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October 03, 2022

Techstalker Terminator

Techstalker Terminator

Celebrating 20 year of Artix Entertainment, we just launched the Techstalker Terminator Package! 20 years for $20 (4,000 AP)!*
*Please note this package does not include extra Varium. The regular 2,500 Varium package (4,000) is still available from the Varium shop.

  • Armors:
    • Techstalker Exosuit A
    • Techstalker Exosuit B
    • Techstalker Exosuit C
    • Techstalker Exosuit A CC
    • Techstalker Exosuit B CC
    • Techstalker Exosuit C CC

These new armors come pre-equipped with new cores!

  • Resonant Armor (Armor Core - Passive): Lower attacker's energy by 15% ranged damage.
  • Astral Projection (Armor Core): Summon a cosmic avatar for 80 HP, dealing 50% damage to Energy.
  • Primary Weapons:
    • Techstalker Sword P
    • Techstalker Sword E
    • Techstalker Terminator P
    • Techstalker Terminator E

These primary weapons are pre-equipped with a new active core!

  • Energy Harvest (Primary Core): Deal 85% damage, stealing 20% HP and Energy, disabling melee attacks for 2 turns.
  • Sidearms:
    • Techstalker Repeater P
    • Techstalker Repeater E

These sidearm weapons are pre-equipped with a new active core!

  • Core Corruption (Sidearm Core): Increases target's Rage while lowering Dexterity/Technology 40 points.
  • Auxilaries:
    • Techstalker Railgun P
    • Techstalker Railgun E

These auxiliary weapons are pre-equipped with a new active core!

  • Skull Smasher (Auxiliary Core): Use your auxiliary as a melee weapon to deal 125% damage.
  • Bots:
    • Techstalker Bot P
      • Techstalker Beam P: Fire physical beam with a 20% crit chance.
      • Techstalker Tremor P: Reduce Crit, Block, and Deflection chance for 4 turns, 15% stun chance.
    • Techstalker Bot E
      • Techstalker Beam E: Fire an energy beam with a 20% crit chance.
      • Techstalker Tremor E: Reduce Crit, Block, and Deflection chance for 4 turns, 15% stun chance.
  • Vehicles:
    • Techstalker Bike
    • Techstalker Bike CC

Those who purchase the new Techstalker package will receive the Techstalker's Crest achievement to commemorate their support for the game. This package will not be available long so get it before it goes rare!

 

Acatriel's Battlebots

2 new robots are available from Acatriel in-game as limited rares!

  • Battlebot P
    • Battlebot Buzzsaw P: Activate a lethal buzzsaw, ignoring 20% defense.
    • Battlebot Barrage P: Fire a chaingun for 85% damage against 2 targets; 20% Rage reduction.
  • Battlebot E
    • Battlebot Buzzsaw E: Activate a lethal buzzsaw, ignoring 20% defense.
    • Battlebot Barrage E: Fire a chaingun for 85% damage against 2 targets; 30% Rage reduction.; 20% Rage reduction.

 

Other Changes and Fixes:

  • Darkeater's Insanity: Increases target's Rage while lowering Strength/Support 40 points.
  • Whiteout: 1 turn duration
  • Fixed: Bug that caused the search bar to freeze the Arcade
  • Fixed: Bug that caused bosses to freeze the game at the end of battle.

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Nightwraith

September 16, 2022

Typhoon Terror Ends

Typhoon Terror Ends

The Typhoon Terror Tournament has officially ended! Visit Captain Shoggoth to view the final leaderboard and the final winners of this latest test of endurance and skill! All prizes, including the prizes for all participants have been distributed. If you do not see a prize item, you may need to log out then back in again.

 Typhoon Terror Final Score

 

Coming Soon: EpicDuel Battle Pass (Duel Pass?)

In addition to the upcoming Techstalker Package we're preparing a new feature that could greatly revitalize EpicDuel: Battle Pass. 

With this new feature, you will be able to complete a series of daily and weekly challenges to earn experience to claim prizes including credits, weapons, hairstyles, and more! This feature has been implemented successfully in many other games from AAA to indie to mobile and we hope it will create a new daily incentive to play and explore all EpicDuel has to offer!

We don't have a firm release date for this feature since it still needs more testing and cleanup, but we'll have more updates as they are available.

 

Security Checkup Redux

Recently, there was an unplanned password reset to address some lingering concerns from the last reset in April. Many accounts that were already reset before were reset again in error, effecting many more players than intended. If you are having difficulty logging into your EpicDuel accounts, you may have been affected by the recent reset and will need to review your 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.  

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Nightwraith

September 09, 2022

Typhoon Terror Approaches

Typhoon Terror Approaches

Typhoon Terror approaches! If you haven't already, there's still time to visit Captain Shoggoth in the West Naval Yard to purchase a Typhoon Terror Ticket to compete in Delta V's latest tournament! This tournament will begin Tuesday September 13 at 4:00 PM (EST) and end Friday September 16 at 4:00 PM (EST).

