EpicDuel Home

EpicDuel PVP Game Design Notes

Behind the scenes information about EpicDuel's development and releases, a real-time PVP MMO that you can play online in your web browser.
Nightwraith

May 13, 2022

Spider's Lab: Spring Edition

Spider's Lab

Team EpicDuel has been hard at work creating content for the new Hunters' Festival Tournament, crafting custom prizes for the last of the Gifting winners, and developing brand new features and improvements to refresh EpicDuel just in time for Summer. Spider worked his magic on a raft of frequently-requested features to vastly improve the EpicDuel experience. Since some of these features are a bit complex, we're allowing a bit of additional time to make sure they're rock-solid. These features should arrive in an update early next week after necessary review and polish. 

 

New Features Coming Soon:

  • New Battle option "Brace" to skip a turn for a small buff to block, deflection, and damage reduction.
  • Save username and password on login.
  • Track influence from battle during war cooldown with new achievement.
  • Track daily missions completed with new achievement.
  • View NPC stats in battle.
  • Pause NPC battles.
  • Increased level gap in Simulation mode to ease difficulty for struggling players.
  • Missions can reward XP.
  • Missions can support multiple reward types for the same mission.
  • Bank view shows an item's equipped cores.
  • Shop search can search a weapon's equipped core names.
  • Stacking cores.
  • New and improved animations.
  • More!

 

Hunters' Festival Reminder

Next Friday the new Hunters' Festival Tournament will begin! If you haven't already, stop by Slayer to grab a ticket and prepare for battle!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

May 06, 2022

The Hunters' Festival

Hunters' Festival

The Hunters' Festival

A new tournament is nearly upon us! Visit the Slayer in the Barrens to purchase a Hunters' Festival Ticket to guarantee participation in Delta V's latest test of might and endurance! This is the biggest prize pool yet (crafted with care by Acatriel and Bido) so even buying a ticket and not winning a single duel will earn you a wealth of exclusive tournament weapons and armors!

This tournament will officially start Friday May 20th and last until Friday May 27th!

 

Platinum Tier

Platinum Tier

  •  Armors
    • Apocryphal Regal Demigod A 
    • Apocryphal Regal Demigod A CC 
    • Apocryphal Regal Demigod B 
    • Apocryphal Regal Demigod B CC 
    • Apocryphal Demigod A 
    • Apocryphal Demigod A CC 
    • Apocryphal Demigod B 
    • Apocryphal Demigod B CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion A 
    • Apocryphal Champion A CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion B 
    • Apocryphal Champion B CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion C 
    • Apocryphal Champion C CC 
  • Vehicle/Travel Form
    • Apocryphal Demigod
    • Apocryphal Champion 
    • Apocryphal Beast 
    • Blood Demigod Bike 
    • Blood Demigod Bike CC 
  • Mutating Weapon
    • Apocryphal Demigod Destroyer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Destroyer E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Dominator P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Dominator E 
  • Sword
    • Blood Demigod Claymore P 
    • Blood Demigod Claymore E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Cleaver P
    • Apocryphal Cleaver E
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana E 
  • Auxiliary
    • Apocryphal Obliterator P 
    • Apocryphal Obliterator E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Bow P
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Bow E
  • Sidearm
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun P
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun E 

Gold Tier

Gold Tier

  • Armors
    • Apocryphal Demigod A 
    • Apocryphal Demigod A CC 
    • Apocryphal Demigod B 
    • Apocryphal Demigod B CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion A 
    • Apocryphal Champion A CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion B 
    • Apocryphal Champion B CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion C 
    • Apocryphal Champion C CC 
  • Vehicle/Travel Form
    • Apocryphal Demigod
    • Apocryphal Champion 
    • Apocryphal Beast 
    • Blood Demigod Bike 
  • Mutating Weapon
    • Apocryphal Demigod Destroyer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Destroyer E 
  • Sword
    • Blood Demigod Claymore P 
    • Blood Demigod Claymore E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Cleaver P
    • Apocryphal Cleaver E
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana E 
  • Auxiliary
    • Apocryphal Obliterator P 
    • Apocryphal Obliterator E 
  • Sidearm
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun E

