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Titan

November 19, 2019

Gift-A-Geddon 2019

A familiar chill fills the air as an eagerly anticipated event approaches Delta V once again. For veteran players, it's a familiar tradition marked by excitement, boundless generosity, and intense competition. Some might say this Design Notes intro is a familiar tradition. Almost like Nightwraith is reusing text for recurring events...nah, couldn't be.

The 2019 season of Gifting is nearly here! This year, gifting will officially go online Tuesday December 3rd and last until  Tuesday January 7th, 2019, with all the upgrades introduced last year including larger room capacity, speedier opening, gifting streaks, reduced gifting cost, higher gifter achievement tiers, and leaderboards! Why the later start date this year? Thanksgiving is dangerously close to the start of gifting this year, and we didn't want to risk turning on a huge event, having something break, and pulling folks away from their family revelry to comb through ActionScript. It also allows you, the players, enjoy some quality quiet time before the gifting fervor kicks in.

 

Legendary Epic Mega-Pack!

Since it was such a smash hit last year, this year, Wednesday November 20th to be exact, we'll be delivering a massive mega-pack of 35,000 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 2019 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 3rd!

 

Epic Supporter 2019!

This year, once the mega-pack promotion ends, it will be replaced by not one, but two new promotional packages! The first is the holiday 15,000 Varium package, which is a great value. Since we've found that players who choose this package tend to purchase it multiple times throughout the gifting event, the Epic Supporter 2019 achievement that is automatically awarded will be an evolving achievement! This achievement will also be available with the upcoming Omega Frost Destroyer Promotional Pack!

 

The Prize

Last year we left the prize options wide open with numerous caveats and clarifications. Even though the idea of an Epic Wish was left fairly open-ended, most people opted for a customized rare item. This year, we'd like to keep things simpler (but still exciting!) by 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:

  • The item to be customized must already exist
  • This item can be any sword, sidearm, auxiliary, 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
  • 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...)
  • Cores will not be customized
  • If the wish 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
  • 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.

*Founder Exception: Only the first place gifter may wish for Founder Armor, however, if a players has a Founder Achievement, but no Founder Armor, they may wish 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!

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 Wolf Gear Returns!

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

  • Omega Wolf Blaster P/E (sidearm)
  • Omega Wolf Rifle P/E (auxiliary)
  • Omega Wolf Fang P/E (sword)
  • Omega Wolf Bloodletter/Souleater (mutating)
  • Omega Wolf Rider (non-CC vehicle)

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

  • Tactical Reload (Sidearm): Get a free reload of your sidearm, bypassing cooldown.
  • Icy Overkill (Aux): Overload your auxiliary, ignoring 35% of target's defense. Is unusable for rest of battle.
  • Wolf’s Fury (Primary): While low on health, unleash an unblockable attack with a 25% crit/stun chance and 100% energy conversion. Also does 26% attack damage to target’s energy.

 

Congratulations to the Nightmare Slayers!

Your last chance for the year to defeat Nightmare Nightwraith and claim the rare Nightwraith armor will be Friday November 29th! So far, only 100 duelists have achieved this rare feat. If you already have the armor, you still have some time to help someone struggling with this battle to win this mighty prize! 

 

Stay tuned for more updates as Gifting 2019 approaches!

 

HeroMart Update!

Black Friday? Let’s darken this entire freaking month! We’re throwing our biggest and best sale EVER.

Just released!

Head to www.HeroMart.com/ to get them individually or get both the DragonSlayer and J6 BountyHunter armor shirts, and you can add the $19.99 2020 Calendar to your cart for free!

2020 Artix Calendar Poster

This year's new 2020 Artix Calendar poster includes wicked new art from Dioz and Dage, and comes with the UnderWorld Chronomancer in-game rewards in all our regularly-updated videogames!

Plus, get the Collector's Edition of the 2020 Artix Calendar Poster and unlock the 12 x 18 bonus UnderWorld Chronomancer print + exclusive in-game pet in AQW and AQ3D!

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

November 15, 2019

Balance Boost!

Balance Boost

Call in an orbital strike or summon a bloody firestorm against your foes with two new ultimate skills in the latest update: Annihilation and Maestrom!

 

Balance

This latest balance update is packed with updates, buffs, and 2 new skills for Blood Mages and Tactical Mercenaries!

