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November 23, 2022

EpicDuelsgiving 2022

A balance bounty

A bounty of balance changes await on the even of an epic holiday weekend! Savor all the changes between bites of turkey, ham, tofu, broccoli, or whatever food you favor as you give thanks for this long-awaited update!

 

General Balance

  • Adjusted starting stats for 3 classes
    • Tech Mage: 19 Str, 21 Dex, 22 Tech, 18 Supp → 17 Str, 21 Dex, 24 Tech, 18 Supp
    • Tactical Mercenary: 18 Str, 22 Dex, 19 Tech, 21 Ssupp → 18 Str, 21 Dex, 19 Tech, 22 Supp
    • Cyber Hunter: 19 Str, 19 Dex, 24 Tech, 18 Supp → 19 Str, 18 Dex, 22 Tech, 21 Supp

  • Field Medic
    • Support scaling unified for all classes. Improves with every 1.5 Support

 

Class Balance

All classes have received some major changes this update. Ultimately, our goal is that each class should have multiple viable builds, and these changes should provide more viable builds while reinforcing the unique identity of each class. Special thanks to those who responded to our feedback survey, who provided thorough documentation for all proposed changes. We are much more likely to implement an idea that's specific (not just "nerf/buff X skill") and well-justified.

 

  • Bounty Hunter
    • Multi Shot: Lowered energy cost by 80 across all levels; improves with every 0.35 Dex → 0.32 Dex.
    • Stun Grenade: Lowered energy cost by 40 across all levels. Improves with every 0.4 Dex → 0.35 Dex. 20% stun chance → 15% chance.
    • Shadow Arts: Added Dex buff (10% at max); Support requirement lowered by 8 across all levels.
    • Massacre: Lower energy cost by 30 across all levels; requires Strength → Support; reduced by 10% across all levels (130% at max); added 30% defense ignore and 50% lifesteal.
    • Venom Strike: Improves every 6 Dex → every 2 Supp.
    • Cheap Shot: Changed values to 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48; added 25% Rage reduction; lowered energy cost by 10 across all levels.
  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: Reverted scaling to improve with Dex instead of Support.
    • Fire Rain: Reverted scaling to improve with Support instead of Dex; improves every 0.40 Supp → 0.32 Supp; ignores 10% defense → 20% defense; removed staff requirement.
    • Brutal Strike: Replaced with Fire Scythe; ignores % Defense; unblockable; ranged; values 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42; costs 105 energy +15 per level; 2 turn cooldown.
    • Terrify: Buffed values to 17, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34, 35; reduce duration from 4 turns to 3 turns.
    • Blood Shield: Changed values to 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 28, 30; grants 90 energy upon use.
    • Blood Instinct: Grants 90 energy upon use.
    • Deadly Aim: Added flat 10% Strength buff.
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Concentration: Reverted to Reroute (Passive); converts % of all damage received into energy; values 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32. Requires 24 tech, +2 per level.
    • Adrenaline: Changed to an active effect that grants flat 180 energy and % Rage; values 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 46, 48, 50.
    • Mineral Armor: Reduced Support requirement from 43 to 34 at max (+2 per level instead of +3); added flat 10% Support buff.
    • Frenzy: Remove 2 turn warmup; unblockable.
    • Crippling Strike: 110% damage → 120% damage; reduced energy cost scaling from 25 per level to 15 per level (220 energy at max); only debuffs Defense; values 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33; requires club.
    • Field Commander: 10% crit chance to 10% damage reduction.
    • Suppressing Fire: Improves every 0.35 Supp→ every 0.32 Supp. 
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Lock On: Renamed Kernel Panic; reduce % Resistance: 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33; improves every 4 tech; cost 85 energy +15 per level (220 max); requires 21 dex +2 per level; initial strike deals 100% damage.
    • Static Charge: 100% damage → 85% damage; drain opponent’s energy by 50% of damage.
    • Pulse Punch: Removed 2 turn warmup; changed effect from % More Damage to % reduced Rage Gain for 3 turns: 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65; initial strike reduced target Rage 50%; reduced energy cost scaling from 20 per level to 10 per level; removed 25% lifesteal; added 20% defense Ignore.
    • Plasma Grenade: Removed 25% crit chance; added 25% lifesteal.
    • Neural Scythe: Reverted to Support skill; new values: 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, 260, 280, 300, 320, 340; improves every 0.35 Support, +1 per 0.3 level above 20, -1 per 0.8 levels below 20.
    • Adaptive Offense: Improves every 0.35 Supp→ every 0.3 Dex; removed 15% crit; added 25% energy drain based on damage dealt; lowered energy cost by 100 across all levels; 3 turn cooldown→ 2 turn cooldown.
    • Memory Leak: 4 turn cooldown→ 3 turn cooldown.
    • Counterattack: Swapped with Nanotech Shield
    • Nanotech Shield: Swapped with Adaptive Armor; increases Defense/Resistance for 3 turns; values 40, 55, 70, 85, 100, 115, 130, 145, 160, 175; improves +1 Defense every 1 support, +1 per 0.5 levels above 20, -1 per 0.7 levels below 20; costs 100 energy +20 per level; 2 turn cooldown.
  • Tech Mage
    • Nanotech Shield: Changed to Defense Matrix with values 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200; improves +1 Defense every 0.35 Support; +1 per 0.5 levels above 20, -1 per 0.7 levels below 20; costs 80 energy +20 per level; 2 turn CD.
    • Battery Backup: Changed to Concentration; essentially passive Reroute in that it converts % of all damage received into energy; values 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32; requires 24 tech, +2 per level; added15% damage reduction.
    • Deadly Aim: Added flat 10% tech buff.
    • Assimilation: Changed base values to 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160; improves every 1.5 Dex → 1.25 Supp; Changed 150% absorption to 90% absorption. 70% damage → 100% damage.
    • Overload: Improves with every 0.35 Dex → 0.3 Dex; lower energy cost by 20 across all levels; +15 energy cost per level → +10 per level. 2 turn cooldown → 1 turn cooldown ; 20% stun chance → 15% chance.
    • Bludgeon: Reduced energy cost scaling from 20 per level to 15 per level (245 energy at max). 
  • Mercenary
    • Hybrid Armor: Reduced Support requirement from 42 to 33 at max (+2 per level instead of +3); removed stat buff.
    • Static Smash: 120% damage → 100% damage; buffed values by 7% across all levels; removed Tech requirement.
    • Reactive Armor: Reduced Dex requirement by 8 across all levels.
    • Artillery Strike: Improves every 0.35 Supp → 0.32 Supp; added 20% defense ignore; removed 30% lifesteal.
    • Blood Commander: Improves every 4 Supp → 3 Supp; buffed values to 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
    • Intimidate: Removed 10% Defense debuff; reduces Support in addition to Strength.
    • Berzerker: Requires Supp → requires Dex; remove 15% lifesteal; reduce energy cost by 20 across all levels.
    • Maul: Added a 65% Heal Reduction effect lasting 1 turn; 2 turn cooldown → 4 turn cooldown .

