''[=EpicDuel=]'' is Creator/{{Artix Entertainment}}'s sixth major game, and second MMORPG. The game began development in 2007 under Epic Inventions, LLC, which was purchased by Artix in December 2009. Since it was developed independently from the family of Artix games, the characters and storyline are separate from the world of Lore, and the game does not share [=NPCs=], areas or storylines with any of the other games (with the exception of some staff). A teaser at the end of the Infernal Infiltration War implied a crossover with VideoGame/MechQuest.

The game primarily focuses on player-versus-player action, which takes place on the abandoned mining planet Delta V. Players are exiles who can align themselves with either the Exiles and Oz or the Legion and despotic ruler Baelius. Players spend most of their time dueling other players
!!'''This series provides examples of:'''
* AnIceSuit: A lot of the characters have winter clothes in Frysteland.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Caden.
* ArtEvolution: When VideoGame/EpicDuel first went live, [[http://cms.battleon.com/ed/images/old_fortune_city.jpg this]] is what the area called Old Fortune City looked like. [[http://epicduelwiki.com/images/thumb/2/2f/OldFortuneCity1.png/600px-OldFortuneCity1.png This]] is the same area as it exists currently.
* AuthorAvatar: [=NPCs=] Nightwraith, Titan, Charfade, Cinderella and [=BigTuna=] represent current and past (in the case of [=BigTuna=]) ''VideoGame/EpicDuel'' staff.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Nightwraith. He even warns players to "watch the suit".
* TheBadGuyWins: Before the events of the game, Baelius and the Legion had conquered Delta V, and killed many of the planet's inhabitants. The Exile factions are reportedly fighting back each day with an updated daily War Meter.
* BareYourMidriff: Oh, and do they ever. Female characters in the "Tech Mage" or "Mercenary" classes start off with bare midriffs, and many of the [=NPCs=] (Anya, Talia, Valestra) and equippable armors feature bare midriffs for women.
* BigBad: Baelius
* BilingualBonus: Juloffenblotten and Frysteland.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Characters align with the Legion or the Exiles, which does not correlate to good and evil but rather order and rebellion, respectively.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: Originally an example of this with premium currency items being better, the recent game phase known as Omega removed all instances of this. Now, all weapons are virtually the same and can be bought for in-game currency or premium currency, depending on whether you're more willing to shell out cash or spend time farming to earn the weapon. Promo packages still exist and are generally better, but the Developers have created a policy that will release the promo items into the game for everyone to purchase a year from the release date of said item.
* DarkerAndEdgier: VideoGame/EpicDuel is more aimed at 'mature' players and contains some weapons coated with much ''red blood'' and some painfully sharp weapons (which includes ''cricket bats and bazookas'') which can add some terror considering the size of them. Not only that, (instead of respawning) whenever your character loses a battle- they [[LastChanceHitPoint start fainting!]]
* {{Dystopia}}: Delta V is a {{Crapsack World}} ruled by Baelius, who posts his image and symbol all over Delta V along with the word "OBEY".
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The Legion is represented by the colors red and black, where the Exiles are represented by blue and gold. However, since Exile and Legion are more representative of {{Blue and Orange Morality}}, also is a case of {{Dark is Not Evil}}.
* HotScientist: [[http://twitpic.com/4u8o06/full Cinderella]] (also note {{HeroesWantRedheads}})and [[http://www.epicduelwiki.com/images/thumb/5/55/Talia.png/800px-Talia.png Talia]]
* LegoGenetics: Boss character "Armor Hazard" was created by transfecting an embryonic Bio Hazard with Armor Beetle genes. This is basically how Alydriah corrupts the wildlife.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent : Introduced during the War for Frysteland, Delta V's mountain people are known as {{Krampus}}, and their costume reflects the more traditional Krampus (the Krampus Trader and Krampus Warrior characters wear goatlike gas masks, and King Alaric wears a giant horned headdress). The Yetis also fall under this trope.
* OurTitansAreDifferent: The Game Lead and Head Programmer of VideoGame/EpicDuel goes by "Titan", as does his {{Author Avatar}}. Titan may be a {{Physical God}}. In real life, Titan is the tallest Creator/ArtixEntertainment staff member at six feet seven inches.
* PrettyInMink: Alydriah's outfit in Frystland is [[http://cms.battleon.com/ed/images/npc_holiday_alydriah_low.png a coat, hat, and muff of white fur, trimmed with gray fur]].
* SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying: Subversion, since staff member Cinderella is an Entomologist in real life. {{Word of God}} says Insectoid mine worker Kraggor is female, and the design notes feature weekly Insect Facts.
* ShoutOut: The game is full of these. April Fools items include a giant spoon (named "Too Big!") and a banana suit, referencing Don Hertzfeldt's "Rejected", achievements include several pop-culture references ("Meltdown in sector 7G", "Somebody set us up the bomb", "It's so delicious and moist!", etc.), and several [=NPCs=] reference other media- The Lawman resembles {{Motörhead}} frontman Lemmy Kilmister and shares a name with a Motörhead song, and NPC Slayer is an {{expy}} for Artix Entertainment's Galanoth's in-game presence.
* TheOtherDarrin: Characters get art updates (see also {{Art Evolution}}) with no in-game explanation for the change. Character Valestra has undergone two drastic changes in appearance, appearing first as a 40-something bartender, then being revamped to look [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100130002030/epicduel/images/0/04/Valestra.PNG much younger]], before being [[http://twitpic.com/a1ll4z/full aged up]].
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[http://www.epicduelwiki.com/w/Hank Hank]] and [[http://www.epicduelwiki.com/w/Valestra#tab=Valestra__28Infernal_War_29 Valestra]].
* WhosYourDaddy: At the end of the Infernal Infiltration War, the Lawman evades arrest and is able to capture the Legion Administrator Silas Auer by threatening Silas and Valestra's daughter Naomi. Valestra's husband Hank had raised Naomi as his own, but Naomi remarked that she'd noticed the {{Uncanny Family Resemblance}} between herself and Silas.
* YouMeanXmas: The game features holiday items, and two events have focused on the Harvest Festival (Halloween/Thanksgiving) which includes the Candy Harvest (Trick or Treating) and the Harvest of Souls (similar to the Day of the Dead) and a winter event called Juloffenblotten.