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Dev Log 79: Power Surge Update on July 19th!

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On July 19th, the Power Surge update releases on Steam and PlayStation 4! Tune into the Devstream Friday at 5PM EDT to see the update in action!

The Power Surge update includes:


  • The Power Surge Challenge

    • Storm’s a-brewin’ at Dragonfall Bazaar! While the storm rages, towers gain supercharged attack speed, instant upgrading and instant build time during Combat Phase, but the intensity causes towers to explode after a short time. Can you survive the storm?

  • Glaive of the Storms Monk Weapon 

    • Ride the lightning with the Glaive of the Storms! The alternate attack lifts the Monk into the air and lets him ride in style on his own personal cloud. With the power of the cloud, the Monk can synergize and maximize his damage output for peak fiscal performance.

    • Uhh, we mean, become a lightning god! His cloud corvette drenches enemies that walk underneath it and periodically strikes them with lightning.

    • The main attack unleashes a powerful lightning attack!

  • Mark 3 Costume for Series EV2

    • Remember the days of dressing up like a Bounty Hunter? EV2 remembers.

  • Balance Changes

    • This update brings additional balance changes, including an Earthshatter buff, Skeletal Ramster buff, Skeletal Archer nerf and a Poison Dart Tower nerf.

  • And more!


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

I had something pretty cool planned for this week’s Dev Log but then I forgot what it was… I’m focused on getting the Monk’s new legendary weapon ready and doing some balance changes to the Ramster, Archers, and the Poison Dart Tower. After that, I’ll be working on the Lavamancer primarily. Also working on the enemy changes and future hero balance whenever I can. The enemy changes are going to take awhile to complete, but I’ll have more to show you soon.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week I'm having some great fun working on the new level, a wild west themed one this time!

At this moment we are currently world building the city, which means creating all the big stuff like the buildings, walkways, terrain and the small props such as windows and doors. We are trying to have a lot of player-only paths for this level so expect to be able to walk along rooftops, jump from one roof to another and snipe enemies from there!

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Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

Hey, Defenders! It's time to show you some details about the new level we're cooking now. This remake level will make DD2 feel like a western! You'll be able to enter into some buildings and explore around.

And here are some pics of stuff I've been working on:

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What remake from DD1 do you think we’re bring back for building a western level? Not an easy question. (Hint: is not Aquanos.)


James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

Working on fixing some bugs as well as iterating on the Game Browser. Phase 2 of the Game Browser is shaping up nicely! Can’t wait to get it into your hands!


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Glad to see everyone Vroom Broom’in around! Challenge work continues on Molten Citadel, and I haven’t forgotten about secrets…

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Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

Xenogenics posted a great thread on the forums about the state of the Official DD2 Wiki. In short, the wiki is wildly out of date and difficult to update. People are resorting to Google Docs to share information, which is just ridiculous.

So Ice and I are strapping up and diving in to fix the wiki. Our goal is to update the wiki with the most accurate information possible, make it easier for you to create edits and give you the tools to help keep it updated.

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@Raghin quote:

To all those leaving due to the nerf farewell, you won't be missed. If you don't understand why he was nerfed your part of the problem. You really can't say anything about the nerf destroying anything until it actually comes out. Yes any and all lies about not nerfing something then hitting with the nerf bat are bad. HOWEVER. Are you honestly and truly surprised that the "go to" tower that players use for both AA and covering two ground lanes is getting nerfed when it can hit 50k per shot x 2 archers or more in endgame? (those grind hungry gear hunting gamers). Poison tower needs to be fixed so it actually scales and not just upgrade to T2 and leave one for a whole lane. A "fun" game is not a game where less than half of the towers in game can be used effectively for defense. You know what its called when all you have to do is setup proton beams, archers and serenity auras to completely cover a map? Boring.As.F@&$. Yes, they do need someone who's better at balance changes and understanding how to set it all up as such. But you also HAVE to understand:

1) In army #'s they barely fill a squad of staff let alone a platoon of employees that could work hard on this.

2) It is an Alpha. Nothing you see at this point in time in the game is required to stay the same up until release.

3) If no one makes detailed suggestions or feedback forums on how exactly, in explicit detail, to balance something out, they are on they're own for figuring it out.

4) Whining like a school girl about how you don't like it or want it or its unfair, accomplishes absolutely nothing

We may not be missed, but our money will. Leaving feedback opposing their surprise updates (Hey guys in just a few days we're going against our word and nerfing what you likely put a lot of work into haaaa) isn't whining like a school girl. Insulting us just reinforces our side of the argument.


So, have fun thinking you're special because you're letting them take advantage of you while you sit there smiling.

