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2003-04-23 14:49:26


Shaman players - we adjusted yesterday's change. Everyone - read very, very carefully these notes hot off the dev team keyboards:

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Dark Age of Camelot

Test Version 1.62b Release Notes

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

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We realize that this will be one of the more controversial test patches that have been put on Pendragon. We are reducing the damage of Left Axe combat styles, which will lessen the damage done by Berserkers and Shadowblades ("Shadowzerks" - who rely on Left Axe damage) when they use those styles. Because of a series of past changes to the class, an imbalance was introduced where these combat styles do far, far too much damage. We do not make this change lightly. In general, we try to find ways around directly reducing the damage done by specific classes by introducing counters usable by other classes, but in this case the imbalance is just too great. We are seeing an RvR situation where the battlefield is being increasingly dominated by Berserkers and Shadowzerks who are using this increased damage to take over battles. As part of our ongoing focus to balance classes in RvR, we have to take steps to ensure that one ability (Left Axe) does not totally overwhelm every other class.

Also in 1.62b, we are taking steps to enhance Blademasters and Mercenaries, which addresses a longstanding set of complaints from players of those two classes. Additionally, we are making more tweaks and updates to Hibernia; in this case opening up some new class/race combos.

In future 1.62 test patches, we still plan to address some Archer issues, as well as possibly some more Hibernia spellcasting/hybrid class tweaks. Stay tuned to a future 1.62 test patch note for details.

As always, the changes in these notes are for Pendragon testing, and we'll make tweaks and adjustments to them as appropriate.



THE LIGHT TANK EXPLAINED

There's been a lot of discussion, controversy, and misunderstanding about light tanks in Dark Age of Camelot. One of the main requests we get is an explanation for what purpose a light tank serves in a group (both in PvE and RvR). In our definition, light tanks are Blademasters, Mercenaries, and Berserkers. There is a fuzzy line in some places (the Savage can also be considered a light tank) but for the purposes of this discussion, we're only talking about Blademasters, Mercenaries, and Berserkers.

The purpose the light tank was designed for was to be a damage dealer, but not have much defense. Because of this, they should not be a good one-on-one class, but they should be able to do a great amount of damage when not holding aggression from an enemy player or monster.

A way of illustrating this is that a Blademaster should not be able to go head to head (one on one) with an Armsman or Warrior (primary tank) and reliably win. However, a Blademaster and a Hero working together should be much more effective in dealing damage than two Heroes working together. The same holds true for the other Realms - A Mercenary should not be able to take on a Warrior head to head and win reliably, but a Mercenary/Armsman team should be quite effective. This is why the primary combat style chains for these light tanks are positional in nature - they assume that someone else is holding a monster or enemy player's aggression.

>From reading this description, everyone familiar with these three classes will know that they deviate from the design goal in several different points. Berserkers do more damage, as they can (usually) go head to head with a same-level primary tank from an enemy realm and win. Those who play Blademasters and Mercenaries know that in RvR they can not only not go head-to-head with an enemy tank, but they are not even as effective as intended in tandem with another primary tank - two Armsmen or two Heroes are more effective than working with their Realm's light tank.

In light of this, we are making some changes in 1.62b to even the playing field. Mercenaries and Blademasters do less damage than they should, so in this update (1.62b), we are increasing substantially the bleed damage on their high-spec level styles that have a bleed component, as well increasing the damage on some other styles. In addition, we're making some changes to Blademaster and Mercenary special abilities in this version - check out the "Class Updates" section below, for more details.

The Berserker being overpowered comes from the fact that Left Axe combat styles do too much damage overall, which makes them - as well as "Shadowzerks" - do more damage than they should. So, Left Axe style damage is being reduced. Even with the Left Axe reduction in damage, the Berserker will still be able to take on an enemy primary tank and win more often than not - which is a departure from the light tank concept, but is essential in keeping the spirit of the class that is familiar to those players who are longtime Left Axe users.

When 1.62 goes live, we will offer a free single line respec to all Berserkers and Shadowblades because of the changes to Left Axe style damage.



MERCENARY AND BLADEMASTER UPDATES

Blademaster Changes

- The Blademaster Triple Wield special ability has been updated. It is now on a 7 minute re-use timer (it was previously set to 30 minutes). It now will stack properly with other damage adds - it will always increase damage no matter what other buffs or damage adds are currently affecting the Blademaster. Triple Wield also now makes Blademasters immune to critical melee damage.

