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Nightwraith

November 09, 2018

Nightmare Nightwraith

Nightmare Nightwraith

So far Legendary Nightwraith stands undefeated, so we're rolling back the challenge a tiny (TINY) bit. However, for those duelists who crave pain, a new challenge has emerged: NIGHTMARE NIGHTWRAITH! Who will be the first to overcome this incredible new challenge? Will it be you? Will it be your cool cousin? Will it be your uncle who works at Nintendo? You'll need to summon all your dueling knowledge to have a shot and claim the ultimate prize!

 

Balance 

  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: Strength scaling adjusted; Improve with every 2.8 Strength


Core Adjustments

  • Armor:
    • Overshield: +5%
    • Deflection Shield: +7%
    • Nanosteel Armor: +5%
  • Gun
    • Aim Assist: +8%
    • Laser Sights: +5%
    • Gun Mastery: +5%
  • Auxiliary
    • Aim assist: +8%
    • Laser Sights: +5%
    • Auxiliary Mastery: +5%
  • Primary
    • Mark of Azrael: +6%
    • Primary Master: +5%

 

Missions

  • A Bold Bounty
    • Sowing Discord
    • Petty Tyranny
    • Both Sides!
    • Impostor Syndrome
    • Derpy Despot
    • Surveillance State
    • Quickduel
    • Clash of Legends
    • Red Dead Nightmare
      Nightwraith Annihilator

 

Achievements

  • Nightmare Nightwraith
  • Nightwraith Annihilator

 

Bosses

  • Legendary Nightwraith Nerf
    • Reduced level on Berzerker
    • Less damage on Sidearm and Aux
  • Nightmare Nightwraith (new 2v1 boss!)

 

Weapons

  • Nightmare Kurz Elite P
  • Nightmare Kurz Elite E

 

Armor

  • ???

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Nightwraith

November 02, 2018

Nightwraith's Reign

Nightwraith's Ego

Nightwraith has a challenge for you. Think you can handle it? I assure you, it will be Legendary...

This is the first of several updates to introduce new Nightwraith and Harvest-themed missions, weapons, and gear as Delta V's Harvest celebration continues!

 

Missions

  • Returning Party Business Mission Group with new final mission “34”
  • New OneX6 Retrieval mission in case you sold the OneX6 key yet again


Balance

 

Smoke Screen: Improves with every 3.5 points of Tech; Level 6 to 10 buffed +5 per level
Bounty Hunter/Cyber Hunter: Shadow Arts - New Progression

  • Level 1 20
  • Level 2 22
  • Level 3 24
  • Level 4 26
  • Level 5 28
  • Level 6 29
  • Level 7 30
  • Level 8 31
  • Level 9 32
  • Level 10 33

 

2019 Calendar Items

 

These items are only available with purchase of the 2019 AE Calendar (Release date TBD).

  • Chrono Cluster Sword P
  • Chrono Cluster Sword E
  • Corrupted Chronomancer Armor

 

Cores

  • Unlimited versions of Boost cores available on VendBots
    • Strength Boost
    • Dexterity Boost
    • Technology Boost
    • Support Boost
  • Limited Versions of Boost cores buffed to +8


Achievements

  • Legendary Nightwraith

We've also done a major update to legacy development phase achievements (Beta, Gamma, and Delta). If you created a character during one of these phases, that character will receive the appropriate achievement if they never claimed it. This was done because the system of claiming achievements was confusing for new players, especially those who weren't familiar with English. If you have an old Beta, Gamma, or Delta character you feel like dusting off that was lost due to forgotten login information, please use the password recovery forms or contact the Artix Help Team -- they may be able to help you recover it. However, if you lost the account due to account sharing, fraudulent payments, or excessive rule-breaking, or other serious offenses, your chances are much lower.

 

Bosses

 

Legendary Nightwraith

 

Weapons

  • Elite Big 50 P (Name changed to be consistent with new Aux)
  • Elite Big 50 E
  • Wraith Cannon E (Name changed to be consistent with new Aux)
  • Wraith Cannon P

 

Misc

  • Regular war drop rate boosted to 35%

 

New Testers

 

After an exhaustive search, we've finalized our testers. We're very pleased to welcome the following new members to our testing team. Please offer a kind congratulations if you see them in game, or a least a humble bow.

 

Serkan

Tank

 F L O K I

ArMaGeDoN1000

 

Again, if you applied but were not chosen, please respect our decision and the new testers. Taking this decision poorly would definitely hurt your chances of being selected in the future. 

