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Nightwraith

July 23, 2021

Cores Reforged

Cores Reforged

Cores Reforged

Bot Core Changes:

There are a lot of robots in EpicDuel that haven't seen much use since their introduction. We've set out to turn the spotlight on some severely underutilized robots while gently nerfing the most power. We'll be curious to see if any of these changes can bring dusty old bots back into the spotlight. Monkakazi meta? We'll see!

  • Assault Bot
    • Cleanse: Increased cleanse effect from 75% to 90%
  • Yetis (all)
    • Chomp: 100% damage for all
  • Pink Yeti:
    • Base damage lowered to 160
  • Azrael’s Borg
    • Heart Attack: Description matches 85% effect.
  • Bio Borg:
    • Thorns: Damage reflected raised to 85%
  • Monkakazi
    • Detonation : Reusable with a 3-turn cooldown; extra damage is uncapped; damage is based on 2x the difference between opponent’s highest and lowest stats
  • Cyber Yeti
    • Ice Shield: Removed damage reduction effect; Can be applied to allies; does not work properly when applied to NPC allies
  • Gamma Bot
    • Gamma Fire & Punch : To help it compete with other powerful bots, the physical attack buffed to %110
  • Black Abyss
    • Necrosis: Buffed to 2.4 from 2.0
  • Tactical Shark Drone:
    • Bloodletting Bite: Reduced to 25% lifesteal
    • Grenade Storm: Drain all targets’ Rage by 25%
  • Cyber Shark
    • Feeding Frenzy : 100% initial damage
  • Botanical Borg
    • Spore Bombardment : Defense raised from 10% to 25%.
  • Infernal Android
    • Infernal Overload : To make it competitive against the Mini-Rex I want to try an alterative to buffing the raw power. The bot is now multi-use with a 4-turn cooldown; Max lowered to 115%.
  • Mini Rex
    • Dino Fire : 2-turn warmup
  • Rusted Mini Rex
    • Dino Fire: 2-turn warmup 

Skill Core Changes:

This update will also introduce a host of changes to underutilized cores. The Molten/Plague cores in particular could introduce some interesting synergies.

  • Spreadfire (sidearm): 95% damage against 2 targets.
  • Spreadfire (aux): 90% damage against 2 targets.
  • Nanosteel Armor: Decreases the ignored defense of incoming critical strikes by 85% instead of 35%
  • Azrael's Torment: Increased initial damage from 85% to 100% initial damage; Energy cost reduced from 125 to 90; fixed description to match 85% debuff reduction
  • Phase Shift: Cooldown reduced to 1
  • Molten Bullet: Embed a super-heated bullet into target. Use sidearm to detonate, adding 10% damage per turn the target was hit (max 3 turns). *Max 30% extra damage ( Field Medic no longer removes Molten Bullet.)
  • Deep Plague: Plague target. Strike target to detonate plague, adding 10% damage per turn the target was plagued (max 3 turns).* Max 30% extra damage( Field Medic no longer removes plague.)
  • Molten Shrapnel: Embed super-heated shrapnel into target. Use auxiliary to detonate, adding 10% damage per turn the target was hit (max 3 turns). * Max 30% extra damage (Field Medic no longer removes Molten Shrapnel)
  • Saw Strike E &. P: Rip through 25% of your target's defense with a 20% crit chance!
  • Pacify: Lower target's Rage gain by 85% for 5 turns.
  • Hair Trigger: Energy cost 0; No longer consumes Rage; Using skill with full Rage still consumes Rage.
  • Infernal Fury: Mini-Rage no longer consumes Rage. Using skill with full Rage still consumes Rage.
  • Primary Mastery: Damage added now stacks with other Mastery Cores
  • Gun Mastery: Adds +40 damage to basic sidearm attacks; Now stacks with other Mastery Cores
  • Auxiliary Mastery: Adds +40 damage to basic auxiliary attacks; Now stacks with other Mastery Cores

That's all for now, but there is still plenty of room to adjust more underused cores and introduce new Credit versions of powerful Varium cores in the coming weeks.

