christmas Minion avatar

On top of that, all books (including Noble, but not the Humble book) will yield an extra card until the end of the Christmas event. Similarly, the paid bundles yielding coins and rubies will grant +30% more resources for the duration of the Christmas event.

Last but not least, matches will yield twice as many coins, and the coin cap will be raised to coin 800 coinscoin 1,400 coins for Premium Pass holders) for the duration of the event.

Cheapened and special Brawl

Similar to previous events, the Brawl starting on Christmas 23rd (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.

Something quite unique about this Brawl will be the introduction of a new modifier (in all difficulties). A 0-mana cost level 1 (unless owned and leveled) Minion Launchers card will be added to everyone’s deck (thus causing all decks to have 13 cards).

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

FAQ

When is the update going to be released?

The balance changes will be deployed with the season reset as usual. The Christmas event itself (on which all the exclusive offers and bonuses are bound) will start on December 20th and end with the next Brawl, on the following Sunday.