Page 1 of 2
1
2
LastLast
  1. #1
    Scarab Lord Karizee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    The Eternal Alchemy
    Posts
    4,049

    December 10th Balance Preview

    https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/foru...lance-Preview/

    General

    These are the proposed balance changes for the Dec. 10th build. These changes are not final and are subject to change. We are posting them early so the community can discuss them with us. We wanted to be more transparent with the community about these changes to help expose problems that riskier changes might create.

    Our goal for many of the classes was to increase build diversity while still maintaining class roles and identities. Some of the things we increased were abilities/skills that people don’t run very often. Our goal was to increase these abilities to make them viable alternate builds.


    How to give good feedback and what to expect.
    • Be constructive. If you think a change may cause issues, say why and give examples. Try not to argue with others – make your point and then accept that other people may have different points of view.
    • Be concise. Our time is limited and we can’t read walls of text because it will prevent us from having the time to read as many posts as possible. Bullet points or numbered lists are very easy for us to read!
    • Be specific. “I expect this change to accomplish A, but I think it will actually accomplish B”. The more specific you are, the better we are able to understand where you’re coming from, what type of content you play, and it helps us to understand the context for your feedback.
    • Be objective. Keep in mind that just because you may not like something, that doesn’t make it bad. Others may have differing opinions. They may play a different type of content, or they may play a different profession, so be objective and keep in mind – we have to balance the game for EVERYONE, not just you.
    • Be respectful. This goes for your fellow community members as well as for devs. Respect the ideas and opinions of others.
    • Be mindful of scope. These are the changes we are trying to get in for the Dec. 10th balance patch. That doesn’t leave us with time to rework entire classes, or redesign entire weapon sets with this update. Keep scope/work/time/resources in mind when you make your suggestions.
    • Be mindful of context. Power creep is something we’re trying to avoid. Sometimes a profession may not receive as many increases as other classes. A lot of times, this is because that class is already performing very well in the current state of the game. So keep the overall context/state of the game in mind when giving feedback.

    Elementalist:
    This patch’s goal for the elementalist was to increase the power of the Earth, Air and Fire lines, while taking away some of the need to go into the Arcane line. This was done by bringing up the base cooldown of attunements so that elementalists aren’t forced to go as deep into Arcane in order to get the old attunement cooldown %’s. In doing so, we decided put some of the most powerful Adept tier traits in Water magic and Arcane to the Master tier to avoid power creep that would have occurred by letting players gain powerful effects in Master and Grandmaster tier of Fire, Air, and Earth and still get the extremely powerful traits in Water and Arcane by only splashing in 10 points.
    • Fire II – Burning Fire – This trait has a new effect. Use Cleansing Fire automatically when you have a number of conditions on you. 3 conditions. 40 second cooldown. Moved to Master tier.
    • Fire VIII – Conjurer – Moved to Adept tier.
    • Fire III – Ember’s Might. The effect of this trait has been changed to Burns you apply last longer. 25%.
    • Burning Rage 25 – Increased damage dealt to burning foes from 5% to 10%.
    • Air V – Soothing Winds. Increased conversion from 5% to 7%.
    • Air XI – Tempest Defense. Decreased the cooldown from 60s to 25s.
    • Earth 5 – Stone Flesh – Increased toughness while attuned to Earth Magic to 1.5/level (120 at level 80).
    • Earth VII – Strength of Stone. This trait is now Gain condition damage based on your Toughness. 10%.
    • Earth XI – Diamond Skin. This trait has been redesigned. Conditions cannot be applied to you when your health is above the threshold. 90%.
    • Water I – Aquamancer’s Alacrity. Moved to Master tier.
    • Water V – Cleansing Wave. Moved to Master tier.
    • Water VIII – Arcane Abatement. Moved to Adept tier.
    • Water X – Soothing Wave. Moved to Adept tier.
    • Arcane III – Arcane Retribution. Moved to Master tier. Decreased cooldown from 90 seconds to 45 seconds.
    • Arcane IV – Final Shielding. Decreased cooldown from 90s to 75s.
    • Arcane V – Elemental Attunement. Moved to Master tier.
    • Arcane VI – Renewing Stamina. Moved to Master tier.
    • Arcane VII – Vigorous Scepter. Moved to Adept tier.
    • Arcane VIII – Blasting Staff. Moved to Adept tier.
    • Arcane IX – Windborne Dagger. Moved to Adept tier.
    • The following changes were done to reduce the necessity of putting points into the Arcane trait line.
    • The base cooldown of the attunement that you just left is now reduced from 16 seconds to 13 seconds. Attunement cooldown rate now increases by 1% per point in Arcane down from 2%. The end result is that now Attunements go from 13s to 10s instead of the old range of 16s to 10s.
    • Base global attunement cooldown is now 1.625 seconds. Global attunement cooldown rate now decreases by 1% per point in Arcane down from 2%. The end result is that now global attunement cooldown goes from 1.625 to 1.25 instead of the old range of 2.0 to 1.25.

