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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!

 

Balance

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%


Arcade

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!

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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.

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Nightwraith

April 05, 2019

Passive Skills Return!

Passive Skills Return!

The day has finally come! It's been nearly 6 years and after hundreds of constructive and not-so-constructive comments, emails, and forum posts later Passive Skills have returned to the skill trees of EpicDuel! Party like it's 2013 and experiment with build options not possible in years, if at all!

 

Balance

Passive skills return to replace their former active skills! If you're new to EpicDuel, you're probably wondering why this is significant. Passive Skills haven't been a part of the game since 2013 and the game has changed a lot since then. At the time, we felt that Passive Skills didn't make the battles feel dynamic enough. On the surface, Passive Skills aren't as cool as summoning a lightning bolt or activating a space laser, but because they can impact almost every round for 0 cost, they're extremely powerful and essential for most builds. We replaced them with new active skills hoping that would make energy management more valuable and diversity builds. Sound theory, but the removal of Passive Skills left a large hole in EpicDuel that the new skills never quite replaced. This reversal could have happened much sooner, but many of the Passive Skills were completely shredded in the transition with the assumption that we would never go back. While some were simple to return (Blood Lust and Reroute are still equipped to many NPCs), others had to be rebuilt. This was a big, scary change with many unknown consequences, but hopefully it will all be worth it!

  • Bounty Hunter
    • Blood Lust - Replaces Mark of Blood
    • Shadow Arts - Replaces (Active) Shadow Arts
    • Massacre - Removed Lifesteal
  • Mercenary
    • Adrenaline - Replaces Adrenaline Rush
    • Hybrid Armor - Replaces (Active) Hybrid Armor. Now based on % of Defense / Resistance rather than flat value
  • Tech Mage
    • Deadly Aim - Replaces Fire Scythe. Reduced in power due to sidearm damage amplifying cores
    • Reroute - Replaces Battery Backup
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Plasma Armor - Replaces (Active) Plasma Armor. Now based on % of Resistance rather than flat value
    • Shadow Arts - Replaces (Active) Shadow Arts
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Reroute - Replaces Battery Backup
    • Mineral Armor - Replaces (Active) Mineral Armor. Now based on % of Defense rather than flat value
  • Blood Mage
    • Blood Lust - Replaces Mark of Blood
    • Deadly Aim - Replaces Bludgeon rather than Energy Parasite as it is extremely valuable to many Blood Mage builds
    • Supercharge - Removed Lifesteal

Since this is such a major change to battle dynamics, and the game has changed so much in 6 years, we'll definitely need some follow up updates to balance the returning skills. This'll be an ongoing process, but a major step towards returning something dearly missed by longtime players.

 

Core Changes

  • Shell Shocker defense reduction increased to 15% from 10%
  • Blood Bullet damage increase reduced to 125% from 135%

 

Hairstyles

Since enough people liked the April Fool's armor, I've separated the head from the armor and added as a hairstyle. Now you can have whatever helm or hair you wish with the armor!


Bug Fixes

Spirit Meld now properly ignores armor on user. Additional defense reduction penalty added to description.

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Nightwraith

March 23, 2019

Bunnyzooka Bunn-anza!

Spring is finally here! Can you believe it? Can you believe there's a brand new edition of the Bunnyzookas with pre-equipped cores? Can you believe HeroMart just restocked a truckload of EpicDuel merch? Believe!

 

Bunnyzooka Bunn-anza!

To refresh the classic Bunnyzookas, we've introduced the shiny new 2019 editions available at Brachylagus in the Biological Preserve Archives, complete with a new active core!

  • Bunnyzooka 2019
  • Energy Bunnyzooka 2019
  • Comes equipped with Shell-Shocker active core: Reduce defense/resistance 10% and reduces healing 25% for 3 turns. 85% damage.

 

New Cores

Available at Dage the Evil, these new active primary cores can make a huge different to the outcome of your duels!

