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June 24th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Nahara 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The mists of Ravenloft are filled with loss, dread, and despair. But some make the choice to fight the darkness with a cheerful disposition and a child-like sense of wonder.

Nahara adventures into the mists on a mission to remember her past, trying to figure out where she has come from and who she was in previous lives. With a proper demeanor and joyful smile, she tries to balance her hopeful vigilance with her dark sense of vengeance. She joins her fellow The Black Dice Society Champions in the Idle Champions roster during Founder's Day 5.

I. Nahara

Dungeons & Dragons Nahara Key Art
    When she fell into the mists of Ravenloft, Nahara was unable to remember anything from her life, or previous lives. All she knows is she's caught in the conflict between her current Patron, Azalin Rex, and his foe Strahd von Zarovich, who has been desperately seeking her out.


Nahara is a DPS and Speed Champion, who permanently grows more powerful as she recovers her lost memories by completing areas and quickly dispatching enemies. When you want to add her to your formation you can swap her with Nayeli in slot 3.

II. Nahara's Stats

Race: Aasimar Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Class: Warlock/Bard Gender: Female Pronouns: She/Her
Age: 27
Affiliation: Black Dice Society

STR: 9 DEX: 16 CON: 12
INT: 10 WIS: 13 CHA: 16

Role: DPS, Speed
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra (via Feat), Strahd (via special rule), Zariel (via Feat)
Slot: 3 (Nayeli)


Dungeons & Dragons Nahara

III. Nahara's Design

With an extensive resume of livestreams, Noura Ibrahim is well known to the TTRPG community for a variety of performances and characters. She's brought Nahara to life with her acting and roleplaying skills on The Black Dice Society, as well as with her extensive cosplay talents. It was wonderful to work with her to bring that dedication to creating her Champion into our game!

Nahara may have the beauty and grace of an angel, but she also has the power to back up her dark sense of vengeance and justice. She's quick to Witch Bolt oncoming enemies, and the outcome of her attacks will inspire her To Amuse or Avenge. She gains a Levity stack when she attacks and defeats at least one enemy, but she loses a Levity stack when she attacks and no enemies die. The more stacks she has, the faster the formation will progress by reducing area requirements, and the fewer she has, the more powerful her attacks become! She is keen to recover bits of her lost memories as she asks Who Am I? and the more she remembers the more powerful she becomes. Thankfully she is part of a Strong Society which boosts her damage for every Black Dice Society member who joins her in the formation. Since she is Beloved by Strahd she can easily travel the mists to the Count's side, and can start in all Strahd patron adventures no matter the restrictions.

All of Nahara's Specializations focus on increasing one of her many abilities. If she's anxious to learn more about her past, A Grave Experience will increase the amount she receives from Who Am I? Or she can use A Skilled Lyre to further reduce the area requirements to get through adventures faster. But when Strahd comes calling she can surround herself with her friends, using A Barovian Bond to allow all Black Dice Society members to join her in Strahd Patron variants, as well as increase the power she gains from their support. When the battle becomes fierce, Nahara will manifest an aspect of her patron's terrible power with her Form of Dread. This Ultimate attack greatly boosts her damage and has the chance to leave enemies stunned!

IV. Nahara's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Witch Bolt - Nahara attacks a random enemy and every enemy that she has already hit with this attack.

Formation Abilities

  • Who Am I? - Nahara recovers a bit of her lost memory as she adventures. If Nahara is in the formation when you complete an area for the first time, she gets a +0.2% damage bonus, stacking additively. These bonuses persist through resets.
  • To Amuse or Avenge - When Nahara attacks and defeats at least one enemy, she gains a Levity stack, with a maximum of 30 stacks. When she attacks and doesn't defeat an enemy, she loses a Levity stack. Nahara gets a 10% damage boost for each Levity stack she has below 30, and at the start of each area, she reduces the area requirements by 2% for each Levity stack above 15.
  • Strong Society - Nahara gets a +100% damage bonus for each other Black Dice Society affiliation member in the formation, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Beloved by Strahd - Nahara is eligible to start in all Strahd patron adventures, even if variant restrictions would say otherwise.