Silver Tier

Silver Tier

  • Armors
    • Apocryphal Champion A 
    • Apocryphal Champion A CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion B 
    • Apocryphal Champion B CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion C 
    • Apocryphal Champion C CC 
  • Vehicle/Travel Form
    • Apocryphal Beast 
    • Blood Demigod Bike 
  • Mutating Weapon
    • Apocryphal Demigod Destroyer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Destroyer E 
  • Sword
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Cleaver P
    • Apocryphal Cleaver E
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana E 
  • Auxiliary
    • Apocryphal Obliterator P 
    • Apocryphal Obliterator E 
  • Sidearm
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun E 

Bronze Tier

Bronze Tier

  • Armors
    • Apocryphal Champion A 
    • Apocryphal Champion A CC 
    • Apocryphal Champion B 
    • Apocryphal Champion B CC 
  • Vehicle/Travel Form
    • Apocryphal Beast 
    • Blood Demigod Bike 
  • Sword
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Cleaver P
    • Apocryphal Cleaver E
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana E 
  • Auxiliary
    • Apocryphal Obliterator P 
    • Apocryphal Obliterator E 
  • Sidearm
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Striker E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun E 

Participation Tier

Participation Tier (Purchased a Hunters' Festival Ticket)

  • Armors
    • Apocryphal Champion A 
    • Apocryphal Champion A CC 
  • Vehicle/Travel Form
    • Blood Demigod Bike 
  • Sword
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Cleaver P
    • Apocryphal Cleaver E
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Sword E 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Slayer E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Katana E 
  • Sidearm
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun P 
    • Apocryphal Demigod Handgun E 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun P 
    • Apocryphal Eradicator Gun E 

There are so many items in all these tiers that we won't be able to use the automated system for tournament rewards. At the conclusion of the tournament, please allow some time to update all the winning and participating accounts.

It should go without saying but I'll reiterate that this tournament will be moderated and any players suspect of breaking the rules by botting or exploiting the 2v2 link feature to earn quick wins will be investigated and have their score reset to 0 if they are found to have violated the rules. Play safe, play fair, and duel on. 

 

Balance Changes

Some of last weeks balance changed greatly overtuned Tech Mages. The following changes have been scaled back to their pre-update levels.

  • Tech Mage
    • NanoTech Shield: 10% damage reduction max
    • Battery Backup: 5 turn cool down
    • Plasma Bolt: 15% defenses ignored!

 

Other Changes

  • Over the next few weeks we'll be upgrading many of EpicDuel's oldest and most common animations to a new standard of dynamism and brutality. Some of these haven't been changed in over 10 years and Acatriel was up to the task of revamping then for a new generation of EpicDuelists.
  • New Seasonal Achievement:
    • Blessed Festival -- for sale in Achievement shop

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

April 29, 2022

Cyber Hunter Surge

Cyber Hunter update

This week's update begins the surge of the Cyber Hunter! Login now to try out this revamped class with 4 new skills and many other skill adjustments! 


Balance

EpicDuel's classes are receiving an update this week, with a particular focus on Cyber Hunters. This class has struggled for ages to find a niche and this update equips it with a new array of offensive and defensive options. If you want to try out this class but don't have the Credits or Varium, coupons for free class changes are available from PvP drops and at a higher % Simulation mode drops.