  • Screaming Soul Spears: Summon a blade barrage to cause 25 points of energy/health loss for 4 turns. 85% damage. 
  • Crimson Offering: Sacrifice 80 Health for 300 Energy.
  • Spirit Well: Reduce and absorb enemy energy by 25% of normal strike damage.

 

Robot Change

The Bunny Bot has a sneaky special attack that has been underused for ages. To improve this, we've expanded the triggers for the Egg Rain attack to include regular sidearm and auxiliary attacks. Core attacks and skills are still exempt.

  • Ballstic and Electro Bunny Bot: Color blast now triggers when using a regular sidearm or auxiliary attack

 

Classic Core Unlocks

To encourage experimentation with some classic EpicDuel items, we've unlocked the cores on the Delta Gear. This was done as an experiment to see if it was something worth doing to other rare, locked gear. 

  • Delta Knight: Curse Aura unlocked 
  • Delta Destroyer, Delta Daggers, Delta Maul, Delta Staff: Curse unlocked

 

Balance

To increase the viability of Bounty Hunter Dexterity builds without making them overpowered, we've made the following changes:

  • Bounty Hunter
    • Multishot: Improves with Dexterity.
    • Reduced base damage by 20 per level
    • Adjusted scaling to improve with every .4 stats
  • Stun Grenade
    • Improves with every .5 stats

 

Heromart

An incredible bounty of loot is finally available from HeroMart, including new designs to complement the return of old classics!


This marvelous merch comes with new home items, weapons, achievements in EpicDuel and AQW! What other kinds of EpicDuel merch would you like to see created for HeroMart?

 

Coming Soon

Spring is officially here and Easter is right around to corner, so Bido and Deuce are hard at work crafting some awesome new sets worthy of your extensive collections!

Cut Content

Not among the new cores were a handful of new passives that were designed to give players a big advantage if their health dropped below critical levels. However, there were some problems in the battle engine that kept them from triggering properly at the health threshold, meaning they would be active the entire fight! I fought my own battle against the code for a bit but had to cut them for this update. Hopefully we can get them working as intended and in game in an upcoming update!

 

Status Report

One major project I've been planning to implement is the return of Passive skills to the skill trees. I'm very close to having the logistics ironed out for this project but I will need some programming advice to make sure nothing breaks. Changing Passive skills to Active skills was a major change that took a long time to implement so it shouldn't be surprising that reverting the change is taking longer than anticipated. Some of the Passives no longer exist so they must be recreated. Plus, modifying the skill trees is a complicated process that is very unforgiving. It's possible to break every character in the game with small mistake! No pressure, right? 

Next week, I will be traveling to visit family so I there are no updates planned for next week. I know that's a bummer, but I haven't taken a real break since...

Hmmm...

I don't remember. Anyway, I should return ready to tackle this major project to restore a bit of what you loved about the old battle engine. Hopefully, we don't prove the old saying true, "Be careful what you wish for..."

Now where did I put that Gamma.exe?

Another issue I'd like to address is the speculation of plans for EpicDuel's future. In the near term, I've been able to secure additional help with creating art assets to make meatier releases. The increased attention EpicDuel has received also motivated HeroMart to restock old merch and create new merch. I've noted people expressing fatigue with the weapon releases, but developing new or restoring old features is mostly beyond my capabilities alone. Many of the new features you've enjoyed have been due to snagging snippets of Titan's time for consultation or development. Larger features that require days or weeks are trickier as he has regular obligations to AQ3D. It's frustrating, but Titan's new role comes with less autonomy than he enjoyed as the EpicDuel lead. That's part of the tradeoff when you sign up to work for a company rather than running your own business. 

