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01.15.2020 , 10:33 AM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Hey folks,

In addition to the Alderaan Stronghold and story update in 6.1, there are also a host of class changes coming. Below you will find a list of the Class changes you will find in our next PTS build that are planned for 6.1 later this week. The list includes changes to classes and any of their items as well. Dev notes will be in italics below for each change to give some context.

Dev note: The healing changes below are part of ongoing balance changes to bring healers to their intended targets. Expect more healer changes and additional targeted class changes in a future update.

Empire
Inquisitor
Sorcerer
  • Enduring Bastion (after Force Barrier) now absorbs roughly 18% less damage
  • Update to the Gathering Force 6pc set bonus: Using Force Speed now reduces the active cooldown of Polarity Shift by 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds). The duration of Polarity Shift is now increased by 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds) and requires Polarity Shift to be used while Force Speed is active.
Corruption
  • Sustaining Darkness now heals for roughly 12% more
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Powertech
  • Reduced Meteor Brawler Firefall damage by 25%
    • Dev note: Meteor Brawler’s Firefall affect was doing more burst damage than intended overall and so it is being reduced.
  • Fixed an issue where Veteran Ranger set bonus was not getting a benefit from Power Loaders
  • Update to the Veteran Ranger 6pc set bonus: Each Shoulder Cannon rocket has a 75% chance to trigger an additional rocket. When Shoulder Cannon is put on cooldown, it applies Autocannon to you for 60 seconds, firing a rocket at your current target whenever you deal damage. This additional rocket can fire once every 10 seconds.
    • Dev note: The Veteran Ranger set was intended to be the more sustain-focused set for Advanced Prototype discipline, and we realized it was underperforming in that regard. We have slightly modified its functionality to improve its effectiveness and give more consistent damage.
Advanced Prototype
  • Energy and Kinetic damage buff from High Energy Gas Cylinder increased to 5% (up from 3%)
  • Power Bracer damage buff increased to 10% (up from 5%)
  • Blood Tracker damage buff increased to 5% (up from 3%)
    • Dev note: Advanced Prototype was underperforming in DPS output, so we slightly increased their passive damage bonuses in the above three changes.
  • Powerlode tactical now increases Energy Burst’s crit chance by 100%
    • Dev note: We noticed this tactical wasn’t getting a lot of use and was extremely situational, so we’ve added an auto-crit aspect to it to solidify it as the burst tactical choice for Advanced Prototype players.
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Operative
Concealment
  • Acid Lash tactical now increases Acid Blade damage by 60% (down from 100%)
    • Dev note: Concealment Operatives with the Acid Lash tactical are doing a bit too much damage and so we are reducing the benefit of this tactical.
Lethality
  • Synox Shots now increases Toxic Blast’s damage by 75% (down from 100%)
    • Dev note: Lethality Operative’s Toxic Blast was becoming their highest priority ability with this tactical and changing their rotation in a way we did not intend. Because of this, we are reducing the damage buff given by the Synox Shots tactical while ensuring it remains a competitive choice.

Republic
Consular
Sage
  • Enduring Bastion (after Force Barrier) now absorbs roughly 18% less damage
  • Update to the Gathering Force 6pc set bonus: Using Force Speed now reduces the active cooldown of Mental Alacrity by 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds). The duration of Mental Alacrity is now increased by 5 seconds (down from 10 seconds) and requires Mental Alacrity to be used while Force Speed is active.
Seer
  • Soothing Protection now heals for roughly 12% more
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Vanguard
  • Reduced Meteor Brawler Ionfall damage by 25%
    • Dev note: Meteor Brawler’s Ionfall affect was doing more burst damage than intended overall and so it is being reduced.
  • Fixed an issue where Veteran Ranger set bonus was not getting a benefit from Charged Loaders
  • Update to the Veteran Ranger 6pc set bonus: Each Shoulder Cannon rocket has a 75% chance to trigger an additional rocket. When Shoulder Cannon is put on cooldown, it applies Autocannon to you for 60 seconds, firing a rocket at your current target whenever you deal damage. This additional rocket can fire once every 10 seconds.
    • Dev note: The Veteran Ranger set was intended to be the more sustain-focused set for the Tactics discipline, and we realized it was underperforming in that regard. We have slightly modified its functionality to improve its effectiveness and give more consistent damage.
Tactics
  • Energy and Kinetic damage buff from High Energy Cell increased to 5% (up from 3%)
  • Riot Augs damage buff increased to 5% (up from 10%)
  • Triumph damage buff increased to 5% (up from 3%)
    • Dev note: Tactics was underperforming in DPS output, so we slightly increased their passive damage bonuses in the above three changes.
  • Powerlode tactical now increases Cell Burst’s crit chance by 100%
    • Dev note: We noticed this tactical wasn’t getting a lot of use and was extremely situational, so we’ve added an auto-crit aspect to it to solidify it as the burst tactical choice for Tactics players.
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Smuggler
Scrapper
  • Acid Lash tactical now increases Flechette Round’s damage by 60% (down from 100%)
    • Dev note: Scrapper Smugglers with the Acid Lash tactical are doing a bit too much damage and so we are reducing the benefit of this tactical.
Ruffian
  • Synox Shots now increases Sanguinary Shot’s damage by 75% (down from 100%)
    • Dev note: Ruffian Smuggler’s Sanguinary Shot was becoming their highest priority ability with this tactical and changing their rotation in a way we did not intend. Because of this, we are reducing the damage buff given by the Synox Shots tactical while ensuring it remains a competitive choice.

Bug Fixes
These fixes are happening because we noticed a discrepancy between Gunslinger and Sniper.
Gunslinger
Dirty Fighting
  • Fixed an issue where Dirty Blast’s DoT from the Exploited Weakness tactical was dealing more damage than intended
Sharpshooter
  • Fixed an issue where the Agitating Energies tactical was refreshing Vital Shot and ticking its damage more often than intended
Again, these changes will be on the next PTS build which we are targeting to be online before the end of this week. Share your thoughts on the above changes in this thread.

-eric
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