 

Core balance

While many of these changes serve to buff underutilized cores, there are also calls for nerfing many cores. While a much broader core update was planned, these have been on hold to weigh the impact of this new balance update on the game meta.

  • Skull Cracker: Compatible with Deadly Aim.
  • Skull Smasher: Reusable; 4 turn cooldown .
  • Frost Aura: 25% trigger chance → 35% trigger chance.
  • Curse Aura: 25% trigger chance → 35% trigger chance; 50% Support reduction → flat 50 Support reduction; added 25% heal reduction debuff for 3 turns.
  • Curse: 50% Support reduction → flat 50 Support reduction; added 25% heal reduction debuff for 3 turns.
  • Minor Curse: 40% Support reduction → flat 40 Support reduction; added 25% heal reduction debuff for 3 turns.
  • Eternal Protection: +15 Def/Res → +20 Def/Res.
  • Salvage: 100% damage → 110% damage.
  • Phase Shift (all versions): 100% damage → 110% damage.
  • Infernal Fury/Titan’s Trigger/Hair Trigger: 100% damage → 110% damage.
  • Blood Bullet/Titan’s Barrage: 120% damage → 125% damage.
  • TrueShot (Gun)/TrueShot: 135% max → 140% max.
  • Feast of Flesh: 35% highest stat → 50% highest stat. Grants 150 energy upon use.
  • Dark Omen: 40% Support reduction → flat 40 support reduction. Add 20% heal reduction debuff for 3 turns.
  • Growth Serum: 50% Support → flat 50 Support. 25% Rage gain → 50% Rage gain. 3 turn duration → 4 turn duration. Grants 150 HP upon use.
  • Minor Growth Serum: 40% Support → flat 40 Support. 25% Rage gain → 50% Rage gain. 3 turn duration → 4 turn duration. Grants 150 HP upon use.
  • Sea King’s Spirit: 5 turn cooldown → 4 turn cooldown.
  • Lifeline: 225 HP → 300 HP.
  • Sea King Corruption: 25% heal reduction → 30% heal reduction.
  • Corrosive Shot: Restored 15% defense ignore on initial attack.
  • Screaming Soul Spears/Darkeater’s Impaler: 40 HP/MP reduction → 60 HP/MP reduction.
  • Sea King’s Venom: 70 HP reduction → 80 HP reduction.
  • Poison Barbs: 70 HP reduction → 80 HP reduction. 85% initial damage → 100% initial damage.
  • Cold Ignition: Costs 60 energy → 90 energy. Reusable; 5 turn cooldown.
  • Magma Grenade P/E: Defense reduction factor increased to 4 per level.
  • Minor Magma Grenade P/E: Defense reduction factor increased to 2.5 per level.

 

Robot Balance

Many bots have been beefed up in this release, including the Yeti sets. Several older bots have also had additional effects added to their normal attacks.

  • Phantasm Slash: Drains energy by 25% of damage.
  • Phantasm Blast E/P: 35% +4% per round (55% max) → 60% +3% per round (81% max).
  • Infernal Overload P/E/PxE/ExP: 85% +5% per round (115% max) → 100% +5% per round (135% max). Single use.
  • Bio Claw: Added 20% defense ignore.
  • Cyber Yeti Breath: 100% damage → 105% damage.
  • Ice Shield: Added 30% damage reduction.
  • Dino Fire/Rusted Dino Fire P/E/PxE/ExP: 2 turn warmup → 1 turn warmup.
  • Azrael Claw: Added 15% defense ignore and 25% crit chance.
  • Heart Attack: 85% damage → 100% damage; changed from physical damage to energy damage.
  • Plasma Super Beam/Infernal Super Beam: 4 turn cooldown → 3 turn cooldown.
  • Baby Yeti/Dark Yeti/Downtown Yeti/Dark Downtown Yeti: 150 damage → 170 damage.
  • Baby Yeti Warrior/Dark Yeti Warrior/Pink Yeti: 160 damage → 180 damage.
  • Omega Baby Yeti/Omega Dark Yeti: 170 damage → 190 damage.
  • Golden Yeti: 180 damage → 190 damage
  • Flesh Demigod Judgment E/P: 30% lifesteal → 25% lifesteal; reusable; 4 turn cooldown.
  • Necrosis: 85% damage → 100% damage; increased defense reduction factor to 4 from 2.4.
  • Lionhart’s Claws: 25% Rage reduction → 50% Rage reduction.
  • Assault Claw: Added 15% lifesteal.