 

Translation Expansion

Thanks to the help of our diligent translation team, we've added Portuguese translations for several of the more recent mission chains.  A good start, but there are still hundreds of missions awaiting translation so expect more each week until we're fully caught up. We'll also follow up with Spanish translations on an ongoing basis.

 


Quality of Life

Give your mouse button a break when changing your hairstyle or helmet because now styles can be cycled 10 at a time while holding the Shift key.

Also, to help duelists that are low on cash but want to try all the cores and stock up on seasonals, we're increasing the Omega Wolf Shard sellback price once again!

 

E'ry Day Skills 'r' Shufflin'

It's not secret that some loathsome souls resort to using special programs to play EpicDuel automatically. Why do people do that? I don't know. I do know that it's frustrating and unfair to folks who play the game legitimately so we've implemented some measure to counter their efforts (or lack thereof). 

First of all, Skill shuffling is back, baby! Now skill-tree skills can randomly shuffle in the first 5 rounds of a duel! Weapon/Armor cores and bots do not shuffle. This was a measure introduced several phases ago to combat bots. It's not a perfect solution, but if it makes even one botter cry, it will have been worth it.

Another measure to combat botting is a random placement for the Close button after reach battle. Sometimes it can be challenging to find against certain backgrounds, but, again, worth it ruin a botter's weekend.

I debated mentioning these changes, but since they'll be noticed and reported as bugs otherwise, I'll make a note here that these effects are intentional and not bugs. Speaking of bugs...


Bug Fixes

  • Updated descriptions for skills that trigger at Critical Health (40% instead of 35%):
    • Hawk Guardian E
    • Hawk Guardian P
    • Wolf's Fury
    • Yeti Fury
    • Lifeline

 

Happy 11 Years Alley Cat!

Happy 11 Year Anniversary to the best cat in all of Delta V and beyond. Thank you for all that you've done and continue to do every day for the EpicDuel community.

If any of you happen to be around the train hub, you may have a chance to thank Alley's newly introduced avatar in person!

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Nightwraith

July 16, 2021

Supercharged Stats

A Taste of Delta

A Taste of Delta

EpicDuel is about to go live with a major balance change that should be familiar to players who played and loved EpicDuel's Delta phase. Back then, weapons had stats that were inherent to the weapons. Each weapon also had enhancement slots that allowed for the equipping of extra stats on top of the inherent stats. This led to some creative and overpowered combinations that many still remember fondly.

In Omega, we allow players to add stats in whatever configuration they wish with one key limitation: the total stats in Strength, Dexterity, etc... are capped at a percentage of the total stats available for the weapon's level. We decided to take a bold swing and REMOVE that cap entirely! This means you can pour all available stats into one category! Want +28 Strength in your favorite level 40 sword? Now you can have it! 

Is this crazy? Will this lead to some wild combinations we never could have predicted? Will it completely change the current balance meta? Probably!

We know this a wild change, but EpicDuel is at a point in it's development where we need to take some big swings to keep duels exciting and a builds diverse. Although this change has been tested thoroughly, there will be follow up updates to make inevitable adjustments. For now, explore and enjoy a taste of EpicDuel Delta!

 

Cores Galore

Following up with a previous update in which we introduced new Credit versions of Varium cores, we're introducing a new batch at a VendBot near you for your consumption! We've also tweaked the original versions of some of these cores to help make them viable again. Expect more core updates and new Credit cores in future updates!

