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Tank Balance Changes in Game Update 5.9

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Tank Balance Changes in Game Update 5.9
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04.05.2018 , 01:35 PM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Hey folks,

Let’s talk about the changes coming to Tanks in Game Update 5.9. There are two things that informed the changes you will find below. First, “skank tanks” are greatly overperforming in PvP. This is a player who is using a Tank Discipline but equipping DPS gear. Second, when comparing all tanks (regardless of gear) against the DPS targets we outlined last year, tanks are doing more damage than intended.

The summary of what we are changing in 5.9 is that tanks across the board will be doing less damage. To ensure that this doesn’t have a negative impact on their ability to tank/hold threat, we are greatly increasing their overall threat generation. This will mean that although they will commit less damage to an encounter, holding threat will not be any more difficult than it is today.

We are going to continue to monitor things beyond 5.9 and see if additional changes are needed.


Below is the detailed breakdown of changes.

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04.05.2018 , 03:05 PM | #2
and defense is still more or less useless in pvp. thanks for nothing

Just adapt guard, in such a way that the transfered damage gets mitigated by your defensiv stats. so not only endurance is a viable stat in pvp.
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04.05.2018 , 03:07 PM | #3
I guess this will help technically with asjusting the skank tank performance, how much I guess we'll see, but this also doesn't remotely curve the usage of skank tanks since all tanks are being nerfed across the board. Then again I don't think any tanks that took ranked seriously wore pure tank gear anyway so yea. I wonder what the PvE parse drop will be for each of the 3 classes, especially PTs.
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04.05.2018 , 03:09 PM | #4
This doesn't fix things at ALL!

The tanks might not do as much damage, but skank will still be the way to go vs an actual tank in PvP, especially from a ranked perspective.

It will be 2.2 DPS + healer + .9 tank (vs 2.9 DPS + healer + .9 tank)... but it will still outperform a "proper" 2 DPS + healer + tank

I thought you were going to make a min Defense req for PvP to cue as tank or (somehow) make PvP defense mean a damn XD

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04.05.2018 , 03:10 PM | #5
Very happy to see these adjustments!

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04.05.2018 , 03:11 PM | #6
And yet DPS Jug/Guard, PT/VG, Sin/Shadow can still use guard?

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04.05.2018 , 03:18 PM | #7
Nice now you have no reason any more to play PT Tank in PvE ore better to say,
no other tank as Asssasin good job Bioware.

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04.05.2018 , 03:24 PM | #8
How are you planning to offset these changes for PvE Eric? Will you be boosting DPS players damage for PvE since you're cutting tanks so much?

Tanks already sucked for leveling...this destroys them.
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04.05.2018 , 03:27 PM | #9
Yeah, nerf our damage output and do piss for us in warzones. Thanks, team. You want me to just send you my Vanguard's balls in a box?
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04.05.2018 , 03:28 PM | #10
Well, Im sure the thought that DPS is going to have to work that much harder in HM/NiM ops didn't even cross their minds. But this is typical of BioWare. They rarely, if ever, fix the actual problem and just apply band aid after band aid, never addressing the root cause (bad design in the first place).