Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards)

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Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards)

Postby Stone » 25 Oct 2018, 10:35

Dear players,

We have been lately working on a couple of new features that we are sure you will like:

- Battle Pass: You are right, this is exactly what you are thinking it is. We have developed a new series of Challenges (similar to the Duties system), which you will be able to do every month. These are the details of this feature:
- 50 Challenges / month will be available
- These challenges will slightly vary every month in terms of objectives and rewards.
- There are plenty of newly designed objectives and lots of rewards to receive.
- Some of the Challenges will be timed, i.e. their progress will reset every 24 hours or 7 days (it will be specified in the Challenge information).

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- You will have access to check out the objectives and rewards from the Map Screen only.
- We have introduced "Chained challenges", these challenges will grant a special reward when completing the last challenge of the chain.
- There are two types of Battle Passes, the Basic: which all players will have access to at no cost, and the Golden: which any player can upgrade to, by purchasing the Golden Battle Pass.
- The Golden Battle pass will grant, besides the Basic Plan rewards, Golden rewards.
- The upgrade can be purchased once per month, once a player acquires the Golden Battle Pass, all the Golden Rewards that couldn't be claimed before upgrading will be added into the player's Lootbox, and every completed challenge for the rest of the month will grant both the Basic and Golden Rewards.
- At the start of each month (day 1 of each Month), the Golden Battle Pass will be reverted back to the Basic Plan.

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- The value of the total amount of rewards received when having a Golden Battle Pass is worth approximately 5 times the price of the Battle Pass cost itself.

- Friendly PvP: We dusted off and revamped a very old feature of ours which has been requested by you guys for quite some time now.
- You will now be able to do Friendly matches against any player in the game.
- These friendly matches will not grant gold nor rating points, and also they will not be taken into account for Duties and Challenges progress.
- Any PvP-eligible player* will be able to send and receive Friendly PvP match requests via two possible ways: Clicking on a Chat message of a player and clicking "PvP" on the sub-screen shown or clicking on a Platoon Member slot (not necessarily your own Platoon, you can browse Platoons and watch their members) and also clicking "PvP" on the sub-screen shown.

*What is a PvP-eligible player? A player that meet the conditions to play Regular PvP (enough Level, a valid deck set up, updated client version, etc...), in addition the player that receives the Request MUST meet the following conditions:
- The player has to be in the PvP or Map Screens (players will not be reachable for PvP while in different Screens)
- Can't be on PvP queue
- Can't receive a request from a Chat-Muted player
- (Especially for mobile players) Can't have the app minimized on their device.

If any of the all these requirements isn't met, the request will be automatically declined and the sender of the request will be notified to try again later.

Please bear in mind that these are two (quite big!) features launched at the same time and even though we have thoroughly tested them it's possible to find some issues, in case of finding one we kindly ask you for your reports and (especially!) your patience.

Besides these two features, here are the release notes of the upcoming update:

*New*
- Battle Pass
- Friendly PvP
- More than 10 new cards are now available to craft!
- Exclusive Battle Pass Cards which can only be crafted by completing specific Battle Pass Challenges.

*Changes*
- Balance: Several Cards have been adjusted* (Check below for the details)
- Reduced the difficulty in some of the initial levels.
- Reduced the difficulty in the Raids: Encirclement of Berlin and Fall of Berlin.
- Several abilities descriptions improved.
- Craft screen components dimensions resized for a better mobile devices visibility.
- The "Legendary Card 'x' acquired" message and the Gold gifts after purchasing Gold with real money that were automatically sent to the Platoon mates can now be deactivated via the Settings Popup by clicking on "Platoon Notifications (ON/OFF)"
- The Duties will now show a progress bar which will grant visually a glance of the duty progress.
- Duties description text size increased for a better visualization.

*Fixes*
- Fixed an issue with Prince of Wales Card.
- Fixed an issue with Artillery on the Frontline.
- Several German translations have been changed.
- Fixed an issue that was blocking the Map Screen if repeatedly clicking on the background while the Deck selector was open or in transition.
- Critical issue fixed where some players could play some cards out of time on PvP matches, resulting on cards stacked on each other for the PvP opponent.
- Fixed an issue that was always showing the Top score of a PvE level after finishing it, instead of the score currently made.
- Fixed an issue logging in from a Browser via Facebook with different accounts.

[Cards Changes]

SOME OF THE NEW CRAFTED CARDS
Jagdpanther (Diamond)
T1: 6/4 Upgrade: 1 – Abilities: “The Hunter” and “Improved German Comrade”
T2: 9/6 Upgrade: 2 – Abilities: “The Hunter” and “Improved German Comrade”
T3 14/9 - Abilities: “The Hunter”
The Hunter: Destroys an energy armored card with 5/10/15 or less Health. Deals 5/10/15 to the enemy player.

Grumman F6F Hellcat (Diamond)
T1: 5/5 Upgrade: 1 – Abilities Fast, Flag Raising, Flight and Flag Promotion.
T1: 7/7 Upgrade: 2 – Abilities Fast, Flag Raising, Flight and Flag Promotion.
T1: 10/10– Abilities Fast, Flag Raising and Flight.

1st Guards Airborne Division (Diamond)
T1: 6/3 Upgrade: 2 – Abilities: Deploy, Russian Elite Infantry, Russian Support Unit and Sabotage.
T1: 9/5 Upgrade: 2 – Abilities: Deploy, Russian Elite Infantry, Russian Support Unit and Sabotage.
T1: 12/7– Abilities: Deploy, Russian Support Unit and Sabotage.

