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May 04, 2021

The Tyrant's Trial Conclusion

The Tyrant's Trial Conclusion

The Tyrant's Trial, EpicDuel's first tournament of 2021 has concluded. Congratulations to all the 50 finalists, including the grand prize winner, Daddy!  Maintaining that dueling momentum for 2 weeks isn't easy, but you were able to rise to the challenge! Thank you everyone who participated in this anticipated introduction of EpicDuel's Tournament system.

The following prizes were awarded to the top 50 winners! Each tier receives all the awards from the lower tiers:

  • Platinum Tier
    • Alydriah's Armor
    • Alydriah's Avarice CC P
    • Alydriah's Avarice CC E
    • Alydriah custom hairstyle
  • Gold Tier
    • Alydriah's Arsenal P
    • Alydriah's Arsenal E
  • Silver Tier
    • Alydriah's Arbiter P
    • Alydriah's Arbiter E
    • Alydriah's Annihilator P
    • Alydriah's Annihilator E
  • Bronze Tier
    • Alydriah's Avarice P
      Alydriah's Avarice E

 

Tournament Post Mortem

Throughout this tournament we learned a few lessons and will make some changes for future tournaments. Botting, an issue in all online games, reared its ugly head here. This was expected, and we increased our regular patrols to identify and ban as many botters and dummy accounts as we could. We understand the temptation: logging off means missing out of duels which means fewer points. This is exacerbated by a longer tournament which can create dueling fatigue.

 

To help reduce the temptation and pressure, subsequent tournaments will be shorter, likely a week or less in length. We may also need to adjust scoring to discourage botting in Juggernaut, if not removing it from the tournament scoring completely. Juggernaut has been in a weird place for awhile in which it's the mode most susceptible to botters, while also being a safe-haven for players who need to grind XP and credits before facing the high rank Legendary players. We don't want to remove an entire battle mode, but adjustments will need to be made to ensure a PvP tournament is actually PvP and not AI vs AI.

Thanks to the flexibility of the Tournament system, we can introduce tournaments exclusively for single battle mode, like an all 2v2 tournament which could bring in new players to the mode who exclusively build for 1v1. 

 

May the Fourth

Like last year on the 4th of May, EpicDuel staff Twitter accounts will be distributing codes for "Star Saber" weapons! You'll need to be quick if you want to collect them all. Not all of them will drop today so you'll need to keep an eye on Twitter if you want to collect them all!

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Nightwraith

April 15, 2021

The Tyrant's Trial Pregame

The Tyrant's Trial

The Tyrant's Trial is nearly ready to begin! Prepare and perfect your build to climb the leaderboard and secure epic prizes! The tournament will begin tomorrow at noon (EST) and will conclude at the end of the day Sunday May 2nd.

 

Power Up with New and Returning Weapons!

Celebrate Spring with a bounty of new items available at Bido:

  • Radiant Spring Sword P
  • Radiant Spring Sword E
  • Radiant Spring Blades P
  • Radiant Spring Blades E
  • Radiant Spring Axe P
  • Radiant Spring Axe E
  • Radiant Spring Staff P
  • Radiant Spring Staff E

To help eager Duelists power up before The Tyrant's Trial commences, the Infernal Fantasy items are now available at Kraggor:

  • Infernal Fantasy Buster P
  • Infernal Fantasy Buster E
  • Infernal Fantasy Blaster P
  • Infernal Fantasy Blaster E
  • Infernal Fantasy Bazooka P
  • Infernal Fantasy Bazooka E
  • Infernal Fantasy Battlegear P
  • Infernal Fantasy Battlegear E
  • Infernal Fantasy Knight
  • Revitalization
  • Focused Fury
  • TrueShot (Gun)
  • Mana Burst


Tester Progress

As mentioned last week, our list has been narrowed down to a few finalists, and those finalists will be contacted shortly after their accounts are reviewed. I wanted to get emails out this week, but I've been quite busy lately and I may not get to that. Thank you for your patience in this process as we're very excited to expand the testing team with experienced, passionate Duelists.

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Nightwraith

April 09, 2021

The Tyrant's Trial

The Tyrant's Trial

An announcement echoes through the streets of Fortune City: Alydriah requests (demands) your participation in the ultimate test of might and will. Will you accept the challenge?

