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  1. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Majora in Community Update - August   
    Greetings Skylords!
    A new month; a new Community Update! It's time to bring you up to speed with everything going on in Skylords Reborn!

    • QoL Patch

    Last week, we released the long-awaited quality of life patch, resolving various minor bugs and improving the Forge's performance to ensure smoother gameplay. Additionally, this update now allows you to watch outdated replays, although replays impacted by patches will still experience desync issues. Check out the full patch notes here.
    We are also still hard at work on our next content patch. We apologize for announcing the Lost Souls changes too early. Our bottleneck in card descriptions has been underestimated, as all cards in Skylords Reborn require translation into English, German, French, and Russian. This translation process, especially for the changes made to cards, can significantly impact our progress when translators are occupied or inactive. If you would like to assist with this effort, please check the contributor roles available for translators.
    • Cinematic Trailer

    A few months ago, we released a video showcasing the significant changes and improvements made to Skylords Reborn compared to the original BattleForge over the past 2 years. As part of our ongoing effort to attract more new Skylords, we have now created a cinematic trailer designed for RTS players unfamiliar with the original game.
    Please support the game by sharing it with your friends who might be interested in the game!
    • Card Rework Spotlight - Stronghold

    While new cards usually get the spotlight, reworking existing cards can be just as exciting and impactful. Skylords Reborn has a lot of unused and underpowered cards, which, if reworked, would functionally constitute an entirely new tool for players to use. Stronghold is one such card. The T3 Frost tower is beautiful and imposing, promising an unconquerable fortress, a powerful and immovable bastion able to hold off hordes of enemies by itself. Unfortunately, anyone who has used the card knows this description is fantasy. We have been working on Stronghold for a while now, and are happy to showcase our new design, which we think will make the card worthy of its name and image.
    To help Stronghold become a fearsome fortress, we intend three major changes to its existing design. First, we are increasing Stronghold's single-target damage from 2420 dp20 to 4000 dp20. Second, we are giving Stronghold two new abilities. The active ability will allow the player to defend against 50m siege units like Lost Dancers without needing an additional unit or building, and “To the Last!” will make Stronghold more deadly as it loses life points. This will synergize well with Frost building supports like Glacier Shell and Shield Building, allowing the player to keep Stronghold at a lower health threshold without endangering their defenses. The idea of "To the Last!" is to tap into the image of Frost as a faction which does not easily give up. Instead of losing hope in difficult situations, the Lyrish defenders manning the Stronghold dig in their heels and fight even more tenaciously in the face of danger. 
    Cannon Turrets
    Every 3 seconds, turrets deal 164 damage each to enemies in 10m radius, up to 246 in total.
    Bombardment - Active Ability 
    Cost: 40p
    Activate to shoot a mortar shell that deals 800 damage to enemies in a 15m radius around its target, up to 3200 in total. Knocks back small, medium, and large units.
    To the Last! - Passive ability
    If the fortress has equal to or less than 3000 life points left it will deal 25% more damage and take 25% less damage. 
    To the Last! - Passive ability
    If the fortress has equal to or less than 1500 life points left it will deal 50% more damage and take 50% less damage.
    Slowed Construction - Passive ability
    Construction time is increased by 50%.

    We also added a new visual indicator to show the various states of "To the Last". Below, you can see the Bombardment ability in action:
    We hope you are looking forward to these changes coming to Stronghold! They are planned for release alongside our new content patch. We are not able to share a release date yet, so stay tuned!

    • Survey - Update

    A big thank you to the 1500 Skylords who have already submitted their feedback in our yearly survey! The survey will close at the end of the week, so if you haven't shared your thoughts yet, please take a moment to do so. Your feedback will be anonymous.
    As Skylords Reborn is a community project, we value knowing what our players like and what could be improved. Your feedback is crucial for our continuous game improvement and player base growth! As a token of appreciation, everyone who fills in the survey will receive two boosters.

    • Voice Acting – Update

    A quick update on our search for new voice actors: We're thrilled to announce that we've received 24 trial takes, offering a diverse selection of voices to choose from.
    Now, our Audio Editor will carefully assess the sound quality of each file, followed by selecting the voices that best match the characters. We're excited to bring these unannounced characters to life and can't wait to share what we have in store for you!
    • Fire-themed Forge

    As we progress with the development of upcoming campaign maps, we have also been working on a new Fire-themed Forge skin as a side project. Although it is not officially a Summer Forge, players will soon have the option to select from the default Forge, the Winter Forge, the Spring Forge, and the upcoming Fire-themed Forge. Check out the teaser below:

    Players automatically have access to the Winter and default Forge, while the Spring Forge is initially locked behind the "Outsourced Content" achievement, which requires completing 8 different community maps on Expert.
    The Fire-themed Forge will also be associated with an achievement called "Never Thought of Him," which tasks the player with completing the Mo campaign using only Fire cards on the maps Convoy, Mo, Oracle, Ocean, Raven's End, and Slave Master. We have received feedback that the current reward for this achievement feels insufficient, and we plan to enhance it to provide a more appealing incentive for completion.
    Players who have already completed this achievement will receive the additional reward once the Forge is released. Please note that the Forge is not yet available, but you are able to start working on the achievement in advance.

    • Mapmaking fundamentals

    We always strive to keep the playerbase informed about upcoming changes and the rationale behind them, whether it's through Community Updates, balance discord discussions, or Deep Dive documents detailing our design decisions. Originally intended as an internal guide for our current developers of new campaign maps, we decided to share the following guide with interested players, hoping it will also serve as a useful tool for aspiring community mapmakers. Don't forget, every Skylords Reborn download includes the Map Editor!
    BattleForge campaign maps have a particular feel to them, and this feel is a fundamental component of the unique experience which is playing BattleForge. The goal of this design guide is to use existing campaign maps, particularly the best campaign maps, to understand and to categorize the distinct features of the camps in BattleForge’s campaign, such that we can better design future campaign maps. This guide is therefore intended to categorize the design choices of the original devs and to act as a reference for future development for both community and official map development.
    Click here to check out the mapmaking fundamentals guide.
    • Team Changes

    Nukie has decided to step down from his role as Event Manager to allocate more time to his new job and personal life. Despite this change, he will continue to support the project with Moderation duties. We are grateful for his dedicated work during his time as Event Manager! 
    Want to host a tournament or event? Please reach out to our other Event Organizers, @Metagross31 or @Minashigo Hiko. We can help you out with various topics and are glad to discuss potential ideas. We can also sponsor the prize pool for your event. If you have a cool idea for a PvE event, or want to host a PvP tournament, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, we will gladly assist you.
    • Contribute

    Skylords Reborn is a community-driven project fueled by the passion and dedication of over 40 volunteers. We are always on the lookout for like-minded individuals. If you have a passion for gaming, programming, design, or marketing, we invite you to take a look at our open positions!

    • In Conclusion

    That's all for this Community Update! We appreciate you taking the time to read through it.
    As is tradition, we're including a scratch code as a small token of our appreciation for your support.
    The code will reward you with a General booster: THAN-KYOU-SKYL-ORDS

    The code is valid until September 1st, when we will bring you another Community Update. 
    We're always looking for ways to improve and value your feedback. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to share them with us. We'll be back next month with more updates on our ongoing projects and upcoming features. You can also sign up to our e-mail newsletter here. 

    • Skylords Reborn Documents (Deep Dives, Behind the Scenes, PvP Guide)  
    • Overview Community Updates
    • Community Update July 2023
  2. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Majora in Community Update - July 2023   
    Can't talk for the whole team but:

    Love for the game. Me and most of us were there when the original servers were down, and I was pretty devastated about it, having wonderful memories of playing it with my brother, ex girlfriend and friends. Its quite rare (especially for an online-only game) to be revived, so I personally count my blessing to be able to enjoy it once more. 

    Potential. This game is super unique. I have not encountered anything like it. While it has some issues because of this (how on earth do you market this?) I still fully believe in what this game has to offer, and still hold on to hope that sometimes it will be discovered by the right group of people. 

    New players. We still have an influx of new players coming in, either returning from the EA days, or finding the game as its own thing. This is not a case of a group of people slowly dwindling, there are people coming in and going out. 

    Non-active players. While active players go up and down, there is still a large number of players with warm feelings towards Skylords Reborn, as we tend to see with, f.e. the Yearly Feedback Survey. As was mentioned in this topic already, we also see numbers go down a bit during summer time in general. I also don't expect people to continue playing daily for 2+ years straight. There is only so much content to experience and replay. But most of them keep a close eye on the project and return for big patches or other exciting changes. Leading to:

    Upcoming new Campaign Maps. When I joined the team, one of my first pushes was for new cards to enter development. The team achieved bringing back BattleForge into a playable state, but if we wanted it to not face the same fate, we had to keep improving on it, and the easiest way to communicate new stuff is new cards. But new cards only do so much for time spend playing the game; we need people to actually have new content to play. Achievements, rPvE Nature and Fire and the upcoming 9.5 difficulty are good examples of this (and previously mentioned Map Modifiers will also do a ton for replayability) . But the biggest ask from the Community has been New Campaign Maps. We still have this up our sleeve, and I fully expect a lot of those non-active players will return to take a look once we start releasing them. Non-active players need a hook to come back, and I expect this will do the trick.

    The Community. Skylords Reborn has an amazing community. Its a bit of a cliché for a Community Manager to say this is the best community to be in, but honestly, the absolute majority of our players are amazing! When things get rough, I sometimes take a look at the kind words our players mention in f.e. the Survey. At the end of the day, everyone is grateful for all the hours we pour into this, and its important to remember this.
    Though I will admit, sometimes I wish some players remember a bit more that we do this in our free time as well 😅 There have been a couple of moments where some of our teammembers, myself included, got very demotivated by the way certain players expressed their disagreement. So to everyone reading, if I could ask for a single favor to keep the motivation up for both me and the team; please keep in mind we are all volunteers. We do not get paid, yet we show up day after day, working on the game while we have a lot of things to deal with, both in Skylords Reborn and outside of it. Most of us combine the hours we pour into this game with a job, study, kids, marriage, etc, to the point where we don't even have time to play the game we put so much hours in as much as we would like. We love the game, and want to see it succeed, and for that we absolutely want to hear your feedback, we create this game for our players after all. But be constructive, and be kind. It really goes a long way for our motivation and the health of the project. 
    Thank you for being a part of this game. ❤️
  3. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Majora in Community Update - July 2023   
    Greetings Skylords!
    A new month; a new Community Update! It's time to bring you up to speed with everything going on in Skylords Reborn!

    • Share your feedback, get two boosters!
    Our yearly feedback survey has become a tradition by now. Because Skylords Reborn is a community project, we want to know what our players like about Skylords Reborn, and what could be better. We want to keep improving the game and growing our player base, and your feedback is crucial for us! 
    As a thank you, there will be two boosters for everyone who fills in the survey. Your feedback will be anonymous.

    • Announcing a new rPvE difficulty
    As mentioned in previous Community Updates, we are currently hard at work creating more map-based content, like the much anticipated new campaign maps. But we are also aware that one of the most played game-modes in Skylords Reborn is rPvE, specifically difficulty level 9. Today we are excited to announce we are close to complete a new difficulty for rPvE, sitting between difficulty 9 and 10!
    We sat down with one of our designers to share some more information about this upcoming new difficulty. Take it away, RadicalX! 
    What was the motivation to create rPvE 9.5?
    Based on game data, we noticed the difficulty spikes from rPvE difficulty 9 to 10 are too big. The change in win rate is even greater than the difference between difficulty 5 and 9, and the majority of games at the highest difficulty just result in a loss.

    What makes rPvE 10 so difficult?
    Outside significantly strengthened camps and waves throughout the entire game, early layout changes from single to double camp at the T2 row greatly increases difficulty. These camps also include spawn buildings, resummoning dead units and sending out very early waves towards the players. This requires a different strategy compared to lower difficulties. Getting used to these new threats takes some time, but since none of the other difficulties work in the same way, it’s hard to prepare and practice strategies.
    What are the goals of rPvE 9.5?
    The new difficulty is supposed to achieve two things. First, we want to provide players a more enjoyable experience by adding a more linear difficulty scaling in rPvE. Whereas single player rPvE already functions like that to some extent, 4-player rPvE lacks a proper difficulty scaling, currently generating the same amount of games as all other difficulties combined. Second, we want to provide players an environment that allows them to learn and understand how rPvE 10 works on a structural level.
    What can players expect from rPvE 9.5?
    In order to achieve the two previously mentioned goals, rPvE 9.5 is using the same layout as difficulty 10. To smoothen out the early game experience, all fliers are removed from camps in the T2 row. Starting void was increased towards the level of rPvE 9. The T3 area will not feature spawners, reducing the total wave income in the early game. This makes more methodical approaches viable and removes some of the toughest mechanics rPvE 10 has to offer. Camp density in post T4 camps is reduced a little bit, waves will generally be comparable with difficulty 10.
    From that point we did further tweaks based on map tester feedback, to address more specific preset dependent issues. Because rPvE 9.5 is a systematic change, certain rPvE layout issues are inherited. That said, the adjusted unit compositions and wave spawn structures should still help with making these very unforgiving maps appear less frequently. Ultimately, this should give players a new challenge beyond difficulty 9 and also give a better indication on what difficulty 10 will look like.
    Alongside this new difficulty, we will also be changing the naming of the rPvE difficulty scale. 

    New Name      Difficulty according to current scale
    Standard           (4)
    Standard +        (5)
    Standard ++     (6)
    Advanced          (7)
    Advanced +      (8)
    Advanced ++    (9)
    Expert               (9.5) New!
    Expert +            (10)

    As you can see, we will be removing rPvE levels 1, 2 and 3. Data shows us these levels don't see play, and their difficulty and rewards are very lackluster. By using this new logic, the difficulty should also be more in line to the campaign difficulty scaling, giving new players more clarity of what they can expect. 
    Difficulty rPvE 9.5 will be available for 1, 2 and 4-player scenario's, and contain all factions, meaning our newly added Nature and Fire factions will also appear in the pool of enemies. This new difficulty will go live alongside our next patch, currently planned for a Summer 2023 release. 
    We hope players are looking forward to face these new challenges!


    • Voice Acting – Update
    Last month, we started looking for voice actors who could help us to bring upcoming characters to life. We are about to close the application window for the second wave of voice-acting, so be sure to apply this weekend if you are still interested!  
    We are looking for a variety of voices (both male and female), and encourage everyone who is interested (and has a decent microphone!) to apply. You are also welcome to apply if you did so in the original application round in 2021! 
    To apply, fill in a brief survey to provide us with some information about yourself and select which characters you are interested in. We will be in touch with you for a trial script, and select our favourites from the provided recordings.  

    • Tournaments and Events
    In between our monthly Community Updates, we host various events and tournaments, so be sure to keep a close eye on the in-game event tab and the forum calendar to stay informed and not miss out on any exciting events!
     • FINISHED - Official Event #9: Who Dares Wins! 
    Ultralord will be hosting a stream to showcase the winners of the last official event. Join us on June 3rd at 19:00 CET on his Twitch channel, which you can find here. 

    • NEW - Crappy Community Contest #11: Meme-fy BattleForge - Until July 3rd
    A non-gameplay event where you create GIF-content for our Discord. Meme content, emotions, ingame scenes – everything is welcome. Help unlock a booster code by participating! More information.

    • Host your own tournament / event
    Want to host a tournament or event yourself? Please reach out to our Event Organizers, @Metagross31, @Minashigo Hiko or @nukie! We can help you out with various topics and are glad to discuss potential ideas. We can also sponsor the prize pool for your event. If you have a cool idea for a PvE event, or want to host a PvP tournament, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, we will gladly assist you.
    • Contribute
    Skylords Reborn is a community-driven project fuelled by the passion and dedication of over 40 volunteers. We are always on the lookout for like-minded individuals. If you have a passion for gaming, programming, design, or marketing, we invite you to have a look at our open positions!

    • In Conclusion
    That's all for this Community Update! We appreciate you taking the time to read through it.
    As is tradition, we're including a scratch code as a small token of our appreciation for your support.
    The code will reward you with a General booster: SOON-RPVE-NINE-FIVE
    The code is valid until August 1st, when we will bring you another Community Update. 
    We're always looking for ways to improve and value your feedback. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to share them with us. We'll be back next month with more updates on our ongoing projects and upcoming features. You can also sign up to our e-mail newsletter here. 