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Defense Matrix: Replaced with Adaptive Armor. Increases Defense and Resistance by a %.
    • Proton Cannon: Changed behavior to be more like Massacre; increase damage by % per level; 25% lifesteal.
    • Static Charge: Strike damage increased from 85% to 100%.
    • Pulse Punch: Removed random cooldown effect; wrist blade requirement; lifesteal a flat 25%.
    • EMP Grenade: Replaced with Memory Leak. Skill values are the same as its most recent revision, without the 70% of initial hit to user’s energy.
    • Kernel Panic: Replace with Lock On. Effect: Strike and increase the defense ignored by the user’s attacks for 3 turns (non-inclusive); defense ignore values: 10%, 12%, 14%, 16%, 18%, 20%, 22%, 23%, 24%, 25%; energy cost: 100 energy, +20 per level; stat required: 21 dexterity, +2 per level; no warmup, 1 turn cooldown.
    • Plasma Armor: Replaced with Counterattack. Reflects % of damage from incoming attacks for 3 turns; reflected damage values: 24% + 2% per level (max 50%); energy cost: 90 energy, +15 per level; no warmup, 3 turn cooldown.
    • Gene Augment: Replaced by Master of Arms. Passively increases the damage of the equipped sidearm, primary, and auxiliary by a percentage; % damage increase: 1%, +1% per level (10% max) 
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Crippling Strike: Max level reduced to 15% of the opponents defense; improves with ever 4 points of Strength.
    • Field Commander: Increases Support instead of Strength.
    • Battery Backup: 4 turn cooldown. 
  • Tech Mage
    • NanoTech Shield: 15% damage reduction max.
    • Battery Backup: 4 turn cool down.
    • Plasma Bolt: 20% defenses ignored.
    • Assimilation: Increased damage from 70% to 100%; scales with Dexterity.
  • Mercenary
    • Intimidate: Improves with every 3 Support, duration increased to 4 turns.
    • Surgical strike: Same scaling as Annihilation; improves with everyy .3 points of Technology; improves for every .4 levels over 20 and weakens for ever .4 levels below 20.
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Smoke screen: Added effect of reducing heal effects by 15%.
    • Shadow Arts: Increased minimum to 4% and max to 15%.
  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: Improves with Support instead of Dexterity.
    • Fire Rain: Improves with Dexterity instead of Support.
    • Terrify: Removed stun chance.

 

UI Adjustments

  • Home Interface
    • Increased item limit to 35 per room.
    • Reduced scaling on items in inventory to address overlap on huge items.
  • Character Creator/Customizer
    • Moved color picker buttons further right to prevent character overlap

 

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Primary Master, Gun Mastery, Auxiliary Mastery Cores, Yeti Charge Cores were outputting inflated damaged values beyond the 10% buffs. 

 

Security Checkup

If you're experiencing difficulty logging into your EpicDuel accounts, this may be due to a recent security change that will require you to review their 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.  

Even if you are not currently experiencing any login issues at all, you should still take this as an opportunity to review your account information, make sure you still have access to the email associated with the account, and choose new, strong passwords. It's generally good practice to do this every 6-12 months to keep your accounts and the epic characters they contain safe and secure.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

April 27, 2022

EpicDuel Security Checkup

Cyber Update

If you recently started experiencing difficulty logging into your EpicDuel accounts, this may be due to a recent security change that will require you to review their 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. 

 

Security Checkup

Even if you are not currently experiencing any login issues at all, you should still take this as an opportunity to review your account information, make sure you still have access to the email associated with the account, and choose new, strong passwords. It's generally good practice to do this every 6-12 months to keep your accounts and the epic characters they contain safe and secure.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

April 22, 2022

Bunny Bounty 2022

This week we have a bounty of new items created by artist Deuce/Tomcat as well as come new CC variants of popular classic seasonal gear.

 

Bunny Bounty

New bunny/spring-themed items are now available at Brachylagus in the Biological Preserve region.

  • Bunny Berserker Blade P
  • Bunny Berserker Blade E
  • Bunny Berserker Pincers P
  • Bunny Berserker Pincers E
  • Bunny Berserker Hatchet P
  • Bunny Berserker Hatchet E
  • Bunny Berserker Staff P
  • Bunny Berserker Staff E
  • Easter Edge P CC
  • Easter Edge E CC
  • Bunny Bane P CC* (This will go permantely rare after they leave the shop)
  • Bunny Bane E CC* (This will go permantely rare after they leave the shop)

Next week we're planning a large balance overhaul with a particular focus on Cyber Hunters. These balance changes will be necessary as we prepare for the next tournament (date TBA): The Hunters' Festival!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

April 15, 2022

Find the Fallen Star

Luthiel

A star has fallen in the ravaged mountain range on the outskirts of the Dread Plains. Track and challenge this ancient power for new gear and achievements!