 

Epic Legendary Supporter

Although there will be no Gifting event this year, we are still offering the 40K Varium package for those who wish to stock up. This package also comes with the Epic Legendary Supporter 2022 achievement. This offer will only be available until December 1st, 2022!

The other 10K Artix Point packages will also include the evolving Epic Supporter 2022 achievements. If you purchased a 10K AP package since Friday November 18th, 2022, you will receive this achievement retroactively. Please note the Varium offered by the other 10K AP packages have not been increased this year.

We've also added a 2022 World Cup achievement if you still needed a few more rating points to your next star!

 

Battlepass Encore

Some of you have been extremely diligent in completing your daily and weekly Battlepass challenges, reaching the coveted level 50 milestone. To make completing challenges worthwhile after hitting the cap, we've expanded the pass to include 10 more levels with substantial Varium and Credit rewards! This Battlepass will officially end at the end of the day on December 4th. In the future, we expect passes to last about 30 days, but due to some early hiccups, we're letting this season run a bit longer.

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Nightwraith

November 14, 2022

Battlepass Patch

Today we made a small update to EpicDuel's Battlepass to fix some issues with certain NPC and boss challenges not counting towards completion of the challenges. This error was due partially to some NPCs that weren't designated as bosses not being counted towards the challenge. Though this error was difficult to isolate, it was fortunately easy to fix, and all NPC challenges should register as intended.

As compensation for those who who were unable to complete the bugged challenges, we awarded 10,500 Battlepass XP to all players with more than 0 progress this season. Hopefully that's the last of the issues for now, and you can continue to enjoy the current season uninterrupted!

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Nightwraith

November 10, 2022

Nightwraith's New Bounties

Nightwraith's New Bounties

Battlepass Changes

Based on your ongoing feedback we have made the following changes to the Battlepass Challenges.

  • Reduced max cap on 2v2 challenge to 10. Increased base XP to 200 from 100.
  • Reduced max use of coupons challenges to 1 from 5. Increase base XP on Class Change Coupon to 1000.
  • Reduced Hair Change base challenge XP to 50 from 250.
  • "Defeat any NPC" base XP reduced to 100 from 150.
  • "Play a PvP match with no Active or Passive Cores equipped" base XP increased from 200 to 400.
  • Removed Nightmare and Legendary Bosses from the pool of class-specific challenges. You may lose progress on current boss challenges, but the revised challenges should be much easier to complete.

So far we've received a wealth of suggestions for improvements, changes, and additions to the Battlepass, and we will consider all of them as we improve what we can in the current season and look towards the next. Thank you for your patience as we build upon this robust system and help reveal its full potential.

 

ArmoryBot Restock!

Weapons added to ArmoryBot

  • Nightwraith's Avatar Slayer P
  • Nightwraith's Avatar Slayer E
  • Nightmare Wraith Pikes P
  • Nightmare Wraith Pikes E

 

Expanded Nightwraith Missions

The mission "36" has been replace with 2 new missions in the chain Party Business.

  • 37
  • 38

 

New Nightwraith Bounties

This update is introducing 4 new mission chains offering enticing rewards including Credits, XP, Coupons, and Achievements!

New Missions added to Nightwraith!

  • Night's Basic Bounties
    • Craven Cravings
    • Guard Gotcha
    • Hitting Heavy Hitters
    • Sly Resupply
    • Shadow of Doubt
    • Stay Hydrated!
    • Solo Tested
    • Duo Tested
    • Free for All Finale
    • Spare Shades
  • Night's Big Bounties
    • Solo Trial 1
    • Solo Trial 2
    • Solo Trial 3
    • Duo Trial 1
    • Duo Trial 2
    • Duo Trial 3
    • Duelist Trail 1
    • Duelist Trail 2
    • Duelist Trail 3
    • Duelist Trail 4
  • Night's Boss Blitz
    • Target: Theon
    • Target: Bido
    • Target: Deuce
    • Target: Seth Juron
    • Target: Revontheus
    • Target: Darkon
    • Target: Rabblefroth
    • Target: Charfade
    • Target: Titan
    • Target: Dage the Evil
    • Target: Acatriel
    • Target: REDACTED


New Missions added to Nightmare Nightwraith!

  • Night's Nightmare Blitz
    • Target: Nightmare Pumpkin Lord
    • Target: Nightmare Capt. Shoggoth
    • Target: Nightmare Kartherax
    • Target: Nightmare Abyss Spider
    • Target: Nightmare Azrael
    • Target: Nightmare Adjudicator
    • Target: Nightmare Charfade
    • Target: Nightmare Dage
    • Target: Nightmare Luthiel
    • Target: Nightmare Acatriel
    • Target: Nightmare Titan
    • Target: Nightmare Finale

 

Power Weekend!

Power Hour has been enabled from now through to Sunday evening!

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Nightwraith

October 28, 2022

Battlepass Online!

Battlepass Online!

Battlepass Online!

