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Changes - 1/17/17

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:23 PM - by beibhinn
The following changes are now live!

General

  • Instruments should now lose their durability much less frequently as before.
    • There was an issue causing instruments to lose durability much faster in conjunction with running several songs at once.
  • The new weapon from Jack Frost, the Ice Shard, has had its slow duration reduced to 3 seconds.
    • Ice Shards are now only usable by level 50 characters.
    • Midgard’s Ice Shard is now an Axe weapon instead of a Sword.
    • This change allows it to be used in the offhand like the other realms.

Class Changes

Enchanter

  • The Underhill Stalker has had two styles removed:
    • Achilles Heel and Leaper :
    • These styles caused the armor wither effect, which lead to massive hits on targets while Summon Mastery (ML9) was active. With these styles removed, the stalker's damage should be more in-line with the other melee-DPS pets in the other realms.
    • Otherwise, we are happy with the DPS pets' damage as these pets are extremely weak to both physical and magical attacks, and gain no defensive bonuses even while under the effects of Summon Mastery (ML9).

Necromancer

  • Arawn’s Legion pet limit has been reduced to 12, down from 16.
    • Please note these pets are instantly destroyed with confusion spells (Skald, Runemaster, Healer, Bard, Mentalist, Warden).
    • These pets are vulnerable to all forms of crowd control.

Spiritmaster

  • Gates of Valhalla pet limit has been reduced to 24, down from 32.
    • Please note these pets are instantly destroyed with confusion spells (Sorcerer, Minstrel, Friar, Bard, Mentalist, Warden).
    • These pets are vulnerable to all forms of crowd control.

Developer's note:

Overall, we are very happy with the pet-based class' performance. Prior to 1.122 pet-based classes had static and uninspired pets and pet abilities that made their pets more after-thoughts than class-defining roles. With 1.122 we wanted there to be a real choice among the different pets with each pet type being useful and unique. In many ways this has been accomplished. However, the melee-DPS pets seem to be a bit too popular still. As we monitor this latest round of fixes, we are looking at some additional adjustments in the coming weeks that will help the other pet types' performance.

In addition, we would like to announce that class balance related tweaks and adjustments will be coming more frequently and more often as Hot Fixes, going forward. This allows us to more nimbly respond to your feedback to address any imbalances and allows us to perform more gradual improvements in shorter timespans. Major class balance changes will still be part of major patch versions (read: with downtime) but tweaks to classes, in the form of Hot Fixes, should be expected every 3-5 weeks throughout the year from now on.

We've addressed the stealther archetypes, light-tank archetypes, and pet-classes extensively over the previous two patch cycles and so Hot Fix adjustments between now and the next major update will be focused in those areas; however, we will be looking at hybrids and the lesser-used support lines in the next major version. Speaking of the next major version, as discussed in the end of the year podcast, one of its major focal points will be on adjusting /uses and procs on gear so that class abilities once again matter more than the procs or abilities found on a character's equipment.

Finally, we'll be outlining our full plan for the 1.123 version (and beyond) in the coming weeks with a Producer's letter and newsletter. There are some big updates on the way and we're very excited to unveil them to you!






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MLK Day Weekend RvR Bonuses

Jan 13, 2017 - 2:30 PM - by beibhinn
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s day, the following bonuses are now up for you! Happy long-weekend, folks!

Bonuses

On Ywain:
  • 100% bonus to RP gain in all NF zones (including the Labyrinth)
  • 100% bonus to RP gain in all battlegrounds
  • 100% bonus to normal XP gain in all classic and shrouded isles zones and dungeons
  • 50% bonus to normal BP in all NF zones
  • 50% bonus to normal BP in all battlegrounds

On Gaheris:
  • 100% bonus to normal XP gain in all classic and shrouded isles zones and dungeons
  • 100% bonus to normal BP gain in the capital cities
  • 100% bonus to normal RP gain in the capital cities

In each Capital City:
  • 40% Bonus to Crafting Speed
  • 20% Bonus to Crafting Skill Gain

In all Housing Zones:
  • 40% Bonus to Crafting Speed
  • 20% Bonus to Crafting Skill Gain


These bonuses will end on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017.









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1.122B Hot Fix #5

Dec 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM - by beibhinn
One last Hot Fix before the holidays. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

Class Changes

Cabalist

  • The Amber Simulacrum pet's style damage has been reduced very slightly.

Enchanter

  • The Underhill Stalker pet's style damage has been reduced very slightly.

Friar

  • The instant taunt line of spells once again interrupts enemy players properly.

Necromancer

  • The Plated Fiend pet's spirit-form style damage has been reduced very slightly.

Painworking Specialization

  • The Death Shredder pet's style damage has been reduced very slightly.
  • The Villainous Strike anytime style has had its damage reduced from Medium to Low.
  • The Frozen Edge rear style has had its damage reduced from High to Medium.
  • The Deathseeker follow-up style has had its damage increased and its damage-over-time effect removed.
  • The following instant damage over time spells' values have had their damage adjusted:
    • Level 37 - Freezing Clench reduced from 64/tick to 54/tick

  • Netherbane's damage over time proc has been converted to a direct damage proc.
    • It now delves for 150 cold damage.
    • The slow portion of the proc remains unchanged.

  • All versions of the summoned Icebrand weapon's cold direct damage procs have had their damage reduced.

Death Servant Specialization

  • The single-target snare nuke no longer applies its snare on root-immune targets.

Paladin
  • The instant taunt line of spells once again interrupts enemy players properly.

Spiritmaster

  • The Spirit Valkyrie pet's style damage has been reduced very slightly.






