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Nightwraith

September 11, 2021

Roman's Infernal Pursuit

Mysterious Man

For years the Afterlife, a realm accessible thanks to Baelius and Alydriah's reckless experiments with portal technology, has housed a mysterious figure known only as "The Mysterious Man." This entity has been content to watch Delta V from the abyss, but now he's finally ready to propose a bargain too enticing to pass up. 

 

Roman's Infernal Pursuit

Visit the Mysterious Man in the Afterlife region to begin a news mission chain to obtain Roman's rare Gamma Bot replica. These mission will offer substantial rewards and offer interesting new challenges. To complete them all and earn the ultimate prize, you'll need to be at peak dueling form. These missions and their amazing rewards will only be available for a limited time! 

 

So Long Seasonals (For Real)

Next week the seasonal rares will return to their regular schedule after being available for a couple months already. This latest batch of missions is loaded with Credit rewards, so it's a perfect opportunity to stock up!

Also, the Summer Varium bonus will officially be ending next Friday when the next update goes live. The weapon promo will go from 12,000 Varium to 10,000 Varium and the Varium-only pack will go from 15,000 back to 12,000.

 

Core Changes

  • Limited Quantity status removed from VendBot cores
  • Minor Absorption core moved to Edgar Boothe

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Nightwraith

September 03, 2021

Digital X's Celtic Creation

Celtic Creation

Digital X's Celtic Creation

Visit Oz in Central Station to begin an epic new quest courtesy of Digital X: Celtic Conditioning. After you've warmed up, you'll need to travel throughout Delta V to claim your ultimate prize: Digital X's Replica Bot. Only a limited quantity will be available so, in this case, a quick duelist is a lucky duelist!

 

Santa's Snowy Souvenir

If you were lucky enough to claim Digital X's replica, there are still more treats awaiting you in this update! Visit the lonely level 1 City Guard in Central Station to undertake a mission to claim GodOfSanta Azrael's Bane Replica! Be warned: he won't give up the sword without a fight...many, many fights! This mission will only be available for a week, so you'll need to work quickly to part the lonesome guard from his treasure.

 

Coming Soon: Roman's Inferno

Releasing these gifting prizes through quests and limited shops have been extremely popular, and we're not done yet! Next week, a major threat will emerge from the Afterlife that will require defeating a very old, very powerful entity. The challenge will be great, but the prizes will be greater!

 

Core Location Changes

For the sake of consistency with vendor locations between Credit and Varium-only cores, several Minor cores have been relocated from the Vendbot to the same NPC as the Varium version. Also, because cores are so integral to maintaining a competitive strategy, seasonal cores will be available all year as limited quantity cores!

  • Moved from VendBot to Alydroid
    • Azrael's Will x25
    • Azrael's Torment x25
    • Minor Mark of Azrael
  • Moved from VendBot to Administrator 10
    • Minor Improbability Gate
  • Moved From VendBot to Xraal
    • Minor Thorn Assault E
  • Moved from VendBot to Light Mechachillid
    • Minor Massive Strike
  • Moved from VendBot to Exile Leader
    • Minor Exile Strike
  • Moved from VendBot to Administrator 10
    • Minor Legion Strike
  • Added to Deuce
    • Radiation Burn
  • Added to Ishmael
    • Poison Barbs

 

Core Changes

It seems Delta V's grenades needed a bit more "punch"! These buffs should improve the viability of Varium and Credit versions of the grenade/bomb cores.

  • Crystal Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: 40% → 50% energy drain
    • Credit version: 25% → 40% energy drain
  • Short Circuit Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: 100% → 115% initial damage
    • Credit version: 75% → 105% initial damage
  • Stalagrenade x25:
    • Varium version: 25% → 30% defense ignore; 10% → 15% crit chance
    • Credit version: 15% → 20% defense ignore; 10% → 15% crit chance
  • Hammer Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: 2 → 3 turn armor removal; 85% → 100% initial damage
    • Credit version: 2 → 3 turn armor removal; 60% → 85% initial damage
  • Magma Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: Match strength of Necrosis (2.4)
    • Credit version: Match previous strength of Varium version (1.5)
  • Om Nom Bomb:
    • Varium version: 35% → 60% lifesteal
    • Credit version: 20% → 50% lifesteal

In addition to changing grenades, we've also adjusted a core in Titan's promo.