    Engineer:
    We wanted to maintain the engineer’s core roles while still increasing build diversity. We also wanted to take out some of the random effects for some of the class’s traits. The biggest change here is allowing Modified Ammunition to work with any skills so that an engineer, regardless of build, can look at putting 30 points into firearms. By increasing the swiftness duration on Speedy Kits, we hope to allow Swiftness to be maintained more reasonably without having to constantly be swapping between Kits. This change will also bring down the total up time for Vigor due to its interaction with Invigorating Speed. We don’t like classes having permanent Vigor, and this is one of the areas we needed to tone down the up time of the engineer’s Vigor.
    • Explosives V – Incendiary Powder. Moved to Master tier.
    • Explosives VI – Exploit Weakness. Increased the health threshold from 25% to 50%
    • Explosives IX – Accelerant packed turrets. Moved to Adept tier.
    • Firearms XI – Modified Ammunition. This trait now works regardless of equipped weapon.
    • Inventions V – Energized Armor. Increased conversion from 5% to 7%.
    • Inventions X – Autotool Installation. Increased healing percent from 1% to 5%. * Decreased interval from 10s to 3s.
    • Inventions XI – Elixir Infused bombs. Increased healing scaling by 50%.
    • Alchemy V – Blood Injection. Increased conversion from 5% to 7%.
    • Alchemy 15 – Transmute. Increased % chance from 8% to 100%. This effect can now only trigger once every 15 seconds.
    • Tools VI – Speedy Kits. Increased Swiftness duration to 10s. This effect can now only trigger once every 10 seconds.
    • Tools XI – Armor Mods. Changed this to now trigger on struck instead of on critical hit incoming. Reduced the cooldown from 25 seconds to 15 seconds.

    Guardian:
    Tanky and supportive guardians are in a strong position in many gametypes. We do feel that damage guardians are not as powerful as they could be. While we don’t want guardians to be as strong offensively as some of the other classes (given their powerful defensive abilities) we opened up more offensive guardian builds.
    • Zeal V – Shattered Aegis. Damage instead of Burning.
    • Zeal VII – Zealous Blade. This trait now scales with Healing power (2%.)
    • Zeal XII – Kindled Zeal. Increased conversion from 10% to 13%.
    • Radiance V – Searing Flames. Reduced cooldown from 20s to 10s.
    • Radiance X – Powerful blades. Increased damage from 5% to 10%.
    • Valor V – Retributive Armor. Increased conversion rate from 5% to 7%.
    • Honor VI – Pure of Heart. Increased scaling with Healing power from 25% to 40%.
    • Virtues VIII – Supreme Justice. Number of attacks going from 4 to 3.
    • Symbol of Swiftness: This skill now applies 4 seconds of swiftness per pulse, rather than 8 seconds if you have no swiftness and 1 second if you have swiftness.