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Nightwraith

October 26, 2018

Ghoulish Styles Part 2

Ghoulish Styles 2

It's Halloween...almost! Check out this week's update for new ghoulish weapons, travel forms, and armor. Plus, new balance updates and bug fixes will round out this exciting update!

Balance

  • Phantasm Blast -- Deal 45% base damage to Energy, increasing by 4% each round in battle (65% max)
  • Assimilation -- Unblockable; Deals 75% damage
  • Energy Parasite -- Attacker absorbs 1.7x the amount of energy drained
  • Static Grenade -- Attacker gains 80% of drained energy
  • Reflex boost -- Support scaling buffed to 2.5

Spooky Gear!

Visit Xraal in the Biological Preserve to check out the latest in spook-tacular weaponry and travel forms!

Weapons

  • Horror Havoc P
  • Horror Havoc E
  • Horror Beastbreaker P
  • Horror Beastbreaker E​

Armors

  • Horror Husk Armor

Travel Forms

  • Mini Boo
  • Screaming Skull
  • Skeletal Graverider
  • Skeletal Graverider CC

Achievements

I know so little about sports that Teufel Hunden had to remind me that the World Series was currently underway. That's not a nerd pride thing. That's a Cleveland sports thing. You get burned enough, you stop touching the stove eventually. Anyway, pick up the new Big Show 2018 Achievement from the shop while it lasts!

 

2019 Calendar Items

EpicDuel Calendar Items

I'm happy to announce that EpicDuel will be receiving 3 in-game items for buyers of the 2019 Calendar! This will include the Corrupted Chronomancer Armor, Chrono Cluster Sword P, and Chrono Cluster Sword E!

Bug Fixes

  • Prisoner of the Nightmare now properly awards 10,000 Credits instead of 5,000. Those who completed this mission between last Friday and today will receive the difference in Credits
  • People with 100 Buddy Slots should now have the Epic Buddy achievement

Tester Search

I'm happy to say that the search for testers has concluded, and the final candidates have been contact. However, because all the candidates haven't yet been trained and signed NDAs, we're not ready to announce at this time. If you weren't contacted, it doesn't mean that you weren't a strong candidate, but you didn't make the cut this time. We'll probably use this list of candidates when we're looking for more testers, so fuming about our choices on social media probably won't boost your chance, especially if you were very close to the cutoff.  I've very excited to get our new testers trained and ready to help us address some of the biggest challenges facing EpicDuel, especially as we head into the busy holiday season!

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Nightwraith

October 19, 2018

Ghoulish Styles

Ghoulish Styles

Don't have a costume yet for Halloween? No problem! This update is introducing 9 new monstrous style sets and 2 new travel forms that are perfect to get you into the spirit of the season! This is just part 1 of a 2 part seasonal update to introduce some holiday cheer and fear into Delta V!

New Features/Changes

  • Because of exploitation, the level requirement to give fame has been increased to 10
  • Standardized hairstyle pricing:
    • Varium styles without a set (style is unique to a class and doesn’t unlock across classes) = 145 Varium
    • Varium styles with a set = 210
    • Credit styles without a set = 745
    • Credit styles with a set = 995
  • Max Buddy List size increased to 200
  • HalloWarrior achievement is going rare!

 

Achievements

  • Epic Buddy -- 100 Buddy Slots
  • Extreme Buddy -- 150 Buddy Slots
  • Legendary Buddy -- 200 Buddy Slots

 

Styles

  • Demon Skull
  • Paper Bag
  • Evil Clown
  • Mummy
  • Pumpkin Head
  • Flaming Pumpkin
  • Alien Suit
  • Alien Head
  • Alien Teeth


Vehicles/Travel Forms

Visit Xraal to check out these fun new travel forms!

  • Pumpkin Mutation 
  • Jack O Bomb Mutation (Type /boom to see some festive fireworks!)

 

Bugs/Fixes

  • Yeti Furs can now be sold  
  • Platinum stars should show on characters pages
  • Nightmare's End - Nightmare Kartherax Cell awarded on mission completion instead of drop to allow players to win Nightmare Kartherax Slayer achievement from beating Nightmare Kartherax
  • Prisoner of the Nightmare now awards 10,000 Credits to compensate for altered reward on Nightmare's End 
  • City Guard outside Valestras now correct labeled as level 3.

Gifting Update!