    • Skylords Reborn Documents (Deep Dives, Behind the Scenes, PvP Guide)  
    • Overview Community Updates
    • Community Update June 2023
  4. SunWu liked a post in a topic by WindHunter in Patch #400042 - 19 May 2023   
    Map & NPC Changes

    [ NPC Balance Changes ]
     Lost Reaver:
    1. Reclassify Lost Reaver as a melee-unit instead of a ranged-unit.
    Players are likely familiar with the fact that a Lost Reaver will spawn its Lost Crawlers and then stand off to the side while it and its allies are slaughtered. This has now been fixed. Lost Reaver will use its ability and move towards and engage enemies in melee combat. This should constitute a slight buff to the unit's strength as an enemy.
     Lost Wanderer (shield variant):
    1. Ice Shield duration: Infinite ➜ 20 seconds
    2. Targets: All available targets in a 20m radius ➜ 5 closest units in a 20m radius
    3. New passive effect: The duration of friendly Ice Shields is extended indefinitely within a 20m radius around Lost Wanderer.
    These changes aim to make the unit more fair through changing Lost Wanderer's Ice Shields to only be conditionally permanent and to have an upper limit on the number of allies that can be shielded at a time. This should enable more counter play on the player's end, as a player can now focus on Lost Wanderers to give the Ice Shields the possibility of wearing off.
     Twilight Evil Eye:
    1. Remove passive Pain Link damage reflection ability
    Twilight Evil Eye possessed the same Pain Link ability as the player version of Wrathgazer. Pain Link is only supposed to work on Evil Eye's allies, but there is a common bug with the ability which causes it to frequently enemies as well. This would lead to situations where a player would kill their own units by killing an Evil Eye, an issue which disproportionally affected melee unit compositions due to Pain Link's small radius. While this therefore constitutes a buff to players in niche situations, the removal of Pain Link will also make late game Twilight camps more durable by no longer distributing additional damage to Evil Eye's allies.
     Twilight Leech (Siege of Hope Mini-boss):
    1. Enemies affected by the unit's teleport ability now have a 10-second immunity to further teleports to prevent infinite teleport ping-ponging of units around camps.
     Twilight Minions:
    1. New passive ability: Increase damage of Twilight Minions by +20% for each friendly Twilight Minion nearby.
    While Twilight Minions currently claim they deal more damage based on nearby allies, this is not actually true. We are therefore adding such an ability which scales based only on other nearby friendly Twilight Minions. The current numbers and effect are relatively small as we want to ensure we do not potentially over buff the unit in early campaign scenarios.
     Twilight Willsapper:
    1. Rework Willsapper's auto-cast paralyze substantially.
       A. Every 4 seconds, up to 2 hostile units within a 40m radius will be paralyzed for 11 seconds upon inhaling it. After the effect wears off, targets are immune against Paralyze for a short time.
       B. Recast timer: 4 seconds
       C. Targets: Closest 2 hostile units not currently paralyzed or immune.
       D. Duration: 11 seconds
       E. Range: 40m
       F. Immunity: 5 seconds
    Up to 6 units can now be paralyzed by Willzapper at once, each for 11 seconds. They then have a very short (5 second) immunity period. The effect targets the closest non-paralyzed hostile units because otherwise it would permanently target the 2 closest units and be ineffective. Willsapper should no longer paralyze enemies after its death, and enemies will now have a short window to respond before being re-paralyzed. This is in contrast to the previous implementation, which allowed Willsapper to permanently paralyze up to 5 enemy units at once. We hope these changes will make this iconic enemy building more fair while still providing a substantial challenge when facing the Twilight faction.
     The Red King (Empire Boss):
    1. Now casts an Amok ability periodically, causing enemies to attack each other in a large radius around him.
     Bandit Lord (rPvE Boss):
    1. Change Name: Bandit Lord ➜ Banzai Lord
    2. Add boss immunity
    3. Life points: 7000 ➜ 20000
    4. New ability, "Bird Calling":
       A. Spawns Banzai Birds, identical to U3 player tainted affinity.
       B. Casts every 10 seconds
    5. Add “Flesh Feast” ability from Overlord to description
    It is well known that Bandits are the easiest enemies in rPvE by a good margin. One contributing factor to this is that the Bandit Lord enemy is counted as a boss when generating rPvE matches, despite being no more than a slightly beefier and reskinned Overlord. We have decided to change this mini-boss into a real boss, akin to the player and campaign versions of Banzai Lord. This boss will both regenerate life points based on nearby corpses and spawn powerful Banzai Birds to destroy the armies of players. We hope players enjoy this first step towards making Bandits a more fearsome and interesting faction to fight in rPvE. 
     Lost Crawler (Lost Souls rPvE)
    1. The non-shielding variants of Lost Wanderer have been replaced by Lost Crawlers in the Lost Souls preset in random PvE.
    These are M-sized units that explode on death, which many players have seen before in our Halloween event map Spooky Encounters. This should present a slight increase in the difficulty of early game Lost Souls compared to similar situations prior to the patch. 

    [ Systematic Changes ]
    Spring Forge has been added to the game. Available via an achievement to win several featured community maps. Random PvE factions have had their probabilities redistributed to account for the addition of Nature rPvE
    [ Campaign Map Changes ]
     Behind Enemy Lines:
    1. Auto-destroy top left wall if 50% of barrier modules are already destroyed.
    2. Added a Flightblocking / Vision Block to the top left base to prevent the Twilight Dragon from aggroing onto units at the player's T2/T3 location.
    3. Line of Sight improvements along the bottom middle Twilight Disciple path.
    1. Fixed a line of sight issue at the top right starting position, which prevented ranged units from attacking enemies without closing to almost melee range.
    2. Added two new bridges connecting the left and right sections of the map on both the top and the bottom.
    3. Updated minimap to reflect changes and to be more accurate in general.

    1. Command Walker spawn frequency (delay between the spawns of two Walkers) on expert difficulty: 120 seconds ➜ 180 seconds
    2. Amii Spell Device effects:
       A. "Area Freeze" (Coldsnap):
          - Maximum number of targets: 7 ➜ 12
          - Fixed description to display correct info, improved the spell preview, and displayed maximum spell range while selecting target area.
       B. "Healing Radiance" (Ray of Light) maximum healing: 3600 ➜ 4400 life points
       C. "Meteor Shower" (Inferno)
          - Scatter radius of meteor impact area: 20 ➜ 15m radius
          - Fixed description to display correct info, improved the spell preview, and displayed maximum spell range while selecting target area.
    Convoy on expert difficulty has an 18% successful completion rate, the lowest of any campaign map in the game by far. Part of this is the map's seemingly infinite scaling potential, where attack waves progressively get harder and harder, even very late into the game. Part of this is the unique mechanics of the map, which often confuse players. And part of this is that success or failure on this map, when not cheesing it with Rifle Cultists, Voodoo Shack, or Enlightenment, is RNG. A player can do identical actions from one game to the next, with one playthrough succeeding and the next failing. It all depends on how many units the Command Walker gets attacked by on its way north and how many of these units it fails to kill due to poor target selection. In several test runs, we found that the number of units which congregate to attack the Command Walker, while it itself is attacking the Power Shrine, can range from 7 to 13 without any player intervention. Enemy groups at the lower end of the range are beatable using only the map's mechanics, while enemy groups at the upper end of the range more can kill the Walker, which often led to failure even when the players executed perfectly.
    Winning or losing a map due to the target selection of an AI controlled unit is not acceptable. If two players execute well, they should not lose because the map's core mechanic is poorly designed and poorly balanced. To fix this issue, we are increasing the time between Command Walker spawns by 30 seconds. This will increase the total available time for players to prepare by approximately a minute without effecting other portions of the map. We are also strongly buffing the spell effects available to the player when they capture nodes and gather Stonekin spell charges. The Coldsnap effect has had its target count increased to 12, allowing it to freeze all enemies around the Walker in the vast majority of cases, even if the Command Walker has the worst possible target selection. The Ray of Light effect has been buffed by 22%, while the Inferno effect's tightened scatter radius will allow the player to pick off priority targets with increased reliability. Overall, the goal is that a team which has captured and successfully defended 2 nodes, while also having gathered 20 Stonekin charges by the time the 3rd Walker reaches the Power Shrine, should be able to win the Command Walker mini-game with 100% reliability as long as they use the Amii Spell Device somewhat competently. 
     Nightmare Shard:
    1. Replace the Twilight Deathglider spawned at the "Shadow Camp" on expert difficulty with Twilight Mindbenders.
    Most veteran players approach this map by immediately rushing the spawn buildings of the Shadow Camps on both sides with either Nomad + Eruption or Mana Wings. They do this because it prevents the spawn of several camp defenders, the most notable of which is the Twilight Deathglider. Twilight Deathgliders have an AoE knockback of S and M-units. Additionally, the pathway into the Shadow Camp is incredibly narrow, meaning that a single Twilight Deathglider can, and often does, permanently CC an infinite amount of player units on this map. By changing this singular unit, we allow players to play the map in the normal way without facing an enemy that single-handedly counters every non-Fire faction at T1. At the same time, we do nothing to change the map for veterans and speedrunners.
    Nightmare's End:
    1. Decreased the pond size at the starting location on the left side of the map (see minimap image), allowing for enough space to build a second tower defending the southern wall.
    2. Decreased blocking on the right side of the map (see minimap image).
    3. Updated Minimap to reflect changes and to be more accurate in general.

    1. Fixed several terrain and water visual issues.
    2. Moved the single Power Well on the right side down a bit.
    3. Moved the 3 Power Wells and Monument on the right side down a bit.
    4. Slightly improved blocking to allow better spawning of units at wells near terrain.
    Minor quality of life improvements. The changes to the Wells and Monument on the right side of the map should hopefully prevent the player from aggroing the next camp simply by claiming the Wells and Monument. 
  5. SunWu liked a post in a topic by WindHunter in Patch #400042 - 19 May 2023   
    Card Balance Changes

    Global Balance Changes
    Random PvE Boss Leader Immunity:
       - Added Steadfast to all rPvE bosses.
    Ranged attack delays re-randomized:
       - Towers and ranged units are now assigned a randomized 0.3-0.7 second delay on a per-attack basis instead of a standardized 0.5 second delay on spawn. This only modifies cards affected by the bug, many ranged units and towers will be unaffected by the change. 
    Last patch, we changed the randomized attack delay assigned on spawn from ranging between 0.1-1.1 seconds to a standardized delay of 0.5 seconds. While this successfully achieved our goal of making each unit and tower a player spawns equal, it introduced other problems. The chief concern reported by the playerbase was an aesthetic one. While previously battles in BattleForge felt very alive, with units and towers on each side attacking continuously, with the standardized delay combat started to feel more turn-based. Your units would attack, their units would attack, then your units would attack again. This also led to easy kiting of enemies, particularly NPC enemies, because you could play around the standard delay to unleash volleys of attacks then retreat until the next volley was ready. Given the widespread and consistent feedback we received that something unique to the BattleForge experience had been lost by this change, we decided to pursue a few alternative solutions that would fix both the old and the new problems. The solution we settled on was to re-add the attack delay with a smaller range and to make it apply on a per-attack instead of a per-spawn basis. This means each affected unit or tower will have a slightly different attack speed for each attack, but will on average have the same attack speed over a long enough period. The chaotic nature of combat should also return, with both sides continuously attacking instead of engaging in a semi turn-based encounter.
    Revenant's Doom Costs Standardization:
       - Standardize Revenant's Doom costs by tier, with an increasing discount as the tiers progress: T2: 75%, T3: 65%, T4: 50% of unit's normal power cost
    NPC Building Power and Orb Cost Fix:
       - All NPC buildings now have an assigned power and orb cost. 
    Similar to how we fixed the missing power and orb costs for NPC units several patches ago, we have now given each NPC building its own power and orb cost. One motivation for this change is to allow us to add new cards and card abilities that can be limited in terms of which buildings they can and cannot be taken over, which would otherwise not be possible. A second motivation is to create consistency between NPC buildings. Prior to this change, buildings added with Fire rPvE had properly assigned costs, which is also true of the new Nature rPvE buildings, while the original buildings did not. This created a major inconsistency between and within game modes in regard to Matter Mastery, making it difficult or impossible to know when to bring one or the other affinity. A third motivation was to create a real distinction between the two existing affinities of Matter Mastery. Previously, before this change, the nature affinity could overtake every building in the game, meaning there was no real reason to use the tainted affinity or for it to exist. At the same time, we do not want to strongly nerf the nature affinity, which we do not view as inherently problematic. As such, as part of this change, we are also changing the nature affinity of Matter Mastery to work on T3 buildings, up to a power cost of 140p. Below, we have listed each building affected by this change and what will be its new tier and power cost.
    Tier 2 - 100p
    Bandit Launcher, Stonekin Hurler, Twilight Infected Tower, Lost Launcher
    Tier 3 - 140p
    Bandit Sky Defender, Bandit Waystation, Bandit Wizard Tower, Stonekin Deepgorge, Stonekin Launcher, Stonekin Shatterer, Twilight Fleshbender, Twilight Hatecaster, Twilight Skyscorcher, Lost Banestone, Lost Converter, Lost Disruptor
    Tier 4 - 200p
    Bandit Artillery, Stonekin Hammerfall, Stonekin Shredder, Twilight Bombard, Twilight Willsapper
    XL-unit Turn Speed Increase:
       - Increased the turn speed of all player XL-units based on category.
    Ground XL: 25% faster turn speed
    Flying XL: 40% faster turn speed
    Worm XL: 200% faster turn speed
    Global Disenchant Hostile versus Friendly Root Distinction:
       - Disenchant's immunity no longer prevents the application of the Immobile, Immobileroot is still prevented.
    BattleForge has two types of root effects, one called Immobile and the other Immobileroot. The distinction between them is that Immobile is only applied by friendly effects, while Immobileroot is applied by hostile effects. This change makes it so that a friendly effect which causes a unit to be rooted in place is no longer prevented by Disenchant's immunity effect. The primary reason behind this change is that effects which self-root a unit or its allies are baked into the balancing considerations of a card and its effects. The ability to bypass this downside, which has become easier as we have added, and likely will continue to add, more ways to apply Disenchant, has therefore become a constant balance consideration for both upcoming and existing cards. We are forced to ask ourselves if we can really buff Forest's Vim if we have to account for a Razorleaf that can walk around at normal speed, attacking the entire time. As we work on campaign maps with longer T4 sequences, we have to consider that a player can summon a Dreadnought and have it permanently stay in its Pledge of the Giants mode while walking around, trivializing vast portions of the map with ease. In such cases, do we nerf the Dreadnought and the Razorleaf, or do we nerf the mechanic which is causing the issue? Our decision was to nerf the Disenchant interaction.
    Squad Position Fix:
       - Game now checks and updates the Squad position to the unit position if they are too far away from each other.
    Any unit has two positions. A squad position and a unit position, which is equal to what we see on screen. This position tends to be close or equal to the units position itself but seems to behave slightly different for some actions. For example,. a Magma Hurler will shift his squad position slightly behind himself when attacking. This is not problematic. But some actions lead to only the unit position being updated while the squad position remained stationary. Prime candidates for this are hold position orders or rooting effects. The squad position can remain at the initial spot while the unit including its unit position can move to attack. Squad position is used by many abilities and spells to check if they should apply to the corresponding unit. Meaning, a unit with a squad position far away from its unit position would no longer be hit by things like CC or AoE attacks targeting the unit position. The fix going live now checks and updates the Squad position to the unit position if they are too far away from each other. Worms are not included here due to issues with worm movement.