  • Minor Absorption: When attacked by a bot, increase your energy by 25% of damage taken.
  • Azrael's Will x25: Same as Varium version, but limited.
  • Azrael's Torment x25: Same as Varium version, but limited.
  • Minor Mark of Azrael: Adds a 15% Critical chance on a regular strike.
  • Minor Improbability Gate: Deals Aux damage plus 7% of your target's max Health (Max 400).
  • Minor Armored Roots: Root yourself in place, increasing Defense and Resistance 30% for 3 turns. Cannot use melee attacks.
  • Minor Growth Serum: Increase target's base Support by 40% for 3 turns
  • Minor Hatchling Rush: Attack your enemy, lowering all healing effects by 30% for 3 turns.
  • Minor Jack-O-Fire:  "Squashes" your foes, dealing 110% weapon damage.
  • Minor Thorn Assault: Attack with thorns, dealing 110% Primary weapon damage.
  • Minor Curse: Shrink the target, reducing base Support by 35% for 3 turns.
  • Minor Curse Aura: 25% chance to inflict Minor Curse.
  • Minor FrostBite: Freeze the enemy, reducing their energy by 35 points each turn for 3 turns; 5 turn cooldown; reusable
  • Minor Frost Aura: 25% chance to inflict Minor FrostBite
  • Minor Massive Strike: Your critical strikes ignore an extra 10% of your target's defense.
  • Legion Strike: Summons a Legion Soldier to attack your enemies for 10% additional damage. Deals 50 extra damage to Exiles.
  • Exile Strike: Summons an Exile Soldier to attack your enemies for 10% additional damage. Deals 50 extra damage to the Legion.
  • Minor Chairman's Fury: Uppercut enemy for 110% damage and steal 35% of their current Rage.

Core Changes

  • Frost Shards: 5 turn cooldown; reusable.
  • FrostBite: 5 turn cooldown; reusable.
  • Captain's Charge: Critical Health 40% HP (this applies to other active skills that trigger at full health); Reduce Strength and Support by 40 and decrease Defense/Resistance 35% for 3 turns.
  • Mark of Azrael: Adds a 25% Critical chance on a regular strike.
  • Legion Strike: Summons a Legion Soldier to attack your enemies for 20% additional damage. Deals 100 extra damage to Exiles.
  • Exile Strike: Summons an Exile Soldier to attack your enemies for 20% additional damage. Deals 100 extra damage to the Legion.
  • Massive Strike: Your critical strikes ignore an extra 15% of your target's defense.
  • Chairman's Fury: Uppercut enemy for 120% damage and steal 50% of their current Rage.

 

Ongoing Changes

All major balance changes (and most minor ones as well) tend to get tempers heated, but we'll be taking in feedback to help EpicDuel adapt to a new balance paradigm. We still have many levers to pull and knobs to turn to fine tune and mitigate the most excessive builds. In a worst case scenario, we can still reverse this change if all other options have been exhausted, so this change is worth giving a fair chance.

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Nightwraith

July 09, 2021

Elite Ninja Training

Elite Ninja Training

Want to be an elite ninja? Fortune City's resident ninja master and professional trainer Habuki will guide you through a brutal training program that will help you smoke the competition!

 

New Replicas!

A new set of replica's have entered the game. Since quantities run out quickly, some have requested that the locations not be announced. You'll have to put in some fastidious footwork to determine the merchants offering these unique items!

Roman and Katie have released replicas of their elegant and epic Interdictor and Slayer weapons, this time with new CC flair, making them among the most beautiful in game. Where are they? It's a Mystery!

  • Roman's Replica Interdictor CC
  • Roman's Replica Interdictor
  • Katie's Replica Slayer CC
  • Katie's Replica Slayer

Smoking Shadow's custom GammaBot has entered the game. Can you complete the epic new mission chain in time to get one?

  •  Smoking's Replica Bot

l.ZEUS.l is proud to present his shocking new replica. Where could it be?

  • l.ZEUS.l's Replica Delta Armor

Some small restocks were also introduced with this update. To honor the wishes of the gifters, the exact locations and times are a secret.

 

New Missions

Habuki is once again offering his training services. This time, the rewards will blow your mind!

  • Elite Ninja Training
    • Smoking Smith
    • Smoking Soul
    • Smoking Sorcerer
    • Smoking Survivor
    • Smoking Synergy
    • Smoking Segments

 

Quality of Life

Enjoy some small but impactful changes to EpicDuel to make the game a more pleasant experience.