 

Luthiel: Commander of the Stars

2 new bosses have dropped (quite literally) out of the sky in the Dread Plains! Track down this otherworldly beast and defeat it to collect it's coveted weapons and armor!

Luthiel

  • Luthiel's Bane P (15% drop rate)
  • Luthiel's Bane E  (15% drop rate)

Nightmare Luthiel

  • Luthiel's Bane P (25% drop rate)
  • Luthiel's Bane E  (25% drop rate)
  • Winged Star Hunter (20% drop rate)
  • Winged Star Hunter CC (20% drop rate)

 

Legendary Arsenal Boost

If you'd prefer to spare yourself some time and anguish fighting a boss, you can stop by the Legendary shops (assuming you have the proper level) and buy variants of the boss armor!

  • Legendary Arsenal
    • Caped Star Hunter
    • Caped Star Hunter CC
  • Exquisite Legendary Arsenal
    • Star Hunter
    • Star Hunter CC


New Hairstyles 

Cosplay as hunter or prey by opening the style picker to check out hairstyles 435-443!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

April 08, 2022

Commander of the Stars Preview

Luthiel PreviewNew PvP Drops!

If you've been doing PvP battles since last weekend, you've likely acquired some new April Fools themed weapons. Going off that theme, we've released fourteen new CC sword variants to the PvP drop pool! Can you collect them all before they leave?

  • Hyperion Greatsword P CC
  • Hyperion Greatsword E CC
  • Shrouded Hyperion P CC
  • Shrouded Hyperion E CC
  • Fw0rsht B4n3 SeeSee
  • FluF B4n3 SeeSee
  • Inf3rn0l Sl4y4h SeeSee
  • Impurrnal Slayer SeeSee
  • S0l Inv1kToos SeeSee
  • Sol Inv1ct Meows SeeSee
  • Dorge's Decimalat0r SeeSee
  • Borge's D3c1m4T0R SeeSee
  • 4zr33l Bj0rn SeeSee
  • Azreal Bean SeeSee

 

Commander of the Stars (Preview)

Acatriel and Bido have been cooking up a grand feast for you with new weapons, new armors, new styles, and 2 new boss fights!

This week was a blitz to complete more work related to gifting rewards, but luckily Acatriel, Bido, Deuce, and Spider are still able to develop new content and features to keep the game moving along!

Keep watching the stars and prepare yourself for the coming cosmic onslaught next week!

Luthiel Bane

In Development

We haven't forgotten the outstanding list of suggestions and features for improvements to EpicDuel! Here's a short list of some features currently in-progress!

  • Cyber-Hunter focused balance improvements
  • Bank interface improvements
  • More robust character options
  • XP mission rewards
  • Skip turn button
  • Daily login rewards

To be clear, these features do not have an ETA, but more details will be revealed as development proceeds.

 

Bug Fixes:

  • Emerald stars should now display correctly.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

April 01, 2022

Egg-stra-terrestrial Invasion

Egg-stra-terrestrial Invasion

A new rift in the cosmos has scrambled the natural order of Delta V. Horrific hybrids from outside the known Universe have infiltrated the planetary protection field and invaded PvP. Battle friends and foes to egg-spose these egg-stra-terrestrial menaces and capture them for your own!

 

Egg-celent New PvP Drops

New April Fools-themed drops have been added to all battle modes. Here's a complete list of all the possible new drops so if you want to be surprised, look away!

