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Nightwraith

October 12, 2018

The Pirate's Nightmare Redux

Finally!

Earlier this week, fearless warriors all over Delta V were able to challenge Nightmare Kartherax at long last! Now, they'll be able to explore the Nightmare and uncover its mysteries in this content-rich release with 30 new missions!

 

General Changes:

The following changes are designed to address some of the imbalances with players in the high 30s matching with high rank Legendary players. Additional changes to mission tracking will allow Juggernaut victories to count toward 2v2 missions.

  • Tighter matching at high levels for 1v1
  • 38s and 39s should encounter high rank Legends less often.
  • Level difference weighted higher when calculating first strike:
    • New formula --> First Strike Chance = (50 + ((My Team’s Support - Enemy Team’s Support) * 1.5) - ((My Team’s Level - Enemy Team’s Level) * 10)) * (My Support / (My Team’s Support * Team Size))
  • Juggernaut victories will count towards 2v2 missions
  • Promotional Package Phantasm Droids now properly tagged as seasonal rares.

 

Balance

  • Legendary Stat Buff:
    • Sidearm Damage: 3 → 4 per point
    • Auxiliary Damage: 3 → 4 per point
    • Robot Damage: 3 → 4 per point

 

Achievements

We're releasing 2 new achievements, including a new upgradeable achievement!

  • HalloWarrior 2. This will replace the HalloWarrior achievement after this year. The original HalloWarrior achievement will go rare after this season!
  • Upgradeable Achievement: Pumpkin Seed. Can you afford to become a Pumpkin God?

Missions

The West Naval Yard is under siege by a malevolent force! Many of you have already discovered the tear that leads to he Nightmare realm, but now it's time to discover why all this is happening and how it relates to the various characters in the Naval Yard and Beyond! Note: Defeating Legendary versions of NPCs will not count toward the mission. Also, The Pirate's Nightmare chain will only open after you've complete Waves of Wrath Part 3.

  • The Pirate's Nightmare Part 1:
    • Tides of Fear
    • Clear the Docks
    • Grim Catch
    • Gamma Glitch
    • Something's Fishy
    • What Do Gods Fear?
    • Caden's Reverie
    • Research Trip
    • You Saw This Coming
    • Status Report
  • The Pirate's Nightmare Part 2:
    • Dreams of the Void
    • The Nightmare Spreads
    • Nightmare Prince
    • Nightmare Tether
    • Dreams of the Dead
    • Nightmare Gate
    • Nightmare Preppers
    • Prisoner of the Nightmare
    • Nightmare's End
    • The Waking World

For those who haven't yet complete Waves of Wrath, there's a fun mission chain you can do immediately! These mild missions are a great way to boost your credits to help you grab the latest seasonal gear and achievements!

  • Harrowing Harvest:
    • Seasonal Shipment 
    • Prowling for Pumpkins
    • Candy Delivery
    • Ooooo Piece of Candy
    • Sugar Rush
    • Electro Light Display
    • Exterminator
    • Greedy Harvest
    • Harvest Companion
    • Harvest Tradition

Tester Hunt

I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you who applied during out call for testers. It was very nice to see so many people eager to help EpicDuel thrive and become a part of it's development. We're still reviewing applications and narrowing the list, but when we've determined the final candidates, we'll reach out to them individually for interviews. We'll post the final list when the testers have been interviewed and approved. We thank you in advance for you patience during this process!

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Nightwraith

October 05, 2018

Heroic Housing Winners!

Heroic Housing

First of all, I want to extend my appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated in the EpicDuel Heroic Housing Contest 2018! 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 over 100 entries! Many of them were exceptionally creative, and it was very difficult to narrow down the list to 25 winners. We considered many factors when selecting winners including color schemes, patterns, function, and overall creative effort put into the house design. 

The winners will be receiving 5000 Artix Points, a rare Achievement in EpicDuel, and 2 new home items! If you weren't among the winners, please be good sports to the winners and judges, even if you disagree strongly with our decisions. There will definitely be more contests to enter! 

 

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


....Sr.Eddye....

..Jordan.S..

.Darkness Lord.

ArMaGeDoN1000

Bane Hallow

Croissant

DarckCiToxD

Eldor The Beast

Exosen

FlaShSyll R3v0luTiOn

I.Fun3ral.I

Idriz

WhiteCollar

Josie Sparkles

l.Strong Mercenary.l

Machaon

NIKO BELLIC 4

Officer Blastlo

RomanianQueen

Runetide

Sr. Luciano

TwoFaced Illusion

Aldy16

True Mortal

Yamira

 

I 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, it may take a few hours or so before you receive your achievement, trophies, and Artix points because we need to add it manually onto your characters.