We're commemorating AE's 20th anniversary with the biggest feature we've added to EpicDuel in years: Battlepass! This feature will allow all players to earn new weapons, items, styles, cores, and currency just by completing specific daily and weekly challenges! 

To start, simply make progress towards any of the challenges available. You will being to earn XP automatically as you complete the various tasks. If you're stuck by a challenge or two, you can wait for them to reset or purchase a level worth of XP to advance and claim more prizes. Also, an Enhanced Battlepass is available to unlock even more prizes if you desire.

This season is designed to last until December, enough time for those who complete challenges every day to have a chance to claim up to level 50. Spider designed this system cleverly enough that we have tremendous flexibility to add content and expand challenges as the feature evolves. We hope you enjoy what is the first iteration of a powerful and exciting new feature!

Special thanks to Spider, Acatriel, and our Testers who helped see this feature from inception to final delivery!

 

O.M.G. Mode

As a surprise bonus addition to this release, we've introduced a new battle mode: O.M.G.

According to our programmer Spider, this acronym stands for Offensive Magnitude of Gorgonzola (because you're cheesing your opponent). Don't let the punny name fool you -- this mode is brutal! This mode makes the following adjustments to regular battle:

  • HP multiplier of x1337
  • DMG multiplier of x750
  • Maximum cooldown of 1 for every ability
  • Unlimited energy
  • Flat +25% stun resist
  • Legendary Points disabled

To maintain its novelty, this mode will only be available for a limited time so experiment while you can!

 

20th AE Anniversary

The main meat of this release was the Battlepass, but in recognition of 20 year, we thought the least we could do was offer a rare achievement to claim from the Achievement shop to mark this momentous occasion! If you're a baseball fan, you might also note the Big Show 2022 achievement in the seasonal portion as well.

In addition to all the other anniversary festivities, AQ3D is offering FREE Artix Points if you log in and find the secret code! Sounds like a deal! Read more on how you can redeem the code: https://www.artix.com/posts/how_to_redeem_artix_points/

 

Mysterious Man Returns

In celebration of AE's 20th anniversary, we're bringing back a boss from EpicDuel's recent past: The Mysterious Man! Visit his domain in the Afterlife to vanquish this foe again to receive a new tiered achievement. In recognition of those who already experienced and conquered this adversary, the original achievement will remain rare.

 

Techstalker Tech

In recognition of AE's 20th anniversary, we're delaying removing the Techstalker Promo until November 7th! This should allow everyone who's either been hibernating or saving up enough time to grab these items before they're gone!

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Nightwraith

October 21, 2022

Sanguine Showcase

Sanguine Showcase Battlepass

EpicDuel's first Battlepass is still under construction, but nearing completion as we enter the final rounds of testing. This set's theme was crafted by Acatriel with a focus on a fusion of Blood Magic and Technology into an unparalleled Sanguine Showcase! When implemented, this collection will offer more content than any other promotion in EpicDuel's history. 

An incomplete list of what the Battlepass will include:

  • 4 new armors!
  • 22 new items!
  • 6 new achievements!
  • 6 new cores!
  • 24 new styles!

We're working hard to make this new feature a success and thank you for your patience. Stay tuned for updates when the feature is finally ready to be released in-game!

 

Power Weekend Returns

Since there will be no update today, we've reactivated Power Hour to last all Weekend long for an excellent opportunity to grind and level up in anticipation of this new feature!

 

Heromart 2023 Preview

Heromart

The 2023 Heromart Calendar is just around the corner, and in anticipation of its arrival we're offering a preview of the items that will be available as in-game bonuses for those who purchase this upcoming piece of merchandise.

Armors

  • Paladin Chronomancer A
  • Paladin Chronomancer B
  • Paladin Chronomancer A CC
  • Paladin Chronomancer B CC

Weapons

  • Paladin Chronomancer Sword P
  • Paladin Chronomancer Sword E
  • Paladin Chronomancer Redeemer P
  • Paladin Chronomancer Redeemer E
  • Paladin Chronomancer Blaster P
  • Paladin Chronomancer Blaster E
  • Paladin Chronomancer Collider P
  • Paladin Chronomancer Collider E

Please note the 2023 Calendar is not currently available for sale. Keep an eye on Heromart.com and its social media accounts for product updates!

 

EpicDuel 2022 Player Survey

Earlier this week we released a survey via Twitter and email to collect player feedback. So far we've received dozens of results, but we're posting it again here just in case you missed those social media and email links or just didn't feel like responding before and forgot. If you have any thoughts on balance, new features, or any other improvements for the game, now is your time to share your feedback! Want more boss? Wish Tactical Mercenaries were more viable? Feel like Dexterity builds should have their time to shine? Want new battle modes and events? Let us know!

To begin the survey follow this link to help us build a better EpicDuel in 2023!

Thank you for your participation and support!

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Nightwraith

October 14, 2022

Boss Bounty Boost

Boss Bounty Boost

Boss Bounty Boost

Last week we added tiered achievements to many bosses throughout EpicDuel, and this week we're making boss farming a bit more worthwhile by adding many PvP drop weapons to specific bosses. Since determining which boss drops what by trial and error would be time consuming, we're including a list of which weapons were added to which bosses. Happy hunting!

