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February 14th
COTLI: Merci's Mix-Up 5! 

Merci is nothing if not tenacious. After four years of trying to find a match for a Valentine's Day outing, he's still game to try and try again with help from his ever growing collection of friends.

This year he's bringing in the big guns: a professional Matchmaker!

It's time for Merci's Mix-Up 5!

Merci's Mix-Up 5 runs until Wednesday, February 26th at 12PM PST, introducing Alacrity the Matchmaker and bringing back Rocky the Rockstar, Sally the Succubus, Warwick the Warlock, Katie the Cupid, Frankie the Demon Crooner, and Ishtar!

New Tier 5 Crusader: Alacrity the Matchmaker

Alacrity the Matchmaker isn't your stereotypical demon. They're bubbly, vivacious and willing to help out your team with their skills, and some help from their impish friends.

The flow of magic in your formation will affect Alacrity with the Metamorphosis Mastery upgrade. When you have more magical than non-magical tagged Crusaders next to Alacrity, they'll change into their female self. When it's more non-magical than magical adjacent, Alacrity will switch to their male self. If there's a even amount of magical and non-magical Crusaders around them, they'll remain their bubbly Non-Binary self.

Alacrity is so friendly, that they're able to summon 3 Imp friends to help them, and you, out:
  • Summon Scamp - If Alacrity is adjacent to at least 2 Support tagged Crusaders, they'll summon Scamp. When Scamp is active, monster spawn speed is increased by 50%. This is buffed when Alacrity is in their male form, and can be buffed by their Love Meter equipment.

  • Summon Trickster - When there are at least 2 Angel or Demon tagged Crusaders in the formation, Trickster will be summoned. While Trickster is around, they'll summon a special Imp monster every 10 seconds, which counts for area progress and drop extra gold when killed. Spawns will double when Alacrity is in their Non-Binary form and you can reduce the summoning timer by collecting Alacrity's Letterhead gear.

  • Summon Scoundrel - When Alacrity is adjacent to at least 4 other Crusaders, Scoundrel will show up. Scoundrel provides the formation with a 50% global DPS buff per each adjacent Crusader, which is increased when Alacrity is female.

  • Familiarity - The imps continue to help out with this upgrade, providing an extra buff to the gold find provided for having Crusaders who share tags with Alacrity in formation.
When you want to add Alacrity to your formation, you can find them in slot 31 on the bench, swapping with Bridget and Xygallix.

New Tier 5 Objectives

  • Recruit Alacrity | Alacrity is chilling out in a slot in the formation and reduces all Crusaders DPS to 0 if there are an unequal number of Male and Female Crusaders in it.
    Reach area 400.

  • Pairing Off | If any Crusaders have more than 1 Crusader adjacent to them, all DPS is zero.
    Reach area 450.

  • A Pox on Commercialism | Only Valentine's hating Crusaders are available. Check the in-game Restrictions for the list of the available Crusaders.
    Reach area 475.

  • 'Match' Maker | A fiery spirit occupies a spot in the formation. It deals damage over time to the highest and lowest DPS Crusaders in the formation, if there are two or more Crusaders in formation.
    Reach area 500.

  • Valentine's Day | A bitter heart occupies a spot in formation and disables Crusaders if you hurt its feelings.
    Reach area 525.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Valentine's Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop All Tier chests. Gear for Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 and Tier 5 Crusaders will only appear in All Tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop when you go to purchase chests with real money or event currency.

What About Older Event Crusaders?

Previously-available Merci's Mix-Up Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 Crusaders are once again available to unlock as part of Merci's Mix-Up 5. For more information about those Crusaders, check out our Event Blogs from previous years:


Players will have until Wednesday, February 26th at 12:00PM PST to complete Merci's Mix-Up 5.
February 11th
Idle Champions: Variants Update (February 2020) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "Looking for a new challenge? We can arrange that!"

Our latest Idle Champions update introduces eight new variants for the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, Tomb of Annihilation, and Descent into Avernus campaigns. You will need to have completed the original adventures in order to unlock these variants.

Variants for everybody! You get a variant, you get a variant, and you get a variant!

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • Excavating History: Frantic Excavation
    • Monsters move twice as fast.
    • Only Champions with a base attack cooldown of 5 seconds or lower can be used.
    • Reach area 300.

  • Towering Expectations: Careful Consideration
    • Only Champions with a WIS score of 13 or higher can be used.
    • Reach area 325.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • Homecoming: Wagon Train
    • A Wagon takes up a slot in the formation in slot 6
    • Every 100 areas, another wagon joins your train.
    • Reach area 350.

  • The Lost Heir of Omu: Taking Responsibility
    • Asharra starts in the formation and can not be removed.
    • Only Asharra and Champions that match Asharra's chosen bond deal damage; other Champions can be placed and will provide formation buffs and other effects, but do 0 damage when they attack (can still proc stuns, slows, etc. with their attacks).
    • Reach area 350.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • Lair of the Xanathar: Feigned Weakness
    • Only Champions with a STR score of 13 or lower can be used.
    • Reach area 275.

