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Proposed Idea for Arsenal Interrupt Issue

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Proposed Idea for Arsenal Interrupt Issue

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twiggie
08.25.2012 , 04:31 AM | #1
I plan to submit this idea to the Suggestion forum if it's well received by the Mercenary community. This idea is simple, yet I feel it would vastly improve our PvP experience without being overpowered or affecting our PvE capabilities in the least.

The idea I propose is that any time a stack of Tracer Lock or Power Barrier is applied, a 20% resistance to interrupt Tracer Missile is also applied. This would last only while stacks of these exist on ourselves, and we would lose that resistance when the stacks expire. At first I thought this could also apply to Heat Signatures, but as that is a debuff placed on an enemy, rather than a buff placed on ourselves, I then thought that could make the concept a little more difficult to manage.

As for how this resistance could be acquired, I thought that the Light 'Em Up talent in the Arsenal tree would be the prime spot for it to be placed.

Of course, this is open to suggestions. I know it may have drawbacks that I have overlooked, but I feel it is a small, yet balanced, change that could go a long way. Your feedback would be appreciated!

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Xenotoxic
08.25.2012 , 10:29 PM | #2
I agree with your interrupt resistance, but not to tracer missiles / grav round.

I think Unload/Fullauto should be uninterruptable baseline in addition to giving the class a root. Why Unload and not Tracer Missile? Because tracer is spammable. Uninterruptable, spammable damage is bad design imo. Unload makes more sense because it has a cooldown and doesn't do bad damage. It would give us something to cast until our kiting tools are back up.

ATM mercs, regardless of spec, are pretty far behind in the kiting/anti-kiting arms race. Snipers and DPS sorcerers both have roots/slows, but we're the only ranged AC without a reliable root.

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Xerain
08.25.2012 , 10:47 PM | #3
IMO stop playing tracer missile in pvp.

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Xenotoxic
08.25.2012 , 10:53 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Xerain View Post
IMO stop playing tracer missile in pvp.
Pyro isn't any better. Have anything else constructive to add to the thread?

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Xerain
08.25.2012 , 11:01 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Xenotoxic View Post
I agree with your interrupt resistance, but not to tracer missiles / grav round.

I think Unload/Fullauto should be uninterruptable baseline in addition to giving the class a root. Why Unload and not Tracer Missile? Because tracer is spammable. Uninterruptable, spammable damage is bad design imo. Unload makes more sense because it has a cooldown and doesn't do bad damage. It would give us something to cast until our kiting tools are back up.

ATM mercs, regardless of spec, are pretty far behind in the kiting/anti-kiting arms race. Snipers and DPS sorcerers both have roots/slows, but we're the only ranged AC without a reliable root.
Only ac without a reliable snare too.

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rotatorkuf
08.26.2012 , 12:20 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Xenotoxic View Post
I agree with your interrupt resistance, but not to tracer missiles / grav round.

.... Uninterruptable, spammable damage is bad design imo. .....
see sniper cover mechanic and immunity to interrupt

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Xenotoxic
08.26.2012 , 03:10 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by rotatorkuf View Post
see sniper cover mechanic and immunity to interrupt
true, but snipers cant heal and are not really meant to be very mobile. if they were meant to be mobile, they wouldn't be tied to cover.

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rotatorkuf
08.26.2012 , 03:14 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Xenotoxic View Post
true, but snipers cant heal and are not really meant to be very mobile. if they were meant to be mobile, they wouldn't be tied to cover.
no, no no no

you're not going to give me that "they can't heal" crap

neither can mercs when they're dpsing....healing on a merc in dps spec completely leaves you open to unanswered damage...i love when i'm on my mara or sin and mercs think they can heal instead of dps me....they become free kills, moreso than before

the only possible situation where you can heal in PVP is if NO ONE is paying attention to you, or you manage to somehow escape a fight

so no, don't give me that "mercs can heal" crap...it's an unfounded cop out

but, end of rant, and sort of back on topic...

i agree without the cover mechanic, snipers would be piņatas....but they should instead get a castable immunity, not a passive immunity

more back on topic....

mercs definitely need some kind of cover mechanic for arsenal spec

IMO, the easiest possible solution for bioware is to move down powershield to either a level 1 or level 2 skill in bodyguard , or switch positions with Critical Reaction (immunity to interrupt during energy shield) so that nothing much is changed, but 31 point arsenal mercs can now spec into an immunity to interrupts

and lord knows why, or if they ever will loosen up on their idiotic arrogance.....but mercs NEED a true interrupt

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Xenotoxic
08.26.2012 , 03:39 AM | #9
I'm not a fan of snipers being immune to interrupts and charges. It should be one or the other, not both. But enough about them, back to mercs.

Mercs don't need an interrupt. Right now their biggest problem is handling melee. Unreliable slows and the lack of a root are the major causes of their weakness to melee.

Your shield idea isn't bad, but it still leaves them wide open to face tank melee.

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rotatorkuf
08.26.2012 , 03:46 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Xenotoxic View Post
I'm not a fan of snipers being immune to interrupts and charges. It should be one or the other, not both. But enough about them, back to mercs.

Mercs don't need an interrupt. Right now their biggest problem is handling melee. Unreliable slows and the lack of a root are the major causes of their weakness to melee.

Your shield idea isn't bad, but it still leaves them wide open to face tank melee.
yeah that's another thing with snipers, inability to leap to them, punt you, kill you, gg

and yeah, that's true, still leaves that, but if bioware was, as i keep saying, not as arrogant as they are, they could easily fix this by switching the snare on jet boost to a root, a la sorc/sniper aoe punt....or, root while channeling unload

or, they could add a new ability, something called channel scrambler or something : "For 4 seconds, you scramble your positioning and enemies cannot leap/force charge to you"....or, to keep with the theme of diverse ACs, "enemies targetting you will leap to an ally or enemy close to them, if no enemy/ally is near them, they will be confused for 2 sec, will end on damage"...and put this on a 1 min cd

will we ever get them to do something like this though? i'm not betting a cent on it