December is still over a month away, but it will be here before you know it! That means Gifting 2018 is also fast approaching! I've been taking a bit of time each week to make small changes to improve the experience and make this year's event as exciting and rewarding as possible! Here are a few of the changes you can look forward to this year:

  • New gift giving tiers*
  • Room limit expanded to 150 from 130*
  • Gifting price reduced to 325

*Still requires testing

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Some things were left on the cutting room floor this update, but that just mean more for next week! Join us next week for some of the wildest weapons and armors yet!

 

Tester Search

After many discussions and investigations, we've narrowed down our list of testers and we will being interviewing them next week. We received more applications than we expect so we thank you for your patience during this process!

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Nightwraith

October 12, 2018

The Pirate's Nightmare Redux

Finally!

Earlier this week, fearless warriors all over Delta V were able to challenge Nightmare Kartherax at long last! Now, they'll be able to explore the Nightmare and uncover its mysteries in this content-rich release with 30 new missions!

 

General Changes:

The following changes are designed to address some of the imbalances with players in the high 30s matching with high rank Legendary players. Additional changes to mission tracking will allow Juggernaut victories to count toward 2v2 missions.

  • Tighter matching at high levels for 1v1
  • 38s and 39s should encounter high rank Legends less often.
  • Level difference weighted higher when calculating first strike:
    • New formula --> First Strike Chance = (50 + ((My Team’s Support - Enemy Team’s Support) * 1.5) - ((My Team’s Level - Enemy Team’s Level) * 10)) * (My Support / (My Team’s Support * Team Size))
  • Juggernaut victories will count towards 2v2 missions
  • Promotional Package Phantasm Droids now properly tagged as seasonal rares.

 

Balance

  • Legendary Stat Buff:
    • Sidearm Damage: 3 → 4 per point
    • Auxiliary Damage: 3 → 4 per point
    • Robot Damage: 3 → 4 per point

 

Achievements

We're releasing 2 new achievements, including a new upgradeable achievement!

  • HalloWarrior 2. This will replace the HalloWarrior achievement after this year. The original HalloWarrior achievement will go rare after this season!
  • Upgradeable Achievement: Pumpkin Seed. Can you afford to become a Pumpkin God?

Missions

The West Naval Yard is under siege by a malevolent force! Many of you have already discovered the tear that leads to he Nightmare realm, but now it's time to discover why all this is happening and how it relates to the various characters in the Naval Yard and Beyond! Note: Defeating Legendary versions of NPCs will not count toward the mission. Also, The Pirate's Nightmare chain will only open after you've complete Waves of Wrath Part 3.

  • The Pirate's Nightmare Part 1:
    • Tides of Fear
    • Clear the Docks
    • Grim Catch
    • Gamma Glitch
    • Something's Fishy
    • What Do Gods Fear?
    • Caden's Reverie
    • Research Trip
    • You Saw This Coming
    • Status Report
  • The Pirate's Nightmare Part 2:
    • Dreams of the Void
    • The Nightmare Spreads
    • Nightmare Prince
    • Nightmare Tether
    • Dreams of the Dead
    • Nightmare Gate
    • Nightmare Preppers
    • Prisoner of the Nightmare
    • Nightmare's End
    • The Waking World

For those who haven't yet complete Waves of Wrath, there's a fun mission chain you can do immediately! These mild missions are a great way to boost your credits to help you grab the latest seasonal gear and achievements!

  • Harrowing Harvest:
    • Seasonal Shipment 
    • Prowling for Pumpkins
    • Candy Delivery
    • Ooooo Piece of Candy
    • Sugar Rush
    • Electro Light Display
    • Exterminator
    • Greedy Harvest
    • Harvest Companion
    • Harvest Tradition

Tester Hunt

I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you who applied during out call for testers. It was very nice to see so many people eager to help EpicDuel thrive and become a part of it's development. We're still reviewing applications and narrowing the list, but when we've determined the final candidates, we'll reach out to them individually for interviews. We'll post the final list when the testers have been interviewed and approved. We thank you in advance for you patience during this process!

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Nightwraith

October 05, 2018

Get Your Ghoulish Gear Here

Get your ghoulish gear here!

Ghoulish Gear!

This update EpicDuel is retiring the 2018 Stun Gun promotion and bringing a brand new promo pack with 6 devastating weapons loaded with new powerful cores! This is the first fully-load promo pack EpicDuel has released in a long time so it was tricky to get everything together in time. I hope they complement your spooky seasonal looks nicely!


