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May 1st
Idle Champions: The Running 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's a once-in-a-human-lifetime event: an acorn from the ancient Grandfather Tree will soon fall into the forest below. These acorns are among the holiest of relics, and a young Harper wizard has recruited the Champions to help them make the journey to recover this prize for Silverymoon.

However, as the party makes their journey towards the Grandfather Tree, the very forest itself seems to fight their advance. Eladrin from the Feywild, the plane of Faerie, attack the party — and Drow from the Underdark soon show up as well...

The Running 2 introduces Spurt, the Kobold Inventor played by Chris Perkins on Critical Role, and brings back Catti-brie, Human Fighter and Companion of the Hall. Players will have until Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock them!

New Champion: Spurt

    Spurt the Kobold Inventor is crafty and quick with his hands. He builds improvised weapons in the hope of gaining some new advantage in combat. Spurt never knew he would have such lasting appeal when he met a mighty group of adventurers in a cave, but here we are. Packed to the gills with his "awesome" inventions this clever kobold brings his 11-days of life experiences to the Champions, along with a really cool 'Centi-pult'!
Spurt is a clever Kobold Inventor and Support Champion. He buffs the party with his Centipede Net, Wa-spiration, Pack Tactics, and Heroic Sacrifice abilities.

When you want to add Spurt to your formation, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3). For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Spurt dev blog!

Returning Champion: Catti-brie

    "When I first laid eyes on Catti-brie, she had just punched a rather menacing fellow who was threatening to break every bone in my body. She hit the lout with such surprising force that he flopped to the floor like a sackful of mullet. Over the years, I’ve come to call her a friend. Underneath Catti-brie’s rough exterior lies a heart of gold. She cares deeply for her friends and will protect what she holds dear without fail. If she takes a shine to you, be sure to count your lucky pennies, because her enemies rarely fare well for long."
    ~Volothamp Geddarm
Catti-brie is a DPS and Support Champion. Her Powerful Draw and Critical Hit abilities help her deal damage at long range, while her Mark for Death weakens enemies.

Balance Update: Catti-brie can now cause double, triple, or higher crits if her crit chance is above 100%. At 100%-199% crit chance she will always crit, with a chance to hit for double crit damage. At 200%-299% crit chance she will always double crit, with a chance to cause 3x crit damage. These higher crits show a (xN) in their hit text, with the N being the crit multiplier that was applied. When you want to add Catti-brie to your formation, you can swap her with Minsc (Slot 7).

Year Two Variants

  • Delusions of Grandeur — Spurt and his Centipult start in the formation, taking up two slots. The Centipult launches centipedes at random enemies, enraging them and increasing their speed and damage.

  • Elves are Wild — All Elves (Elf, Eladrin, Drow) & Half-Elves in the formation have their attack speed increased. Drow enemies now have armor. Additional Eladrin spawn in each area, and they are immune to damage until after they attack.

  • Alignment Askew — Champions are all affected by different debuffs based on the formation's alignment.

Year One Variants

  • The Wolves in the Woods — Werewolves randomly spawn and attack the party, each with special abilities. Catti-brie's silver arrows deal double damage/hits to these creatures.

  • Critter Companions — Two forest critters take up slots in the formation, increasing the damage of adjacent Champions by 400% moving around every 25 areas.

  • Catti-alone — Catti-brie is the only Champion available for this mission. Her damage increases by 40% per area, stacking multiplicatively, her attack speed is greatly increased, and her Ultimate ability cooldown is reduced to 10 seconds.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

April 30th
Idle Champion Spotlight (for reals): Spurt  
Posted in Idle Champions.

He quietly tied a knot around the cage that held his pet skunk.

"Soon" he whispered as he shook the cage. "SOON WE'LL BE READY!"

He put the cage down and started strapping on his adventuring gear, the daydreams he held close to his heart dancing in his head as he whispered a song only he knew: "nah nah nah nah nah Spurt am the beeeeeest!" He swiped his dagger through the air as he sang. It was covered in drippy stuff. He threw it away into the pile of equipment he'd collected. Some of it was glowing, or on fire, but he learned long ago not to touch those. Yesterday he got a pretty nasty burn. He picked up his foot and licked it subconsciously. Then he nibbled on his toenails a bit. That part was on purpose. There's a lot of protein in toenails, you know.

He strapped on the green slime pot that killed his brother. Perhaps one day he could turn him back into a real kobold. He collected his stoppered gourds, wishing he had labeled them. No matter. He was an adventurer now. He would know which one to use when the time came.

He reached for Stingy, the scorpion he'd tied to the top of his stick. If it wasn't for his awesome cup bracers, Stingy would have stung him a lot more, but he was an inventor. And an inventor is smarter than a scorpion most of the time.

Finally, he tied the bagged wasp nest onto his stick, shaking it for good luck. The buzzing got louder so he threw the stick across the room till they quieted down. How rude!

He was alerted to sounds up ahead. Steps. Whispers. Arguing? It was finally time. Spurt was going to find his mommy and become a real adventurer. If only he knew which way was out.

Today, we've got a special treat for you. We are revealing our newest champion (for the second time). Spurt, the Kobold Inventor (Rogue) is coming to Idle Champions THIS WEEK! I want to take a few minutes to go over his kit, and explain how to use this quirky, silly, kobold.

Who is Spurt?

Spurt was created by Chris Perkins on the fly during episode 50 of Campaign 2 on Critical Role. He was an honorary member of the Mighty Nein for all of 20 minutes, as he hilariously found a way into all of our hearts before a Fire Giant's hammer finished him off.

You can see his epic origin story here:



Spurt's Stats

Race: Kobold Class: Inventor (Rogue) Alignment: Lawful Evil
STR: 7 DEX: 15 CON: 12
INT: 8 WIS: 7 CHA: 8

When you want to add Spurt to your formation, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3).