Specializations

  • A Grave Experience - The Who Am I? counter increments three times for every area cleared.
  • A Barovian Bond - Strong Society gets a +100% increase, and Black Dice Society members can be used if Strahd is currently the Patron, even if they do not qualify for the other variant requirements.
  • A Skilled Lyre - The area reduction in To Amuse or Avenge is increased by 50%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Form of Dread - Nahara takes off into the air and channels the power of her patron Azalin Rex for 15 seconds. Her damage is increased by 1000% while in this form and any enemy she hits has a 50% chance of being stunned for 2 seconds.

V. Nahara's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Self DPS
Slot 3: Who Am I?
Slot 4: Amuse or Avenge
Slot 5: Ultimate Attack Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Attack Cooldown

Conclusion

We are very excited for Nahara to join Idle Champions, and make it easier to use the Black Dice Society even more often in your Champion roster! If you're enjoying having this avenging angel in your formation, let us know on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

June 22nd
Idle Champions: Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Part 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We must face off against the League of Malevolence, unravel the plans of Skabatha the hag, and save the kids trapped in Loomlurch! Fortunately we have the perfect, carefully laid out plans...written in crayon?

This week's update to the Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign brings two new adventures and adventure variants, as well as the third tier of blessings for the campaign!

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Wild Beyond the Witchlight Adventures, Slack-jawed Lorna and The Fairy Rings of Thither, in order to access these new Adventures.



Will of the Feywild

Face off against the next member of the League of Malevolence while you try to understand Skabatha's plans.
  • Variant: All Damage, All The Time - Warduke is a powerful foe, so we'd better send in the Champions that can do the most damage!
    • You may only use Champions with the DPS role
    • Complete area 600

The Roots of Loomlurch

Follow these carefully laid out plans - is this crayon? - to save the other kids trapped in Loomlurch!
  • Adventure Variant: The Loots of Loomlurch - While we're here, we might as well loot the place, right?
    • You may only use Champions with the Gold Find role.
    • Complete area 650

Witchlight Tier 3 Blessings

With the release of Part 5 of the Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign, the third tier of blessings have also been added to the game:
  • Feytouched - Local: Increase damage of Elves, Gnomes, Half-elves, and Harengon by 50%.
  • Late Bloomers - Local: Increase damage of Champions in bench seats 7-12 by 100%.
  • Brisk Benefactor - Local: Reduce area quest requirements by 4% during patron variants/free plays.
  • A Cut of the Profits - Global: Gold earned from Boss enemies +2500%
You can find all this information, and even more details, in game!

We would love to hear about your experiences in the Feywild on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

June 20th
BW2: Gorgeous Garden Contest Winners 2022! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Whackers!

We've finally chosen our 2022 Spring Garden Decoration Contest Winners! If you weren't aware, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are picked by the whole Codename Entertainment studio, while the four Community Choices were voted on by you, the wise whacker community!

Our top three choices earn 250, 200, and 150 Bush Bucks respectively, while the Community Choices take home a cool 50 Bush Bucks. If you want to know more about how the contest worked, click here!

And without further ado here are your winners!

Winners


1st Place
MysticRed

2nd Place
gaeatiamat

3rd Place
cyanthropy




Community Choice



Community Choice 1
Mainely2014

Community Choice 2
MBolt

Community Choice 3
Pixie

Community Choice 4
UnglaublichCordi



Congratulations again to all our winners, your Bush Buck prizes have been added to your accounts!
June 10th
BW2: Summer Sports Event 2022 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Summer Sport Fun in the Sun

It's time to help the Bushwhackia Pee-Wee league coaches! They need supplies to help whip their various teams into shape and take home the AAA championship trophies! Whack them up in the bushes, starting with soccer balls and water bottles! Plus, the first coach needs some Jerseys!

Quests

Claire, the clerk from the Town Hall, needs your help to discover information about a local sports Legend! The stages of this quest will unlock throughout the event. If you completed this quest last year or the year before, different quests will replace the original ones, sending you out in the world to find more sporting memorabilia.

It's not just about supplies to keep the kids going: the parents and coaches have quests for you to embark on as well! Look for those interspersed with Claire's quest!

Plus there are Gnomes! Gnomes everywhere! Make a custom sports gnome for your ranch! You can make a Codename Entertainment logo jersey for your avatar to wear! And later on in the event, find some noisemakers to help cheer on those kiddies!

