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November 18, 2020

Gift-A-Geddon 2020

Gift-a-Geddon 2020

As hard as it is to believe, as this year warps time and space and history into an amorphous cosmic mass, the 2020 season of Gifting is nearly here! This year, gifting will officially go online Friday December 4th and last until Friday January 8th, 2021! In preparation of this major event, which is by far the highlight of every EpicDuel year, we'll be launching a new Mega-Pack and buffing the value of the current 10,000 AP Varium packs!

 

Legendary Epic Mega-Pack 2020!

Friday November 20th, we'll be launching a massive mega-pack of 40,000 Varium for 20,000 Artix Points. This package will be available after a brief update early in the day. Those who purchase this pack will also be awarded a one-time Legendary Epic Supporter 2020 achievement! This is an incredible value, but it will only be around for a limited time: the promotion will officially end when gifting begins on December 4th!

 

Epic Supporter 2020!

We're doing something a bit different with the promo packs and boosting the Varium included in the weapon pack from 10,000 to 15,000 and the pure Varium pack from 12,000 to 18,000!  These packages will award the Epic Supporter 2020 achievement which will evolve if the packs are purchased multiple times! The 40,000 Varium pack will also count towards the Epic Supporter 2020 achievement.

 

The Prize

This year, like last year, we're offering the top 15 Gifters a customized item! What does this mean? Here are some parameters, which could change over the course of the gifting event. Please review them carefully to avoid disappointment or misunderstanding at the end of the gifting event:

  • The item to be customized must already exist.
  • This item can be any sword, sidearm, auxiliary, home item, armor, bot, or class-specific item that has ever been available in-game.*
  • Items from other games can be requested, but require permission from the corresponding game lead, and must align with an already existing item category in EpicDuel. They must also be compatible with EpicDuel’s art style. For example, AQ3D items and AQW armors can’t be adapted for ED without being entirely recreated.
  • If the request is for the physical version of a weapon, and there's a corresponding energy version, the gifting finalist may have the energy version as well. However, you cannot request an entire promo pack or weapon set.
  • If the request if for a customized bot, the wish will only be valid for one damage-type configuration of the bot.
  • Customization requests can be refused if they're deemed unreasonable or illegal (copy-written material, offensive, etc...).
  • The item(s) must be awarded to the same character that made the top 15 gifting list. No item transfers will be honored.
  • The item may have any core available in-game equipped to it as long as it's of the proper category (i.e. no auxiliary cores on primary weapons, etc...).
  • Core graphics and animations will not be customized.
  • For balance reasons, skills cannot be modified (i.e. additional damage, % effectiveness, cooldown, damage type, cost, etc...).

*Founder Exception: Only the first place gifter may request Founder Armor, however, if you have a Founder Achievement form the Founder phase of EpicDuel, but no Founder Armor, you may ask for Founder Armor.

The first place gifter will receive a customized weapon as specified above, but will additionally receive a completely custom item. This can be any item category. The winner will also have the option to receive up to 20 unique codes to share the completely original custom item with friends...or not! It's entirely up to them!

Like last year, the top 15 Gifters will have the option to distribute their extra Secret and Silver Secret packages to friends of their choice! This distribution must happen before the packages open so they can't be held in limbo indefinitely.

Hopefully this list will help you make your decision easier without being too restrictive. We'll work with the winners to make sure their wishes are fulfilled to their satisfaction within the parameters established above. If any winner is found to have cheated, they will not be eligible for a wish and will likely have their account disabled.

 

Omega Frost Slayer Returns!

It's nearly time for the seasonal-rare Winter items to return to EpicDuel, and that means the promotional Omega Frost Slayer Gear is due to return! Visit Torgan to check out this gear with newly-unlocked Active cores!

  • Omega Frost Slayer P
  • Omega Frost Slayer E
  • Omega Frost Destroyer P
  • Omega Frost Destroyer E
  • Omega Frost Blaster P
  • Omega Frost Blaster E
  • Omega Frost Cannon P
  • Omega Frost Cannon E

Cores: These previously promotional cores will also return to Torgan for purchase with Varium only

  • Tactical Reload (Aux): Get a free reload of your Auxiliary, bypassing cooldown.
  • Frozen Rift: Opens an icy rift, dealing Sidearm damage plus 10% of your target's max Health (Max 400).
  • Frozen Fist: 105% Primary damage, increasing by 5% per round, (140% max).

 

Stop the Clock!