Vampiric Boomstick P/E
Passive: Spreadfire: Damages all enemies. Deals 85% damage if it hits multiple targets.
Special: Blood Shot: Fire a powerful shot with a 25% chance to crit that returns 20% damage to user as HP.

Ghoul Cannon 2018 / Spectral Blaster 2018
Special: Soul Siphon: Reduce and absorb enemy energy by 25% of normal auxiliary damage.

Phantasm Droid P / E
Special: Phantasm Blast: Deal 60% base damage to Energy, increasing by 3% each round in battle (80% max).

Balance

  • Legendary Stat Buff:
    • Primary Damage: 2 → 3 per point
    • Defense: 2 → 3 per point
    • Resistance: 2 → 3 per point
  •  Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Improves with ever 3.4 Support
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every .6 Support
  • Tech Mage
    • Defense Matrix: Improves with every .6 Support

 

Rarity Value

Since Gifting Even Prizes are unique items, I increased the rarity value of the following items:

  • Titan's Alpha Blaster
  • Titan's Alpha Blade
  • Titan's Alpha Daggers
  • Titan's Alpha Staff
  • Titan's Alpha Maul
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Daggers
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Staff
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Maul
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Blaster
  • Nightwraith's Alpha Blade
  • Nightwraith's Founder Armor
  • Nightwraith's Gamma Bike
  • Nightwraith's Gamma Bot 

 

Achievements

Since there's a new Omega achievement as of a few weeks ago, I've updated the rarity of the legacy achievements. This should be a nice boost for veteran players and a HUGE boost to the Elites and Founders still showing the young punks what for.

  • Legacy Achievements increased in value
  • Alpha Tester --> 7000
  • Beta Tester --> 5500
  • Elite --> 7500
  • Founder --> 7500
  • One in a Million --> 5000
  • Gamma Tester --> 4000
  • Delta Knight --> 3500

 

Bosses

It looks like Nightmare Kartherax is casting a mighty forcefield between itself and the the calamari-craving duelists who want to test their steel against his tentacles. It's either a brilliant strategy or an act of fear. Either way, it looks like the Nightmare Kartherax boss in currently still inaccessible. This is really strange since it was working in the testing environment. Something is keeping the boss from loading, and I'll do everything I can to get it working. 

It was also my intention to release missions for this update, as they were listed as a feature for last update, but sadly, this did not happen again. I just hit too many walls and didn't have the necessary time to implement and test them. Will they be released next week? I hope so, but I'm learning to be more cautious about what I promise from week to week, as unforeseen issues can arise which make certain features impossible within the given timeframe. I promise to do better in the future for you and myself to keep the scope ambitious, yet attainable.

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Nightwraith

September 28, 2018

Pirate's Nightmare

Pirate's Nightmare

There were a lot of changes to the battle engine and troubleshooting that forced me to cut missions and a boss. I feel bad, but I'd feel worse not releasing at all. Features/content that were cut this week are planned to be released next week.

New Features/Changes

  • Achievements
    • Nightmare Captain Shoggoth's Head
  • 2v1 Boss
    • Nightmare Captain Shoggoth
  • Armors - Located on Ishmael
    • Darkspawn Husk
    • Kartherax Husk
  • Styles
    • Kartherax’s Darkspawn CC 
    • Kartherax CC

Balance Changes

  • 2v2 matching restrictions tightened at the high end
    • 36 can match 32 - 40
    • 37 can match 33 - 41
    • 38 can match 34 - 42
    • 39 can match 35 - 43
    • 40 can match 36 - 45
    • 41 can match 37 - 45
    • 42 can match 38 - 45
    • 43 can match 39 - 45
    • 44 can match 39 - 45
    • 45 can match 40+
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Massacre: Improves with every 8 Technology; Health gain reduced to 20% 
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Massacre: Improves with every 8 Technology; Health gain reduced to 20%
  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Toxic Grenade: +20 damage to all levels
  • Cores
    • Eternal Enhance: Stat buff increased to +3 for all stats
  • Bots
    • Botanical Borg: Spore Bombardment now deflectable
    • Pirate Bot P/E: AOE stun working; Special now one-time use per battle

Contest!

Remember, the Heroic Housing contest is still underway, but it's nearly complete! There's still a few days to enter if you're the procrastinating type! The complete rules can be found in this post!