  • Edgar Booth - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • King Alaric - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Dravax - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • The Endless - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Captain Shoggoth - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Legendary Captain Shoggoth - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Axes
  • Nightmare Captain Shoggoth - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Axes
  • Legendary Titan - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Staffs
  • Nightmare Titan - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Staffs
  • Dage the Evil - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Legendary Dage the Evil - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Legendary Big Tuna - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Nightmare Kartherax - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Legendary Nightwraith - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Blades
  • Nightmare Nightwraith - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Blades
  • Legendary Deuce - Infernal Overfiend Weapons
  • Legendary Bido - Overfiend Nemesis Weapons
  • Pumpkin Lord - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Nightmare Pumpkin Lord - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Azrael - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Nightmare Azrael - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords
  • Legendary Caden - Overfiend Nemesis and Infernal Overfiend Swords

To prevent some randomness in boss difficulty, we've removed Nanotech shield from NPCs

 

Star Expansion

With the additional boss achievement tiers, rating points have exploded well beyond the prior limits. To accommodate this accomplishment, we've added 4 new star tiers: Obsidian, Gilded Obsidian, Topaz, and Galactic.

 

Xenomorphic Weapons

New seasonal weapons items crafted by Bido have been added to Cinderella:

  • Xenomorphic Slayer P
  • Xenomorphic Slayer E
  • Xenomorphic Talons P
  • Xenomorphic Talons E
  • Xenomorphic Splitter P
  • Xenomorphic Splitter E
  • Xenomorphic Staff P
  • Xenomorphic Staff E

 

2023 Paladin Chronomancer Hairstyles

This update, as a preview of EpicDuel's 2023 Calendar items, we've included 6 new Paladin Chronomancer hairstyles. The rest of the set will be available with the new Heromart item when it's available. 

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Nightwraith

October 07, 2022

Boss Bounties and Battlepass

Battlepass

EpicDuel is at its core a PvP game, but we don't want those who crave PvE (and rating points) to go hungry for too long. The following bosses have received an update with tiered achievements. This means the achievements will increase in value the more their attached bosses are defeated. New tiers are achieved at 5, 10, 15, and 20 victories. If your achievement tier is currently "stuck" at lower tier than you qualify for, you may need to defeat the boss once force achievement to update.

  • George Lowe
  • Armor Hazard
  • Davarril
  • Revontheus
  • Administrator 10
  • Exile Leader
  • Black Abyss Spider
  • Capt. Shoggoth
  • Kartherax
  • Void King
  • Legendary Titan
  • M4tr1x
  • Theon
  • Noragh
  • Seth Juron
  • Merged Dragonoid
  • Legendary Merged Dragonoid
  • God of War
  • Legendary God of War
  • Dage the Evil
  • Legendary Slayer
  • Legendary Big Tuna
  • Legendary Capt. Shoggoth
  • Nightmare Kartherax
  • Nightmare Capt. Shoggoth
  • Legendary Nightwraith
  • Nightmare Nightwraith
  • Legendary Endless M4tr1x
  • Legendary Deuce
  • Legendary Bido
  • Legendary Void King
  • Legendary Dage the Evil
  • Legendary Charfade
  • Nightmare Charfade
  • Dragonoid Brain
  • Legendary Dragonoid Brain
  • Nightmare Titan
  • Legendary Caden
  • Nightmare Dage
  • Nightmare Black Abyss Spider
  • Delta Vault Sim.
  • Legendary Delta Vault Sim.
  • Darkon
  • Pumpkin Lord
  • Nightmare Pumpkin Lord
  • Adjudicator
  • Nightmare Adjudicator
  • Azrael
  • Nightmare Azrael
  • Acatriel
  • Legendary Acatriel
  • Nightmare Acatriel
  • Luthiel
  • Nightmare Luthiel

New Boss Achievements:

  • Dravax the Harbinger
  • Administrator 11
  • The Endless
  • Elite Yeti
  • Edgar Boothe
  • King Alaric
  • Saeva Lionhart

 

Skill Changes

  • Astral Projection: 75% MP drain, no hp cost

 

Techstalker Package

The Techstalker promotional package is currently scheduled to leave the game October 28th! The cores/bots may return but the base weapons, armors, and achievement will be permanently rare once the package leaves the game.

 

Battlepass Previews

It seems like we've been talking about this new feature for months (because we have), but it's finally nearing completion! We're excited to share previews and explanations of how this system will function within EpicDuel. Please remember that the prizes shown do not represent the final prize list in the finished Battlepass and the GUI may change between now and the release.

Battlepass will be a way for all players to earn new cores, weapons, home items, cosmetics, and currency just by playing the game! You won't need to do anything to participate. Simply logging in an interacting with the game should be enough to earn you a participation achievement and start collecting points towards the Battlepass' prizes.

Battlepass Main Button

You can earn more experience towards the prizes by completing various challenges. Some are as simple as winning a PvP match or changing your hairstyle, while others are a bit more complex. As you can see below, there will be daily and weekly challenges. There are currently hundreds of combinations possible so there should be plenty of variety to keep duels spicy each day!

Battlepass Challenges

If you're stumped by challenges or simply don't have the time to complete them, you have the option to skip ahead a level of progression by purchasing an XP boost from the Battlepass interface.

BattlepassUI

There will be two types of passes available: A Basic pass for everyone, and an Enhanced pass for those who want a more rewarding experience for their efforts. The Enhanced pass will include exclusive content, but efforts will be made to make sure the free pass is a rewarding experience on it's own and not fall into a "Pay-to-Win" trap common in so many other games that employ this feature.

Each Battlepass will be considered a "season" and will last about a month. We're still balancing the time/XP/ curves to make sure the grind isn't unreasonable to acquire all the content within a season. Currently, we're expecting Battlepass content to go rare after a season ends so there will be a decent incentive to play while it lasts.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to build this feature. We know the content has been lighter than usual, but much of that time has been devoted to creating the content that you will be able to unlock in the Battlepass. This has been a massive feature that should add much more variety and excitement for day-to-day play and allow new players an easier way to acquire the tools they need to compete against others in PvP. This feature should be ready very soon, and we hope it will be worth the wait!

