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Nightwraith

June 21, 2019

Epic Overachiever

This week in EpicDuel, get ready to boost your rating points as we introduce 3 new, long-awaited, evolving achievements. While your stacking your ranks and trying the latest round of balance updates, try downloading the latest Artix Game Launcher for the best dueling experience!

 

Balance

As of the latest balance update, Mercenaries were punished hard and Hunters surged while Mages languished somewhere in the middle. This update will introduce some changes to soften the other passive armors, reduce the spam-ability of Venom Strike, and increase the stat cost of Shadow Arts. Mages should see a bump with a boost in Plasma Bolt and a change to Supercharge which can provide a huge boost to Rage depending on the target's Rage.

General

  • Auxiliary damage rate improved slightly to encourage Support builds

Bounty Hunter

  • Smoke Screen: Improves with every 4 Tech instead of 3.7
  • Venom Strike: Cooldown 3
  • Shadow Arts: Changed requirement to Support
    24 Support(+2 per skill level increase)
    Level 1: 24 Support
    Level 2: 26 Support
    Level 3: 28 Support
    Level 4: 30 Support
    Level 5: 32 Support
    Level 6: 34 Support
    Level 7: 36 Support
    Level 8: 38 Support
    Level 9: 40 Support
    Level 10: 42 Support

Mercenary

  • Artillery Strike: Improves with every .35 support instead of .4

Tech Mage

  • Plasma Bolt: Boosted defense ignore to 15% from 10%
  • Supercharge: Caster receives bonus Rage based on target's current Rage
  • Deadly Aim: requres Strength instead of Support

Cyber Hunter

  • Venom Strike: Cooldown 3
  • Shadow Arts: Changed requirement to Support
    24 Support(+2 per skill level increase)
    Level 1: 24 Support
    Level 2: 26 Support
    Level 3: 28 Support
    Level 4: 30 Support
    Level 5: 32 Support
    Level 6: 34 Support
    Level 7: 36 Support
    Level 8: 38 Support
    Level 9: 40 Support
    Level 10: 42 Support
  • Plasma Armor:
    Level 1: 10% Resistance
    Level 2: 12% Resistance
    Level 3: 14% Resistance
    Level 4: 16% Resistance
    Level 5: 18% Resistance
    Level 6: 20% Resistance
    Level 7: 22% Resistance
    Level 8: 23% Resistance
    Level 9: 24% Resistance
    Level 10: 25% Resistance

Tactical Mercenary

  • Artillery Strike: Improves with every .35 support instead of .4
  • Toxic Grenade: Cooldown 3
  • Mineral Armor:
    Level 1: 10% Defense
    Level 2: 12% Defense
    Level 3: 14% Defense
    Level 4: 16% Defense
    Level 5: 18% Defense
    Level 6: 20% Defense
    Level 7: 22% Defense
    Level 8: 23% Defense
    Level 9: 24% Defense
    Level 10: 25% Defense


Blood Mage

  • Supercharge: Caster receives bonus Rage based on target's current Rage
  • Deadly Aim: requres Strength instead of Support


Bots

  • Pyro Fly:Chooses from top 3 skills rather than top 4 


Achievements

Win Rank: Awarded for wins, corresponding to rank icon on stats page. This will default to hidden and will update after one PvP victory.

Buy Backer: Now an evolving achievement with 12 levels. Will take some time to update, but can be updated instantly with a Buy Back purchase.

Banker: Awarded for buying bank slots (doesn't include the 20 free slots). 10 levels. This will take some time to update, but can be updated isntantly with a Bank Slot purchase.

 

Get the Artix Game Launcher V2

Artix Launcher

If you didn't know already, very soon most major browsers are discontinuing support of Flash! You may notice that browsers already disable Flash by default and require you to give special permissions to enable Flash. The best way to play EpicDuel and all the other Flash Artix Entertainment games is with the Artix Games Launcher 2.0! This app is the best way enjoy all your favorite AE browser games with easy access ot the latest news on each game's ongoing development. Ideally, all these Flash games will be ported to alternate platforms (like Steam, iOS and Android), but that project will take a bit more time and resources considering many of these games have decades of content!