In response Raghin

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Leave the game due to abysslord nerf?


Do you have any idea how many left cus of abysslord itself?


We had 80 unique logging on impacts guild teamspeak at AL launch and 10 at EV2 launch,  it totally redicolus that Trendy would add somthing so op to the game it literally broke all challange and fun.

Any clever human beeing should understand that there is no challange in endgame and every item obtained do not feel as rewarding as armored cleanser or any of the ramps weapons did back in the days when lane resistance was a thing and AL was not.


Oh why do I even bother, brb to revamp.

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My suggestions to the dev team:

1) don't state anything you are not sure about or know isn't true. Attach *tentative/TBD* to those kind of statements so we know not to take your word for it.

2) honor what you say and acknowledge when you change course from what was previously communicated.

I call this integrity and don't think it can be excused because the notes and dev streams published are for an alpha game. 

If the clientele you are after is truly those who are ok with you saying one thing and then doing another, and those who attack others for expressing opinions (including  disappointments), then there's no place for me in this game and I respectfully bade farewell..best of luck I love DD!

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I dont care about AL nerf, just bring my Serenity range back!!! T_T (the slow buff is not enough reason to nerf the range!!!)

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The biggest problem I have is the game just isnt that fun Like yesterday I thought to myself That it would be cool to use all the towers from the orginal 4 heroes and combine effects like the gyser and lightning aura and the ballista oil effect with the fire traps and even freezy towers again to boost them, and after getting all my gear really high I tested it out and guess what It got blown away so much for the buffs. And don't get me wrong I tried a lot of different things but nothing even compares to the new heroes towers. So the only thing left I thought would be fun in the game isnt even possible. To be completely honest they need to make this game like dd1 again just with new content, the way they made dd1 was just so fun all the time if this game was anything like that game I would pay so much for it but right now Im just bored 

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Hey Trendy. Looking forward to the Power Surge patch! This is my thought only but to the people who are complaining about having to buy heroes. At least in DD2 you can earn Defender Medal's to unlock new hereos (I know it takes some time but at least you can). In DD1 you had no choice but to pay if you wanted the new heroes! A few things I would like to see is more information on Pets, specifically their abilities. Would like to see how the ability's damage is worked out. Does it come from the pet's stats or the hero's stats. I would also like to see more unique pets from DD1 like Genie, Imp and Fairy. And my guess for the new map is either Maraggo Desert or Karathiki Jungle! Keep up the good work!

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The whole business is revolved around lying to people to get their money so Trendy can come up on top to show favoritism to their elitist player community that throws insults at innocent people that were lied out of their money. tdlr; Who benefits from this lie? The selfish elite-st community & Trendy. Because Trendy rains in the money to make the game those elitists want & force upon us. If you ask me, make an un-ranked and ranked platform similar to DD2 without the problem of hackers this time around because you were smart enough not to make the game client based.

People that got played by this lie deserve a refund.

Keep the nerf patch in place-

Just make sure to refund money to anyone that requests it. or Compensate them heavily till they are satisfied.

Saying the nerf will never happen multiple times on camera, then promising buffs to the 4 main to get a community to come back and play - and take their money. Some people have specifically said they supported the Abyss patch when he came out because of the promise(s) Trendy made. Obviously, they are turning away from that- so refund the deserving people, no one cares or is hurt about the game becoming "harder" after Power Surge, people are likely hurt from the fact you lied to get their money. I want my 1700 gems refunded, I don't care if you have to remove all the abyss lords from my Hero Deck. That excludes all the Spheres I earned myself ingame. Even for people that have not spent money ingame but instead spent time on your "ALPHA" game deserve something; some kind of a compensation simply because they are Testing it For Free & giving feedback, even stopping to play the "alpha" game is a form of feedback so therefore everyone playing is deserving of the compensation. I don't know what compensation, maybe wyvern tokens, a betsey pet, or medals, or anything special.

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I think the new EV2 costume looks AWESOME!!! that's my favorite part of the update I think, I can't wait till I play as her new custume on the new update!

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You guys a bunch of idiots   STOP nerfing stuff since you don't have a clue on how to do it right. BRING other class up to abyss lord. you made the hunters useful and taking it away. What is wrong with you guys. Stop breaking the game. Buff *** so people spend money then take it away. What kind of crap company are you. The witch is useless as hell now. People got her/ paid for her cause of the gloves. Once you made your money you trashed it. you didn't down grade it or nerf it you destroyed it. Do you guys not test stuff or play your own game ?   Leave *** as is and buff others to be at the same lvl.  I don't get it you can see how many people are leaving and yet you still pulling this bull***. As well balance stat drops  sick of seeing gear with hero and tower stats, fix that crap.    Start running a extra server for people to test pre-patch so people can tell how stupid it is before you drop the patch.   Sad started to get in to his game again but seeing how its going, looks like me and my friends are slowly walking away again. If you cant have fun what's the point of playing, way to many good games that don't trick you in to spending money for nothing or wasting your time.

