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(!) Spoiler Alert (!) -- [Any Details Provided are Subject to Change] (Part 1)

So currently, Gargurgle would be the only additional change besides Bright Beetle.

Every other pet has a real kingdom assigned to it.

And Grimlet.


Good call, totally forgot that they also started assigning pet(s) (grammatically I think I still need to speak as though it’s plural even though it’s only been 1 in the 2-3 years pets have been a thing) to the Apocalypse kingdom.

they have pets planned to all of those supplementary kingdoms

Taking their sweet time though.

That’s the theme of Campaign 5 at least…

New stream schedule is posted and we can see that April’s mythic will be from Bright Forest.

Also, according to the same schedule, not sure if Dripping Caverns is delayed or not.

By a whole 2 weeks!

29th March 6 30 PM PST: Dripping Caverns Faction preview stream.

If it’s a pre-view, it must occur before the release right?
So, maybe this?

19 March - Vault Event
2 April - Dripping Caverns

Than i’m expecting a heavy gem-buring world event somewhere between 19 march and 2 April…(like Tier IV all threshhold)

Or maybe… instead of keeping the 6-week weekend cycle, we’re finally going to see something new… a Friday ToD with a recycled weapon?!
Although that just pushes out (may be intended) final release of all factions even further.

That is certainly a “two birds, one stone” kind of schedule adjustment. It would give players more frequent opportunities to buy forge scrolls, and it would give the devs extra time before they need to release whatever follows factions/delves. Given how their development cycle has been affected by Covid-19 and the irregular lockdowns in Melbourne, it might be a welcome respite—especially if the game is still drawing in new players and retaining them at better-than-market rates.

It could just be a non event weekend. Unicorns like it do exist. And usually come with a cosmetic pet 24 hour event.

But I can’t hate on speculation based on the stream schedule since it reads to me like 5.4 will be out either GW week or the week after.

It makes more sense to release the patch during GW week so that people who are frustrated by GW and avoid it can also be let down by a new patch. Really kick them while they’re crying on the ground.

Isn’t GW week also the release date of the first troop with the banding trait? They made sort of a big deal about it. Would make sense to release the next patch during that date.

Personally, banding seems pretty lackluster so far but it sounds like they’re planning something with it in the future (a new event maybe?).

Event with troop restriction: Only banded troops :scream:

When did you see the last non-event weekend? Summer 2020? I see many busy weekends since then: Raid Boss, Invasion, Bounty Hunt, Faction, Vault, Arena.

So… in theory, putting 2 and 2 together.

They pushed the Faction back 2 weeks so they can release their next patch: Technical Update and include the 2 missing spells into the downloaded assets. Forest Troll and Setauri are hopefully placeholder info so the troop isn’t broken in the meantime incase the patch doesn’t come out in time for bounty/the faction?

New spoilers out today :smiley:

Looks like Lycanthropy is coming in the shape of some traits:

Inflict Lycanthropy to enemies when doing Skull damage.
Inflict Lycanthropy when enemies deal Skull damage to me.
Inflict Lycanthropy to a random Enemy when matching 4 or more Gems.
Inflict Lycanthropy to a random Enemy when matching Purple Gems.

So far on troops with no release date yet.

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Not sure if the devs replace traits on older troops but I could see one of the skull damage variants getting added to Werewolf and maybe Villager at some point.

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Hound of Yao Guai has been adjusted.
Rock Squid has not been adjusted. (Forest Troll)

Mythic: Vernalis


Definitely a strange troop. Kinda unique. Is it useful? I have no idea. Jack of all trades and master of none.

Hell Gate Faction troops

Ferry Souls
Gain 1 Soul for each Purple Gem. Then explode all Purple Gems. [1:1]

Mana Color: Blue, Brown
Mana Cost: 13

Trait #1: Deep Vitality
Gain 9 Life when attacking Delves.

Trait #2: Undying
Immune to Poison, Disease, and Death Mark.

Trait #3: Necromancy
Gain 50% bonus Souls from battle.

The other 3 troops: Oh, they’re boring… and don’t have Necromancy for a faction based on souls. So if we want to have a higher soul cap, we have to run multiple of the same exploder. …

Trait #3: Soul Verdict
Gain 1 Soul when matching Brown Gems.

Says enough about those 3 troops

Mythic: Huanglong

Arcane: Blade & Plains
Base Rarity: Mythic
Troop Type: Divine, Dragon
Troop Role: Mage

Heavenly Breath
Deal [Magic] damage to all Enemies. Then there are individual 50% chances to gain [Magic] Attack, gain an extra turn, and gain Barrier, Enchanted or Blessed.

Mana Color: Blue, Yellow, Purple
Mana Cost: 24

Trait #1: Dragon Bond
Allied Dragons gain 2 Life.

Trait #2: Golden Armor
Reduce damage from Skulls by 70%.

Trait #3: Dragon King
Gain 3 Magic when an Ally casts a Spell.

Golden Armor: 70% skull reduc. Cool … but Im not sure if I want this troop upfront

I don’t know how I feel about this troop. It could be cool if the secondary effect had a chance to explode like Tinseltail. Otherwise cool tools, but very vulnerable to stalling out.

Dragon Spirit

Spirit Breath
Deal [Magic + 8] scatter damage. There’s a 75% chance to Enchant all Allies.

Mana Color: Yellow, Purple
Mana Cost: 13

Trait #1: Arcane
Gain 1 Magic when an ally casts a spell.

Trait #2: Mana Flare
Gain 2 bonus Purple Mana when matching Purple Gems.

Trait #3: Spell Armor
Reduce damage from Spells by 25%.

Mana Flare. What? Archmagus 3rd trait is a 2nd trait for an Epic?


What I see is an incredibly annoying troop that’s going to be in almost every AI Arena defense team, since it is only Epic rarity. At least there is some saving grace that the double purple link will not be valid in the Arena. But, an enchant all effect on the active ability? That’s practically an auto-win for the side that casts it first and the enchant all effect procs.

You know those are drafted by human players right?
So the possibility of “almost every” is unlikely.

The best Arena troop is already a Dragon and I’m lucky to see it in a draft once a month. And I rarely see it on defense.