You may have noticed the war cooldown is set to a ridiculously high number of hours. That's to guarantee that another war won't start to interfere with gifting. The war bar will disappear and be replaced with the gifting interface Friday November 20th!

 

Download the Artix Game Launcher!

Chrome and many other popular browser are dropping support for Flash next month! This means that the best way to play EpicDuel and all the other AE browser games will be through the Artix Game Launcher! Many of you are already using it, but some are still completely unaware of this major change. Don't be caught off guard and download the Launcher today!

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Nightwraith

November 12, 2020

The Final Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Join us on Delta V for the Final Friday the 13th! Well, not the last Friday the 13th  ever, just this year, but it does sound much more dramatic and urgent to phrase it at the final one. Visit Dage and Caden for dark and devious treats to add to your arsenal. While you're shopping, browse the refreshed home item shop for new devilish décor to spruce up your epic dwelling for the upcoming holiday season.


New items:

Visit Caden for new Friday the 13th seasonal rares!

  • Slasher Machete P
  • Slasher Machete E
  • Spirit Binder P
  • Spirit Binder E
  • Spirit Harvester Scythe P
  • Spirit Harvester Scythe E
  • Spirit Harvester Sword P
  • Spirit Harvester Sword E

In addition to new weapons, Dage's 2020 Birthday weapons have returned to his shop so grab them before they're gone for the year!


Home items

The home item shop has been stocked with a new batch of items to add some cursed, grim flavor to your humble dwellings. It's not Halloween, but it is Friday the 13th so they're still technically on-theme!

  • Dark Cauldron
  • Pumpkin of Darkness Right
  • Pumpkin of Darkness Left
  • Black Wood Chair Right
  • Black Wood Chair Left
  • Dark Bed Right
  • Dark Bed Left
  • Unlucky Mirror
  • Dark Wall Torch
  • Ghost Portrait
  • Ghostly Lantern
  • Reaping Spirit Right
  • Reaping Spirit Left
  • Dark Offering Right
  • Dark Offering Left
  • Crossed Spirit Binders
  • Crossed Spirit Scythes
  • Dark Alchemy Shelf
  • Small Dark Alchemy Shelf
  • Small Skull Shelf
  • Bat Right
  • Bat Left
  • Evil Cake

 

New Achievements

What's this? A Friday the 13th so close to Nightwraith's birthday? Something must be done about that! Something like...making a new rare achievement!

  • Nightwraith Friday the 13th

 

Returning Boss

With this update, you'll have another chance to challenge Nightmare Dage once again! Can you collect all of his rare Nightmare drops?​

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November 06, 2020

November Nightmare

Nightmare Nightwraith Returns

A new portal has opened in the Wasteland Minetower! This dimensional tear has trapped another being not of this world: Darkon. Visit him in his dark and mysterious limbo to procure new weapons of war and accept a mighty challenge!

 

New Items:

Visit Darkon to gain access to a new shop of otherworldly weapons surging with lethal power!

  • Darkon's Debris Katana P
  • Darkon's Debris Katana E
  • Darkon's Debris Scythe P
  • Darkon's Debris Scythe E
  • Darkon's Debris Berserker P
  • Darkon's Debris Berserker E
  • Darkon's Debris Spear P
  • Darkon's Debris Spear E
  • Darkon's Debris Blades P
  • Darkon's Debris Blades E
  • Darkon's Debris Axe P
  • Darkon's Debris Axe E
  • Darkon's Debris Staff P
  • Darkon's Debris Staff E

 Infinity Power Strike (Unlimited) core now sold at Titan!


New Achievements

  • Darkon Destroyer (Earned for defeating new boss Darkon!)
  • Nightwraith Chop (Evolving Achievement with 10 levels)

 

New and Returning Missions!

Several missions are returning in honor of another seasonally recurring event: Nightwraith's birthday! 

  • OneX6 Retrieval: Returning with 2 new mission!
    • OneX6 7
    • Loyalty Tax
  • Party Business: Returning with 1 new mission!
    • 36
  • A Bold Bounty: Returning. Can you defeat Nightmare Nightwraith and win Nightwraith's Armor?

 

Balance:

  • Tactical Mercenary:
    • Barbed Grenade: Changed stat requirement to Strength instead of Dexterity
  • Tech Mage:
    • Malfunction: Increased stat requirement. Level 1 = 24 Dexterity, increasing by 2 per level

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Nightwraith

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

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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

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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!

 

Balance:

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

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!

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