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Nightwraith

September 24, 2018

EpicDuel Testers Wanted

Testers Wanted!

EpicDuel Team Searching for New Testers!

Since resuming development of EpicDuel in May, EpicDuel has been relying on a few generous mods and remaining testers to help get the releases out. Since many of these assistants have other roles and real life obligations, we have some blind spots in testing which we can only remedy with a dedicated testing team!

 

Think you have what it takes? We are looking for someone who is:

  • Experienced (this does NOT mean you have to have 5 level 40 Legendary characters)
  • Knowledgeable (you should know how all the various parts of the game play)
  • A good communicator (if you cannot explain the bug you've experienced, we cannot fix it)
  • Available (if you'll only have time to pop in for an hour or two, this is not for you) 
  • Easy to work with (our testers work hard and have fun. Since this is a volunteer position, we want everyone to enjoy what they do and who they work with. Even if you are an amazing, reliable tester, you can and will be booted for having a bad attitude.)

We will be looking at your EpicDuel account history, AE account history, social networking and forum accounts if you have them, and arranging a Discord interview to talk individually with potential candidates.

 

Want to apply? Here is what you need to do:

  1. 1. Send an e-mail to AEContributors@battleon.com with the subject line EPICDUEL TESTER APPLICATION
    If your e-mails subject line says anything except EPICDUEL TESTER APPLICATION then the filters will automatically delete it. Attention to detail is essential.
  2. Include your real name, age, and 
  3. Include your country of residence.
  4. Include your EpicDuel character name and email address
  5. Include your Master Account name and email address tied to the master account.
  6. Include your Forum account name and email address if you have a forum account.
  7. Include why you want to be a tester for EpicDuel and what you hope to accomplish in this role.
  8. Include all Languages you speak/read.
  9. Include a Resume (C.V.)  *please note we'd like the resume in English.

You must be at least 18 years old to be considered for this position. No exceptions.

One application per person. We will read and consider all applications, but cannot reply to them all.  If you are chosen to go through a further interview, we will contact you by e-mail. If we do not respond, we want to thank you for being awesome enough to volunteer! We are not obligated to explain why you were not accepted for the role. Applications close WEDNESDAY, October 10th. We hope to accept around 5 testers but this can change based on quality of applications. We will begin contacting applicants we are interested in as soon as possible, but please understand it takes time to manually review and vet candidates. Contacting staff about your application status will not help your chances.

 

Position Details

Please note that this is an unpaid position but does come with the in-game ED Tester achievement, currency allowance, certain items upon request, and the chance to test game content as we develop it before release and invaluable experience with a honest-to-goodness gaming company which will look good on ANY future resumes.

Thanks, good luck and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

September 21, 2018

Call Me Ishmael

More pirate loot!

This is a light, but filling release as we introduce new bots, new auxiliaries and new vehicles. How will these new bots and core fit into your strategy? Find out soon! Next week will see a broader release with more balance changes, new armors, and new challenging missions!

New Features/Changes

  • New items are located in Ishamel's Shop in the West Naval Yard!
  • Bots
    • Pirate Bot P/E: Naval Barrage skill is an AOE attack with a 25% chance to stun/crit
  • Vehicles
    • Dark Kraken Carver
    • Kraken Carver CC
  • Auxiliary
    • Ishmael’s Impaler P/E: Poison Barbs core inflicts incurable poison of 50 damage for 3 turns. This unique poison cannot be cleansed or cured, but doesn't overlap with other poisons.

Balance Changes

  • Underdog - The community seems divided on whether or not Underdog buffs are too strong and in need of nerfs or necessary to compete against Legendary opponents. This week, we'll try a nerf to impact first strike and stats slightly. Next week, we'll try to follow it up with tighter matching in high-level 2v2.
    • Support buff removed from all levels to reduce chance of first strike and reduce impact of the buff overall

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Nightwraith

September 12, 2018

Yaaaaaaarmageddon!

Yaaaaaaaaarmageddon!

Stange weapons have washed up the stranger tides of the West Naval Yard, as the mysterious pirate from another realm, Esprit d'Cour, offers the denizens of Delta V spoils from his personal stash.

Bye Bye Big Varium

As of the newest update, 18K Varium promotion will ends. Deals like this don't come around often, so take advantage of this great value while you can!

Arcade

Shoggoth’s Stash Arcade shop is now available at all ArcadeBots throughout Delta V! Will you be the first to catch the unique gold prize?