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October 03, 2022

Techstalker Terminator

Techstalker Terminator

Celebrating 20 year of Artix Entertainment, we just launched the Techstalker Terminator Package! 20 years for $20 (4,000 AP)!*
*Please note this package does not include extra Varium. The regular 2,500 Varium package (4,000) is still available from the Varium shop.

  • Armors:
    • Techstalker Exosuit A
    • Techstalker Exosuit B
    • Techstalker Exosuit C
    • Techstalker Exosuit A CC
    • Techstalker Exosuit B CC
    • Techstalker Exosuit C CC

These new armors come pre-equipped with new cores!

  • Resonant Armor (Armor Core - Passive): Lower attacker's energy by 15% ranged damage.
  • Astral Projection (Armor Core): Summon a cosmic avatar, dealing 75% damage to Energy.
  • Primary Weapons:
    • Techstalker Sword P
    • Techstalker Sword E
    • Techstalker Terminator P
    • Techstalker Terminator E

These primary weapons are pre-equipped with a new active core!

  • Energy Harvest (Primary Core): Deal 85% damage, stealing 20% HP and Energy, disabling melee attacks for 2 turns.
  • Sidearms:
    • Techstalker Repeater P
    • Techstalker Repeater E

These sidearm weapons are pre-equipped with a new active core!

  • Core Corruption (Sidearm Core): Increases target's Rage while lowering Dexterity/Technology 40 points.
  • Auxilaries:
    • Techstalker Railgun P
    • Techstalker Railgun E

These auxiliary weapons are pre-equipped with a new active core!

  • Skull Smasher (Auxiliary Core): Use your auxiliary as a melee weapon to deal 125% damage.
  • Bots:
    • Techstalker Bot P
      • Techstalker Beam P: Fire physical beam with a 20% crit chance.
      • Techstalker Tremor P: Reduce Crit, Block, and Deflection chance for 4 turns, 15% stun chance.
    • Techstalker Bot E
      • Techstalker Beam E: Fire an energy beam with a 20% crit chance.
      • Techstalker Tremor E: Reduce Crit, Block, and Deflection chance for 4 turns, 15% stun chance.
  • Vehicles:
    • Techstalker Bike
    • Techstalker Bike CC

Those who purchase the new Techstalker package will receive the Techstalker's Crest achievement to commemorate their support for the game. This package will not be available long so get it before it goes rare!

 

Acatriel's Battlebots

2 new robots are available from Acatriel in-game as limited rares!

  • Battlebot P
    • Battlebot Buzzsaw P: Activate a lethal buzzsaw, ignoring 20% defense.
    • Battlebot Barrage P: Fire a chaingun for 85% damage against 2 targets; 20% Rage reduction.
  • Battlebot E
    • Battlebot Buzzsaw E: Activate a lethal buzzsaw, ignoring 20% defense.
    • Battlebot Barrage E: Fire a chaingun for 85% damage against 2 targets; 30% Rage reduction.; 20% Rage reduction.

 

Other Changes and Fixes:

  • Darkeater's Insanity: Increases target's Rage while lowering Strength/Support 40 points.
  • Whiteout: 1 turn duration
  • Fixed: Bug that caused the search bar to freeze the Arcade
  • Fixed: Bug that caused bosses to freeze the game at the end of battle.

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September 16, 2022

Typhoon Terror Ends

Typhoon Terror Ends

The Typhoon Terror Tournament has officially ended! Visit Captain Shoggoth to view the final leaderboard and the final winners of this latest test of endurance and skill! All prizes, including the prizes for all participants have been distributed. If you do not see a prize item, you may need to log out then back in again.

 Typhoon Terror Final Score

 

Coming Soon: EpicDuel Battle Pass (Duel Pass?)

In addition to the upcoming Techstalker Package we're preparing a new feature that could greatly revitalize EpicDuel: Battle Pass. 

With this new feature, you will be able to complete a series of daily and weekly challenges to earn experience to claim prizes including credits, weapons, hairstyles, and more! This feature has been implemented successfully in many other games from AAA to indie to mobile and we hope it will create a new daily incentive to play and explore all EpicDuel has to offer!

We don't have a firm release date for this feature since it still needs more testing and cleanup, but we'll have more updates as they are available.

 

Security Checkup Redux

Recently, there was an unplanned password reset to address some lingering concerns from the last reset in April. Many accounts that were already reset before were reset again in error, effecting many more players than intended. If you are having difficulty logging into your EpicDuel accounts, you may have been affected by the recent reset and will need to review your user information and update your old passwords with new ones.

If after attempting to login, you received a message about your account being locked or secured, you will need to login into your account via the Battleon Portal.  After successfully logging in via the website and updating your password you should then be able to login to your EpicDuel account through the Launcher normally.

For more help and information regarding login issues, please visit this Support Page.  

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September 09, 2022

Typhoon Terror Approaches

Typhoon Terror Approaches

Typhoon Terror approaches! If you haven't already, there's still time to visit Captain Shoggoth in the West Naval Yard to purchase a Typhoon Terror Ticket to compete in Delta V's latest tournament! This tournament will begin Tuesday September 13 at 4:00 PM (EST) and end Friday September 16 at 4:00 PM (EST).