Once again we thank our EpicDuel players, and we hope to see you in the next contest!

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

October 05, 2018

Get Your Ghoulish Gear Here

Get your ghoulish gear here!

Ghoulish Gear!

This update EpicDuel is retiring the 2018 Stun Gun promotion and bringing a brand new promo pack with 6 devastating weapons loaded with new powerful cores! This is the first fully-load promo pack EpicDuel has released in a long time so it was tricky to get everything together in time. I hope they complement your spooky seasonal looks nicely!


Vampiric Boomstick P/E
Passive: Spreadfire: Damages all enemies. Deals 85% damage if it hits multiple targets.
Special: Blood Shot: Fire a powerful shot with a 25% chance to crit that returns 20% damage to user as HP.

Ghoul Cannon 2018 / Spectral Blaster 2018
Special: Soul Siphon: Reduce and absorb enemy energy by 25% of normal auxiliary damage.

Phantasm Droid P / E
Special: Phantasm Blast: Deal 60% base damage to Energy, increasing by 3% each round in battle (80% max).

Balance

  • Legendary Stat Buff:
    • Primary Damage: 2 → 3 per point
    • Defense: 2 → 3 per point
    • Resistance: 2 → 3 per point
  •  Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Improves with ever 3.4 Support
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every .6 Support
  • Tech Mage
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every .6 Support

 

Rarity Value

Since Gifting Even Prizes are unique items, I increased the rarity value of the following items:

  • Titan's Alpha Blaster
  • Titan's Alpha Blade
  • Titan's Alpha Daggers
  • Titan's Alpha Staff
  • Titan's Alpha Maul
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Daggers
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Staff
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Maul
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Blaster
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Blade
  • Nightwraith's Founder Armor
  • Nightwraith's Gamma Bike
  • Nightwraith's Gamma Bot 

 

Achievements

Since there's a new Omega achievement as of a few weeks ago, I've updated the rarity of the legacy achievements. This should be a nice boost for veteran players and a HUGE boost to the Elites and Founders still showing the young punks what for.

  • Legacy Achievements increased in value
  • Alpha Tester --> 7000
  • Beta Tester --> 5500
  • Elite --> 7500
  • Founder --> 7500
  • One in a Million --> 5000
  • Gamma Tester --> 4000
  • Delta Knight --> 3500

 

Bosses

It looks like Nightmare Kartherax is casting a mighty forcefield between itself and the the calamari-craving duelists who want to test their steel against his tentacles. It's either a brilliant strategy or an act of fear. Either way, it looks like the Nightmare Kartherax boss in currently still inaccessible. This is really strange since it was working in the testing environment. Something is keeping the boss from loading, and I'll do everything I can to get it working. 

It was also my intention to release missions for this update, as they were listed as a feature for last update, but sadly, this did not happen again. I just hit too many walls and didn't have the necessary time to implement and test them. Will they be released next week? I hope so, but I'm learning to be more cautious about what I promise from week to week, as unforeseen issues can arise which make certain features impossible within the given timeframe. I promise to do better in the future for you and myself to keep the scope ambitious, yet attainable.

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Nightwraith

September 28, 2018

Pirate's Nightmare

Pirate's Nightmare

There were a lot of changes to the battle engine and troubleshooting that forced me to cut missions and a boss. I feel bad, but I'd feel worse not releasing at all. Features/content that were cut this week are planned to be released next week.

New Features/Changes

  • Achievements
    • Nightmare Captain Shoggoth's Head
  • 2v1 Boss
    • Nightmare Captain Shoggoth
  • Armors - Located on Ishmael
    • Darkspawn Husk
    • Kartherax Husk
  • Styles
    • Kartherax’s Darkspawn CC 
    • Kartherax CC

Balance Changes

  • 2v2 matching restrictions tightened at the high end
    • 36 can match 32 - 40
    • 37 can match 33 - 41
    • 38 can match 34 - 42
    • 39 can match 35 - 43
    • 40 can match 36 - 45
    • 41 can match 37 - 45
    • 42 can match 38 - 45
    • 43 can match 39 - 45
    • 44 can match 39 - 45
    • 45 can match 40+
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Massacre: Improves with every 8 Technology; Health gain reduced to 20% 
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Massacre: Improves with every 8 Technology; Health gain reduced to 20%
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Toxic Grenade: +20 damage to all levels
  • Cores
    • Eternal Enhance: Stat buff increased to +3 for all stats
  • Bots
    • Botanical Borg: Spore Bombardment now deflectable
    • Pirate Bot P/E: AOE stun working; Special now one-time use per battle

Contest!