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Appreciate the nerd trendy. Don't listen to tease whiners. Game was to stupid easy. These kids grew up receiving participation trophies.. They don't know what it's like to actually earn things. Looks like I will start playing again. Please fix EV2. Proton beams and cannon. Way to OP. Need a challenge back in this game. Thanks Trendy!

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POSITIVE things about the update: The new EV2 is awesome, New weapon, New challenge and The new buffs to the stupid defenses, NEGATIVES things about the update: WHY ARE YOU NERVING SKELETAL ARCHERS!?!? they are so helpful, and they're chance of explosion being nerved to!?!? it will probably be a piece of **** now to use when the update comes out, do you know how many people use them in battle!?!? it's disappointing that your new updates aren't actually quite helping anymore, (apart from some of them). Like now the gun witch is a piece of bull ****, who's gonna use here now!? so that is why I want you to do a favor for me DD 2 team: DON'T STUFF ANYTHING ELSE UP OKAY!?!?!? k, that is all i'm gonna say now, keep improving!!! :)

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You guys  are going to ruin the game  by nerphing archers probably wont play no more thanks 

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So many cry babies about the archer nerf.

ROFL cry more, archers was the #1 reason the game became to easy.

If 1 tower can replace nearly every other tower in the game that means its somewhat broken.

Funny how most of the cry babies out there are the ones with low amount of posts (newbies?).

Sometimes I wished AL was never introduced in the first place, the game would had stayed interesting.   Bring on the hate.

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Hello fellow DD2 players; I think that instead of making the AL

  weaker, why just bring the enemies to par.  I am afraid of this nerf is not good because once you balance  you have to fixing things that already are fine.  We are not aware of the balance and the enemies physical, and magical resistance.  In other words,  just bring the enemy just to par.  Thank you.   

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Jesus Diaz               

me gusta lo que ustedes estan hacindo,pero tengo una preucupasion de que ustedes estan poniendo mas debiles las torres,porque no ponen los enemigos balanciados,y si puede responderme es totalmente apresiado. grasias espero su respuesta                                                                                                                                                       

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I am not sure why they are nerfing the poison towers, and what they are doing to them?  Before they didnt work at all for anything then they fixed them and made a PDT build actually viable now they are breaking it again so no one uses them.  I bet its going to end up with everyone having to go back to using the huntress trap build again because its the only thing not getting nerfed and broken.

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@g_cracka88 quote:

 - There are way too many non-constructive criticism posts in this thread that more or less boil down to: "I hate the archer nerf" --> Every player has the right to dislike a change made in the game (I've understood some of the comments that actually give an argument as to why they thought the nerf was a bad idea), but just saying that you dislike something is a waste of comment space --> A useful post will give reasons why a change was a bad idea, and offer possible suggestions for how Trendy could improve the game!

 - (P.S. I'm not blindly defending Trendy, because I think the game needs a ton of work myself, and have tried offering my criticisms / reasons behind them, but there are way too many non-helpful negative posts currently)

Ya Stop nerfing stuff, they have no clue what and how to do it. Not once yet anything was nerfed, right or correctly. They just hammer something to the ground and call it a nerf. Nothing is wrong right now. People that are saying game is easy have sick gear with the right stats. As well spend insane hours playing. For normal people that just play the game for fun, stuff needs buffing not nerfing. That’s the problem with them saying we nerfing this and this again. Buff other classes to match the Abyss and not nerf Abyss thinking that is the right thing to do.

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Hello, I am kinda new to DD2 but I liked the first one a lot as well and am already farming Nm4 after a few weeks of playing, sure I loved my ALs Archers a lot but it's cool to see, that they try to balance the game. Strategy should always be a big factor in this game compared to pure dps, I would love to see some more synergy between towers :-) I guess I will probably try Ramparts with drenching and lightning aura after the patch for example 

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@Skyaliciouse quote:

The whole business is revolved around lying to people to get their money so Trendy can come up on top to show favoritism to their elitist player community that throws insults at innocent people that were lied out of their money. tdlr; Who benefits from this lie? The selfish elite-st community & Trendy. Because Trendy rains in the money to make the game those elitists want & force upon us. If you ask me, make an un-ranked and ranked platform similar to DD2 without the problem of hackers this time around because you were smart enough not to make the game client based.

