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Nightwraith

July 03, 2020

Independence Day Eve

Independence Day Rares

Fireworks! Fireworks everywhere! New weapons, new cores, major core re-balancing, and a new achievement are coming this Independence Day Eve release!

 

New Command

To help aid the festivities this weekend, we've temporarily added a  /fireworks command to be used in the game chat. Try it! It's a blast!

 

New Items

New weapons and armors have been added to the Overlord Guard in the Overlord Facility. For those powerful enough to access the Exquisite Legendary Arsenal, a CC version of the Seraphic Inquisitor Armor is now available!

Overlord Guard

  • Energy Stars and Stripes
  • Energy Carrierzooka
  • Fireworks Launcher P
  • Fireworks Launcher E


Exquisite Legendary Arsenal

  • Seraphic Inquisitor M CC
  • Seraphic Inquisitor F CC


New Hairstyle

  • Seraphic Inquisitor Helm CC

 

Home Items

  • Classic Vendbot Bank
  • Gold Vendbot Bank

 

Achievements

Open the achievement shop to claim the new 2020 edition of the Independence Day achievement!

  • Independence Day 2
  • Independence Day achievement removed from shop


New Cores

In order to make some underutilized Passive cores more tactically useful, we've created new "merged" cores that combine the traits of 2 other Passive cores into one.

  • Ballistic Shield: +10% chance to deflect attacks, reduces damage when you deflect +20%
  • Super Scope: -10% chance to be deflected, +20% damage when attack deflected


Balance

To increase the usefulness of underutilized cores and decrease the reliance on other passive cores, several passives have received crucial re-balancing. Ideally, this will lead to more build diversity as new effective strategies emerge.

  • Cores:
    • Primary Master: +35 Damage, increased price to 10000 Credits, 395 Varium
    • Sidearm Mastery: +55 Damage, increased price to 10000 Credits, 395 Varium*
    • This core was bugged as it was and changed to give +4% Gun Damage**
    • This core was breaking Deadly Aim so it was changed to give +15% Crit
    • Auxiliary Mastery: +60 Damage, increased price to 10000 Credits, 395 Varium*
    • This core was bugged as it was and changed to give +15% Crit
    • Nanosteel Armor: Decreases the ignored defense of incoming critical strikes by 30% instead of 20%
    • Strength Boost: Lowered to +3 Strength from 4 except for Primary variant which remains +4 and has been renamed to Prime Strength Boost (New cost of Prime core is 8000 Credits, 295 Varium)
    • Dexterity Boost: Lowered to +3 Dexterity from 4 except for Sidearm variant which remains +4 and has been renamed to Prime Dexterity Boost (New cost of Prime core is 8000 Credits, 295 Varium)
    • Technology Boost: Lowered to +3 Technology from 4 except for Armor variant which remains +4 and has been renamed to Prime Technology Boost (New cost of Prime core is 8000 Credits, 295 Varium)
    • Support Boost: Lowered to +3 Support from 4 except for Auxiliary variant which remains +4 and has been renamed to Prime Support Boost (New cost of Prime core is 8000 Credits, 295 Varium)
    • Eternal Enhance: +4 Strength, Dexterity, Technology, and Support
  • Blood Mage:
    • Brutal Strike: Removed staff requirement

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Nightwraith

June 26, 2020

Suggestion Shop Part 2

Suggestion Shop

In addition to over 100 new home items, the West Naval Yard just received a boatload of new summer items for your enjoyment! Plus, visit Charfade to check out the latest stock of Player-Suggested items!

 

Suggestion Shop!

Visit Charfade for an additional stock of Player-Suggested items!

  • Alpha Lightning Blade -- Hesperides
  • Einsteinz's Inverter -- Legro Inmortuorum
  • Battus Spawn Battlegear -- Machaon
  • Sanctus Sword -- Shru.

 

New Summer Items! 

Visit Big Tuna in the West Naval Yard to view a new stock of summer items including new CC weapons and new travel forms!

  • Cyber Dolphin
  • Cyber Dolphin CC
  • Machete
  • Electro Machete
  • Hammer
  • Electro Hammer
  • Shrimp Skewer
  •  Electro Shrimp Skewer
  • Beach Ball Launcher
  • Electro Beach Ball Launcher
  • Frozen Treat P CC -- blastlo
  • Frozen Treat E CC -- blastlo

 

New Home Items!

This release, we've added over 100 items, many of them Summer-themed, to the home item inventory! Choose from a wide assortment of statues, torches, plants, seats, and shrimp to decorate your home or homes for an epic Summer bash!

