There's been lots of feedback, questions and comments from the player base and as promised, I've put together a consolidated post that tries to cover our response on as many points as possible. Some things have been paraphrased for the sake of efficiency.Will existing expansion boosters and decks be available after 1.4.12? E.g. Star Trek packs, etc.
We may introduce cards from packs that have been rotated out on a promotional basis but there are currently no plans to bring them back on a permanent basis. If you want to buy the cards from existing packs such as Star Trek or Omni packs, we would suggest that you buy them now before the new update hits the live servers.What about IP rewards for Rift Runs and discounts for buying a draft deck?
There are no changes to the IP rewards for rift runs or the price/discount levels for purchasing a draft deck after completing a rift runWill there be draft balance changes in this update? Ie. Aleta Tinkerer in command zone?
Not with this update. Draft balancing will be a separate exercise that we will be doing separately and it will be ongoing.We think the current cost of draft is too low but the new cost of 2500 IP / 85LP seems prohibitively high, maybe 2000 IP per draft?
Appreciate everyone’s feedback on this topic. The dev team has had a lot of discussing on this topic and modelled out draft costs vs rift run rewards (including both IP rewards and card rewards). We are readjusting the new pricing at 2000 IP or 75 LP.When will the alt art / premium packs be available?
We are designing and tuning these now, hopefully they will be available soon.Will sleepers be rotated out?
Faction rotation plans have currently been put on hold pending a further design review so you can assume that for now, there are no plans to rotate out the Sleepers.Will faction packs includes cards from packs that have been rotated out? Ie. If IW2013 gets pulled, does the faction packs include cards from IW2013?
Yes. Faction Penta-Packs will draw from all cards in a particular faction.Will daily login rewards be replaced with new penta packs?
Off topic for this thread but daily login rewards tuning is an ongoing process and we will keep reviewing/tweaking these rewards levels as the game evolves. Currently, we feel that daily login rewards have shifted a bit too much and are now a bit light. We’ll likely beef them up a bit in the near future.What does this mean for the previous plans for a Foundation Set? Is that still planned? Would the Foundation Set be released as a Penta Pack as well?
Foundation set has been put on hold pending a further design review.Rift Run Tokens.
We think the concept of Rift Run tokens is a great idea. The dev team has been discussing this and will prioritize the design/development of these into the roadmap.Different costs/wagers for different rewards in Rift Runs.
We think this is a good idea but that different costs for Rift Runs need different queues in order to work properly. We’ll be putting this into the roadmap for design discussion Faction Penta-Packs cost too much at 3x the collection/expansion Penta Packs!
We hear you all and the price of Faction Packs is something that we’ve been jousting internally about for a little while as well. To cut a long story short, the whole team agrees that faction Penta Packs should cost somewhere between 300-450LP. After listening to feedback from the community and more internally jousting/discussions, we are adjusting the price of Faction Penta Packs to 300LP. Why can’t faction packs be purchased with IP?
All cards that drop from faction Penta Packs can also drop from the Collection or Expansion Penta Packs. The ability to target cards based on faction is a benefit that we would like to provide to players that are investing real money in the game which in turn helps fund the game’s continued development so that Free to Play players can keep enjoying the game as well. We may on a promotional basis allow Faction Penta Packs to be purchased with IP for limited periods of time but there is no guarantee when, how frequently or at what price Faction Penta Packs will be available for IP purchase.Too many premium cards flooding the game economy!
I think once everyone sees the injection points for premium cards in totality, you’ll realize that the market won’t be getting flooded with premiums, at most, the economy for premiums will become more balanced than it currently is today. In fact, when you see the numbers that we see, most may agree that the current ratio of golds or foils in the economy is way too low to sustain a healthy trading economy. Here are some high level numbers in terms of premium card %’s in the game economy as it is today:
Will boosters that are currently stored in your inventory be deleted?
- 8.43% of all cards are Platinum
- 0.03% of all cards are Platinum + foil
- 0.22% of all cards are gold
- 0.22% of all cards are foil
- 0.01% of all cards are gold + foil
No. Boosters that are currently in your inventory will remain there and can be opened at any time. Will there be a factionless Pack?
