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December 03, 2021

Gifting 2021 Begins!

Gifting 2020 Begins

Gifting 2021 Begins!

I can't believe it's here already, but the latest and last EpicDuel Gifting Event has begun! Login now to give and receive inconceivable mountains of loot, earn achievements, and spread holiday cheer throughout Delta V! Let's send off 2021 on a high note! 

This Gifting Event will last from December 3rd to January 7th, 2022.

In preparation of this gifting season, we also increased the room cap from 175-200, added a new tier of rating starts (Diamond Stars), and a World 8 instance. Remember to select "Low Performance: Hide Other Characters"  from the Settings menu when Gifting heats up, or the main heat you feel will be from your CPU.

To review the rules and regulations for the final prizes, please refer to this Design Notes post!

 

Omega Void Trials!

Omega Void Trial

Be sure to check the Daily Missions for new missions that will allow you to redeem you excess Void Shards and Omega Wolf Shards for exclusive rares that will not be available any other way. These missions will be added throughout the event to keep things spicy and encourage folks to check back daily to see what new rewards are available!

 

Epic Suggestions!

Suggestions

Congratulations to xMalebox, Rulebook, and Sinister who are having their suggested weapons added to the pool of possible gifts. These Epic fans will receive the Epic Artist Achievement if they don't already have it, as well as their suggested items in-game. This probably wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of new EpicDuel artist Acatriel who went the extra mile to make these visions a reality.

 

Epic Styles!

In between gifting sessions, check out the style-change interface and browse the 14 new styles!

 

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Let's make this the best Gifting season yet! Be safe, have fun, and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

November 19, 2021

Gift-a-Geddon 2021

Gift-a-Geddon 2021

What time is it? It’s EpicDuel Gifting time again! This year, Gifting will officially go online Friday December 3rd and last until Friday January 7th, 2022! 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 2021!

Today, Friday November 19th, 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. Those who purchase this pack will also be awarded a one-time Legendary Epic Supporter 2021 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 3th!

 

Epic Supporter 2021!

Today, we’re also 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 2021 achievement which will evolve if the packs are purchased multiple times! The 40,000 Varium pack will also count towards the Epic Supporter 2021 achievement. If you purchased a 10,000 AP package on Friday November 19th before the update took effect, you will be awarded the appropriate achievement plus the difference in Varium.


Gifting Revised Rewards and Rules

It’s nearly time for EpicDuel Gifting! After all these years it’s still the most anticipated EpicDuel event, and it’s not even close. If you’ve participated in past Gifting events, or if this is your first time experiencing one, it’s important that you pay careful attention to this year’s rules and rewards because they’ve changed a bit, especially if you’re aiming to land a position on the leaderboard. 

Like last year, we’ll be offering each of the top 15 Gifters a unique prize! Winners may request any items within the guidelines below and receive a version of the item with their name associated (i.e. Nightwraith’s Delta Knight), however the restrictions have been tightened this time around. These changes were made because the workload of prize fulfillment escalated year-over-year to such an extent that it’s unsustainable to continue the scope-creep of custom items that have been drastically altered from their original designs.

Also, this year’s gifting event will be the FINAL EpicDuel Gifting event so we’re pulling out all the stops on content, rewards, balance, bosses and more to make this event one to remember! 

Please review the following revised rules regarding prizes so there are no disappointments or surprises by the end:

  • The first place gifter will receive an item as specified above but will additionally receive a completely custom item. This can be any item category. 
  • Only the first place winner may request a custom hairstyle/helm. No custom styles/helms will be permitted for other winners.
  • No prize codes will be offered to the winner this year.
  • Choose carefully! Winners will be restricted to 1 item as a prize. Mutating items and mutating armors count as one item. 
  • Unlike last year, if you request a physical variant you will not also receive an energy variant and vice versa.
  • The prize item can be any sword, sidearm, auxiliary, home item, armor, vehicle, mutation, bot, or class-specific item that has ever been available in-game. Please note the exception regarding Founder Armor.*
  • The item must have been available in EpicDuel at some time. Items from other AE games are not permitted.
  • If your requested item originally included an achievement (i.e. Infernal Slayer), you will NOT also receive the achievement if you request the same item.
  • If the request is for a customized bot, the wish will only be valid for one damage-type configuration of the bot.
  • Skills on robots cannot be swapped for other bot skills.
  • Customization requests can be refused if they're deemed unreasonable or illegal (copy-written material, offensive, etc...).
  • Customization requests can be refused for causing excessive lag due to complex, looping animations.
  • 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...).
  • No Replica prizes to be sold in-game will be offered this year.
  • Please consider your prize carefully because once the item is in-game there will be no revisions permitted except for bug fixes. 
  • You will have until January 31st to decide on your prize. If you fail to respond during that time window, your prize will be forfeit.