Also, one of the soccer parents needs help reclaiming a whack-ton of special soccer balls from all over Bushwhackia, and Gilmore the golfer has a quest asking you to play a round of mini golf on anyone's course!

Check back daily for all the fun!

New for 2022

If you can complete the event with 100%, you'll earn the Sports Flower Box!



Plus, there are new year 9 AAA trophies to collect! They become available after you've bought all the store items and helped the corresponding teams play a AAA game, and are available for Sports Tokens. The old trophies can be bought from the prior store for Bush Bucks.

Achievements

-- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of 21 possible achievements to earn in the Summer Sports 2022 event.

Returning Achievements

Well-Rounded Coach - Help coach all four sports teams
Semi-Pro Coach - Help a teamget into the AAA league
Championship Coach - Help a team with the AAA championship
Greedy Coach - Help all four times win the AAA championship
Onside Play - Help the coaches and parents with their tasks
The Hidden Legend - Unravel the history of the Common's Sports Legend!
Gaming Gnome - You made your own custom sports gnome!
Bushlympics - You learned about other weird Sports!
Mighty Mick - Help Bo become a Pro Boxer
Bad Betting Buster - Help Bookmaker Bailey stop the illegal sports better
Soccer Ball Savior - Reclaim all the hyper-bounce soccer balls
Course Cruiser - Submit a scorecard for a mini golf course

New Achievements

Locker Room Luggage - Purchase all the 2022 Summer Sports items!*

Retired Achievements

We also have 8 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

Equipped to Entertain - Purchase all the 2020 Summer Sports items!
Geared for the Game - Purchase all the 2019 Summer Sports items!
Team Merchandise - Purchase all the 2018 Summer Sports items!
Athletic Acquisitions - Purchase all the 2017 Sport Event items!
Memorabilia - Purchase all the 2016 Sport Event items!
Sporty Shopper - Purchase all the 2015 Sport Event items!
Sports Lover - Purchase all the 2014 Sport Event items!
Sports Fan - Purchase all the 2013 Sport Event items!

*The mini-golf piece is not required for the Locker Room Luggage achievement.

Mount Packs

All new struthio mounts are available this weekend, from June 10th to 13th!

The Struthio mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Radical Struthio and Punk Struthio are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts leave sparkle particles behind when you ride them!



Pet Packs

COMING SOON! Check out this year's Summer Sports pets on the second weekend of the event!


Get Ready!

Post your summer sport plans on the forums!

The event will run until Friday June 24th at Noon PDT!
June 8th
Idle Champions: Dragondown 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

At the mouth of the River Mirar in the northwest of the Sword Coast lies the port city of Luskan, also known as the City of Sails. Officially governed by the five High Captains, Luskan is actually secretly run by Jarlaxle Baenre and the Bregan D'aerthe.

And they need your help.

While celebrating the Summer Solstice with a smaller scale version of Waterdeep's Dragondown festival, Luskan has managed to draw the attention - and the wrath - of a Bronze Dragon and their kin...

Dragondown 5 introduces Merilwen, the Wood Elf Ranger from Oxventurers Guild, and brings back Selise Astorio, Human Paladin of the Rivals of Waterdeep, and Nova, the knowledge-hungry Genasi Warlock from High Rollers: Aerois. Players have until Monday, June 20th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Dragondown 5 unlocks and objectives.

I. Merilwen

Dungeons & Dragons Merilwen

    Merilwen is at home in nature, happy to speak with animals or plants at the first opportunity. She's always ready to pull out her trusty bow, or turn into a cat, to get out of many tough situations. With a fierce loyalty to her friends, and to nature itself, she'll call upon the moon to deal with anyone who gets on her bad side. And if you're really unlucky, you might stumble into Merilwen's Meatgrinder. Spoilers: it's a very bad time.

Merilwen is a Support and Gold Find Champion who increases the damage of all Neutral Champions, and when she transforms into a cat, she increases the attack rate of adjacent Champions. Her gold find and ultimate are both improved when she is combined with other members of the Oxventurers affiliation. She can be added to the formation by swapping her out with Celeste (Slot 2).

For more information on Merilwen and her abilities, check out her Champion Spotlight!