Type 5 Na-To (Diamond)
T1: 4/6 Upgrade: 1 – Abilities: Fast, Great Discipline and Japanese Tank Master.
T1: 7/9 Upgrade: 2 - Abilities: Fast, Great Discipline and Japanese Tank Master.
T1: 11/13 - Abilities: Fast, Great Discipline and Japanese Tank Master.
Great Discipline: End of the turn: Restores back the Health of all friendly cards.

SOME OF THE BALANCE CHANGES
Several cards have been “improved” such as the Tamanskaya (“improved reinforce” and more health pool) and Blohm & Voss Bv 22 (More Health).
Also we did some changes to two iconic cards, Yamamoto and Douglas MacArthur.
Yamamoto:
- Admiral of the Fleet changed from end of turn to start of the turn.
- The stats of the card have been improved.
Douglas MacArthur:
- T3 version of “I have Returned” now only affects Units.
- Highest Rank in T3 (that didn’t have any effect because the card was already at the maximum rank) has been replaced to American Support Unit.

Besides from these balance changes and crafted cards, there’s a new card (Paratrooper Training – American Legendary Order) that we’ve added to the Stronghold Collection (we didn't add it when we released Stronghold's expansion due to some abilities issues that have been now sorted out).

The update along with both these new features will be released the incoming week (we are aiming November 1st), for all platforms at the same time (iOS, Android, Facebook & Kongregate).
We hope you enjoy this upcoming update and can't wait to hear your thoughts about it!

Thanks!
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby Johnwayne » 25 Oct 2018, 18:41

Thanks for the update info! I have two questions I’m wondering if you could answer.
1. Are there plans to modify structures as they are seldom used?
2. Has there been any plans toward adding an auction for cards?
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby chuck » 25 Oct 2018, 19:29

Hello,

i also have some ideas.

1. Any plans to improve selling cards system? Drag one by one is really annoying.
2. Any plans to improve crafting cards or buying BP? Buying BPs one by one is also a bit annoying.
3. Diamond "No one step back" card could have also better ability. Crafting it for diamond is really not worth.
4. Some better use for "Submarine hunter" card? This card is for nothing now.
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby ajaxv2 » 25 Oct 2018, 20:26

Thank you guys for this cool update! I know a lot of work goes into each little thing, let alone two BIG things all at once. Thanks for continuing to make this game enjoyable for all!
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby gusgus78 » 26 Oct 2018, 07:38

Hi!!

Thanks for info... looks very nice!! :mrgreen:

Two questions:

1. This challenges will replace current daily duties sytem or will be both of them available (duties and challenges)?
2. Golden pass will be available for buying with gold or only by real money?

Thanks!
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby mtormo » 26 Oct 2018, 08:06

Hello,

Are there plans to modify structures as they are seldom used?

The structures are currently not really used but we believe that they're really powerful and useful, we don't want to "buff" them too much and after few months reduce the power. We'll analyze the structures during this month of pvp.
Has there been any plans toward adding an auction for cards?

We don't have plans to implement the auction right now.
Any plans to improve selling cards system? Drag one by one is really annoying.

A few ideas, something that we can add in the future, there're several "small things" that we want to add into the game.
Any plans to improve crafting cards or buying BP? Buying BPs one by one is also a bit annoying.

Similar to the previous question, something small that we want to add but we have other things in our "to-do" list.
Diamond "No one step back" card could have also better ability. Crafting it for diamond is really not worth.

We understand that some cards can be improved to be at the same level to others and we usually "upgrade" these cards when we do a "big balance change". This update has only a few changes, we've focused our time in the new features.
This challenges will replace current daily duties sytem or will be both of them available (duties and challenges)?

Both available.
Golden pass will be available for buying with gold or only by real money?

The Basic is completely free while the Golden upgrade requires real money to purchase it.

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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby Pieterr » 26 Oct 2018, 11:03

Hello developers,

First of all, you've made me really excited about this new upcoming update. I've always been a great supporter of implementing friendly pvp to the game. So, I guess, this 'll come to no surprise to you.
Secondly, I just wondered how much you are going to charge for a golden battle pass?

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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby Assassin » 26 Oct 2018, 16:10

Well...i like the Battle Pass concept...chalenges for rewards are always nice as we get objectives and more toys...
As all Free players i frown a bit at "pay to win concepts" but i am rational enough to know this is necessary to pay for the game...and to keep it around for us free players...so also a good idea!
(All freemium games have some type of "premium" account which allows faster progression...part of the system)

I would assume the pass will not be so cheap as some of the hinted rewards in the screenshot are worth 40EUR or so...on ONE WEEK of rewards...but we will see in a few days :D

I was never a defender of the friend PVP as it was seldom used when it was possible (initially we could play if we were facebook friends), but glad it is going to come back as some players really wanted it...

Any update is a good update (or will become good after 3 or 4 bug/feature-solving iterations 8-) )

EDIT:
Just an additional comment on the freemium model...this is one of the few games i know where the majority of top players are free (or low investment) players...which is good for those...but no necessarily ideal from the developers point of view...and i can understand the "need" to change that :P
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby Johnwayne » 26 Oct 2018, 22:28

The golden battle pass sounds exciting. How much a month will it cost?
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Re: Nov 1st, 2018 Update (Battle Pass + Friendly PvP + Cards

Postby Johnwayne » 26 Oct 2018, 22:29

Any plans to add another American promote plane?
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