    Mesmer:
    The bulk of the mesmer changes are focused on two things. 1) Bringing up some of the mesmer support traits and condition removal traits. 2) Reduce dependency on certain trait lines. The changes to Mender’s Purity and Shattered conditions as well as the move of Dazzling Glamours are meant to accomplish the first of these two. The changes to Shattered Strength and Illusionist’s celerity are what we feel accomplish the second one. Before this change mesmers needed to place 25 points into Illusions for many of their builds. Now they can place only 15 points in there to get the Illusion cooldown which will give them back 10 more trait points to open up some new builds. Finally, we felt that the Mantra traits were fairly difficult to collect. Moving Mantra mastery to adept tier takes some trait pressure off of the Dueling line, allowing mantra mesmers to gain a good trait with only 10 points.
    • Domination XII – Confounding Suggestions. Changed to increase daze duration by 25%.
    • Dueling VI – Protected Mantras. Moved to Master Tier. Increase Toughness from 400 to 600.
    • Dueling VII – Mantra Mastery. Moved to Adept Tier.
    • Chaos 25 – Chaotic Transference. Increased conversion from 5% to 10%.
    • Chaos I – Chaotic Revival. Reduced cooldown from 35s to 10s.
    • Chaos VII – Mirror of Anguish. Reduced cooldown from 90s to 60s.
    • Inspiration IV – Mender’s Purity. Now removes 2 conditions.
    • Inspiration XI – Shattered Conditions. Increased radius from 240 to 600.
    • Illusions VI – Illusionary Invigoration. Recharge reduced from 90s to 60s. Moved to Master Tier.
    • Illusions VIII – Dazzling Galmours. Moved to Adept Tier.
    • Illusions 15 – Shattered Strength – Moved to Grandmaster tier.
    • Illusions 25 – Illusionist’s Celerity – Moved to Master tier.

    Necromancer:
    For the necromancer, we felt that a few traits and skills were too powerful, while others were lacking in efficacy. We brought down some of the raw DPS conditions that necromancer enjoys, while also maintaining their pressure and sustain elements. The necromancer’s mobility will remain where it is currently, as we want the Necromancers to be focused on sustaining themselves through death shroud, siphoning health, and slowing down their opponent’s ability to act.
    • Mark of Blood. Removed 1 bleed in PvP only.
    • Signet of Spite: Removed one bleed.
    • Spite 15 – Death into Life. Increased conversion from 5% to 7%
    • Spite X – Chill of Death. Increased trigger threshold from 25% to 50%.
    • Curses IV – Weakening Shroud. Increase recharge from 15 to 25.
    • Curses VIII – Banshee’s Wail. Increase cooldown reduction from 15% to 20%.
    • Death 5 – Reanimator. Decreased cooldown from 30s to 15s.
    • Death VIII – Reaper’s Protection. Decreased the cooldown from 90s to 60s.
    • Death 25 – Deadly Strength. Increased conversion from 5% to 10%.
    • Blood Magic 25 – Blood to Power. Decreased health threshold from 90% to 75%. Increase Power from 90 to 120.
    • Soul Reaping II. Vital Persistence. Increased reduction of life force drain from 25% to 50%.