  • Wise Owl Right
  • Wise Owl Left
  • Luna
  • Cyber Dolphin Right
  • Cyber Dolphin Left
  • Tiki Bobblehead Right
  • Tiki Bobblehead Left
  • Mini Tiki Bobblehead Right
  • Mini Tiki Bobblehead Left
  • Tiki Wood Pillar
  • Tiki Crystal Pillar
  • Toolbox Right
  • Toolbox Left
  • Gold Panel Box Right
  • Gold Panel Box Left
  • Cardboard Box Pile
  • Cardboard Box
  • Cardboard Rug
  • Campfire
  • Island Barrel
  • Island Crate
  • Crates and Barrels
  • Tiki Torch
  • Lit Tiki Torch
  • Beach Ball
  • Exile Beach Ball
  • Legion Beach Ball
  • Coconut Shell
  • Tiki Stump
  • Tiki Hut
  • Large Palm Top
  • Palm Top
  • Large Fern Right
  • Large Fern Left
  • Fern Right
  • Fern Left
  • Large Tropical Plant Right
  • Large Tropical Plant Left
  • Tropical Plant Right
  • Tropical Plant Left
  • Large Coral Right
  • Large Coral Left
  • Coral Right
  • Coral Left
  • Large Coral Tube Right
  • Large Coral Tube Left
  • Coral Tube Right
  • Coral Tube Left
  • Aqua Plant Right
  • Aqua Plant Left
  • Aqua Vine Right
  • Aqua Vine Left
  • Garbage Bag
  • Pet Carrier Right
  • Pet Carrier Left
  • Training Dummy Right
  • Training Dummy Left
  • Target Board Right
  • Target Board Left
  • Angled Book Shelf Right
  • Angled Book Shelf Left
  • Frozen Food Shelf
  • Chaingun Right
  • Bullet Shelf
  • Arsenal Display Right
  • Arsenal Display Left
  • Chaingun Left
  • Crossed Shotguns
  • Crossed Machetes
  • Crossed Sabers
  • Crossed Pistols
  • Document Shelf
  • Alchemy Shelf
  • Crystal Mound Right
  • Crystal Mound Left
  • Pink Crystal Shard Right
  • Pink Crystal Shard Left
  • Green Crystal Shard Right
  • Green Crystal Shard Left
  • Steel Spear Right
  • Steel Spear Left
  • Crossed Steel Spears
  • Floor Steel Spear
  • Steel Axe Right
  • Steel Axe Left
  • Undead Grim Axe Right
  • Undead Grim Axe Left
  • Altar
  • Ceremonial Altar
  • Wall Candles
  • Wall Candle
  • Single Bulb
  • Industrial Lamp
  • Industrial Lamp Lit
  • Ceiling Buzz Saw
  • Ceiling Chain
  • Hung Ceiling Chain Right
  • Hung Ceiling Chain Left
  • Wall Shackle
  • Long Ceiling Chain
  • Short Ceiling Chain
  • Deluxe Tiki Bar
  • Tropical Holo Table
  • Tiki Enclosure
  • Tiki Table
  • Big Island Rock 1 R
  • Big Island Rock 1 L
  • Big Island Rock 2 R
  • Big Island Rock 2 L
  • Big Island Rock 3 R
  • Big Island Rock 3 L
  • Island Rock 1 R
  • Island Rock 1 L
  • Island Rock 2 R
  • Island Rock 2 L
  • Island Rock 3 R
  • Island Rock 3 L
  • Large Island Rock R
  • Large Island Rock L
  • Bucket
  • Blender and Bucket
  • Shrimp Skewer Right
  • Shrimp Skewer Left
  • Crossed Shrimp Skewers
  • Shrimp Heaven Right
  • Shrimp Heaven Left

 

Balance

  • Blood Mage
    • Brutal strike: Staff requirement; Change required stat to Dexterity (max 42).
    • Fire Rain: Staff requirement.
    • Fireball: Change required stat to Tech (max 42).
    • Terrify: Improves with Technology instead of Support
    • Blood Instinct: Buff each level: +3+3+3+3+3+2+2+2+1+1 
    • Level 1: 11 Dexterity Points
    • Level 2: 14 Dexterity Points
    • Level 3: 17 Dexterity Points
    • Level 4: 20 Dexterity Points
    • Level 5: 23 Dexterity Points
    • Level 6: 25 Dexterity Points
    • Level 7: 28 Dexterity Points
    • Level 8: 31 Dexterity Points
    • Level 9: 33 Dexterity Points
    • Level 10: 36 Dexterity Points
  • Mercenary
    • Surgical Strike: Buff Technology scaling from 0.33 to 0.31
  • Cores
    • Chomp (Omega BabyYeti, Omega Dark Yeti, Golden Yeti): Reduced damage from 100% to 95%.