    PvE Balance Changes
    While changes are split here between PvE and PvP sections, many of the changes have important consequences for both game modes. Our PvE and PvP balance teams work closely together to ensure that the impact of all changes are evaluated for both game modes. Below, we have listed both the changes and our reasoning behind them. 
    [ Tier 1 ]
     Banner of Glory:
    1. Life points: 500 ➜ 300
    2. Void return percentage: 33% ➜ 40%
    Higher percentage void return will allow more efficient cycling of lower tier units into real power. The life points were lowered to avoid situations in PvP where it becomes too strong, such as offensively inside an Aura of Corruption.
    1. Void return percentage: 50% ➜ 60%
     Frost Mage:
    1. Remove knock back from damage cone
    2. Add non-damaging cone with reduced range, that applies knock back. A 33m knock back cone should result in Frost Mage consistently applying damage to squads she attacks, fixing the issue where units are knocked outside of her damage range, but she continues to attack them anyway.
    1. Add passive, "Protected Rush:" While under the effect of an Ice Shield, the unit gains significantly increased movement speed.
       A. Only works while Defensive Stance is active
       B. Movement speed while shielded = 4.8 m/s
    Improve Frost Sorceress and Ice Shield Tower synergy with Imperials. 
     Scorched Earth (p):
    1. Tainted Deconstruction (p):
       A. Damage debuff: 50% ➜ 75%
       B. Remove “The erection of buildings that are presently under construction will be interrupted and it will not be possible to repair anything.” from functionally and description.
    The increase of Scorched Earth(p)'s debuff allows it to become a semi-suppression of buildings in a large area (20m) and to protect your fragile Fire units in PvE. We removed the construction-suppression effect to reduce double-scorched usage in PvP, which also gives each affinity a role in either PvE or PvP. 
    1. Remove Splash Damage: 5 damage, up to 9 in total ➜ 7 damage
    Snapjaws have an abysmal splash radius of only 3m. This is so small it effectively does not exist and only serves to reduce the unit's damage against squad units. We are removing the splash and changing the unit's damage to single-target. This increases the unit's single-target damage from 138 to 193 dp20, a +40% increase in total effective damage. This will change the damage of Satanael's Snapjaws from 414 dp20 to 579 dp20.
    1. Power cost: 40p ➜ 35p
    2. Life points: 880 ➜ 600
    Encourage Tunnel play by slightly lowering cost. HP reduction to prevent issues with an overly health efficient Tunnel.
    1. Power cost: 65 ➜ 70
    2. Damage: 630 ➜ 680
    3. Add passive, "Corpse Gathering:" Harvests energy from nearby corpses equal to their former maximum life points to enable more powerful explosions. A maximum of 3000 life points can be stored at once.
    4. Infiltration Rework:
       A. Damage (both affinities): 330, up to 1650 in total damage + up to 600 damage per target, up to 5 targets in total based on the number of corpses gathered
       B. Enable splash overflow fix for ability.
       C. Both affinities now damage units and buildings.
       D. Explosion radius: 20m ➜ 15m
       E. Fire affinity: Additionally, when 3000 corpses have been gathered, Witchclaws deal 50% more damage after teleporting.
       F. Shadow affinity ➜ Frost Affinity: Additionally, when 3000 corpses have been gathered, Witchclaws take 50% less damage after teleporting.
    [ Tier 2 ]
     Breeding Grounds:
    1. Power cost: 70p ➜ 90p
    Breeding Grounds is one of the stronger cards in the game and has some of the best scaling of any T2 card or building. At only 1 Nature orb and available as easy as T2, it grants a permanent -25% discount to all own and allied units. While the card is something of a third rail due to its popularity, now that we have significantly buffed nearly all parts of Nature, we believe it is time to give the card a minor nerf. When considering what to do with the card, we considered several options, such as making the discount scale upwards or downwards with tier (i.e. 15% discount if player is T2, 20% if T3, etc.) or just nerfing the -25% discount outright. In the end, we settled on a slap-on-the-wrist nerf, at least initially. The increased bound power will delay players initially in T2, but only cost them 2 extra permanent power if they destroy the building. At the same time, the increased bound power cost should encourage players to actually destroy Breeding Grounds made obsolete by map progression, and it will provide a much needed nerf in the PvP game mode as well. 
     Burrow Ritual:
    1. Orb cost: 1 Nature, 1 Neutral (T2) ➜ 1 Nature (T1)
    Reducing the card's tier should allow more synergy with Tunnel, allowing for more strategies to emerge and helping to better justify Burrow Ritual's inclusion in a deck.
    1. Crossbow Attack damage: 9 per shot (540 dp20) → 10 per shot (600 dp20)
    2. Life points: 810 → 750
    Stat realignment to make Defenders more viable offensively and a more attractive option. Life points are worth less than damage when considering stat efficiency, particularly amongst ranged units in PvE.
    1. Fixed a bug which allowed Earthkeeper to make connected units immune to all damage while also not affecting Earthkeeper. 
     Lost Priest:
    1. Exhaustion:
       A. Cast range: 30➜ 40m
       B. Total targets: 5 ➜ 10
       C. Debuff Timer: 20 sec ➜ 30s
       D. Jump speed increase
       E. Debuff strength: 30% ➜ 40%
    Improvements to Lost Priest's support capacity will help its viability in PvE, particularly in combination with other units such as Lost Shade and Lost Dancer. 
     Matter Mastery (g):
    1. Gifted Takeover (g): maximum of 2 orbs and 100 power costs ➜ maximum of 3 orbs and 140 power costs
    See Global Balance Changes above for more details. We are also considering more substantial changes to the tainted affinity in a future update. 
     Revenant's Blessing:
    1. Charges: 8 ➜ 12
    2. Radius: 20m ➜ 25m
    3. Gifted Immortal healing: 15 ➜ 30 life points per second
    4. Infused Immortal damage: 25% ➜ 30% more damage
    5. Bugfix: Allow overlapping Revenant's Blessings to reapply the effect without requiring the unit to exit and re-enter the area.
    We are working towards improving the current use case of Revenant's Doom through direct buffs to it and through improving its support tools. With this change, Lost Shades are usable without needing Viridya and the spell scales better into the higher tiers for those you want to use revenants. More support to the faction and to revenants in particular will come in the next patch when we finish the rest of the upcoming Lost Souls rework. 
     Root Nexus:
    1. Orb cost: 1 Nature, 1 Neutral (T2) ➜ 1 Nature (T1)
    2. Life points: 850 ➜ 650
    Moving Root Nexus to T1 gives Treespirit a much-needed support card. Life points reduced to prevent too health efficient blocking options in T1. 
    1. Waves per root attack: 2.5 spike waves ➜ 2 spike waves
    2. Damage per wave: 100, up to 150 in total ➜ 125, up to 190 in total (+25% increase)
    Overall damage remains identical. Spikeroot now always deals the same damage at each point in its attack, instead of having high and low points. 
     Sunken Temple:
    1. Added Mode-change, "Hibernate:" Pest Creepers enter a state of dormancy and are no longer summoned.
    2. Pest Creepers now aggro against enemies in an area around the Temple.
    The new mode change will allow the player to temporarily turn off Pest Creepers. This will be especially helpful when using a large number of Sunken Temples, which quickly fill up the unit population limit, and you want to summon new non-Creeper units. The other change will make it so that Pest Creepers no longer stand around waiting for enemies to either attack them or move within a short distance. They will now actively aggro on enemies that come within a moderate radius around the Temple which spawned them. Overall, these changes should make the card function much more fluidly. 
     Unholy Power:
    1. Stored Strength (ammo): 2000 ➜ 3000
    2. Ammo is refreshed whenever Unholy Power is recast on a unit already affected by another instance of Unholy Power.
    3. Bugfix: Unholy Power no longer decays all remaining ammo when a previous instance of the spell expires. 
    Unholy Power is a highly inconsistent spell, and a lot of that regards bugs in its original implementation. By fixing the decay issue, new applications of Unholy Power existing concurrently with previous applications should no longer be removed by older instances expiring. Additionally, new applications, in addition to continuing to stack additively, now refresh the card's ammo pool back to full. On top of these important changes to the card's functioning, we also increased its total strength pool by 50% from 2000 to 3000 which should help it to scale better into T3. With all these changes, Unholy Power should become a significantly stronger and more consistent buff spell.  
     Viridya (normal and promo versions):
    1. Viridya’s Blessing is now able to restore lost squad members
    1. Orb cost: 1 Fire, 1 Neutral (T2) ➜ 1 Fire (T1)
    Opens up several early use cases for the card on Titans, Dwarven Riddle, and Sunbridge. 
    [ Tier 3 ]
     Abyssal Warder:
    1. New Active ability for large and medium-sized golems, "Reassemble:" Bond with two other Abyssal Warders of the same size in a 20m radius to reform into an Abyssal Warder of a larger size.
    2. Frost affinity effect, Ice Shield duration: 15s ➜ 30 seconds
    There is a large disparity between the usefulness of the two Abyssal Warder affinities in terms of effects. The fire affinity (r) provides a permanent buff, while the blessed affinity (b) only grants an Ice Shield for 15 seconds. In an attempt to partially remedy this issue, we have doubled the length of the smaller Warders' Ice Shields to 30 seconds. Additionally, we have finally been able to add a new effect to the small and medium sized Warders which will allow them to rebuild themselves into a larger Warder. Reassemble requires 3 Warders to work, meaning that it is not inherently efficient, though it provides another strong synergy with Promise of Life and builds on the buffs to Abyssal Warder last patch. 
     Blood Healing:
    1. Charges 12 ➜ 16
    1. Melee damage: 1400 dp20 ➜ 1550 dp20
     Mutating Frenzy:
    1. Sacrifice cooldown: 15 sec ➜ 5 sec
     Santa Claus:
    1. Blue Gift, Red Gift, Christmas Peace cooldown: 60 seconds ➜ 40 seconds
    1. Fealty (both affinities):
       A. Cannot be activated if the player is at or above 125 population. 
       B. Summoned Snapjaws damage: 200% ➜ 120%
    Removing all instances of infinite spawning in the game due to the attendant performance issues they cause. Buffing Snapjaws individually as compensation. Overall, the damage of each summoned Snapjaws squad is increased slightly. 
     Shrine of Martyrs:
    1. Void return per frozen unit: 12% ➜ 18% of current void pool
    2. Bugfix: Void return effect is no longer triggered multiple times per entity.
    Regular users of Shrine of Martyrs know that the void return effect is often inconsistent. The same group of enemies could provide wildly different void return rates when frozen due to the fact that the effect would switch between applying once or multiple times per enemy. We fixed this inconsistency, but it left the shrine, which is likely already the weakest of the four standard options, even weaker. As such, we have given it a large +50% buff to its void return percentage in compensation for removing the existing bug. This change will allow players to develop an intuitive understanding of how much void is actually returned per frozen enemies. The percentage we chose is a bit of a guess and is subject to change based on the feedback we receive from player testing.  
     Shrine of War:
    1. Orb cost: 1 Fire, 2 Neutral (T3) ➜ 2 Fire, 1 Neutral (T3)
    When we first began nerfing cards, many people asked us when we were planning on touching Shrine of War. We previously delayed any changes to the card due to its importance to the rPvE game mode at all levels and because other factions, such as Frost and Nature, lacked sufficient methods of void return, an aspect we think is integral to the balance of all factions. Now that all factions have a viable method of void return, we have decided to give Shrine of War a nerf. We were between the two ideas of nerfing its void return percentage or increasing its orb restrictions. While Shrine of War has by far the most efficient void return when accounting for multiple players out of all the available options, we decided that we did not think its efficiency was outside the line of acceptability, but that the Shrine was too splashable compared to the other options. As such, we choose to leave Shrine of War as the best void return shrine in the game, but to require the player to invest into 2 Fire orbs to access it. 
    [ Tier 4 ]
     Altar of Chaos:
    1. Change Nether Bomb cast range to work like spells instead of like units & buildings. Still limited to own ground presence only.
    This seemingly small change substantially increases the positioning capacities of the Nether Bomb and allows own units to be much farther away when placing bombs. 
    1. Barrage damage per shot: 550, up to 3300 in total ➜ 800, up to 2400 in total
    Battleship's ability has a long range of 50m and can be used to snipe out enemies far into the enemy's backline while remaining safe itself. The ability has a very large amount of splash damage, able to fully damage up to 6 enemies in its target radius. At the same time, the target radius is only 12m making it very unlikely there are 6 enemies to damage. Additionally, despite its long animation and unleashing 5 shots, the single-target damage is not even able to destroy a large spawn building. We are reducing the total splash damage in favor of higher single-target damage, increasing the damage dealt to one target from 2750 to 4000 in total. 
     Cluster Explosion (p):
    1. Tainted Burst radii per successive explosion: 25m / 20m / 15m / 10m / 5m ➜ 25m / 20m / 15m / 12m / 10m
    Increased the radius of the explosion for the 3rd and 4th waves of Cluster Explosion (p). These radii were so small, they often failed to hit any enemies. By increasing them, we hope to give a slight buff to this affinity in ideal situations with a lot of closely clustered enemies. 
     Earthen Gift:
    Earthen Gift Redesign
    1. Charges: 4 ➜ 8
    2. Infused Earth (r) ➜ Blessed Earth (b):
       A. Damage buff: 30% ➜ 50%
    3. Tainted Earth (p) ➜ Gifted Earth (g):
       A. Affects Elemental units, not structures
       B. Remove "Every hostile building in the current game will deal 50% less damage."
       C. Damage buff: +50% more damage
       D. Healing per second: 10% ➜ 5%
    Earthen Gift is one of the worst cards in the entire game. Before Reforging, its normal price was 3 BFP despite being a Rare spell. As Stonekin's Pure T4 spell, it ought to be one of the reasons why a player goes 2 Nature and 2 Frost orbs, but right now it is a waste of a card slot. The card's existing identity is as a combined buff and healing card, but it is restricted to only work on structures. Even on structures it is not useful.
    Instead of completely rejecting the card's initial design, we are attempting to improve on it for the one affinity by increasing the damage buff where it may prove useful upon the release of defensive rPvE. For the other affinity, we are swapping its effect from structures to elemental units, which includes all Stonekin units, and modifying its heal and damage buff accordingly. The idea is to potentially allow the spell to replace Regrowth while also giving Stonekin access to a minor damage buff for itself and any other friendly elemental units. Between this and the Grinder buff, Stonekin's T4 should feel significantly stronger.
     Evil Eye:
    1. Damage now ticks every 0.5 seconds instead of every 1 second. Rage still takes the same amount of time to activate.
    2. Initial damage delay for Evil Eye's Searing Sight has been removed. Damage will now starts as soon as Evil Eye targets an enemy.
    1. Harmony: Added a yellow bar akin to Mountaineer showing when the healing effect will next occur.
    2. Provoke (both affinities): Single target ➜ All enemies in a 15m radius
       A. Infused Provoke Buff: 50% more damage ➜ 75% more damage
    Quality of life change to Grinder's harmony ability. Added some increased strength and flexibility to Grinder's taunt by allowing it to affect multiple targets in a small area. This will also allow Grinder (r) to taunt the empty air versus bosses, allowing it to still generate the personal damage buff, which has been increased to +75%, regards of whether or not any enemy units are actually taunted. Stonekin struggles against strong single target enemies such as bosses and this is one step in an attempt to remedy that without damaging the faction's existing identity.
     Lost Evocation:
    1. Charges: 4 ➜ 8
    2. Cast time reduction: 2 seconds ➜ 0.8 seconds
    3. Infused Revenant damage buff: 50% ➜ 100%
    The charge increase allows Lost Souls to get access to its primary support spell without having to use two deck slots on Rifle Cultists + Offering. The cast time reduction prevents the use of both Evocations simultaneously, while the buff to the fire affinity (r)'s damage buff makes it a more compelling option for a faction whose main damage dealing occurs through units.
     Shadow Worm:
    1. Increase turn rate of disintegration turrets: 200 ➜ 260
    1. Whirlwind splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m
     Twilight Pestilence:
    1. Damage: 44 ➜ 64 life points per second
    2. Healing (both affinities): Both affinities now heal friendly Twilight units by equivalent damage as they deal to enemies.
    3. Change Gifted Affinity (g) ➜ Infused Affinity (r)
       A. Add +30% damage buff for friendly Twilight units
    Improvements in nearly all aspects of Twilight's marquee spell. Previously, the blessed affinity (b) was the only one worth using due to the damage reduction it provides. We decided to roll the healing effect of the gifted affinity (g) into the base spell and create an alternative damage buff variant instead. The goal with this change is to allow Twilight Pestilence to be a more flexible spell, one able to provide a supportive effect while also clearing minor enemies and recovering chip damage to player units that might otherwise prompt the player to cast an additional healing spell. 
     Void Maw:
    1. Void Shear ability cost: 75p ➜ 60p
    [ Tower Changes ]
    It is the general principle of the faction design team not to change abilities or introduce complex mechanics needlessly. Cards should generally perform a single function and perform that function well. A lot of the buildings in the game are already well-designed, but lack sufficient stats or possess too strict of requirements. As such, we have opted wherever possible to introduce simple changes to bring towers up to the appropriate power level. If you would like to learn more about our thought process behind the tower changes, please head to Skylords Reborn Documents to read our design Deep Dive on Towers, as well as other design documents. 
    Tower Targeting Fixes:
    1. Changed the damage delay of the auto-attacks for a large range of towers to the standard delay of 0.1 sec. These towers should now have an easier time hitting moving targets, including swift units. 
       A. Affects the following towers, including both affinities when applicable: Artillery, Hammerfall, Defense Tower, Lifestealer, Northern Keep, Primal Defender, Twilight Bombard, Tower of Flames
     Blaster Cannon:
    1. Splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m
    2. Tainted Magma: 15m ➜ 20m
     Defense Tower:
    1. Splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m
     Howling Shrine:
    1. Essence Bolts firing arc: 90 degrees ➜ 135 degrees
    2. New passive, “Restoration:” Regenerate 30 life points every second.
    To truly fulfill its role as a fortress and to provide a meaningful choice between itself and Razorleaf, Howling Shrine must be a self-sufficient defender able to justify the massive amount of space it occupies. The restoration effect will allow the tower to persist even absent player attention or when facing continuous attack waves that prevent repair. The increase to the firing arc of its main weapon is a much needed change. Prior to this, Howling Shrine could only target most enemies with one turret at a time and XL units with two turrets only if the tower was positioned perfectly with respect to the XL unit's path. The tower should now be able to target units of all sizes with two turrets in most cases. 
    1. Splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m
    2. Still alive regeneration: 5 life points per second ➜ 8 life points per second
    3. Sacrifice cooldown: 15 seconds ➜ 3 seconds
     Lost Disruptor:
    1. Damage: 300, up to 330 in total ➜ 300, up to 450 in total (3000 dp20)
    2. Splash radius: 5m ➜ 10m
    3. Disruption cost: 50p ➜ 20p
    Increase Lost Disruptor's effectiveness against multiple enemies. Also, Lost Disruptor's ability is one of the better counters to Shrine of Memory in 2v2 PvP. By decreasing the cost, we better enable players to make use of the card simply for its ability effect.
     Northern Keep:
    1. Splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m
     Primal Defender:
    1. Earthstrike splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m
    2. Cloudstrike:
       A. Damage (add splash): 225 ➜ 250, up to 375 in total (2030 dp20)
       B. Splash radius: 0m ➜ 8m
    Buff to Primal Defender's anti-air capacity. This leaves it as a middle ground between a non-raged and a fully raged Blaster Cannon, and should hopefully allow the tower to better aid Nature T1 in dealing with anti-air threats, particularly those which can counter small and medium units.
     Rocket Tower
    1. Orb cost: 2 Fire ➜ 1 Fire, 1 Neutral
    2. Power cost: 80p ➜ 70p
    3. Life points: 2000 ➜ 1480
    4. Rocket Barrage:
       A. Total rockets: 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 ➜ 4 on all upgrade levels
       B. Attack speed: Every 5 seconds ➜ every 4 seconds
       C. Damage per rocket: 85 ➜ 90 (900 dp20)
    Fire T2 currently lacks a splash tower, while Pure Fire T2 has 2 towers. We think Pyromaniac sufficiently fills the slot of T2 tower for Pure Fire, so we are transitioning Rocket Tower into a splash card. As part of this change, we will be cutting down on its large pool of life points while otherwise increasing the consistency of Rocket Tower, both in terms of knockback and damage dealing. Even with the cost decrease, this change will make Rocket Tower mildly less stat efficient against large groups in exchange for a lower start up cost and the ability to consistently knockback multiple enemies due to the fixed targeting and increased rate of fire. These changes should allow Rocket Tower to fulfill its role as a knockback-centric tower while its high damage allies provide the necessary fire power. 
    1. Damage: 128 up to 192 in total ➜ 153 up to 230 (2300 dp20)
    2. Life points: 1400 ➜ 1600
    3. Range: 40m ➜ 50m
    4. Splash Radius: 5m ➜ 8m
    Substantial buff to Skydefender to give it more teeth against the T3 and T4 air threats it is designed to counter. The range increase will make it able to fight back against Raven Battleships, which are one of the most common flying enemies in the campaign. 
     Time Vortex (p):
    1. Tainted Void Shock (p), attack speed increase void levels: Above 150, 300, 600, 1200 void ➜ Above 100, 200, 400, 800 void
    Improve the efficiency of the tainted affinity (p) by decreasing the amount of void which is required to trigger each attack speed increase.  
    1. Power cost: 150p ➜ 200p
    2. Damage: 581, up to 872 (3990 dp20) ➜ 766, up to 1149 (5270 dp20)
    3. Life points: 4390 ➜ 5690
    4. Infused Eruption (r) Rage:
       A. Rage scaling: 100% 1st stage, 200% 2nd stage ➜ 75% 1st stage, 150% 2nd stage
       B. Rage reset timer: 7 sec ➜ 10 seconds
    5. Lava Sea:
       A. Radius: 25m ➜ 30m
       B. Bugfix - Lava Sea now works as described
       C. Added a new visual effect
    The goal is to make Volcano more "dense" by increasing its power cost and then adjusting its stats accordingly. Making each Volcano more powerful helps to mitigate the tower's large size and also makes it a better target for building buff effects such as those provided by Frost's Skyelves. Total damage when enraged is slightly increased despite the Rage nerf (12,000 dp20 ➜ 13175 dp20). Overall, Volcano loses a very small amount of total stat efficiency, but gains in total strength by having an ability that actually works. The old Lava Sea provided zero value to the tower because it did not work. The new Lava Sea, which functions as described on the card, turns this Fire fortress into a terrifying strongpoint capable of wiping out hordes of enemy units.  