- The Ice Storm -> Tempest -> Supernova chain has been modified for Blademasters only (i.e. Rangers and Nightshades are not affected by this). The damage for each has been increased, and Ice Storm now has a short stun component.

- Increased bleed damage for Celtic Dual combat styles Tempest and Twin Star. This is a Blademaster ONLY change - other classes that receive Celtic Dual will not see increased bleed effects on these styles.


Mercenary Changes

- The Mercenary Dirty Tricks special ability is now on a 7 minute re-use timer (it was previously set to 30 minutes), and has changed in effect. It now activates a 30 second offensive proc effect on the Mercenary that applies a 10 second debuff on the Mercenary's target every time it is hit. This debuff gives the target a 50% chance to fumble all their melee attacks while under the debuff's effect.

- The damage for both styles in the Flank -> Shadow's Rain combat style chain has been increased for Mercenaries only (Infiltrators are not affected).

- Increased bleed damage for Dual Wield combat styles Dark Tendrils and Dual Shadows. This is a Mercenary ONLY change - other classes that receive Dual Wield will not see increased bleed effects on these styles.


Left Axe Changes

- Reduced the damage done by Left Axe Combat Styles. This will affect both classes that can specialize in Left Axe (Berserkers and Shadowblades).



CLASS NOTES

- Hibernia: Celts can now be Nightshades.

- Hibernia: Elves can now be Blademasters.



SPELL NOTES

- Increased range of the Animist Dancing Spark line to 1500.

- Changed the Shaman Minor Earth Invigoration line (fatigue regeneration buff) to take significantly fewer concentration points. This is a Pendragon-only adjustment.



ITEM NOTES

- Shrouded Isles only: The model for the Dreaded Frost bound Fang has been changed to better reflect the area it comes from.

- Shrouded Isles only: The Mayor's Ruby Ring (Midgard) can now be equipped in the ring slot.

- Shrouded Isles only: The Griffon Slicer, Dark Weaved Vest, and Dark Weaved Leggings (Midgard) now have a proc chance set.

- Camelot Classic: Most of the boss mob loot in the frontier dungeons has been upgraded. The old stats were compared to SI's boss mob imbue points and brought up to par. The only items that were not increased were already equal to or above equivalent SI boss mob loot in bonuses. In addition, a few new items were added for the Reaver, Necromancer, Animist, Valewalker, Savage and Bonedancer.

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Ils se trompent pas en disant que ça va être un de leur patch les plus controversés...

Je pense que les VN vont exploser dans une gerbe de sang.
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Moonheart va piquer une crise en voyant que les celtes peuvent faire nightshade :/

Par contre les elfes blademaster, c'est très bien !
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Omg le zerk va être nerfé c'est pas le ragnarök hein?

Le zerk restera LA classe du tank bourrin qui fait mal.


Le plus inquiétant c'est le coût du regen endu chamy qui va être augmenter en conc.
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Outch et ouin ouin INCCCCCCCCC
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Nonon, tu as mal lu. (ou alors je comprends pas l'anglais) Le buff de regen endu du shaman prendra moins de pts de conc (ce qui est logique).
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oula ça va ouiner
<prépare les mouchoirs>

10 po le mouchoir 10 po !!! super affaire ...
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vs sentez pas comme une odeur de fake?
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Arf celte et elf qui se voit ouvrir de nouvelles classes !

Sinon une petite traduc permettrait de comprendre un peu plus
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vs sentez pas comme une odeur de fake?
Vas voir par toi même sur le Herald.

P.S. Archer love en 1.62
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Ils reconnaissent à demi mot l erreur qu'ils avaient fait sur le left axe, c est pas mal


(si vous voyez pas de quoi je parle, allez lire )

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merci Aratorn

- Hibernia: Celts can now be Nightshades.

il existe donc un dieu !
(ref Wayn's World )
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Ben pour moi qui suis BM c'est pas un ouin-ouin mais plutot un grand soulagement, on va enfin pouvoir rivaliser avec la moissoneuse batteuse mid c'est pas trop tôt.
Par contre rien sur le flurry il va rester ou être enlevé parce que du coup il n'a plus lieu d'être à mon avis si les dégâts des damages dealers deviennent équivalents... (hors rage/ épée..)

Par contre je m'étonne de ne pas voir de respec line pour les BM et les mercos..

En plus ça va remettre au goût du jour les warriors mid peut être qui sont sous-représentés du fait du potentiel destructeur du zerk
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et les nains assassins ... ?
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Tu vois un nain se faufiler discrètement dans l'ombre ?

Pas moi


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