Year Five Variants


  • A Neutral Position - Merilwen starts in the formation and can be moved, but not removed. Only Neutral Champions (on the Good/Evil axis) can deal damage.
      Getting to Know Merilwen: Merilwen increases the damage of Neutral champions. Use a Neutral DPS Champion to make the most of this!
    • Reach Area 75.
  • Cat Nap - Merilwen starts in the formation and can be moved, but not removed. Champions' normal attack cooldowns are increased by 3 seconds. Merilwen's Wild Shape ability starts out unlocked and has a +300% bonus to attack speed cooldowns.
      Getting to Know Merilwen: Merilwen's cat form makes nearby Champions attack faster. Use this to your advantage!
    • Reach Area 125.
  • Loyal Friends - Merilwen starts in the formation and can be moved, but not removed. Her Ultimate starts unlocked and its cooldown takes half as long. Only Champions with an Affiliation can be used, and Oxventurers Guild Champions do 400% more damage.
      Getting to Know Merilwen: Merilwen's ultimate grows stronger with other Oxventurers Guild Champions. Try it out if you have already unlocked some of them
    • Reach Area 175.
June 3rd
Idle Champion Spotlight: Merilwen 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This is the tail of a druid who might look cute, but when her friends are in danger there's no kitten around! She's a fur-midable opponent who can cause a cat-astrophe to her enemies!

Merilwen is a Wood Elf druid with a penchant for puns and a love of all things nature! She joins her fellow Oxventure Guild members Rust on the Harbour, Corazón and Prudence in the Idle Champions roster during Dragondown 5.

I. Merilwen

Dungeons & Dragons Merilwen

    Merilwen is at home in nature, happy to speak with animals or plants at the first opportunity. She's always ready to pull out her trusty bow, or turn into a cat, to get out of many tough situations. With a fierce loyalty to her friends, and to nature itself, she'll call upon the moon to deal with anyone who gets on her bad side. And if you're really unlucky, you might stumble into Merilwen's Meatgrinder. Spoilers: it's a very bad time.

Merilwen is a Support and Gold Find Champion who increases the damage of all Neutral Champions, and when she transforms into a cat, she increases the attack rate of adjacent Champions. Her gold find and ultimate are both improved when she is combined with other members of the Oxventurers affiliation. She can be added to the formation by swapping her out with Celeste (Slot 2).

II. Merilwen's Stats

Race: Elf (Wood) Alignment: True Neutral
Class: Druid (Circle of the Moon) Gender: Female Pronouns: She/Her
Age: 101
Affiliation: Oxventurers Guild

STR: 12 DEX: 17 CON: 15
INT: 14 WIS: 20 CHA: 11

Role: Support, Gold Find
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra and Strahd
Slot: 2 (Celeste)


Dungeons & Dragons Merilwen Key Art

III. Merilwen's Design

It was delightful to work with Ellen Rose on the design Merilwen, and bring this nature loving fan of puns to Idle Champions! Merilwen is our fourth Champion from the Oxventure crew from Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra, so it was especially fun to dig into the ways she could interact with the other Oxventurer's Guild members.

Merilwen is fiercely loyal to her friends, and to nature itself, which she demonstrates in all the ways she supports the formation. She prefers A Neutral Party, not those who lean good or evil, so she increases the damage of all Neutral Champions. While in her elf form, Merilwen will hurl Punishing Puns at enemies to increase the damage A Neutral Party can do, and will attack enemies with a magical Poison Spray. But she can also stop attacking and Wild Shape into a cat, using her Distracting Cuteness to inspire those adjacent to her to attack faster. And the more Oxventurers Guild Champions that have joined her in the formation, the more Liquidity she'll have to increase everyone's gold find.

Merilwen's Specializations encourages her to pick one thing to focus on. She can cause additional damage by making enemies Stink like Skunk, increases gold find because she Treasures her Friends, or further increases the rate of attacks of her adjacent allies in her Mew-will-wren form. All of this support is a huge help to the formation, but sometimes Merilwen wants to join the battle in epic fashion with Merilwen's Meat Grinder! This Ultimate Attack causes stone spikes to shoot out of the ground to cause massive damage, and if other Oxventurer's Guild members are part of the formation they'll help make her Ultimate even more deadly!