    PvP Balance Changes
    [ Tier 1 ]
     Life Weaving:
    1. No longer affects buildings.
    Life Weaving changes are made to weaken its scaling potential into higher tiers considering most shadow splashes tend to be fairly strong at later game stages anyway. Buffed single unit attacks with straight well focus are very easy to execute and fairly annoying to play against when any damage on the target also increases the damage against your Power Well.
    1. Suppression Fire ability cost: 25p ➜ 10p
    In PvP, Suppression Fire's most relevant applications arise on higher tech levels, where a 50 energy investment for a fragile T1 unit is already enough of a restriction. As a result, there is room to buff the ability power cost for those niche cases.
    [ Tier 2 ]
     Bandit Launcher:
    1. Power cost: 60p ➜ 50p
    2. Firebug ability cost: 40/35/30/25p ➜ 40p on all upgrade levels
    The addition of a weaker building with reduced construction time led to some rather unique T2 strategies, but the high bound power requirements restrict its relevance. This change should open up some more room for creative usage of Bandit Launcher and the Fire Bug ability.
     Bandit Minefield:
    1. Mine spawn speed reduced by 0.25 seconds per mine. 
    Bandit Minefield has been a fairly controversial topic. The spell was very powerful and played an important role in every game mode. Based on play rates and general feedback, our PvP faction overhaul succeeded in making Bandits more viable and fun to play, but there was a lot of frustration when playing against the faction due to an overly dominant Minefield. After recent tweaks, play rates have dropped by about 20% and Bandits seems to be in a very healthy position based on global faction popularity and high ELO presence ever since. However, the experience of playing against Minefield continued to be perceived as frustrating by many of our players. The intended goal of this set of changes is to keep the faction at a similar level of strength, but distribute its power more evenly across Bandit T2 cards and strategies.
    Mine spawn speed will be reduced to enable counter play without removing its zoning power and damage potential upon being ignored. The design direction of allowing placement under units is absolutely intended, crucial for the faction viability, and differentiates the card from basic trap card design. Due to a lack of crowd control and building protection, Bandits needs a tool to defend vs melee unit well focus consistently. A major issue in PvP is that outside of its intended design direction (melee unit zoning and S unit denial), Minefield generates too much trading value as its damage is almost guaranteed. The spell tends to trade up against anything except for swift unit micro. This should be addressed.
    In return, we will buff Commandos, Sniper, and Bandit Launcher in compensation. As Warriors Death came up to the discussion for compensations: The card design is not healthy for PvP due to a lack of counterplay, as such we will just leave the card as is since its mechanic is also powerful in end game PvE content.
     Bandit Sniper:
    1. Damage: 75 dmg per hit (750 dp20) ➜ 78 dmg per hit (780 dp20)
    Slight damage increase to compensate for Bandit Minefield nerfs.
    1. Power cost: 75p ➜ 65p
    2. Concentrate ability cost: 10p ➜ 20p
    After some testing, we think it is safe to make Commandos a little stronger, as long as the upfront cost of mode-switching remains the same. This should be beneficial for the card in all game modes.
     Gravity Surge:
    1. Cooldown: 20 seconds ➜ 15 seconds
    Allow Gravity Surge to be more functional as a niche counter for air unit heavy strategies.
     Lyrish Knight:
    1. Damage: 400 dp20 ➜ 800 dp20
    2. Life points: 980 ➜ 900
    3. Surge of Strength:
       A. No longer increases damage by 100%
       B. Now increases damage dealt to frozen targets by 50%
    While we had the intentions to give Lyrish Knight a more meaningful role in the game, finding a healthy buff for the card just by tweaking the stats has not proven easy. The extraordinarily high health ratio makes the unit very powerful when combined with health scaling mechanics like Nasty Surprise. Furthermore, the card is easily spammable and can take over games. As a result, we will allow the card to interact more with Frost's spell arsenal rather than just adding value through raw stats.
    1. Power cost: 75p ➜ 70p
    After Mountaineer fell out of the meta, Mauler lost its main purpose in PvP. A slight cost reduction should help him shine more in niche situations.
     Mountain Rowdy:
    1. Tainted Ice Block damage (p): 25 dmg/sec ➜ 20 dmg/sec
    2. Blessed Ice Block (b):
       A. Damage reduction: 25% ➜ 30%
       B. Now affects friendly air units.
    With the previous changes, Mountain Rowdy (p) played a strong role in pure Frost due to its high damage potential, which made it a little too effortless to shut down T2 aggression. While Frost should be strong at deflecting attacks around own structures, we want to give players a fair chance to punish the faction when a player acquires a strong tempo lead. Mountain Rowdy (b), on the other hand, has been rather underwhelming, so we will buff the damage reduction percentage a bit.
     Shadow Mage:
    1. Sacrifice range: 30m ➜ 40m
    2. Foul Play:
       A. Damage percentage: 300% ➜ 400%
       B. Duration until explosion: 20 seconds ➜ 12 seconds
       C. Cast range: 30m ➜ 40m
       D. Now deals half damage to buildings
    Despite her great stat efficiency, Shadow Mage's abilities have been rather underwhelming in relation to what the card is supposed to do with them. By adding a burst limit against structures, we open up a lot of room for Foul Play buffs in order to make this ability more rewarding in unit combat.
     Spirit Hunter (p):
    1. Tainted Bow Attack poison damage: 20 dmg per second ➜ 25 dmg per second
    The current damage loss compared to the green affinity does not get compensated by the additional piercing damage. This change should grant Spirit Hunters purple some better niche uses.
     Stone Shards (b):
    1. Blessed Fury ➜ Shatter Ice
       A. No longer deals increased damage to demons and undead
       B. Now deals full damage to frozen targets
    Stone Shards (b) are currently unused across all game modes. The affinity effect being effectively useless plays a big role here. This change is supposed to enable alternative strategies in Stonekin (Shards (b) + Spirit Hunters (p) + Coldsnap) without overbuffing the already powerful T2.
     Stone Tempest:
    1. Stone Rest healing: 20 life points per second ➜ 40 life points per second
    This change is supposed to give the self-heal ability a more meaningful role given that the self-cc almost always outweighs the benefits of using this mechanic. As many of the factions received more tools to counter the unit (i.e. Burning Spears release), we think it is safe to enable more ways to use the card without directly strengthening patterns that have been perceived as oppressive in the past.
     Twilight Curse:
    1. Cooldown: 15 seconds ➜ 2 seconds
    Allow Twilight Curse to scale into high energy T2s without increasing card efficiency.
     Warlock (r):
    1. Infused Witchcraft damage buff: 15% ➜ 25%
    We agree that the previous buff reduction was unnecessary when we reduced unit power cost. This has now been reverted.
    [ Tier 3 ]
    1. Life points: 1760 ➜ 1840
    The recent changes for Drones did not help the card as much as we had hoped. Stat efficiency will be increased a bit further.
     Nox Carrier:
    1. New passive, "Push the Cart:" Increase movement speed to 6.4 m/s when at least 3 friendly units are within a 25m radius
    Based on some previous suggestions by the community in the balancing discord, we will add a conditional movement speed increase to Nox Carrier in order to make sure it actually reaches its destination.
    1. Charges: 8 ➜ 12
     Shield Building:
    1. Cooldown: 20 seconds ➜ 30 seconds
    Shield building has been very powerful for a long time, and a card nerf has been requested by the community rather frequently. We agree. 100% uptime on a shield, strong enough to outlast XL unit focus, is too much value even if you invest a full deck slot for a purely defensive spell.
     Timeshifter Spirit
    1. Healing per jump: 275 / 220 / 165 / 110 / 55 life points ➜ 300 / 240 / 180 / 120 / 60
    1. Ground Slam:
       A. Ability cost: 30p ➜ 40p
       B. Cooldown: 15 seconds ➜ 20 seconds
    2. Tremor's walk speed (2.4 m/s) is now half of its normal speed (4.8m/s), instead of being identical. 
    Tremor is one of the most popular and most powerful siege units in T3. We will be making some minor changes to the ability in order to bring it more in line with other T3 options.
     Unstable Demon
    1. Demonic Rage:
       A. Bonus movement speed: 25% ➜ 60%
       B. Cooldown: 20 seconds ➜ 15 seconds
    After the initial round of changes, Unstable Demon is not being used as much as we had hoped. As the card is very difficult to use, we will strengthen it to reward good unit management a little bit more.
  6. SunWu liked a post in a topic by WindHunter in Patch #400042 - 19 May 2023   
    Patch #400042 - Nature's Awakening
    Welcome to our newest patch. This update contains our eighth balance patch for the game, a brand-new card, all kinds of quality of life features, and many other changes, enjoy!

    Patch Preview
    - One new card is now available! Jump in-game to collect Sleet Storm.
    - Nature becomes the next faction to join the party in random PvE. 
    - The first half of our two-part gold rework for PvE game modes and card upgrade costs.
    - The Community Map menu has been completely reworked to increase usability. Also, gold rewards and a new achievement have been added for community maps. 
    - Our third balance pass on towers, numerous buffs to well-designed but underperforming cards, and some of our first changes to NPC enemies.
    - New quality of life features including a single-player pause feature, key down versus key up interactions, the ability to copy text from the in-game chat, the ability to immediately import a deck when a valid code is pasted in chat, and many more!

