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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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