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October 15, 2021

Cosmic Carnage Begins!

Cosmic Carnage Begins

Cosmic Carnage Tournament BEGINS!

Today is the day! EpicDuel's second tournament of 2021 officially starts today! Visit The Endless to purchase a Cosmic Carnage Ticket or standby to view the official start time of the tournament. Prepare for battle! Prepare for Cosmic Carnage!

The tournament will officially start shortly after today's release and will last until the end of the day Sunday October 24!

 

Epic Gleam Giveaway

Gleam IO Giveaway

Want a chance to receive free rewards for completing a few basic tasks? EpicDuel, along with other Artix Entertainment games, is participating in a new Gleam.io event in which you can enter by doing very basic things like following our Facebook page or entering a super-secret hidden code that will be impossible to find.

SUPER ULTRA SPECIAL SECRET CODE DO NOT STEAL: EPIC 

Whoops! 

Anyway, you can find the list of tasks here at EpicDuel's Official Gleam.io page!  


Core Changes

  • Sea King’s Spirit: Cooldown lowered to 4 since initial energy gain was nerfed 

 

New Achievements

  • To Boldly Go: Cap. Kirk goes to space for real on 10-13-2021

 

New Styles

The style shop is rolling out an exciting supply of new styles to help you get into a competitive mood and dominate your foes!

  • 342 Cosmic Hood
  • 343 Cosmic Hood CC
  • 344 Cosmic Mane
  • 345 Cosmic Mane CC
  • 346 Circle Mask
  • 347 Triangle Mask
  • 348 Square Mask
  • 349 Frontman Mask

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Nightwraith

October 08, 2021

Cosmic Carnage 2021

Cosmic Carnage

Cosmic Carnage Tournament

A chilling breeze blows across the barren surface of Delta V as with a faint voice whispers that a new tournament looms on the horizon. Visit The Endless, the incarnation of death, the cosmos, and everything, to purchase entry into EpicDuel's latest tournament: Cosmic Carnage!

The tournament will officially start after a release Friday October 15 and will last until the end of the day Sunday October 24!

 

Epic Giveaway

Want a chance to receive free rewards for completing a few basic tasks? EpicDuel, along with other Artix Entertainment games, is participating in a new Gleam.io event in which you can enter by doing very basic things like following our Facebook page or entering a super-secret hidden code that will be impossible to find.

SUPER ULTRA SPECIAL SECRET CODE DO NOT STEAL: EPIC 

Whoops! 

Anyway, you can find the list of tasks here at EpicDuel's Official Gleam.io page!

 

Balance

  • Mercenary
    • Artillery Strike: Added 30% HP regen from damage to one target
  • Tech Mage
    • Nanotech Shield: Reduce max % to 10% from 15%
    • Battery Backup: Cooldown increased to 5
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Proton Cannon: Improve with Support instead of Technology 


Core Changes

  • Icy Overkill (Sidearm): Add +10% damage
  • Icy Overkill (Aux): Add +10% damage
  • Hunter’s Mark: Reduce block chance to 20%
  • Sea King’s Spirit: Initial energy gain formula change (Armor Resistance x 1) + 50
  • Thrown Shot: Heal lowered from 500 to 450
  • Lifeline: Heal lowered from 250 to 225.
  • Generator: Energy restored = (Armor Resistance x 3) + 50
  • Energy Booster: Energy gain increased to 400
  • Minor Health Reserve x25: Heal rate increased (Defense x 3) + 50
  • Energy Reserve x25: (Armor Resistance x 4.25) + 50
  • Minor Energy Reserve x25: (Armor Resistance x 3.5) + 50
  • Piercing Shot: Removed warmup
  • Growth Serum: 25% Rage bonus to it to simulate an attack by the user; energy cost raised to 120
  • Critical Heal (Armor): Increased from 20% to 30%

 

NPC AI Upgrade

To spice up high level NPC fights and Juggernaut matches, the following NPCs have been given additional skills to deploy against human duelists.

  • Snork
  • Gamma Guard
  • Overlord Guard
  • Frost Demon
  • The Lawman
  • Valestra
  • Lionhart Soldier (lvl 30)
  • Valery
  • Exile Soldier (lvl 29)
  • Electro Hazard
  • Heavy Mechachillid (lvl 29)
  • Heavy Mechachillid (lvl 34)
  • Void Creature (lvl 30)
  • Yeti Hulk (lvl 30)
  • Administrator 12
  • Dragonoid Spawn (lvl 30)
  • Pirate Soldier (lvl 30)
  • Pirate Soldier (lvl 35)

We've also added some new level 30 versions of notorious boss NPCs to add some spice when human players are unavailable.

  • Caden
  • Slayer
  • Nightwraith
  • Titan
  • Big Tuna
  • Charfade
  • Rabblefroth

 

Bareknuckle Legends 

Attention Legends! New items are available at the Epic Legendary Arsenal!

  • Bareknuckle Full Armor (invisible body and no head)
  • Bareknuckle Body Armor (invisible body but shows head)

 

New Achievements

  • NFTeaser: Worthless SWF or an investment in the future of art?
  • Big Show 2021: Available for sale during the Big Show 2021.