 

Leaving Soon!

Next Friday, the following items will be leaving the game, going rare permanently!

  • Available at Nightwraith
    • Bunnmaykr
    • Dark Bunnmaykr
  • Available at Deuce
    • Morning Star Claymore P
    • Morning Star Claymore E
    • Morning Star Cutters P
    • Morning Star Cutters E
    • Morning Star Axe P
    • Morning Star Axe E
    • Morning Star Staff P
    • Morning Star Staff E
    • Morning Star Launcher P
    • Morning Star Launcher E
    • Morning Star Plasma Cannon P
    • Morning Star Plasma Cannon E

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Nightwraith

June 19, 2020

Player Suggestion Shop!

Player Suggestion Shop

Artists from across Delta V and beyond have submitted blueprints for their most innovative inventions to be incorporated into the vast roster of EpicDuel items. Visit Charfade to view the latest round of player-suggested items! Did your epic ideas make the cut?

 

Balance

  • Mercenary:
    • Maul: +3% to all levels
    • Berzerker: No weapon requirement
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Static Charge: Unblockable
  • Cores
    • True shot: Starts at 90%, increase 5% per turn Max at 135%.
  • General
    • Deflection damage % reduced to 60% from 65%
    • Auxiliary damage scaling nerfed

 

Suggestion Shop

For those of you who've not been around EpicDuel very long, occasionally we select item ideas submitted by players from the EpicDuel community to be incorporated into the game. Often, these ideas are accompanied by sketches and descriptions. It's been ages since our last shop of this nature, and we're quite pleased and amused by some of the latest creative concepts. These are great fun for us to interpret in Flash as great care is taken to get as close to the player's vision as possible. 

If you suggested an item or items that go into the shop, you will receive them along with the Epic Artist Achievement! Which items go into the game depend on many factors including clarity of the sketch, creativity, and often humor. Another big factor is time! There are only so many hours to devote to each suggestion so tough decisions must be made when culling the list.

You can view the latest inventory of Suggestion Shop items by visiting Charfade in the Barrens Outpost!

  • L Cruiser -- Junny Osan
  • L Hover Cruiser -- Junny Osan
  • Chrome Halberd P -- Okubi
  • Chrome Halberd E -- Okubi
  • Silenced Plasma ACP -- Okubi
  • Sanctus Axe -- Shru.
  • Sanctus Staff -- Shru.
  • Battus Spawn Sword -- Machaon
  • Cactus Crusher P -- CactusChan
  • Cactus Crusher E -- CactusChan
  • Persias Blade P -- Epitome
  • Persias Blade E -- Epitome
  • Actinomorphic Destroyer -- Legro Inmortuorum
  •  Frozen Treat P -- blastlo (Rileigh)
  •  Frozen Treat E -- blastlo (Rileigh)

Don't see your name or weapon on the list? Don't worry! Some of these suggestions were very detailed and many weapons had to be cut for the release. That means there will be more suggestion items to come in next week's release! This suggestion shop was a rather large undertaking and I'm pleased to reveal that Charfade has returned to EpicDuel for art support in realizing these designs! It's great to be able to utilize her immense talents in EpicDuel once again!

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Nightwraith

June 05, 2020

Balance Update 6-5-2020

After several of our balance updates, we've seen the win percentages move quite a bit, with Bounty Hunters surging ahead in terms of 1v1 win rates. Currently, Cyber Hunters lag behind the most in 2v2 and 1v1 win rates so we took a look at their skill and did some shuffling, including replacing the duplicate skill Cheap Shot, with a new skill Precision Strike to better synergize with their affinity for energy manipulation.