  • Waterdeep Under Siege: Sober Up
    • Blurry Pink Elephants attack the formation at random in non-boss areas.
    • Every time a Pink Elephant spawns, all Champion damage is reduced by 10%; For each 15 minutes that passes the total number of stacks is reduced by 25%. Using bounty contracts can also reduce the stack amount as if the amount of time on the contract had passed.
    • Reach area 275.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus

  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Tale of Two Champions
    • You can only field two champions at a time.
    • Reach area 250.

  • The Dead Three: A Hero's Entourage
    • Minsc starts in the formation in slot 3 (he can be moved but not removed from the formation)
    • Champions can only be placed adjacent to Minsc. If Minsc is moved, any Champions that are not adjacent to him after the move are removed from the formation.
    • Reach area 275.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
February 7th
BW2: February 6th, 2020 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Valentine’s Event 2020 Update (February 7th, 2020)

- Updated Valentine’s Event
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added 3 new pets available from Jan 14th to Jan 17th
- Added Sweet Bat Mount promo from Jan 7th to 10th (free with BB purchase over $10; 30% more BBs over $5)
- Added Zombat and Apocalypse Bat mounts in standard mount packs from Jan 7th to 10th

- Fixed Cenote Site field sometimes not saving your puzzle placements.

- Blacksmith Dialog now shows rune capacity text in red when you’re approaching the limit.

- Will no longer find runes in Bushes or Quester’s Satchels when you’re over your rune limit.

- Super Blueberries should stop dropping from Quester’s Satchels past level 300.

- Fixed the Defeating the Corruptor cinematic freezing.

- Cenote Site field chest now rewards a Salty Satchel with random contents in between daily Vilu Tender drops.

- Fixed being able to power whack Crystal Puzzle Orbs during various Salt Desert quest hub story quests.

- Fixed being unable to enter the Salted Quarries.

- Removed cactus from Cenote Site field puzzle image.

- Fixed rotation of Fireworks Mini Golf Piece not having consistent canister colours.

- Added rotation to Bishop chess pieces.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
February 7th
COTLI: New High Tier Objectives! 

Today we're introducing 14 new objectives to the game for you to enjoy! Plus we've made some long awaited changes to one objective in particular, and revamped The Washed Up Hermit to go along with it.

We've updated World's Wake with the Tier 4 11th objective, and the five Tier 5 objectives. We've also added the Tier 4 11th objective for Descent Into Darkness and the seven Tier 5 objectives, plus we've finally changed up Get Me Out of Here so it's easier to get to the content it guards.

New World's Wake Objectives

New Tier 4 11th objective - Washed Up - The Washed Up Hermit occupies a slot in your formation and is the only one who can do DPS. Beat area 1000 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards the new maximum number cap being 1e700. This means with maxed Arithmagician, your maximum number cap will be 1e900.

New Tier 5 objectives

  • Run Away - Beat area 400 with a back column full of rabbits, and increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 250 rubies.

  • Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch - Protect the Hand Grenade to area 450 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 300 rubies.

  • Inflation - It's your toughest challenge yet: not just leveling up Nate Dragon any longer, but instead doing your best to get the entire formation to level 1000 in order to complete the objective. Awards 350 rubies.

  • Your Mother's A Hamster - The Trojan Rabbit needs your escort skills again, as chickens and cows rain from the sky. Beat area 450 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 350 rubies.

  • Top Tier - Beat area 450 with just half your Crusaders available and increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 350 rubies.

New Descent Into Darkness Objectives

Tier 4 11th objective - Inner Darkness - A seer occupies a slot in the formation and moves every 100 areas. She reveals the dark side of Crusaders adjacent to her, though The Shadow Queen is immune to this effect. If any Crusader dies, the formation wipes and goes back an area. Beat area 1200 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards Bonus Boss Idol drops on the weekly Challenge objectives.

New Tier 5 objectives

  • Grond! Grond! Grond! - Escort the vicious battering ram and beat area 450 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 300 rubies.

  • Get Me Out of Here! - Beat area 450 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 300 rubies.

  • Lone Descent - It's a solo walk for a Crusader to beat area 500 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 350 rubies.

  • Double Trouble - Beat area 500 with increased difficulty scaling, as the hoards of monsters and quest items rush at you. Awards 400 rubies.

  • Dual Descent - Pair up your favourite Angels or Demons as two of them take a stroll to beat area 550 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 400 rubies.

  • Demolition Derby - Escort the explosive demolition experts to area 500 with increased area difficulty scaling. Awards 350 rubies.

  • Slow Descent - Try beating area 250 this time. Awards 400 rubies.

Changes to Get Me Out of Here

This update brings changes to Get Me Out of Here, specifically in that it is no longer a timed objective. As we continue to add content to the game, including the higher tier objectives, we feel that while the old version of Get Me Out of Here was a unique piece in the game, at the higher levels of difficulty it would be a blocker to all the new content.