In the meantime, get the latest Artix Games Launcher and Duel On today!

 

Get the Moglins on BackerKit! New stretch goal unlocked! 

You can still get the Moglins for a limited time on BackerKit!
The Moglins Kickstarter was a success! We have been using a service called BackerKit to send out the in-game codes to backers months ahead of schedule. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still pledge and get your Moglins through BackerKit until the end of December. For more details, check out the complete Design Notes post about it!

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Nightwraith

June 11, 2019

Epic Balance Update 1.7.25

Surprise! To get out ahead of the ongoing security updates to the servers, which did cause some downtime earlier today, we're rolling out some significant balance changes today! Currently, Mercenaries and Tactical Mercenaries are extremely power, partially due to passive shield bonuses like Hybrid Armor. Other classes that are underperforming due to lack of damage or limited build diversity will receive signifant buffs to make them more competative.

 

Balance Changes

  • General
    • Field Medic: 3 turn cooldown
  • Bount Hunter
    • Venom strike: Reduce cost -20; Cooldown 2; Poison 4 turns.   
    • Cheap shot: +3 % per lvl
    • Shadow Arts: Damage reduction added
    • Stun Grenade: Reduce energy cost 20; Improves with every .45 Dex instead of .5
  • Mercenary
    • Hybrid Armor: Reduced Defense/Resistance % to 6-15% 
    • Surgical Strike: Improves with every .35 Tech instead of .3
  • Tech Mage
    • Supercharge: Reduce cost -30 per lvl
    • Bludgeon : 20% Crit chance; Reduced cost -20
    • Plasma rain: Improves with every .35 Support instead of .4
    • Overload: Improves with every .4 Dex instead of .45
    • Malfunction: Improves with every 3.7 Dex instead of 2.4 Supp; Improves for every 2 levels over 20
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Cheap Shot: +3 % per lvl
    • Venom Strike: Reduce cost -20; cooldown 2; Poison 4 turns 
    • Malfunction: Improves with every 3.7 Dex instead of 2.8 Supp; Improves for every 2 levels over 20 
    • Shadow Arts: Damage reduction added
    • Multi-shot: Improves with Dex
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Surgical Strike: Improves with every .35 Tech instead of .3
    • Poison grenade: Cooldown reduced to 2 turns; poison lasts for 4 turns
    • Stun Grenade: Reduce energy cost 20; Improves with every .35 Dex instead of .4
  • Blood Mage
    • Supercharge: Reduce cost -30 per lvl
    • Fireball: Removed warm-up
    • Plasma rain: Improves with every .35 Support instead of .4
    • Overload: Improves with every .4 Dex instead of .45

 

Bug Fix

  • Hairstyles
    • Male Bounty Hunter style 209 should now be purchaseable. 
    • Bug that prevents you from equipping a purchased style after a class change until you log out and back in again persists

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Nightwraith

June 07, 2019

Infernal Buff and Preview

This week in EpicDuel we're introducing a truckload of new styles, fixing bugs, and significantly buffing some of the new Infernal Gladiator skills!

 

Infernal Buffs

  • Tremor Blast: Removed warmup; increased reduction to 20%
  • Infernal Surge: 25% increase in stats; 0 energy use
  • Plasma Super Beam: 4 Turn cooldown; Unlimited Use
  • Infernal Sting: 4 Turn cooldown

 

Bug Fixes

  • April Fools Founder Armor and Bike show up in Item Finder
  • Molten Bullet: No longer blockable

 

New Styles

It seems like it's been ages since EpicDuel added some hairstyles that were just...hair and not some kind of weird alien helmet or grostesque mask. This week, we borrowed some styles from DragonFable and adapted them to EpicDuel's template for use on all classes and genders. Hopefully these 30+ new styles will allow for some unique new customization combinations!

 

Coming Attractions

Although we started June strong with 2 new promotional bundles, there's still plenty in the pipeline for EpicDuel's June releases! Charfade will be getting a new makeover, along with new gear to reflect her evolution over the nearly 10 years she's been stranded on Delta V.

