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Kaliber84

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  1. Kaliber84

    Favorite PVE 4 orb card

    IMO Maelstrom is best combined with Shatter Ice which is my favorite combo card. It is quite expensive to play (340 at U0 up to 280 at U3) but the damage is massive (4.4k-13.2k at U0 or 5.3k-16k at U3). The wonderful thing is that Maelstrom is extremely effective vs big mobs and Shatter Ice can then be used to finish of all those L & XL units. The worst part about this combo is that Maelstrom takes some time for the freeze to activate. The more cost-efficient and my preferred way is to play Coldsnap (more targets) or Timeless One (extremely cheap) to use Shatter Ice. You don't get the dmg from Maelstrom but the cost is extremely cheap (175 w Coldsnap or 110 w Timeless One) and you get the massive damage from Shatter Ice instantly.
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    Bandits were underpowered.

    I don't think it would be that hard. Battleforge's AI is not the best but overall decent, which holds true for other enemy factions in PvE as well. The important thing is to find the right trigger/delay to activate such abilities. From a gameplay point-of-view active abilities should be telegraphed to the player (make them recognizable) and impact the course of the game/fight. Personally I would give the units a buff that makes them gain lifesteal over time in combat similar to the dmg buff of Giant Slayers or Rageclaws. A fight could go like this: You have T2 and rush a Bandit rPvE camp. The usual mob stationed in the base forms and attacks you. As a player you are sure to win with CC and heals on your side. You use Coldsnap as an engage tool and send a mountaineer/burrowers to destroy the spawn buildings while your main force engages the mob. Reinforcements spawn in the camp and engage the Siege unit which is still able to destroy one spawn building. When the Coldsnap wears of your units are slightly more in number but the enemy units prove to be quite tanky due to their lifesteal passive that was activated when you engaged them in combat. You are able to win the fight but you spent more resources and time than anticipated. Personally I like the idea because it makes it more interesting to play vs the faction as you need to formulate a more specific strategy. The sole lifesteal buff would be slightly unbalanced as bursty factions / would have an easier time than the tanky ones /. IMO a good alternative is a buff that activates when Bandit units are affected by spell CC. The buff reduces the CC duration and grants additional lifesteal for something like ~5s after the CC ends. This makes units more important and at the same time it counters the burst and chain-CC from all factions.
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    Faction symbols

    I'm quite fond of the revisions that I made. The spearhead should be less pronounced and in turn the anchor should be more recognizable as a symbol. The harpoon is in the place which the anchor "handle" would usually be to reinforce the anchor in the image. Next up would be finishing up and fine-tuning. The harpoon will get a second hook The spearhead might see minor reshaping The anchor will be fine-tuned The proportions of single elements (especially line width) will be adjusted to feel more consistent Any other ideas of how to improve this? PS: Many thanks to the fabulous suggestions by @Kitsurubami and @Wormas who made this design possible.
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    Faction symbols

    New Bandits logo in a look that should fit the other icons so far. This is only the first sketch and especially the proportions will undergo more changes. But it should provide an idea of where I am going with this. The lower anchor part will be complemented by its respective top anchor part spanning out of / from behind of the spearhead. I still need to figure out how to make that look good though. What do you guys think of this? What things might not work even when the design is fully fleshed out? What could be added or left out? My greatest fear so far is that it won't look recognizable for the faction. But I feel that will improve when the anchor part is complete.
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    Faction symbols

    It would look pretty awesome but it wouldn't be easily recognizable as it doesn't represent the faction well. Bandits are way closer to Fire in their style rather than Shadow as almost every style element in Bandits can also be found in Fire. Thus the star would hold no meaning for Bandits, whether on fire or not. I love the logo suggestion but I played around enough that I find it impossible to make this into something that is as simple as the other logos. EDIT: I will be using a stylized spearhead like the one from the Bandit Spearmen and an anchor for now. Still subject to change though.
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    Faction symbols

