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October 30, 2020

Harvest Horror!

Harvest Horror Release

Time for a new Harvest of Horror as EpicDuel received a harrowing host of new weapons and decorations for your home!


New Items:

Check out a horrifying harvest of new weapons created by Tomcat/Deuce and Bido available at Snork, hiding creepily at the base of the Wasteland Minetower!

  • Vampiric Claymore P
  • Vampiric Claymore E
  • Vampiric Slicers P
  • Vampiric Slicers E
  • Vampiric Hacker P
  • Vampiric Hacker E
  • Vampiric Staff P
  • Vampiric Staff E
  • Vampiric Stake Gun P
  • Vampiric Stake Gun E
  • Vampiric Stake Cannon P
  • Vampiric Stake Cannon E
  • Harvest Horror Scimitar P
  • Harvest Horror Scimitar E
  • Harvest Horror Slayer P
  • Harvest Horror Slayer E


New Home Items:

  • Jack O Lantern Basket
  • Pumpkin Mantlepiece
  • Purple Pumpkin Mantlepiece
  • Green Pumpkin Mantlepiece
  • Blue Pumpkin Mantlepiece

New Achievement

Hallow Warrior 3.0 is now available from the achievement shop!


Bug Fix:

  • Plasma Grenade: Couldn't but used in conjunction with Malfunction

Tags: Nightwraith


October 23, 2020

Epic Balance Evolution

Epic Balance Update!

Last week introduced some spicy balance changes to Cyber Hunters, and this week we're kicking up the scoville units to dangerous levels and we overhaul Tactical Mercenaries, Blood Mages, Tech Mages, and make additional changes to Cyber Hunters. These changes should hopefully add some more build options and introduce interesting variety to battles. 

Also, we've made some security updates to the site so you might need to update your bookmarks to point to https://epicduel.artix.com/play-now/ and https://epicduel.artix.com/ for the latest working version of the game and website.


Balance Changes: 

  • Tech Mage:
    • Field Medic: Base 180 increase by 25 to level 3, increase by 35 from level 4-10. Stat (Support) +1 Health point by every 2.2 support
    • Malfunction: +1 Technology Point every 3.8 Support
    • Nanotech Shield: Replaces Defense Matrix. Activate a powerful shield that negates a % on incoming damage, 10% enhancement of base skills.
      • Level 1: 7%
      • Level 2: 9%
      • Level 3: 11%
      • Level 4: 13%
      • Level 5: 15%
      • Level 6: 16%
      • Level 7: 17%
      • Level 8: 18%
      • Level 9: 19%
      • Level 10: 20%


  • Cyber Hunter:
    • Defense Matrix: Replaces with Nanotech Shield; .55 scaling with Support
    • Plasma Grenade: Buffed to reduce 25% Resistance
    • Pulse Punch: Gain a % of HP from damage; scale 32%-50%; removed weapon requirement
    • Proton Cannon: HP gain buffed to 15%
    • Memory Leak: Level 1 35 HP/Energy damage, plus 10 damage every level to level 5 and plus 5 damage to level 10 with max of 100


  • Tactical Mercenary:
    • Frenzy: Gain a % of Energy from primary weapon damage (similar to Static Charge) instead of HP
      • Level 1: 25%
      • Level 2: 29%
      • Level 3: 33%
      • Level 4: 37%
      • Level 5: 41%
      • Level 6: 43%
      • Level 7: 45%
      • Level 8: 47%
      • Level 9: 49%
      • Level 10: 51%
  • Field Medic: Swap with Bounty Hunter’s Field Medic


  • Blood Mage:
    • Parasite: level one 9% increase by 1% until level 10 with max at 18%
    • Maelstrom: Reduce each level’s cost by 10 points


  • Robots:
    • Tactical Shark Drone P/E: Grenade Storm: 85% damage, unlimited use; Fixed a bug that was causing the E variant to crit more than usual

Tags: Nightwraith


October 16, 2020

Cyber Hunter Revamp

Cyber Hunter Revamp

EpicDuel is now live with new weapons, new bots, new achievements, and an overhaul to the Cyber Hunter class!