IV. Merilwen's Abilities

Basic Attack

Merilwen has two attacks depending on if she's in cat or elf form:
  • Distracting Cuteness — Merilwen does not attack while in cat form.
  • Poison Spray — Merilwen attacks a random enemy with a magical spray of poison.

Formation Abilities

  • A Neutral Party — Merilwen increases the damage of all Neutral (along the good/evil spectrum) Champions in the formation by 100%.
  • Liquidity — Increase gold find by +100% for each Oxventurers Guild Champion in the formation, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Wild Shape — At the start of each non-boss area, Merilwen takes on the form of a wild cat. She no longer makes normal attacks, but the attack speed cooldown of every adjacent Champion is reduced by 0.5 seconds. If there are ever 15 or more enemies on the screen, Merilwen transforms back to her normal form and starts attacking until the party switches areas.
  • Punishing Puns — While in her elf form, Merilwen boosts A Neutral Party by +100% for each enemy, stacking additively.

Specializations

  • Stink Like Skunk — Merilwen's normal attack makes hit enemies stink like skunk, taking extra damage every second for 5 seconds.
  • Treasures her Friends — Merilwen gains an Encouragement stack each second that an enemy is not defeated. For each Encouragement stack, the gold find of Liquidity is increased by +100%, stacking additively. When an enemy is defeated or the party changes areas, the stacks are reset to 0.
  • Meow-il-wen — Merilwen's Wild Shape attack speed cooldown reduction is increased by 1 second and persists when she is in her elf form.

Ultimate Ability

  • Merilwen's Meat Grinder — Stone spikes come out of the ground with a 30 second duration. Enemies in the area take massive damage over time while in the area. Secondary effects are triggered based on if other Oxventurer's Guild members are part of the formation:
    • Corazón: Enemies affected by Grease in the spike area take +200% damage from all sources.
    • Prudence: Prudence's glee stacks are set to maximum.
    • Rust: Gold find is increased by +1000% for 30 seconds.

V. Merilwen's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: A Neutral Party
Slot 3: Liquidity
Slot 4: Punishing Puns
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

Whether grinding enemies to mulch or inspiring allies as a cat, Merilwen has plenty of powers that we're excited to see her deploy! Tell us all about how much you are enjoying having Merilwen in your formations on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

June 2nd
Idle Champions: Amani the Songbird Familiar 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This Pride, we at Codename Entertainment are delighted announce that we collaborated with Omega Jones to create a unique familiar for our Lambert House charity drive! Codename Entertainment will be donating the net proceeds from all sales of Amani the Songbird through June 21st, 2022, to Lambert House.

Dungeons & Dragons Amani Key Art

Lambert House

Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. We at Codename Entertainment are thrilled to be supporting Lambert House, which is a fantastic cause we really believe in.

Amani the Songbird Familiar will be available on June 8th, 2022 at Noon Pacific in the in-game shop on all platforms. Net proceeds from all Amani the Songbird Familiar sales through June 21st, 2022, will be donated to Lambert House! Check out the in-game store for more details!

Dungeons & Dragons Amani Gif

A Familiar Harmony

To celebrate the release of Amani, we will have a special one shot D&D livestream on Wednesday June 8th at 3pm Pacific! Omega Jones will be joining Brian Gray and Michelle Nguyen Bradley as players in a game DMed by Lauren Urban. That lovely game will cap off a full day of streaming celebrating Amani, so join us on our Twitch Channel!

Familiars

Familiars are NPCs that players can assign to specific tasks, such as clicking enemies, leveling up Champions, or using ultimate abilities. Familiars will click at different rates depending on the task they are assigned to. For more information, check out our How To Play Idle Champions video!



June 1st
Idle Champions: The Grand Tour, Part 17 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The finale of our Out of the Abyss campaign is here! We finally have all of the components for Vizeran's ritual. This is the first step on the path to return the demon lords back to where they came from, and save the Underdark once and for all!

It's time to return to Menzoberranzan and start the plan, but cultists and demons are everywhere!

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Grand Tour Adventures, The Oozing Hunger and The Madness of Zuggtmoy, in order to access these new Adventures.



The Cult of Lolth

Enter the Drow city of Menzoberranzan and face the Cult of Lolth.
  • Variant: Head Over Heals — You're going to need some healing to make it through this adventure, so a random Healing Champion has been unlocked and added to the formation. But don't worry, we're sure they're the only healer you'll need!