What about EpicDuel 2? ED2D? EDBR? I see people demanding these new projects enter the pipeline constantly, and I agree with you! You don't have to convince *me* that EpicDuel is awesome and deserves an awesome future. I don't need convincing, but I don't have the autonomy to greenlight a project. As I understand it, the plan is to use AQ2D as a basis for converting the Flash games to Unity. Why does AQ2D get preference? AQW is much, MUCH bigger than EpicDuel. Even at EpicDuel's peak, it was orders of magnitude larger by nearly every metric. For those of you clenching your fists like the Arthur meme, note I said bigger, not better. Big is big. If that weren't the case, why on earth would EpicDuel only have one dev? That said, EpicDuel's players are some of the most enthusiastic and devoted fans of all the games, and that doesn't go unnoticed. I love our humble little PvP game, but I understand the rationale, especially when working with limited resources. I can't build the game on my lonesome as I've tragically dumped all my stats into art and charisma (obviously). 

What I can do is continue building on EpicDuel, creating new releases, updating balance, and adding features whenever I can. It's in my interest, and AE's interest to see EpicDuel thrive, contrary to claims of sabotage I've seen. I've lashed myself to the mast of this project for over a decade and I really don't know what I'd do beyond it -- a scary thought that's kept me up many nights, but maybe that's a nudge toward better personal development. I'm 100%, full-time EpicDuel and plan to continue for as long as you'll allow it.

That's what I know at this current moment. That knowledge is always subject to change based on news I hear from on high, and I'll certainly update you all when that happens. I won't tease a project before it's 100% official. Thank you for your patience. If you're frustrated, know that it's mutual, but I aim to make the best of the present situation.

Duel On!

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Nightwraith

March 15, 2019

Dage Overload!

Dage Overload!

This week EpicDuel is overloaded with new Dage the Evil weapons available in class-specific varieties to let you craft a truly killer build! Also, production is still underway for EpicDuel's HeroMart bounty. The proof is in the proofs (printing humor) as the new posters arrive hot off the presses!

 

Balance:

To help Focus builds, some changes were made to the following skills:

  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: 1 turn warmup
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Static Charge: Improves with Technology instead of Support
    • Improves with every 7 Technology instead of 5
  • Mercenary
    • Blood Commander: Lifesteal increased to 70% from 60%

 

Weapons -- Located on Dage the Evil

Dage wasn't done sharing his bounty with some glorious class-specific weapons for EpicDuel! Some of these are very low quantity, so the collectors will want to hurry to get them before they run out!

  • Swords
    • Legion Phantasm Blade P
    • Legion Phantasm Blade E
  • Mutating
    • Legion Overfiend Warlord P
    • Legion Overfiend Warlord E
    • Legion Rune Brawler P
    • Legion Rune Brawler E
  •  Blades
    • Wrath of the Legion Daggers P
    • Wrath of the Legion Daggers E
    • Legion Phantasm Daggers P
    • Legion Phantasm Daggers E
    • Legion Caladbolg Blades P
    • Legion Caladbolg Blades E
    • Legion Dark Reavers P
    • Legion Dark Reavers E
    • WarSeeker's Dual Blades P
    • WarSeeker's Dual Blades E
  • Clubs
    • Legion Caladbolg Axe P
    • Legion Caladbolg Axe E
    • Wrath of the Legion Axe P
    • Wrath of the Legion Axe E
    • Legion Phantasm Axe P
    • Legion Phantasm Axe E
    • Legion War Axe P
    • Legion War Axe E
    • WarSeeker's Axe P
    • WarSeeker's Axe E
  • Staffs
    • SpellCaster's Dark Staff P
    • SpellCaster's Dark Staff E
    • SpellCaster's Bright Staff P
    • SpellCaster's Bright Staff E
    • Legion Caladbolg Staff P
    • Legion Caladbolg Staff E
    • WarSeeker's Staff P
    • WarSeeker's Staff E
    • Legion Sigil Staff P
    • Legion Sigil Staff E

 

HeroMart

SOON!

 

Coming Soon

As I write this Bido and Deuce are hard at work on more Spring/Celtic/Easter content that should be hitting the game soon! Be sure to follow them on Twitter for updates!

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Nightwraith

March 08, 2019

Epic Merchandise!

