A Taste of Indie eSports: Minion Masters
Deck Building RTS
We see a lot about eSports in the media, and while the games are usually a large and popular title, they are always fun to watch. At Ironclad Game Reviews, we emphasize indie games, and while we normally do reviews, we wanted to branch out into different avenues slowly. Indie games typically don’t have the budget to put on tournaments to the likes of CS:GO, Overwatch League, or League of Legends, but the fact that they still put on a show is a fantastic feat of passion. While production quality matters, I wouldn’t say it is a limiting factor. If a company is passionate about their game, and they reach out to their fans, then any game can thrive in the world of eSports.
Minion Masters Tournaments
We touched on this deck building RTS in an earlier post, and you can read more about that in our Minion Masters: Is It Worth It? Review. Minion Masters had an AMD and Steelseries sponsor in their last tournament cycle one year ago, and they are looking to add more sponsors as they grow. I have been enjoying the game I love the quick-paced matches and the deck building aspect, but let's talk about their tournaments.
Minion Masters hosts the “King Puff Cup” or KPC which is streamed on twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/kingpuffcup. The exciting thing about Minion Masters is they add the decks used to a public spreadsheet, so everyone can see what decks the players in the KPC are running. This adds an interesting element, and it even gives you the chance to emulate some of the decks that these pro players are using.
Participants in the King Puff Cup are required to submit four decks with four different masters as part of the registration process. The matches are best of 3 in the beginning stages and best of 5 single elimination in top 8. If you win a match with your deck, you will have to play another match with the same deck, and if you lose a match, you can no longer use that deck within the series. There is a banning phase that lets you ban specific masters and gives you a slight advantage. Once all is said and done, you will need to show up on time and give it your best.
Minion Masters hopes to grow their tournament circuit and increase their prize pool. In December their hosted tournament had a prize pool of $25,000. That’s definitely nothing to sleep on. When asked about any plans for video game conventions the team seemed not to be entirely sure about any upcoming events, which means we won’t see a LAN tournament for a while. Not a big deal, although I would love to see a life-sized King Puff cosplay.
Minion Masters has a tight-knit and supportive community. The game itself features the streamers in game, and it is how I discovered some of my new favorite streams. If you are a new player and wanted to get started in competing, then they recommend you do some of the community tournaments to help get used to the rule sets. The community tournaments are mostly about having fun, but they do have their own sets of rules. Community tournaments are generally spontaneous and aren’t always held in an official capacity. The best way to get involved with the community is through twitch and twitter. If you think you have what it takes to compete, then get in there and get your feet wet!
Every game’s eSports community is unique in its way. If you think you have what it takes to become a pro-Minion Masters player, then I say go for it. Minion Masters wants to support its players because a symbiotic relationship is the staple of any successful indie game’s eSport. I will be posting a few links below, so you can see more and explore the competitive side of Minion Masters.
Tournament Info: http://minionmastersthegame.com/esports/
Developer Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/playminionmasters/videos
King Puff Cup Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/kingpuffcup