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Welcome to Phase 3 PTS

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EricMusco
10.02.2019 , 01:41 PM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Hey folks,

Welcome to the final Phase of Onslaught PTS! The main focus is the phase is specifically around balance testing. The biggest thing we want to understand is the impact of mixing and matching sets and tacticals. To help in that, here is how you can acquire gear:
  • The "boost" terminals which are present on Odessen now also grant tech fragments.
  • We have added those terminals next to fragment vendors on both fleets (to save some walking).

Here is where we will want you to do balance testing:
  • Warzones (ranked and unranked)
  • Operations (any difficulty)
  • Flashpoints (any difficulty)
  • World content (missions, heroics, chapters)

There will be separate threads for each content type to give feedback, so please head to them. Additionally we will setup specified playtimes for group content over the weekend to ensure numbers in group finder.

PTS Rewards
You can now earn progress towards the second PTS Achievement. Reminder that completing both the Phase 2 and 3 achievements is required for the Kai Zykken Log Mount. If you did not complete the Phase 2 Achievement, we will count progress towards that now in Phase 3 as well. The current intention is that Phase 3 of PTS will run until the end of next week so make sure to get your achievements completed by then!

Thanks all.

-eric
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10.02.2019 , 02:12 PM | #2
Just a quick heads up, deconstruction for any item is bugged and is not working.

Also the random mods from the RNG vendor are still dropping mods for the wrong spec (so tank armorings, mods, enchancements) as a DPS spec. And like before the drop seems to be around 50% wrong items.

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10.02.2019 , 02:13 PM | #3 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Quote: Originally Posted by Flying-Brian View Post
Just a quick heads up, deconstruction for any item is bugged and is not working.
Thanks for the heads up. Quoting so it is on the dev tracker, deconstruct is not functioning in this build.

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10.02.2019 , 03:23 PM | #4
Boosting to 75 still gives empty shells for main and off hand, which suck for bolster (and probably also for not-bolster). Is this on purpose? If not I can "bug report" it. If it is on purpose, why bother giving them at all?

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10.02.2019 , 03:38 PM | #5
Could you guys pretty please give us a way to buy augments and augment kits? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!
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ZeridanShear
10.02.2019 , 03:53 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
Hey folks,

Welcome to the final Phase of Onslaught PTS! The main focus is the phase is specifically around balance testing. The biggest thing we want to understand is the impact of mixing and matching sets and tacticals. To help in that, here is how you can acquire gear:
  • The "boost" terminals which are present on Odessen now also grant tech fragments.
  • We have added those terminals next to fragment vendors on both fleets (to save some walking).

Here is where we will want you to do balance testing:
  • Warzones (ranked and unranked)
  • Operations (any difficulty)
  • World content (missions, heroics, chapters)
Do not focus on Flashpoints at this time, we are working on making large balance updates to them which will come in with the next PTS build. These changes are based on feedback from the current state of PTS. Head to Operations for a preview of some of the changes (scaling to 70 instead of very low levels, etc).

There will be separate threads for each content type to give feedback, so please head to them. Additionally we will setup specified playtimes for group content over the weekend to ensure numbers in group finder.

PTS Rewards
You can now earn progress towards the second PTS Achievement. Reminder that completing both the Phase 2 and 3 achievements is required for the Kai Zykken Log Mount. If you did not complete the Phase 2 Achievement, we will count progress towards that now in Phase 3 as well. The current intention is that Phase 3 of PTS will run until the end of next week so make sure to get your achievements completed by then!

Thanks all.

-eric
Eric, is there a separate thread for the World Content, or do you just want that posted in this thread? Assuming the rewards aren't final other, just testing balance for World Content?

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10.02.2019 , 04:54 PM | #7 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Quote: Originally Posted by ZeridanShear View Post
Eric, is there a separate thread for the World Content, or do you just want that posted in this thread? Assuming the rewards aren't final other, just testing balance for World Content?
Forgot to move it over, 2 minutes and I will get that up. Thanks for catching that!

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MasterRummy
10.02.2019 , 05:53 PM | #8
and about crafting Eric? What have you done to help us actually craft and test?

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EricMusco
10.02.2019 , 05:56 PM | #9 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Hey folks,

So, a bit of bad news. It was discovered that players were able to access Corellia on PTS. Since this is the story finale of the expansion we don't feel comfortable leaving it accessible and so we are keeping PTS down until we can get a new patch to remove that access. We are aiming for a build tomorrow, so we'll report back and let you know the status of that.

Sorry for the missed time in Phase 3! We'll get it back up as fast as we can.

-eric
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TerraStomper
10.02.2019 , 06:09 PM | #10
I wondered why the PTS dropped off line suddenly.

In the meantime, I have a question: How are we supposed to test balance on the PTS when a significant portion of the gear is inaccessible, namely grade 11 augments, and to a lesser extent stims, adrenals, and medpacs? Or, did i miss spotting a new freebie vendor before the PTS went down?

If we stick with level 70 content, then Level Synch should "debolsterize" stats to the point where the 228 augments are slightly better than the level 73 augments, so I suppose we can just use those. And grade 10 stims and adrenals are almost as good as grade 11s so we should be able to use the grade 10s as a substitute.

Otherwise, I think testing any level 75 content for balance will be skewed at best.