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Nightwraith

February 15, 2019

Patch Notes - 1.7.10

We just rolled a small patch with some skill adjustments and a major bug fix for the Azrael's Artillery auxiliaries.

New Features/Changes

  • Feast of Flesh now costs 130 HP instead of 150 HP
  • Blood Bullet now costs 80 HP instead of 100 HP


Bug Fixes

  • Spreadfire (Aux) should now work as intended in 2v2 and Juggernaut battles.

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Nightwraith

February 15, 2019

Azrael's Evolution

Azrael's Evolution

New Azrael's Evolution Promo Package!

The Omega Wolf Pack has retreated to it's wintry den to make way for Azrael's Evolution! Get 8 awesome new weapons in one pack complete with powerful new cores!

Azrael's Evolution P
Azrael's Evolution E
Azrael's Bloodletter P
Azrael's Bloodletter E
Azrael's Punisher P
Azrael's Punisher E
Azrael's Artillery P
Azrael's Artillery E

 

Cores

  • Spreadfire (Auxiliary): Damages all enemies. Deals 80% damage if it hits multiple targets.
  • Feast of Flesh (Primary): Sacrifice 150HP for +8 Strength, bonus Crit chance, and extra Rage gain for 4 turns.
    • +8 Strength
    • +20% Crit chance
    • +20% Connect chance
    • +10% Crit defense ignore
    • +20% Rage gain
  • Blood Bullets (Sidearm): Spend 100HP for 20% more sidearm damage.

 

Balance

Due to the advantage posed by AOE sidearm and auxiliary weapons, AOE damage against 2 targets has been reduced to 80% for skills and items that can target 2 enemies.

 

Radiant Heartbreaker Gear

Want something for your collection of seasonal weapons that's a bit less bloody? Visit Bido in the Afterlife to collect a brand new set of Radiant Heartbreaker Weapons!

Radiant Heartbreaker P
Radiant Heartbreaker E
Radiant Magnum P
Radiant Magnum E
Radiant Bowzooka P
Radiant Bowzooka E
Radiant Heartbreaker Sword P
Radiant Heartbreaker Sword E

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Titan

February 08, 2019

A Box of Scraps!

A box of scraps!

You may notice the version number is 1.7.08a. This doesn't mean you missed an update. This just means during testing the client needed to be incremented more than once.

Missions

Visit Deuce in the abandoned train station in the Varium Mines to embark on several quests culminating in awesome rewards!

  • Deuces Wild
    • Not Hockey Pads
    • 2 Ply Kevlar
    • Steel Shell
    • Glowing Guardsman
    • Goop Troop
    • Egg Fuel
    • Schematic Scheme
    • Time to Think
    • Hard Bargain
    • Harder Bargain
  • Double Deuce
    • Spy Control
    • Mecha Metal
    • Stellar Steel
    • Paint Job
    • Sludge Time Again
    • Radioactive Ration
    • Terror Shell
    • Mer'a Ingenuity
    • Build Time
    • One Final Piece
    • A Perfect Fit
  • A Box of Scraps Part 1
    • Armor Sample
    • Armor Harvest
    • Armor Hoarder
    • Vehicular Vandal
    • Arthropod Alloys
    • Overlord Oxidation
    • Thick Tungsten Husk
    • Mer'a Metallurgy
    • Otherworldly Outerwear
    • Tough Furry Shell
  • A Box of Scraps Part 2
    • Budget Bazookas
    • Miniature Munitions
    • Snork's Stash
    • Overlord Overkill
    • Looting the Lawman
    • Offering of Blood
    • Exile War Depot
    • Legion War Depot
    • Antagonistic Eggs
    • Bless My Bullets
  • A Box of Scraps Part 3
    • Powered by Goo
    • Fuel Cell Guardian
    • Gamma-Powered Goon
    • Atomic Antagonist
    • Onslaught Engine
    • One Order of Nightmare
    • Three Order of Nuclear
    • Three Orders of Nemesis
    • One Order of Omega
    • All Assembly Require
    • The Tyrant King 

 

Achievements

These achievements are available from completing some of the above mission chains!

  • Tyrant King
  • Double Deuce

 

Armors

These armors are available as rewards for completing some of the above mission chains!

  • ProtoSartorium CC
  • ProtoSartorium

 

Cores

  • Radiation Burn (Passive skill locked to ProtoSartorium Armors)
    • 25% chance to reduce melee attacker's defense/resistance by 35%

 

Vehicles

  • Tyrant Tank Mk1 (/boom and /fire functionality)

 

Coming Up Next!

Next week, you can look forward to an all-new promotional package featuring the new Azrael/Heartbreaker gear! If you've been sleeping on the Omega Wolf Pack, you'd better act fast before it's gone!

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Nightwraith

February 01, 2019

Legendary Artist Challenge

It's a legendary artist fight, but this one won't be fought with pencils or pens.Throw down with LegendaryBido and Legendary Deuce, then take a spin on the new Heartbreaker Hoard Arcade machine!

 

Balance

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Static Charge: 80% damage on strike

 

War Balance

Earlier today, the Dread War went live, but something was wrong with the damage output. It turns out, the defenders had a damage bonus that was tilting the war in favor of the defenders. This has been corrected and a few effective war rallies could bring the deficit between the Legion and Exiles.

 

New Arcade!

Have an inventory packed full of Arcade Tokens? Check out the new Heartbreaker Hoard Arcade machine with some unique variations on classic Heartbreaker and Azrael gear in addition to some decorations to help you get in the holiday spirit! Will you be the first to max out the achievement? 

 

New Legendary Challenges!

Welcome Bido and Deuce back to Delta V by  challenging their new legendary forms to battle! Nothing says, "Welcome back!" like a bazooka to the face! 

 

Coming Soon!

Check out this preview of upcoming Azrael / Heartbreaker Seasonal Rare as well as Deuce's awesome new armor and Tyrant Tank!

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Nightwraith

January 30, 2019

Patch Notes - 1.7.06

We just rolled a small patch with some additions and a bug fix which seems minor, but was a major headache if you enjoyed fighting NPCs. A regular release is still scheduled for later this week!

As of the writing of this, all Omega Wolf Warrior armors have been awarded to secret package owners! Congratulations! I hope it was worth the wait! Also, I finally corrected an issue that's been around since Gifting. On Christmas, a very special daily prize was supposed to be awarded, but because of a data definition mixup, the prize was mere credits! Since we know how many daily prizes everyone claimed, we were able to figure out everyone who would have earned the prize and award them the intended gift: Infernal Frostbane!

New Features/Changes

  • Omega Wolf Warrior Added to Secret Package Owners!
  • Infernal Frostbane awarded to those who have 26 or more daily prize claims during gifting!
  • Cores:
    • Unbreakable Heart added to Endless
    • Unbreakable Spirit Added to Endless
    • Unbreakable Heart x25 added to Endless and Endless M4tr1x
    • Unbreakable Spirit x25 added to Endless and Endless M4tr1x
    • New Strength Boost, Dexterity Boost, Technology Boost, and Support Boost cores' prices increased to 8000 Credits, 475 Varium.


Bug Fixes

  • Corrected error which caused NPCs like the Gamma Guard would freeze in battle

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Nightwraith

January 25, 2019

Azrael Returns!

 

Azrael Returns!This week in EpicDuel marks the return of classic Azrael/Heartbreaker Gear to Alydroid and Administrator 12 (in the Afterlife)! VendBots across Delta V will also stocked with tons of cores to power up your characters. In addition to this new content, we've also implemented numerous balance adjustments, including skill requirements, NPC skill variety, War balance, and first strike chance.

 

First Strike

Due to numerous complaints that first strike RNG doesn't favor the player with the most Support enough, with too much weight given to level, we've adjusted the formula to really make those investments in the stat count.

  • Support weight increases when determining first strike
  • Level weight reduced when determining first strike
  • First strike chance (OLD) = 50% + (1.5% * (My Support - Enemy Support)) - (10% * (My Level - Enemy Level))
  • First strike chance (NEW) = 50% + (2% * (My Support - Enemy Support)) - (5% * (My Level - Enemy Level))

 

Balance

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Improves with every 3.7 Support
    • Multi Shot: Improves with Support
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Smoke Screen: Improves with every 3.7 Technology
    • Multi Shot: Improves with Support

 

War Balance

When the next war comes online, we're trying something a bit different -- making all the objectives deal standard damage. The currently system allows for one side to create a huge lead, leaving the other demoralized and unable to close the gap. Also, the multiplier for 2v2 war drops was greatly increased, making drops nearly guaranteed for 2v2 wins.

I'd like to make bigger, bolder changes to the war system -- and there have been some great ideas proposed -- but I'm not ready to implement anything big yet.

 

Juggernaut and Botting

Due to the prevalence of botters, particularly in Juggernaut, we've taken a few steps to make life more challenging for these lazy cheaters. We know bots are frustrating, but it's also a challenging offense to prove. Accused botters can claim, "I just didn't feel like talking." or, "I was experimenting with builds." There is also the issue of false accusation made out of spite to challenge rival factions. To try to address this plague, we've implemented a few changes to help discourage and identify botters.

  • Botters rely on predictable NPC behavior so we're buffing multiple NPCs, with a focus on levels 28-35, giving them more defense and skill variety. This means botters may lose more often than not, making them more easily identifiable as a bot.
  • We do have some tools to help identify botting behavior, flagging them for reduced rewards and additional investigation. Eventually, botters get clever and try to get around these, so we've adjusted to guidelines to keep up with these new habits.
  • Obviously, we don't want to reveal everything we do to address bots, since, well, botters could be listening and taking notes.

Botter behavior is constantly changing, and we do take it seriously, so we will do our best to adapt as their methods do. Preferably without ruining the user experience for players trying to play legitimately.


Achievements

Hey SPORTS! Check out the new Big Game LIII Achievement available in the achievement shop!

  • Big Game LIII Achievement for sale
  • Generic Big Game achievement now rare
  • Frost Warrior achievement now rare

 

Cores

NPCs around Delta V have been stocked with some new passive and active cores to power up your character. These new boost cores do stack, so you can mix and match for maximum impact!

  • Big Tuna
    • Paralysis Coating (Unlimited)
  • Vendbot
    • Strength Boost (Gun)
    • Strength Boost (Armor)
    • Strength Boost (Aux)
    • Dexterity Boost (Primary)
    • Dexterity Boost (Armor)
    • Dexterity Boost (Aux)
    • Technology Boost (Primary)
    • Technology Boost (Gun)
    • Technology Boost (Aux)
    • Support Boost (Primary)
    • Support Boost (Gun)
    • Support Boost (Armor)
  • Endless M4tr1x
    • Unbreakable Heart
    • Unbreakable Spirit
  • You now have the ability to buy more than one of the same Limited Quantity core at a time

 

Home Items

NEW TOILETS! This is for you, Blatslo ;)

 

Gifting Rewards

A large part of my time this month has been devoted to creating wishes for the top 15 winners. So far most of these have been delivered, with a few tweaks here and there. All have been contacted so the last few wishes are nearly finished. As of the writing of this, color separations for the Omega Wolf Warrior Armor Secret Package reward are underway. This should be completed and given to all the Package holders by the end of the day. Thank you all for your patience! Next week should be clearer skies for more content, achievements, and missions!

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