  • Cores no longer count towards Inventory limit
  • Character Limit increased to 120
  • Arcades are slightly faster with /spinfast
  • Omega Wolf Shards now 100% drop​

 

Balance

  • Mercenary:
    • Reactive Armor new values:
    • Level 1: 15% Reflected Damage
    • Level 2: 20% Reflected Damage
    • Level 3: 25% Reflected Damage
    • Level 4: 30% Reflected Damage
    • Level 5: 35% Reflected Damage
    • Level 6: 38% Reflected Damage
    • Level 7: 41% Reflected Damage
    • Level 8: 44% Reflected Damage
    • Level 9: 47% Reflected Damage
    • Level 10: 50% Reflected Damage

 

Bug Fix

  • Overlord Overture achievement should now be in general and not tagged as seasonal.

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Nightwraith

July 02, 2021

Seasonal Salutations

Seasonal Salutations

Tis the Season for EVERYTHING

As part of a summer celebration, we're bringing back all the seasonal rare items for a limited time! Not every gets to play during Gifting, the last time we unleashed the rares, so it's only fair to make this a semiannual event to give more EpicDuelists a chance to stock up on epic seasonal rares!

 

Overlord Overture

Short on Credits? The Overlord Guard at the Overlord Facility has a serious of bountiful missions to line your pockets to make it easier to stock up on your favorite seasonal items! The rewards will also come in handy for the 2021 Heroic Housing Contest!

  • Overlord Initiation
  • Recruit Training
  • Clear the Field
  • Intermediate Training
  • Advanced Training
  • Performance Review
  • Elite Training
  • Superior Training
  • Opposition Research
  • Excessive Training
  • Overseer Override

Completing these challenges will net you a substantial boon of Credits and a new Overlord Overture Achievement!

 

Omega Wolf Shard

The Omega Wolf Shard has returned as a battle drop on Endless M4tr1x. These shards will not sell for as much as the old ones did, but they will still be worth the battle.

 

New Uncle Sam Styles

Visit the style change shop for jaunty new seasonally apt styles! They should pair well with the new /poppop emote!

New (Replica) Items

Gifting winners from this year and last year have even more replicas available today! They are limited stock and sell out VERY quickly. Restocks do sometimes happen but they are not guaranteed.

Lycan's ferocious lycanthropic travel form is available at Oz in Fortune City.

  • Lycan Replica

NightAssault will make his custom bot available at Selena at a certain time.

  • Night Assault's Gamma Replica

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Nightwraith

July 02, 2021

Heroic Housing 2021

Heroic Housing 2021

Greetings, EpicDuelists! It's been ages since our last EpicDuel contest (2019, which seems at least 10 years ago) and with more home items available than ever, it's the perfect time for a new contest! Show off your creativity and innate talents for interior design with our 2021 Heroic Housing Contest!

Contest Time Frame

The contest will run from Friday, July 2nd to Sunday, August 1st at 11:59 PM EST. The winners will be announced via Twitter and Design Notes posts after judging concludes!

Themes

There will be three (3) themes to choose from to decorate your house. Though there is room for flexibility when adhering to a theme, you may lose favor with the judges for straying too far! 

  • Holidays (4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, Carnival, etc...)
  • Bizarre (Let your imagination run wild!)
  • Cozy and Comfortable (Nothing's more welcoming than a cozy home!)

*Please note your chosen theme when you submit your entry!

How to Enter

All you have to do is submit one screenshot of the best looking room of your best house based on one of the three above themes to us at the AE_Contests Twitter account. If you have multiple rooms in your house, please choose the best one to submit. Please use #EpicDuelContest2021 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!

Three (3) Grand Prize winners, one representing each main theme, will get a rare Achievement and home item, plus 10,000 ArtixPoints!

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 while sticking to one of the three (3) themes! We'll consider your creativity, attention to detail, coordination, adherence to the theme, and the overall quality of entry.
  • Please limit your entry to one screenshot of the best room of your home! We appreciate the thought of coordinating your entire house but we want to have mercy on our judges! If you have multiple fabulous rooms in your house, choose the best and submit that as your entry.
  • Include your EpicDuel character name and chosen theme 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 #EpicDuelContest2021 . 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

June 25, 2021

Fortune City Stimulus

Free Varium

Free Varium!