Remember, the Heroic Housing contest is still underway, but it's nearly complete! There's still a few days to enter if you're the procrastinating type! The complete rules can be found in this post!

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Nightwraith

September 24, 2018

EpicDuel Testers Wanted

Testers Wanted!

EpicDuel Team Searching for New Testers!

Since resuming development of EpicDuel in May, EpicDuel has been relying on a few generous mods and remaining testers to help get the releases out. Since many of these assistants have other roles and real life obligations, we have some blind spots in testing which we can only remedy with a dedicated testing team!

 

Think you have what it takes? We are looking for someone who is:

  • Experienced (this does NOT mean you have to have 5 level 40 Legendary characters)
  • Knowledgeable (you should know how all the various parts of the game play)
  • A good communicator (if you cannot explain the bug you've experienced, we cannot fix it)
  • Available (if you'll only have time to pop in for an hour or two, this is not for you) 
  • Easy to work with (our testers work hard and have fun. Since this is a volunteer position, we want everyone to enjoy what they do and who they work with. Even if you are an amazing, reliable tester, you can and will be booted for having a bad attitude.)

We will be looking at your EpicDuel account history, AE account history, social networking and forum accounts if you have them, and arranging a Discord interview to talk individually with potential candidates.

 

Want to apply? Here is what you need to do:

  1. 1. Send an e-mail to AEContributors@battleon.com with the subject line EPICDUEL TESTER APPLICATION
    If your e-mails subject line says anything except EPICDUEL TESTER APPLICATION then the filters will automatically delete it. Attention to detail is essential.
  2. Include your real name, age, and 
  3. Include your country of residence.
  4. Include your EpicDuel character name and email address
  5. Include your Master Account name and email address tied to the master account.
  6. Include your Forum account name and email address if you have a forum account.
  7. Include why you want to be a tester for EpicDuel and what you hope to accomplish in this role.
  8. Include all Languages you speak/read.
  9. Include a Resume (C.V.)  *please note we'd like the resume in English.

You must be at least 18 years old to be considered for this position. No exceptions.

One application per person. We will read and consider all applications, but cannot reply to them all.  If you are chosen to go through a further interview, we will contact you by e-mail. If we do not respond, we want to thank you for being awesome enough to volunteer! We are not obligated to explain why you were not accepted for the role. Applications close WEDNESDAY, October 10th. We hope to accept around 5 testers but this can change based on quality of applications. We will begin contacting applicants we are interested in as soon as possible, but please understand it takes time to manually review and vet candidates. Contacting staff about your application status will not help your chances.

 

Position Details

Please note that this is an unpaid position but does come with the in-game ED Tester achievement, currency allowance, certain items upon request, and the chance to test game content as we develop it before release and invaluable experience with a honest-to-goodness gaming company which will look good on ANY future resumes.

Thanks, good luck and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

September 21, 2018

Call Me Ishmael

More pirate loot!

This is a light, but filling release as we introduce new bots, new auxiliaries and new vehicles. How will these new bots and core fit into your strategy? Find out soon! Next week will see a broader release with more balance changes, new armors, and new challenging missions!

New Features/Changes

  • New items are located in Ishamel's Shop in the West Naval Yard!
  • Bots
    • Pirate Bot P/E: Naval Barrage skill is an AOE attack with a 25% chance to stun/crit
  • Vehicles
    • Dark Kraken Carver
    • Kraken Carver CC
  • Auxiliary
    • Ishmael’s Impaler P/E: Poison Barbs core inflicts incurable poison of 50 damage for 3 turns. This unique poison cannot be cleansed or cured, but doesn't overlap with other poisons.

Balance Changes

  • Underdog - The community seems divided on whether or not Underdog buffs are too strong and in need of nerfs or necessary to compete against Legendary opponents. This week, we'll try a nerf to impact first strike and stats slightly. Next week, we'll try to follow it up with tighter matching in high-level 2v2.
    • Support buff removed from all levels to reduce chance of first strike and reduce impact of the buff overall

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