New items

Xeno Ghoul and Spectral Bazookas

Visit Snork for new RARE auxiliaries and sidearms:

  • Xeno Ghoul Cannon
  • Xeno Spectral Blaster
  • Xeno Ghoul Shotgun
  • Xeno Spectral Shotgun

Visit Charfade for:

  • Rusted Mini Rex Mutation

Visit Big Tuna in the West Naval Yard for 2 vicious new bots!

  • Tactical Shark Drone P
  • Tactical Shark Drone E
    • Bloodletting Bite: Inflict a powerful bite with 30% lifesteal.
    • Grenade Storm: Unleash a barrage of grenades for 90% damage against 2 targets.


Home items

To complement the new Rusted Mini Rex, we're offering new statues for display in your homes!

  • Rusted Green Mini Rex Right
  • Rusted Green Mini Rex Left
  • Rusted Blue Mini Rex Right
  • Rusted Blue Mini Rex Left


New Achievement

Sports schedules have been unusual in 2020 to say the least, but we're ready with a new achievement for The Big Show 2020, available in the Achievement shop now!



Cyber Hunter: 

  • Massacre becomes Photon Cannon: Use nanotech cannon to blast foes and debuff defenses 15% for #DUR turns. 10% HP gain.
  • Plasma Grenade: Throw a grenade dealing Energy Damage, reducing Resistance 20% for #DUR turns
  •  Pulse Punch: Strike an enemy with a chance to stuns


  • Stun Grenade: Stun chance reduced to 20%
  • Overload: Stun chance reduced to 20%
  • Maul: Stun chance reduced to 20%
  • Paralysis Coating: Stun chance reduced to 20%


Server Maintenance

Earlier this week, we brought down the servers for some maintenance and consolidation. The short, easy to digest version is that EpicDuel (Epic, Exile, and the Developer environment) is now hosted on a newer, more powerful computer. There may be some hiccups, but this should ultimately be a change for the better.


HeroMart Mogloween Shop!

The HeroMart Mogloween Shop is now live! Check it out to adorn your mortal frame with the latest spooky/scary designs!

Tags: Nightwraith


October 02, 2020

Mini Rex Resurgence!

Rusted Mini-Rex

Charfade had a few surprises saved in the back of her shop for those without Varium, but plenty of credits burning holes in their pockets! These Rusted Mini-Rexes have a mildly-less-potent special but pack the same powerful main attack! Plus, you can't really go wrong with the battle-damaged aesthetic! 


New items:


Sold by Charfade:

  • Rusted Mini Rex P: Fire a Physical beam with bonus damage of 7% of your target's max Health (Max 500)
  • Rusted Mini Rex E: Fire an Energy beam with bonus damage of 7% of your target's max Health (Max 500)

Sold by Big Tuna:

  • Robo Shark Morph
  • Robo Shark Morph CC


New Achievement


MechQuest Anniversary: Launched 10-1-2007! That's 13 years of Mech-based combat! Thanks to Charfade and the Dragonoid, EpicDuel will always have a special connection to this exceptional RPG in Artix Entertainment's catalogue of games.


New Home Items


If the achievement weren't enough to show your MechQuest appreciation, stop by your home shop and take a gander at the latest offerings of MQ-themed banks and statues.

  • MechQuest Anniversary Bank R
  • MechQuest Anniversary Bank L
  • Mini MechQuest Statue R
  • Mini MechQuest Statue L



  • Tactical Mercenary:
    • Crippling Strike: 110% instead of 120% for initial strike.
  • Cores:
    • Revitalization: Healing cap reduced to 1300
    • Sea King's Spirit: Unlimited uses with a 4-turn cooldown. Also initial energy gain based on Resistance points (equivalent to Generator)
    • Sea King's Corruption: Increased health gain reduction to 45%
    • Hatchling Rush: Increased health gain reduction to 45%

Tags: Nightwraith


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