By decree of Magistrate Baelius, we have been authorized to stimulate the Delta V economy with a much-need stimulus! If you logged into EpicDuel since January 1, 2020, you will have received 750 Varium after the most recent update! There's nothing else you need to do to receive it. No code to redeem. No form you fill out. You just get it in your inventory to do as you choose with it. Unfortunately, if you just learned about this now and haven't logged on in 2 years, you're out of luck for now. However, there may be additional opportunities to claim bonus Varium in the future. Those opportunities will be rare, but staying current with your accounts and EpicDuel news will make sure you're aware of such promotions.

 

Balance

A new balance update has arrive with a major overhaul to Cyber Hunter class.

  • Tech Mage
    • Plasma Rain: improves with Support instead of Dexterity
    • Nanotech Shield: increases defense based on damage reduction %
  • Cyber Hunter
    • Proton Cannon: reduce cool down to 2 turns from 3.
    • Pulse punch: added ability to place a random skill into cooldown
    • Memory Leak: convert 70% damage of initial strike to energy
    • Plasma Grenade: increase debuff to 35% from 25%; improve with Technology instead of Support, increase to improve with every .4 technology instead of every .32
    • Adaptive Offense: adjust damage to match Artillery Strike; Move to improve with Dexterity instead of Technology
    • NeuroToxin: increase heal reduction to 30% from 20%; increase scaling to improve with every 3.5 support instead of 3
    • Neural Scythe: improves with Support instead of Technology; improves with every .4 Support; improves by 1 Adaptive Damage per 0.3 levels above 20; weakens by 1 Adaptive Damage per 0.8 levels. By adaptive damage we mean the physical weapon damage type. This may be unclear to new players so we are thinking of a new way to phrase this.
    • Level 1: 160 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 2: 180 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 3: 200 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 4: 220 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 5: 240 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 6: 260 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 7: 280 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 8: 300 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 9: 320 Adaptive Damage
    • Level 10: 340 Adaptive Damage

Hopefully these changes will make an impact of Cyber Hunter win ratios and class population to make them more competative and effective against a variety of opposing builds.

 

New (Replica) Items!

Gifting winners from this year and last year have made replicas of their exotic, custom items available for players in-game. Most of these are very limited availability to act fast to secure your rare piece of EpicDuel history!

This armor honoring the Deathly Hallows faction is available at Kraggor in the Infernal Mines region.

  • Kuappo's Delta Knight Replica

Clown aka Spank Me aka Blasto has made this eccentric collection of items available at Ishmael in the West Naval Yard!

  • Clown's Replica Media P (invisibility is intentional)
  • Clown's Replica Media E (invisibility is intentional)
  • Pirate Spanks Replica P
  • Pirate Spanks Replica E

The following weapons will be stocked at Dage pending approval for release.

  • Lonny's Apocalypse Replica P
  • Lonny's Apocalypse Replica E
  • Lonny's Apocalypse CC P
  • Lonny's Apocalypse CC E


Achievements

Two new seasonal badges have been added to the Achievement shop!

Olympic Games 3
Independence Day 3

 

Bug Fix:

Hammer Grenade: Now properly removes armor Def/Res

 

Gottagofast

You may notice a small homage to a certain classic game mascot in the battle animations. Outside of battle, show off your speed and dexterity with a /spindash maneuver!

 

Sneak Peek

Charfade has been cooking up some spicy seafood dishes for EpicDuel!

A Seafood Feast

I can't wait until they're finished cooking, and then the feast can begin!

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Nightwraith

June 18, 2021

Inventory Upgrade!

Inventory Upgrade

Inventory Upgrade

Earlier this week we made many limited quantity items sellable to lighten the burden on players with sparse inventory space. Now, we're giving all players a complementary inventory buff with 20 additional slots and raising the inventory cap to 720!

