I played this game first time in 2010, when I know about AE and its amazing flash games.
Let's have a litte flashback, but before I must say I may be wrong because I don't own the truth, so anything wrong, please sorry, because I'm just a normal player who loves this game.
ED was epic, and what destroyed him, IN MY OPINION, was the REVOLUTION. You can see everything today on ED is different from before, mainly the balance, that I think is the main problem.
The revolutionary thinking destroys everything, because it changes the roots, and Epic Duel had good roots. Its great features, IN MY OPINION AGAIN, is the gameplay, the only thing what makes me play even today. Second WAS the balance, the PvP had strategies, what no happen nowadays, when a Support Mercenary have to use only 2 skills to finish a battle against a focus build for example (happened to me to get killed by 2 hits from a supp merc, using a high defense focus). The passives abilities increased the chances of a dinamic battle, another thing I miss so much. The 1v1 today is just monopolized by three classes: Cyber, Mercenary and Tech Mage. This breaks the game dinamicy. There's a Cyber's build that's IMBA even you have 100% luck (lol), that is the Tank 1100 Hp build.
Another balance issues most of you must know is the incapacity of a blood mage take a fair PvP with a cyber hunter, due the mana limitations of bm. Cyber has 3 defenses abilities so good, a powerful damage stun and a crazy emp, what makes this class the most used on pvp.
But most boring than the unbalance btw classes, is the poor Rank System, what instabilizes the battle's chances of crit, block, def (The rank was a try to make ppl playing ed infinitely, but it just broke the game. A game wich you can collect battles on your profile is itself infinite). A thing that came with rank was the uncertain of battles' results. You may have the better strategies, the better items, but you can still lose due the abusive crits and unlucky that comes against to you if you're higher rank than your opponent. The rank, instead of make the PvP fair, it just broke it.
Noone has infinity patience. If you're smarter than your opponent, has better items and keep losing by the chances you probably would lose your will of playing, because there's no more fun in the battles.
A thing I hated was NPCs on PvP (Rlly, why this instead of engage to make a good balance, as before, and so get more players?). You can see the Jugg Top 1 before the npcs (Who fought against PLAYERS to get his 15k battles), was just forgot. A lot of things added to the game seems to be unthought, like npcs in pvp and rank system.
The question is: Can this game be great again?
I think it is a hard work to do this, because this game is so ruined, but I think isn't impossible.
As a "normal player", a thing I'd love to see is a new balance system, new class' skilltrees, with EXCLUSIVE skills (like why a cyber hunter have poison?). And a PvP with fixable chances of crit, etc. """THE BATTLES SHOULD HAVE MORE STRATEGIES AND LESS LUCK""".
And is this what I think. I'm just a brazilian normal player who plays this games by 8 years and wanna see it ALIVE !!!
Say below your thoughts. What could be improved etc.