Charfade Preview 1

Charfade Preview 2

We've also enlisted the help of 2 new artists: Lae and Tyronius, who've already lent their talents to AQW. I think their style translates quite well to ED, and I can't wait to get their new WIPs in game!Charfade Weapons

Cyber Spartan Preview

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Titan

May 31, 2019

Infernal Gladiator Promo

Infernal Gladiator Promotions

It's finally time to say goodbye to the Azrael promos and hello to the Infernal Gladiator Gear! Celebrate summer with new weapons and armors literally crackling with molten energy! Also, for a limited time the new promotions will come with 5,000 bonus Varium! It doesn't get much hotter than that!

 

Infernal Gladiator Promo

Infernal Gladiator Cores

After a long wait and lots of sleepless nights, we're proud to finally bring you not one, but two new promotional packages with an Infernal theme! The Infernal weapons are some of the most stylish weapons in the game and Bido and Deuce brought their A (or S+ if you're an arcade game) games to EpicDuel for their contributions to these outstanding new bundles.

Also, for a limited time, these promotional packages will include a bonus 5,000 Varium for a total of 15,000 Varium in addition to all the weapons contained therein! 

Package 1

  • Infernal Gladiator
  • Infernal Gladiator CC
    • Master's Strike: Crits ignore extra 5% of your target's defense; +7% Crit chance; Passive.
    • Infernal Surge: Summon infernal spirits to increase Strength, Dexterity, Technology, and Support by 20% for 4 turns.
  • Infernal Gladiator Sword P
  • Infernal Gladiator Sword E
  • Infernal Gladiator Gear P
  • Infernal Gladiator Gear E
    • Infernal Fury: Do a mini rage using remaining rage.


Package 2

  • Plasma Fly: The counterpart to the Pyro fly, this advanced model is the first bot to have 2 special skills!
    • Pyro Super Beam: Deal 90% base damage, increasing by 3% each round in battle (111% max).
    • Infernal Sting: Powerful sting that does 75% damage and places one random skill into cooldown.
  • Infernal Blaster P
  • Infernal Blaster E
    • Molten Bullet: Fire a super-heated bullet that embeds in target. Strike target to detonate, adding 8% damage per turn the target was hit (max 3 turns).
  • Infernal Artillery P
  • Infernal Artillery E
    • Tremor Blast: Powerful blast that confuses target, lowering Crit, Block, and Deflection chance for 4 turns.

 

Varium Upgrade

Bonus Varium!

For a limited time, the 12,000 Varium package is receiving a bonus of 5,000 extra Varium for a total of 18,000! If you're in a situation where you don't care about the new gear, but really want to stockpile Varium, this is the best value available!

 

Armor

Not all new items are available in the promotional packages. Kraggor has restocked with an amazing new armor designed by Bido, the Infernal Golem. This new armor is available in CC and non-CC flavors and both come with a new Infernal Fortitude core!

  • Infernal Golem
  • Infernal Golem CC
    • Infernal Fortitude: Harden your skin to increase physical defense by 65% for 3 turns. Unable to use melee attacks.

 

Balance 

  • Lifeline: Energy cost increased to 120

 

Missions

Deuce's missions to construct his unique vehicle, the Tyrant Tank, are finally rare forever! Congratulations if you were able to complete the exhaustive tasks to complete this awesome prize!

  • Removed “A Box of Scraps” part 1-3

 

Security

This past week we've dealt with some substantial outages in EpicDuel, along with the rest of the AE network. Titan has been working with Captain Rhubarb to help improve security for the EpicDuel servers. I don't quite understand all they've been doing, but the updates made throughout the week should improve server stability and keep the DDoS attackers at bay. Since security is an ongoing concern and constant arms race between attackers and our countermeasures, there may be more updates and downtime in the near future as much-needed long-term improvements are implemented.

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Nightwraith

May 17, 2019

Infernal Gladiator Preview

Infernal Preview

Very soon it will be time to say goodbye to the current Azrael Promo and hello to a new Infernal Promo set with new armor, weapons, and cores! This upcoming week will be your last chance to grab the Azrael Promo before it's gone for the season!

Also, many out-of-stock weapons and cores have been restocked! 