 

The Tyrant's Trial Tournament

EpicDuel's 2nd official tournament and first tournament of 2021 with the new and improved tournament system (praise Titan) launches today! The Tournament officially starts Friday April 16 at 12 P.M. and will last until the end of Sunday May 2nd. How do you participate? Just follow these steps:

  • Visit the Tyrant Totem in Fortune City to purchase a ticket
  • The ticket is available from the "View Tournament Status" button
  • This ticket will give you an achievement that will track your progress
  • Once the tournament officially begins, your PvP wins will be tracked and counted towards your tournament score
  • The leaderboard will be visible from the Tournament Status interface
  • You can view the rules from the Tyrant Totem
  • Prizes will be awarded at the close of the tournament

Special thanks go to Titan for helping complete this highly-requested and anticipated feature! If this feature is successful, perhaps we can wrangle the demi-god to make even more progress on the vast EpicDuel feature wish-list!

 

Draconic Frost King's Avatar

The final Silver Secret package item will be delivered after today's update. This is a manual process so please allow about an hour to distribute them. This impressive new travel form utilizes both /boom and /fire commands.

 

Call for Tester Progress

Thank you everyone who applied to be an EpicDuel Tester. We received an astonishing amount of applications, but we were able to narrow the list down after rigorous review. The selected applicants will be contacted next week for a follow up to determine who will move on to the final interview. Thank you for your patience during this process! We appreciate all applications (Almost all. You know who you are.), as your interest in applying shows an exceptional dedication to the EpicDuel community.

 

EpicDuel 2021 Survey

Thank you all who were able to get to the end of this lengthy, but thorough, survey. The results have been reviewed and will help us prioritize feature and content development. We can't definitively promise anything, of course, but gaining a clear perspective of what you liked most of EpicDuel's history will help us craft a bright future for EpicDuel in 2021 and beyond.

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Nightwraith

March 26, 2021

Dage's 2021 Collection

Dage 2021

Happy Belated Birthday Dage! Visit the leader of the fearsome Undead Legion for an assortment of new 2021 weapons!

 

New Undead Arsenal!

Embrace your dark and broody side with a new assortment of Dage the Evil-themed gear, available from the man himself! These will be limited quantity and unsellable until the items leave the shop.

  • Legion Operative Pistol P
  • Legion Operative Pistol E
  • Legion Hero Slayer P
  • Legion Hero Slayer E
  • Legion Hero Dagger P
  • Legion Hero Dagger E
  • Bonefire Warlord P
  • Bonefire Warlord E
  • Darkside Slayer P
  • Darkside Slayer E
  • Darkside Shredder P
  • Darkside Shredder E
  • Legion Leviathan Cutlass P
  • Legion Leviathan Cutlass E
  • Legion Leviathan Breaker P
  • Legion Leviathan Breaker E
  • Legion Wrath Scythe P
  • Legion Wrath Scythe E
  • Legion Skewer P
  • Legion Skewer E
  • Legion Hero Destroyer P
  • Legion Hero Destroyer E

As a bonus reward for partaking of this awesome collection, you'll receive the Dage Collector 2021 achievement! This is also another opportunity to challenge Nightmare Dage for his rare drops! If you already have his full collection, help a friend tackle this infernal challenge!

As new items arrive in Dage's shop, many of his 2019 and 2020 Collection items have been retired and tagged Rare.

 

New Dage Styles

  • Wrath Mask
  • Horse Skull Mask
  • Virgil Mask

 

New Dage Décor

Decorate your Underworld abode with new Dage-themed décor!

  • Evolved Darkside Runes
  • Evolved Darkside Altar
  • Darkside Pillar Left
  • Darkside Pillar Right
  • Darkside Skull Left
  • Darkside Skull Right
  • Legion Hero Statue Right
  • Legion Hero Statue Left
  • Bonefire Sconce 1
  • Bonefire Sconce 2
  • Bonefire Sconce 1 Right
  • Bonefire Sconce 1 Left
  • Bonefire Sconce 2 Right
  • Bonefire Sconce 2 Left
  • Floating Skull Flame Right
  • Floating Skull Flame Left
  • Legion Hero Floating Right
  • Legion Hero Floating Left
  • Virgil Statue Right
  • Virgil Statue Left
  • Gluttony Statue Right
  • Gluttony Statue Left
  • Wrath Statue Right
  • Wrath Statue Left
  • Lust Statue Right
  • Lust Statue Left
  • Greed Statue Right
  • Greed Statue Left
  • Serpent Head Right
  • Serpent Head Left
  • Leviathan Serpent Right
  • Leviathan Serpent Left
  • Bonefire Wolf Right
  • Bonefire Wolf Left
  • Evolved Darkside Wolf R
  • Evolved Darkside Wolf L
  • Crossed Legion Skewers
  • Legion Skewer Right
  • Legion Skewer Left
  • Crossed Legion Pistols
  • Legion Operative Pistols R
  • Legion Operative Pistols L
  • Crossed Legion Wrath Scythes
  • Legion Wrath Scythe R
  • Legion Wrath Scythe L
  • Underworld Scourge Crescent
  • Undead Hero Emblem
  • Undead Hero Banner

These home items will not count towards the Dage Collector 2021 achievement.