The Demon Lords of the Abyss

Face the Demon Lords of the Abyss while trying to save Vajra!
  • Variant: Speed Demons The demons here are stronger, faster, heartier, and come with a lot of extra Abyssal Chickens!

More details and information can be found in the game!
June 1st
Idle Champions: June 1st 2022 Update 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We've rolled out some big updates and changes recently, including several that have gone live today. So we thought it was a good idea to go into detail about the balancing, redistribution, dismantling, and more!

Table of Contents

Spring Balance Update

Dungeons & Dragons Spring Balance Update

We are in the final week of our six-week Spring Balance Update, where we have been making adjustments to Champions that didn't require a major rework. The final updates have been made, and you can read about all of the details in the in-game changelog or our blog post.

Soft Cap Increase

It's time to level up! Your adventures in Faerun have continued to take some twists and turns, heading into the Feywild realm of Prismeer and facing down the most dangerous of the Demon Lords in today's update. This week's update for Idle Champions brings with it increases to the upgrade cap for all 101 Champions! This newfound strength will help your formations to push further than ever before. Good luck!

Item Level Cap Redistribution

Players have equipment that is leveled over its item level cap, but those extra levels are not providing any benefit. Today's update fixes this issue! A check will be done every time the game loads, a new adventure is started, or you switch parties. The sum of all levels over the cap will be calculated, the items will be reduced to the level cap, and the game will refund the excess levels in the form of Blacksmithing Contracts. Now if you have (or obtain) an item over its cap, you'll be able to use additional levels elsewhere!

Briv Steelmarrow Update

Briv's mechanics allow him to bypass important content that we've intended players to encounter. Challenging bosses are a big part of some adventures, variants, and patron variants' difficulty, and completely skipping these reduces the adventures' challenge to an unintended degree. We've made some changes to the way his skipping works, both to avoid bypassing that content and also improve his skipping in offline progress and background parties.
  • Briv can no longer skip bosses in base adventures, variants, patron variants, Time Gates, and special adventures such as split the party or the Trials of Mount Tiamat. He can still skip bosses in free play, including Time Gate free play. If Briv was going to skip a boss area, he instead skips TO the boss area. Once that boss is defeated, he then skips to the area that would have been skipped to.
  • A new feat has been added that limits Briv to skipping at most 4 areas. It has no effect if Briv is not capable of skipping at least 4 100% of the time.

Hew Maan Update

Hew Maan's quest-progression-increasing mechanic is in need of a balance. This is ironic given the name of the upgrade that buffs it is Perfectly Balanced. It is much easier to gain massive speed increases with Hew Maan compared with essentially every other speed Champion, putting them in a class of their own in the speed Champion rankings. We are not completely against being able to beat an area in only a few kills, but this power should not be easily obtainable with a single Champion.
  • We have reduced the base effect of Zrang's Teamwork from 25% to 20%.
  • We have reduced the base effect of Carefully Balanced from 10% per Champion to 5% per Champion.
  • We have capped Hew Maan's slot 4 item at 2501 item levels for non-gilded items, 1615 for shiny, and 1172 for golden. Players with more than the maximum number of item levels will have their excess item levels refunded as blacksmithing contracts.

Dismantle Champion System

Dungeons & Dragons Dismantle Champion System Due to the changes listed above to Briv and Hew Maan, the Dismantle Champions system will be available for Asharra, Briv, and Hew Maan for the next 3 weeks. As noted below, we will also have a Legendary Dismantle event for all Champions during that same time frame.

As many of you know, we've been working on the Dismantle Champion System for a few weeks now (following the recent updates to Asharra). Since then we've been listening to player feedback and making some adjustments, and the system is now ready to be released!

After a specific Champion has had a significant balance change, and we choose to allow it to be dismantled, the Dismantle Champion System will become available for that Champion for 3 weeks. You can only dismantle a Champion once during this time period, and only the Champion(s) we have selected (The current list includes Asharra, Briv, and Hew Maan). You will find the button to start the process in the Champion's character sheet, near their portrait.