Balance

  • Blood Mage: 
    • Energy Parasite: energy return increased to 1.2X return instead of 1.0X.
    • Fireball: Starting energy cost is 90, increasing by 20 points per lvl instead of +15 
  • Tactical Mercenary: 
    • Frenzy: Starting energy cost of 40, increasing 10 points per lvl

  • Tech Mage:
    • Overload: Improves with every 0.35 Dex instead of .32
    • Plasma Rain: Improves with every 0.32 Dex instead of .35
  • Bounty Hunter: 
    • Venom Strike: Energy cost increases by 30 energy per lvl; Cooldown increased to 4 turns
  •  Cyber Hunter
    • Precision Strike: Replaces Cheap Shot; Does additional damage and deals 15% damage to target's energy pool; Improves with every 6.5 Technology; No weapon requirement.
    • Plasma Grenade: Improves with every 0.35 Tech instead of 0.4.*This was originally set to 0.2, which was way too powerful and was corrected in an emergency patch.
    • Adaptative Offense: Improves with Strengh instead of Dextery.
  • Cores: 
    • True shot: Energy cost increased by 15 energy to 100
    • Phantasm Blast P and E: Reduce base energy to 35%, max 55%; Warm up removed

 

Coming Up

Suggestion Shop!

While this week is light on content, we're planning to make up for it next week with a grand Suggestion Shop release! Thanks to the AE Forum Suggestion Topic we've been able to pull many inspiring designs to realize in game! The items are still underway so if you have an last minute submissions, don't delay!

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Nightwraith

May 29, 2020

Corporate Overlord Conclusion

Iron Husk

The shadow of Iron Husk looms over the Wasteland as he has revealed a far more powerful armored form: Nightmare Husk! Can you overcome this new challenge and save Delta V from this new threat?

 

Corporate Overlord Part 3

Speak with The Lawman in his Minetower Suite to receive your orders for the next mission chain. Husk is beaten, but not finished with his crusade to dominate Delta V. You'll need help from heroes across the planet to craft weapons able to defeat this titanium tyrant once and for all!

  • Underground Uprising
  • Husk's Gambit
  • Intern Interrogation
  • Miner Inconvenience
  • Intern Invasion
  • Husk Buster
    • Chairman Platinum has received a nerf due to the removal of The Ultraloop mission chain 
  • Magic Bullet
  • Husk-Proof Husk
  • Husk Cracker
  • Abyssal Arbitration
  • Executive Execution
    • Iron Husk and the SolarWorld factory will no longer be accessible as NPCs after this mission!

 

New Achievements!

This new mission chain features an opportunity to receive 3 new Achievements! The two bosses will be challengeable without doing the missions, but with the amount of time it takes to bring down a Nightmare boss, you'll want to make sure you get the mission credit before battling purely for fun and profit.

  • Nightmare Husk Buster (Boss)
  • Nightmare Abyss (Boss)
  • Corporate Crusher (Mission)

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Nightwraith

May 22, 2020

Corporate Overlord

Iron Husk

A new tyrannical tycoon has emerged from the dust of the Wasteland! Well, perhaps not so new, but certainly with a new attitude and a new coat of paint. What drove this corporate giant to become a force for evil? Is it all just a big misunderstanding? You'll need to work fast to defeat this foe and prevent his latest scheme from decimating Delta V! 

 

New Missions

The first two of this 3 part chain are available now! Secure Frysteland and the Barrens from the threat of Iron Husk before it's too late! We mean that this time, because all of this mission content is flagged to go permanently rare!

Corporate Overlord Part 1

  • Reaper Revolt
  • Feeble Freelancers
  • Unwanted Innovation
  • A Price for Everything
  • Yeti Hulk Havoc
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Pipeline Disruption
  • Construction Crackdown
  • Speak to the Manager
  • Royal Beast Mode
  • Executive Suite

Corporate Overlord Part 2

  • Poor Synergy
  • Faulty AI
  • Another Signal
  • It's a Living
  • Extended Contracts
  • Dragonoid Defection
  • Hidden Signal
  • Network Outage
  • Complaints Department
  • Lucrative Partnership
  • Five Year Plan

 

New Achievements

With this update you can get not one, not two, but three new achievements! 

  • Collector Cleanser (mission)
  • Corporate Espionage (mission)
  • Husk Buster (boss)

 

Changes

This update brings a bit of reshuffling around the storyline.

  • Iron Husk Arcade rebranded
  • Iron Husk Items rebranded
  • Ultraloop mission chain removed
  • Grinding Gourds mission chain removed
  • Creative Carving Winners moved to RabbleFroth
  • Piston Punch moved to Vendbot
  • Critical Heal moved to Vendbot
  • Flight Module moved to Charfade
  • SolarWorld Factory Cores moved to VendBot
    • Critical Heal
    • Piston Punch
    • Chairman's Fury
  • Model L with remain on SolarWorld Factory for a few weeks then go rare
  • Iron Husk with remain on SolarWorld Factory for a few weeks then go rare


Bug Fix

  • Static Grenade: Should no longer freeze battle when used while rooted by skills such as Tentacle Prison

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