 

Tournaments! (For Real This Time)

It's been over a year since Tournaments were "coming soon" to EpicDuel, and I'm happy to say that they're nearly ready to launch. Why the long wait? Titan and I were about halfway done with the feature last year, but his magic was needed on the AQ3D team. It happens! Finally, we were able to allocate dedicated time to finish the feature and deliver on a promise to EpicDuel players. Functionally, they will be similar to the Golden Yeti Tournament of yore, but much more robust to allow for placement ranges, achievements, prizes, and themes. Participation for the first Tournament will secured by purchasing a Ticket from the Tournament NPC (not yet in-game). The first tournament date will be announced soon and offer brand new prizes, achievements, and a PvP challenge not seen on Delta V in ages!

 

Call for Testers Continues

EpicDuel's call for testers is still underway. To date, we have received over 100 survey applications, and we're in the process of reviewing them to narrow the list down for follow-up interviews. If you haven't applied yet, it's not too late to apply!

 

Misc Changes

  • Legendary Endless M4tr1x will no longer drop Omega Wolf Shards.

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Nightwraith

March 18, 2021

Patch Notes - 1.8.12

We just rolled a small patch with fixes, graphical optimization, and structural updates for an exciting new feature!

New Features/Changes

  • Database and game client updated in preparation for new feature launching soon!


Bug Fixes

  • Skull Cracker was using the damage type of the primary weapon instead of sidearm
  • Optimization of CC Celtic Hunter and Celtic Cleaver weapons to help reduce lag
  • Adjusted skills for several NPCs that may have been causing battles to hang and turns to skip

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Nightwraith

March 12, 2021

Call for EpicDuel Testers 2021

Call for Testers 2021

EpicDuel Tester Search 2021

It's been awhile since our last call for testers and a few aspects of the process have changed so please read the rules and requirements carefully. 

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

  • Experienced (this does NOT necessarily 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. Follow this link to the EpicDuel Tester Google Form.
  2. Fill all the required fields. 
  3. You must be at least 18 years old to be considered for this position. No exceptions.
  4. If you send an application via email or Twitter or anything else other than the Google form, your application will not be considered.

One application per person. We will read and consider applicants, 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 will close Friday, April 2nd. 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 it does come with in-game perks and the opportunity to test game content as we develop it before release. Plus, most importantly, it is invaluable experience with a honest-to-goodness gaming company which will look good on ANY future resumes.

 

EpicDuel 2021 Survey

2020 ended on a high note for EpicDuel as the most dedicated fans from across the globe delivered the best gifting event yet! Help us make 2021 even better with your feedback! We wanted to have this survey out sooner, but this has been an exceedingly busy new year.

Please follow this link to the EpicDuel 2021 survey and help us make 2021 the best year yet!

 

New Celtic Content!

Visit Charfade for new CC variants of the Celtic Hunter Weapons!

  • Blazing Celtic Destroyer CC
  • Mystic Celtic Destroyer CC
  • Blazing Celtic Pistol CC
  • Mystic Celtic Pistol CC
  • Blazing Celtic War Bow CC
  • Mystic Celtic War Bow CC

Visit Naomi for new variants of the Celtic Cleaver!

  • Dark Celtic Cleaver (suggested by Raxzer)
  • Celtic Cleaver P CC
  • Celtic Cleaver E CC

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Nightwraith

February 26, 2021

Celtic Hunter Gear Returns!

Celtic Hunter Returns

Celtic Hunter Weapons Return

The coveted Celtic Hunter Weapons and cores have returned to Charfade! Visit her at Mirv's Shop in the Barrens to browse her inventory for new and returning gear!

  • Blazing Celtic Hunter
  • Mystic Celtic Hunter
  • Blazing Celtic Destroyer
  • Mystic Celtic Destroyer
  • Blazing Celtic Pistol
  • Mystic Celtic Pistol
  • Blazing Celtic War Bow
  • Mystic Celtic War Bow
  • Blazing Celtic Hunter CC
  •  Mystic Celtic Hunter CC
  • Hunter's Mark
  • Skull Cracker
  • TrueShot (Auxiliary)

 

War Prize Update

For those of you who claimed the prize for the Barrens Outpost War, the Barrens Battlegear Blueprints will change to the Barrens Battlegear P, a mutating companion to the Barrens Buster sword.