    Ranger:
    For the ranger, we’ve adjusted the placement of some traits so that rangers should have more build combinations. For example, by swapping Nature’s Vengeance and Spirits Unbound so that rangers can have spirits follow you in tier 2, players can now opt out of the higher damage output from spirits and still have options elsewhere. We also brought up some Marksmanship and a Skirmishing trait to make power specs more appealing. We feel like rangers also currently have too much endurance regeneration through traits. Due to this, we’ve made adjustments to Wilderness Survival traits, and we’ve also brought down the passive of Sun Spirit and the active effect for Storm Spirit.
    • Long Range Shot. Increased the damage at 500 range by 20%.
    • Long Range Shot. Increased the damage at 500-1000 range by 15%.
    • Marksmanship V – Predator’s Instinct. Increased the threshold from 25% to 50%. Increased the Cripple Duration from 2s to 10s. Increased the cooldown from 15s to 30s.
    • Marksmanship VI – Beastmaster’s Bond. Decreased the cooldown from 90s to 60s.
    • Skirmishing XII – Moment of Clarity. Stun Duration increased from 50% to 100%.
    • Wilderness 5 Natural Vigor. Reduced the increased endurance regeneration from 50% to 25%.
    • Wilderness VIII – Oakheart Salve. Decreased the recharge of this trait from 20s->15s
    • Wilderness XII – Bark Skin Increased the damage reduction from 30% to 50%.
    • Nature Magic I – Circle of Life. Cleared up the text of this trait to clearly identify that it happens when downed, not defeated.
    • Nature Magic V – Strength of Spirit. Increased conversion from 5% to 7%
    • Nature Magic IX – Two Handed Training. Added the following functionality to this trait. Greatsword and Spear attacks have a chance to grant Fury on hit. 50% chance. 3s Fury. 10s cooldown.
    • Nature Magic X – Enlargement. This trait now uses Signet of the Wild to trigger. This reduces the cooldown to 60 seconds and allow it to interact with the Signet of the Beastmaster and Signet Mastery traits.
    • Nature Magic VII – Nature’s Vengeance. Moved to Grandmaster Tier.
    • Nature Magic XI – Spirits Unbound. Moved to Master Tier.
    • Beastmastery VI – Mighty Swap. The might from this trait is now applied to you and your pet.
    • Sun Spirit. Reduced the passive burning from 3s to 2s.
    • Storm Spirit. Reduced the damage from the Call Lightning skill by 33%.

    Thief:
    One of the issues we are working on for thieves this patch is the dependence on the traits which boost initiative. We did this by shaving a significant amount of initiative gain from these traits while simultaneously boosting the generic rate of initiative gain by 33%. We have also somewhat reduced the effectiveness of high evasion thieves by reducing vigor up time and adding some cast time to the Shadow Return skill on the sword. This prevents these thieves from evading too much and too easily dealing with being disabled (stun, daze, fear, knockdown, etc.). Also we are trying to improve the survivability of thieves in the Acrobatics line through easier access to the Hard to Catch trait and increased effectiveness of the Assassin’s Reward trait. This will reward thieves who are actively engaged in the fight rather than those who are just dodging over and over again. The change to Infusion of Shadow is meant to stop players from gaining initiative by applying stealth while already in stealth. This should keep thieves from being able to recharge all of their power while idling in a very long stealth. We felt that using a lot of different abilities to maintain stealth is ok, but re-using the same ability over and over for almost permanent stealth was just bad for the game, especially when gaining large amounts of initiative.
    • Increased the base rate of initiative gain from .75/second to 1/second.
    • Shadow Return on Sword. Renamed to Infiltrator’s return. Added a 1/4s cast time.
    • Pistol Whip. Reduced the after cast on the first half of this skill by .25 seconds.
    • Deadly Arts VI – Sundering Strikes. Increased the trigger chance from 50%. Remove ICD. Decrease Vulnerability duration to 6s.
    • Critical Strikes VI – Practiced Tolerance. Increased conversion from 5% to 7%.
    • Critical Strikes 15 – Opportunist. Increased trigger chance to 50%. Increase cooldown from 1s to 5s.
    • Critical Strikes VIII – Signet Use. Reduced initiative gain from 2 to 1.
    • Critical Strike X – Critical Haste. Increase trigger chance to 25%.
    • Shadow Arts V – Infusion of Shadow – This trait functionality has been changed to “Gain initiative when you enter stealth.” 2 init.
    • Acrobatics III – Vigorous Recovery. Reduced Vigor duration to 4s from 8s.
    • Acrobatics IV – Assassin’s Retreat. Increased swiftness duration to 20s.
    • Acrobatics IX – Quick Recovery. Reduced initiative gain from 2 to 1.
    • Acrobatics X – Assassins Reward. Increased healing scaling by 35%. Moved to Grandmaster Tier.
    • Acrobatics XI – Hard to catch. Moved to Master Tier.
    • Trickery 5 – Kleptomaniac. Reduce initiative gain from 3 to 2.
    • Trickery IV – Flanking Strikes. Move to Master tier.
    • Trickery VII – Bountiful Theft. Reduced vigor duration to from 15s to 8s.
    • Trickery VIII – Trickster. Move to Adept tier.