 

Balance Changes

This update features a few buffs to some underutilized cores from the current Darkeater package.

  • Shadowlord's Severance P/E: 40% defense ignore special made reusable but with 5 turn cooldown (Right now the robot is not used a lot because the special is single use. 4 turn cooldown seems too powerful?)
  • Darkeater's Defiance: Reusable with 5 turn cooldown
  • Darkeater's Insanity: -35 flat Strength and Support reduction

 

Techstalker Preview

Techstalker Preview

Acatriel has been hard at work building a new unique set of weapons, armors, bots, and vehicles to introduce to EpicDuel soon! This update will feature a small taste of the Techstalker set with 6 new styles!

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Nightwraith

August 31, 2022

Typhoon Terror

Typhoon Terror

A new tournament is nearly upon us! Visit Captain Shoggoth in the West Naval Yard purchase a Typhoon Terror Ticket to guarantee participation in Delta V's latest test of might and endurance! This final tournament in our tourney trilogy will have a similar duration to the previous tournament, lasting from Tuesday September 13 at 4:00 PM (EST) to Friday September 16 at 4:00 PM (EST). The scoring per victory will be as follows:

  • 1v1: 10 points
  • 2v2: 20 points
  • Juggernaut: 4 points

For a complete list of prizes, read on:


ALL participants will receive the following items at the end of the tournament:

  • Typhoon Terror Lance P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Lance E (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Razor P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Razor E (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Spear P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Spear E (Sword)
  • Leviathan Morph (Travel Form)

BRONZE

Those who finish the tournament with the Bronze tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Vanguard Armor (Armor)
  • Typhoon Vanguard Armor CC (Armor)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword E (Sword)
  • Typhoon Tyrant P (Bot)
  • Typhoon Tyrant E (Bot)

Bronze tier finalists will also receive the participation rewards.

SILVER

Those who finish the tournament with the Silver tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier P
  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier E
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk P
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk E

Silver tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

 GOLD

Those who finish the tournament with the Gold tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Commander Armor (Armor)
  • Typhoon Commander Armor CC (Armor)
  • Typhoon Terror Terminator P (Mutating)
  • Typhoon Terror Terminator E (Mutating)

Gold tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

PLATINUM

The hardcore duelist who finishes the tournament with the Platinum tier achievement will receive:

  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier P CC
  • Typhoon Terror Toxifier E CC
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk P CC
  • Typhoon Terror Tusk E CC
  • Leviathan Morph CC (Travel Form)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword CC P (Sword)
  • Typhoon Terror Sword CC E (Sword)

The Platinum tier finalist will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

Typhoon Terror Prizes

 

Multi-logging and Rule Refresher

Since enforcement is stronger and more vigilant around tournament time, and relatively new features like 2v2 linking have left some with questions about the official rules governing such features, I'm resharing this link to the official rules and guidelines from the Artix Entertainment site and the following passage concerning those rules:

Game Rules

  1. Do not bot, cheat/hack, exploit, phish, or attack the servers in any way.
    This includes:
    1. Using trainers
    2. Shop / quest loaders
    3. Third-party programs
      For EpicDuel
    4. Create 'Dummy' characters to play the game
    5. Multiple characters in a faction
    6. No multi-logging: you can only login to one account at a time per game session

If you link with yourself in 2v2, you will be banned. If you fight accounts owned by yourself for free wins in 1v1, you will be banned. You may get away with it for a time, but you have to wonder if racking up some easy wins is really worth losing your main account when you eventually get caught.

This finally leaves the question of multi-logging against bosses. While multi-logging is against the rules as seen above, PvP violations will still be prioritized vs. PvE. A consequence in this case is we won't celebrate players who defeat bosses by multi-logging, thereby encouraging the practice.

 

Secret Package Patch

For a long time after gifting, the game was still announcing an end of day award for Titan, who apparently won the daily gifting challenge, even though gifting had been deactivated. This was corrected, but apparently the game was still spawning Secret and Silver Secret packages for various players seemingly at random. During today's update, we cleared out all the outstanding Packages. Since it wouldn't be fair to those who gifted their hearts out during gifting to award folks with the package prizes, we're instead replacing the removed packages with 100,000 Credits each or 500,000 for those who were lucky enough to have the Secret Packages. This error has been present in the game possibly since gifting ended, and today's update will hopefully settle the issue for good.

 

Friday Changes:

This Friday the Flesh Demigod Promotional Package will be removed from the Varium Shop so you only have a few more days to collect these powerful cores and unique weapons.

In addition to the shop change, seasonal rares will be reverted to their usual order. 