Epic HeroMart Restock

Greetings! This week we have some very exciting news for those who have been hankering for a piece of EpicDuel merch, which have been out of stock for ages: HeroMart will soon be restocking sold out EpicDuel merchandise and selling brand new merch, which will include items in EpicDuel AND AQW! This should be great news for those of you who wanted another chance to get a piece of EpicDuel you can hold in your hand, hang on your wall, or cover your body! Be sure to follow HeroMart for the latest updates when these new products hit the shelves! We don't know how many they're producing, but we wouldn't sleep on it very long!  

 

Balance

  • Block Formula Adjustment: Block Dexterity rate 4 instead of 5 (block rate improves more quickly as Dexterity increases)
  • Block Max % increased to 40 from 35

 

Bug Fixes/ Changes

  • Change: Health and Energy Packs increased to +240 Health/Energy
  • Change: Health and Energy Boosters increased to +340 Health/Energy
    FIX: Depositing mission/misc items into Bank caused the client to hang
  • FIX: Dage travel forms now included in Dage Collector 2019 Achievement
  • FIX: The most recent War prize was incorrected coded as an NPC armor. This was intended to be a unique CC armor based on NPC armor. Update should be automatic

 

Hairstyle

  • Alydroid Hairstyle to complement the new war prize.


Achievements

These achievements will be available with codes from the upcoming new Heromart items!

  • Pride of the Exiles (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Pride of the Legion (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Slayer Vs Harbinger (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)

 

Weapons

These weapons will be available with codes from the upcoming new Heromart items!

  • Harbinger Battlegear P (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Harbinger Battlegear E (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Exile Pride Cleaver P (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Exile Pride Cleaver E (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Legion Pride Cleaver P (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)
  • Legion Pride Cleaver E (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)

 

Home Items

These items will be available with codes from the upcoming new Heromart items!

  • Slayer vs. Harbinger Poster (this will be available with the Slayer vs. Harbinger Print)
  • Pride of the Exiles Poster (this will be available with the Pride of the Exiles Print)
  • Pride of the Legion Poster (this will be available with the Pride of the Legion Print)

 

New Artist Arrives

We'd like to formally welcome Junny Osan to the EpicDuel Team. He'll be working with us, joining Bido and Deuce for some much-needed art assistance! 

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March 01, 2019

EpicDuel and Dage's Birthday!

Dage the Evil

Today Dage the Evil and EpicDuel are both celebrating birthdays! Visit Dage the Evil in the Wasteland for an amazing armory of epic new undead wares! Also, today marks the 10th Anniversary of EpicDuel's Alpha Launch!

Weapons

Meet Dage the Evil at the base of the Wasteland Minetower to inspect his amazing inventory of new weapons. This is already an impressive arsenal, but there are many more weapons on the way (next week)! 

  • Paragon Spear P
  • Paragon Spear E
  • Paragon Fiend's Blade P
  • Paragon Fiend's Blade E
  • Legion Overfiend Blade P
  • Legion Overfiend Blade E
  • Wrath of the Legion Blade P
  • Wrath of the Legion Blade E
  • Enchanted Caster Scythe P
  • Enchanted Caster Scythe E
  • Legion Caladbolg Bow P
  • Legion Caladbolg Bow E
  • UltraWrath of the Legion P
  • UltraWrath of the Legion E
  • Legion Bright Scythe P
  • Legion Bright Scythe E
  • Legion Dark Scythe P
  • Legion Dark Scythe E
  • Legion Overfiend Warlord P
  • Legion Overfiend Warlord E
  • Paragon of Parity Blade P
  • Paragon of Parity Blade E
  • Paragon OverFiend's Blade P
  • Paragon OverFiend's Blade E
  • WarSeeker's Blade P
  • WarSeeker's Blade E

 

Travel Forms

Dage can gift you with the ability to warp your form into a new twisted abomination. Want to run throw Central Station as an undead horse? Now you can!

