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New Hero Arrives August 23rd in the Wizards & Blizzards Update!

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There’s a storm coming, Defenders! 

Wizards & Blizzards (Update 1.1) arrives August 23rd on Xbox One, PC & PS4! Our focus for this update is on delivering a new gender swap hero, creating important system updates, fixing numerous bugs, bringing the Revenge of the Yetis Incursion to all platforms, and setting the stage for adding larger modes and variety to the world of Dungeon Defenders II in our next updates.

Read the blog below to learn about the update, and then be sure to tune into our Wizards & Blizzards Devstream this Friday at 3PM EDT. We’re going to showcase the update and giveaway free hero codes!


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New Hero:  The Adept!

“A dedicated bookworm and talented mage, the Adept pursued the arcane arts from a young age. Unrivaled in her valley homeland, the Adept has come to Dragonfall to prove herself among the finest arcane masters and take the fight to the Old Ones on the fields of battle.”

The Adept is our next gender-swap hero! She sports two new abilities and one new defense while retaining most of the Apprentice’s kit:


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New Ability:  Arcane Bubble

The Adept creates a pulsing shield that reflects all enemy projectiles and periodically stuns all enemies within. It’s particularly useful against certain enemies (*cough* Dark Assassins *cough*).


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New Ability:  Arc Lightning

The Adept sends piercing bolts of devastating lightning that damage marked targets and enemies caught in-between.


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New Defense:  Hailstorm Tower

The Adept’s new defense is a powerful anti-air tower! The Hailstorm Tower fires a barrage of damaging ice shards at flying enemies, which also weakens them to follow-up attacks. This defense also draws reduced aggro from enemies.


New Shards for the Adept

The Adept has her own unique Shards to discover! (Note:  These details are subject to change between now and release. Check out the patch notes next week for final information!)

  • Wither Shield:  Arcane Bubble withers enemies inside it increasing the damage they take by X%.

    • Found in the Campaign Shard Pack

  • Sanctuary: Heroes inside the Arcane Bubble shield heal X% of their health per second during the duration of the bubble.

    • Found in the Chaos 2 Shard Pack

  • Glacier:  Hailstorm Tower fires a large rock dealing X% Defense Power damage once every 5 volleys.

    • Found in the Chaos 2 Shard Pack

  • Thunderwave:  Arc Lightning deals X% Ability Power as damage to all enemies around you.

    • Found in the Chaos 3 Shard Pack

  • Arc Shielding: Arc Lightning places a shield on you that lasts 20 seconds that absorbs X% of your Ability Power. Enemies that hit the shield are damaged for a total of Y% of your Ability Power over 3 seconds.

    • Found in the Chaos 4 Shard Pack

  • Marking Bubble:  Arcane Bubble adds X marks to enemies inside it.

    • Found in the Chaos 4 Shard Pack

  • Thunderbolts and Lightning:  Increases the damage of Arc Lightning by X%.

    • Found in the Chaos 5 Shard Pack

  • Explosive Finale:  Upon completion, the Arcane Bubble explodes dealing X% Ability Power damage to all enemies in and around the bubble.

    • Found in the Chaos 6 Shard Pack

  • Icefall:  Hailstorm Tower attacks have a X% chance on hit to freeze enemies for 7 seconds.

    • Found in the Chaos 7 Shard Pack


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Try the Adept for Free!

Perhaps best of all, when the update comes out, you’ll be able to try the Adept for free by visiting the Portal in the Heroes Marketplace! Once you enter the Portal, you’ll be given access to a normalized version of the Adept decked out in gear. If you like being able to try out a premium hero for free, please let us know!


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Revenge of the Yeti’s Incursion on PS4 & PC

This frosty Incursion will be available on PS4 and PC in this update! Prepare to face the mighty Yeti and his abominable new minions on the Hot Springs map. Revenge of the Yetis will be available in Chaos VII, so prepare your heroes now!


Matchmaking System Updates

This update implements some major backend matchmaking updates, which we’ll be able to grow and improve the matchmaking experience upon. With this particular update, we’ve been able to improve the map-to-map flow, which makes it easier for you to stay together with a party of friends or with a group of randoms. We’ve also been able to fix the minimum Ascension Level Requirement filter, which will now stay active when you continue on to the next Trials match, and your custom game names will remain on transition. We’re also able to hide matches after they reach a certain threshold of play, so it’s less likely to join a nearly complete match. (Thanks for the feedback on that!)

There’s plenty more we want to do with this new backend system in the future (like improving the Party System), so stay tuned for more updates!


Gamepad Improvements

Continuing from our work in Patch 1.0.3, we’ve added a whole slew of new gamepad improvements! Among other changes, this includes Inventory UI quality-of-life changes, easier hero swapping, easier tower upgrading/repairing/selling and more! Check out the patch notes next week for a full list of details.


New Cosmetics Manager

This update introduces a brand-new Cosmetics UI to view and equip Cosmetics! Currently, equipping costumes and accessories is a pain. Not only do you have to go to a specific vendor to make your heroes look badass, but the current UI is a pain to navigate -- especially on gamepad.

