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January 11, 2019

Gifting Aftermath

Congratulations!

Gifting is officially over and what a end it was! On behalf of EpicDuel and all of Artix Entertainment we'd like to congratulate the winners and thank them for their generosity. If you're a winner and haven't been contacted by Nightwraith, please check your spam filter or contact player support.

 

Gifting

Once again, congratulations! Your rewards are certainly well-deserved, and we've been impressed by the thought and creativity put into the wishes so far. As of this update, several of the winners will have received their prizes. Some are still in progress, but I hope to have all aside from Bandit J's rewards completed soon. We can't wait for you all to receive and show off your prizes!

Bandit J......In Progress
Spank Me......Complete
mr.darkgrinder......Complete
R A C I N G......In Progress
GodOfSanta......Complete
RomanianSanta......Complete
CyanideSuicide......In Progress
D0uble Tr0uble......Pending
Gladiator Blitz......In Progress
Properto Reloaded......Pending
SantasQueen......Complete
Shego......Complete
.S A G A R......Pending
DaBomb CHOP V8 FTYPE......Pending
Accomplishment......Complete

 

Silver Secret Packages

The Silver Secret Packages will be opening today. Since this is a manual process, it may take awhile, but we'll announce when all the items were awarded. If you have a Secret Package, it will not open just yet, but you will receive the silver rewards. You will receive rewards based on how many packages you received, so if you received 2 packages, you will receive 2 sets of rewards. The Silver Secret Package Rewards are:

  • Omega Wolf Mutation
  • Frozen Dage's Desolation P
  • Frozen Dage's Desolation E

 

General

  • 15K Varium Package Removed
  • Epic Supporter 2018 Achievement removed
  • 2018 Gifting Winners next to Endless M4tr1x
  • Classic battle backgrounds are now in the battle rotation!


Balance

  • Bounty Hunter and Cyber Hunter
    • Massacre: Stat requirement changed to Strength

 

War

You may have noticed that the War has returned under the radar in Central Station. The gifting banner will remain until next week when Titan will be available to swap the banners back. 

 

Reinforcements Have Arrived

What could it be?

EpicDuel is pleased to welcome Bido and Tomcat/Deuce back onto the art team! Prepare to be taunted by their Twitter accounts as they tease previews of their latest creations! The extra help is definitely appreciated!

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Nightwraith

January 03, 2019

Celebrating the End of Gifting

Final Gifting Challenge

All good things must end, and that means EpicDuel latest Gifting event is finally coming to an epic conclusion! We'd like to extend a special thanks to all our gifters and giftees who helped this season shatter all previous records for generosity and excitement!

Gifting will end officially at the server reset at the end of the day on Friday January 4th. The reset happens at midnight EST. That means Friday will be the final day for gifting. After that, the leaderboards will be locked in place, celebrating the grand champions of this epic gifting season!

 

Gifting ended and I'm in the top 15! What now?


First of all: CONGRATULATIONS! You absolutely destroyed the totals of all previous gifting events! You should be extremely proud of your contributions to the EpicDuel community, and we am humbled and honored by your generosity. After gifting officially ends, you will then be contacted by Nightwraith through one of your account's valid email addresses with further details. Please keep in mind that some prizes will be more complicated than others, especially the #1 custom prize, and may take some time to deliver fully. If you need some time to think, don't sweat! You can take your time thinking of a suitable wish.

 

What do I do with my Secret/Silver Secret Package?


You don't have to do anything! When the time is right for them to open, they will automatically transform into the appropriate item. We want to leave a buffer between gifting and the prize reveal to make sure all the winners and package recipients are in good standing and to add a final polish pass on the prizes! We hope you like them, because they'll be some of the prettiest, most unique rewards in the game!

 

Endless Challenge

Wrap up a spectacular Gifting season with a battle against Legendary Endless M4tr1x and win the Legendary Endless M4tr1x achievement!

 

New Weapons

Before you challenge Legendary Endless M4tr1x to battle, check out her new items!

  • Divinity Battlegear P
  • Divinity Battlegear E
  • Divine Conqueror P
  • Divine Conqueror E 

Also check out the Epic Legendary Arsenal for a new armor for those with a mountain of credits to spare!

  • Dage's Gold Paragon

 

Items Leaving

We'll be saying goodbye to the 2018 Omega Weapons, which will be leaving Nightwraith when when EpicDuel reboots for updates.

  • Omega Obliterator 2018
  • Omega Slayer 2018
  • Omega Onslaughter 2018
  • Omega Impaler 2018

 

Epic Supporter 2018

Since the other games have extended their currency bonuses, we're extending our 15K Varium Epic Supporter package to January 11th! After the update on that day, the 15K package will be replaced with the 12K package and the Epic Supporter achievement will no longer be available with purchases of Varium packages. The Omega Wolf Package will be available awhile longer.