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Nightwraith

October 01, 2021

Pirate's Bounty 2021

TLAPD 2021

EpicDuel is back with a brand new update packed with weapons and a pirate's trove of new daily missions!

 

Pirate's Bounty 2021

Visit Ishmael to check out his inventory of the new Kraken King weapon set, crafted by Bido!

  • Kraken King Calibur P
  • Kraken King Calibur E
  • Kraken King Cutters P
  • Kraken King Cutters E
  • Kraken King Axe P
  • Kraken King Axe E
  • Kraken King Staff P
  • Kraken King Staff E
  • Kraken King Blaster P
  • Kraken King Blaster E
  • Kraken King Bow P
  • Kraken King Bow E
  • Kraken King Calibur P CC
  • Kraken King Calibur E CC

 

New Daily Missions

Because daily missions should give everyone a compelling reason to return to EpicDuel often, we've added over 50 new daily missions. These won't all be available at the same time, but each day you will be served some compelling new challenges with exquisite rewards! Remember to log in daily to see what awaits!

  • Cleansing Paradise
  • Tag Team Tribulations
  • Beach Bash
  • Mine Mecha Maintenance
  • Three Kings
  • Habuki's Honor
  • Lawman's Orders
  • Restoring Order
  • Sowing Chaos
  • Hazardous Bounties
  • Exotic Bounties
  • Dual Bounties
  • Nightmare Bounties

 

Core Changes

  • Skull Cracker: Damage no longer buffed by passive skills like Deadly Aim
  • Mastery Cores: Instead of fixed damage buff, increases damage 10%
  • Minor Exile Strike: Played incorrect attack animation [BUG FIX]

As of this update multiple copies of cores can be purchased from vendors. 

 

Bot Fighter 3000

To continue the fight against botting programs, we've added a new random close button to the battle over screen, in addition to a color randomizers. This solution creates accessibility issues, but it should slow down bots until a more robust solution can be found.

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Nightwraith

September 17, 2021

Roman's Infernal Aftermath

Infernal Aftermath

Balance and big rewards are ready your enjoyment in this epic update!

 

Balance

Our classes were in dangerous need of balance changes, and these changes should bring some improvements to the performance of Tech Mages and Cyber Hunters.

  • Tactical Mercenary:
    • Frenzy: Removed stun chance; increased cooldown to 5 turns
    • Adrenaline Rush: Added 20% stun chance
    • Mineral Armor: Changed stat requirements to Support from Dexterity
  • Tech Mage
    • Reroute: Replaced with the skill Battery Backup
    • Nanotech Shield: Changed to passive and added 5% fixed increase of all base stats:
      Level 1: 6% Damage Reduction
      Level 2: 7% Damage Reduction
      Level 3: 8% Damage Reduction
      Level 4: 9% Damage Reduction
      Level 5: 10% Damage Reduction
      Level 6: 11% Damage Reduction
      Level 7: 12% Damage Reduction
      Level 8: 13% Damage Reduction
      Level 9: 14% Damage Reduction
      Level 10: 15% Damage Reduction
  • Assimilation: Lowered energy absorption to 90% from 100%; increased the base energy values by 15 points per level
  • Cyber Hunter:
    • Plasma Armor: Changed Stat requirements to Support from Tech
    • Neurotoxin: Replaced with Malfunction, now known as Kernel Panic; improves with every 4.3 Support, with every 2 levels above 20

 

Roman's Infernal Aftermath

Did you complete Roman's Infernal Pursuit missions? Congratulations! Unfortunately, as of this update, these missions will be rare. However, the Mysterious Man boss can now be challenged by all for one more week!

 

Cores Inventory Changes

Because having the right core on the right piece of gear can be the different between a narrow defeat and victory, as of this update, no more cores should be limited quantity and will be in-stock all year long.

 

Big Money!

The old credit cap of 300 has been lifted on battle victories. Also, to encourage the 2v2 battle mode, the 2v2 multiplier on rewards has been greatly increased!

 

Daily Mission Improvements

Another method for earning quick credits has been completing missions. For the longest time, our daily missions were limited to 1 or 2 per day. This cap has been increased along with the reward amounts for completing these daily challenges. This opens up a great opportunity to add fresh daily missions to keep the available daily activities interesting and profitable!

 

Leaderboard Culling

If you viewed any of the All-time leaderboards, you're probably used to seeing the same faces for as long as you've been playing. Though the achievements of these EpicDuel legends are commendable, it can be discouraging for currently active players to see records that could take years to break. To address this issue, we'll be culling many of the All-time leaderboards based on the latest active date. Anyone who hasn't logged in since 2019 will be culled from the boards. If the called players want to see their names restored, all they need to do is log in!

 

Item Fixes and Adjustments

Infernal Surge, an armor core, was incorrectly available on primary weapons. Because of this, several players have this core equipped on their primary weapons. To fix this, we're removing the cores from the affected weapons and reinserting them into the inventory.

