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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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This is great! Thank you so much for the work you put into the game... I'll be trying her soon for sure! I think that letting us try premium heroes is an incredibly easy and effective way to get people sticking to the game and paying. Even though I've been following the development of the game since last year, I started playing recently when it was officially released. The thing is: I REALLY wanted to play with the dryad. Don't take me wrong, I like "vanilla" heroes (especially the knight, who was my main in DD1), but I really, really, really wanted the dryad.


Farming 10k medallions takes enough time for you to get bored of the game for playing with characters you don't really enjoy much, and do people quit. It was the same in Heroes of the Storm. After about a year, the game was in decline because people wouldn't stay. What Blizzard did in 2.0 was adding a few bundles of different heroes for people to choose from right when they started. It totally worked and the game was revilatised! I'm really sorry for saying this, but if I had not been given the 4k medallion gift, I would have probably quit as well before earning enough to get my dryad.


I would go as far as saying: why don't you swap hero and slot prices? Meaning, champions would cost 2k and slots would cost 10k (perhaps basic champions could cost 500, so people will still tend to buy those and thus purchase more cosmetic items). You can even reduce the number of initial slots if you want, too. I would have been perfectly happy to have 3 slots in the beginning instead of 4, but being able to buy the heroes I liked the most from the beginning, or even getting a specific one for "free" as my initial one (like you currently do with the apprentice and the knight). The campaign missions give you enough medallions to be able to afford one or two more.


This would make all the difference, see? I would happily farm 12k medallions to buy a slot and a hero to fill my collection as long as I'm doing the farming with a hero I like... BUT I would hate to have to farm 12k with champions that I got for free that I'm not particularly crazy about just to get the thing that would make me enjoy and stay in the game. See what I mean? I wouldn't worry about people getting content enough with that and not being tempted to purchase things for money, because honestly, all heroes look and seem amazing, and everytime we see one in action that we don't have, we want to own it (premium or not).


I realise that this probably would mess up your whole system to get people to pay for stuff, I know, but hey, you asked for opinions :).  Also, sorry for the length of the post!

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At this time, they are only missing:

  • The Countess (swapped Female Version of Squire)
  • The Ranger (swapped Male Version of Huntress)
  • The Jester (DD1 Hero)
  • The Barbarian (DD1 Hero)

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i mostly main DD! and rarely play dd2 but if there are plans to bring the jester back i may consider playing it more but only if i can wheel golden enemies on purp- i mean accident ;) although id like to see a skin on AL thats literally the summoner from DD1 DD2 has potential but dd1 is still high above it atm and needs much work to compete with the amount of fun you can have until that day i will probably never reach 500 hours in dd2 tl;dr cool hero more to come maybe getting better of a game needs work

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@Cernunnas quote:

This is great! Thank you so much for the work you put into the game... I'll be trying her soon for sure! I think that letting us try premium heroes is an incredibly easy and effective way to get people sticking to the game and paying. Even though I've been following the development of the game since last year, I started playing recently when it was officially released. The thing is: I REALLY wanted to play with the dryad. Don't take me wrong, I like "vanilla" heroes (especially the knight, who was my main in DD1), but I really, really, really wanted the dryad.


Farming 10k medallions takes enough time for you to get bored of the game for playing with characters you don't really enjoy much, and do people quit. It was the same in Heroes of the Storm. After about a year, the game was in decline because people wouldn't stay. What Blizzard did in 2.0 was adding a few bundles of different heroes for people to choose from right when they started. It totally worked and the game was revilatised! I'm really sorry for saying this, but if I had not been given the 4k medallion gift, I would have probably quit as well before earning enough to get my dryad.


I would go as far as saying: why don't you swap hero and slot prices? Meaning, champions would cost 2k and slots would cost 10k (perhaps basic champions could cost 500, so people will still tend to buy those and thus purchase more cosmetic items). You can even reduce the number of initial slots if you want, too. I would have been perfectly happy to have 3 slots in the beginning instead of 4, but being able to buy the heroes I liked the most from the beginning, or even getting a specific one for "free" as my initial one (like you currently do with the apprentice and the knight). The campaign missions give you enough medallions to be able to afford one or two more.


This would make all the difference, see? I would happily farm 12k medallions to buy a slot and a hero to fill my collection as long as I'm doing the farming with a hero I like... BUT I would hate to have to farm 12k with champions that I got for free that I'm not particularly crazy about just to get the thing that would make me enjoy and stay in the game. See what I mean? I wouldn't worry about people getting content enough with that and not being tempted to purchase things for money, because honestly, all heroes look and seem amazing, and everytime we see one in action that we don't have, we want to own it (premium or not).


I realise that this probably would mess up your whole system to get people to pay for stuff, I know, but hey, you asked for opinions :).  Also, sorry for the length of the post!

tbh i do agree that they cost way too much and its easily very boring i reckon not 2k but at the most 5k half the normal price and for a slot it would be 7k it just doesn't seem fun unless you buy things really 

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also with EV2 i wanna see sky city remastered and the goblin battlecruiser to be fought again (with an actual fight that doesn't cause you to fall off the map every god damn time) no shards this time a remade battlecruiser with a different power source :)

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I can join many, where is the NEW HERO? New Hero Arrives August 23rd in the Wizards & Blizzards Update! I think we have the 23 August. Well maybe arrived at steam still net? And from the update I notice eigendlich synonymous nothing.

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@torstenwolff.mw quote:

I can join many, where is the NEW HERO? New Hero Arrives August 23rd in the Wizards & Blizzards Update! I think we have the 23 August. Well maybe arrived at steam still net? And from the update I notice eigendlich synonymous nothing.

just wait  -.-  i hate People like you 

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PLEASE MAKE THE YETI UPDATE FOR XBOX ONE TOO!!!!!! I WOULD LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART IF YOU DID SO, THANK YOU FOR MAKING DUNGEON DEFENDERS ONE AND TWO THEY'RE GREAT GAMES!!!!

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