    Warrior:
    The overall goal here is to reduce the damage for the very high control warriors. This means reducing some dependency on going 30 points into discipline for Burst Mastery, making warriors spend 20 points in Arms to get the benefit of Unsuspecting Foe. We also reduced the damage on the hammer’s burst skill to separate the control from the damage. We don’t mind warriors doing massive damage, or doing great area of effect control, but we’re trying to prevent them from easily doing both. We also increased the readability of Skull Crack, which will allow opposing players to more easily react to it. Combustive Shot on longbow also saw some rework. It will scale better with adrenaline levels, and still provide strong burning per adrenaline level, but the raw damage was toned down slightly.
    • Strength 5 – Reckless Dodge. Increased Damage by 25%
    • Strength III – Great Fortitude. Increased conversion rate from 5% to 7%.
    • Arms IV – Unsuspecting Foe. Moved to Master Tier.
    • Arms VII – Crack Shot. Moved to Adept Tier.
    • Arms XII – Last Chance. Increased the threshold form 25% to 50%. Reduced the cooldown from 45 seconds to 40seconds.
    • Defense 25 – Armored Attack. Increased conversion rate from 5% to 10%.
    • Defense XII – Spiked Armor. Reduced the recharge from 15s to 10s.
    • Tactics 5 – Determined Revival. Now correctly displays the amount of toughness.
    • Tactics 25 – Reviver’s Might. Now applies 3 stacks of Might instead of 1.
    • Discipline II – Thrill of the Kill. Increased Adrenaline gain from 1 to 10.
    • Discipline XI – Burst Mastery. Reduced damage increase from 10% to 7%. Removed erroneous adrenaline gain fact.
    • Earthshaker. Reduced damage by 20%.
    • Staggering Blow. Reduced damage by 23%.
    • Skull Crack. Increased the cast time from 1/4s to 1/2s. Updated the animation and effects of this skill to be more clear.
    • Combustive Shot – Increased pulse duration to 3s. Increased burn duration per pulse to 3s. Normalized damage per pulse. Updated pulses per tier to 2, 3,and 4 respectively for tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3.
    Who knows more of gods than I? Horse gods and fire gods, gods made of gold with gemstone eyes, gods carved of cedar wood, gods chiseled into mountains, gods of empty air... I know them all.
    ~Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy

  2. #2
    I'm worried about the guardian dps change, the issue is that sword/focus already is a very bursty weaponbuild just most guardians use GS instead to DPS due to it having increased control/healing.

    Similar issue with thief, the increased initiative regen is risky with s/p and d/d burst builds. Those didn't really rely on high ini regen but having more ini available will make it so the "more dmg while above 6ini" will be met nearly every BS/PW. Add to this sundering strikes and you can see PW builds becoming very popular to stack vuln which might not be wanted.

