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    State of the Nation - Summer 2021

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    Welcome Troopers to another State of the Nation!

    The last 8 months have been incredibly busy with tons of awesome stuff happening in the game. We’ve celebrated the 40th album Anniversary of Killers, released the first two parts of The Isles of Avalon, had two amazing collaborations with Amon Amarth and Lacuna Coil and implemented a number of player requested improvements including expanded inventories and changes to Brave New World.

    This Fall and Winter seasons are going to be huge! Iron Maiden’s 17th Studio Album, Senjutsu, is set to release on September 3rd! We’ll be supporting it with incredible in-game content, including a new Mega event, powerful new characters and a thematically aligned Raid Boss...

    3rd Raid Boss Incoming!
    We’ll be launching our 3rd Raid Boss in September, though it’s not who you may expect! Our original plans had us looking to release the Celtic god, Cernunnos, which many Troopers correctly guessed based on the styling of the 3rd Raid Bosses banner. However, in light of the upcoming album, we seized the opportunity to align our 3rd Raid Boss with Senjutsu’s themes to fully celebrate Iron Maiden’s first new studio album release in 6 years.

    We’ve designed this latest Raid Boss to be a truly formidable opponent who wields the power of the sun. Can you guess who it is?

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    For those who were looking forward to Cernunnos, don’t despair! We still intend to launch this character in some form in the future.

    Raid Boss Reward Updates

    In addition to a new Raid Boss, we’ll be making a couple other updates to this feature. Specifically we’ll be updating the number of points required to reach SSS rank from 1 million to 5 million points, with other levels scaled up accordingly.

    Raid Boss has been available as a feature for nearly a year and half now, and is due for rebalancing. Reaching SSS should be a bit of a challenge and it has become increasingly easier for the majority of active clans to triple the 1 million mark within the week with a relatively low amount of effort. This rebalancing is especially necessary as the ecosystem of the game has shifted. Some of the things we looked at in making this decision was that more powerful characters have since become more widely available (monthly mega event characters, Clan Gods etc.), there are now more ways to get Sands of Blood since we launched the feature, and powerful talismans like Clan themed 5-sets have been added to Clan Medal Souls.

    This rebalance will also touch upon rewards to make them even more enticing! We’ll be rebalancing the different tiers of weekly rewards, as well as improving the Odin and Baphomet drop tables. This September will also see us adding powerful Deadly Sin themed talisman sets to the Clan Medal Souls: Lust, Gluttonous, Envious, Prideful, and Wrathful, as well as adding the following Talismans to the Clan store (100 tribute each, all subtypes): Midgard, Giant, Amulet, Asgard and Runic.

    Avalon Part 3 Coming This Fall!
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    The 3rd and final part of the Isles of Avalon will be launching this fall! Expect more quests, the conclusion of the Avalon storyline, two additional difficulty settings and Skull Quests. Bonus: Complete the Isle of Avalon on all three difficulty settings, and you’ll earn a free Eddie!

    Frontier Store changes incoming!

    Later this fall we plan to make some changes to the Frontier Store. Many of the characters on offer have been available for years. In the interest of improving the offers in other areas of the game, as well as freeing up more space in the Frontier Store we will be making the following changes at the end of October:

    • Trooper Eddie, Lady Azov, Bastion, and Warlord characters will be moved to the Trooper Store and be made available for Trooper Badges
    • Eternity Eddie, Clairvoyant, Wrath and Beelzebub characters will be moved to the Arena Store and be made available for Iron Coins.


    These 8 characters will be removed from the Frontier Store at the end of October and will be placed in the locations stated above at the end of November. We wanted to give everyone enough time to make a plan and buy any of the characters that will soon be shifting over.

    We’ll also be making a couple new additions to the store in September! Expect to see Paschendale Eddie and Professor Parabiosis in the Frontier Store for 8000 and 4000 Frontier Coins respectively.

    The Frontier Store will continue to shift into early 2022. We will of course give a couple months notice ahead of any changes to allow for adequate preparation!

    New Player Survey!

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    We put out our latest player feedback survey last week. Have you participated yet? We’d love to hear from you. Survey responses have helped guide a lot of our work for events, features and improvements in the past.

    Be sure to join in today: https://forms.gle/QSGPmxXgUeTco8aZ6

    We’ll be accepting responses until August 20th!