    General Changes
    The Community Map section has been completely revamped. Players can now better filter between maps, rank maps themselves, search for high-rated maps from other players, and receive overtime gold rewards while playing both featured and non-featured community maps. Cards played in featured community maps now also count towards daily quest rewards, and a new achievement to play and beat featured community maps will reward players with the Spring Forge skin. This rework will open up a lot of new content with which players can engage, and hopefully encourage more community members to bless their fellow Skylords with their map making talents. For more information, check out the February 2023 Community Update. Players can now pause PvE matches when they are the only active player in the game, including situations where multiple players were previously active in the match but have since left. The game automatically pauses whenever you open the options menu, showing a pause message while darkening the screen, and automatically unpauses when you close the options menu. Players will still be able to earn progress towards quests and achievements when pausing, but any game where a pause occurred will be removed from the leaderboard. Pausing solo matches can be disabled in the config file by changing the "allow_pausing_solo_games" option under the "application" section to false. The game now handles global key events on key down rather than on key up interactions. BattleForge is an outlier among modern games in that hotkeys are activated when a player releases a key, not when it is first pressed. By changing this, the game now feels much smoother and more responsive. Players can change back to using key up interactions by changing the line "global_key_events_on_key_down" in the config file to false. Gold rewards for rPvE have been changed. Random PvE now rewards players with overtime gold rewards based on map difficulty and whether they are playing 1p, 2p, or 4p. Gold earned from a 4p level 9 match will be roughly identical, while the gold reward for most other levels has been increased. 1p and 2p rPvE matches now reward significantly more gold than previously. Additionally, all rPvE matches now reward 15% of the expected rewards on-loss.  The gold cost to purchase and apply upgrades has been restructured. Previously, the application cost accounted for 28% of the total gold cost; it has now been increased to 40% while the cost to purchase upgrades has been decreased proportionately. Additionally, common and uncommon cards now have higher gold costs, while rare and ultra-rare cards have lower gold costs. The total cost to purchase and apply all upgrades, approximately 5.7 million gold for all cards, remains unchanged. This change is intended to make higher rarity cards easier to upgrade for newer players, while making lower rarity upgrades more valuable. More changes to upgrades and their procurement will be coming in a follow-up patch when we rework and increase the rewards for playing campaign maps.  Card upgrade drop locations are now provided in-game. When upgrading a card, it will now tell players where they can find the other upgrades they are missing. Additionally, each map now has a "Show Upgrades" button where players can filter and search for what upgrades the map provides at each difficulty level. For more information, see the March 2023 Community Update. All card upgrades have had their locations changed. Each map now has a roughly equal amount of commons, uncommons, rares, and ultra-rares. The 12p maps Passage to Darkness and Ascension are unchanged and will continue to only provide gold.  Players now have the ability to compare their profiles. Right now, this feature is limited to just comparing what achievements each player has completed, though it may be expanded to include more details in the future depending on community feedback. The feature is set to "Friends only" by default (meaning only people that you personally have added as a friend can see your profile), but it can be opened to the public or restricted completely in the settings.  Nature has been added as an enemy faction in rPvE. Face iconic Nature units, discover new bosses, battle through enemy root networks, and overcome the ultimate control faction in this newest addition to the random PvE game mode! For more information, and an interview with the designer, see the May 2023 Community Update. Shaman users rejoice, gold chests are now openable in-combat! Two new chat options have been added to the right-click context menu. Players can now copy messages directly from the chat and import decks from any message that contains a valid deck code automatically. Additionally, the context menu now only shows currently available actions instead of every possible action at all times.  Major changes have been made to the global effects system. More than 5 global effects are now shown at the top-left of the match window, with temporary effects, like Shrine of War, taking precedence over permanent effects, like Wheel of Gifts. Players should now be able to see all, or nearly all, global effects currently active in the game.  Twilight Transformation now counts as playing a card for the sake of achievements, meaning it can no longer be used to bypass achievement unit or card restrictions. Does not affect Not Even My Final Form.
    New Cards
    Sleet Storm  - 60p T3 Frost  
    You will find the upgrades for this card on the map Defending Hope.
    Two issues plague Frost in the higher tiers of PvE. The first is that the faction's only source of area CC is freeze. Given that a unit or building can only be frozen once, freeze application cards overlap in non-productive ways. The second issue is that while one orb of other factions gives the player powerful tools, the same is not true of one Frost orb. Most good Frost cards are locked behind 2 Frost orbs. We therefore wanted to address both issues at once by releasing a new Frost CC which was fully splashable. We made it an area Gravity Surge effect to synergize with Construct and to give other deck archetypes that lack anti-air easy access to it. For more information, check out the April 2023 Community Update.

  7. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Kapo in BFP #1 - Bounty for Pro's - Bad Harvest Solo - CLAIMED by Hirooo   
    Check out the Video made by Ultralord here:

    Here is the replay of Hirooo's Run: Bad Harvest Expert - Hirooo - 12.40.pmv
    Congratulations to Hirooo again, and thanks to everyone that showed interest in this challenge - and special thanks to Ultralord for presenting it in such an awesome way!

    If you have a suggestion for other BFP's, please send me a message.
  8. Draconnor liked a post in a topic by SunWu in Pure Nature 2.0 - Main Thread   
    There was a lot of discussion! Mostly because bad harvest turned into this at some point:

  9. Xamos liked a post in a topic by SunWu in Pure Nature 2.0 - Main Thread   
    There was a lot of discussion! Mostly because bad harvest turned into this at some point:

  10. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Majora in Community Update - March 2023   
    Greetings Skylords!
    A new month; a new Community Update! It's time to bring you up to speed with everything going on in Skylords Reborn!

    • Forge Lag and Leaderboard Achievements

    We want to take a moment to address the Forge lag issue that many of our players have been experiencing. We understand that it has been causing frustration, and we're sorry for any inconvenience it has caused. Luckily, we're happy to report that we've made significant progress in resolving the issue. Because we introduced major features such as cosmetics with our latest patch, it took us some time to pinpoint the cause of the lag, but we have now identified and fixed the issue through a patch. You should now experience a smoother and more enjoyable experience in the Forge.
    In addition to addressing the lag issue, we have also fixed the problems with leaderboard achievements and retroactively distributed rewards for the past month. Furthermore, we've fixed a bug that affected the display of achieved rankings for this month's leaderboard achievements. The displayed rankings now accurately reflect your current rank, so you can see how you're doing and earn rewards accordingly.
    Click here to read the full patch notes. 
    • Upcoming Feature: Drop Locations

    Upgrading cards is a fundamental aspect of Skylords Reborn, and finding the locations of these upgrades can be challenging, especially for new players. We understand that browsing external sources like the Wiki can be a significant barrier for players to gather information. That's why we're happy to announce the upcoming feature of in-game drop locations!

    With the new "View Upgrades" button added to the create-a-lobby screen, finding upgrade locations is just one click away. You can easily access the upgrade locations you need without ever leaving the game, making the process of finding the upgrades you need more straightforward and easier.

    Clicking on the "View Upgrades" button will reveal a list of upgrades that can be found on the map. You can filter the list by colour, difficulty, and whether you already own the upgrades. This will help you to quickly and easily find the upgrades you need. 

    Moreover, we've added an upgrade location feature to the "Claim Upgrade" section of your cards. Right-click a card from your inventory, click "Upgrade", and you will now be able to see the drop location of the upgrade. This is in addition to the existing feature of purchasing the upgrade with gold. This makes it easier for you to decide whether to spend gold on an upgrade, or complete the map to try to gather it. 

    We are happy to introduce this feature into the game, and believe it will help our players to more easily complete their collection. We hope to include this feature in our next patch and are excited to see how it will improve the player experience in Skylords Reborn.
    • Upcoming Feature: Comparing Profiles

    In our latest patch, we introduced new cosmetics and achievements, which brought a fresh set of challenges for players. We are excited to announce that we are working on a new feature – Comparing Profiles – that will allow players to compare their progress with others.

    With this feature, you'll be able to right-click on another player and compare your profile with theirs. This comparison will show your achievements and progress in the game, helping you to see how you stack up against other players. We believe that this feature will encourage more players to collaborate and tackle the most challenging achievements together.
    To ensure that everyone feels comfortable sharing their progress, profiles will be publicly visible by default, but players will have the option to set their profiles to private, friends-only, or group-only. This will give you control over who can see your progress, and ensure that you are only sharing your achievements with the audience you choose.

    We are currently finalizing this feature and are already able to share a sneak peek of how it will look in the game:

    We believe that this feature will be a great addition to the game, and we plan to include it in our next patch. We hope players are looking forward to it!
    • Behind the Scenes: Fire Wormlings

    As Skylords Reborn continues to evolve, we're constantly hard at work creating new content and cards to keep the game fresh and exciting. However, as with any development process, we sometimes encounter unexpected challenges along the way.
    Today, we want to take you behind the scenes of one of our recent projects that didn't go according to plan – the implementation of a new card called "Fire Wormlings", and share some of the challenges we faced.

    Fire Wormlings, Artwork by Tweeto
    Designed as a squad of six small worms based on the card "Fire Worm", the Wormlings were intended to be a strong S-squad archer-unit, perfect for our upcoming defensive rPvE mode. Unfortunately, we ran into several unexpected issues during development.
    For example, we encountered problems when attempting to mount the squad on walls. This was problematic, since the goal of the card in the first place was to provide additional archers to be used in late game defensive scenario's. Placing the squad on a wall would result in a buggy model with the worms' tails sticking out of the wall segment, looking quite silly in the progress:
    Additionally, the death animation of the worms didn't quite look right, as it was designed for a single XL unit, rather than a squad of small S units. Facing them in combat sure looked... dramatic:
    Despite these challenges, we're still committed to finding a solution that meets our standards and gives our players new enjoyable cards to play with. We're currently exploring other ways to incorporate the "Fire Wormlings" into the game, though it might be a while before you see them again.  
    We appreciate your patience as we work through these challenges. We know that players are eager to hear about actual upcoming content, so we would like to know: do you enjoy these behind-the-scenes at our development process, or would you prefer us sticking to announcing more concrete upcoming content? Please let us know in the comments below! 
    • PvP Guide Update

    Our latest balance patch resulted in significant changes to both the PvP meta and the free PvP decks. To ensure that you're up-to-date with the latest strategies, the PvP Guide has been updated accordingly.
    Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, this comprehensive guide has got you covered. It includes deck descriptions, tips and tricks for each match-up, and an overview of the pros and cons of your deck. We also indicate how beginner-friendly each deck is to play.
    The guide is written by RadicalX and Hirooo, two of the top players in the game. You can trust their expertise and insights to help you level up your PvP skills. So make sure you read up on the latest updates and get ready for the upcoming PvP tournament on Sunday!

    • Tournaments / Events

    In between our monthly Community Updates, we host various events and tournaments, so be sure to keep a close eye on the in-game event tab and the forum calendar to stay informed and not miss out on any exciting events!

    FINISHED  – Official PvE Contest #8: Insane God
    "One of Urzachs Minions is heading for an altar. sToP tHeM!" The results are in: check out the winner reveal stream, hosted by Ultralord, of our Insane God event this Friday the 3rd. More information.
    NEW - Skylords Reborn Championship #2 – Sunday 5th of March
    Get ready for our PvP tournament, the Skylords Reborn Championship! This event is open to players of all skill levels, and will be live-streamed by RadicalX. There are many prizes to be won, including for the audience! Don't forget to sign up in advance if you want to participate. More information.
    NEW - CCC #10 Ashbone Pyro vs. Magma Hurler - UNTIL 12.03.2022
    In the next installment of CCC, players will answer the ultimate question: Ashbone Pyro or Magma Hurler? Show your allegiance and fight for supremacy in the latest Crappy Community Contest! More information.
    • Host your own tournament / event
    Want to host a tournament or event yourself? Please reach out to our Event Organizers, Metagross, Minashigo Hiko, or Nukie! We can help you out with various topics and are glad to discuss potential ideas. We can also sponsor the prize pool for your event. If you have a cool idea for a PvE event, or want to host a PvP tournament, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, we will gladly assist you.
    • Join the Team

    Skylords Reborn is a community-driven project fuelled by the passion and dedication of over 30 volunteers. We are always on the lookout for like-minded individuals. If you have a passion for gaming, programming, design, or marketing, we invite you to take a look at our open positions!

    • Newsletter

    While we aim to keep our community in the loop with monthly news through our Community Updates, we understand that sometimes these updates might not reach you. That's why we offer a newsletter that will notify you when a new patch or update is released. Don't worry, we respect your privacy and promise not to send spam or use your data in any other way. Click here to sign up.

    If you provided your email address during our summer survey to stay up to date, then you are automatically subscribed to our newsletter. We recently sent out our first newsletter, which announced the release of our latest patch.
    • In Conclusion

    That's all for this Community Update! We appreciate you taking the time to read through it.
    As is tradition, we're including a scratch code as a small token of our appreciation for your support.
    The code will reward you with a General booster: DROP-LOCA-TION-MAPS

    The code is valid until April 1st, when we will bring you another Community Update. 
    We're always looking for ways to improve and value your feedback. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to share them with us. We'll be back next month with more updates on our ongoing projects and upcoming features.

    • Skylords Reborn Documents (Deep Dives, Behind the Scenes, PvP Guide)  
    • Overview Community Updates
    • Community Update February 2023
  11. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Kapo in BFP #1 - Bounty for Pro's - Bad Harvest Solo - CLAIMED by Hirooo   
    The bounty has been completed, stay tuned for upcoming additional infos (deck and replay).

  12. Loriens liked a post in a topic by SunWu in BF Memeville   
  13. SunWu liked a post in a topic by RadicalX in Updated: BattleForge PvP Guide - by Hirooo & RadicalX 2.0   
    I wanted to finish the explanations for the new player rating section and update the free PvP deck pictures before announcing the update. Will catch up on that 😄
  14. Draconnor liked a post in a topic by SunWu in STOP "fixing"/"balancing" the game   
    That's a good thing isn't it? I rather have 4 or 5 topplayers running the balance department than 300 random players voting on whatever their mood is. Btw even if you can't personally decide on what will be done, you can always take part in the discussions on discord or here. Even OPs brilliant input will be heard, i'm sure.
    Edit: deck diversity in pvp got muuuuch better wich to me is proof that overall they're doing well
  15. WatcherOfSky liked a post in a topic by SunWu in STOP "fixing"/"balancing" the game   
    That's a good thing isn't it? I rather have 4 or 5 topplayers running the balance department than 300 random players voting on whatever their mood is. Btw even if you can't personally decide on what will be done, you can always take part in the discussions on discord or here. Even OPs brilliant input will be heard, i'm sure.
    Edit: deck diversity in pvp got muuuuch better wich to me is proof that overall they're doing well
  16. WatcherOfSky liked a post in a topic by SunWu in STOP "fixing"/"balancing" the game   
    I made that exact same argument years ago when the discussion was about who gets to run the balancing: Topplayer doesn't mean good balancing managing.
    BUT the players they chose to me seem like the most level headed, reasonable and knowledgeable people they could find. WIth the risk of sounding a little elitist: Most of the pvp players don't know what the f they are talking about, me too, sometimes. But they really do.
    Edit: And nobody's perfect, what's 1 minefield compared to 100 positive changes?
  17. Volin liked a post in a topic by SunWu in STOP "fixing"/"balancing" the game   
    That's a good thing isn't it? I rather have 4 or 5 topplayers running the balance department than 300 random players voting on whatever their mood is. Btw even if you can't personally decide on what will be done, you can always take part in the discussions on discord or here. Even OPs brilliant input will be heard, i'm sure.
    Edit: deck diversity in pvp got muuuuch better wich to me is proof that overall they're doing well
  18. Metagross31 liked a post in a topic by SunWu in STOP "fixing"/"balancing" the game   
    I made that exact same argument years ago when the discussion was about who gets to run the balancing: Topplayer doesn't mean good balancing managing.
    BUT the players they chose to me seem like the most level headed, reasonable and knowledgeable people they could find. WIth the risk of sounding a little elitist: Most of the pvp players don't know what the f they are talking about, me too, sometimes. But they really do.
    Edit: And nobody's perfect, what's 1 minefield compared to 100 positive changes?
  19. SunWu liked a post in a topic by WindHunter in Patch #400039 - 14 January 2023   
    Card Balance Changes

    Global Balance Changes
    Ranged attack delays standardized: 
       - Towers and ranged units are now assigned a standard 0.5 second delay on spawn instead of a semi-randomized number between 0.1-1 second in 0.1 second increments. This only modifies cards affected by the bug, many ranged units and towers will be unaffected by the change. 
    If a tower or ranged unit's attack has a longer resolve timer than its attack speed, a number is assigned to said tower or unit on spawn between 0.1-1 seconds, which is permanently added to its attack speed. For examples, this means that while a certain tower might be capable of attacking every 2 seconds, if it is affected by this mechanic any particular instance of this tower spawned has an actual attack speed of between 2.1 seconds and 3 seconds. This means all affected towers are not created equal, even among towers of the same kind, and can have widely varying performances. Ranged cards with high attack speeds are impacted more strongly than ranged cards with low attack speeds, but all affected towers and units are inconsistent. Given that we have already begun to balance around the average attack speed of each ranged attack after we previously discovered the discrepancy, we did not want to simply remove the attack delay as it would potentially require us to once again rebalance all affected cards. Instead, we have opted to standardize the delay timer to 0.5 seconds, which is on average a slight buff to all affected cards, and which will henceforward make all ranged cards consistent with themselves. 
    Card attack speed descriptions do not currently reflect the change. We will work to slowly remedy this over time as we continue our work to fix existing descriptive issues.