Event Weapon Drops

  • Fw0rsht B4n3
  • FluF B4n3
  • Inf3rn0l Sl4y4h
  • Impurrnal Slayer
  • S0l Inv1kToos
  • Sol Inv1ct Meows
  • Dorge's Decimalat0r
  • Borge's D3c1m4T0R
  • 4zr33l Bj0rn
  • Azreal Bean

Rare Dage-themedTravel Form Drops

  • Knightmare War Horse CC
  • Knightmare Horse CC

Home Item Drops

  • ChickenCalf Right
  • ChickenCalf Left
  • Armored ChickenCalf Right
  • Armored ChickenCalf Left
  • Chibi Ox Right
  • Chibi Ox Left
  • DF ChickenCow Right
  • DF ChickenCow Left
  • ChickenCow Right
  • ChickenCow Left
  • ChickenCow 2 Right
  • ChickenCow 2 Left
  • RoosterBull Right
  • RoosterBull Left
  • Spirit RoosterBull Right
  • Spirit RoosterBull Left
  • Sriracha RoosterBull Right
  • Sriracha RoosterBull Left

 

New Hairstyles

Don new poultry-based paraphernalia with 5 new hairstyles for each class!

 

Bug Fixes / Changes

  • NPCs will deploy shields less frequently
  • Varium sellback in quantities higher than 1000 will award correctly.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

March 25, 2022

Legion Draconic Arsenal

Legion Draconic Arsenal

Boosted Rewards

For the last several months, Power Hour has been more like a Power...Forever. This artificially inflated Credit rewards, which is great if you need Credits, but make the Power Hour system a bit redundant. As an adjustment, we will be increasing the baseline of rewards while returning Power Hour to what it once was. This should incentivize people to play during Power Hour and make the distinction meaningful again.

 

New PVP Drops

We've activated a new batch of PvP rewards to replace the Heartbreaker / Azrael themed weapons and items from prior months.

  • Mission Items
    • Dage Soul Shard
    • Flawed Soul Gem
    • Soul Gem
    • Perfect Soul Gem
  • Weapons
    • Shrouded Hyperion P
    • Shrouded Hyperion E
    • Hyperion Greatsword P
    • Hyperion Greatsword E
    • Spear of Hyperion P
    • Spear of Hyperion E
    • Legion Draconic Bane P
    • Legion Draconic Bane E
    • Legion Draconic Sword P
    • Legion Draconic Sword E
    • Legion Draconic Shadowblade P
    • Legion Draconic Shadowblade E
    • Legion Draconic Claws P
    • Legion Draconic Claws E
    • Legion Draconic Hammer P
    • Legion Draconic Hammer E
    • Legion Draconic Staff P
    • Legion Draconic Staff E
    • Legion Draconic Blaster P
    • Legion Draconic Blaster E
    • Legion Draconic Sniper P
    • Legion Draconic Sniper E
  • Home Items (PvP drops)
    • Throne of Hyperion
    • Seat of Hyperion
    • Dage Collector Crest
    • Shrouded Hyperion
    • Hyperion Greatsword


Missions

Visit Dage the Evil for a series of new challenges tied to PvP rewards! Can you complete the collection and impress the notorious undead lord?

  • Dage's Duds
    • Legion Draconic Emperor
    • Legion Draconic Emperor CC

New Legion-themed armors are available as mission rewards:

  • Legion Draconic Emperor
  • Legion Draconic Emperor CC
  • Dage's Arsenal
    • Dage's Arsenal 1
    • Dage's Arsenal 2
    • Dage's Arsenal 3
    • Dage's Arsenal 4
    • Dage's Arsenal 5
    • Dage's Arsenal 6
    • Dage's Arsenal 7
    • Dage's Arsenal 8

 

Achievements

  • Celtic Rune Achievements (upgradeable)
  • Dage Collector 2022 (Mission Achievement)

 

Hairstyles

New hairstyles 423-426 have been added to go along with the Legion Draconic weapons as "Legion Cultist" styles.

 

Sea King Cores

Previously released promotional cores are now available at Thalyssa in the West Naval Yard. 

