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Returning player seeking State of the Game summaries

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Returning player seeking State of the Game summaries

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SoonerJBD
01.22.2020 , 11:42 PM | #1
I played from early release until a little after the first level cap increase/Rise of the Hutt cartel release. I did everything you could at that point. Was pretty good at PvP. Finished all the top-level raids at the time. Iíve just re-subbed now after years away from the game. Iíve played through a couple new character stories but havenít done much involving other people and havenít really touched any of my old lvl 50s. Iím not ready to get back into ops at the moment, but I do want to finish Makeb, the Rise of Revan and the other new story stuff.

I feel like I need some folks to help me with where the game is at now. In particular, what are the best classes for the various roles/best DPS specs for the various classes now? Veteran Flashpoints seem like a great way to level and gear up without doing all the planet quests. What else do I need to know?

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looneybinjim
01.23.2020 , 12:24 AM | #2
As a returning player who recently levelled to max and hit the 306 I rating cap, from what Iíve seen ops arenít hugely relevant anymore. You get get full endgame gear sets without ever stepping for in an op, though my understanding is ops might make this process faster.

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SoonerJBD
01.23.2020 , 01:04 AM | #3
Ops were fun, though. My favorite memory from gaming was when my guild first cleared HM EC.

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Darkchip
01.23.2020 , 02:51 AM | #4
It really comes down to what you want to do.

If you are looking to just lvl your toons and get them good gear well it can be done in less then 1 month of play.... for all your toons i wish i was joking but i've basicly gotten all mine up to 75 and have their bis tacticals and sets and it really doesn't take long at all and it will take even less if you only play a few toons.

Getting gear now is a joke all you need to do is just spam flashpoints which takes next to no time and in less then 2 day of solid spaming (a few hours each day) you will have a toon at 306 at which point you can start build your basic set for your main and alts off all the stuff that drops in the flashpoints then after you have all the sets you want deconstruct (the new reverse enginering) for jawa scrap and tech fragments (the currency for buying the new tacticals and gear sets) and just buy you sets that way.

I had one of each toon i played but i've gone down to about 3-4 mainly because i don't like most of their new sets and playstyles but yeah thats basicly the new way to play the game at it's fullest, Ops pffft whats ops i've done maybe 1 this whole time i've been back which sucks because i used to do them every day now their is no real drive to do them unless you want to go for some set pieces or tacticals that have a chance to drop in them to save yourself some credits and fragments.

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Void_Singer
01.23.2020 , 04:27 AM | #5
State of the game is..... sigh

things to know
Story Mode is the new easy/solo mode, Veteran is somewhere between old Normal and Hard modes, and Master is somewhere between old Hard and Nightmare modes.

you should be able to level characters on mostly class story, and outside of that, veteran FP's offer the fastest leveling.

Gearing at level 75 is all about item rating until you hit 306... ignore all stats and just equip the highest item rating till you get there. Random Master Mode FPs are the fastest, *IF* ques are popping, otherwise, random vets

Ops are now mostly a social thing, they don't drop any better gear, and take a lot longer.

Crafting is..... a crappingg insert of things that already made Anthem fail, and buggy AF

I can't comment on PVP, I don't do it.

== Story Stuff ==
The revan storyline is fun, but the pirate them on rishi may grate on your nerves. I recommend finishing yavin the solo way before doing the OP.

Ziost is... weird, but it's more like the older content like Makeb

KotFE / KotET is a completely different playstyle than all previous content... very much solo oriented, and very story heavy.... if you like those things, youl love it...
... unfortunately you'll also probably hate it because it's a buggy mess since the most recent expansion.

Iokath is next.... no one bothers with it anymore, and it's home to one of the longest, and buggiest OPs (Valley of the Machine Gods)... I highly recommend skipping the whole planet, or at least only going through the solo story chain. It also starts the Traitor Arc, which is really just 3 FPs and some cutsceens. still the 3 hardest FP's in the game, but story mode is easy enough

after that is Osuss (Jedi Under Siege), It starts the Sabatuer/Loyalist story line. It's mostly a ghost town these days, it's a fairly fun, but small area (on the order of Quesh).... The "Library" heroic is completely FUBAR since the last patch and uncompletable.... also, don't bother with the gear you can get from the vendors there, it's trash now.

after Osuss is Onslaught which starts with Onderon, then Mek'Sha, and ends with an FP. If you don't make it from 70 to 75 doing these (they aren't hard) you're doing something horribly wrong. This arc also potentioally ends the sabatuer storyline.
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SoonerJBD
01.23.2020 , 09:21 AM | #6
So... what are the best classes for each role now, and what are the best DPS specs for each class?

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RikuvonDrake
01.23.2020 , 09:42 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by SoonerJBD View Post
So... what are the best classes for each role now, and what are the best DPS specs for each class?
for a returning player it wont make any difference what class or spec you play, the balance between DPS is pretty good currently and it's more if you are a good player and can play the class correctly than what spec/class you run. Since you are a returning player it will be quite a while before you can play any class well so dont worry, pick what you think is fun

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Lhancelot
01.23.2020 , 11:00 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by SoonerJBD View Post
what are the best DPS specs
Sins, Operatives, Snipers
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There will be no real class balance change with this clown community manager who hates communication with players and terrible developer team.

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JediQuaker
01.23.2020 , 12:08 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Lhancelot View Post
Sins, Operatives, Snipers
You mean Gunslingers. 🥰

To the OP - as has been said, what's most important for DPS is what class/spec you like to play, fits your playstyle, and you have experience with.

I haven't played a healer or tank** since I came back to SWTOR a couple of years ago, so I can't say what the best specs are now, but I do think there may actually be "best" specs for them.

** My Guardian has played a sort of "fake tank" in some Veteran mode flashpoints.
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TrixxieTriss
01.23.2020 , 08:16 PM | #10
PvP is the slowest way to lvl new characters now because the lowbie pops are much slower and the queue can die in 10mins of a 4 man permade or a bunch of idiot trolls start playing. Where at one time it could be the fastest when you enabled all the legacy boosts.

Itís also the slowest way to gear when you reach lvl 75