    That’s all for now Troopers! We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the Senjutsu release, as well as our plans for Halloween, Day of the Dead and Christmas!

    Up the Irons!

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    It will take a moment to digest all of this but thank you for giving us a ton of extra time to deal with frontier shop shift. I think some are still shaky after that soul rebalance that came with only a few hours of notice.

    UPdate: Did some quick math, new 5 Million target is impossible without buying extra blood even in a full clan even without having to clear the lower levels.

    30 members * 5000 points for clearing bap * 21 naturally occurring blood = 3.15 Million

    This new boss will have to be nearly 8000 points or hopefully we start getting more blood fast.

    As a member of a clan who easily hits that 1 million, I like the idea of getting better rewards, but the new top tier should still be obtainable without everybody in the clan buying blood (especially since it seems ironite has really dried up in raids as of late).
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    Well, this is a lot to take in; lots of good, some bad.

    For one, Senjutsu mega event sounds awesome. Really looking forward to the Eddie from the video and this new Raid boss, who I assume is Amaterasu if we are going off Senjutsu's themes.

    Avalon Part III is looking to be exciting; I am really curious as to who this new Eddie could possibly be. We already have King Arthur and Merlin, so I'm not sure.

    Frontier store changes are cool; it'll be nice for newer players to be able use the other currencies for the Eternals and Trooper characters.

    Finally, Raid Boss changes. I'm gonna say straight out; not a good change in my mind. Yes, raid bosses are kinda pushovers with certain clans and raiding doesn't take a whole lot of effort to get to 1 million. Increasing it 5 times though for SSS? Too much in my mind. I understand that certain clans have decided to go for astronomically high scores, but that doesn't represent the majority of clans, especially new players. Kinda ridiculous to increase everything because of a few players. However, the sins talismans being added are a nice change, and I hope the changes to the drop tables give everyone some more great rewards.

    Overall, 2021 has gone well so far for LotB in my mind, but we shall see how it continues into the remainder of the year. Up the irons.

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    On the point of raid bosses:

    Even if this new God gives out as much as 10k, we're still going to have the same stale-ness that is currently plaguing raids.

    Once you can clear Bap X, that's all you clear because it gives the most points and best rewards.

    I'd argue make all the bosses give 10k and rework the reward drops so that players fight the boss that drops the loot players want.
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    We’ve designed this latest Raid Boss to be a truly formidable opponent who wields the power of the sun. Can you guess who it is?
    Amaterasu?
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    1 million raid points to 5 million is a massive jump. You say current raid boss rewards will be adjusted, does that include raid paints upon defeating them? An increase in the points awarded for the lower bosses would definitely make them more appealing and mean that clan members who are newer/have less strong characters and teams are actually able to contribute more to the total rather than relying on the clan members with full teams being able to just take out Baphomet X a dozen or more times each.
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    Are we ever going to see a Bespoke Cosmic for Baphomet and other awakenable toons that haven't got one
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    Senjutsu! From the review I read it's going to be epic. Steve wrote 4 new 9min+ songs and I can't wait to see the content we get from those alone on top of the other 6 amazing tracks! Also excited to see if the new Mega event starts on album drop day or waits a month. I'm hoping for the former.
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    All right, I've moved to another game (gfl) but sure, let's see if this s.o.n. is convincing.

    Oh no, Amaterasu instead of Ra. My day is already ruined.

    Raid boss rework: Currently you just rush to baph X because it's the best one for rewards and that's all that matters. Multiplying the requirements by five isn't game balancing, it's just creating sponges because you don't know how to halt whales and powerplayers, and end up hurting small time players. As usual.

    Frontier store: less toons, and you add an Eddie (I guess that makes sense) and some OC fanfic guy that looks like crap and hasn't been seen since his event. FC store remains an event only expenditure.

    Yes, I skipped Avalon. Arthurian legend is not medieval, it's set after the Romans left Britain, steel plate wasn't a thing. A Welsh/Pictish theme would do far more justice than a post Norman invasion, late medieval English theme.

    Let's see if the Senjutsu Eddie ends up being a 75 soul toon with how things are going. I love the band, but you guys are a difficult bunch to root for.
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    "now more ways to get Sands of Blood..."

    Currently sitting on 32k in Tributes. How about letting us buy SoB using Tributes since there is nothing else worthwhile to spend them on?
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