People that got played by this lie deserve a refund.

Keep the nerf patch in place-

Just make sure to refund money to anyone that requests it. or Compensate them heavily till they are satisfied.

Saying the nerf will never happen multiple times on camera, then promising buffs to the 4 main to get a community to come back and play - and take their money. Some people have specifically said they supported the Abyss patch when he came out because of the promise(s) Trendy made. Obviously, they are turning away from that- so refund the deserving people, no one cares or is hurt about the game becoming "harder" after Power Surge, people are likely hurt from the fact you lied to get their money. I want my 1700 gems refunded, I don't care if you have to remove all the abyss lords from my Hero Deck. That excludes all the Spheres I earned myself ingame. Even for people that have not spent money ingame but instead spent time on your "ALPHA" game deserve something; some kind of a compensation simply because they are Testing it For Free & giving feedback, even stopping to play the "alpha" game is a form of feedback so therefore everyone playing is deserving of the compensation. I don't know what compensation, maybe wyvern tokens, a betsey pet, or medals, or anything special.

The nerf has been a long time coming, anyone with half a brain knew it, no point whinging about it.

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The nerf has been a long time coming, anyone with half a brain knew it, no point whinging about it.


In response to Fozzie, like I said in bolded comment, Keep the nerf in place- I'm aware they were going to nerf it. The fact is they clearly said on stream, multiple times, they would not be nerfing him. Clearly, they didn' t take notice of certain coding of the character before that they do now (which is a nerf to what and how he does things in its current stat), There is no need for bashing when I clearly said keep the nerf in place. Just refund the people that were lied to, I know there are people that agree with the nerf & paid the price but some of us are not fine with it. So, it's not upto you to make the decision and start insulting people by saying half a brain :)

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Wondering if the Gun witch will be reduced to 10,000 medals this patch or in a couple of weeks?

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this is what i think so if i am wrong i am sorry. i think a lot of times when you as in the devs nerf a tower or peace of equipment it is because it works to well with another tower making it so dd2 youtubers would use that in there videos saying if they like it or not. when that happens the dd2 community knows more about it. then the combo of the tower/item is over used and the players start to only use this build on some maps. they stop trying other ways of placing towers so the build gets nerfed like the pdt and the archers. players are then able to win maps by placing them back to back causing them to be nerfed. yes it will be fun to test out new buids and synergies like what gravityblessing said but if they are to op it gets nerfed making lots of the dd2 community unhappy. if i am wrong pls forgive me i am very sorry about that.

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@XXJOHNCENAXX quote:

Here are my thoughts on it.

The problem is not the fact that they are nerfing the abyss, its about time that they did honestly. Its the fact that there isn't much left that is viable in nm4(without already having maxed nm4 gear)

the effect nerf on the main 4(serenity auras, both blockades, frost towers) was not needed, it just pushed more people to use the abyss lord. now that its getting a nerf it might push people to only use ev2, which in turn will cause them to nerf the ev2. then we don't have much that can even stand a chance in nm4

the gunwitch is a failed hero, dps is eh but nothing special, its first 4 abilities shouldn't even be in there, and the only thing that makes it usefull its the book ability.

the main 4 still didn't get a buff that made them useful, and the game is buggy as hell and neither seem like they're gonna be fixed any time soon.

the new incursion looks cool but that's only because the last 3 have been straight ***. cata and bling king are just fetch quests, and bastille is just a bad time attack mode.

If people are going to leave solely due to paying for the abyss, then they shouldn't have tried to pay to win in a alpha.

They did nerf EV. Probably the biggest nerf this patch. Straight brutal. AL nerf wasn't as bad as I was expecting based on their other decisions (aka listening to whiny vocal elistists), but the game just got a lot less fun lol. 


New challenge is trash too. No strategy just frantically throwing towers around while dpsing.

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I think the main problem here is that most biggest nerfs has been performed on the buyable summoners,

we spent money on them as we get a preview of them and think they are nice due the dps and towers.

BUT, then you go nerf them in such a way that they aren't even worth playing anymore, hence we bought it with IRL cash though.. I think you should focus more on nerfing monks/squire/apprentice and huntress IF you really feel nerfing, as they are free to play, you also recommend us to buy 'this and that' with IRL money aka gems, so to be honest.. those who can afford gems and buy a summoner with it, the summoner should be doing much more dps and the towers should also be better than the regular summoners which are free to play. Nerfs are great to have if the game can be beaten to easily of course, but you just don't nerf a summoner from 100 to 10 for example...


TRENDY, please keep in mind that we are paying with cash and not with some monopoly money..

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