 

Other Changes:

  • Style Shop: 6 new Typhoon Terror Styles 
  • Yeti Hulk NPC (Level 30, 1650 HP): Berzerker level reduced to 6 from 7
  • Yeti Hulk NPC (Level 30, 1650 HP): Strength reduced to 300 from 350; Berzerker level reduced to 6 from 7

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Nightwraith

August 26, 2022

Shoggoth's Showdown Ends

Shoggoth's Showdown Finalists

Shoggoth's Showdown Tournament has officially ended! Visit Captain Shoggoth to view the final leaderboard and the final winners of this latest test of endurance and skill! All prizes, including the prizes for all participants have been distributed. If you do not see a prize item, you may need to log out then back in again.

Shoggoth's Showdown Finalists

 

What's Next?

To allow some time for rest and recovery after a grueling dueling session, the final event in our tournament trilogy, Typhoon Terror, will begin Friday September 9 and last through Monday September 12  Tuesday September 13 and last through to Friday September 16. Not interested in tournaments? There will be more exclusive content to enjoy during the tournament downtime!

We've updated the planned tournament time to better accommodate the schedules of EpicDuel's team. Weekend tournaments are fun, but they're much harder to moderate with more limited developer availability. We apologize for this sudden change of plans and any inconvenience it may have caused. Tickets will be available in-game Wednesday August 31 so you can plan accordingly.

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Nightwraith

August 19, 2022

Shoggoth's Showdown

Shoggoth's Showdown

A new tournament is nearly upon us! Visit Captain Shoggoth in the West Naval Yard purchase a Shoggoth's Showdown Ticket to guarantee participation in Delta V's latest test of might and endurance! This tournament will also have a similar duration to the last tournament, but it will start earlier in the week, lasting from Tuesday August 23 at 4:00 PM (EST) to Friday August 26 at 4:00 PM (EST). Due to feedback, the scoring per victory will be as follows:

  • 1v1: 10 points
  • 2v2: 20 points
  • Juggernaut: 4 points

For a complete list of prizes, read on:


ALL participants will receive the following items at the end of the tournament:

  • Nightmare Seeker Slasher P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slasher E (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slaughterer P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slaughterer E (Sword)

BRONZE

Those who finish the tournament with the Bronze tier achievement will receive:

  • Nightmare Seeker Shell (Armor)
  • Nightmare Seeker Shell CC (Armor)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer E (Sword)

Bronze tier finalists will also receive the participation rewards.

SILVER

Those who finish the tournament with the Silver tier achievement will receive:

  • Nightmare Seeker Piercer P (Sidearm)
  • Nightmare Seeker Piercer E (Sidearm)
  • Nightmare Seeker Cannon P (Auxiliary)
  • Nightmare Seeker Cannon E (Auxiliary)

Silver tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

 GOLD

Those who finish the tournament with the Gold tier achievement will receive:

  • Nightmare Seeker Souldrinker P (Mutating Weapon)
  • Nightmare Seeker Souldrinker E (Mutating Weapon)
  • Winged Nightmare Seeker Shell (Armor)
  • Winged Nightmare Seeker Shell CC (Armor)

Gold tier finalists will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

PLATINUM

The hardcore duelist who finishes the tournament with the Platinum tier achievement will receive:

  • Ascended Nightmare Seeker Shell (Armor)
  • Ascended Nightmare Seeker Shell CC (Armor)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer CC P (Sword)
  • Nightmare Seeker Slayer CC E (Sword)

The Platinum tier finalist will also receive the rewards from lower tiers.

Prizes

 

Hellfire Havoc Winners

Hellfire Havoc Scores

Earlier this week, we end the latest EpicDuel Tournament, Hellfire Havoc, and honored the champions with a great bounty of prizes, including rare armors and weapons! Congratulations to all the participants on your hard-fought victories! Special thanks to Acatriel, Mihuri, and Archidamos who helped craft this most recent pool of amazing prizes!

 

Balance Changes

  • Mercenary
    • Static Smash: 120% damage.
    • Hybrid Armor: Increase highest stat by a % along with Def and Res.
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Shadow Arts: Remove the damage reduction effect.
  • Blood Mage
    • Terrify Revamp: Reduce % of the opponent's base stats for 3 turns; removed improvement factors
      • OLD Base Values: 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
      • New Base Values: 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    • Brutal Strike: 30% life steal added.
  • Tech Mage
    • Assimilation: Reduced Dexterity scale factor from 1.25 to 1.5; steal value reduced 50% but gain increased to 150%.
      • OLD Base Values: 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160
      •  NEW Base Values: 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80
  • Cores
    • Lionhart Claw: Calls in your Robot to attack your enemy and reduce 25% of their Rage!
    • Lionhart Roar: Grants 60% Rage to all allies.
    • Sea King's Spirit: Increased cooldown to 5 from 4.
  • General
    • Changed the divisors for the top 2 tiers of Primary weapon damage to reduce the potency of Strength builds.
    • Values changed from 0.60, 0.75  to  0.65, 0.85

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