New Achievement

In anticipation of EpicDuel's 12th anniversary, we're adding the Twelve Year Alpha achievement to the shops. It will be available for a limited time, so grab it while you can!

 

Item Stat Update

To increase build variety and give a power boost to lower levels, we've increased the amount of available stat points that can be added to Guns, Auxiliaries, and Armors.

Gun and Auxiliary Stats
Lvl 1 - 1
Lvl 2 - 2
Lvl 3 - 3
Lvl 4 - 3
Lvl 5 - 4
Lvl 6 - 4
Lvl 7 - 5
Lvl 8 - 5
Lvl 9 - 5
Lvl 10 - 6
Lvl 11 - 6
Lvl 12 7
Lvl 13 7
Lvl 14 8
Lvl 15 8
Lvl 16 9
Lvl 17 9
Lvl 18 -10
Lvl 19 -10
Lvl 20 -11
Lvl 21 -11
Lvl 22 -12
Lvl 23 -12
Lvl 24 -13
Lvl 25 -13
Lvl 26 -14
Lvl 27 -14
Lvl 28 -15
Lvl 29 - 15
Lvl 30 - 16
Lvl 31 - 16
Lvl 32 - 17
Lvl 33 - 17
Lvl 34 - 18
Lvl 35 - 18
Lvl 36 - 19
Lvl 37 - 19
Lvl 38 - 20
Lvl 39 - 20
Lvl 40 - 21

Armor Stats
Lvl 1 - 1
Lvl 2 - 2
Lvl 3 - 3
Lvl 4 - 4
Lvl 5 - 5
Lvl 6 - 6
Lvl 7 - 6
Lvl 8 - 7
Lvl 9 8
Lvl 10 9
Lvl 11 9
Lvl 12 10
Lvl 13 10
Lvl 14 11
Lvl 15 11
Lvl 16 12
Lvl 17 12
Lvl 18 13
Lvl 19 13
Lvl 20 14
Lvl 21 14
Lvl 22 15
Lvl 23 15
Lvl 24 16
Lvl 25 16
Lvl 26 17
Lvl 27 17
Lvl 28 18
Lvl 29 18
Lvl 30 19
Lvl 31 19
Lvl 32 20
Lvl 33 20
Lvl 34 21
Lvl 35 21
Lvl 36 - 22
Lvl 37 - 22
Lvl 38 - 23
Lvl 39 - 23
Lvl 40 - 24

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Nightwraith

February 19, 2021

Poseidon's Wrath

Poseidon's Wrath

Poseidon's Wrath

As of this update, the top prize from the 2020 Gifting season has been complete: Poseidon's Bot. This custom creation will be awarded to Poseidon and the custom codes for the replica "Neptune" will be distributed shortly after servers reboot.

If you're still waiting on your prize, don't worry! Your gift is in progress! If you're a winner who wishes to sell replicas of your prize, please be patient as the top priority is finishing outstanding gifts before adding replica items in-game.

 

Draconic Frost King Variety

Some folks were not satisfied with some small parts of the final design for the Secret Package armor, so several new variants will be distributed to match your particular aesthetic tastes. You want non-CC flames? Covered. You want no flames at all? Covered. If your inventory is already filled beyond the brim and you're perfectly satisfied the current look of your armor, these new variants can be sold. 

  • Draconic Frost King non CC
  • Winged Frost King non CC
  • Draconic Frost King no Flame
  • Winged Frost King no Flame

 

Balance

A much-needed balance update has been implemented this week with some substantial changes to primary damage scaling and class skills. 

  • Tech Mage:
    • Malfunction: +1 technology point every 4.3 support (was 3.8)
      Level 2: 8
      Level 3: 11
      Level 4: 13
      Level 5: 15
      Level 6: 17
      Level 7: 18
      Level 8: 19
      Level 9: 20
      Level 10: 21
  • Tactical Mercenary:
    • Barbed Grenade: Improves with Technology .37 (was .40); Removed warm-up
    • Suppressing Fire: Level changes improve by .5 levels (was .25) above 20 and weakens by .5 (was 1) level below 20.
  • Mercenary:
    • Berzerker: Level 1 30% increase by 10% to level 5, then increase by 5% to level 10 max 95%
    • Artillery Strike: Level changes improve by .5 levels (was .25) above 20 and weakens by .5 (was 1) level below 20.
  • Cyber Hunter:
    • Precision Strike: Removed and replaced with Neural Scythe, mechanically the same, but unblockable; Increased energy cost 10 per level 
  • Primary Weapon Damage Strength Divisors:
    • 0-55: 0.46
    • 56- 85: 0.58
    • 86-100: 0.60
    • 100+: 0.75
  • Legendary Points:
    • Auxiliary and Robot changed to plus 3 instead of 4
    • NPC Crusher and Armor changed to plus 4 instead of 2

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Nightwraith

February 12, 2021

Secret Brutal Heartbreaker

Brutal Heartbreaker Set 2021

Secret Package Unlocked!

