When I first started playing EpicDuel, I was level 1, of course. EpicDuel was a "new experience". I decided to choose a Mercenary and bought the Beta pack before I was even at the level 30 cap. The phase where I grew up as a player was actually worth missing because that was the time everyone has a choice of going into builds. Also, the old Hybrid Armor was fun and strategical for Mercs back then yet not OPed at the same time . I bought into EpicDuel for a few reasons:
-It had and still does have potential.
-A firmer grasp of realism. The closer-to-physics atmosphere of EpicDuel improved my attitude towards learning than did other games like magic games (no offence to WoW players). As I grew up I dismissed absolute ways of thinking, like thinking that praying was going to improve my life. No offense to anyone, but I wished to be more open minded and considerate of common sense.
When I first started, I was utterly confused with skills like Hybrid (since you could flip-flop between Def/Res). But in a good way, because I was ignorant, but wished to understand this game better. When I was new to EpicDuel, everything was exciting. I played for 6+ hours at a time on weekdays AFTER SCHOOL. 24 hours on Friday/Saturday was the norm. I loved Gamma because of the class changes and bots, oh sweet Gamma Bot. During this phase, 5 focus ruled everything, specifically Mercenary. The one repeating principle was that everything was slowly being unveiled, discovering EpicDuel. Those were the most exciting moments of my playtime. Over my total time, I have changed names more than 10 times, changed looks probably over 100 times, met some great friends and some that have passed on, been in many factions, enjoyed my time with those who spoke with me, bought nearly every promo that I saw while playing... but now it feels like I am a senior... I have become a critic of this game, but not a derogatory critic at all. Not to sound arrogant, but before Omega phase, I felt I had learned just about everything there is to learn. I was happily sitting at a 83%-95% win ratio. With Omega, the drastic mechanics and game changes have put me in a comprising position where I have went backwards in terms of "learning" the game. Sorry, but when i'm losing 3 of 5 battles , there is a problem.
If there was a chart it would go Cores > Skill, Luck > Skill, 5 focus > Creativity. To make matters worse for Mercenary, it can be very difficult (I will go out on a limb and say it is the most difficult class) to distinguish between using one move or another. The strategic play of mercenary also shifts to something drastically different when you fight against different opponents, let alone different classes.
Omega. Sweet, Sweet Omega. Why so many nerfs? Why no more passives? Why no more losses shown, it's a competitive game!? What happened to Mercenary, I have 46k wins as one? What happened to the faction system, where are the members Wins/War kills/Tokens?! I come back from a nice, long 3-year break to this? I am so disappointed ED had to come to this, I understand they are making substantial amounts of money, but really? This is what EpicDuel has turned into? Omega is about nothing but nerfs and losing because of luck. The luck in this game is so imbalanced, in Alpha/Beta/Gamma you actually needed strategy or skill to win. Now it's based off %'s and cores, just terrible, yet I succumbed to gullibility & fell into the ED trap and have already spent like 800$ since I have been back. I am at fault for this as I was stuck in ED's amazing past.
Unless a release bringing never-before-seen content emerges, there is nothing more left to be said. There is no sentiment of growing as a character. Whenever I "grind" in EpicDuel I do it to try to improve my worsening win ratio. But I intuitively know, that at the core, over time EpicDuel can be purged and recreated as something new. A new experience for any and everyone.
I am privileged to had played EpicDuel in it's glory days and grow with it and everyone involved, and how oh-so exciting my first moments were. To the Developers of Epicduel, words cannot explain how grateful I am for this great game being made. Thank you for that "just-conceived" feel I initially received.
< Message edited by Gold Shock -- 1/25/2017 14:02:11 >