  • Titan's Shroud:
    • The core was designed to increase the resistance to Deflection damage, but this was overtuned. The damage reduction on Deflections was decreased.

 

Quality of Life:

After a long absence, the Player Ignore feature has been restored to the player stats panel. You can use this to select another player and avoid seeing their chat in game. This should be helpful for dealing with spammers without enabling the "Mute All Chat" feature in the Settings menu. One limitation of this feature is that this will only last for a single online session -- logging out will reset the list and previously ignored players will need to be ignored again if they are encountered again. 

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Nightwraith

August 27, 2021

Titan's Dread Dominion

Titan's Dread Dominion

Titan's Dread Dominion Has Arrived!

EpicDuel is now live with Titan's Dread Dominion promotional package! Power up with 13 new items and 4 new cores and unlock the Titan's Dread Dominion Achievement! EpicDuel Artists Deuce and Bido really outdid themselves when crafting these remarkable new items based on Delta V's resident reclusive demi-god!

  • Armor
    • Titan's Dread Armor
  • Primary Weapons
    • Titan's Dread Slayer P
    • Titan's Dread Slayer E
    • Titan's Dread Dominator
    • Titan's Dread Devourer
  • Sidearms
    • Titan's Dread Shotgun P
    • Titan's Dread Shotgun E
  • Auxiliaries
    • Titan's Dread Artillery P
    • Titan's Dread Artillery E

These sidearms and auxiliaries lack the locked Spreadfire passive to allow for more versatility for builds that don't focus on 2v2.

  • Sidearms
    • Titan's Dread Blaster P
    • Titan's Dread Blaster E
  • Auxiliaries
    • Titan's Dread Cannon P
    • Titan's Dread Cannon E

It wouldn't be a new promo without some new OP cores, right? Whether these are OP or not, we'll know for sure soon enough, but they should provide some much needed spice to PvP!

Titan's Shroud: 30% dmg reduction/reflection, increased block and deflection chance.
Titan's Curse: Cast a lethal curse, reducing base stats 35%.
Titan's Trigger: Do a mini-Rage equal to the percent of Rage you currently have available.
Titan's Barrage: Spend 50 HP / 50 EP for 120% damage.

Titan's Dread Dominion Ultra-Rare Achievement will unlock with purchase of this promotional package!

 

Dreadful Styles

To match your new Dread gear, we've added 5 new styles per class!


More Weird Missions

Living Weirdo had one more upgrade in store for his customized Gamma Bot. Visit Slayer if you've already finished the prior 3 mission parts to embark on the final stretch of a weird and wild journey!

  • Let's Get Weird Part 4
    • Imperfectly Weird
    • Doubly Weird
    • WeirdBot 9000
    • Weirdo's Final Final Form

 

So Long, Seasonals!

If you haven't yet collected your fill of seasonal rares, don't delay further as they will return to their regular schedule very soon!

 

Omega Shard Overkill

It's quite clear that the Omega Wolf Shards are being heavily abused by botters. To address this, the drop rate has been reduced to 5%. It may be increased at different times of year, but that's where it will stay for now.

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Nightwraith

August 20, 2021

Cores Reforged Continued

Cores Reforged Continued

Cores, cores, cores, and more in store for you in EpicDuel's latest balance update. Plus, bid farewell to the Sea King's Gear as it is leaving very soon!

New Cores and More Changes

The following changes have been implemented to mitigate the extremely powerful nature of the cores:

  • Hatchling Rush P/E: Split into Energy and Physical versions; stocked on Black Abyss Cache
  • Chairman's Fury P/E: Energy cost 90; split into Energy and Physical versions; stocked on VendBot

The following cores have been changed:

  • Icy Overkill (sidearm): Energy reduced from 120 to 80
  • Icy Overkill (aux): Energy reduced from 120 to 80
  • Yeti Fury: Lifesteal increased from 40% to 50%
  • Energy Storm: Energy drain buffed from 25% to at least 40%
  • Blood Shot: Lifesteal buffed from 20% to 30%; added 15% defense ignore
  • Radiation Burn / Curse Aura / Frostbite Aura: Triggered by nearly all melee attacks instead of only normal strikes
  • Wolf’s Fury: Removed energy cost and enemy energy drain
  • Paralysis Coating: Removed warmup; 25% stun chance
  • Salvage: Remove energy cost