Finally! Either time is going faster or I'm getting slower (maybe both?), but the coveted Secret Packages are finally ready to open. As with the Silver Secret Package, please allow some time for these weapons to be distributed after the update. Since there are only 36 packages, they should be completed much more quickly. The Secret Packages will open to reveal:

  • Draconic Frost Kingslayer P
  • Draconic Frost Kingslayer E
  • Draconic Frost King Blaster P
  • Draconic Frost King Blaster E
  • Draconic Frost King Bow P
  • Draconic Frost King Bow E
  • Draconic Frost King Armor
  • Winged Draconic Frost King (Armor)

The 2 armors, crafted with care by Bido, will come pre-equipped with a new core:

  • Draconic Frost King's Will: Increase Strength, Dexterity, Technology, and Support by 30% for 4 turns.

 

Brutal Heartbreaker Items

Visit the Alydroid in Fortune City for the returning Heartbreaker / Azrael Gear and latest batch of new items from Deuce!

  • Brutal Heartbreaker Saber P
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Saber E
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Slicers P
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Slicers E
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Hatchet P
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Hatchet E
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Staff P
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Staff E
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Pistol P
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Pistol E
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Cannon P
  • Brutal Heartbreaker Cannon E

This set looks incredible and purchasing just one of the items will earn you the Brutal Heartbreaker Collector achievement!

 

Roman's Restock and Gifter's Gifts

There was a small, but impactful goof when offering Roman's replica gear last week. It seems unlimited purchases were enable when the weapons were offered last week, allowing players rich in Credits or Varium to clear out the stock within minutes. This was not intended. Because of this mistake, I've allowed ONE restock for this update. This time the price has increased substantially, and only one of each can be purchased. If you were lucky enough to get one or two or ten last week, you cannot purchase more this time. After the quantity is depleted, the items will be marked as RARE and sellback will be enabled. If you sunk a king's bounty worth of Credits into these items.

It seems this release was very popular, as it opened the floodgates for winners from 2020 and past years to make similar requests. Though this generosity it admiration, please allow time for me to complete the remaining requests for the very, very patient winners!

 

Fixes and Changes:

  • Titan's Battlegear E removed from shop
  • Legendary Titan no longer drops battlegear
  • Exoskeleton and Infernal Spirit should now work on the regular Delta Vault. They do not work on the Legendary Variant
  • Infernal Surge was incorrected listed as a primary core when it was originally an armor core. This has been corrected.

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Nightwraith

February 05, 2021

Silver Secret Package 2021

Draconic Frost King

Silver Secret Package

What time is it? Silver Secret Packages time! Within a few hours of updating, all the Silver Secret Package will be converted the awesome and powerful Draconic Frost King mutating weapon sets! Remember, the conversion is a is a manual process, so it could take up to a few hours to convert all the packages (there are over 180 unique recipients). Your patience is appreciated! The Silver Secret Packages contain:

  • Draconic Frost King P
  • Draconic Frost King E

Both mutating weapons include the new Draconic Frost King's Might core:

  • Draconic Frost King's Might: 105% dmg, increasing by 5% per round, (140% max); Inflicts 2 round Frostbite.

Even if you don't have a space for it in your build, you'll want to at least give it a try before swapping it.

You may notice that there's no travel form in this package. There is a morph in-progress, the Draconic Frost King's Avatar, that will be added to the inventory of Silver Secret Package holders as soon as it's complete.

Like last year, the prizes will be unsellable and all excess prizes will automatically be converted into credits. If you have more than one Silver Secret Package, one will turn into the prizes while the others turn into 100,000 credits for each excess package. The Secret Packages are on schedule to open next Friday! Charfade really outdid herself with this set, and it will really come together next week went the rest of the items are revealed!