Also, the Infernal Frostbane and Barrens Battlegear P were missing their base weapon damage. This will be fixed as of this update.

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Nightwraith

September 11, 2021

Roman's Infernal Pursuit

Mysterious Man

For years the Afterlife, a realm accessible thanks to Baelius and Alydriah's reckless experiments with portal technology, has housed a mysterious figure known only as "The Mysterious Man." This entity has been content to watch Delta V from the abyss, but now he's finally ready to propose a bargain too enticing to pass up. 

 

Roman's Infernal Pursuit

Visit the Mysterious Man in the Afterlife region to begin a news mission chain to obtain Roman's rare Gamma Bot replica. These mission will offer substantial rewards and offer interesting new challenges. To complete them all and earn the ultimate prize, you'll need to be at peak dueling form. These missions and their amazing rewards will only be available for a limited time! 

 

So Long Seasonals (For Real)

Next week the seasonal rares will return to their regular schedule after being available for a couple months already. This latest batch of missions is loaded with Credit rewards, so it's a perfect opportunity to stock up!

Also, the Summer Varium bonus will officially be ending next Friday when the next update goes live. The weapon promo will go from 12,000 Varium to 10,000 Varium and the Varium-only pack will go from 15,000 back to 12,000.

 

Core Changes

  • Limited Quantity status removed from VendBot cores
  • Minor Absorption core moved to Edgar Boothe

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Nightwraith

September 03, 2021

Digital X's Celtic Creation

Celtic Creation

Digital X's Celtic Creation

Visit Oz in Central Station to begin an epic new quest courtesy of Digital X: Celtic Conditioning. After you've warmed up, you'll need to travel throughout Delta V to claim your ultimate prize: Digital X's Replica Bot. Only a limited quantity will be available so, in this case, a quick duelist is a lucky duelist!

 

Santa's Snowy Souvenir

If you were lucky enough to claim Digital X's replica, there are still more treats awaiting you in this update! Visit the lonely level 1 City Guard in Central Station to undertake a mission to claim GodOfSanta Azrael's Bane Replica! Be warned: he won't give up the sword without a fight...many, many fights! This mission will only be available for a week, so you'll need to work quickly to part the lonesome guard from his treasure.

 

Coming Soon: Roman's Inferno

Releasing these gifting prizes through quests and limited shops have been extremely popular, and we're not done yet! Next week, a major threat will emerge from the Afterlife that will require defeating a very old, very powerful entity. The challenge will be great, but the prizes will be greater!

 

Core Location Changes

For the sake of consistency with vendor locations between Credit and Varium-only cores, several Minor cores have been relocated from the Vendbot to the same NPC as the Varium version. Also, because cores are so integral to maintaining a competitive strategy, seasonal cores will be available all year as limited quantity cores!

  • Moved from VendBot to Alydroid
    • Azrael's Will x25
    • Azrael's Torment x25
    • Minor Mark of Azrael
  • Moved from VendBot to Administrator 10
    • Minor Improbability Gate
  • Moved From VendBot to Xraal
    • Minor Thorn Assault E
  • Moved from VendBot to Light Mechachillid
    • Minor Massive Strike
  • Moved from VendBot to Exile Leader
    • Minor Exile Strike
  • Moved from VendBot to Administrator 10
    • Minor Legion Strike
  • Added to Deuce
    • Radiation Burn
  • Added to Ishmael
    • Poison Barbs

 

Core Changes

It seems Delta V's grenades needed a bit more "punch"! These buffs should improve the viability of Varium and Credit versions of the grenade/bomb cores.

  • Crystal Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: 40% → 50% energy drain
    • Credit version: 25% → 40% energy drain
  • Short Circuit Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: 100% → 115% initial damage
    • Credit version: 75% → 105% initial damage
  • Stalagrenade x25:
    • Varium version: 25% → 30% defense ignore; 10% → 15% crit chance
    • Credit version: 15% → 20% defense ignore; 10% → 15% crit chance
  • Hammer Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: 2 → 3 turn armor removal; 85% → 100% initial damage
    • Credit version: 2 → 3 turn armor removal; 60% → 85% initial damage
  • Magma Grenade x25:
    • Varium version: Match strength of Necrosis (2.4)
    • Credit version: Match previous strength of Varium version (1.5)
  • Om Nom Bomb:
    • Varium version: 35% → 60% lifesteal
    • Credit version: 20% → 50% lifesteal

In addition to changing grenades, we've also adjusted a core in Titan's promo.

  • Titan's Shroud:
    • The core was designed to increase the resistance to Deflection damage, but this was overtuned. The damage reduction on Deflections was decreased.

 

Quality of Life:

After a long absence, the Player Ignore feature has been restored to the player stats panel. You can use this to select another player and avoid seeing their chat in game. This should be helpful for dealing with spammers without enabling the "Mute All Chat" feature in the Settings menu. One limitation of this feature is that this will only last for a single online session -- logging out will reset the list and previously ignored players will need to be ignored again if they are encountered again. 

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