We are looking into the design of a factionless pack but this pack requires some special design considerations as well as further balance testing before it can be introduced. Here is why we are treating Factionless pack design separately to other faction packs:
How will pre-orders be handled?
- Factionless has a significantly smaller card pool than any of the other factions, thereby increasing the chances of getting particular factionless cards as opposed to other faction packs.
- Factionless cards can be used in any purity deck, making them extremely versatile and powerful and having the ability to open a card pack with only factionless cards creates a powerful tool for deck building.
- Some of the most powerful cards that can be combined with any deck purity is found in factionless. Ie. Mortar Cannon, Martyr Golem, Zuza, Shikana, Calamity to name a few. We want to carefully consider the pack design for factionless before introducing it into the economy.
There are currently no plans to change pre-orders but then again we haven’t discussed this a lot internally (yet). When we have news about new sets/cards coming out, we’ll let you know more.Will you publish the drop rates/target ratios for cards in Penta Packs?
No we won’t but we’ll be letting you all experience the drop rates for yourself on the PBE servers when they go up. All new accounts created on the PBE servers will be given 500k LP so you can test out the drop rates for the Penta Packs for yourselves.When you bolt LP pricing to US$, what will be the conversions rates? Should we buy now or later?
That depends on how much you want to spend, if you’re going to buy a 125LP pack, then buying now will be cheaper. The new LP packs will be designed so that the larger the LP pack you buy, the better the deal is. In fact, buying more in one go with give extremely significant discounts on a $/LP basis. Below is a table of LP pricing in $US when 1.4.12 goes live.
Just tell us what the rift run rewards are.
|Price (USD)|||||LP Amount|||||LP per US$1|
OK, here’s the rift rewards table as they stand now. Note that rewards in this table are subject to change:
2 Common + Common
3 Uncommon + Common + Common
4 Uncommon + Uncommon + Common
6 Rare + Common
7 Rare + Uncommon + Common
8 Rare + Uncommon + Uncommon
9 Rare + Rare + Uncommon
12 Epic + Uncommon
15 Epic + Rare + Uncommon
18 Epic + Rare + Rare
24 Legendary + Rare
27 Legendary + Epic + Rare
30 Legendary + Epic + Epic
35 Gold Common or above + Legendary + Rare
40 Gold Common or above + Legendary + Epic
45 Gold Common or above + Legendary + Legendary
50 Gold Uncommon or above + Legendary + Legendary
60 Gold Uncommon or above + Legendary + Legendary
70 Infinity Rare + Gold Uncommon or above + Gold Uncommon or above
80 Infinity Epic + Gold Uncommon or above + Gold Uncommon or above
100 Infinity Legendary + Gold Rare or above + Gold Uncommon or above Can you get multiple rares, epics, legendaries inside a Penta Pack.
Yes, if you are a lucky person. All 5 cards in a Penta Pack have a chance to be any rarity. All 5 cards in a Penta Pack also have a chance to be Gold, foiled or Gold and foiled.Are rares now the new uncommon? Is it much harder to get uncommons/commons?
No. Are we only seeing part of the elephant? Is there more to the elephant that we haven’t seen?
Yes, you are only seeing part of the elephant. We are actively working on other parts of the elephant and we’re not ready to show it to you guys yet but the list of things that we are currently working on include (but are not limited to) the following:
What will happen to current runs when the new patch hits?
- PVE campaign missions + new rewards for the new PVE campaign missions.
- Review of level up rewards
- New vanities such as avatars, card backs, etc.
- Lots & lots of new UI/UX tweaks, redesigns and optimizations
- More new Penta Packs
- A new “Fixed Deck Arena” mode for new players getting into PVP for the first time.
- Helper tools for running tournaments
- Better admin tools so that our Community Managers can create new packs/prizes and can run more adhoc events award prizes without the need for the dev team to make any code changes.
- Killing the elusive “Endless Turns” bugs. P.S. We have recently made a major breakthrough on this front and I will be writing a separate article/post in the next couple of weeks to update you all on this.
Current active rift runs will remain active once the new patch hits and when the run ends, the new rewards will be reflected.Change rift run practice mode into a free rift run mode with no rewards
We think this could be a good idea and will flag this for design review/discussion.