Spurt's Story

He's an 11-day old kobold who fancies himself an inventor, rogue, and hero depending how much rotten cave water he drank.

Basic Attack

Spurt tosses a wasp nest at a random enemy, dealing damage.

Formation Abilities

Before we get into his abilities, I want to talk about two states that Spurt can be in. First, when he's alive, he acts just like any normal Champion, attacking on a timer and granting formation buffs to other Champions. However, once he uses his You Dead! ultimate (more on that soon), he becomes Spurt's Spirit. While he's a Spirit, he no longer attacks, but his buffs are turned up to 11, granting even more support to his team given the Heroic Sacrifice he just made!

  • Heroic Sacrifice — This ability unlocks the You Dead! ultimate attack. Additionally, it details how Spurt remains in his Spirit form during the cooldown of the ultimate, buffing his other formation abilities in unique ways.

  • Centipede Net — Increases the damage of adjacent Champions.

  • Wa-Spiration — Whenever Spurt attacks an enemy, wasps swarm that enemy until they are killed. When 4 wasp-ed enemies are killed, Spurt invents a random effect for 60 seconds. Each effect can stack up to 5 times (with each stack expiring separately).

    • Stingy — Champions that attack with melee attacks deal additional damage.
    • Skunky — Enemies that approach the party (the same range as Strix's stinky ability) take extra damage.
    • Grubby — All Champions' base attack cooldowns are reduced.

  • Pack Tactics — Increases the damage of all Champions by for every Kobold in the formation, including Spurt. That's right. It's time to create the epic Kobold/Bard adventuring group with Deekin and Ishi!

Specializations

  • Centi-Pult — Choosing this specialization will allow Champions who are 2 slots away from spurt to recieve the buff from Centipede Net, not just those adjacent!

  • Kobold Family — Choosing this specialization will maximize the damage boost to all champions from Pack Tactics! Great if you're doing a run with Deekin or Ishi!

Ultimate Attack

    You Dead! — Spurt jumps in front of the formation and tosses a wasp nest at a stalking giant. He is then immediately killed. He comes back as a Spirit (see above), increasing the effects of his abilities until he revives near the end of the ultimate cooldown. That's right. You want as LOOOOOOONG of a cooldown as possible to maximize Spurt's support potential. What does that mean? More hammers. So many more hammers.



Equipment


  • Spurt's Staff — Stingy (and the versions that came before it), help Spurt survive. Since Spurt isn't very good at surviving, the staff buffs all Champions. Maybe they can help.

  • Spurt's Rot Grubs — Do you need any more motivation than "There's a rot grub on your tail"?

  • Spurt's Centipede Basket — This equipment buffs his Centipede Net ability, buffing those adjacent to him!

  • Spurt's Skunk — Pepe may not listen, but it enjoys Kobolds. That's why it buffs his Pack Tactics ability!

  • Spurt's Green Slime — "Don't go digging in there."

  • Spurt's Wasp Nest in a Bag — Could this be Spurt's most popular invention? He thinks so. Given that you want to have Spurt as a Spirit as long as you can, this equipment item INCREASES the cooldown of his ultimate, meaning he spends more time in his uber-spirit form. Ahhh the memories.

Final Thoughts

We are super excited to relase Spurt into the wild. He's one of our goofiest champions, and we want to pass along a big thanks to Chris Perkins and all of our partners at Wizards of the Coast for helping us bring this epic Kobold to life! In the words of Spurt: "I win!"

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
April 1st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Spurt 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Welcome, everyone! I'm here to chat with our newest "Champion": Spurt the Kobold Inventor. Some of you may remember him from his 20-minute epic guest spot on Critical Role, played by none other than Chris Perkins himself!


I'm Spurt. Can we be friends?

I'm an adventurer!

Spurt, we're getting off track.

AHHHHH! You're really loud.

How's this?

Much better. Have you seen my skunk, Pepe? He smells real nice.



Spurt. . .

That’s me!

You're here to tell us what makes you cool and why the Idle Champion fans will love you!

I eat my own poo.

Sigh. What makes you a great adventurer?

I like to explore and make weapons out of stuff.

A Champion for those less fortunate.

Less fortunate than me?

What's that on your stick?

This is Stingy. He's a scorpion that stings.



A scorpion on a staff, that's a pretty formidable attack!

He once stung a Goblin in the eye.

OK, and what other cool inventions do you come with?

I have a centi-pult. It throws centipedes.



Oh? And what else?

I can put rot grubs in your mouth when you're sleeping!



No thanks, Spurt.

I have a wasp's nest in a bag.



That makes sense. We normally get into a bit more detail though. How is your kit built? What is your focus: DPS, Support, Gold Find, or Tanking?

I think I’m a tank.

Did I read this correctly? You worked with the Mighty Nein?

The Mighty What?



You're only 11 days old?

Hey, did they say I died?!?

Nevermind that. Which Champion are you excited to work with?

The big one that pukes is pretty cool.

His name is Donaar.

Donut?

When are you joining the Idle Champions?

Huh?

OK. How about an easy one. What are your stats?

OH! I have the biggest stat block. Bigger than a dragon’s!

Race: First Class: INVENTOR! Alignment: Askew
Weak: 7 Fast: 15 Don't Eat That: 12
Dum: 8 Smarts: 7 Level of Drool: 8


Um, are you sure about those? Those don't look like actual stats.

I'm 11 days old. What do you expect?

Fair enough. What should I list as your top tier ability?

I die well.



I think that's enough foolishness for today. You heard it here first: Spurt, the Kobold Inventor will be joining the Champions in an upcoming event! At least he thinks he will.


I win!