  • Dark Caster Skull
  • Knightmare War Horse
  • Knightmare Horse

 

Armors

Dage's Paragon armor has a new coat of bling. Those with heaps of Credits to spend couldn't ask for a more imposing way to show off their post-gifting wealth!

  • Dage’s Platinum Paragon (Epic Legendary Arsenal)

 

Styles

  • Dage’s Platinum Paragon Helm

 

Boss

Take on the ultimate challenge with a trusted ally. Regular Dage the Evil was already on of the most challenging bosses in the game. Will you be the first to defeat his Legendary form?

  • 2v1 Boss Legendary Dage the Evil

 

Achievements

Boost your rating score with 3 new achievements! That Legendary Dage Achievement is going to be tough to get!

  • Ten Year Alpha (Grab it for Free to commemorate the 10th anniversary of EpicDuel's Alpha!)
  • Dage Collector 2019 (Earn by buying 1 new Dage item)
  • Legendary Dage the Evil Achievement

 

Homes

Buy an underworld dwelling of your very own!

  • Paragon Fiend's Dome (3 room home)

 

Home Items

What would an underworld home be without plenty of Dage/Undead-themed decorations? If there's one thing all Dage fans can agree on, it's that you can never have too many skulls, bones, or blue fire!

  • Paragon Fiend's Helm Right
  • Paragon Fiend's Helm Left
  • Paragon Fiend's Wings
  • Paragon Fiend's Blade
  • Paragon Spear
  • Double-Edged Paragon Spear
  • Paragon's Famine Right
  • Paragon's Famine Left
  • Paragon's Knightmare Right
  • Paragon's Knightmare Left
  • WarSeeker's Skull Right
  • WarSeeker's Skull Left
  • Wings of the UnderWorld
  • Dark Runes of the UnderWorld
  • Bright Runes of the Underworld
  • Legion OverFiend Blade
  • Dark Caster Skull Right
  • Dark Caster Skull Left
  • Legion Sigil
  • Spikes of the Underworld
  • Dark Caster's Tome
  • WarSeeker's Blades Right
  • WarSeeker's Blades Left
  • WarSeeker's Horned Visor Right
  • WarSeeker's Horned Visor Left
  • WarSeeker's Mage Statue Right
  • WarSeeker's Mage Statue Left
  • Legion SpellCaster Statue Right
  • Legion SpellCaster Statue Left
  • WarSeeker's Knight Statue Right
  • WarSeeker's Knight Statue Left
  • Legion Mage Statue Right
  • Legion Mage Statue Left
  • Legion OverFiend Crest
  • Dark Rider Chest Bank Right
  • Dark Rider Chest Bank Left
  • Paragon Fiend Rider Right
  • Paragon Fiend Rider Left
  • Paragon Fiend Bobblehead Right
  • Paragon Fiend Bobblehead Left
  • Paragon of Parity Blade
  • Crossed Paragon Spears 


Balance:

To help improve the viability of Focus builds, we've buffed Cyber Hunter's EMP and Plasma grenade. To compensate for the buff, Stun grenade base damage was adjusted to match Plasma Grenade.

  • Cyber Hunter:
    • EMP: Energy cost reduced by 20
    • Plasma Grenade: Damage starts at 190 base and goes up by 20
  • Tactical Merc and Bounty Hunter:
    • Stun Grenade: Damage starts at 190 base and goes up by 20 for parity with Plasma Grenade

 

EpicDuel's 10 Year Anniversary!

Ten years? Where does the time go? When we first launched EpicDuel's public Alpha ten years ago, we never would have imagined that kind of longevity for the game. During those lean times, subsisting on bulk ramen and generic cereal, we would have been thrilled at the prospect of half that lifespan. Thanks to players like you, we've succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, hosting millions of PvP battles for players from all over the world. Although the player count isn't near our peak, we're still live and updating after ten years, which is not a boast many other MMOs can make. Whether you're an Alpha, Elite, Founder, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Omega, or brand new player, thank's for visiting Delta V!