    The ele nerfs might be a bit OTT. The problem is that nearly all dmg modifiers are already being nerfed that eles will become a gimmick FGS build and that's it (in pve).
    So fire3 change makes it useless, what will happen is that people now grab conjurer there instead and lose 5% dmg, this makes the conjurer change needed and will result in people running conjurer+pyro alacrity.
    Nobody cares about healing so still a useless trait. TD doesn't really matter since people take it for the KD burst in PvP and not really for the aura (although it's a nice bonus).
    The earth change is great since you don't go for direct dmg if you're going that deep into earth. The diamond skin change doesn't make a lot of sense, why make a class immune to conditions when their health is above 90% it's gonna takes ages for a condi class to get an ele below 90% the only condi class that'll burn through it is engineer and MM necros (which are rare)
    Water I and V won't really change much since people take those in master anyway. VIII and X are traits nobody cares about so meh (and ppl who use FB do it for the dmg not the healing).
    Arcane III nobody cares about this one tbh, it's gimmicky rng so not liked. IV good change but might be a bit overtuned. Eles aren't used because they lack condi survival their overall survival is fine though. V isn't all that popular and most people will go for vigor on crit as master.
    Changing VII to adept just flip flops traits around for no particular reason
    VIII still won't be taken since the issue with staff isn't the size, it's attack speed. LF can be recast fast enough so that mobs running out isn't a real issue anyway and for the water skills the same thing applies. It might be good for earth/air but those skills don't need bigger aoe's tbh.
    WB dagger is better suited for an adept trait but nobody will run that since people prefer the air traits for speed.
    Attunement recharge changes are very welcome for PvE although the most popular builds don't rely on swapping weapons at all, but for lvling it will help a lot.

    I'll add more once I have time
    Last edited by Meledelion; 2013-11-02 at 01:01 AM.
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

  3. #3
    Mesmer
    Domination XII – Confounding Suggestions. Changed to increase daze duration by 25%.
    Doesn't daze duration round just like conditions? If so this change is useless.

    Dueling VI – Protected Mantras. Moved to Master Tier. Increase Toughness from 400 to 600.
    Dueling VII – Mantra Mastery. Moved to Adept Tier.
    Pointless change as nobody picks up either and Protected mantras is so much greater then mantra mastery, moving it to mastier tier is just a nerf

    Chaos 25 – Chaotic Transference. Increased conversion from 5% to 10%.
    Not a noticeable change and really pointless with how strong conditions are in general in this game
    Chaos I – Chaotic Revival. Reduced cooldown from 35s to 10s.
    lol wut, I never even used this trait. Nor have I ever seen anyone use it. I had no idea its cd was 35s before. lol
    Chaos VII – Mirror of Anguish. Reduced cooldown from 90s to 60s.
    Cool, pretty lackluster compared to other traits in that line but ok
    Inspiration IV – Mender’s Purity. Now removes 2 conditions.
    Um this is nice but hardly fixes mesmer condition removal like they were talking about.
    Inspiration XI – Shattered Conditions. Increased radius from 240 to 600.
    Good change, not sure why they made it a 240 radius in the first place but they need to do this change to cleansing mantra too... but inspiration line is way too supportive for this to be worth picking up over other lines. There isn't enough synergy with shatter in general with the inspiration line and nothing in this line to make up for what you are losing as a shatter mesmer.
    Illusions VI – Illusionary Invigoration. Recharge reduced from 90s to 60s. Moved to Master Tier.
    Illusions VIII – Dazzling Galmours. Moved to Adept Tier.
    Again... pointless change ends up being a nerf to shatters. Like they needed a nerf? /sigh
    Illusions 15 – Shattered Strength – Moved to Grandmaster tier.
    Illusions 25 – Illusionist’s Celerity – Moved to Master tier.
    Wasn't illusioniests celerity in master before? Then they changed it? And since they nerf to shattered strength its hardly worth grandmaster tier.
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  4. #4
    Pit Lord barackopala's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Chile, Viña del Mar
    Posts
    2,438
    At first i was a bit annoyed at the vigor nerf to the engineer, and now i am looking at elixir S trait a bit more, works dandy on wvw clashes and well the treshold for exploit weakness is going to benefit me so much! like 68% critrate unbuffed EHMEHGEWD

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Karizee View Post
    [*]Death 5 – Reanimator. Decreased cooldown from 30s to 15s.
    oh for fuck's sake just delete it already god damn
    If you are particularly bold, you could use a Shiny Ditto. Do keep in mind though, this will infuriate your opponents due to Ditto's beauty. Please do not use Shiny Ditto. You have been warned.