  • Inventory Achievements adjusted +20
    • Epic Hoarder: 120
    • Extreme Hoarder: 220
    • Legendary Hoarder: 320
    • Grand Legendary Hoarder: 420
    • Ultra Legendary Hoarder: 520
    • Epic Legendary Hoarder: 620
    • Ultimate Legendary Hoarder (NEW): 720 slots
  • All players awarded +20 free inventory slots
  • Inventory cap raised to 720
  • New players begin with 50 inventory slots

 

Buddy Slot Upgrade

Need more room for friends but don't have the budget? We have you covered! Expand your social circle with 20 additional free buddy slots!

  • Buddy Achievements adjusted +20
    • Epic Buddy: 120
    • Extreme Buddy: 170
    • Legendary Buddy: 220
  • All players awarded +20 free buddy slots
  • Buddy slot cap raised to 220
  • New players begin with 30 buddy slots

 

New Gifting Prizes Added:

At long last two additional unique gifting rewards have made their way onto Delta V! Thank you again for your patience during this process, and it was a pleasure realizing your EpicDuel visions.

  • Lore Master's Alpha Demiurge - an angelic armor forged from a realm beyond time and space
  • runeknight's Gamma Bot - a gilded Gamma Bot with weapons fit to battle a kaiju


Bug Fix:

Revitalization (Credit only): armor Defense and Resistance now being removed correctly

 

Last Infernal Call:

Next week the Infernal Slayer 3 missions will leave and become permanently rare (for real)! You have one week to complete the challenge and obtain these unique weapons!

 

Player Appreciation Varium:

With next week's update we will be giving all players who have logged in since January 1, 2020 a bonus 750 Varium to spend as they chose. This should be especially exciting for those who have never been able to afford any Varium and want to see what all the hype is about! You can even take a bite and see what it tastes like! I wouldn't recommend this, however, as Fortune City dental care can be lethal!

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Nightwraith

June 14, 2021

Patch Notes - 1.8.21

We just rolled a small update make several limited quantity items sellable. This should be valuable to players without Varium who cannot expand their inventories as well as players with hundreds of items who want to do some Spring cleaning. Remember that the reason for this restriction was to prevent players from buying and selling the entire stock of items to troll other players. As the items are no longer in shops, the restrictions are no longer needed.

 

New Changes

The following items are now able to be sold at merchants, freeing up valuable inventory space.

  • Blazing Celtic Hunter CC
  • Mystic Celtic Hunter CC
  • 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
  • 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

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Nightwraith

June 11, 2021

Kraggor's Cache

Kraggor's Cache

Arcade Tokens weighing you down? Visit Kraggor in the Infernal Mines to play the newest arcade game to win his new collection!

 

NEW ARCADE: Kraggor's Cache

Visit Kraggor in the Infernal Mines (or any ArcadeBot scattered throughout Delta V) to play the latest arcade game: Kraggor's Cache! Spend arcade tokens to win a new collection of Infernal weapons, home items, and credit jackpots!

With a new arcade comes a new leaderboard to climb and a new arcade achievement to earn with 13 levels of evolution!

 

Infernal Slayer 3 Leaving Soon!

If you haven't completed the Infernal Quest missions yet, you'd better hurry! They won't last much long and then those missions (and mission prizes) will go rare permanently!

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Nightwraith

June 04, 2021

Patch Notes - 1.8.19

We just rolled a small update to boost rewards for 1v1 and 2v2 battles. This increase is in addition to the Power Hour/Power Weekend credits and experience boost. Note that this increase will impact losses as well as victories.

 

New Changes

  • Increased reward multiplier for 1v1 battles from 2 to 2.4
  • Increased reward multiplier for 2v2 battles from 3 to 5


Bugs

  • Defeating the Legendary Delta Vault in the mission "Legendary Vault Core" with only award the mission drop but not the achievement. This is a known limitation with NPC drops; they can only award an achievement or a drop, but not both. This achievement will be awarded manually until the mission chains go rare.

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Nightwraith

May 28, 2021

Infernal Slayer 3

Infernal Slayer 3

Infernal Quest

The sage of the forgotten mines beneath the Wasteland Minetower, Kraggor has plans for a new, improved Infernal Slayer, but he needs your help to complete it! 