This new UI is available directly from the “Cosmetics” tab in your Inventory, so now you can change your look on the fly! You’re also able to see all of the currently available Costumes, Accessories and Tower Skins in one location, and best of all, you can view all of them (including Tower Skins) before you make a purchase!


Bug Fixes

And finally, this update includes numerous bug fixes! Keep an eye on the patch notes for the full details.


We’ll see you in Etheria, Defenders!

Love,
The Trendy Team

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Apprentice is just left to be terrible then? The update is called 'Wizards & Blizzards', yet it's only about the Adept being already better and more useful than the apprentice, and having AA capability.

Apprentice is better off in the trash then. Emoji_Apprentice.png

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Will hailstorm's damage be significantly higher than Skyguards?  This doesn't look like it's 360 degrees radius of fire, and I question if there will ever be a situation i'd want to use this instead of Skyguard.

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Will hailstorm's damage be significantly higher than Skyguards?  This doesn't look like it's 360 degrees radius of fire, and I question if there will ever be a situation i'd want to use this instead of Skyguard.

If it's cheaper and gets the job done, sure it'll be useful, even if Skyguards end up being more powerful or have better range!  It can also stun with the shard and has decreased aggro, so it might be ideal for kobolts in C7.

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any release date on a new character or new mode that was teased a few weeks ago?

Also i think the apprentice is getting scrwed over by this. i hate these reskins

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Being able to try a hero out for free before purchasing is 100% the right move.  When managing your defender medals, nothing is more frustrating than blowing them on a hero you don't even end up using.  This is a great move.

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Being able to try a hero out for free before purchasing is 100% the right move.  When managing your defender medals, nothing is more frustrating than blowing them on a hero you don't even end up using.  This is a great move.

This is nothing new

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Love the idea of having a new tower with a gender swap hero! I like Viciouswolf 's idea, too!

That hail storm tower, tho....shard that gives it a chance to freeze flyers? It's totally gonna give the Skyguard a run for it's money! Speaking of money, I wonder how much DU it will cost....

I'm excited for this new hero and matchmaking fixes to come! Keep up the good work Trendy!

And yay! PC finally gets the yeti map! Whoo hoo! 


In regards to trying out new hero's for free I n normalized mode is a great idea! It gives everyone a chance to see how the new hero feels in their hands. :-) Keep that idea!

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@darksteelhyren quote:

Will hailstorm's damage be significantly higher than Skyguards?  This doesn't look like it's 360 degrees radius of fire, and I question if there will ever be a situation i'd want to use this instead of Skyguard.

Hopefully it's the same or cheaper DU. But, with that shard that gives it a chance to freeze.... a frozen flyer is a dead flyer! That in and of itself would be worth it to me, even if it is 50 DU.

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Is it possible to buff useless towers in a patch now and then or is the coding hard to change the DU values on some towers like Buff beams and such?

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@Succ the Fabled quote:

Apprentice is just left to be terrible then? The update is called 'Wizards & Blizzards', yet it's only about the Adept being already better and more useful than the apprentice, and having AA capability.

Apprentice is better off in the trash then. Emoji_Apprentice.png

Do you put your Apprentice in the trash can? I sure hope not! I am sure the apprentice will still have his uses! :-)

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Being able to try out the premium heroes is why I bought one. The portal doesn't get much play, its for testing after all, the only disappointment I had was that not all the heroes are available to test.

Its a great idea, and I like it a lot :-)

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@Succ the Fabled quote:

Apprentice is just left to be terrible then? The update is called 'Wizards & Blizzards', yet it's only about the Adept being already better and more useful than the apprentice, and having AA capability.

Apprentice is better off in the trash then. Emoji_Apprentice.png

I don't often see an apprentice running around at the later difficulties of the game. Maybe some people use his Earthshatter Towers in knockup builds, but even that I rarely see. I would like to see a buff to the apprentice to make his dps (ability power or hero damage) on par with other heroes like Monk, Ev2, or Huntress. I'd also like to see the frostbite tower's range reverted back to how it was before. While the 180 degree radius range is interesting, I think it's too short, making them an easy target for kobolts. 

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'' We’ve also been able to fix the minimum Ascension Level Requirement filter, which will now stay active when you continue on to the next Trials match''



at last no more low level  Players which want to get carried  ! 


now only fix the bug that if low Level Players choose continue after a Chaos 7 Trial the Game ignore the requirement and they can still join my Game 

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Thunderbolts and Lightning:  Increases the damage of Arc Lightning by X%.

  • Found in the Chaos 5 Shard Pack

Sounds very very frightening mama mia!

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Where the previous update was 10GB+, and was mainly bug fixes - that both got fixed and didn't - and balances, now that we're getting actual content, I'm scared this will eat up the rest of my 500GB HDD, lol.

All in all, I'm looking forward to a lot of these changes. Mainly because they're ones that should've been there from the beginning. Those are the best kind. XD

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