  • Sea King's Spirit
  • Sea King's Curse
  • Sea King's Venom
  • Sea King's Corruption

 

Balance/Changes

  • Azrael's Eye and Adjudicator's Eye: upgraded to 3000 from 1500
  • Titan's Shroud: cooldown lowered to 5
  • Infernal Surge / Draconic Frost King's Will: Can be diminished by skills such as Azrael's Torment

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

March 11, 2022

Azrael Arrives

Azrael Arrives

The Angel of Death Azrael awaits those duelists brave enough to face him in 1v1 and 2v1 combat! If you can conquer Azrael and Nightmare Azrael you can claim 2 new achievements! Access his foreboding lair through the Afterlife or directly from the latest news screen.

 

UI Update

Spider helped us breathe new life into the Character select screen with a realtime view of your current characters that you can cycle through. This interface is expandable in the future to let us add more options to give a huge quality of life buff to EpicDuel's.

 

Enter the Simulation

One initiative I wanted to undertake seriously this year is to make EpicDuel a better place for new faces. We can add all the endgame bosses and gear we want, but if new players keep bouncing off in the early levels, the game will never grow beyond it's current base. It's no secret for longtime veterans of EpicDuel that Delta V can be a very unfriendly place for new citizens. New players often encounter similar problems: They start losing, but keep gaining XP and minimal credits. This forces players into a situation in which they're leveling up, but still can't afford to upgrade their gear. This puts players in a dour cycle where they keep losing without a clear path to a winning build. Sometimes, players may choose a class, play for a bit, realize they don't care for the playstyle of the class, and decide to quit or create a new character because the cost of changing class is too steep. 

To help ease this steep learning curve, we've included a new Simulation battle mode. In this mode, players can duel NPCs in a randomly selected 1v1, 2v2, or juggernaut mode. This mode offers fewer credits and XP than PvP modes, but it does offer a handful of new drop options: Coupons!

Players will now be able to win Coupons for free class change, retrain, or gear upgrade/retrain. Simulation mode has the highest chance to drop these items, but they will be available in all modes at lower rates. 

Don't think NPCs will be pushovers, though. Spider was able to make the simulation a bit spicier by giving NPCs the ability to buff themselves with shields! Maybe we can make them even smarter in the future. But not too smart. We have enough science fiction to remind us what happens when you give an AI too much power.

 

Balance Changes

A balance change has been a long time coming. There are obviously more issues to address, but these were some of the most pressing.

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Neural Scythe: Instead of scaling damage per level, it now ignores defense based on skill level, similar to Fire Scythe
    • Proton Cannon: improves with Technology instead of Support
    • Adaptive Offense: Improves with Support instead of Dexterity
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Reroute: Replaced with Battery Backup 
  • Cores
    • Naval Bombardment (Bot): Removed use limit
    • Minor Hammer Grenade P/E: Duration reduced to two turns
    • Frostbite: Increased cost to 90 from 60
    • Frost Shards: Increased cost to 120 from 90
    • Titan's Shroud: 3 turn duration, 25% damage reduction/deflection.
    • Sea King's Corruption: 100% damage. Heal reduction reduced to 35% from 45% for 3 rounds.

 

2v2 Achievement

Since players can now partner up in 2v2, we've updated the end of day rewards to grant the top two 2v2 players the daily team achievement in the event of a tie.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

February 25, 2022

Azrael Preview

Flesh Demigod Available Now

Fixes First

Spider was back at work in the Exile lab helping us fix some longstanding, super-annoying bugs. 

  • Color Blast's effect Egg Rain now applies on all actions that involve a Melee Strike. This was how the skill was originally designed to function but lacked the development time to fully realize. This change should give the skill a huge upgrade.
  • Fixed multi-attacks not respecting damage reduction rules. 
  • Fixed ally linking trying to join juggernaut rooms.

 

PvP Drop Upgrade

Home item drops are now available for all battle modes!

 

New Achievement

The Thirteen Year Alpha achievement is now available at the achievement shop! Grab the badge to celebrate 13 years of EpicDuel!

 

Coming Soon

Boss Battles:

Hot off his amazing Flesh Demigod collection, Acatriel has been hard at work on Azrael and Acatriel Bosses for your dueling pleasure! 