  6. #6
    Interesting it will be, changes to thieves. If it, as I understand it, will leave thieves less stealthed but less squishy. Would be a little dream come true, did I interpret changes right?

    Read a little on forum about mesmer. Phantasm build will come back to life, I dont know how and if it's just a pve thing but it would be fun if it worked in spvp.
    Your lord is under attack! Your lord is under attack!

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Tea View Post
    Interesting it will be, changes to thieves. If it, as I understand it, will leave thieves less stealthed but less squishy. Would be a little dream come true, did I interpret changes right?

    Read a little on forum about mesmer. Phantasm build will come back to life, I dont know how and if it's just a pve thing but it would be fun if it worked in spvp.
    The opposite actually.

    They reduced initiative gain traits and vigor up time and putting a cast time on sword 2 and the only compensation is moving "hard to catch" to master tier which is pathetic as that won't increase survivability enough to compensate for sword losing its "stun teleporter" and the nerfs all around to initiative regen.

    - - - Updated - - -

    John was nice enough to post his feelings on mesmer scepter...

    Scepter
    Scepter is still missing something but we don’t want to overload the autoattack as we think that promotes more mindless play and are trying to move away from builds that focus so much on the “1” skill. I feel like that scepter should be the tricksy defender that can stop enemies from attacking and defend allies, but maybe it’s single target nature is keeping that from working.
    I have zero idea how illusionary counter (which just stops 1 attack) and confusing images (which is a 5 sec channel that can be dodge during the channel) is suppose to be a "tricky defender" that stops enemys from attacking and defends allies. ZERO, none. Where ever he got that idea from I just don't know where...

    And the fact that he is blaming that on auto attack is ridiculous.
    Last edited by zito; 2013-11-03 at 03:08 PM.
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  8. #8
    His idea is probably to make the mesmer some sort of "hate" caster like back in GW with stuff like VoR, SS,... where you defend by making the enemy not want to attack since they'll kill themselves.

    Confusion on steroids in short.
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Meledelion View Post
    His idea is probably to make the mesmer some sort of "hate" caster like back in GW with stuff like VoR, SS,... where you defend by making the enemy not want to attack since they'll kill themselves.

    Confusion on steroids in short.
    Then all 3 skills on scepter will need a drastic change. The block is really garbage and so is confusing images with its 5 sec channel and low duration. Its aoe competent is extreme positioning, not really reliable and the block is really only good for torment, not to actually be defensive.

    And I don't expect anything to get a decent change from their track history. Hell they said they were addressing mesmers lack of being able to do anything against conditions by only giving menders purity a buff...
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  10. #10
    This is comedic gold, regarding sword one hand auto attack making it impossible to dodge:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Peters
    Main-hand sword
    I just want to clarify for good that main hand sword is currently working as intended. All movement skills cannot be interrupted by dodging and this is currently intentional. It has a very specific play style, and I would like it to remain. I understand that rangers want a one handed melee option that is more mobile, but that will have to wait, as I know there are a mix of players who also like how this weapon plays and I do not want to take away one of the more unique playstyles that we have and replace it with something that is fairly common.
    They don't seem to realise that good players don't really suffer from this anymore. In dungeons, people are finally used to stacking in melee so you don't get triple wave attacks aimed at you, which makes playing sword possible. There are other tricks like hitting an offhand skill and then dodging (the skill breaks the Q and makes it possible to dodge) or weaponswap (interupts the chain completely), so good players can do that quite easily.

    Noobs suffer though making all of'm go with bows so you get the infamous bearbow...
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

  11. #11
    Brewmaster Lazuli's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Your Moms House
    Posts
    1,330
    So... more garbage attempts at thief balance.