Achievements

Earn those blue, red, or platinum stars with 3 new achievements! 

Bosses

Legendary Big Tuna and Legendary Captain Shoggoth are joining the roster of nearly unbeatable NPCs to test your skill a strategy. Plus, it's a great way to earn rating points! 

Balance

  • Bounty Hunter - BHs still appear to be outclassed by Mages. Smoke has been improved to increase damage output.
    • Smoke Screen: Improves with every 3 Tech.
  • Tactical Mercenary - Tac Mercs need lots of help, so these buff are intended to increase survivability and damage output.
    • Field Commander: Added +10% crit chance; goes up by 3 Strength points per skill level
    • Frenzy: +8% health gain per level
    • Toxic Grenade: +5 damage per level; 100% damage; -10 energy cost
  • Mercenary
    • Adrenaline Rush: +5% rage gain per level
  • Bots
    • Infernal Android P and E price increase to 35000 Credits and 1495 Varium. These bots are way too good to be as cheap as they were.
    • Infernal Android PxE (Physical main attack, energy special)
    • Internal Android ExP (Energy main attack, physical special)
    • Kartherax’s Darkspawn: Curse of Kartherax duration reduced to 2, inflicts 100% damage on initial strike
    • Pyro Fly: Picks from the target's top 4 skills instead of 3
    • Botanical Borg/Dark Botanical Borg: Reduced defense ignore on Spore Bombardment to 10%

Styles

This update features 16 nightmarish, nautical styles for all classes and genders. At long last, you can turn your head into an eldritch nightmare! You did want that, didn't you? 

Weapons

This update will also feature dozens of new weapons available at Esprit d'Cour! Some of these are also available through the Arcade, but if you don't like games of chance, you can purchase them directly.

  • Mutating
    Leviathan's Might P/E
  • Guns
    Pirate Mage Flintlock P/E
    Gold Pirate Pistol P/E
    Pirate Flintlock P/E
    Void Pirate Pistol P/E
    Vampirate Magnum P/E
    Pirate Mage Pistol P/E
    Ornate Pirate Pistol P/E
  • Swords
    Leviathan Rapier P/E
    Ivory Cutlass P/E
    Mana Rapier P/E
    Undead Octo Cutlass P/E
    Omega Cutlass P/E
    Vampirate Cutlass P/E
    Deep Sea Rapier P/E
    Pirate Angler Rapier P/E
    Pirate Mage Katana P/E
    Leviathan Impaler P/E
    Mystic Pirate Cutlass P/E
    Iron Wavebreaker P/E
    Sea Scourge P/E
    Void Pirate Cutlass P/E
    Gold Leviathan Impaler P

Contest!

Remember, the Heroic Housing contest is still underway and has already seen some fantastic entries! There's still plenty of time to enter if you haven't already! The complete rules can be found in this post!

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Nightwraith

September 06, 2018

Shoggoth's Stash

Shoggoth's Stash

The vast, irradiated oceans of Delta V stir once again with the activity of Captain Shoggoth and his brutal crew of eldritch pirates. Join the party into the West Naval Yard to discover new challenges, new weapons, new achievements, and a boatload of new styles!

This update has so much content that it will need a few more days of development and testing with an expected release of Wednesday. Also, I (Nightwraith) will be traveling to the land of my forefathers (Ohio) later next week for a family event so consolidating both these shortened weeks made more sense than 2 abridged updates.

 

Balance

As of the last update, Mercenaries, especially Tactical Mercenaries are under-performing, to put it mildly. They will receive some improvements to their offensive capabilities and usefulness of buffs. 

 

Bosses

If you completed the Waves of Wrath storyline, you've already tested your steel against Shoggoth, but how do you think you'll fare against a Legendary version of the corrupted pirate?

Fan-favorite Big Tuna is also receiving a Legendary buff to challenge your skills and patience. You didn't think earning those extra stars would be easy, did you?

 

Arcade

If you have some extra Tokens burning a hole in your pocket, the Arcade will see the addition of Shoggoth's Stash which will come stocked with wild and weird weapons, including a new travel form!

 

Pirate Stylin'

Look for a big expansion to Credit and Varium styles for all classes, with a focus on Halloween and nautical themes! I don't know how many yet because they're still being drawn, but I expect at least 10 per class/gender!

 

Back-to-School Varium

As with the other AE games, we'll be extending the 18K Varium promotion through this weekend. For EpicDuel, we're keeping the bonus Varium in until the update goes live on Wednesday. It's never too early to stock up for gifting!