  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Surgical Strike replaced with Annihilation
    • Annihilation: Fire a concentrated physical beam that reduces target's Rage by 50%; 30% lifesteal
  • Blood Mage
    • Replaced Supercharge with Maelstrom
    • Maelstrom: Summon a bloody firestorm ignoring 30% of the target's Defense
  • Tech Mage:
    • Supercharge: Remove rage bonus
  • Hardened Armor: No use limit. 4 turn cooldown
  • Armored Roots: No use limit. 4 turn cooldown
  • Nanotech Shield Buff: 5%
    • Lvl 1: 17
    • Lvl 2: 19
    • Lvl 3: 21
    • Lvl 4: 23
    • Lvl 5: 25
    • Lvl 6: 26
    • Lvl 7: 27
    • Lvl 8: 28
    • Lvl 9: 29
    • Lvl 10: 30

 

Item Changes

  • Ember Slayer: Active Core Unlocked
  • Frost Slayer: Active Core Unlocked
  • Frost Destroyer: Active Core Unlocked

 

World Changes

World 7 now available from the world map!

 

War Cooldown and Gifting

You may have noticed the the latest war cooldown is longer than usual. Much longer. For EpicDuel regulars, that means gifting is coming up! New achievements and seasonal UI systems are being setup to enable gifting, which means the latest Frystland War will be the last for 2019. Congratulations to the Exiles, though Legion did manage to score some wins this time around.

Look for more formal announcements concerning the next gifting event soon!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

November 13, 2019

Heroic Housing 2019 Winners!

Heroic Housing 2019

First of all, I want to extend my appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated in the EpicDuel Heroic Housing Contest 2019! I also want to thank our judges who took their time to collect all the entries and tally the votes. We had a tremendous response to this contest with dozens of creative, beautiful entries to evaluate. It was very difficult to narrow down the list the 25 final winners. We considered many factors when selecting winners including interpretation of the theme, concept, color schemes, patterns, function, and overall creative effort put into the house design. Humor, though not required, didn't hurt.

 

Winners will receive 5,000 ArtixPoints, a rare Achievement, and a rare Home Item! 3 Grand Prize winners will get a rare Achievement and home item, plus 10,000 ArtixPoints! If you weren't among the winners, please be good sports to the winners and judges, even if you disagree strongly with our decisions. Contests should be a joyful, fun experience for the community to celebrate creativity and their love of the game. Spamming with hate won't change any decisions. After all, there will always be more contests to enter! 

 

Without further ado, presented in no particular order, here are your winners!

CurseOfHonor

.Romanian Hunter.

...EPIC QUEEN...

.Seaf Max.

.Valencia.

l BLACK LEGEND l

Alien fundador

PeroXide

MapWarCyber

Romanian King

The WhiteBeard

Alkimos

Jestericious

Diogo.Gamer

GodOfSanta

Emolicious

Majesty Luna

DanielStoSve

Machaon

Shru.

I God of Death I

Howl.O.Scream

 

The Three Grand Prize winners of the Heroic Housing 2019 Contest Are:

Legro Inmortuorum

Eldor The Beast

.K I M O.

 

Congratulations! Again, judging was very tough as some entries were very close in quality, but ultimately we had to choose a cutoff for the entries somewhere! Thank you again for all who participated and helped judge! As with last year, we ask that winners of the contest please not change your house ( other than maybe adding your trophies ) for a few weeks, so that visitors may see your epic house creation! Also as a heads up, since we need to add prizes manually onto your characters, it may take a few hours or so before you receive your achievement, trophies, and Artix points. All prizes should be awarded by the end of the day!

Once again we thank our EpicDuel community, and we hope to see your creativity shine again in the next contest!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

November 07, 2019

Nightmare Nightwraith Returns!

Nightmare Nightwraith Return

The nefarious ne'er do well returns from the Nightmare Dimension to once again challenge Delta V's mightiest warriors for a chance to win his rare armor! Will you accept?

 

A Bold Bounty Returns!

After a year, players will once again have a chance to earn Nightwraith's armor! If you're already among the elite duelists who've completed this challenge, you can help your fellow Delta V citizens overcome this challenge by partnering with them in battle and sharing strategies for overcoming one of the toughest challenges in the game!

For completionists, the mission chains Party Business and OneX6 Retrieval have also returned to grant easier access to Nightwraith's trusty ArmoryBot!

 

Nightwraith's New Stock

Nightwraith has refreshed his shop with new rares to celebrate the anniversary of AQW and AQ Classic! This exquisite equipment crafted by Lae will only be available for a limited time and vanish permanently after they're gone!

  • Paladin Great Sword P
  • Paladin Great Sword E
  • Paladin Sword P
  • Paladin Sword E
  • Paladin Daggers P
  • Paladin Daggers E
  • Paladin Mace P
  • Paladin Mace E
  • Paladin Staff P
  • Paladin Staff E
  • Chaos Sword P
  • Chaos Sword E
  • Chaos Scimitar P
  • Chaos Scimitar E
  • Chaos Claws P
  • Chaos Claws E
  • Chaos Club P
  • Chaos Club E
  • Chaos Staff P
  • Chaos Staff E

 

Balance

Some balance changes have been introduced to bolster some bots while mitigating the overpowered strength of others. Cyber Hunters should also see a buff to the new skill Memory Leak to make it more competitive with Venom Strike.