 

Balance Changes

This update features a few buffs to some underutilized cores from the current Darkeater package.

  • Shadowlord's Severance P/E: 40% defense ignore special made reusable but with 5 turn cooldown (Right now the robot is not used a lot because the special is single use. 4 turn cooldown seems too powerful?)
  • Darkeater's Defiance: Reusable with 5 turn cooldown
  • Darkeater's Insanity: -35 flat Strength and Support reduction

 

Techstalker Preview

Techstalker Preview

Acatriel has been hard at work building a new unique set of weapons, armors, bots, and vehicles to introduce to EpicDuel soon! This update will feature a small taste of the Techstalker set with 6 new styles!

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August 31, 2022

Typhoon Terror

Typhoon Terror

A new tournament is nearly upon us! Visit Captain Shoggoth in the West Naval Yard purchase a Typhoon Terror Ticket to guarantee participation in Delta V's latest test of might and endurance! This final tournament in our tourney trilogy will have a similar duration to the previous tournament, lasting from Tuesday September 13 at 4:00 PM (EST) to Friday September 16 at 4:00 PM (EST). The scoring per victory will be as follows:

  • 1v1: 10 points
  • 2v2: 20 points
  • Juggernaut: 4 points

For a complete list of prizes, read on:


ALL participants will receive the following items at the end of the tournament:

  • Typhoon Terror Lance P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Lance E (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Razor P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Razor E (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Spear P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Spear E (Sword)
  • Leviathan Morph (Travel Form)

BRONZE

Those who finish the tournament with the Bronze tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Vanguard Armor (Armor)
  • Typhoon Vanguard Armor CC (Armor)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword E (Sword)
  • Typhoon Tyrant P (Bot)
  • Typhoon Tyrant E (Bot)

Bronze tier finalists will also receive the participation rewards.

SILVER

Those who finish the tournament with the Silver tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier P
  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier E
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk P
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk E

Silver tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

 GOLD

Those who finish the tournament with the Gold tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Commander Armor (Armor)
  • Typhoon Commander Armor CC (Armor)
  • Typhoon Terror Terminator P (Mutating)
  • Typhoon Terror Terminator E (Mutating)

Gold tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

PLATINUM

The hardcore duelist who finishes the tournament with the Platinum tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier P CC
  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier E CC
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk P CC
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk E CC
  • Leviathan Morph CC (Travel Form)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword CC P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword CC E (Sword)

The Platinum tier finalist will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

Typhoon Terror Prizes

 

Multi-logging and Rule Refresher

Since enforcement is stronger and more vigilant around tournament time, and relatively new features like 2v2 linking have left some with questions about the official rules governing such features, I'm resharing this link to the official rules and guidelines from the Artix Entertainment site and the following passage concerning those rules:

Game Rules

  1. Do not bot, cheat/hack, exploit, phish, or attack the servers in any way.
    This includes:
    1. Using trainers
    2. Shop / quest loaders
    3. Third-party programs
      For EpicDuel
    4. Create 'Dummy' characters to play the game
    5. Multiple characters in a faction
    6. No multi-logging: you can only login to one account at a time per game session

If you link with yourself in 2v2, you will be banned. If you fight accounts owned by yourself for free wins in 1v1, you will be banned. You may get away with it for a time, but you have to wonder if racking up some easy wins is really worth losing your main account when you eventually get caught.

This finally leaves the question of multi-logging against bosses. While multi-logging is against the rules as seen above, PvP violations will still be prioritized vs. PvE. A consequence in this case is we won't celebrate players who defeat bosses by multi-logging, thereby encouraging the practice.

 

Secret Package Patch

For a long time after gifting, the game was still announcing an end of day award for Titan, who apparently won the daily gifting challenge, even though gifting had been deactivated. This was corrected, but apparently the game was still spawning Secret and Silver Secret packages for various players seemingly at random. During today's update, we cleared out all the outstanding Packages. Since it wouldn't be fair to those who gifted their hearts out during gifting to award folks with the package prizes, we're instead replacing the removed packages with 100,000 Credits each or 500,000 for those who were lucky enough to have the Secret Packages. This error has been present in the game possibly since gifting ended, and today's update will hopefully settle the issue for good.

 

Friday Changes:

This Friday the Flesh Demigod Promotional Package will be removed from the Varium Shop so you only have a few more days to collect these powerful cores and unique weapons.

In addition to the shop change, seasonal rares will be reverted to their usual order. 

 

Other Changes:

  • Style Shop: 6 new Typhoon Terror Styles 
  • Yeti Hulk NPC (Level 30, 1650 HP): Berzerker level reduced to 6 from 7
  • Yeti Hulk NPC (Level 30, 1650 HP): Strength reduced to 300 from 350; Berzerker level reduced to 6 from 7

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August 26, 2022

Shoggoth's Showdown Ends

Shoggoth's Showdown Finalists

Shoggoth's Showdown Tournament has officially ended! Visit Captain Shoggoth to view the final leaderboard and the final winners of this latest test of endurance and skill! All prizes, including the prizes for all participants have been distributed. If you do not see a prize item, you may need to log out then back in again.

Shoggoth's Showdown Finalists

 

What's Next?

To allow some time for rest and recovery after a grueling dueling session, the final event in our tournament trilogy, Typhoon Terror, will begin Friday September 9 and last through Monday September 12  Tuesday September 13 and last through to Friday September 16. Not interested in tournaments? There will be more exclusive content to enjoy during the tournament downtime!

