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February 22, 2020

Coming Soon: EpicDuel Tournaments!

Tournaments Coming Soon

Today's update with introduce some awesome new legendary items and legendary variants, but the real meat is the announcement of the first exciting new feature of 2020: Tournaments!


Tournaments? Tournaments!

Titan and I have teamed up once again to develop a new feature for EpicDuel: Tournaments! Tournaments, as a feature, aren't completely new to EpicDuel. Some of you who have been with EpicDuel since...around 2012-2013 may remember the Golden Yeti Tournament, in which players who preordered the Omega Packages got a ticket to participate in a tournament. Over a period of 2 weeks, ticket owners accumulated points for 1v1, 2v2, and Juggernaut victories, and the competitors with the most points would earn achievements and prizes based on placement. In this case, the top 100 players would earn an achievement to indicate their placement and the coveted Golden Yeti bot, one of the rarest items in game.

Golden Yeti Standings

This system was cool and exciting, but unfortunately, it wasn't built in a way that would allow expansion or re purposing for future events and was removed entirely from the engine some time after the event concluded. The new tournament system is being built fresh, with some inspiration from the original event.  

With the new system, tournaments can be scheduled in advance with a set time. Each placement tier (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) can receive different prizes. Tournament tickets can be included with promotional packages acquired in-game or both. When the time period to enlist in the tournament draws closer, it will be announced to offer a chance to participate to as many people as possible. The feature is still under construction, but it's coming together very quickly. Hopefully, we'll see some old characters from the old phases dusted off to attempt to climb to the top of the boards once again!


New Legendary Items

Some beautiful new Legendary weapons have been added to the shops on Titan's Peak in Frysteland! They'll definitely make amazing additions to any collection!

  • Legendary Arsenal
    • Fleshreaver P
    • Fleshreaver E
  • Exquisite Legendary Arsenal
    • Angelic Radiance P
    • Angelic Radiance E
    • Angelic Oblivion P
    • Angelic Oblivion E
  • Epic Legendary Arsenal
    • Dage's Capeless Paragon
    • Dage's Capeless Paragon CC
    • Dage's Capeless Gld Paragon
    • Dage's Capeless Plat Paragon
    • Platinum Angelic Radiance P
    • Platinum Angelic Radiance E
    • Platinum Angelic Oblivion P
    • Platinum Angelic Oblivion E
    • Diamond Dage's Desolation P
    • Diamond Dage's Desolation E


War Balance

  • The total war score is still overcompensating and setting a longer war duration that would be exciting. This total score was dropped on both sides by 600,000 to put the war in a more reasonable range.
  • Slightly increase War Drop base rate to 39% from 35%.
  • Slightly reduced Juggernaut War Drop multiplier to incentivize other battle types.

Tags: Titan


February 14, 2020

Regal Heart Gear

Regal Heart Gear

For this Valentine's Day update, EpicDuel is bursting at the seams with new weapons, armors, home items, and hairstyles for your enjoyment!


New Items!

Visit the Legendary Arsenal and the Alydroid for new weapons and armors crafted with care by Bido and Deuce!

New Weapons now available at the Legendary Arsenal!

  • Radiant Battle Blades P
  • Radiant Battle Blades E
  • Radiant Battle Axe P
  • Radiant Battle Axe E
  • Radiant Battle Staff P
  • Radiant Battle Staff E
  • Radiant Battle Blaster P
  • Radiant Battle Blaster E
  • Radiant Battle Bow P
  • Radiant Battle Bow E

New Weapons and Armors now available at Alydroid!

  • Regal Heart Claymore P
  • Regal Heart Claymore E
  • Regal Heart Great Blade P
  • Regal Heart Great Blade E
  • Regal Heart Short Sword P
  • Regal Heart Short Sword E
  • Regal Heart Splicers P
  • Regal Heart Splicers E
  • Regal Heart Mallet P
  • Regal Heart Mallet E
  • Regal Heart Staff P
  • Regal Heart Staff E
  • Regal Heart Hand Cannon P
  • Regal Heart Hand Cannon E
  • Regal Heart Cannon P
  • Regal Heart Cannon E
  • Regal Heart Armor
  • Regal Heart Armor CC


Home Items

Enjoy new home items dedicated to the film debut of a video game legend!

  • Giant Emerald
  • Gem Pile
  • Spinning Ring
  • Gray Wall Gem
  • Red Wall Gem
  • Blue Wall Gem
  • Purple Wall Gem
  • Yellow Wall Gem
  • Cyan Wall Gem
  • Ring

Hair Styles

Will you get the references of these stylish new hairs and helms?

  • Egg Scientist
  • Hyper Hair
  • Flashy Hyper Hair
  • Eggbot
  • RiotBot



  • Mercenary
    • Intimidate: 3 turns
  • Blood Mage
    • Intimidate: 4 turns
  • Omega Override: Remove warmup

Tags: Nightwraith


February 07, 2020

Radiant Brutalizer

Radiant Brutalizer

This week, we're delivering some much needed inventory to the Legendary shops in Titan's Peak. These are just a taste of the new Legendary and seasonal rare items being prepared for delivery next week!

Radiant Restock!

Check out these merchants in Frysteland to collect new seasonal rares designed by Junny Osan and new radiant, Legendary rares designed by Bido!