 

Wishes for Sale

This year, one of the Gifting winners, Roman, offered to allow the sale of his items in-game. I thought this was a generous request, and it couldn't hurt to try something new. Roman's customized weapons will be available in CC and non-CC favors from Titan. Their quantities are very limited so you'll need to hurry if you want grab one! Their resale is temporarily limited in case someone with J. Bezos credits tries to scoop them all up for laughs.

  • Roman's Delta Replica P
  • Roman's Delta Replica E
  • Roman's Delta Replica P CC
  • Roman's Delta Replica E CC

If this concept is well-received, we'll be happy to include more wishes on a limited basis, with explicit permission from the wish recipient, of course. 

 

Legendary Titan

Because there were wasn't enough warning before removing Legendary Titan's rare drop, we've decided to return Titan's Battlegear E as a drop for a limited time. It will also be available for purchase for a steep credit price. The gear will be removed from the shop and from Legendary Titan permanently as early as Monday.

 

Prize Progress:

The 2020 Gifter prizes are still underway. Another prize was checked off the list this with some further progress on the remaining prizes.

Completed!

  • Poseidon
  • GodOfSanta
  • Dillbrazd
  • John
  • D Fense
  • HALO HALOS
  • Ivan
  • Clown
  • Kuappo
  • Lycan
  • Roman

In Progress:

  • Poseidon (Custom)
  • Leo
  • Taiso

Pending:

  • Machaon
  • runeknight4

Thank you for your patience as these projects are completed! These prizes are fun, unique challenges to design, and I hope to have them all delivered very soon! 

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Nightwraith

January 29, 2021

Arcade Upgrade 2021

Arcade Upgrade

Arcade Upgrade:

If you participated in the 2020 Gifting Event you probably have an Arcade Token or 2 in your pocket. Or 2,000. To help you spend those tokens and boost your Rating Score, all 26 Arcades have been upgraded with 3 new achievement tiers each. Do you have enough spare tokens to obtain them all?

 

Achievement Update:

In the Seasonal section of the Achievement shop, you'll find the Australia Day 2021 and Big Game LV achievements, available for a limited time!

 

Prize Progress:

The 2020 Gifter prizes are still underway. You may have seen some of them running around Delta V or encountered them in battle. It's always a joy to work with the winners each year to design a unique creation for the winner to cherish.

Completed!

  • Poseidon
  • GodOfSanta
  • Dillbrazd
  • John
  • D Fense
  • HALO HALOS
  • Ivan
  • Clown
  • Kuappo
  • Lycan

In Progress:

  • Poseidon (Custom)
  • Roman
  • Leo
  • Taiso

Pending:

  • Machaon
  • runeknight4

Thank you for your patience as these projects are completed! These prizes are fun, unique challenges to design, and I hope to have them all delivered very soon! 

 

Drop Adjustment:

Legendary Titan will no longer drop Titan's Battlegear E, and it will be tagged rare. Congratulations for those who were able to receive this mighty prize!

 

Slot Unlock:

The slots on Azrael's Curse have been unlocked.

 

Coming Attractions:

Next week, the plan is to open all the Silver Secret Packages! Finally, you will be able to enjoy the hard-earned gifts contained within! The Secret Package Prizes will unlock shortly thereafter!

New weapons and armors are also being created by Deuce and Bido for release in February!

Heartbreaker 2021

There's a new NPC coming to Delta V. It's been ages since we added a new member to the cast of characters in our little post-apocalyptic world, and this will be one to remember. You may already know her!

Who could it be?

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Nightwraith

January 18, 2021

Farewell to Seasonal Arms

Gifting Millionaire

Farewell to Seasonal Arms

With today's update, EpicDuel's seasonal rares have been returned to their usual schedule. Also leaving are several seasonal missions such as 'A Bold Bounty' and 'Party Business'. The next seasonal rares on the horizon are Australia Day, Heartbreaker, and Azrael weapons!

Also leaving is the bonus Varium that was a part of the 10,000 AP packages. The Epic Supporter 2020 achievements will also no longer be available. Massive "Thank Yous" to all who took part in this incredible sale and supported EpicDuel through the holiday season! 


Million Gifter

To recognize the unprecedented level of gifting of the 2020 Gifting season, we're introducing new achievements to honor gifters who've surpassed the threshold of 1 million gifts giver in one season. So far 3, EpicDuel legends have attained this in the past 3 years.

Bandit J. (2018)
Poseidon (2020)
GodOfSanta (2020)

This achievement is only for those who've gifted over 1 million gifts in one Gifting season. It does not account for cumulative gifts over multiple years.