We've updated the planned tournament time to better accommodate the schedules of EpicDuel's team. Weekend tournaments are fun, but they're much harder to moderate with more limited developer availability. We apologize for this sudden change of plans and any inconvenience it may have caused. Tickets will be available in-game Wednesday August 31 so you can plan accordingly.

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August 19, 2022

Shoggoth's Showdown

Shoggoth's Showdown

A new tournament is nearly upon us! Visit Captain Shoggoth in the West Naval Yard purchase a Shoggoth's Showdown Ticket to guarantee participation in Delta V's latest test of might and endurance! This tournament will also have a similar duration to the last tournament, but it will start earlier in the week, lasting from Tuesday August 23 at 4:00 PM (EST) to Friday August 26 at 4:00 PM (EST). Due to feedback, the scoring per victory will be as follows:

  • 1v1: 10 points
  • 2v2: 20 points
  • Juggernaut: 4 points

For a complete list of prizes, read on:


ALL participants will receive the following items at the end of the tournament:

  • Nightmare Seeker Slasher P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slasher E (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slaughterer P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slaughterer E (Sword)

BRONZE

Those who finish the tournament with the Bronze tier achievement will receive:

  • Nightmare Seeker Shell (Armor)
  • Nightmare Seeker Shell CC (Armor)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer E (Sword)

Bronze tier finalists will also receive the participation rewards.

SILVER

Those who finish the tournament with the Silver tier achievement will receive:

  • Nightmare Seeker Piercer P (Sidearm)
  • Nightmare Seeker Piercer E (Sidearm)
  • Nightmare Seeker Cannon P (Auxiliary)
  • Nightmare Seeker Cannon E (Auxiliary)

Silver tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

 GOLD

Those who finish the tournament with the Gold tier achievement will receive:

  • Nightmare Seeker Souldrinker P (Mutating Weapon)
  • Nightmare Seeker Souldrinker E (Mutating Weapon)
  • Winged Nightmare Seeker Shell (Armor)
  • Winged Nightmare Seeker Shell CC (Armor)

Gold tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

PLATINUM

The hardcore duelist who finishes the tournament with the Platinum tier achievement will receive:

  • Ascended Nightmare Seeker Shell (Armor)
  • Ascended Nightmare Seeker Shell CC (Armor)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer CC P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer CC E (Sword)

The Platinum tier finalist will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

Prizes

 

Hellfire Havoc Winners

Hellfire Havoc Scores

Earlier this week, we end the latest EpicDuel Tournament, Hellfire Havoc, and honored the champions with a great bounty of prizes, including rare armors and weapons! Congratulations to all the participants on your hard-fought victories! Special thanks to Acatriel, Mihuri, and Archidamos who helped craft this most recent pool of amazing prizes!

 

Balance Changes

  • Mercenary
    • Static Smash: 120% damage.
    • Hybrid Armor: Increase highest stat by a % along with Def and Res.
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Shadow Arts: Remove the damage reduction effect.
  • Blood Mage
    • Terrify Revamp: Reduce % of the opponent's base stats for 3 turns; removed improvement factors
      • OLD Base Values: 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
      • New Base Values: 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    • Brutal Strike: 30% life steal added.
  • Tech Mage
    • Assimilation: Reduced Dexterity scale factor from 1.25 to 1.5; steal value reduced 50% but gain increased to 150%.
      • OLD Base Values: 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160
      •  NEW Base Values: 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80
  • Cores
    • Lionhart Claw: Calls in your Robot to attack your enemy and reduce 25% of their Rage!
    • Lionhart Roar: Grants 60% Rage to all allies.
    • Sea King's Spirit: Increased cooldown to 5 from 4.
  • General
    • Changed the divisors for the top 2 tiers of Primary weapon damage to reduce the potency of Strength builds.
    • Values changed from 0.60, 0.75  to  0.65, 0.85

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August 12, 2022

Hellfire Havoc Begins!

Hellfire Havoc Tournament

The Hellfire Havoc Tournament is about to begin! At 6:00 PM (EST) the tournament will activate and the duels will begin! This tournament will run until Monday August 15 at 12:00 PM (EST). Winning achievement and prizes will be awarded shortly after the tournament concludes. Good luck to all participants, and duel on!

Hellfire Havoc Prizes

 

Changes / Fixes

  • Acatriel and Azrael Boss fight music can now be muted using the in-game Settings.
  • Acatriel's boss music added to the Level 40 version of the NPC.
  • Music disabled in Azrael's layer as it was conflicting with the boss music track.
  • New Achievement: Nightmare Acatriel Master awarded to those who defeated Nightmare Acatriel before yesterday's nerf.

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August 11, 2022

Pre Tournament Update

The Hellfire Havoc Tournament has nearly begun but we still have at least one more update before the battles begin! 

 

New Styles!

In preparation for the newest tournament, we're adding 18 new Darkeater and Hellfire Havoc-themed credit and Varium styles to choose from in the style change shop.

 

Tournament Points Changes:

After some more thought we determined that the Juggernaut point value needed to be adjusted again to be more in balance vs. the 1v1 and 2v2 point values.

  • Juggernaut: 3 points instead of 5.

 

Core Changes:

Additional changes have been made to certain cores that were allowing nearly infinite heal loops to artificially extend duels.

  • Tranquility: Reduced max heal from 650 to 525, 4 turn cooldown, 100 Energy cost.
  • Sea King's Spirit:  4 turn cooldown.

 

Bug Fixes:

Nightmare Acatriel: Taunt skills cannot be used when out of energy or disabled the by the Pyro Fly special.

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