 

Core Buffs

To improve the viability of some existing cores, they've been given substantial buffs to increase their utility

  • +8% Lucky Strike (core buyable from Naomi, equipped to Celtic Cleaver and Blazing Celtic Cleaver): Increased to +13% 
  • +4% Lucky Strike (seasonal weapons; buyable from Vendbot): Increased to +9%
  • Deep plague: Field Medic doesn't remove; 3 turn cooldown
  • Pacify: 70 energy instead of 100
  • Salvage: Deal 100% damage on initial strike
  • Energy shot: 30% of the normal sidearm damage instead 25%
  • Phase shift: 0 energy instead of 40
  • Hatchling Rush : 100 energy instead of 130

 

Hairstyles

In preparation for the new Infernal Promo, we're introducing 54 new styles (9 new styles across all classes)

  • Magma Golem
  • Magma Golem CC
  • Infernal Soldier 
  • Infernal Soldier CC
  • Infernal Gladiator
  • Infernal Gladiator CC
  • Skull Shaman
  • Steel Defender Open
  • Steel Defender Closed

 

Remember, this week will be your last chance to acquire the Azrael's Evolution promotional gear! It will be replaced with the new Infernal Gladiator package sometime on Friday ("when it's ready o-clock")! 

Infernal Gladiator

Infernal Golem

Infernal Weapons

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Nightwraith

May 10, 2019

Infinity Titan Gear

Infinity Titan

The MCU isn't the only place you can find a Mad Titan! Visit Titan's Peak to discover new cosmic cores, weapons, and a starship-load of home items fit for a galactic supervillain!

 

New Weapons

Wield the power of a Mad Titan with new Infinity Titan weapons created by Yo_Lae! These cosmic weapons come pre-loaded with the new Infinity Power Strike core! These are limited rares so you'd better hurry, or they'll be gone in a SNAP!

  • Infinity Titan Sword P
  • Infinity Titan Sword E
  • Infinity Titan Axe P
  • Infinity Titan Axe E
  • Infinity Titan Daggers P
  • Infinity Titan Daggers E
  • Infinity Titan Maul P
  • Infinity Titan Maul E
  • Infinity Titan Staff P
  • Infinity Titan Staff E

 

Cores

Visit Titan in Titan's Peak to try a new selection of powerful Infinity Titan cores!

  • Infinity Power Strike (bound to weapon, not for sale) --  Spend 95 HP for 130% strike damage. Blockable.
  • Infinity Power Strike x25 --  Spend 95 HP for 130% strike damage. Blockable.
  • Infinity Mind Spears -- -- Summon a piercing barrage, ignoring 25% of a target's Defense.
  • Infinity Mind Spears x25 -- Summon a piercing barrage, ignoring 25% of a target's Defense.

 

Afterlife

To make navigation a bit easier, the Afterlife region and the NPCs contained therein are now accessible from the main map interface to the southeast of Frysteland. 

 

Balance

After the last update, we may have overcorrected the stat boosts from the passive cores. In this update, they've been set to provide +4 stat boost to find a sweet spot where they're useful, but not overpowered.

  • Strength Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost
  • Dexterity Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost
  • Technology Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost
  • Support Boost: Increased to +4 stat boost

 

New Home Items

Check out brand new Infinity Titan home items created by Yo_Lae! Collect all the gems for display and gaze upon your collection from your new hover-throne!

  • Floating Throne Right
  • Floating Throne Left
  • Floating "Throne" Right
  • Floating "Throne" Left
  • Red Gem Display
  • Yellow Gem Display
  • Green Gem Display
  • Blue Gem Display
  • Orange Gem Display
  • Purple Gem Display
  • Crossed Infinity Spears
  • Crossed Mind Spears
  • Infinity Titan Sword
  •  Green Portal Right
  • Green Portal Left
  • Purple Portal Right
  • Purple Portal Left
  • Yellow Portal Right
  • Yellow Portal Left
  • Red Portal Right
  • Red Portal Left
  • Infinity Titan Guantlet
  • Infinity Titan Helm
  • Infinity Titan Axe Right
  • Infinity Titan Axe Left

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