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Masterwork Gear Changes in 5.10

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Masterwork Gear Changes in 5.10
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EricMusco
11.20.2018 , 01:50 PM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Hey folks,

For those of you who are familiar with current Masterwork gearing plans from PTS, you will notice some changes. Otherwise, this may be an introduction to how all of this will work in 5.10. Throughout this post when I refer to Masterwork gear, I am referring to the new 252 and 258 item rating gear being introduced in 5.10. Based on our initial implementation there were a few key things we wanted to address:
  • Getting Masterwork gear solely from PvP was more difficult than we would like.
  • The implementation encouraged working directly to 258 while skipping 252. We don’t have a problem with this, but it made getting any gear upgrades more challenging and expensive than desired. By “stair stepping” up to 252 and then 258 there can be constant progression that isn’t as expensive as trying to jump straight to best in slot.
  • We needed more opportunities for players to get Masterwork Data Crystals and gear overall.
  • Players had no long term value in getting 252 since they could not be upgraded to 258.

Before we dive into the way MW gear acquisition will work in 5.10, just a reminder that 258 gear can be crafted by gathering materials from a variety of sources, including Master Mode Gods from the Machine. This ensures that the new MM in 5.10 is a very valuable source for progression Ops players. Outside of crafting, there are two ways of acquiring MW gear, by turning in MW Data Crystals to a vendor for 252 / 258 or by receiving 252 gear directly. Let’s cover each of these methods and within each, the separation of PvE and PvP where applicable.

Masterwork Data Crystals
There are two places where you can purchase MW gear:
  • Lord Fural / Major Pucenisco on Ossus – 252 Gear
    • Requires Ossus Reputation rank between Outsider and Hero, depending on gear piece
    • Each piece costs 2 Masterwork Data Crystals
  • Lord Bay’lor / Captain Anfel on Ossus – 258 Gear
    • Requires Ossus Reputation rank of Champion or Legend, depending on gear piece
    • Each piece costs 3-4 Masterwork Data Crystals and a matching piece of 252 gear
Here are the ways in which you can acquire MW Data Crystals per week:
PvE
  • 1 Crystal – [Weekly] Masterwork Data Crystal – This Mission is to defeat both world bosses -or- earn 50 Group Ranked Arena Points
  • 1 Crystal – New rotating Weekly Mission (50% chance of being a PvE objective)

PvP
  • 1 Crystal – [Weekly] Masterwork Data Crystal – This Mission is to defeat both world bosses -or- earn 50 Group Ranked Arena Points
  • 1 Crystal – New rotating Weekly Mission (50% chance of being a PvP objective)
Both
  • Rare chance of MW Data Crystals dropping out of Command Crates at Tier 3 and up
  • 1-2 Crystals – Turning in Unassembled Components
252 Gear Drops
In addition to being able to purchase gear for MW Data Crystals, there are a two places where you can outright acquire 252 gear.
  • [Weekly] Daily Area Ossus will allow you to choose one of the 3 Artifact Lockboxes:
    • Artifact Lockbox (Lower Body): Waist, Legs, Feet, or Relic
    • Artifact Lockbox (Tech): Main Hand, Offhand, Head, or Ear
    • Artifact Lockbox (Upper Body): Chest, Wrists, Hands, or Implant
  • Once you are in Tier 3 of Galactic Command there is a chance that an Artifact Lockbox containing one random 252 piece can drop from Command Crates.

Additional Changes
There are some other changes to help support Masterwork Gear (mostly targeted at PvPers). They are:
  • We increased the current 252 disintegration rates from PTS. 252 gear will disintegrate into 175 Unassembled Components in 5.10 (up from 9 to 45).
  • To help PvPers get the required Reputation for the MW Data Crystal vendors, we are adding Rep rewards to Ranked PvP Missions:
    • [DAILY] Arena of Death!: 2 Geonosian Power Cell
    • [DAILY] My Kind of Scum: 1 Geonosian Power Cell
    • [WEEKLY] Go Berserk!: 4 Encrypted Data Disks
    • [WEEKLY] Time for Pain!: 2 Encrypted Data Disks
TLDR – If a player simply does two Weekly Missions of their chosen playstyle they will be able to acquire a minimum of two 252 pieces per week (or upgrade one 252 piece to 258). This does not include crossing over into both PvP and PvE, any MW Data Crystals or drops from Command Crates, or purchasing any crafted versions of this gear, which can speed up your acquisition rate of MW gear.

Let us know your thoughts on the changes to acquiring Masterwork gear in 5.10!

-eric
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RikuvonDrake
11.20.2018 , 02:14 PM | #2
Despite the jump in reputation from hero to champion to gain 258 gear, this looks a lot better than what was on PTS prior.

That said, any thoughts on how crafting 258 works on PTS with the Forgotten materials or how to acquire alternative item modifications such as the 258 versions of Warding Mod B or Lethal Mod B?

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kukumburr
11.20.2018 , 02:17 PM | #3
Will 258 MH/OH be added to the Masterwork 258 vendor?

I like 252 pieces being added to the Ossus weekly (although why can't we just pick a particular piece? why is there always some RNG?). I like reputation for doing ranked.

I suppose it's good to add getting MWS from ranked but you're basically asking people to do content that you're expected to have BiS for... for BiS acquisition. There's no progression like in NiM GotM where the first boss is a little easier and you work your way up to further bosses while bettering your gear along the way. But it's better than nothing. Kind of wish it was added to solo ranked too but maybe more people will do grouped now.

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Kaizersan
11.20.2018 , 02:24 PM | #4
This is worse than before now it will take even longer to get 258 since you have to waste master work crystals on 252 to even buy it not sure that you were getting the point of why people were complaining about getting 258 pvpers just wanted it as fast as pve players instead your logic is to make it worse for both pve and pvp players by requiring 252 to buy 258 it makes no sense.

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Kaizersan
11.20.2018 , 02:26 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by kukumburr View Post
Will 258 MH/OH be added to the Masterwork 258 vendor?

I like 252 pieces being added to the Ossus weekly (although why can't we just pick a particular piece? why is there always some RNG?). I like reputation for doing ranked.

I suppose it's good to add getting MWS from ranked but you're basically asking people to do content that you're expected to have BiS for... for BiS acquisition. There's no progression like in NiM GotM where the first boss is a little easier and you work your way up to further bosses while bettering your gear along the way. But it's better than nothing. Kind of wish it was added to solo ranked too but maybe more people will do grouped now.
It's group ranked because they want to artificially increase how active it is rather than just encouraging people who are pvpers to play group ranked.

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Lxndra
11.20.2018 , 02:31 PM | #6
Since the WBs are going to key for some PVEers, what's the respawn timer on those going to look like?

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WhiteOsprey
11.20.2018 , 02:32 PM | #7
What about mods and enhancements being locked to specific pieces. Is this intended, and if so why?
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waslaf
11.20.2018 , 02:34 PM | #8
so you can not upgrade 252 to 258 by UCs like in the tiers up to t4 and need to buy these crystals with my UCs instead?
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CathyM
11.20.2018 , 02:50 PM | #9
So, I'm all for PVPers have a path to the crystals, but I don't PVP, so you've just decreased my ability to get a weekly crystal by making the weekly mission be either PVP or PVE.

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DarthYun
11.20.2018 , 02:56 PM | #10
make

them

legacy

bound

Or atleast provide reasoning why you would go the "screw you with all your alts" route again just like the abomination gearing was at the start of 5.0.

EDIT: and with them I mean the masterworks crystals obviously