Dismantling a Champion has the following effects:
  • All equipment item levels are set to level 1.
    • Equipment item levels are returned in the form of Blacksmithing Contracts with a total value equal to the item levels removed.
    • Capped iLevels - The number of item levels you can dismantle is capped at 10K per slot. Any additional item levels will remain on the dismantled champion.
  • Collected equipment is retained, and your max rarity of each equipment slot is retained. If you're fully epic, you'll remain fully epic, just at a reduced item level.
  • Golden items are reverted to the non-golden version of themselves.
    • An Epic Golden Potion is awarded for each.
  • Shiny items are reverted to the non-shiny version of themselves.
    • A Potion of Polish is awarded for each.
  • Legendary items are reverted to epic rarity.
    • A Legendary Potion - Level # is awarded for each.
  • Feats that can be purchased for gems are removed.
    • Gems equivalent to the total purchase price are awarded.
    • Refunded feats will be available to purchase again for gems.
When we trigger a Champion Dismantle for a specific Champion, we will also trigger a Legendary Dismantle Event for all Champions. This is based on player feedback, and will allow players to adjust their legendary investment in Support Champions that were used in conjunction with the nerfed Champion.

New and Updated Items

In order to make these changes outlined above easy for players to work with, we have made some updates to existing items as well as added new types of items!
  • Potion of Polish (Updated): Potions of Polish have been upgraded to be targetable. This means that players can choose both the Champion and the equipment slot to use this potion on. All existing Potions of Polish will gain this ability.

  • Epic Golden Potion: The Epic Golden Potion turns the item of a player's choice into a golden item, provided we have released that item as a GE previously. Players can choose both the Champion and the equipment slot to use this potion on. If the item is not already epic, this potion makes it epic as well.

  • Legendary Potion - Level #: Legendary Potions can be used on an epic or legendary piece of equipment. It will make that equipment a legendary item, and add the levels listed on the potion. A Legendary Potion can not be used on an item that is already of an equal or higher legendary level. Players can choose both the Champion and the equipment slot to use this potion on. It functions as if the player crafted and/or leveled up the item to the target level, without paying any associated costs.

  • Legendary Blacksmithing Contract: This new blacksmithing contract grants more levels (120) than was available with the existing blacksmithing contracts (1, 2, 6, or 24).

Thank You

Thank you to all of the players who have provided valuable feedback! Your help and input have been extremely valuable as we craft these updates and changes. All of this information will be available in the game, including updates in the Changelog.

We continue to listen to your suggestions and comments on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, and on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

May 21st
BW2: 2022 Gorgeous Garden Photo Contest 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Whackers!

The Gorgeous Garden Contest is now underway!

We want to see YOUR talented, artistic skills at gardening/art. It's super easy to get started, just start growing plants. When you've got enough, you can begin to lay out your designs in the event area. Once you've managed to get at least a D from each of the judges, you're golden for entering the contest!

How the Contest Works

When you're ready, talk to the photographer (he's got a yellow ! above his head) and have him take a picture of your fantasy garden. You can submit as many times as you would like, but only your most recent submission will get the votes. Each time you do submit a screenshot, your votes will reset to make it fair for everyone, so plan carefully! Submissions will be accepted until *Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, - Noon PDT.*

You Get to Vote!

YOU get to vote too! The coveted 'User's Choice' award is picked by the Bush Whacker Community, and has a prize of 50 Bush Bucks! You can vote for as many submissions as you like, and at the end of the event the top submission as voted by YOU the players will be awarded the prize.

Notes about Voting!
  • Asking to visit the contest or the voting page no longer takes you outside the game; it simply loads the contest/voting page over top it! Finished voting? You can easily return to the event area by clicking "Back to Game" at the bottom of the screen. Easy as pie!

  • Can't decide between two layouts? That’s ok! You now have a way to say "Next Please," and two new images will be loaded up for you!

  • Tired of seeing the same layouts previously? We've improved the system, you should see the same layouts repeated far more infrequently now.

You can vote until *Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 @ Noon PDT.*

And the CNE winners are...

At the end of the event, the entire Codename Entertainment Studio will review the submissions and choose their favourites, with 3 lucky players per platform being awarded prizes of 250, 200, and 150 Bush Bucks for first, second and third. All winners will be published in the blog when we've made our decision.

Post questions and comments here!