*Founder Armor Exception: Only the first place gifter may request Founder Armor, however, if you have a Founder Achievement from the Founder phase of EpicDuel, but no Founder Armor, you may ask for Founder Armor. Also, winners who achieve a gifting score higher than 1,000,000 gifts will be eligible for Founder. Any perceived  attempts to bypass this rule with loopholes will be denied.

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. Winners will have until January 14th to decide on their Secret and Silver Secret package distribution

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 have their account disabled.

 

Nightmare Adjudicator Changes and Fixes

  • Nightmare Adjudicator's Eye rating value increased to 5000
  • Fixed art for Nightmare Hunter Cannon P and E to display the correct art for weapon
  • Increased drop rate for Adjudicator and Nightmare Adjudicator
  • Added to Nightmare Adjudicator
    • Shattered Nightmare Slayer P
    • Shattered Nightmare Slayer E

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Nightwraith

November 09, 2021

The Hunter of Nightmares

The Adjudicator

The Adjudicator's Challenge

There's a grave disturbance across all of Delta V, and nobody seems to know the cause! Mysterious parasites are infecting friend and foe alike, and the invasion can only be stopped at the source. But what...or who...will you find once you uncover the truth? Accept the challenge and receive riches and weapons beyond your wildest dreams...or worst nightmares! 

Special credit goes to EpicDuel Artist Lodrian / Acatriel for producing S-tier weapons, boss animations, and backgrounds! This release wouldn't be possible without these extraordinary efforts.

  • Hunter of Nightmare Part 1
  • Hunter of Nightmare Part 2
  • Hunter of Nightmare Part 3

If you're not read for the long, world-spanning saga, you can visit Xraal in the Biological Preserve to investigate an anomaly.

  • Gourd Gone Wild

 

New Achievements

With new missions and bosses come new achievements to boost your rating points! This release gives you access to a total of six new achievements, but to claim them all, you'll need help!

  • Pumpkin Lord Skull: Defeated Pumpkin Lord.
  • Nightmare Pumpkin Lord Skull: Defeated Nightmare Pumpkin Lord.
  • Adjudicator's Eye: Defeated the Adjudicator.
  • Nightmare Adjudicator's Eye: Defeated the Nightmare Adjudicator.
  • Gourd Be Gone: Awarded for completing "Gourd Gone Wild".
  • Nightmare Slain: Awarded for completing "Hunter of Nightmares".

 

Adjudicator's Arsenal

This release contains a trove of new items, but to gain access to them, you'll need to reach nearly the end Hunter of Nightmares Part 3!

  • Nightmare Hunter Armor
  • Nightmare Hunter Armor CC
  • Nightmare Slayer P
  • Nightmare Slayer E
  • Broken Nightmare Slayer P (Nightmare Adjudicator boss drop only)
  • Broken Nightmare Slayer E (Nightmare Adjudicator boss drop only)
  • Nightmare Moonlight Blade P (Adjudicator boss drop only)
  • Nightmare Moonlight Blade E (Adjudicator boss drop only)
  • Nightmare Hunter's Arsenal P
  • Nightmare Hunter's Arsenal E
  • Nightmare Hunter Pistol P
  • Nightmare Hunter Pistol E
  • Nightmare Hunter Rifle P
  • Nightmare Hunter Rifle E
  • Nightmare Hunter Cannon P
  • Nightmare Hunter Cannon E

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Nightwraith

October 28, 2021

Cosmic Carnage Finale

Cosmic Carnage Finale

The Endless has spoken! It has received your sacrifice and deemed it...good!

Congratulations to Naruto for claiming the top Platinum prize in the Cosmic Carnage Tournament. This week-long gauntlet was an intense trial in which only the best, most dedicated duelists could triumph. If you made it to the top-50, you are indeed worthy of The Endless' blessing!

As of this writing all prizes have been fully distributed. During the Tyrant's Trial Tournament, we were very generous with the prizes to celebrate the launch of the feature. It seems this one-time bonus became an expected practice. We certainly don't want any hurt feelings so we've buffed the prize pools. Next time, to avoid disappointment, we will be crystal clear what all the tiers can expect to receive upon victory.