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Nightwraith

February 22, 2019

Azrael's Buff

Azrael's Evolution

A voice cries out from the Void. It screams "BUFF ME!" We answer, "Oh...Ok." This update sees a substantial buff to the skills of Azrael's Evolution promo pack in addition to a huge blast from the past you probably thought you'd never see again in EpicDuel!

 

Balance

In response to player feedback, we've buffed the damage from the promotional cores to make them worth the sacrifice of precious HP for the boost to damage output. We've also made some adjustments to class skills, including an change that could make Intimidate a much saucier skill for Mercenaries and Blood Mages!

  • AOE Skills and cores multi-hit damage increased to 85%
  • Feast of Flesh: Spend 125 HP to increase top Stat 20%, Crit %, and Rage
    • Boosts Rage 50% on initial use
  • Blood Bullets: Spend 80 HP for 135% sidearm damage
  • Mercenary and Blood Mage:
    • Intimidate: In addition to debuffing strength, it debuffs Rage gain % by the same value
  • Cyber Hunter:
    • Static Charge returned to 100% damage

 

Boss

Step into the Afterlife with a partner and challenge the Legendary Void King for the battle of your life (or unlife)!

  • 2v1 Boss Legendary Void King
    • Legendary Void King Slayer Achievement

 

Cores

In desperate need of energy? Temporarily sacrifice some armor for a full tank with this potent new active armor core available from Endless M4tr1x.

  • Spirit Meld: Sacrifice Armor Defense and Resistance for 5 turns for full Energy
    • Disables Defense and Resistance from Armor
    • Additional -15% Defense and Resistance to user

As a blast from the past, the Health and Energy Packs and Boosters have returned to Vendbots and Valestra! The Health Packs and Boosters are affected by Heal modifiers like Critical Heal and the Medical Mastery Legendary Skill.

  • Health Pack x25: Increase Health 150 Points
  • Health Booster x25: Increase Health 250 Points
  • Energy Pack x25: Increase Energy 250 Points
  • Energy Booster x25: Increase Energy 250 Points
  • Health Booster: Increase Health 250 Points
  • Energy Booster: Increase Energy 250 Points
  • Generator x25 price change to 2500 Credits or 195 Varium

 

Achievements

Need a boost to your Rating Points and have a few credits to spare...or a few million? Give yourself a belated Valentine by with the new upgradeable Tiny Heart Achievement!

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February 15, 2019

Patch Notes - 1.7.10

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

New Features/Changes

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


Bug Fixes

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

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Nightwraith

February 15, 2019

Azrael's Evolution

Azrael's Evolution

New Azrael's Evolution Promo Package!

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

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

 

Cores

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

 

Balance

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

 

Radiant Heartbreaker Gear

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

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

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Nightwraith

February 01, 2019

Legendary Artist Challenge

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

 

Balance

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

 

War Balance

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

 

New Arcade!

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

 

New Legendary Challenges!

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

 

Coming Soon!

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

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January 25, 2019

Azrael Returns!

 

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

 

First Strike

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

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

 

Balance

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

 

War Balance

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

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

 

Juggernaut and Botting

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

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

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


Achievements

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

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

 

Cores

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

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

 

Home Items

NEW TOILETS! This is for you, Blatslo ;)

 

Gifting Rewards

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

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Nightwraith

January 18, 2019

Gifting Aftermath Part 2

Gifting is officially over and the work to reward the most generous gifters continues! Although our primary focus has been on granting the wishes for the winners, we've still managed a major quality of life improvement, especially for those with inventories overflowing with Arcade Tokens. We still haven't heard back from one of our winners so if you're a winner and haven't been contacted by Nightwraith, please check your spam filter or contact player support.

 

Wishes Granted

As of this update, nearly all the winners of the 2018 Gifting Event have received their wishes! If you received your reward, I hope you like it! I've been impressed by the creativity the winners have put forth in ideas for custom touches to their items, including custom colored core, effects, and armor animations. It'll be an incredible challenge to top the prizes next year!