    PvE Balance Changes
    While changes are split here between PvE and PvP sections, many of the changes have important consequences for both game modes. Our PvE and PvP balance teams work closely together to ensure that the impact of all changes are evaluated for both game modes. Below, we have listed both the changes and our reasoning behind them. 
    [ Tier 1 ]
    1. Damage: 60 damage (450 dp20)  ➜ 90 damage (675 dp20)
    2. Add "Swift" ability to both affinities.
    3. Gifted affinity ➜ Infused affinity:
       A.  Add "Infused Fury" - Deals 50% more damage against elementals. 
    Give swift to both affinities and make their difference be in species damage type. Substantially increased combat stats to make the unit more valuable when unable to immediately swap, but still primarily useful for swapping.
     Amazon (g):
    1. Wildlife Protection healing amplification: 50% ➜ 65%
    Minor buff intended to make combinations like Amazon(g) + Werebeasts more rewarding.
    1. Remove "Looter" ability
    2. Add new passive "Gang Up!": When being surrounded by at least 3 friendly orcs in a 25m radius, all incoming damage will be spread among all gang members relative to each unit's current life points. Additionally, affected units take 15% less damage.
    3. Add new passive "Group Pressure": Unit is immune to Unity and its effects.
    We are giving Thugs' "Gang Up!" passive to Strikers and changing both Strikers and Thugs' abilities to work based on friendly orcs instead of just friendly Thugs. This will allow Strikers and Thugs to form a gang together, creating a new Fire T1 combo. Additionally, we are fully removing "Looter" from Strikers. 
    Our balance team is currently in the beginning stages of reintroducing a rebalanced Looter ability to the game for higher tier units as part of a project to allow each faction to have a power acceleration mechanic. Shadow's Resource Booster is the most obvious example of such an acceleration mechanic. Nature also has existing acceleration tools in the Breeding Grounds effect (unit cost reduction) and Promise of Life (unbinding units). We think Looter could be a good tool to enable a unique acceleration mechanic for Fire. More details will be announced on this topic when proposals become more concrete.
    [ Tier 2 ]
    1. Back Up ability rework:
       A. Can now be knocked back while ability is active.
       B. Duration: 30 seconds ➜ Until interrupted
       C. Power cost: 0p ➜ 25p
    Earthkeeper has a very powerful ability, particularly the blessed (b) affinity. By making it last indefinitely absent interruption, Earthkeeper can be used by Stonekin decks to set up incredibly durable defenses that do not need to be constantly maintained. We removed immobile to allow Earthkeeper to be knocked back, requiring good positioning, and added a 25p cost to increase initial set up cost in exchange for the indefinite duration.
    [ Tier 3 ]
     Abyssal Warder:
    1. Power cost: 250p ➜ 240p
    2. Crystal Spikes ability damage: 725, up to 2175 in total ➜ 800, up to 4800 in total
    3. Class change: Giant Destroyer ➜ Ancient Destroyer
    Abyssal Warder has been much more viable since the buff to Promise of Life. Players can send Abyssal Warder on a suicide mission, cast Promise of Life just before death, and be rewarded with 2 L-sized warders and a new XL-sized one. This same Promise of Life can then be used in T4 to quickly unbind the player's initial Forest Elder. Even so, Abyssal Warder remains a weak option, and it struggles greatly against masses of weaker enemies. We are over doubling the total damage of its Crystal Spikes ability to allow it to clear crowds of weak enemies quickly and slightly decreasing its power cost to make it more efficient. 
    1. Damage: 150 damage per second (3000 dp20) ➜ 165 damage per second (3300 dp20)
    2. Life points: 3200 ➜ 3500
    3. Stonekin Critter (unit):
       A. Damage: 60, up to 90 in total (500 dp20) ➜ 72, up to 108 in total (600 dp20)
       B. Life points: 550 ➜ 750
    Deepfang is currently underwhelming, particularly as a good portion of its strength relies on the continued existence of two weak support units. Once they die, Deepfang has worse stat efficiency than the almost pure support unit Rageflame. We are giving a general buff to the damage and life points of both Deepfang and its Stonekin Critters. In the future, we also intend to rework the unit's summoning mechanic and to allow Deepfang to cast Union even if its Critters have died.  
    1. Frostshower (both affinities):
       A. Now able to target air units.
       B. Freeze duration: 10 seconds ➜ 15 seconds
    2. Blessed Frostshower (b) new affinity effect: Units frozen by this ability will receive full damage when attacked. 
    3. New passive, "Shatter Ice" (both affinities): The unit is able to ignore the usual damage reduction of frozen targets.
    Rageflame is meant to be a hybrid damage and support unit, but it does neither well. We are leaning more into its support aspects, while also removing the card's built-in anti-synergy by allowing it to always deal full damage to frozen targets. The unit's freeze duration has been increased, and it can now target air units, removing one of its major weaknesses. Additionally, the blue affinity's freeze allows all units to continue dealing full damage, giving players a choice between ignoring freeze's damage reduction or disabling buildings when choosing between affinities. 
    1. Gifted Sharing (g) regeneration: 40 life points every 2 seconds ➜ 50 life points every 2 seconds
    2. Blessed Sharing (b) damage reduction: 25% ➜ 20%
    After the recent Fire changes, Unity(b) has proven too strong. The damage reduction double stacks (once when the initial unit is attacked, once when the remaining damage is transferred). This means that the actual damage reduction granted by the blue affinity is often substantially more than 25%. On the other hand, the green affinity has been the weaker of the two since the beginning. We are giving it a slight boost to hopefully make the decision between which affinity to bring more meaningful. 
     Ward of the North:
    1. Units under the effect of this spell can no longer be knocked back.
    Minor buff to the card to give players a reason to use it over its competitors Revenge and Stone Shell.
    [ Tier 4 ]
    1. Stage Duration (both affinities):
       A. Stage 1: 4 sec ➜ 5 sec
       B Stage 2: 4 sec ➜ 5 sec
    2. Stage Threshold Value (both affinities): 
       A. Stage 1: 1200 damage ➜ 800 damage 
    3. Damage per Stage Batariel (fire affinity):
       A. Stage 1: unchanged (100 dmg)
       B. Stage 2: 150 dmg ➜ 200 dmg
       C. Stage 3: 200 dmg ➜ 300 dmg
    Follow-up on previous changes which left Batariel's fire affinity too weak.
     Death Ray:
    1. Leech Guns ability:
       A. Damage buff: 100% more damage ➜ 150% more damage
       B. Stored life point cost: 1 additional damage per 1 stored life point ➜ 1 additional damage per 0.66 stored life points
    Death Ray is a well-designed card which currently demands a substantial amount of deckbuilding cost and in-game micromanagement to make it work. While decent, Death Ray should give more to justify its high investment costs. This change increases Death Ray's damage buff while charged with life points, without otherwise increasing the amount of life points required to be harvested via Leech Guns. This should leave the current experience of the deck unchanged, except that it is now stronger. 
     Fire Sphere:
    1. Cooldown: 10 seconds ➜ 20 seconds
    The last round of buffs left Fire Sphere too strong. Instead of taking away from the aspects of the card that have quickly made it a top tier option, we are reverting a previous change to its cooldown. This should reduce the ability to spam the card, making its initial 10 second wind-up a more important factor to account for when using the spell.
     Forest Elder:
    1. Pest Plants is now a basic ability that exists on both affinities of Forest Elder.
       A. Radius: 30m ➜ 20m
       B. Damage: 30 damage per second ➜ 40 damage per second
    2. Forest Charm ability rework:
       A. No longer applies an effect to allies. Now functions more like a mobile Regrowth.
       B. New ability description: "Activate to release the power of the forest, creating a regenerative zone of 30m radius. Every 2 seconds, friendly units within restore up to 300 life points, up to 3000 in total. Also affects the caster. Lasts for 30 seconds. Reusable every 60 seconds." 
    3. Gifted Flower Power: The +25% damage buff now also applies to Forest Elder itself. Also affects Pest Plants.
    4. Shadow Affinity (p) ➜ Frost Affinity (b): 
       A. Blessed Flower Power effect: Friendly units now ignore slow caused by unit collision in a 30m range. Also applies to Forest Elder itself. 
    5. Class change: Beast Dominator ➜ Beast Commander
    Our testing found that Pest Plants was an essential component of Forest Elder's ability to clear early T4 camps and for all melee army compositions to succeed. As such, we added it to both affinities as a basic ability and adjusted its power level accordingly. To enable the all melee deck styles that arose during our testing, we added the ability for the new blue affinity Forest Elder to enable its allies and itself to ignore unit collision based slows. This makes melee armies substantially more dynamic. In general, the green affinity Forest Elder works best combined with Primeval Watcher, while the blue affinity Forest Elder works best when combined with Colossus and Grimvine. Finally, we reworked the Forest Charm healing ability. It is now substantially stronger than previously, as well as much more consistent in terms of expected healing. With these changes, the changes to Mind Control, and the release of Sanctuary, Pure Nature should be comparable in strength to other pure deck archetypes. 
    1. Damage: 550, up to 825 in total (2750 dp20) ➜ 650, up to 975 in total (3250 dp20)
    2. Tainted Spit (p):
       A. All damage is now piercing
       B. Contamination damage: 55, up to 165 in total every second ➜ 50, up to 150 in total every second
    3. Gifted Spit (g):
       A. Paralyze targets: 4 ➜ 5
       B. Paralyze duration: 10 seconds ➜ 15 seconds
    Minor buff to Gemeye in general. Gemeye's two affinities widely vary in usefulness. The purple affinity can deal up to 3300 additional damage over 20 seconds, increasing its actual attack value to 5450 dp20. This damage also stacks if there are multiple Gemeyes. By contrast, the green affinity can paralyze up to 4 targets after a 5 second wait period for up to 10 seconds. 10 seconds is already a short duration for crowd control in T4 and the 5 second wait timer makes it even worse, as it is actually much longer when accounting for Gemeye's attack animation and projectile travel time. Additionally, paralyze effects cannot stack, and they quickly run afoul of crowd control's diminishing returns penalty if the player casts spells such as Curse of Oink or a freeze effect. Overall, this leads to the situation where in the vast majority of situations the purple affinity is far superior. 
    The goal here is to break the two affinities into two different deck paths. By allowing the purple affinity to always pierce through damage reduction, it means that its damage will not be reduced when attacking frozen targets. On the other hand, the green affinity's built-in crowd control will synergize with splash options lacking CC and Noxious Cloud which deals a lot of damage but needs time to work. The changes should also allow the green affinity to do a better job when utilized as part of static defenses for its built-in crowd control.
    1. Strangling Vines ability radius: 20m ➜ 25m
    Quality of Life change intended to make Grimvine's ability slightly better. 
     Mind Control: 
    1. Power cost: 300p ➜ 250p
    2. Charges: 4 ➜ 8
    3. Takeover limit: 300p ➜ 350p
    4. Allow to be used past population limit
    5. Now cleanses all debuffs and makes mind controlled unit immune to all major debuffs for 15 seconds after cast. 
    Mind Control is one of those cards which initially seems awesome because it enables you to take over your favorite enemy units, but soon after results in frustration. NPC enemies mostly lack abilities making them no more than stat sticks, charges are extremely limited, the card becomes useless when you hit population cap, your ally's Incredible Mo permanently debuffs the unit even when it becomes yours, and taking over major threats inside a camp usually results in almost instant crowd control into death. We have tried to address all of these issues at once. After the changes, Mind Control should provide a strong incentive to use 3 Nature orbs as well as provide a means by which Nature can bolster its unit-based strategy without binding power in the process. 
     Shadow Worm:
    1. Damage: 400, up to 600 in total (4000 dp20) ➜ 440, up to 660 in total (4400 dp20)
    2. Life points: 3500 ➜ 4400
    3. Mass Disintegration ability targets: May only disintegrate units ➜ May now disintegrate units and buildings
    4. Earth Dive ability damage: 250, up to 1000 in total ➜ 325, up to 1300 in total
    Shadow Worm is the only T4 Pure Shadow unit in the game. While the previous buffs helped the card a lot, Shadow Worm remains by itself an insufficient payoff to give up a splash orb. It also, despite the buffs and its high orb restrictions, remained one of the lowest stat efficiency units in T4. With these changes, we are both giving a general buff to Shadow Worm's stats and making some changes to enable the two unique aspects of the card, its Mass Disintegration and its Earth Dive mechanic. 
    Mass Disintegration will now be able to target buildings (but not spawns which have building immunity), giving the ability much needed flexibility. Shadow Worm's life points increase will also allow the unit to survive 5 seconds longer when disintegrating the maximum number of targets simultaneously. Additionally, the 30% damage increase to Earth Dive damage will enable a particularly unique playstyle given that Life Stealer also affects Earth Dive. 
     Thunder Wagon:
    1. Remove "Tainted Death" from shadow affinity
    2. Change Shadow affinity (p) ➜ Frost affinity (b)
       A. Blessed Flamethrower (b): Now able to target air units.
    [ Building Changes ]
    It is the general principle of the faction design team not to change abilities or introduce complex mechanics needlessly. Cards should generally perform a single function and perform that function well. A lot of the buildings in the game are already well-designed, but lack sufficient stats or possess too strict of requirements. As such, we have opted wherever possible to introduce simple changes to bring the tower to the appropriate power level. If you would like to learn more about our thought process behind the tower changes, please head to Skylords Reborn Documents to read our design Deep Dive on Towers, as well as other design documents. 
    1. Range: 50m ➜ 60m
    2. Increased turret turn speed.
    Allow Artillery to damage siege units even when placed behind a wall.
     Bandit Launcher:
    1. Flame Arrow splash radius: 5m ➜ 8m 
    2. Life points: 1500 ➜ 800
    3. Add "Fast Construction" - Construction time is reduced by 50%.
    4. Firebug:
       A. Radius: 20m ➜ 25m
       B. Power cost: 20 ➜ 25 Energy
       C. Infused Firebug damage: 400, up to 1200 in total ➜ 600, up to 1800 in total
       D. Tainted Firebug damage: 600, up to 1800 in total ➜ 800, up to 2400 in total
    Differentiate Bandit Launcher from its more defensive oriented brother Rioter's Retreat by focusing it around attacking and using its suicide ability to quickly and cheaply clear enemies.  
    1. Cold Clutch radius: 25m ➜ 30m.
    Deepgorge has substantially increased in strength since the most recent changes, particularly in connection with North Star(b) with which it naturally synergizes. Unfortunately, due to the tower's large size, its ability radius is still too small when the tower is placed behind a wall making it difficult even for a well-placed Deepgorge to hit all melee attackers on long walls. 
     Fire Bomb:
    1. Damage: 715 up to 1650 in total ➜ 720, up to 1800 in total
    2. Add "Fast Construction" - Construction time is reduced by 50%.
    3. Allow to hit air units & enable splash overflow fix.
    Small buff to Fire Bomb that should allow it to be used more aggressively. 
    1. Increase turret turn speed.
    2. Breeze of Life (g) / Breeze of Strength (b):
       A. Maximum capacity: 1500 ➜ 3000
       B. Recharge rate: 15 per second ➜ 40 per second
       C. Radius: 20m ➜ 25m
    3. Breeze of Strength, Ice Shield cost: 495 capacity ➜ 600 capacity
    Increased turret turn speed should increase damage output due to faster target tracking. Change to affinity effects: Higher maximum capacity should make both affinity effects better, but especially Hammerfall (g) which is only drained as required. Higher recharge rate means that a new Ice Shield can be bestowed every 15 seconds instead of every 33 seconds, even with the higher cost. Radius increase will make it easier to place units around it. Total charge time is now 90 seconds. Additionally, Hammerfall's shields do not decay while within the aura. This makes them a stable source of extra health for allied units. Hammerfall's recharge and healing is still less than Healing Well's, a T2 60p card, with the same maximum capacity.
     Howling Shrine:
    1. Essence Bolts damage: 600, up to 900 in total (3000 dp20) ➜ 750, up to 1125 in total (3750 dp20)
    2. Crowd control duration (both affinities): 10 sec ➜ 15 seconds
    Howling Shrine is feeling better after the buffs both to itself and to the root network in general. When the initial changes were proposed, some people suggested larger buffs to the card, but we urged caution due to the difficulty to account for how things would change once the full set of root network changes came through. Now that we can evaluate the changes more fully, it appears that Howling Shrine is still on the weak side. To remedy this, we are giving it a +25% damage increase and increasing the duration of both its root and paralyze to help it keep dangerous melee units at a safe distance. 
     Infected Tower:
    1. Damage: 114, up to 172 in total (1215 dp20) ➜ 138, up to 207 in total. (1466 dp20)
    2. Splash Radius: 5m ➜ 8m
    A +20% damage increase and small splash radius increase. Changes to Infected Tower's ability have been postponed until we can properly rework it.
     Lost Converter:
    1. Add Soul Splicer's "Soul Suction" ability to the card, allowing it to gather corpses outside its passive range.
    2. Corpse cost to freeze: 200 ➜ 250 stored life points
    All corpse support buildings should have a way to gather corpses from further away. As such, we are adding Soul Splicer's Soul Suction ability to both Lost Converter and Waystation, as well as any future buildings of this type. 
     Morklay Trap:
    1. Enable splash overflow fix
    2. Explosion Blast total damage: 2640 in total ➜ 4400 in total
    Increase total targets from 3 to 5 and enable splash damage properly transferred even when units die. This should make Morklay Trap a viable option to clear T3 camps or defend against incoming waves. 
     Stone Hurler:
    1. Damage: 100 damage, up to 150 in total (834 dp20) ➜ 120 up to 180 in total (1000 dp20)
    Align actual damage with stated damage on the card through an approximately +20% damage increase.
     Twilight Bombard:
    1. Remove "Siege" from Infused affinity
    2. Add "Rage" to Infused affinity. 
       A. Stage 1: +25%; Stage 2: +50% damage
       B. Attacks per stage: 3
       C. Reset timer: 10 seconds
    3. Increase turret turn speed. 
    The red affinity of Twilight Bombard has Siege as its affinity effect, which is largely useless. By changing it to Rage instead, we make the choice between the two affinities one of increased damage versus crowd control.
    1. Add Soul Splicer's "Soul Suction" ability to the card, allowing it to gather corpses outside its passive range.
    2. New passive, Fast Construction: Construction time is reduced by 50%.
    3. Infused damage buff: 30% ➜ 40%
    4. Tainted poison damage: 30 life points every second ➜ 40 life points every second
    5. Corpse storage: 2500 total ➜ 4500 total
    6. Corpse cost per potion/poison (both affinities): 180 ➜ 400 stored life points will be used up.
    7. Radius: 25m ➜ 30m
    The first step in what will eventually be a full rework of Waystation. For now, the addition of fast construction means it can be set up offensively as its name suggests and the addition of Soul Suction means it should be able to easily gather corpses to fuel itself. Gave a small boost to both affinity effects and increased the radius to require ranged units to enter its effective radius to damage it.
     Worldbreaker Gun:
    1. Life points: 4500 ➜ 5400
    2. Descriptive: Add "Has a long range of 50m" to its Ground Attack description.
    WBG is the best defense in the entire game, but that is achieved primarily through its Heavy Snowball ability augmented by Skyelf Sage. In terms of functions as a tower, it is still good, but has uncharacteristically low life points for its cost and tier. We are giving it a slight bump in total health, which should help it when functioning as a tower, while leaving it unchanged as a long range artillery piece. 