 

Class Balance Changes:

Cyber Hunter:

  • Neurotoxin adjusted base levels:
    • 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23,
  • EMP Grenade adjusted base levels:
    • 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170 

 

See Ya, Sea King

The Sea King Gear promotion has been around an outrageously long time (nearly a year), and it's finally time for a new package to replace it. Get ready for the Titan's Dread package coming next week! The primary weapons are pictured below, but the full promo will include sidearms, auxiliaries, and an armor.

Titan's Dread

Next week will be your last chance to grab the Sea King promo with the Sea King achievement before it is officially replaced with the new Titan's Dread promo next Friday!

 

War Cooldown Extension

With this update, the war cooldown will be extended another week for 2 reasons: 1) To better coincide with the new promotional package, and 2) to give me a chance to catch up to the War Prizes which I've fallen regrettably far behind on.

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Nightwraith

August 14, 2021

Heroic Housing 2021 Winners

Heroic Housing 2021 Winners

First of all, I want to once again extend my appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated in the EpicDuel Heroic Housing Contest 2021! I also want to thank our judges who took their time to collect all the entries and tally the votes. We had a tremendous response to this contest with dozens of festive, bizarre, and cozy entries to review. It was very difficult to narrow down the list the 25 final winners. We considered many factors when selecting winners including interpretation of the theme, concept, color schemes, patterns, function, and overall creative effort put into the house design. As always, humor, though not required, didn't hurt.

Winners will receive 5,000 ArtixPoints, a rare Achievement, and a rare Home Item! This time around I decided to increase the pool of Grand Prize winners to 6. 3 were chosen strictly based on best interpretation of a theme, while 3 more were chosen based on vote tallies and merit. Grand Prize Winners will receive a rare Achievement and home items, plus 10,000 ArtixPoints!

If you weren't among the winners, please be good sports to the winners and judges, even if you disagree strongly with our decisions. Contests should be a joyful, fun experience for the community to celebrate creativity and their love of the game. Spamming with hate won't change any decisions. After all, there will always be more contests to enter!

 

Without further ado, presented in no particular order, here are your GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!

 

Holidays

Parties don't get much more festive than .Darkness Rose.'s Christmas party. Good company, good gifts, good eats, and fireworks -- everything a proper holiday party needs!

 

Bizarre

This entry by TwoFaced Illusion is equal parts eerie and epic, depicting the release of Dage by the power of Delta V's moon.

 

Cozy and Comfortable

Pull up a chair and have a seat in xMalebox's Luxury Mine Suite, well appointed with color-coordinated décor. Even the hosts have matching attire!

 

Other Grand Prize Winners chosen based on vote count and merit. 

SencY's cozy entry expertly decorates this inviting living space, seamlessly integrating the decorations into the environment.

 

I enjoy commitment to a bit, and this entry from Mc Chicken demonstrates this perfectly with Fortune City's most well-stocked burger restaurant. 

 

This excellent entry from HoezHongHan depicts the dilemma of choice all newcomers to EpicDuel Face: Blue or Red, Exile or Legion.

 

The rest of the Heroic Housing 2021 winners are shown below in no particular order. For images of the entries, visit the full post here:

 

.Romanian Hunter.

bunnypande

CactusChan

Crimson

Living Weirdo

The Butcher OO7

WannaKnowYou

MapWarCyber

Necrophobic

John

PeroXide

King Of Angels

Legro Inmortuorum

Ivan

Daddy

Genesis

GOLDEN MAN123

I God of Death I

.Seaf Max.

 

Congratulations! Judging these contests is always a challenge, but there were so many quality entries that narrowing it down was harder than usual. Ultimately we had to choose a cutoff for the entries somewhere! Thank you again for all who participated and helped judge! As with last year, we ask that winners of the contest please not change your house ( other than maybe adding your trophies ) for a few weeks, so that visitors may see your epic house creation! Also as a heads up, since we need to add prizes manually onto your characters, it may take a few hours or so before you receive your achievement, trophies, and Artix points. All prizes should be awarded within a few hours!