Bandit J......In Progress
Spank Me......Complete
mr.darkgrinder......Complete
R A C I N G......Complete
GodOfSanta......Complete
RomanianSanta......Complete
CyanideSuicide......Complete
D0uble Tr0uble......Complete
Gladiator Blitz......Complete
Properto Reloaded......Pending
SantasQueen......Complete
Shego......Complete
.S A G A R......Complete
DaBomb CHOP V8 FTYPE......Pending
Accomplishment......Complete

 

Secret Packages

The Secret Packages will be opening today. Since this is a manual process, it may take awhile, but we'll announce when all the items were awarded.  You will receive rewards based on how many packages you received, so if you received 2 packages, you will receive 2 sets of rewards. Secret Package Rewards are:

  • Frozen Dage's Apocalypse P
  • Frozen Dage's Apocalypse E
  • Thawed Dage's Apocalypse P
  • Thawed Dage's Apocalypse E
  • As some of you have deduced the the Omega Wolf Warrior armor is coming, but unfortunately it still needs some more time.

I tried to set the sellback up earlier this week for the rewards, but it was easier to give everyone bulk credits per package they won. This amounted to 500K per Secret Package and 100K per Silver Secret Package. This was awarded earlier this week so you don't need to do anything to claim it. 

 

General

  • Arcade Tokens and other mission items no longer count towards Inventory or Bank space. This should help those who have piles upon piles of Tokens stocked up from Gifting. I have a feeling more Arcades will be arriving on Delta V very soon!
  • Fixed bug allowing the use of spaces at the front of character names

 

War and the Artix Launcher

For those playing via the Artix Launcher, the War Bar was not working earlier this week. This should now be fixed! If you notice any other bugs in the launcher, please submit a report using the official Artix Bug Tracker

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Nightwraith

January 11, 2019

Gifting Aftermath

Congratulations!

Gifting is officially over and what a end it was! On behalf of EpicDuel and all of Artix Entertainment we'd like to congratulate the winners and thank them for their generosity. If you're a winner and haven't been contacted by Nightwraith, please check your spam filter or contact player support.

 

Gifting

Once again, congratulations! Your rewards are certainly well-deserved, and we've been impressed by the thought and creativity put into the wishes so far. As of this update, several of the winners will have received their prizes. Some are still in progress, but I hope to have all aside from Bandit J's rewards completed soon. We can't wait for you all to receive and show off your prizes!

Bandit J......In Progress
Spank Me......Complete
mr.darkgrinder......Complete
R A C I N G......In Progress
GodOfSanta......Complete
RomanianSanta......Complete
CyanideSuicide......In Progress
D0uble Tr0uble......Pending
Gladiator Blitz......In Progress
Properto Reloaded......Pending
SantasQueen......Complete
Shego......Complete
.S A G A R......Pending
DaBomb CHOP V8 FTYPE......Pending
Accomplishment......Complete

 

Silver Secret Packages

The Silver Secret Packages will be opening today. Since this is a manual process, it may take awhile, but we'll announce when all the items were awarded. If you have a Secret Package, it will not open just yet, but you will receive the silver rewards. You will receive rewards based on how many packages you received, so if you received 2 packages, you will receive 2 sets of rewards. The Silver Secret Package Rewards are:

  • Omega Wolf Mutation
  • Frozen Dage's Desolation P
  • Frozen Dage's Desolation E

 

General

  • 15K Varium Package Removed
  • Epic Supporter 2018 Achievement removed
  • 2018 Gifting Winners next to Endless M4tr1x
  • Classic battle backgrounds are now in the battle rotation!


Balance

  • Bounty Hunter and Cyber Hunter
    • Massacre: Stat requirement changed to Strength

 

War

You may have noticed that the War has returned under the radar in Central Station. The gifting banner will remain until next week when Titan will be available to swap the banners back. 

 

Reinforcements Have Arrived

What could it be?