Get Me Out of Here is now set up in the following manner:

  • Tier 1 - Monsters can't be damaged by DPS as you try to beat area 150. Awards 200 rubies.

  • Tier 2 - An escort takes up the middle slot in the formation. If it dies, the formation wipes backwards an area. Beat area 350. Awards 250 rubies.

  • Tier 3 - Escape is even further away as you need to beat area 550. Awards 300 rubies.

  • Tier 4 - You need to beat area 750 without the help of your Legendary effects. Awards 300 rubies.

But how do new players complete Get Me Out of Here if there's no projectile Crusader in the original 20 Crusaders? That leads on to the next section.

Changes to The Washed Up Hermit

We are fans of The Washed Up Hermit's old mechanic of not having a Crusader directly in front of him, but if he wasn't in the front of your formation, it meant leaving an empty spot in your formation to get the power out of him, and most of the time, having another Crusader with Group DPS upgrades was more important than his boost.

So we've changed up his Craziness ability to require 2 or less adjacent Crusaders to the Hermit to get the boost out of it. Plus, since he is a bit crazy and he had the Arrow Attack ability sitting right there, we've changed it so that he's now a projectile firing Crusader. That way, he can help new players tackle the improved Get Me Out of Here, and for other objectives that would require a projectile Crusader before they've had a chance to recruit one from an event or the mission system.

But wait, wasn't his Arrow Attack a boost for The Bush Whacker? Don't worry! The Washed Up Hermit still boosts The Bush Whacker. We've moved the Swordplay boost to the Hermit's Dark War Stories upgrade. to accommodate the loss of that Self DPS upgrade, we boosted his remaining Self DPS upgrades. Now the Hermit is ready to help you out in your formations with his brand of crazy!

We hope you enjoy this update!
February 6th
BW2: Share the Love in BW2 with Valentines 2020! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy Valentine’s Day Bushwhackers!

The residents of the Commons are putting on a Valentine’s Day dance, so you know what that means! Helping with the set-up through one-time and daily quests, plus turn-ins!

It’s not Valentine’s without presents! Help stock the stands with Chocolates, Teddy Bears and Roses by turning in Candy Hearts as the stations unlock.

The event organizer seems a bit frazzled. Why don’t you help her out by doing her set-up quests each day? And don’t forget to keep those party supplies topped off!

Nate needs to prove he's likable, and eventually he'll have to pick a date. Afterwards, help the one he doesn't pick get over her grief with some Ice Cream daily quests until it's time to help Nate’s rejected girl through the 5 stages of grief. All five quests will unlock right after each other and then she will have a new daily quest for you.

Once the Valentine's dance has started, you get to look for the partner of your choice to share a moment on the dance floor.

Jim and Sasha's relationship quests are around. If you haven't married them yet, you'll see either their Dating or Proposal quest line. If they are married, you get to help the pair pack for their honeymoon, or celebrate their anniversary.

You can also learn how to play guitar to serenade your loved one! And who is that mysterious note from this year?

New for 2020

Aaron's bunnies, Cinnamon and Snowball, have run off and are making like, well rabbits! This is a challenging quest that might take you the better part of the event to complete, as you've got to catch not only Cinnamon and Snowball, but their 100 little bunny babies as well! Good luck!

If you can complete the event, you'll earn this awesome 100% reward carousel creature!



Starting next Friday, the 3 new Valentine's themed pets for this year will be available to purchase over the weekend! Can they woo your heart?



Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of FIFTEEN possible achievements to earn in the Valentine’s Day 2019 event.

Achievements Returning for 2020
Party Planning Committee - You helped at least once at each Valentines Station.
Party Planning Leader - You helped 50 times at each Valentines station.
Pet Detective - You found each of the lost pets at least once.
Nate's Date - You helped Nate pick a Date.
The Five Stages of Grief - You helped Nate's rejection get through her pain.
Two Left Feet - You danced at the Valentines Dance.
Setup Wizard - You helped the party organizers with all their tasks.
Guitar Training - Follow through with Virtuoso Guitarist Jimmie's lessons.
A Secret Admirer - Find a note from a true secret admirer.

Added/Changed for 2020
Smitten Shopper - Purchase all of the 2020 Valentine's Event Item!*

We also have 7 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

Customization Lover - You bought all the Valentines things from 2013!
Customize Your Love - You bought all the Valentines things from 2014!
Heart-wearer - You bought all the Valentines things from 2015!
Hearts Hearts Hearts! - You bought all the Valentines things from 2016!
Passionate Purchases - You bought all the Valentines things from 2017!
Romantic Acquisitions - Purchase all of the 2018 Valentine's Event Item!* Winsome Wardrobe - Purchase all of the 2019 Valentine's Event Item!*

*The Valentine’s mini-golf piece is not included in the Smitten Shopper achievement.

This event runs until Friday February 21st @ Noon PST (8pm GMT).

Post your love for the event here!