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The new cooldown display for abilities

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The new cooldown display for abilities

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Transcendent
11.18.2019 , 06:31 AM | #31
Quote: Originally Posted by sharkfishman View Post
I totally agree.

If you're talking about replacing the stupid clock with the cooldown timer text that we had before, I'm behind you 1000% percent. I hate the clock, soooooo much.
100% Agree. It's a bit of a mess, considering we've always had the ability to have a cooldown text that actually shows us how long we have to wait, not some arbitrary clock animation for abilities that have more than one charge, that may or may not even highlight when it's available.

I was quite happy with the cooldown text, the new animation doesn't provide enough information, nor does it even work most of the time.
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Bullyabass
11.18.2019 , 08:40 AM | #32
+1

the new cooldown clock animation is terrible, noone asked for it and its buggy as hell. revert please.

at the very least when i choose cooldown text it should override the default timer animation, fractions of a second matter, especially in pvp

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sharkfishman
11.18.2019 , 10:42 AM | #33
Quote: Originally Posted by DawnAskham View Post
A lot of the UI changes seem to be poorly designed, developed, and implemented.
I agree with this very much.

Even the new gear icons bug me to no end. I strongly dislike the new outfit designer, etc. Everything that I can think of seems like a step backwards, except for the materials inventory. That I like.

Of course, this is just my opinion, but it is what it is.
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septru
11.18.2019 , 12:29 PM | #34
Yes. Sorry for the confusion. I did not know the correct terminology for the new UI on abilities with two charges. But
to reaffirm what has already been stated by man in this thread, by display I mean the new clock animation. I will update the first post, accordingly.

Quote: Originally Posted by Neulwen View Post
For me personally it's both the lack of timers and the look of the animation. If the button were coloured like the default cooldown animation and just had a clock instead of a slider I'd be much more ok with it. As it is it's hard to see it in the heat of battle.
This is exactly what I find frustrating and inconvenience: 1) the lack of cooldown text, and 2) the fact that a ability that is on cooldown will no longer grayed out.

Mostly I have been playing my concealment operative which has three new "charged" abilities: exfiltrate (roll), debilitate (stun), and holotraverse. As a player that plays at a extremely high level (I say this not to brag but to give context), playing group ranked, solo ranked, high level duels, and various pve, my ability to succeed hinges on timing abilities to the half seconds. Often times I only have a millisecond to look down at my quickbar and check whether my ability is off cooldown or not, and if it's not then how long till it will be off cooldown. The fact that I can no longer do this because there is 1) no cooldown text and 2) the abilities no longer are greyed out, makes playing extremely hard and frustrating.

For example: I have been in a high stakes group ranked match where my team was relying on me to stun the target. They would ask (in discord) "Prum do you have a stun?" I would glance down at my quickbar, look at my debilitate animation, see that the ability is not greyed out nor does it have cooldown text, and say "Yes. I'm stunning now." Only to realize... 'Oh. No. Nevermind. Guess I don't have it." And our team would miss a window where our team could have potentially won the match.

This exact serious of events has happened to me almost every time in 6.0. Sure half of the problem is that I've gotten used to cooldown text and the colored animation, but the other issue is that there is no consistency in the new "clock" animation that would make it easier to get used to the new animation.
  • Some abilities that might not have two charges like debilitate and holotraverse if you aren't taking the right set bonus or tactical still have the clock, double charge, animation.
  • Bioware has implemented cooldown text on practically everything, but chooses not to implement it on double charge abilities.
  • Bioware has implemented it's colored/grayed out animation on practically everything, but chooses not to implement it on double charge abilities.

I have no idea how to fix this issue. But I'd like to see a solution that resolves, mediates, or at least compromises with the above listed inconsistencies and problems.
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Neulwen
11.18.2019 , 01:31 PM | #35
Quote: Originally Posted by septru View Post
Sure half of the problem is that I've gotten used to cooldown text and the colored animation
The clock animation is much harder to see though. It seems meaningless that we now have to try to get used to it when there was no need to implement it in the first place.

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TrixxieTriss
11.19.2019 , 01:48 AM | #36
Quote: Originally Posted by neulwen View Post
the clock animation is much harder to see though. It seems meaningless that we now have to try to get used to it when there was no need to implement it in the first place.
this ^^^ 100% this