Visit the mighty mecha himself to being the Infernal Quest Part 1 with the starting mission Infernal Malfunction! These 22 missions will require a keen eye and adept skills to complete, but at the end new weapons and a new achievement await!

 

Varium Bonus

For a limited time, the 10,000 AP Varium packages will include more Varium! The Sea King Set now includes 12,000 Varium and the Varium-only package includes 15,000 Varium! These deals won't last forever so log in and power up today!

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Nightwraith

May 21, 2021

Credit Core Collection

Credit Core Collection

POWER UP...with Credits?!

For awhile several power cores have dominated PvP. Unfortunately for many, these cores were only available for Varium. We want those who spend money to support EpicDuel to get a good value for their generous contributions, but if the game becomes too tilted in favor of Varium players, it can become a boring, if not hostile, experience for players who love the EpicDuel but cannot buy Varium. Walking this fine line between empowering Varium users without alienating Credit-only players has been a challenge as old as EpicDuel itself.

To help restore a bit of power to Credit-only players, we've made cores that had previously been Varium-only available for Credits. Please note that some of these cores are slightly less powerful than their Varium counterparts so there will still be a distinction for those who choose to purchase Varium. If this feature is popular enough, we can do the same for more Varium-only cores.

Now available at the War Memorial in the Infernal Mines:

  • Om Nom Bomb P x25: Summon a swarm to attack target and absorb 20% Physical damage to HP.
  • Om Nom Bomb E x25: Summon a swarm to attack target and absorb 20% Energy damage to HP.
  • Magma Grenade P x25: Physical grenade that lowers defenses by an increasing amount (0.8 per level) for 4 turns.
  • Magma Grenade E x25: Energy grenade that lowers defenses by an increasing amount (0.8 per level) for 4 turns.
  • Short Circuit Grenade P x25: A grenade that deals 75% Physical damage and puts a random skill into Cooldown.
  • Short Circuit Grenade E x25: A grenade that deals 75% Energy damage and puts a random skill into Cooldown.
  • Crystal Grenade x25: A grenade that reduces the target's energy by 25% of normal strike damage.
  • Stalagrenade P x25: Hardened Physical grenade that ignores 15% Defense with 10% Crit chance.
  • Stalagrenade E x25: Hardened Energy grenade that ignores 15% Defense with 10% Crit chance.
  • Hammer Grenade P x25: 60% Physical damage that removes armor for 2 rounds.
  • Hammer Grenade E x25: 60% Energy damage that removes armor for 2 rounds.

Now available at VendBots across Delta V:

  • Health Reserve x25: Restore health based on your armor’s defense (2.7 points of HP for every point of Defense)
  • Energy Reserve x25: Restore energy based on your armor’s resistance (2.7 points of Energy for every point of Resistance)
  • Thrown Shot x25: Throw away your shot, destroying your sidearm for 300 HP

Now available from Kraggor:

  • Revitalization: Sacrifice Armor's Defense / Resistance and an extra 25% for 6 turns for up to 800 HP.
  • Focused Fury: Attack with fury, dealing primary damage plus 8% of your target's max Health (Max 350).
  • TrueShot (Gun): Deal 75% Sidearm damage, increasing by 5% per round, (115% max).
  • Mana Burst: Reduce enemy energy by 25% of normal auxiliary damage.

Now available from Titan:

  • Infinity Power Strike x25: Same as Varium
  • Infinity Mind Spears x25: Same as Varium
  • Infinity Power Strike: Spend 95 HP for 105% strike damage. Blockable.
  • Infinity Mind Spears: Summon a piercing barrage, ignoring 15% of a target's Defense.

 

Other Core Adjustment

Infernal Surge: 6 turn cooldown; reusable

 

New Achievement! 

View your achievement shops to grab the limited Heroic Memorial 2021 achievement! 


Bug Fix

Soul Siphon: no longer gives target rage.

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May 14, 2021

Cores Unlocked!