 

2019

2018 ended with a huge victory for EpicDuel. The level of generosity and excitement from the community encouraging, surprising, and inspiring. We knew gifting would be a big deal, as it always is, but this year you knocked it out of the park and into the stratosphere. Where do we go from here, though? Lots of people want lots of different things in EpicDuel: New phases, new wars, new classes, new features, even a whole new game. More than a few want all of the above! Any one of those tasks would be extremely ambitious, but this year's resurgence was also ambitious. The passion in EpicDuel's community is undeniable and will usher in a new year of great possibilities for the game. 

This post is vague because while there are so many directions the game could go, including making real progress on EpicDuel's modest gameplan goals stating in a Design Notes post last summer, it's still difficult to see past the holiday haze and the work involved in the aftermath of gifting. That's why one immediate goal is acquiring an art assistant to help beef up EpicDuel's content and make it easier to focus on mid-long term development projects. However, that's only step one in the thousand step journey to an even greater 2019 for EpicDuel. The challenges facing Flash and the indie gaming industry from 2018 haven't vanished, but we know we'll have plenty of supporters willing to continue on the journey with us into an epic new year!

Stay tuned as more plans coalesce in the new year!

 

Bug Fix

  • Battery Backup
    • Level 2 increased to 180 from 170

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Nightwraith

December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Content Update

Hello! EpicDuel just went down for a small content update to add a little extra spice before Christmas! Some changes, like the new items at Endless M4trix, are instantly noticeable, while others will be apparent as you unwrap your daily gifts tomorrow (for those who have been diligently opening them). We may be able to do another small update on Friday, but until then, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Gifting!

 

New Weapons! (Endless M4tr1x)

  • Divinity Claymore P/E
  • Divinity Slayer P/E
  • Frozen Skull Slayer P/E
  • Glacial Impaler P/E
  • Frozen Fleshreaver P/E
  • Frozen Katana P/E
  • Glacial Gladiator P/E
  • Frostgrim Slayer P/E

 

Home Item

  • M4tr1x

 

Hair Styles

  • Corrupted Chronomancer style

 

Arcade Changes

  • Bronze home items prizes can be sold for 40 credits
  • Silver home item prizes can be sold for 300 credits

 

Achievement Adjustment

The rating for the Epic Supporter 2018 achievement has been improved at levels 2-10:

  • 4000
  • 5500
  • 7000
  • 8500
  • 10000
  • 11500
  • 13000
  • 14500
  • 16000

 

Power Hour Unlocked

  • Power hour will last through the New Year until january 7th! Double credits and XP to help grind out those Legendary Ranks!

 

Thank you all again for helping to make this an incredible Gifting Event for EpicDuel! It's been amazing to watch old players return and new players try the game for the first time. Without you, none of this would be happening -- so whether you play a couple duels a day or dominate the leaderboards for fame and glory: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Here's to an Epic end of 2018, and an incredible start to 2019!

Duel On!

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Nightwraith

December 21, 2018

Endless M4tr1x Appears!

Seek the Endless M4tr1x!

We hope you've been hanging onto those Omega Wolf Shards, because you'll need them to unlock Endless Matrix's shop and access awesome cosmic and winter-themed gear!

You can find Endless M4tr1x to the right of the 2017 Gifting Leaderboard in Titan's Peak in Frysteland! If this selection doesn't please you, there's still more to come! Expect another update Sunday or Monday with a buffed inventory! 

 

Balance

  • It appears that Mages are hurting, with Hunters still in the lead. We'd like to buff Mages a bit to see if that helps their performance.
  • Tech Mage / Blood Mage
    • Bludgeon: +4% damage per level; Energy cost reduced by 5
  • Tech Mage
    • Fire Scythe: +3% damage to all levels
    • Assimilation: Cooldown decreased to 3 and damage increased to 80%
  • Mercenary
    • Maul: Defense ignore increased by +2% for levels 1-8, and +3% for 9-10
  • Bounty Hunter / Cyber Hunter
    • Massacre: Removed Tech scaling

 

Missions

  • Omega Wolf Key (Endless M4tr1x)

 

Weapons

  • Located at Endless M4tr1x
    • Wolf Scimitar P
    • Wolf Scimitar E
    • Wolf Tri Sword P
    • Wolf Tri Sword E
    • Wolf War Scythe P
    • Wolf War Scythe E
    • Wolf War Blades P
    • Wolf War Blades E
    • Wolf War Axe P
    • Wolf War Axe E
    • Wolf War Staff P
    • Wolf War Staff E
    • Frost Dragon Scythe P
    • Frost Dragon Scythe E
    • Candy Cane Cannon P
    • Candy Cane Cannon E
    • Cookie Claymore P
    • Cookie Claymore E
    • Candy Cane Capper P
    • Candy Cane Capper E

Achievements

  • New Yeti for Winter 2018 tier for 30+ daily gifts opened

 

Vehicles

  • Located at Endless M4tr1x
    • Omega Wolf Rider CC
  • Located at Epic Legendary Arsenal
    • Bareknuckle Bike

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Nightwraith

December 14, 2018

More Gifts More Winners

Gifts for Gifting!