Because exceptional performance demands an exceptional reward, we decided that even though GodOfSanta didn't achieve the 1st place position, a special exception could be made to our Founder restriction. Alley Cat, our wise and powerful Lead Moderator, generously donated her Founder Armor to fulfill this prize. Going forward, anyone who exceeds the score of 1 million gifts per Gifting season may wish for Founder Armor. As we've said before, this Gifting event exceeded our wildest expectation, and we'll need reevaluate our rules more thoroughly before the next gifting season (it'll be here before you know it!).

I didn't think 2018 could ever be topped, and 2020 blew it away. I don't know if the records will be topped in 2021, but I've learned not to underestimate our most dedicated fans. 

 

Titan's Loot

Legendary Titan will, for the first time ever, now drop a special mutating version of his personal staff. Will you be among the first to claim this weapon?

 

Player Appreciation

Since we're quickly approaching EpicDuel's anniversary, we wanted to do something extra special to commemorate 12 years of duels. If you're an Alpha, Founder, Beta, Gamma, or Delta player with rare phase gear, you've probably thought at one point, "Hmmm this Delta sword is cool and all but I wish it did Energy damage." Maybe you feel similarly about other coveted phase weapons. Maybe you wondered what Gamma weapons could look like. If you're in any of these groups, then today's release may excite you. Starting with Delta Gear, we're going offer rewards to players who've stuck with us all these year, but relegated their rare gear to storage because it didn't fit their build.

Starting today, existing Delta Gear will "evolve" into 4 new weapons:

  • Delta Destroyer P
  • Delta Destroyer E
  • Delta Devastator (mutating)
  • Delta Desolator (mutating)

Our goal is to continue rolling out new variations of weapons to help "complete" sets of rare development phase gear for our most loyal players.


Balance:

  • Reactive Armor:
    • Stat Requirement Dexterity - Base 24 increase by 2 max 42
  • Berzerker:
    • Stat Requirement Support - Base 19 increase by 2 max 37
  • Static Smash:
    • Stat Requirement Technology - Base 14 increase by 2 max 32
  • Sea King's Spirit:
    • Cooldown raised to 6
  •  

 

Wish Fulfillment

Thus far, I'm in contact with all the 2020 Gifting winners and their prizes are underway. Progress has been slow but steady and a major batch should go out this Friday. Thank you for bearing with us during this post-gifting lull.

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Nightwraith

January 11, 2021

Gifting 2020 Aftermath

Gifting Ends 2020

 

 Gifting 2020 Winners

EpicDuel's 2020 Gifting Event ended in spectacular fashion as the top gifters blew away old records to secure their places in Delta V history! Be sure to stop by the 2020 shrine in Titan's Peak to pay your respects to the latest group of EpicDuel Gifting Legends! (Note: The left side of the Peak was expanded and all the shrines were moved one screen over to accommodate this new shrine.)

Gifting Winners 2020

  1. Poseidon
  2. GodOfSanta
  3. Machaon
  4. Taiso
  5. Dillbrazd
  6. John
  7. Roman
  8. D Fense
  9. HALO HALOS
  10. Leo
  11. Ivan
  12. Lycan
  13. Clown
  14. Kuappo
  15. runeknight4

If you are among this group and have not received an email yet, please check your spam folder. I know some prefer to communicate by Twitter or Discord, but email is the way. I look forward to working with you all to realize your visions for this year's round of prizes! As with previous years, this will be the primary focus of EpicDuel for a few weeks to make sure these rewards are delivered as quickly as possible.

If you have Secret and Silver Secret Packages, first of all, congratulations, and second of all don't worry if they're still just a box. They will transform into epic prizes at a future date! I know this is how it's worked in previous events, but you might be surprised by how many don't know this! Plus, the winners still have to allocate their extra packages to their lucky friends! Hang in there, the prizes will be worth the wait!

 

New Items

Stop by Endless M4trix in Titan's peak for 2 new travel forms!

  • Frost Dracolich
  • Frost Dracolich CC

 

Balance Changes:

  • Gamma Bot: base damage increased to 175 and Gamma Fire increased to 110%. This change affects all custom Gamma Bot variants as well.

 

Bonus Varium and Seasonal Rares Extension!

Normally, we remove the bonus Varium that comes with the packages shortly after the Gifting Event ends, but due to demand, we're extending the sale until Monday January 18th.  After an update, the packages will revert and the included achievements will be removed.

On the 18th we will also be removing the seasonal rares that were made available during Gifting. Now is the perfect opportunity to cash in those accumulated gifts and grab all the seasonals you missed throughout the year to boost your rarity score!

