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Class changes and balance in Game Update 1.3

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Class changes and balance in Game Update 1.3
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Goldenstar's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:11 AM | #41
I think the armor nerf on Shadows/Sins is a little overkill. They didn't have a problem holding threat before, but they're definitely going to have trouble staying UP now. The healing nerf is definitely justified for PvP, but i'd suggest reverting the armor nerf. A "tank" spec that onloy has 15% more armor than the LIGHTEST armor class (dps sin/sorcerer) doesn't seem right.
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caravaggio's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:11 AM | #42
Reading the patch notes for GS/Sniper it reads like the SS tree will require 2 more points put into it. Rapid Fire (previously a 1 point skill) is now 3 points. Did Burst Volley get reduced to a 1 point skill (from 3) and that information was omitted in the notes?

onfireguy's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:11 AM | #43
Quote: Originally Posted by Austin Peckenpaugh
I hope the information I could share with you today has helped shed some light on our processes and our motivations.
Yes. I believe that this is the type of communication the dev team needs to engage in more frequently and on a regular basis.

Rollento's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:11 AM | #44
u guys need to fix the force replenishment ability of sage/sorcerer heal spec as thoose classes are atm the crappiest healers in the game unlike operatives/scoundral or bountyhunter/commando they arent able to hold up theyr force during massive and extreme healing moments. the health for force ability all fine and all but the force u gain from that u will loose emidiatly on your healing,unlike the scans and stuff the other healing classes have! my main is an operative and never had energy problems with operations/flashpoint for healing on sage however all you end up is being low on force! ive checked internet and asked many sages and sorcerers and they all tell me the same,there is no good rotation for thoose healers as after 1.2 that class got screwed up bigtime!!! same goes for the pvpgear!
thx bioware for leting me grind my pvp gear for the first 3months and then make it completly obsolete from in 1go after 1,2!cheers for that i wont forget it! lost allot of subscribers with that one isnt it???
I can't agree that force management wasn't out of control pre-1.2. Warzones would last full 15 mins without anyone dieing because of how easy force resources were able to be kept up. I do, however, think its crap that Sage/Sorcs mana intensive quick heal doesn't heal adequately enough to justify its mana costs, and the Deliverance/Dark Infusion heal takes too long to cast, which in Warzones, is easily able to be interrupted. Only way a sorc/sage can survive now is by having a dedicated tank role assist them completely.

In my opinion, Pre-1.2 The difficulty it took to kill a Healer was fine, it was the resource management of force users that caused it to be game breaking. If they fixed the resource management issue, which everyone will agree with, then why did they have to further nerf the Conveyance/Force Bending buff of Deliverance without buffing the quick heals of sages/sorcs. 30% mana reduction on Deliverance is crap, we still run dry in Warzones. Better yet, we don't run dry because we're dead when a simple interrupt brings us to our knees since burst is so high right now.

Aelflaed's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:12 AM | #45
Some of this looks really good. I hope the merc buffs/changes make up for the loss I've seen in damage with my BH. (the previous nerfs were intensely disappointing.) The tanking changes seem promising, as does the sniper buff.

My main characters are warrior tank, BH healer & sniper, so I'm pleased overall.

I do question the 'small change' to assassin self healing/armour. I was surprised to see a 50% drop listed as small. Those look like some pretty big drops to me.

Phlem's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:12 AM | #46
So no addressing marauders/sentinals having the best defensive cool downs that all stack? Their defensive cool downs are just absurde.
No addressing scrappers and concealment ops dps and survivability? Nerfing Survival Training and Survivors Scars isn't helping them at all.

The list could go on, but the lack of any marauder and sentinals nerfs. more or less proves BW only cares about flashy light sabers. I can only hope that the listed changes arent the only ones that are going to come in 1.3. If so rated WZs will be nothing more then teams of 8 marauders or 8 sentinals in the top ratings.
Originally Posted by GoergZoeller
"If we leave the Operative the ability to stun lock and kill people ó yes, there arenít many Operatives ó but over the long term, that means people will quit the game cause itís not fun."

Imascientist's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:13 AM | #47
So i have a 50 sorc healer full WH and a 50 tank assasin mostly WH. In the last patch my sorc got super ****ed and OPs are now incredibly OP healers in pvp. NOW, my tank assasin is also nerfed, and the sorc is still just as bad. The best part, both my characters were biochem. So this means when the patch goes live, bioware will have put me in this situation from "balancing the classes": My sage healer has the worst survivability plus 4 casted heals and only one instant heal (unless you count purge). My tanksin's survivability is also reduced. AND, all of my biochem adrenals are now useless in pvp. OPS, Juggs, and PTs were either buffed or not touched. So now that RATED WARZONES are finally coming out, i have the two worst classes for pvp. I get to reroll an op and jug now, plus getting two new professions. Bioware is forcing me to start over in order to be competitive in Rated warzones, while people who chose FOTM classes like maras and ops are rewarded with two entire patches of being overpowered. I had hope that at least one of my classes would be useful, but it looks now like inquisitors will be absent in a lot of competitive rated warzones. I know i'm QQing, but imagine if you spent days of gameplay getting two classes geared that are now the only two nerfed classes in 1.3. It's like i spent all of my time just to lose to worse pvpers who have an ops healer behind them.

Stratospheric's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:13 AM | #48
And when bioware nerf operative healers? powertech dps? No! shadows are more op than powertech or operatives (irony off)

The armor provided by Combat Technique/Dark Charge has been reduced to +115% (down from 150%).
And buff mercenaries? lol?


see u in gw2

Exiled-Phoenix's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:16 AM | #49
Quote: Originally Posted by BenPaisley View Post
First of all, thank you for actually giving us some GD information. I would like to see more posts like this in the future rather than the devs saying that new features are coming "soon"

Secondly I think that the Merc needs an armor buff because they are so soft in PVP.
The already have the best armor in game for DPS...

Astralll's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 10:17 AM | #50
The tank taunt is awesome as we have a shortage of tanks on my server. The level of communication is already bumping up. This is a great direction.
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