Azrael Approaches

Spring Sale:

Starting midday on Monday February 28th, we will be adding 6,000 bonus Varium to the 10,000 AP Varium-only pack, providing you with a total of 18,000 Varium. Those who purchase the package earlier in the day will receive the same deal. The Flesh Demigod item package will not receive the bonus.

 

Balance Revamp:

It's been awhile since we updated the skill / core balance. Look for some community-suggested changes in next week's update!

 

New Player Quality of Life:

One area that will be very important to focus on is the experience for new players. EpicDuel can be a very intimidating game for new and returning duelists and we're brainstorming some potential solutions to help ease players into the hostile, complex world of Delta V. Many of these features, such as robust NPC AI and improved character select UI will benefit players old and new. This is an ongoing project spread out over the next few weeks and probably one of the most important areas of focus if EpicDuel is going to have an amazing 2022 and onward.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

February 21, 2022

EpicDuel 1855 Hotfix

EpicDuel has been updated with a hotfix addressing some bugs and implementing new security measures.

Fixes and Changes

  • Juggernaut exploit patch.
  • Improved packet handling to prevent frequent kicks for performing actions too quickly.
  • Exsanguinating Stomp: no longer freezes battle when locked down by skills like Tentacle Prison.
  • Exsanguinating Spears:  100% damage. Gain 30% lifesteal against target for 2 turns.
  • Poison Barbs: Damage based on Auxiliar damage instead of Primary.
  • Minor Chairman’s Fury: Steals 35% Rage 50% like the regular version.
  • Tremor Blast: the debuff to Deflection only applies to chance to Deflect or be Deflected, not Deflection damage %
  • Super War items unsellable to address Varium exploit.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

February 18, 2022

Flesh Demigod Arrives

Flesh Demigod Arrives

Flesh Demigod Gear

Today's update introduces a new promotional pack with an unprecedented amount of gear. Acatriel worked hard to help pack so much content into one promo, and we hope you'll treasure this arsenal for the countless duels ahead.

  • Auxiliary:
    • Flesh Demigod Flamethrower P (Suggested by Machaon)
    • Flesh Demigod Flamethrower E (Suggested by Machaon)
    • Flesh Demigod Cannon P
    • Flesh Demigod Cannon E
  • Sidearms:
    • Flesh Demigod Blaster P
    • Flesh Demigod Blaster E
  • Mutating:
    • Flesh Demigod Destroyer P
    • Flesh Demigod Destroyer E
  • Swords:
    • Flesh Demigod Reaper P
    • Flesh Demigod Reaper E
    • Flesh Demigod Excalibur P (Suggested by Machaon)
    • Flesh Demigod Excalibur E (Suggested by Machaon)
    • Flesh Demigod Bane P
    • Flesh Demigod Bane E
    • Flesh Demigod Broken Bane P
    • Flesh Demigod Broken Bane E
  • Armors:
    • Flesh Demigod Armor
    • Flesh Demigod Armor CC
    • Flesh Demigod Prototype
      Flesh Demigod Prototype CC
    • Flesh Demigod Obliterator
    • Flesh Demigod Obliterator CC
    • Flesh Demigod Eradicator (Click heart to animate)
    • Flesh Demigod Eradicator CC (Click heart to animate)
  • Bots:
    • Flesh Demigod Avatar P: Special: Physical beam equal to the percent of Rage you currently have. 30% lifesteal.
    • Flesh Demigod Avatar E: Special: Energy beam equal to the percent of Rage you currently have. 30% lifesteal.
  • Cores:
    • Exsanguinating Shield: Reflect 75% of projectile damage back at attacker.
    • Exsanguinating Stomp: Reduce def/res 15% and healing 25% for 3 turns. 30% lifesteal.
    • Exsanguinating Spears: Deal 85% damage, gain 30% lifesteal for 2 turns.
    • Convergent Exsanguination: Lower target's Rage gain by 85% for 5 turns.