 

More?

Since this update is still in development, the plan can still change with additional content. In the meantime, remember that there's still an EpicDuel contest going on with plenty of time left to participate!

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Nightwraith

August 31, 2018

Heroic Housing Contest

Heroic Housing
Happy Friday, EpicDuelists! Are you ready for the long weekend? It's been a loooong time since our last EpicDuel contest and a reaaaaally long time since our last Home Decor contest. With today's update, you should be flooded with weird, wild home items to decorate your myriad of home styles to shake up the Delta V real estate market in our new Heroic Housing contest! 

Contest Time Frame

The contest will run from Tuesday, September 4th to Sunday, September 30th at 11:59 PM EST. I pushed the start date to Tuesday to allow the Moglin contest to end before startin a new one. The winners will be announced via Twitter.

How to Enter

All you have to do is submit one screenshot of the best looking room of your best house to us at the AE_Contests Twitter account. There's no specific theme so there are no limits on your creativity! Please use #EpicDuelHeroicHousing when Tweeting us! Don't forget your character name!

Prize Details

Winners will get 5,000 ArtixPoints, a rare Achievement, and a rare Home Item!

Contest Rules

To make sure your hard work gets judged: Read all of the rules before submitting your entry!

  • Your entry must be YOUR own in game EpicDuel house and not someone else’s (We will check).
  • If you don't play EpicDuel regularly, don't worry! All players can claim one free home and there are many low-cost home items available to get started decorating!
  • Create the best looking house you can! There are no parameters for theme so go wild! We'll consider your creativity, attention to detail, coordination, and the overall quality of entry.
  • Please limit your entry to one screenshot of room of your home! We appreciate the thought of coordinating your entire house but we want to have mercy on our judges!
  • Include your EpicDuel character name with the entry!
  • The screenshot of your entry should be of the Highest Quality, and as large as possible.  The more clear the picture, the better it will look.
  • Don't edit or change your entry after the fact. You have nearly a month so take your time and create a truly epic entry!
  • Post to the AE_Contests Twitter account using the #EpicDuelHeroicHousing . Uploading your photo to your Facebook and sending us a link does not allow us to see the photos. If you upload your photo to your locked image-sharing account, we cannot see it.
  • One entry per person!
  • Have fun!

Reminders

Please don’t spam your entry or you will be disqualified! You can only enter once per person!
We reserve the right to reward excellent examples of good sportsmanship or remove entries for abusive behavior towards staff or other contest participants!

Good Luck!

On behalf of the entire AE team, we are really looking forward to seeing your entries!

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Nightwraith

August 31, 2018

Patch Notes - 1.6.86

BONUS VARIUM!

Bonus Varium, Balance, and a metric TON of home items! This is all in preparation of the EpicDuel Heroic Housing contest! Details will be posted soon on how to enter!

New Features/Changes

  • After the update today, $50 Varium package will give 18,000 Varium! Players who purchased this package since last Friday will receive the extra 6,000 Varium. This offer will last until the update next Friday (September 7th)
  • Increased Bank Slot cap to 1500
  • Delta Knight Armor sellable
  • New Mission: Skeptical Study -- to redeem extra mission items from Frozen Fury
  • 3 New Home Styles!
    • Abandoned Ship
    • Afterlife Shrine
    • Fortune City Spire
  • You can now place up to 25 items in each home room
  • You can now have up to 25 people in a single room
  • 211 New Home Items!
  • New Arcade: Raymus' Realty
    • New Arcade Achievement
  • Cores:
    • Bloodseeker Blast x25, Paralysis Coating x25, and Mega Curse x25 price reduction to 125 Varium
    • Thorns - Reduced damage reflected to 65% from 75%
    • Icy Chill - unlocked on weapons where it comes pre-equipped
    • Piston Punch - new  25x variant


Balance Changes

  • General
    • Small buff to strength
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Smoke Screen:Diminishing returns on skill levels:+3 level 1-3, +2 level 3-6, +1 level 6-10; Improves with every 2 levels above 20; Improves with every 3.4 Technology
    • Cheap Shot: Increased defense reduction 5% per level
    • Shadow Arts: Reduced energy cost by 10; Increased damage reduction by 5% per level

  • Tech Mage 
    • Plasma Bolt: Improves with every .3 Technology
    • Malfunction: Diminishing returns on skill levels: +3 level 1-3, +2 level 3-6, +1 level 6-10; Improves with every 2.8 Support; Improves for every 3 levels above 20