    >haven't played in a while but doubt .05s stun on pistol whip (a joke at best) has been upped back to 1s so reducing aftercast doesn't mean shit, you can still dodge the entire chain.
    >venoms still weak as fuck, no stunbreak and the only viable way to play venom share was because of infiltrator return which will now have a cast time, gg just ruined that build.
    >hard to catch is garbage and doesn't break CC, woopty fucking do for swiftness.
    >still nothing done to all the useless traps.

    yeah.. I think I'll remain logged out. I can't help but laugh at these 'balances' which are nothing but failures that breaks more shit than it fixes, happening since release.. rofl. next gen gaming
    Quote Originally Posted by KungFuFanta
    Oh my god, a company tries to put some lore flavor into the game mechanics, all is lost, whatever shall we do without a whole 1% of crit or haste.

    Quick, call Ukraine and Russia, let them know to put their conflict on standby because Touch of Elune is BULLSHIT!

  12. #12
    ohh i feel really bad for the thieves.The nerf hammer hits their invisibility hard...
    Last edited by dragnipur; 2013-11-05 at 07:43 AM.

  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazuli View Post
    So... more garbage attempts at thief balance.

    >haven't played in a while but doubt .05s stun on pistol whip (a joke at best) has been upped back to 1s so reducing aftercast doesn't mean shit, you can still dodge the entire chain.
    >venoms still weak as fuck, no stunbreak and the only viable way to play venom share was because of infiltrator return which will now have a cast time, gg just ruined that build.
    >hard to catch is garbage and doesn't break CC, woopty fucking do for swiftness.
    >still nothing done to all the useless traps.

    yeah.. I think I'll remain logged out. I can't help but laugh at these 'balances' which are nothing but failures that breaks more shit than it fixes, happening since release.. rofl. next gen gaming
    Pistol whip is actually still very deadly if you go 10/30/x/x/30, the reduced time of aftercast is gonna be huge.

    However with the nerf to initiative regen and the nerf to sword 2 (losing its teleport while stunned) and the nerf to vigor its gonna suck.

    Not sure why they nerfed vigor for just theives. Mesmers can do near 100% uptime and I think ele's too
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  14. #14
    Because mesmers and eles can't warp all over the place and hide in stealth.
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Meledelion View Post
    Because mesmers and eles can't warp all over the place and hide in stealth.
    Mesmers can

    Everyone stealth stacks as a mesmer in PvP :l

    I think the initiative nerf is enough and maybe increase the teleport cost by 1. But don't give it a cast time
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  16. #16
    None of the current mes meta builds use stealth, some people like running mas invis over moa (which I find silly) but aside from that 0 stealth whatsoever.

    In WvW you might see the occasional stealth mesmer but that doesn't mean anything, I run a confusion ranger in WvW for heavens sake.
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

  17. #17
    None of the current mes meta builds use stealth, some people like running mas invis over moa (which I find silly) but aside from that 0 stealth whatsoever.
    PU is in meta. With Decoy, mass invis and torch. Ends up being great shatter or condition bomb spec.
    Last edited by zito; 2013-11-05 at 04:21 PM.
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  18. #18
    Are you talking about http://intothemists.com/calc/?build=...6;2KJG4KJG42Vs this build? since that build is pretty horrible due to the current meta just plowing through clones and having lots of condi hate.
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Meledelion View Post
    Are you talking about http://intothemists.com/calc/?build=...6;2KJG4KJG42Vs this build? since that build is pretty horrible due to the current meta just plowing through clones and having lots of condi hate.
    Not with veil or scepter. With sword and null field. Giving you more chaos armor up time, and more cond removal. For WvW it'll be a cond bomb spec and for spvp it'll be a shatter one.

    Works pretty well. Phantasm specs usually run decoy and mass invis. Annoying as hell...
    Pokemon FC: 4425-2708-3610

    I received a day one ORAS demo code. I am a chosen one.

  20. #20
    That build isn't meta though, there's too many warriors running about that simply hardcounter it.
    In most cases, I understand the other side's viewpoint and how they came to it, but cannot tolerate their stubbornness to not see mine (the right one).

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •