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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



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

Tags: 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



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.



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. 



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

Tags: Nightwraith


May 03, 2019

Infernal Update

Pyro Fly

EpicDuel is about to be updated with new war changes, restocked Pyro Fly, new achievements, and a new CC Pyro Fly travel form!



Currently, the war system functions on a mostly "winner take all" binary. We've changed the system to encourage participation regardless of Alignment by adding a new prize tier. This will allow all players who perform at a high level to earn the war prize, plus a larger amount of Credits and Arcade tokens.

  • New tier at 15K influence: “Warlord”
  • Warlord Tier prizes
    • 20,000 Credits
    • 20 Arcade Tokens
    • You can claim prize regardless of  winning alignment 



After the last update, Tactical Mercenaries appeared to overperform in 1v1, mostly as a consequence of regaining passive armor and energy regeneration.

  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Frenzy: Reverted the skill back to work more like it did in Delta. With the return of Reroute, Frenzy's strong health and energy recovery were too strong.
      • Added an energy cost
      • Blockable
      • Increased base HP gain
        • Level 1 33%
        • Level 2 36%
        • Level 3 39%
        • Level 4 42%
        • Level 5 45%
        • Level 6 48%
        • Level 7 51%
        • Level 8 54%
        • Level 9 57%
        • Level 10 60%



It seems that many are using the passive stat cores to the exclusion of all others. To encourage diverity in core use, we've adjusted pricing and potency of the cores

  • Strength Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Dexterity Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Technology Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Support Boost 30x: Increased price 3000 Credits and 150 Varium
  • Strength Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost
  • Dexterity Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost
  • Technology Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost
  • Support Boost: Reduced price 6000 Credits and 275 Varium; Reduced to +3 stat boost



To reward those who have gone above and beyond in the Gifting off-season to share codes with their fellow players, we've added new tiers to the Code Crafter achievement. If after launch your achievement is "stuck" at an old tier, you can either share a new code wait for an manual update to properly set your achievement.

  • New tiers to the Code Crafter Achievement
    • Great Leg. Code Crafter 20000 Code Redeems 6000 RP
    • Grand Leg. Code Crafter 30000 Code Redeems 7000 RP
    • Ultra Leg. Code Crafter 40000 Code Redeems 8000 RP
    • Epic Leg. Code Crafter 50000 Code Redeems 9000 RP
    • Ultimate Leg. Code Crafter 60000 Code Redeems 10000 RP
    • Supreme Leg. Code Crafter 75000 Code Redeems 11500 RP


New Items

Visit Kraggor in the Mines for a restocked Pyro Fly and a new CC Pyro Fly travel form!


New Game: DungeonBorne!

Dungeon Borne

JUST LAUNCHED! Get DungeonBorne, the story-based card game on the Apple and Android app stores. Grab a copy, and show it some love. Congratulations to Cysero, Oishii, Rabblefroth, and PanicPop on the release of this brand new game! It is free, with an optional one-time $1.99 expansion pack which unlocks more cards and adds variety!

Tags: Nightwraith


April 26, 2019

Springtime Smash Part 2

Springtime Smash

EpicDuel has just been updated with the second part of its springtime release featuring new weapons, new cores, balance changes, and a new mission chain!



Drastic ideas for improving balance are still being discussed and tested, but some adjustments are being made as of this release to help Tech Mages and Cyber Hunters while weakening the energy control capabilities of Blood Mages and Tactical Mercenaries.

  • Tech Mage
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every 0.35 Support
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every 0.35 Support
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Atom Smasher: Reduced base values to mitigate energy control gained by Reroute
      • Level 1 48
      • Level 2 51
      • Level 3 54
      • Level 4 57
      • Level 5 60
      • Level 6 63
      • Level 7 66
      • Level 8 69
      • Level 9 72
      • Level 10 75
  • Blood Mage
    • Energy Parasite: 
      • Increased max drain while reducing duration and conversion to mitigate energy control
      • Duration reduced to 2 turns
      • Caster gains the amount drained
      • 1-11%
      • 2-12%
      • 3-13%
      • 4-14%
      • 5-15%
      • 6-16%
      • 7-17%
      • 8-18%
      • 9-19%
      • 10-20%


Visit Brachylagus in the Biological Preserve Archives for a series of crucial tasks to earn bountiful credits, an adorable prize, and an epic achievement!

  • Oops All Lepus - Brachylagus
    • Bio Basher
    • Electric Exorcism
    • Supply Lines Restored
    • Nuclear Data
    • Omega Data
    • Bundorable Disguise
    • Lepus for All

New Weapons

Visit Deuce and Xraal for new seasonal gear! The most epic gear contain new cores pre-installed cores for your convenience! The cores can be replaced if so desired.

  • Arboreal Annihilator P
  • Arboreal Annihilator E
  • Arboreal Artillery P
  • Arboreal Artillery E
  • Arboreal Blaster P
  • Arboreal Blaster E
  • Arboreal Broadsword P
  • Arboreal Broadsword E
  • Highlander Armor
  • Highlander Armor CC


New Cores

Visit Deuce and Xraal for new seasonal cores that should heal greatly increase survivability in battle and allow for more build flexibility when assigning passives.

  • Luck Strike (Armor): Passive skill that decreases an target's chance to block your strike by 4%
  • Critical Heal (Primary) (Doesn't stack!): Passive skill that increases Field Medic heal by 20% while in critical condition.
  • Hardened Armor (Armor): Active skill that applies a 20% damage reduction for 3 turns.
  • Lifeline (Armor): Active skill that enables a heal while in critical condition for a minimum of 300 HP.


New Promo?

Now that the Azrael Package has been around a few months, many have been asking when the next promotional package will be released. Promotional packages take a lot of work and planning, particularly the new skills the items come equipped with. There will be a new promotional package, and we will update you on the progress as soon as details are available!

Tags: Nightwraith


April 18, 2019

Springtime Smash!

Springtime Smash

EpicDuel will be updating shortly to add part of an epic springtime release featuring new weapons, balance changes, and a new arcade game!



Currently, many ideas for improving balance are being thrown around on the test server but there's not total confident in their viability. It's especially risky to push large balance changes over a holiday weekend when immediate corrective action wouldn't be possible. We're continuing to test and brainstorm ideas to revamp the skill trees to empower struggling classes and encourage build diversity.

  • General
    • Deflection chance max increased to 35%
  • Tech Mage
    • Malfunction: Improves with ever 2.4 Support
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with ever 0.4 Support
    • Technician: Improves with every 3 Dexterity
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Improves with ever 2.8 Support
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with ever 0.4 Support
  • Robots
    • Cleanse: Reduces debuffs by up to 75% from 85%
    • Heart Attack: Reduces buffs by up to 75% from 85%


Try your luck and spend some tokens at the Springtime Smash Arcade featuring some new weapons from Bido!

  • Spring Slayer P
  • Spring Slayer E
  • Spring Slicers P
  • Spring Slicers E
  • Spring Axe P
  • Spring Axe E
  • Spring Staff P
  • Spring Staff E
  • Spring Splicer P
  • Spring Splicer E
  • Spring Boltcaster P
  • Spring Boltcaster E
  • Spring Spear P
  • Spring Spear E
  • Lucky Lacerators E
  • Celtic Maul E
  • Serpent Warder E
  • Eggscape Pod

New Weapons

Visit Deuce for new seasonal gear! There's still more to come so don't feel too disappointed if some items from the previews, like the awesome Highlander armor, aren't present in the shop just yet!

  • Highlander Broadsword P
  • Highlander Broadsword E
  • Highlander Shortsword P
  • Highlander Shortsword E
  • Highlander Gauntlets P
  • Highlander Gauntlets E
  • Highlander Cleaver P
  • Highlander Cleaver E
  • Highlander Staff P
  • Highlander Staff E
  • Highlander Blaster P
  • Highlander Blaster E
  • Highlander Shotgun P
  • Highlander Shotgun E
  • Highlander Launcher P
  • Highlander Launcher E


This the first part of our springtime release, the second part of which should have even more balance changes and seasonal content. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tags: Nightwraith


April 12, 2019

Patch Notes - 1.7.17

We just rolled a small patch with some small adjustments and preparations to make much larger changes to the skill trees next week, changes which will require some extemsive testing to evaluate their viability. We also have a glorious cache of weapons and items in the pipeline


New Features/Changes

  • Added an additional tier of diminishing returns for stats that kicks in after 100 points. This currently impacts Resistance and Defense to help counter tanky builds.
  • Improved Support scaling for Auxiliary damage. 
  • Epic Origins achievement that will be available with the EpicDuel poster from HeroMart.

Bug Fixes

  • Shadow Arts no longer intermittently defaults armor to black
  • Retrained Tactical Mercenaries as it was possible to have max Reroute without meeting the requirements
  • Reported but not a bug: Blood Lust and Reroute don't stack with other HP and EP regen cores. The engine is designed to use the highest value to determine regen so a skill that does 40% HP gain from damage will override max Blood Lust at 25%, rather than combining to become 65% HP gain.

Tags: Nightwraith


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