    @Archeon That actually helps a lot. Thx for the input. @steezy I do not plan to make any further changes to the Fire, Frost, Nature, Shadow and Stonekin logos. The badly fitting colour scheme for Twilight has already been brought to my attention and the other colour schemes have been exactly the way you suggest from the beginning. All icons I have posted so far have been created solely by me but some have been inspired by suggestions made in this thread. The size of the icons is 4 x 4cm at 300ppi or 472 x 472px. You are free to post your own icons.
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    Faction symbols

    @Treim It would definitely be possible. I'd probably build upon my current upload and expand the roots so they fit the primary shape of the biohazard logo. Also I'd need to adjust the eye shape and pupil size.
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    Faction symbols

    I'm back again. Had some stuff to do and interestingly I did not notice new posts in this thread. Thank you all for the constructive criticism. I love that you simply want to help me create better icon. @Archeon @Necrospaz What exactly do you think makes it feel different? @Wormas Thanks for the sketch. I might incorporate elements of your suggestion into an overhauled icon for Twilight, once I find what I can do to make it feel similar to the other symbols. @Kitsurubami I will go with a simplified version of your latest entry. It is very well made but I feel that it is actually too detailed for a small icon. Also the composition is a bit too much on the sailor-side for my taste. But I think it is a great foundation and I will play around with it to see what works. Thank you. Edit: @Kitsurubami So I played around a bit but I can't come up with anything better fitting than your sketch. The problems with your sketch for a small logo are still present though. My new idea was to simply strip it down to it's bare bones. That would mean the only thing remaining would be 2 crossed harpoons connected by a piece of rope. That should be still recognizable as Bandits while also being more minimalistic. Similar to the other icons.
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    Faction symbols

    Twilight is finished. One more to go. From the 2 colored versions I prefer the second one more. I will probably use these symbols in monochrome though, so whatever.
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    Faction symbols

    @RumbleBum Not sure about the skull but the harpoons are an amazing idea! Thx
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    Faction symbols

    Update Finished Stonekin. Also colorized Stonekin and Lost Souls with a dual-color scheme. Looks much better imo. I might rework Lost Souls when I'm finished with the other symbols.
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    Faction symbols

    Update Finished the Lost Souls logo I'll be going with for now. Looks better in monochrome though.
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    Faction symbols

    @Treim @Necrospaz Simple is indeed what I am looking for. But I'd also like to use existing motifs already found in the factions if possible. The pure faction symbols aren't that hard to create/find. Color schemes are actually things I want to avoid. Logos I want are ones that are also recognizable in black & white. What I really need is something for the mixed factions. They have existing motifs but most of those are also used by other factions and are thus unusable to me. Here is the logos so far. Next up is Lost Souls. Bandits, Stonekin and Twilight still need convincing ideas. Edit: Added Fire symbol
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    Faction symbols

    Nice work. The detail on the coffin is actually a bit much but I'll combine a simplified version with a couple of escaping souls. Should do the trick.
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    Faction symbols

    @Kitsurubami The Windweaver bow looks good as a reference. For Bandit or any faction at all I won't use skulls. They are simply too dominant a motif for Shadow, Lost Souls and Bandits. Thus I can't depict a single faction using them. I thought of using either 2 crossed hammers (Banditos, Amok) or maybe a stylized cannon (Corsair, Gunner, Artillery). Those ideas aren't perfect though. Twilight doesn't seem to care for any symbols at all and relies solely on the color palette. That's quite a problem. The Willzapper is not good enough imo but I thought of it too. But I might try to create a parasite plant thingy. Similar to the small spawn buildings, looking a bit like a virus. The coffin is a nice suggestion for Lost Souls. If possible I wanted something that shows the resurrection aspect of Lost Souls. This might be a way to do it. For Stonekin I might combine a stone-shield with the grimace on top. I hope that's still intuitive enough. Maybe I will simply build upon the current Magma Fiend symbol for Fire and reshape it. I need it to be more Flame and less Fiend if you know what I mean.
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