    PvP Balance Changes
    [ Twilight Follow-up ]
    After the first round of Twilight buffs and the new introduction of Twilight Crawlers, the faction did not reach the level of performance for which we had hoped. Making good use of Twilight cards and transformation mechanics in a dynamic environment turned out to be too difficult. We will buff some cards to add further incentive of mastering Twilight decks. This might not be the last Twilight iteration as we will continue to monitor the situation moving forward.
    1. Life points: 780 ➜ 820
    Increased durability to make Slaver better when used on open ground, where the unit is prone to kiting.
     Twilight Brute:
    1. Life points: 780 ➜ 820
    2. Bloodlust ability duration: 20 seconds ➜ 25 seconds
    Increased stat efficiency and also extended buff duration upon Transforming, making it a little easier to utilize.
     Twilight Crawlers:
    1. Damage: 940 dp20 ➜ 1000 dp20
    2. Chitin Shell ability damage reduction: 20% ➜ 30%
    Whereas Twilight Crawlers scale decently well into high energy game stages, they don’t provide enough stability in early game. They had problems dueling some units they were supposed to counter making it incredibly difficult to play from behind. Increased stat efficiency and higher absorption rate on their passive should settle this and make Twilight Crawlers a worthy S-counter.
     Twilight Minions:
    1. Incentive ability duration (both affinities): 20 seconds ➜ 25 seconds
    Extended buff duration upon Transforming, making it easier to make use of the effect.
    1. Power cost: 130p ➜ 120p
    2. Damage: 1400 dp20 ➜ 1250 dp20
    3. Life points: 1350 ➜ 1250
    4. Transformation ability cost: 111p ➜ 102p
    5. Infused Liquids (r) ability: 130 damage per wave (520 total) ➜ 150 damage per wave (960 total)
    6. Gifted Liquids (g) ability: 250 healing per wave ➜ 300 healing per wave
    Reduced unit cost and adjusted stat efficiency to reward multi-unit set-ups and transformation effects. The decreased damage ratio will limit the impact Vileblood has on its own, but with less bound power, there are many more options to combine it with other cards and abilities.
    [ Tier 1 ]
    1. Burnout ability:
       A. Damage buff: 60% more damage ➜ 80% more damage
       B. Damage debuff: Now 60% less damage on all upgrades
       C. Damage buff duration: 20 seconds ➜ 30 seconds
       D. Damage debuff duration: 30 seconds ➜ 20 seconds on all upgrades
    After Nightguard received nerfs, Executor's performance as a compensation tool has been a bit underwhelming. These changes should address early L-counter issues and diversify Shadow’s defensive options in T1.
    1. Frenzy ability initial cooldown: 0 seconds ➜ 7 seconds
    With this patch, we intend to distribute the power of Shadow T1 more evenly and improve faction design overall. Shadow T1 is very Forsaken centric against Fire T1 and in the mirror matchup. The Frenzy ability allows them to be good in skirmishes, defense, and siege at the same time. While this can’t be changed fundamentally for slot reasons and due to available design options, we can shift a bit of Shadows' defensive strength from Forsaken to Wrathblades and Executor. This should add a bit more depth to the mentioned matchups and goes more in line with what would be expected from the counter system. 
    1. Damage: 720 dp20 ➜ 750 dp20
    2. Gang Up! ability: Now works based on nearby friendly orcs, not just friendly Thugs.
    As newly buffed Wrathblades will have a certain impact on skirmishing against Fire T1, Thugs will receive a slight damage increase as well.
     Warden's Sigil (g):
    1. Gifted Sigil Ice Shield regeneration: 25 strength per second ➜ 35 strength per second
    Providing clear identities to both Sigil affinities and granting more reasons to pick anything besides the frost one.
    1. Burnout ability:
       A. Damage buff: 60% more damage ➜ 80% more damage
       B. Damage debuff: Now 60% less damage on all upgrades
       C. Damage buff duration: 20 seconds ➜ 30 seconds
       D. Damage debuff duration: 30 seconds ➜ 20 seconds on all upgrades
    [ Tier 2 ]
    1. Necroshade ability cost: 50p ➜ 40p
    Moon has access to fairly strong abilities, but very high upfront costs put her into a very niche position, especially for a legendary card. Necroshade cost being reduced should add more room for skill expressive gameplay and reinforce her identity as an assassin type unit.
    1. Cannibalize ability regeneration: 25 life points per second ➜ 35 life points per second
    Buffed the corpse interaction for increased card value in extended combat and better survivability of dazed summons. This change will also affect the Rippers spawning from Nox Carriers.
    1. Damage: 90, up to 135 in total (750 dp20) ➜ 108, up to 162 in total (900 dp20)
    2. Unit's attack radius now applied around the unit hit instead of the squad's center.
    Viridya’s autocast is nothing but frustrating to use. Attacks apply such a widespread knockback against squad units, to the point where she stops dealing any damage to them after a single attack. These changes should alleviate the mentioned issue and add a fair reward for utilizing her as an S-counter overall.
    [ Tier 3 ]
     Amii Ritual:
    1. Power cost: 150p ➜ 80p
    2. Duration: 20 seconds ➜ 25 seconds
    3. Cooldown: 60 seconds ➜ 100 seconds
    In the past, Amii Ritual has been underwhelming as its high cost made it fairly difficult to use the spell when needed the most. With this change the drawbacks of the card will be shifted to a long cooldown instead. This puts more emphasis on good strategic usage. Payoff can be significantly higher, but additional time between activations makes it easier to punish a mistimed use.
    1. Mo's Better Blues ability:
       A. Duration: 20 seconds ➜ 30 seconds
    2. Group Hug ability:
       A. Minimum healing: 500 life points ➜ 1000 life points
       B. Maximum healing: 3000 life points ➜ 4000 life points 
    Whenever Mo sees occasional play, it is due to Stampede being one of the most valuable abilities in the game. More often than not, the cost and cast animation of his remaining abilities make it better to just not use them at all. These buffs should address this without reinforcing his base-nuke oriented play pattern.
     Nox Carrier:
    1. Power cost: 180p ➜ 80p
    2. Charges: 8 ➜ 16
    3. Life points: 1500 ➜ 1050
    4. Necro Strike ability (both affinities):
       A. Initial cooldown: 10 seconds ➜ 15 seconds
       B. Damage: 3400 damage ➜ 900 damage
    5. Tainted Necro Strike (p) poison duration: 15 seconds ➜ 10 seconds 
    Nox-Carrier has been fairly problematic due to its one-dimensional design. The ability to destroy full health orbs turned the unit into a raw stat check, especially when combined with cards that can remove the downside of heavily reduced movement speed. In order to buff this card to a viable state, we needed to get rid of this pattern. As a result, we strictly nerfed the siege ability followed by a drastic cost reduction. This puts higher emphasis on Ripper spawns instead of ability damage. With Rippers also getting buffed, this should add a lot of room for creative card usage and remind everyone that Nox Carrier is actually carrying something.
     Queek Queek:
    1. Damage per attack: 76 (610 dp20) ➜ 80 (640 dp20)
    2. Attack range of normal Queek Queek: Now always 9m
    3. Superpig ability damage buff: 120% (1340 dp20) ➜ 150% (1600 dp20)
    Pushing unit stats to at least match other flying units in T3. The opportunity has also been used to clean up damage numbers.
     Shadow Insect:
    1. Soul Shock ability damage: 500 ➜ 600
    Shadow Insect is a strong unit with a rather unique ability design, but often requires too much micromanagement to outweigh the cons of having weaker stats compared to most other T3 units. We will strengthen the ability a little for that reason.
    1. Conflagrate ability cost: 50p ➜ 30p
    With buffs to many T3 units across the board, Vulcan was left somewhat behind in comparison. With lowered ability cost, it should be easier to make use of his strong damage spikes.
  20. SunWu liked a post in a topic by WindHunter in Patch #400039 - 14 January 2023   
    Patch #400039
    Welcome to our newest patch. This update contains our seventh balance patch for the game, brand-new cards, and many other changes, enjoy!

    Patch Preview
    - Four new cards are now available as well as our first ever promo building! Jump in-game to collect Raven Archwalker, Sanctuary(b), Sanctuary(g), and promo Worldbreaker Gun.
    - Added player cosmetics! In addition to your avatar, you can now change your border, title, and banner; earnable through achievements. 
    - 32 new achievements and changes to several existing endless achievements to go alongside our new cosmetic player system. 
    - Our second balance pass on towers, a large number of buffs to well-designed but underperforming cards, and a substantial amount of changes to Nature and Twilight cards.
    - New quality of life features including a longer Market Place option, more advanced filtering options, an import/export deck function, and a new advanced filtering in-game guide!

    General Changes
    There is now an option to list cards in the Market Place for 5 days (120 hours). We hope this will benefit those players which cannot play as frequently, as well as maintain a larger stock of cards in the Market Place to prevent scenarios where there are 0 copies of a card currently listed.  You can now use the chat command /exportdeck to generate and automatically copy a shareable deck code based on your existing deck, which can be shared and imported by other players using /importdeck DECKCODE (i.e. /importdeck MgE9DiF8KhK7FfE) in the in-game chat. We hope this makes sharing decks both on the forums and on Discord easier for everyone. The icon for the final tier of PvE ranks has been changed from the speedrunning shoe to a new ember crown. Since the final rank is Master of the Forge, we think this homage to Brannoc is better fitting. The speedrun shoe might see a return in the future, but as part of speedrunning, not a general rank. A new advanced filtering tooltip has been added to the card menu. It includes a list of commands and operators, alongside examples of how to combine them, to help players be able to utilize this powerful filtering system. Additionally two new commands have been added: rarity and power. Achievement tooltips have been expanded greatly. You should now be able to see all maps required to complete an achievement from the tooltip. Achievements have been reorganized into a general progression list and the achievement type is now listed on the banner to give players a better understanding of which achievements are appropriate to their current skill level. The dropdown menus have also been updated accordingly. Current time in queue is now shown in the ranked PvP lobby. Allowed for custom extensions for advanced filtering.  Loading screen will now be displayed bigger for higher resolutions (added support up to QHD 2560x1440).
    New Cards
    Sanctuary - 80p T4 Nature  (Frost and Nature Affinity)
    You will find the upgrades for this card on the maps The Soultree and Titans

    When rebalancing Pure Nature, we determined the faction lacked sufficient tools to counter several existing threats, such as Willzappers. Given Nature's unit-focused strategy and that Mark of the Keeper's effect is a well known and uniquely Nature mechanic, we thought it would be more fitting for a Pure Nature spell than another standard CC or rejuvenation effect. Sanctuary can turn off ranged units and buildings, giving Nature a way to deal with difficult Lost Souls and Twilight camps. For more information, check out Community Update 30.
    Raven Archwalker - 300p T4 Legendary   
    You will find the upgrades for this card on the map Mo.
    Raven Archwalker is our next addition to our developing Raven legendary deck. Just like Ravenheart, Raven Archwalker speeds up when near other Raven units. Like the walker it is based off of from the campaign map Mo, Archwalker has the ability to fire a corrupting aura capable of damaging both units and buildings. Given the way Aura of Corruption works, and the fact that legendary units are fully splashable, this means players will even be able to use healing spells to deal damage. For more information, check out Community Update 29.
    Worldbreaker Gun (promo) - 250p T4 Fortress 
    The promo version of Worldbreaker Gun will be unlocked by completing the achievement "Urban Planner" detailed below.
    While debating which promo card to release next, we thought it would be a good idea to release our first ever promo building. The decision of which building was an easy one. We wanted a tower which was both widely used and widely loved. Worldbreaker Gun fits the bill in every sense, and it seems right to make a Frost card the first promo building.

    Player Cosmetics 
    A major part of the upcoming update is the addition of new cosmetic options. These new options include banners and avatar borders. Additionally, there are several new avatars from which to choose and players can now customize their player titles. Players will now be able to pick between any titles they earned, whether from PvE, PvP, or achievements. 