The craziest season of EpicDuel gifting continues the most generous players putting insane numbers on the leaderboards! This week EpicDuel will update with balance changes and Silver Secret Package prizes extended for the top 5 gifters each day!*

*Since there tends to be wide swings in daily gifting scores, and the spirit of the season, I've decided to award the Silver Secret Package to anyone with a daily score higher than 15,000. This is a manual process so please be patient.

  

Delay

Sorry about the long delay for the update earlier today. It was meant to only take a few minutes but ended up taking over 2 hours! Why? Was it stuffing all the good, good morsels of code into the servertron? No. It was the fact that when we turned everything back on, nothing worked! It did, kinda. Some screens would fail to load, sometimes login would fail entirely! After trying to track down the problem's source, Titan changed just enough to get us back up and running. This could have been the reason many were seeing more frequent black loading screens and experiencing sluggish performance. Gifting is usually A LOT for Flash to handle, but the game should still be playable. Let us know if performance improved at all!

 

Daily Gift Rewards!

To reward the extraordinary gifting of those trying to climb the daily leaderboards, we've decided to reward the top 5 gifters each day a Silver Secret Package. This will apply retroactively to previous daily leaders!


Balance

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Venom Strike: Required stat changed to Dex instead of Tech to Venom Strike
  • Tech Mage
    • Plasma Bolt: ignore 10% defenses
  • Tech Mage/Blood Mage
    • Overload: Improved by Dex instead of Support
    • Plasma Rain: Improved by Support instead of Dex (Still set to Dex on BM, will fix soon)
    • Bludgeon: Base energy cost lowered by 15 and goes up by 20
  • Cores:
    • Tactical Reload: Energy cost reduced to 40
    • Icy Overkill: Increase defense ignore to 40% from 35%
    • Necrosis: Lowers defenses for 4 turns
    • Azrael's Will: 2 turn warm-up 

 

Weapons

Stop by the Legendary Chamber in Titan's Peak to check out an updated arsenal for players who've attained the Legendary Rank.

  • Swords (Epic Legendary Arsenal)
    • Platinum Dage’s Desolation P/E
    • Gold Dage’s Desolation P/E
  • Aux (Exquisite Legendary Arsenal)
    • Bareknuckle Breaker P/E

 

Omega Wolf Shards

You may have noticed some new drops from gifting in the form of Omega Wolf Shards. The description will tell you to seek out the Endless M4tr1x, but where is she? You'd better hand onto those shards for when she finally appears!

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Nightwraith

December 07, 2018

Gifting Heats Up

Gifting Heats Up!

Gifting heats up this week with 2 big new features: A daily gifter leaderboard and gifting streaks! Gift multiple times in a row to build up a streak to earn achievements and a chance to gift everyone on the server! The daily board also comes with its own set of achievements, with the winner each day receiving a Secret Package!

 

Daily Gifting Leaderboard

  • Each day after this update the #1 player on the Daily Gifter Leaderboard will receive an evolving achievement and a “Secret Package”
  • When we go live with this update the top 15 on the current all-time board will receive the first level of the achievement and the “Secret Package” in recognition of their epic gifting performance!
  • After the initial rewards, only the #1 Daily Gifter each day will receive the achievement and Secret Package
  • This gift will be updated after gifting in completed (like the Secret Package that became Elite Yeti Armor)
  • Toggle the gifter leaderboards between 2018 and Daily using the radio buttons

 

Gifting Streaks

  • Gift several times in a row to build up a streak!
  • Unlock new tier and earn new achievements at 15,30,45,70,100,150, and 200 gifts (evolving achievement)
  • Each streak tier offers an increased chance to gift the whole server, from 2% all the way up to 20% (even players in battle can get these)
  • Notifications pop up to let other players know a gifter is on a streak or if a global gift is issued
  • A new gifting animation plays once a streak is active
  • If 90 seconds pass between gifts, the streak is lost

 

Quality of Life

  • When the player count is above 60 in a room, the game forces low performance mode
  • For easier gifting use the command /buygift325varium in the chat window. Note: This command will not issue a confirmation screen!

 

Gifter Shrines

New rooms have been added to Titan's Peak to pay homage to the past gifting leaders from 2014-2017! A new room will be added for 2018's winners, whoever they are! To find these shrines, hop to the Legendary shops in Frysteland and walk to the left or the right to explore! It's a fun journey to reminisce to EpicDuel's gifting past and see some of the heavy hitters. It's been incredible to watch gifting go from being a cute add-on feature to spread holiday cheer to the major event it's become. That shouldn't really be a surprise considering EpicDuel players are the most competitive in all of AE!

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