EpicDuel is pleased to welcome Bido and Tomcat/Deuce back onto the art team! Prepare to be taunted by their Twitter accounts as they tease previews of their latest creations! The extra help is definitely appreciated!

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Nightwraith

January 03, 2019

Celebrating the End of Gifting

Final Gifting Challenge

All good things must end, and that means EpicDuel latest Gifting event is finally coming to an epic conclusion! We'd like to extend a special thanks to all our gifters and giftees who helped this season shatter all previous records for generosity and excitement!

Gifting will end officially at the server reset at the end of the day on Friday January 4th. The reset happens at midnight EST. That means Friday will be the final day for gifting. After that, the leaderboards will be locked in place, celebrating the grand champions of this epic gifting season!

 

Gifting ended and I'm in the top 15! What now?


First of all: CONGRATULATIONS! You absolutely destroyed the totals of all previous gifting events! You should be extremely proud of your contributions to the EpicDuel community, and we am humbled and honored by your generosity. After gifting officially ends, you will then be contacted by Nightwraith through one of your account's valid email addresses with further details. Please keep in mind that some prizes will be more complicated than others, especially the #1 custom prize, and may take some time to deliver fully. If you need some time to think, don't sweat! You can take your time thinking of a suitable wish.

 

What do I do with my Secret/Silver Secret Package?


You don't have to do anything! When the time is right for them to open, they will automatically transform into the appropriate item. We want to leave a buffer between gifting and the prize reveal to make sure all the winners and package recipients are in good standing and to add a final polish pass on the prizes! We hope you like them, because they'll be some of the prettiest, most unique rewards in the game!

 

Endless Challenge

Wrap up a spectacular Gifting season with a battle against Legendary Endless M4tr1x and win the Legendary Endless M4tr1x achievement!

 

New Weapons

Before you challenge Legendary Endless M4tr1x to battle, check out her new items!

  • Divinity Battlegear P
  • Divinity Battlegear E
  • Divine Conqueror P
  • Divine Conqueror E 

Also check out the Epic Legendary Arsenal for a new armor for those with a mountain of credits to spare!

  • Dage's Gold Paragon

 

Items Leaving

We'll be saying goodbye to the 2018 Omega Weapons, which will be leaving Nightwraith when when EpicDuel reboots for updates.

  • Omega Obliterator 2018
  • Omega Slayer 2018
  • Omega Onslaughter 2018
  • Omega Impaler 2018

 

Epic Supporter 2018

Since the other games have extended their currency bonuses, we're extending our 15K Varium Epic Supporter package to January 11th! After the update on that day, the 15K package will be replaced with the 12K package and the Epic Supporter achievement will no longer be available with purchases of Varium packages. The Omega Wolf Package will be available awhile longer.

 

2019

2018 ended with a huge victory for EpicDuel. The level of generosity and excitement from the community encouraging, surprising, and inspiring. We knew gifting would be a big deal, as it always is, but this year you knocked it out of the park and into the stratosphere. Where do we go from here, though? Lots of people want lots of different things in EpicDuel: New phases, new wars, new classes, new features, even a whole new game. More than a few want all of the above! Any one of those tasks would be extremely ambitious, but this year's resurgence was also ambitious. The passion in EpicDuel's community is undeniable and will usher in a new year of great possibilities for the game. 

This post is vague because while there are so many directions the game could go, including making real progress on EpicDuel's modest gameplan goals stating in a Design Notes post last summer, it's still difficult to see past the holiday haze and the work involved in the aftermath of gifting. That's why one immediate goal is acquiring an art assistant to help beef up EpicDuel's content and make it easier to focus on mid-long term development projects. However, that's only step one in the thousand step journey to an even greater 2019 for EpicDuel. The challenges facing Flash and the indie gaming industry from 2018 haven't vanished, but we know we'll have plenty of supporters willing to continue on the journey with us into an epic new year!

Stay tuned as more plans coalesce in the new year!

 

Bug Fix

  • Battery Backup
    • Level 2 increased to 180 from 170

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