The Tactical Duel Map plays out like a final fight simulator - Level up via sphinx, acquire army, artifacts, spells and you're ready for battle!
There are two versions: The vanilla version is based on 3.1 balance and has no balance changes (except some minimal bans) while the standard version has a number of improvements and rebalancing on many areas.

In our Discord Community friendly tourneys happen semi-regularly but you can also ask for friendly games. This is a friendly gathering spot for like-minded people and we welcome people of any level. If you enjoy Homm 5, strategy and tactics, you'll fit right in! :)

Special thanks to Asheera, Fiur, Magnomagus, Polyglot, Marko, Hottabych, Lohikaarme, PawelW and JoonasTo for their inspiration, support, gameplay insight and technical help. Also to Zahar, ArchWarlock, Psaktha, Narron, Hannik, Kilrein and fktifzobr for their amazing visual mods!

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Following the previous update, the map has evolved a fair bit.

The map now features several textures from GEMs, thanks to Xuxo! GEMs is a well-known mod which you probably already know of but if not, I can't recommend it enough. Personally, I like the fairytale aesthetic of the game but some textures.. really could be better. As such, the grass bushes, sand bushes, palm trees, flowers, scarecrow and leprechauns have deceived a refreshing makeover and along with them, the map and battlefield design.

mermaid

Arenas now feature their own unique obstacles so a farm-themed arena will have different obstacles from that of a forest or a city square, despite them all being grass arenas.
An oasis-themed arena has also been added!

oasis

One of the player requests was to diversify the artifact effects. The original artifact setup has mostly returned, along with set bonuses. However, morale/luck artifacts are limited to +/-1, initiative artifacts to +/-5%, elemental boosters to 15-20%, elemental protections to 15% and relic prices range from 12500 to 15000. Set bonuses are a tad more reasonable.

A few heroes have been revised:
-Alaron starts with Archdruids that have druid elder spells plus Channeling and improved hp/spellpower.
-Isabel starts with expert training and an additional 3 priests pre-trained to cavaliers (25 total)
-Rolf starts with
+10% tier 1, 2, 3 troops, as a nod to his original SIlver Tongue spec.
-Wulfstan in addition to his extra brawlers gains +1 Attack.

Regarding unit Gameplay:
-Unit damage range is closer to the original game but not as extreme.
-Unit
regeneration improved, to catch up with the increase in army strength.
-Imperial griffins and skirmishers received +1 max dmg.
-Assassins received
+1 weekly growth.
-Treants and Hydras are up a tier, making them more resilient to hero attacks.
-Now basic dino riders are unmounted! If you felt not having an actual velociraptor in the game was a missed opportunity, you're welcome!

dinos

A few third al upgrades added:
-Succubus alt: Ranged attacks trigger a fireball, like magogs. Special thanks to the Evoked one for helping with the attack pattern xdb!
-Treant alt: Battlerage, Regeneration(passive) and an Earthquake spell that damages and stuns everything!
-Blood sister alt: Assault at the cost of slightly reduced stats. Sisters are often used as turn 1 blockers but now they can dish out some damage.
-Gnoll alt: Battlerage, plus their morning stars have a sweep effect.

And more. Happy gaming!
Map released, you can get it here.

Duel Map in a Nutshell

Duel Map in a Nutshell

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What is the Duel Map? A quick summary of what the map has to offer.

Tactical Duel Map Update (January 2024)

Tactical Duel Map Update (January 2024)

News

Latest news on the Tactical Duel Map. This is the tweaked version and not related to the upcoming semi-vanilla tourney!

Friendly Semi-Vanilla Tourney 2024!

Friendly Semi-Vanilla Tourney 2024!

News

A friendly tourney is brewing! Map version close to the original 3.1, no exe changes, everyone is welcome to join.

X-Mas Duel Map

X-Mas Duel Map

News

Christmas is fast approaching so here's a new map update. Happy holidays!

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Tactical Duel Map [06-04-24]

Tactical Duel Map [06-04-24]

Full Version

Latest Duel Map version. Manual to be added soon.

Semi Vanilla Duel Map

Semi Vanilla Duel Map

Full Version

Basically 3.1 version with some balance tweaks.

Tactical Duel Map Manual

Tactical Duel Map Manual

Guide

Contains the full Duel Map changelog. Updated on 21-12-23.

Vanilla Duel Map [15-11-23]

Vanilla Duel Map [15-11-23]

Full Version

Includes 1) Vanilla Duel Map version (original 3.1 balance) 2) Semi-Vanilla (close to 3.1 with some minimum changes to make skills/spells/units more viable...

X-Mas Duel Map

X-Mas Duel Map

Full Version

Christmas is fast approaching so here's a new map update. Happy holidays!

Halloween Duel Map!

Halloween Duel Map!

Full Version

A festive update with new content, rebalancing and Halloween atmosphere! [Updated on 10/11/23]

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