  • Cyber Shark
    • Feeding Frenzy: Now does 75% initial damage rather than 100%
  • Plasma Fly
    • Infernal Sting: Does 100% damage instead of 75%
  • Memory Leak: Buffed levels of HP/MP loss per level
    • Lvl 1: 20
    • Lvl 2: 30
    • Lvl 3: 40
    • Lvl 4: 50
    • Lvl 5: 60
    • Lvl 6: 70
    • Lvl 7: 75
    • Lvl 8: 80
    • Lvl 9: 85
    • Lvl 10: 90

 

Contest Completion

The Heroic Housing Contest of 2019 is over and the turnout was incredible, with even more entries than last year! Judging is currently underway and the winners will be announced and rewarded next Wednesday, November 13th!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 31, 2019

Harvest Havoc Surprise!

Harvest Havoc

Surprise! EpicDuel just dropped a spooky new release with new weapons, cores, and styles for those last-minute Halloween shoppers!

 

New Styles

10 new styles are available for each class, letting you complete that last-minute Halloween look!

 

Weapons

New seasonal weapons and cores are available now at Snork!

  • Chain Scythe P
  • Chain Scythe E
  • Sinister Pumpkin Sickle P
  • Sinister Pumpkin Sickle E
  • Plasmic Chainsaw P
  • Plasmic Chainsaw E

 

Cores 

In addition to new spooky seasonal rares, Snork is introducing 4 new primary, active cores! Few skills give you an edge in battle like a giant, summonable saw blade!

  • Crow Frenzy P: Summon a bloodthirsty murder of crows that attack and grant 30% lifesteal.
  • Crow Frenzy E: Summon a bloodthirsty murder of crows that attack and grant 30% lifesteal.
  • Saw Strike P: Summon a saw blade to rip through 15% of your target's defense!
  • Saw Strike E: Summon a saw blade to rip through 15% of your target's defense!

Some changes have been made to existing cores to either ease their power in increase their usefulness in battle.

  • Infernal Fortitude: Reusable with 4 turn cooldown. Energy cost increased to 100.
  • Radiation Burn: 35% chance to reduce to reduce melee attacker's Defense/Resistance by 25%.
  • Captain's Charge: Reducing effects 5% overall (-35% Defense and Resistance, -35 Strength and Support).
  • Hardened Armor: Energy cost 0
  • Armored Roots : Energy cost 0

 

Heroic Housing 2019

Remember, EpicDuel's Heroic Housing 2019 contest is nearly over! The theme is "holiday harvest" so it's the perfect time to get into the spirit of the season and show off your best decor for the chance to win Epic prizes!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 26, 2019

Harvest Havoc

Harvest Havoc

A bounty of new weapons, armors, achievements, styles and more await your in this latest EpicDuel update!

 

New Items!

Visit Deuce is the mysterious Minestation for his latest seasonal creations! 

  • Pumpkin Lord CC
  • Pumpkin Sabre P
  • Pumpkin Sabre E
  • Pumpkin Highbrander P
  • Pumpkin Highbrander E
  • Pumpkin Rip Blades P
  • Pumpkin Rip Blades E
  • Pumpkin Axe P
  • Pumpkin Axe E
  • Pumpkin Staff P
  • Pumpkin Staff E
  • Pumpkin Buster Blaster P (Spreadfire)
  • Pumpkin Buster Blaster E (Spreadfire)
  • Pumpkin Buster Cannon P
  • Pumpkin Buster Cannon E

New Arcade!

Beef up those rating points and spend those Arcade Tokens at the new Harvest Havoc arcade game! Take a spin for a chance to win weapons, home items, and an armor that are not are not stocked in any shop!

 

Home Decor

Decorate one or all of your homes with new spooky items available now!

  • Seedy Patch Right
  • Super Seedy Patch Right
  • Myx Left
  • Myx Right
  • Seedy Patch Left
  • Super Seedy Patch Left
  • Count Mechula Coffin
  • Ghost Tomb
  • Count Mechula Right
  • Count Mechula Left
  • Count Mechula Emblem

 

New Styles

Five new styles are now available for each class, some with wild fiery animation! The perfect complement for your spooky seasonal cosplay!

 

Achievements

Once again, I forgot the big baseball game happening, so you can grab an updated Big Show 2019 Achievement in celebration! I hope your team scored all the points!

 

Balance

  • Blood Mage:
    • Brutal Strike is now blockable

 

Heroic Housing 2019

Remember, EpicDuel's Heroic Housing 2019 contest is still underway but nearly at its end! The theme is "holiday harvest" so it's the perfect time to get into the spirit of the season and show off your best decor for the chance to win Epic prizes!

Tags: Titan

 

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