Krampus Trader

  • Ice Bear Blaster P
  • Ice Bear Blaster E
  • Ice Bear Bazooka P
  • Ice Bear Bazooka E
  • Ice Bear Blades P
  • Ice Bear Blades E
  • Ice Bear Maul P
  • Ice Bear Maul E
  • Ice Bear Staff P
  • Ice Bear Staff E

Legendary Arsenal

  • Radiant Brutalizer P
  • Radiant Brutalizer E

Exquisite Legendary Arsenal

  • Radiant Golem
  • Radiant Golem CC

New Hairstyles

  • Radiant Golem
  • Radiant Golem CC


Secret Package Update

Due to popular demand, the Secret Package recipients will receive a CC version of the Wolf Warrior Armor (Omega Wolf Warrior CC). The Omega Wolf Warrior Armor from last year will be known as the Caped Omega Wolf Warrior CC

Tags: Nightwraith


February 03, 2020

Patch Notes

Surprise Monday fixes! This small patch is meant to correct some minor graphical and animation errors from Friday's update while also adding a new surprise for the Secret Package winners! There is still a planned update for Friday.


Fixes and Additions

  • Heart Attack: Does 100% damage
  • Omega Dominator P: Fixed animation freeze after firing
  • Omega Frostbike: Removed CC component and fixed animation masking on tubes
  • Omega Frostbike CC: Added for Secret Package winners
  • Fixed animation synchronization error in Top Gifter bot

Tags: Nightwraith


January 31, 2020

Secret Package Reveal

Secret Package Reveal

The Secret Packages are finally ready to open! These incredible items can finally be revealed! Are you one of the luck few who can show them off?



  • Blood Bullet: Buffed to 120%
  • Energy Parasite: Buffed to 25% max
    • Lvl 1 - 11
    • Lvl 2 - 13
    • Lvl 3 - 15
    • Lvl 4 - 17
    • Lvl 5 - 19
    • Lvl 6 - 21
    • Lvl 7 - 22
    • Lvl 8 - 23
    • Lvl 9 - 24
    • Lvl 10 - 25
  • Assimilation: Changed to 70% damage from 80%
  • Ice Shield: Damage reduction reduced to 25% from 45%
  • Critical health reduced to 35% from 40%, impacting skills such as Wolf's Fury, Captain's Charge, Hawk Guardian, and Lifeline


New Achievements

Check out the Achievement shop for new Big Game LIV and Black Mamba Forever Achievements!


Secret Package Reveal

The Secret Packages are finally ready to open. These are manually awarded, so please allow some time to receive them all.

  • Omega Wolf Warrior (non CC)
  • Omega Dominator P
  • Omega Dominator E
  • Omega Disintegrator P
  • Omega Disintegrator E
  • Omega Frostbike


Coming Soon

The EpicDuel artists are turning in some amazing, creative new weapons, and they will be equipped to in-game merchants soon. Returning artist Charfade is also hard at work on a set that's shaping up to be one of the finest in game! Based on these concepts, the final version will be incredible!

Charfade's Celtic Set

Tags: Nightwraith


January 27, 2020

Australia Day 2020

Australia Day 2020

Surprise Monday release! This time we're celebrating Austraila Day 2020! We've never marked this holiday in EpicDuel before, which is a shame since we have so many Australian players. This year was the year to change that and give this beautiful country some overdue recognition in-game!


Australia Day 2020 Achievement

Access the Seasonal Achievement shop to collect the new Australia Day 2020 Achievement!


Australia Day Gear

New Australia Day items have been added to Nightwraith! Collect all these wild weapons and morphs. The Fancy Platypus is especially precious.

  • This Is A Knife P
  • This Is A Knife E
  • Now THIS Is A Knife P
  • Now THIS Is A Knife E
  • Knifey Spoony P
  • Knifey Spoony E
  • Platypus
  • Fancy Platypus CC
  • Platypus CC
  • Fancy Koala
  • Fancy Koala CC


Azrael Gear Returns!

Last week, Heartbreaker and Azrael items returned to the game with a big exception: Last year's promo items! This has been corrected and those items and cores are now properly equipped to Alydroid:

  • Azrael's Evolution P
  •  Azrael's Evolution E
  •  Azrael's Bloodletter P
  • Azrael's Bloodletter E
  • Azrael's Punisher P
  • Azrael's Punisher E
  • Azrael's Artillery P
  • Azrael's Artillery E
  • Feast of Flesh
  • Blood Bullet

Bug Fix

Neurotoxin: Can be blocked and used with Rage.


Australian Wildfires and How to Help

2019 was an especially hard year from Australia, with wildfires devastating thousands of homes, millions of acres of forest and over a billion animals. If you'd like to help, the following resources have been collected by AQW's Design Notes post:

If you'd like to help, we've checked out the following charities, and they are legit.

  • St. Vincent de Paul society (helping evacuated families recover, providing food and clothing, etc)  https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw
  • Country Fire Authority (Managing locals providing shelter for evacuated families) https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa
  • World Animal Protection (supporting local wildlife organizations across Australia) https://www.worldanimalprotection.us/
  • RSPCA New South Wales (evacuating animals to safety) https://www.rspcansw.org.au/bushfire-appeal/

This is a global emergency, and it will impact more than Australia. We don't usually get quite so serious in our game design notes posts, but this is one of those times where you can be a hero in our videogames AND in the real world.

Doing Our Part to Help: A Donation In Your Name

We've received many messages asking how to help those affected by Australia's wildfires. We're making a a $500 donation on your behalf to to the RSPCA New South Wales, a charity helping rescue animals endangered by the wildfires. Thank you for enabling us to make this donation.

Tags: Nightwraith


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