 

2021

2020 was a long, loooong year for many. A year in which it feels like everything happened yet nothing happened. While the world seemed to be going wild outside our window, we were glad to be able to continue to deliver new adventures to your in the world of Delta V. Now, our attention moves forward to 2021, which should prove to be a pivotal year for EpicDuel, if not all of Artix Entertainment, as it will be the first year without Flash.

This is an obligatory reminder that Flash is now being blocked by most major browsers. If you haven't yet, please download the latest version of the Artix Games Launcher! This will guarantee you can continue to play all your favorite Artix Entertainment browser games, including EpicDuel! Make sure you have the latest version so there's no interruption to your gameplay!

New years are good times to reflect on accomplishments and failures. While we were able to survive and thrive as a Flash game at the threshold of the platform's annihilation, we didn't accomplish all we set out to in 2020. We know you all have very strong opinions on what you want to see in EpicDuel, and I know that suggestion list a mile long. The struggle is determining  the biggest features to make the most players happy. To help guide the direction of EpicDuel's development in the new year, we're crafting a document which should be available soon to help you provide us with focused feedback concerning the EpicDuel's past, present, and future direction. This will help us concentrate the beam of our resources to make 2021 the best year yet for EpicDuel and pave the way for a brighter future!

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Nightwraith

December 31, 2020

Farewell to 2020!

Farewell to 2020

EpicDuel is now live with the last release of 2020 and the last release before the demise of Flash! Install the Artix Games Launcher and welcome 2021 as the Gifting event continues!

 

New Items

Visit Endless M4tr1x at Titan's Peak to get new rare weapons crafted by Bido to commemorate the end of 2020!

  • MMXX Redeemer P
  • MMXX Redeemer E
  • MMXX Blades P
  • MMXX Blades E
  • MMXX Axe P
  • MMXX Axe E
  • MMXX Staff P
  • MMXX Staff E


New Achievements

Celebrate the end of the year with the 2020 Victory achievement available now in the achievement shop! This badge will eventually go rare, so grab it now while you can!

 

Balance:

  • Cyber Hunter
    • Plasma Grenade: Plus 1 energy damage every .32 Support instead of .38.
    • Memory Leak: Plus 1 poison damage every 2 Support; Increase 1 poison damage every 1.3 levels above 20; Decrease 1 poison damage every 1.3 damage level under 20; Cost increase 20 per level; Base level 1 is now 10, going up by 5 per level to 55.
  • Mercenary
    • Artillery Strike: Stat requirement Dexterity; Level 1 will require 16, increasing by 2 per level with a max of 34.
  • Blood Mage
    • Energy Parasite: Gain 135% of the amount drained

 

Artix Games Launcher

As of the publication of this post, Flash is hours away from being blocked by most major browsers. If you haven't yet, please download the latest version of the Artix Games Launcher! This will guarantee you can continue to play all your favorite Artix Entertainment browser games, including EpicDuel! 

Have a happy and safe New Year and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

December 23, 2020

2020 Holiday Patch

Today we brought the servers down for a few quick changes and to release tens of thousands of names from inactive accounts. Here is a rundown of all the changes from today's update!

 

Name Changes

While the servers were down today, ~50K character names were released. If there was a name you've been anxious to claim for years, now is your best chance. Also, the parameters for purging old accounts was relaxed slightly to allow names to become available more frequently. Please, don't email about special requests for names. If an account is truly inactive, it will become available in time. 

 

Drop Rates

The drops rates on several new weapons recently added to the gifting pool such as the Krampus Curse weapons were reviewed. No obvious issues were found, but a change was made to allow the class-specific weapons be slightly more likely to be included in gifts. We tested on the Dev server and were able to successfully receive these weapons through gifting to confirm the drop rates were correct.

 

Humbugs

Some folks thought it would be a ho-ho-hilarious to quickly buy and sell all the limited-quantity items so nobody else could have them. To stop this, we've temporarily put a hold of selling any limited-quantity items for the duration of Gifting. 2020 has been a hard enough year. When faced with the choice or kindness or malice, please choose kindness.

 

Holly Jolly Holiday

On a more cheerful note, we had a great gifting event yesterday with Mods, Testers, Charfade, and Korin! It's always exciting to cram 170 people into one room in EpicDuel for gifting pandemonium (Delta V doesn't have covid, so they don't need social distancing)! I think EpicDuel is the only game on the AE network that can manage that, even if we do need to completely hide characters to do it. It proves that the fire for EpicDuel still burns after over a decade, through the one of the most turbulent years in memory. Thank you for sticking by us, and may you all have a safe and happy Holiday!

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