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Twelve Days of Midwinter

Dec 21, 2016 - 4:40 AM - by beibhinn
The 21st of December is here which means that Midwinter is truly upon us. Celebrate the holiday spirit with our Twelve Days of Midwinter give-a-way event!




On the first day of Midwinter, Broadsword gave to me...


  • Login to the game and visit the following NPCs to receive a special reward each day!
    • Albion: Santa Nicholas in Camelot's church
    • Midgard: Kris Kringle in Jordheim's Assembly Hall
    • Hibernia: Daidi na Nollag in Tir na Nog's Alainn Cuir

  • Speak with the above NPCs to reveal your reward for each day.
    • Each day's reward will be revealed around 5:30 AM EST / 10:30 AM GMT and last the remainder of that day.
    • If you miss a day, you will be able to catch up and receive the missed rewards by visiting the NPC on subsequent days.
      • This means if you simply login on the twelfth day, you'll receive all 12 rewards!
        • Make sure you have room in your inventory!



  • These rewards are limited to level 50s and can only be obtained once per character.
    • All rewards will be tradable.

  • This event will run from today, December 21st, 2016 for the next twelve days, with the last day being January 1st, 2017!







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1.122B Hot Fix #4

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:09 PM - by beibhinn
A few more tweaks and bug fixes to announce this fine Tuesday. Thank you all for the excellent feedback on the patch!

World

  • The difficulty of the Frozen Caverns' challenge mode has been reduced.
    • The mechanics of the encounter remain the same but some of Jack Frost's damage has been toned down slightly.


Class Changes

General

  • Several pets have been fixed to correctly take magic damage.
  • All of the Mythirians from the Frozen Caverns instance can now be equipped correctly.
  • The Speed of Sound Realm Ability no longer drops when hit by certain Slow abilities.
    • All other slows were already correctly not affecting Speed of Sound.


Cabalist

  • The Amber Simulacrum pet's run speed has been reduced slightly.

Enchanter

  • The Underhill Stalker pet's run speed has been reduced slightly.

Necromancer

  • The Plated Fiend pet's run speed has been reduced slightly.

Painworking Specialization

  • The debuff value on the Frozen Edge rear style has been reduced from 45% to 35%.
  • The debuff value on the Frozen Edge rear style has been reduced from 45% to 35%.
  • The Deathseeker follow-up style has been adjusted as follows:
    • Its damage has been reduced from 100/tick to 75/tick.
    • Its frequency has been reduced from 2s/tick to 2.5s/tick.
    • Its duration remains at 10s.
  • The following instant damage over time spells' values have had their damage adjusted:
    • Level 37 - Freezing Clench reduced from 74/tick to 64/tick
    • Level 47 - Freezing Howl reduced from 132/tick to 112/tick

  • Netherbane's damage over time proc has been adjusted as follows:
    • Its damage has been reduced from 185/tick to 145/tick.
    • Its frequency has been reduced from 2s/tick to 2.5s/tick.
      • Its duration remains at 10s.



Spiritmaster

  • The Spirit Valkyrie pet's run speed has been reduced slightly.






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Podcast Video: Year in Review

Dec 20, 2016 - 10:50 AM - by beibhinn
Our Knight Podcast last Sunday took a look back over the past year's changes as well as looked forward to what's coming in 2017.

Knights Luvly, Maceric, and Cyrric were joined by DAoC Producer John Thornhill during the podcast, which is now available on our official YouTube channel!

Watch it below!







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1.122B Hot Fix #3

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:45 PM - by beibhinn
Midwinter is almost upon us and that means its time for the annual festivities... but first, here are some quick Hot Fix notes for you!

Class Balance


Bonedancer

  • The Dread Lord pet rear stun style's duration has been reduced from 9s to 6s.


Cabalist

  • The amber simulacrum pet has had its defenses reduced.
    • This means the pet will die much faster than before to melee damage, making this a higher risk/reward pet.
    • Its offensive damage remains unchanged.


Champion
  • The self strength/constituion and dexterity/quickness combination buff should now properly buff both effects even when sheared of one effect.



Enchanter
  • The Enchantment of Mana buff has been changed as follows:
    • The proc rate has been reduced from 100% to 33%
    • The pbaoe damage proc now scales with the level of the Enchanter.
    • This results in lower damage values before level 50.
    • The damage from the level 50 version remains unchanged at 275.
  • The Enchantment of Zeal buff has been changed as follows:
    • Its re-use timer has been increased from 5m to 10m.
  • The Heal Effectiveness buffs have had their durations reduced from 45s to 30s.
  • The underhill stalker pet has had its defenses reduced.
  • This means the pet will die much faster than before to melee damage, making this a higher risk/reward pet.
  • Its offensive damage remains unchanged.


Necromancer
  • The level 50 Deathsight ability, Bringer of Death, has had its duration reduced from 30s to 20s.
  • The Chthonic Form's hitpoint and armor factor increase once again stacks with other HP/AF increasing abilities like the Spear of King's /use.
  • The Chthonic Form's AF buff is now given out below level 50 at the following levels and values:
    • Level 20-34 receives a 25 AF buff
    • Level 35-44 receives a 75 AF buff
    • Level 45-49 receives a 125 AF buff
    • Level 50 receives the same 250 AF buff

  • The plated fiend pet has had its defenses reduced.
    • This means the pet will die much faster than before to melee damage, making this a higher risk/reward pet.
    • Its offensive damage remains unchanged.



Spiritmaster
  • The spirit valkyrie pet has had its defenses reduced.
    • This means the pet will die much faster than before to melee damage, making this a higher risk/reward pet.
    • Its offensive damage remains unchanged.



Valewalker
  • The level 50 Immolation lifetap will now only heal the Valewalker and its group one time when used.



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