  • Platinum Tier
    • Ascended Cosmic Eviscerator CC
    • Ascended Cosmic Eviscerator
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Scythe P CC
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Scythe E CC
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Bike CC
    • The Endless Bank (Home Item)
    • Cosmic Carnage Platinum (Home Item)
    • Crowned Cosmic Eviscerator Hairstyle
  • Gold Tier
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Cannon E
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Cannon P
    • Cosmic Destroyer P
    • Cosmic Destroyer E
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Sword P
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Sword E
  • Silver Tier
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Armor CC
      Cosmic Eviscerator Magnum P
      Cosmic Eviscerator Magnum E
  • Bronze Tier
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Armor
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Scythe P
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Scythe E
  • ALL Ticket Owners
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Pistol P
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Pistol E
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Rifle P
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Rifle E
    • Cosmic Eviscerator Bike

Winners

Thank you all again for your participation!

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Nightwraith

October 22, 2021

Cosmic Carnage Continues

Cosmic Carnage Continues

All things must come to an end and the Cosmic Carnage Tournament is nearing it's conclusion.  At 12:00 A.M Monday morning (EST), the tournament will conclude and prizes will be awarded to the tiers automatically. If you're not yet on the leaderboard, there's still time to secure your place! If you cannot, all is not lost, for The Endless may yet show mercy and reward those who were brave enough to participate!

 

Achievements

The Code Crafter achievement will receive 2 more evolutions for higher code redemption thresholds. 

  • Divine Leg. Code Crafter - 85,000
  • God-like Leg. Code Crafter - 100,000

 

Coming Attractions

This update may be small, but there's much more epic content on the horizon! 

Coming Attractions

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Nightwraith

October 20, 2021

Artix Entertainment's Pumpkin Carving Contest: 2021 Edition!

Can you... SQUASH... the competition?!

… Ok, at this point maybe “Fall Food Decorating Contest” is more appropriate, but it just doesn’t have the same ring. BUT on to the contest! Do you have what it takes to carve the best EpicDuel-themed pumpkin in all of Lore? How skilled are you in the fine arts of squash carnage? Are you able to duel-wield a camera and a carved ear of corn at the same time? If so, this contest is perfect for you!

Attention all ye who wish to enter…this contest: Mogloween is drawing ever near, so we need pumpkin-carving masters to take on this challenge!

Mogloween mog-luh-ween; noun

The evening of October 31 in Lore; celebrated in the month of October; observed especially by Heroes in costumes who solicit treats, and candy.

Prize Details

  1. There will be ONE Grand Prize winner, who shall receive 2000 ArtixPoints

  2. 2nd Place Winners will get 1000 ArtixPoints

  3. 3rd Place Winners will get 700 ArtixPoints

  4. Runner Ups will get 500 ArtixPoints

  5. If you go Above and Beyond, we shall award you accordingly ;)

Contest Timeframe

The contest will range from today, October 20th until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 31st. The winners will be announced the following week on the Design Notes.

Contest Rules

To be considered, all entries must:

  • Include your game character name and the year (2021) visually displayed somewhere within the picture or video

    • The game character name in the picture must be tied to an Artix account to receive a prize

  • Must not use digitally altered art (so no photoshopping) - we want to see what you can do offline!

  • Be themed on any Artix game, character, monster, etc

  • Be posted to the AE_Contests Twitter account

  • The photo of your pumpkin must be of the highest quality—the bigger and more clear the picture, the better!

  • One entry per person

You are welcome to think outside the box and submit other non-pumpkin creative entries for our consideration… but carved pumpkins and gourds are what we want to feature!  So you COULD...

  • Paint a pumpkin

  • Dress an ear of corn

  • Carve a pumpkin pie

  • Build a diorama featuring acorn squash

  • … the possibilities are endless

Reminders

  1. Please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only win once per person!

  2. A true hero is a good sportsman -- we reserve the right to reward excellent examples of good sportsmanship or remove entries for abusive behavior towards staff or other contest participants.

  3. As always, entries that WOW us and go above and beyond, displaying true effort or creativity, will get extra-special attention (or prizes)!

Good Luck!

On behalf of the entire AE team, we are really looking forward to seeing your creativity carved into pumpkins… or gourds… or apples (?!)! Will you win the Grand Prize? There is only one way to find out—submit your photo today!

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