Once again we thank our EpicDuel community, and we hope to see your creativity shine again in the next contest!

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Nightwraith

August 13, 2021

Friday the 13th 2021

Friday the 13th 2021

Thirteen is a lucky number on Delta V! Snork is proud to offer an arsenal of new Friday the 13th gear!

 

New Friday the 13th Weapons

Snork, permanent resident of the Wasteland Minetower, is offering a new arsenal of Friday the 13 gear. Is he trying to incite for duels to appease the God of War, or simply leaning into the spirit of the season. We may never know.

  • Demonic Buster P
  • Demonic Buster E
  • Black Widow Blade P
  • Black Widow Blade E
  • Black Widow Scythe P
  • Black Widow Scythe E
  • Coffin Crusher P
  • Coffin Crusher E
  • Black Coffin Crusher P
  • Black Coffin Crusher E
  • Demonic Bone Breaker P
  • Demonic Bone Breaker E

 

New Achievement

Stop by the achievement shop (lower bar in the game's UI) to pick up the one and only achievement for 2021, Friday The 13th 2021! 


Implemented Core Changes:

This update will feature another huge batch of core changes. If you haven't tried some of these cores or don't currently own them, remember that since all seasonal weapons have returned most of these cores are already available in game

  • Screaming Soul Spears: Initial attack 100% damage; 3 turn duration; drains 40 HP and MP per turn; energy cost reduced from 90 to 60
  • Concussive Shot: Initial damage 110%; energy cost reduced from 110 to 80
  • Tactical Reload (sidearm): Reduced warmup to 2 turns
  • Sea King’s Venom: 100% damage
  • Sea King’s Corruption: Reduced initial damage to 85%
  • Feast of Flesh: Reduced cost from 110 HP to 90
  • Dark Omen: Increased Support debuff to 40%; cost lowered from 115 to 90
  • Mega Curse x25: Reduced cost from 125 to 110
  • Curse: Reduce cost from 100 to 70
  • Mega Stun Blast x25: Added a 25% crit chance
  • Infinity Mind Spears: Reduced cost from 120 to 85; added 20% crit chance
  • Minor Infinity Mind Spears: Reduced cost from 120 to 85; added 15% crit chance
  • Poison Barbs: Removed warmup; increased HP loss to 70 per turn
  • Meteor Shower: Buffed to 120% damage; removed warmup
  • Plasma Meteor: Buffed to 120% damage; removed warmup
  • Jack-O-Fire: Removed warmup
  • Minor Jack-O-Fire: Removed warmup
  • Thorn Assault: Removed warmup
  • Titan Chomp x25: Removed warmup; 120% damage
  • Bacon Breath x25: Removed warmup; 120% damage
  • Bacon Rain x25: Removed warmup; 120% damage
  • Infernal Surge: Buff effect increased from 25% to 35%; cooldown reduced from 6 to 5 turns
  • Draconic Frost King's Will: Buff effect increased from 30% to 40%; removed warmup; 4 turn cooldown
  • Hardened Armor: Increased damage reduction from 20% to 35%
  • Corrosive Shot: Removed 15% defense ignore on initial hit
  • Infernal Fortitude: Removed energy cost
  • Spirit Thorns: Increased effect from 50% to 85%


New Cores:

  • Equipped to Titan
    • Titan Chomp E x25
    • Bacon Rain E x25
    • Bacon Breath E x25
  • Equipped to Dage
    • Minor Crimson Offering: Sacrifice 80 Health for 250 Energy.
  • Equipped to Caden
    • Minor Mega Curse x25: Shrinks the target, reducing their base Support by 70% for 3 turns
  • Equipped to Xraal
    • Thorn Assault P
    • Minor Thorn Assault P
  • Equipped to Snork
    • Jack-O-Fire E
    • Jack-O-Fire E x25
    • Minor Jack-O-Fire E

 

Contest Winner Announcement

EpicDuel will announce the winners of 2021's Heroic Housing Contest tomorrow!

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