Cores Unlocked

Hear that? That's the sound of hundreds of core slots unlocking on a host of rare items from throughout EpicDuel's history! Dust off your favorite weapons from your crowded inventory or BankBot and assemble the build and aesthetic of your epic dreams!

 

New Dread Weapons!

The Exile Leader and Administrator 10 have crafted a new generation of Dread weapons to help you previal.

  • Dread Phase Edge P
  • Dread Phase Edge E
  • Dread Phase Blaster P
  • Dread Phase Blaster E
  • Dread Phase Cannon P
  • Dread Phase Cannon E

 

Core Unlocked!

For years many EpicDuel weapons and armors of coveted rarity were locked to one or two cores. Though this gave the items unique attributes, they were often left to rust as the PvP meta shifted to new builds. Now, finally, most of these restrictions have been lifted as these Passive and Active core slots have been unlocked!

Armors Unlocked

  • Platinum's Pride
  • Botanical Battle Suit M
  • Botanical Battle Suit F
  • Blood Hawk Armor
  • Hazmat Suit
  • ProtoSartorium Armor CC
  • ProtoSartorium Armor

Weapons Unlocked:

  • Ghoul Cannon 2018
  • Spectral Blaster 2018
  • Vampiric Boomstick P (active only)
  • Vampiric Boomstick E (active only)
  • Ishmael's Impaler P
  • Ishmael's Impaler E
  • Stun Cannon
  • Stun Blaster
  • Stun Cannon 2018
  • Stun Blaster 2018
  • Infernal Interdictor
  • Bionic Battlegear
  • Omega Obliterator
  • Omega Slayer
  • Omega Onslaughter
  • Omega Impaler
  • Omega Obliterator 2018
  • Omega Slayer 2018
  • Omega Onslaughter 2018
  • Omega Impaler 2018
  • Azrael's Bane
  • Azrael's Annihilator P
  • Azrael's Annihilator E
  • Azrael's Reaper
  • Azrael's Spirit
  • Botanical Battlegear P
  • Botanical Battlegear E
  • Exile Battlegear P
  • Exile Battlegear E
  • Legion Battlegear P
  • Legion Battlegear E
  • Dread Desolator P
  • Dread Desolator E
  • Black Abyss Battlegear P
  • Black Abyss Battlegear E
  • Black Abyss Slayer P
  • Black Abyss Slayer E
  • Blood Hawk Slayer P
  • Blood Hawk Slayer E
  • Blood Hawk Battlegear P
  • Blood Hawk Battlegear E
  • Lionhart's Carnage
  • Lionhart's Knowledge
  • Kartherax's Destroyer P
  • Kartherax's Destroyer E
  • Kartherax's Reaper P
  • Kartherax's Reaper E
  • Frozen Fury Destroyer P
  • Frozen Fury Destroyer E
  • Frozen Fury Scythe P
  • Frozen Fury Scythe E
  • Frozen Fury Blaster P
  • Frozen Fury Blaster E
  • Frozen Fury Annihilator P
  • Frozen Fury Annihilator E
  • Bio Berserker P
  • Bio Berserker E
  • Bio Slayer P
  • Bio Slayer E
  • Bio Blaster P
  • Bio Blaster E
  • Bio Hunter Rifle P
  • Bio Hunter Rifle E
  • Azrael's Evolution P
  • Azrael's Evolution E
  • Azrael's Bloodletter P
  • Azrael's Bloodletter E
  • Azrael's Punisher P
  • Azrael's Punisher E
  • Infinity Titan Sword P
  • Infinity Titan Sword E
  • Infinity Titan Axe P
  • Infinity Titan Axe E
  • Infinity Titan Daggers P
  • Infinity Titan Daggers E
  • Infinity Titan Maul P
  • Infinity Titan Maul E
  • Infinity Titan Staff P
  • Infinity Titan Staff E

 

Welcome New Testers!

This release was especially exciting as it was the first task of our new batch of testers! I'm pleased to welcome them all to the team, and they will be formally announced once their official AE personas have been chosen!

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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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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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