Purchasing the package also comes with the rare Flesh Demigod's Brand Achievement!

Storefront Oversight

The 5,000 Varium bonus on the Titan Dread package was supposed to leave the storefront earlier in February and be set to the usually 10,000 Varium total, but the old graphic displaying 15,000 Varium was still up for quite some time. To remedy this discrepancy we will be awarding the additional 5,000 Varium to anyone who purchased Varium during this time between the update the change went live on February 4th and today's update.  

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

February 11, 2022

Flesh Demigod Approaches

Coming soon

Flesh Demigod Approaches

Next week we will launch a new promotional package featuring a host of weapons and armors crafted by Acatriel! If you haven't picked up the Titan Dread package for some reason, your days to do so are dwindling. This upcoming Flesh Demigod package will be one of the most generous yet offered in EpicDuel, and we can't wait for you to experience it in game! 

 

New Suggestion Items

4 new swords suggested by the community have been rendered with care by Acatriel and made available at Nightwraith!

  • Smoking Shadow Greatsword P
  • Smoking Shadow Greatsword E
  • Despair Sword P
  • Despair Sword E

 

Hairstyle Blowout

With today's update we've introduced 32 new Azrael / Demigod  hairstyles. Maybe it's padding to have ear visible/invisible variants, but if some prefer to grow their hair out we're not going to stop them. Variety is the spice of life, after all!

 

New Achievements

We've expanded the versatility of several daily victory achievements by introducing new tiers for repeat victories.

Daily Solo:

  • Daily Solo Champion Tier 1 -- 2000 RP
  • Daily Solo Champion Tier 2 -- 3500 RP
  •  Daily Solo Champion Tier 3 -- 5000 RP
  • Daily Solo Champion Tier 4 -- 6500 RP
  • Daily Solo Champion Tier 5 --  8000 RP

Daily 2v2:

  • Daily Team Champion Tier 1 -- 2000 RP
  • Daily Team Champion Tier 2 -- 3500 RP
  • Daily Team Champion Tier 3 -- 5000 RP
  • Daily Team Champion Tier 4 -- 6500 RP
  • Daily Team Champion Tier 5 -- 8000 RP

Daily Juggernaut:

  • Juggernaut Tier 1 -- 2000 RP
  • Juggernaut Tier 2 -- 3500 RP
  • Juggernaut Tier 3 -- 5000 RP
  • Juggernaut Tier 4 -- 6500 RP
  • Juggernaut Tier 5 -- 8000 RP

Daily War Hero:

  • War Hero Tier 1 -- 1700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 2 -- 2700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 3 -- 3700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 4 -- 4700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 5 -- 5700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 6 --6700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 7 -- 7700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 8 -- 8700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 9 -- 9700 RP
  • War Hero Tier 10 -- 10700 RP

Daily World Dominations:

  • World Domination Tier 1 -- 1000 RP
  • World Domination Tier 2 (5 victories) -- 2500 RP
  • World Domination Tier 3 (10 Victories) -- 4000 RP
  • World Domination Tier 4 (15 Victories) -- 5500 RP
  • World Domination Tier 5 (20 Victories) -- 7000 RP

 

Bug Fixes:

  • Ballistic Bunny Bot / Electro Bunny Bot: Egg Rain triggers correctly on basic attacks.

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

February 07, 2022

EpicDuel 1.8.53 Hotfix

EpicDuel has been updated with a hotfix addressing some bugs and adding new bonus items.

Fixes and Changes

  • Added ping indicator in battles (Refreshes every 30 seconds)
  • Added error capturing for pvp drops
  • Fixed core search bar not working
  • Fixed ratings star display
  • Arcade Token drop rates reduced
  • No 100% drops in the current pool, but Arcade Token drops rates still very high for 1v1 and 2v2 automatch.
  • New "bald" hairstyle #383
  • New Items added to Secret Package holders:
    • Immortal Frost Warlord Bike
    • Immortal Frost Warlord Bike CC

Tags: Nightwraith

 

 EpicDuel Game Design Notes Archive