  • Blood Mage
    • Plasma Cannon: Cooldown reduced to 2
    • Energy Parasite: Initial damage reduced to 85%
  • Mercenary
    • Bunker Buster: Cooldown reduced to 2
    • Berzerker: Weaken every 2 levels below 20; Increased damage +10% for all levels
    • Double Strike: Reduced energy cost by 10; Damage increased +6% per level
    • Adrenaline Rush: Reduced cost by 10; 100% damage
    • Maul: Decreased energy cost by 10; Reduced energy cost per level by 5

  • Tactical Mercenary
    • Blood Shield: Improves with every 3 Support; Increased Resistance buff by 10 per level
    • Double Strike: Reduced energy cost by 10; Damage increased +6% per level
    • Atom Smasher: Improved energy conversion +5% per level; Improves with every 5 Strength
    • Field Commander: Improves with every 3 Support; Weakens with every 2 levels below 20; +4 Strength per level

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Malfunction: Diminishing returns on skill levels: +3 level 1-3, +2 level 3-6, +1 level 6-10; Improves with every 2.8 Support; Improves for every 3 levels above 20
    • Plasma Armor: +5 Resistance at all levels
    • Cheap Shot: Increased defense reduction 5% per level
    • Shadow Arts: Reduced energy cost by 10; Increased damage reduction by 5% per level

Bug Fixes

  • Adjusted /fly animation to create a more natural angle for knee joints
  • Growth Serum - removed small transparent square on core graphic

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Nightwraith

August 23, 2018

Heroic Housing

Heroic Housing

Have you been putting off being a homeowner in EpicDuel? In an upcoming release, we'll introduce more reasons than ever to join the Delta V real estate market with a freighter-load of new homes, items, and an arcade to win some incredible new decorations! There's so much in this update that I've decided to postpone this week's release to combine it into next week's. This will allow for more content, more testing, and an opportunity to draw attention to a new home decorating contest!

 

What's Coming?

3 new homes, dozens of new home items (going for 50+, but might hit 100!), new achievements, new arcade, and additional improvements to homes. The item cap will be lifted from 15 to 25 items per room. Additionally, in clear violation of Delta V fire codes, I'm increasing the player cap per room to 25! I may try to squeeze in some more bug fixes and balance adjustments depending on how quickly things come together. As I mentioned, there will also be a new contest launching next Friday!

 

Weapon Stat Fix

A decent chunk of time was taken this week with work on the persistent and annoying weapon stat bug that has been kicking players for weeks. A few weeks ago EpicDuel increased the amount of stats that could be assigned to class-specific weapons such as clubs and wrist blades. A consequence was that this put certain items in an "illegal" configuration, which would kick players when they tried to upgrade these weapons. I had been fixing weapons for individual players who reported these issues, but a broader fix was needed. Our solution was to "unlock" any primary item that could be affected by this bug up to their owner's level. This fix resulted in many weapons being unlocked for free, but this was preferable to players being kicked from the game and not knowing why.

 

Stay tuned for more previews as the release progresses! 

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Nightwraith

August 17, 2018

Patch Notes - 1.6.85

Dragon Weapons Return Plus New Missions!

New Features/Changes

  • New Legendary Boss + Achievement
    • Legendary Slayer
  • Missions:
    • A Feast for Titan  - Event
      • Party of One
      • DO NOT DELETE!
      • Grub Hub
      • Fine Rustic Decor
      • Homemade Horror
      • MY BALLOONS!!!
      • Many Cakes
      • Hype Man
      • Every Man Has His Price
      • Top 10 Anime Betrayals
      • Accidental Antiquing
    • Slayer's Bounty - Permanent
      • Marauder Matchup
      • Hazard Handler
      • Arctic Antagonism
      • Crushing Chitin
      • Dragonoid Duster
      • Bone Breaker
      • Abyss Anarchy
      • Preternatural Prey
      • Monarch Massacre
      • Slayer's Slaughter
    • Whispers in the Dark - Event
      • Stealthy Scavenger
      • Scappy Scrapper
      • Scoundrel Shakedown
      • Residual Resonance
      • Sinister Samples
      • Sadistic Source
      • Translation Trouble
      • Spacefaring Scribbler
      • Shakedown Sequel
      • Dreadful Destiny

Balance Changes

  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: +20 energy cost; -40 damage per level

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