Didn’t the developers recently talk of possibly adding more kingdoms to the game? If that actually happens, then those kingdoms will have their own associated delve. That should be enough to push the max renown above 85k and gain that 2nd bonus magic.
Maybe they could use the already existing Vault and Primal kingdoms and just add them to the map. I mean they already have associated troops so the devs don’t have to completely start from scratch. Plus it would give us an opportunity to gain a gnome and an elemental class for the hero.
The topic side-track of stat boosts is noteworthy, but what’s funny is stats do nothing for the proposed Ironhawk speed team. I did a few tests and although I got more Gnomes, the overall rewards didn’t feel worth taking time away from speed farming E7-9.
The situation is a bit murky around the new kingdoms currently, but I think the 505 acquisition of I+2 is enabling the devs to go forward with some wanted new localizations that they could not do previously, perhaps because of the financial costs of doing so independently. New localizations means new kingdoms. That and on the stream there was also discussion regarding providing the remaining missing hero(ine) racial classes, which would require new kingdoms to be released unless an unlikely rework of existing kingdoms were to happen.
They are much more likely to be faction-like in some way than kingdoms. Troops for kingdoms have to generally follow a rarity distribution scheme, which the one-off organizations do not follow (Primal, Apocalypse, etc.) Devs have commented about this in the past.
Although, The Vault might be a real possibility for a kingdom with the gnomes being common and Cedric as legendary. There are even pets present in the game files (which have been there a very, very, very long time) that could signal a kingdom, such as kingdom and racial pets (Not-so-Golden-Goose + Gnorman). There’s an awful lot of smoke signals pointing in this direction.
Did they nerf something about this? I’ve been blowing through difficulty 1 battles in explore in Wild Plains for ~30 minutes now using the same team (Dust Devil + 3x Ironhawk) as last time and I haven’t seen a single treasure gnome. LOTS of leprechauns, but not a single treasure gnome.
EDIT – OMG, MY FIRST TREASURE GNOME, A SOUL GNOME, AFTER PLAYING FOR NEARLY AN HOUR NOW… wtf is going on. I’m doing no less than 6 battles a minute. I’ve done over 50 battles today and gotten ONE treasure gnome now.
This is stupidly ridiculous. I’m getting leprechauns sometimes back to back in battles. Okay, three times in a row just now. But I’ve seen THREE treasure gnomes this morning. Something isn’t right. Edit: sorry, five treasure gnomes, I got my first key. It’s hard to track because of the STUPID PET RESCUES BLOCKING THE GNOME TRACKER. good god…