    [ New Cosmetics ]
    Progressive Faction Borders
    Each faction, excluding Amii and Fire/Frost, will be receiving progressive avatar borders. For now there are only two levels, but eventually we plan to add at least a third level. Level 1 borders can be earned by winning 10 games in ranked PvP or 25 wins in any PvE mode with the respective faction. Level 2 requires winning 25 ranked PvP games or 50 PvE games. These rewards are retroactive.
    Progressive Random PvE Avatars
    Both level 9 and level 10 rPvE will have new progressive avatars.
    Faction Banners
    Each faction primary faction (Fire, Frost, Nature, and Shadow) will receive a single banner inspired by that faction. 
    Individual Avatar Borders
    There will be three non-faction avatar borders added: Shield, Burlap, and Gold borders.
    New Avatars
    Seven new avatars will be earnable via achievements: Silver Lock, Human Brannoc, Fortification Wall, Gift, Banzai Bird, Crossed Swords, Mask, and Gold Coin avatars.
    Individual Banners
    There will be three non-faction banners added: Cannon Holes, Shield, and Jorne banners.
    Combo Cosmetic
    There will be one combo cosmetic set: A New Sun Avatar + Banner
    New Titles
    There will be seven new titles to earn: "Makeshift Defender", "Tutorial Master", "Anxious Traveler", "Moneybags", "Eagle Scout", "Day Trader", and "Monopoly Man"

    New Achievements 
    32 new achievements. A majority of these achievements were taken from previous community suggestions.
    [ Miscellaneous Achievements ]
    Bladestorm Street Trader  [Title: Day Trader & Title: Monopoly Man]
    Buy or sell cards in the Auction House. [100 & 1000 cards]
    Dragon's Hoard  [Title: Moneybags & Border: Gold]
    Earn gold. [5.000.000 & 10.000.000 gold]
    [ Advanced Achievements ]
    A New Sun  [Avatar: New Sun; Banner: New Sun]
    Complete all initially released campaign maps on advanced difficulty or higher playing only cards from the Twilight Edition.
    Burning Crusade  [Banner: Fire]
    Win the 2-player scenario Crusade on advanced difficulty or higher with all players in your team playing only Fire cards.
    Frost Rescue Team  [Banner: Frost]
    Win the 2-player scenario Slave Master on advanced difficulty or higher with all players in your team playing only Frost cards.
    Gotta Go Fast  [Avatar: rPvE 9 progressive]
    Win a 4-player randomly generated PvE scenario of difficulty 9 within X minutes (Progressive achievement).
    I Believe I Can Fly  [Title: Eagle Scout]
    Win a 1-player randomly generated PvE scenario of difficulty 7 or higher without playing any ground units.
    Ruthless Green Plague  [Banner: Nature]
    Win a 1-player randomly generated PvE scenario of difficulty 9 or higher playing only Nature cards.
    The Nightmare's Nightmare  [Banner: Shadow]
    Win the 2-player scenario The Nightmare Shard on advanced difficulty or higher with all players in your team playing only Shadow cards.
    [ Veteran Achievements ]
    A Need For Speed  [Avatar: rPvE 10 progressive]
    Win a 4-player randomly generated PvE scenario of difficulty 10 within X minutes (Progressive achievement).
    An Ill-fated Expedition  [Avatar: Crossed Swords]
    Win the 1-player scenario Ocean on expert difficulty without playing any flying units.
    Brannoc's Surprise Party  [Avatar: Gift]
    Win the 4-player scenario Titans on expert difficulty after successfully freeing all civilians before Jorne arrives.
    Build Bridges, Not Walls  [Avatar: Fortification Wall]
    Win the 2-player scenario Sunbridge on expert difficulty without activating the Amii Devices.
    Cheapskate  [Border: Burlap]
    Complete 10 different campaign maps on expert difficulty, playing only cards of common rarity.
    He Made the Trains Run on Time  [Banner: Jorne]
    Win the 4-player campaign scenario King of the Giants on expert difficulty after successfully destroying all walls in Rogan's path before he arrives.
    Makeshift Defender  [Title: Makeshift Defender]
    Win the 1-player scenario The Treasure Fleet on expert difficulty without losing a wagon and by playing only cards from Tier 2 and below.
    No Human Left Behind  [Banner: Shield]
    Win the 1-player scenario Siege of Hope on expert difficulty without losing any refugee units and the 1-player scenario The Soultree on expert difficulty without losing any of the Lyrish Defenders.
    Protection Racket  [Avatar: Banzai Bird]
    Win the 4-player scenario Bad Harvest on expert difficulty with all players in your team playing only Fire, Shadow, or Bandit cards while successfully destroying all guild cannons.
    With Your Shield, or on It  [Border: Shield]
    Win the 1-player scenario Mo on expert difficulty, playing only unit cards.
    [ Virtuoso Achievements ]
    Codebreaker  [Avatar: Locked Page]
    Win the 4-player scenarios Dwarven Riddle and Guns of Lyr on expert difficulty solo without using buildings or building walls.
    Corporate Downsizing [Avatar: Gold Coin]
    Win 2 different campaign scenarios on expert difficulty with all players in your team using decks containing no more than 5 total cards.
    It's the Player, Not the Cards  [Title: Tutorial Master]
    Win any campaign scenario on expert difficulty with all players in your team using the Tutorial deck.
    Lone Ranger  [Avatar: Mask]
    Complete 4-player scenario maps solo on expert difficulty.
    Teleportation Anxiety  [Title: Anxious Traveler]
    Win the 2-player scenario Crusade and the 1-player scenario Ocean on expert difficulty without activating any Amii Devices.
    Too Heavy to Carry  [Banner: Cannon Holes]
    Win the 4-player scenario Blight on expert difficulty, destroying all bandit garrisons before they launch their attacks.
    Urban Planner  [Card: Worldbreaker Gun (Promo)]
    Win the 2-player scenario The Sunbridge and the 1-player scenarios Mo and Ocean on expert difficulty, with all players in your team playing only building and spell cards.
    [ Leaderboard Achievements ]
    Master of the Forge  [Avatar: Human Brannoc]
    Achieve rank 1 in any leaderboard at the end of the month.
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger  [3x General Booster, repeatable]
    Achieve rank 3 or higher in any leaderboard at the end of the month.
    A Legend Among Gods  [100.000 gold, repeatable]
    Achieve rank 10 or better in the PvP 1v1 leaderboard at the end of the month.
    Hero Among Lords  [50.000 gold, repeatable]
    Achieve rank 25 or better in the PvP 1v1 leaderboard at the end of the month.
    Skylord Special Forces  [25.000 gold, repeatable]
    Achieve rank 50 or better in the PvP 1v1 leaderboard at the end of the month.
    Skylord Enforcer  [10.000 gold, repeatable]
    Achieve rank 100 or better in the PvP 1v1 leaderboard at the end of the month.
  21. Majora liked a post in a topic by SunWu in Patch Date Announcement   
    Got about 700 nature uncommons ready to be forged, nice!
  22. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Majora in Patch Date Announcement   
    • Patch date: 14-01-2023
    Greetings Skylords,
    We have a patch date!
    Our upcoming patch will be releasing next Saturday, January 14th! This patch will release the new cards Sanctuary and Raven Archwalker, as well as our first promo building: Worldbreaker Gun. There will also be new achievements to complete, the introduction of player cosmetics, and a ton of balance changes.
    You can find the patch notes here.
    Alongside the patch, we will also release a special recap video of everything that was added to Skylords Reborn since the release, voiced by Dreamlord. Catching up on Skylords Reborn should be easier than ever, and we hope we can count on you to spread the word about this great game.
    We hope you are looking forward to it!

  23. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Majora in Community Update - January 2023   
    Happy new year, Skylords!
    A new year; a new Community Update! It's time to bring you up to speed with everything going on in Skylords Reborn!

    • 2nd Anniversary Stream

    The 18th of December marked the 2nd Anniversary of Skylords Reborn! Two years ago, after many years of internal development and open stress tests, BattleForge was playable once again. We are very grateful for all your continued enthusiasm and support! 
    On the anniversary, we hosted a celebration stream. If you missed it, you can view it on our YouTube channel. We will also cover most of the announcements in this Community Update.
    Please note: The Anniversary Card Creation Contest ends today. If you want to participate, do so now! 

    • Upcoming Content Patch

    Sadly, our upcoming Content Patch which was planned for December didn't make it in time. The combination of many things to review (including our new feature Cosmetics) and the busy holidays proved to be a bit too ambitious. 
    Since the upcoming patch will break replays due to the many balance changes deployed alongside it, we know it's far from ideal for events to not have a set patch date. We are doing our best to release the patch as soon as possible in early January, but sadly can't lock in a concrete date yet.
    Please keep an eye on the Discord and the forum for more information in the coming days. 

    • Upcoming Feature: Cosmetics

    For our first anniversary patch, we had Reforging as our big new feature, focusing on improving the economy. 
    For our second anniversary, Cosmetics will be introduced as a way to provide more challenges and collectibles. 
    Players will be able to collect new borders, banners and titles, further customizing their experience. Here is a look at the new borders:  

    Borders are the part of your profile that surround your character portrait. With the patch release, there will be two borders to choose from for each of the different elements/factions in the game. The first border is a simple but clean colour scheme, where the second level expands on the theme of the faction a bit more, like more vines for Nature or infestation for Twilight. 
    Borders can be combined with Banners, here is an example: 

    Banners, borders, and profile pictures can be freely combined to make unique combinations. There will also be new titles to unlock. An example of a title can be seen in the picture, above the name, in this case "Game Master". 
    Your cosmetics will show up in the lobby, and when hovering over players in the chat list.   

    Those new banners, borders, titles (and a few new profile pictures), are tied to new Achievements, which provide a variety of new challenges. Some will be rewarded simply by playing games with your favourite action, while others might ask you to complete the campaign using only cards from the Twilight Edition. 
    We hope you are looking forward to a bunch of new challenges to explore, and new bling to show off! 
    • Upcoming New Promo: Worldbreaker Gun

    While our new cards Sanctuary and Raven Walker had already been announced in previous Community Updates, we had one more surprise in store in our stream: our next promo card and the first promo building: Worldbreaker Gun! 

    In this year's feedback survey, people let us know loud and clear they would like to see buildings get the promo treatment. The newly buffed Worldbreaker Gun felt like the perfect candidate for being the very first promo building. 

    You will be able to unlock this new promo by completing the upcoming achievement Urban Planner.

    -- Please note: this achievement is not yet live! --
    Urban Planner
    Win the 2-player scenario The Sunbridge and the 1-player scenarios Mo and Ocean on expert difficulty, with all players in your team playing only building and spell cards
    -- Please note: this achievement is not yet live! --
    As with Mana Wing Promo, the promo will not drop from boosters, but will be tradeable. If you don't want to do the challenge yourself, you can buy the card on the market, or trade it with other players. 
    • Advanced Filtering

    We greatly expanded the search function in both the inventory and marketplace during the time of our first anniversary, which was probably overlooked by a lot of players in the new-patch-hype. Our developer Kubik wrote an in depth document about the way the new (and old) function worked, with handy shortcuts to find just the cards you need. 
    But even the players who were aware of the new tools at their disposal, had a hard time remembering the search commands. Our UI designer Ult and Skylord of Honour Kapo worked together to provide a handy new ingame tooltip that should make searching for cards a lot easier for everyone. 

    • Future Development Focus

    We spend the last two years on improving and balancing many, many cards. We currently feel the balance of the game, while not perfect, is in the best place it has ever been. The campaign and rPvE are playable with every faction right now, and while PvE changes will continue, we intend a major pivot next patch cycle to map/game content with many of our balance developers and team members. 
    This means we will put more focus on providing more map-based content, like our alternative Halloween map Spooky Encounters, the upcoming Nature rPvE faction, Defensive rPvE, tweaks to the difficulty levels of rPvE and new campaign maps. Basically, we want to focus on creating content that will lure back old players, and invite new ones in. 
    This has proven challenging. While every player automatically has access to the map editor, map making is a long and patient process. We are very aware people are looking forward to new campaign maps, but their design is a huge undertaking, and due to the volunteer nature of the project, mapmakers don't always stick it out till the end. 
    If you want to help out in the map department, please take a look at our open positions:
    • Map Designer
    • Map Developer
    • Map Artist
    We are also looking for an Audio Editor to help us with processing voice acting takes. Want to help out in another area? Check out our open positions.

    • Tournaments / Events

    Since Community Updates are posted on a monthly schedule, events might come and go in between them. Be sure to keep a close eye on the ingame event-tab and the forum calendar to not miss any events! 

    • CLOSING SOON – Official Card Design Contest - UNTIL 01.01.2023 23:59 CET
    A contest like this has often been suggested: create your own card! Entries will be judged by a jury of Designers and there are tiered prizes, including boosters and promos. Maybe your design will even make it into the game! Today is the last day to join: More information.

    • Host your own tournament / event
    Want to host a tournament or event yourself? Please reach out to our Event Organizer, Metagross! We can help you out with various topics and are glad to discuss potential ideas. We can also sponsor the prize pool for your event. If you have a cool idea for a PvE event, or want to host a PvP tournament, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, we will gladly assist you.

    • Newsletter

    While we do our best to make it easy to follow Skylords Reborn by providing monthly news through these Community Updates, we are limited to the Forum and our Social Media channels to reach you. You can now sign up to our newsletter, which we will use to give you a heads-up about a new patch release or Community Update. Don't worry, we hate spam as much as you do and won't use your data in any other way. 

     If you provided your e-mail during our summer survey to stay up to date, you are automatically subscribed. 
    • In Conclusion

    And that's it for this Community Update, thanks for reading! 
    As is tradition, this community update comes with a scratch code. 
    The code will reward you with a General-booster: HAPP-YNEW-YEAR-2023

    The code is valid until February 1st, when we will bring you another Community Update. 
    As always, we are open to feedback, so please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments! 

    • Skylords Reborn Documents (Deep Dives, Behind the Scenes, PvP Guide)  
    • Overview Community Updates
    • Community Update #30
  24. SunWu liked a post in a topic by Kapo in Official Card Design Contest - CLOSED - Winners Reveal inside   
    Welcome to the Official Anniversary Card Design Contest!

    To see all winning entries, CLICK HERE
    Anniversaries are special opportunities – and we like to take this head-on and really show that Skylords Reborn is for the Community, by the Community! A contest like this has often been suggested, now is the time to ask you for your card development ideas.
    In this contest, you are called to submit your idea for a new card,
    which will be presented to high-ranking jurors for judgement.

    The jurors for this will be the designers @Hirooo, @RadicalX and @WindHunter – for those who don't know, these are the guys who are calling the shots in the SR Team about what makes the cut for new content.
    Important note: Of course, there is no obligation for the SR Team to make any entry into a real card. But, a good idea that really fits into the game has a lot of power, and your idea will be heard, seen and judged anonymously and without any barrier of entry.
    The contest starts with the reveal of this post and ends on the 1st of January 2023, 23:59 CET. Submit your entry through Discord (DM to Kapo#0116) or the Skylords Forum (DM to @Kapo). I will anonymize the entries, present them to the jury, and after a voting phase the winners will be revealed.

    Your idea must be a new card (NOT a rework of an already existing card or a Promo card) Units and buildings must be fitting for an already existing model (this is a technical limitation, but re-texturing can do wonders) Unfortunately, we also can't allow for Fire/Frost or Rainbow-cards (or any other outside the known factions, due to technical limitations) You are asked to create the fully upgraded version (see below: Things you don't need to add) By entering, you are giving away your card idea with permission to modify it  – the final design may differ from your submission here You are limited to a maximum of TWO entries - if you win on both, you will recieve the higher price You are asked to use the following template:
    Things you don't need to add:
    Rarity Upgrade Levels (submit a fully upgraded design) Number of Charges Artwork for the card At the end of the contest, we may make a compilation of the entries – by participating, you automatically agree to be included in that.
    In preparation for this contest, we asked the jurors to drop some hints on what is needed for a good design.
    You might not want to create a new super-powerful card, but a card that's interesting. Maybe it fills a special niche case in a faction (like Burning Spears), or it is special, or meme-worthy (like Easter Egg). Balance is important! The best cards are useful, fill essential roles, and are not overpowered. If you design a T1 or T2 card, think about PvP implications. Fit the card to the faction: Think about the intentional strengths and weaknesses of each faction. Potentially, you see an extremely missing card in an arsenal, but that could be part of that faction's design. Also, breaking core rules of the game requires a very, very, very good reason. For both topics, see: Design Philosophy Document. You are allowed to submit a legendary (neutral) card, but please note those are much harder to design and balance properly. You may present some optical aid to the jurors: On https://smj.cards/creator you can easily create your own card-mockup:

    Voting and Prize Tiers:
    Platinum tier are creations that REALLY could be considered to be added to the game. They must not be all-around perfect, since someone who is not on the SR team cannot know about every problem faced when implementing cards. Platinum entries are cool, captivating and would be a great addition to the game.
    Platinum tier winners will win a low-grade promo of choice (e.g., Fallen Skyelf, Lyrish Knight or Rogan Kayle) or Ultra-Rare of choice of similar value (Infect, Forest Elder etc.). Should your card some day make it into the game, you will get it for your own collection.
    Gold tier suggestions are cool and interesting suggestions, but are lacking significantly in ONE (but only one!) way:
    Unbalanced design with no way to repair that Clearly impossible to implement  Too niche to be worth the implementation Not fitting for any faction or into the game Not really a fitting, existing model in the game etc. Gold tier winners will win a Booster, accompanied by an (good) Rare or (medium) Ultra Rare card.
    Silver Tier suggestions are solid suggestions, but are lacking in more than one way to make it into the game. For examples of what could cause issues, see the mentioned list above.
    Silver tier winners will win a Booster.

    We are looking forward to your designs! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Best regards,
    Skylords Reborn Team

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