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  1. Okay, I thought I remembered it finally getting fixed on live way back when. Dang so for DDR on Shields does everyone just take Ageless Radial? I usually like Rebirth on characters without a heal, am I gonna have to take the dreaded Aid Self instead?
  2. Title=thread. Slotting Cytoskeletons appears to enhance DDR in Mids but I don't have a 50 shield to test in game. Don't wanna drop the inf if it doesn't work and have to respec out the extra slot. Also the DDR does still stack from a second casting, right?
  3. Hey all! I'm rerolling my Fiery Melee/Shield Defense/Blaze Mastery scrapper from live. To what I can see his effectiveness hasn't changed much since 2011. Main difference I see is the new proc rules (almost always a buff) and the critical strikes ATO proc. So is Cremate->Incinerate->Greater Fire Sword still the optimal chain? Would subbing in a faster Fire Sword or Scorch allow you to get 3 crits in instead of two from the ATO proc? Is Ring of Fire better with the purple proc and the quick animation? (My gut say this becomes the optimal chain, but I'm having a devil of a time making it endurance neutral). Also did fire blast get the animation slowed? Or is mids just wrong. I remember it being 1.452 arcanatime on live, so the 1.848 on mids surprised me. Any other attacks to consider? Cross punch with a -res proc and purple proc?
  4. Is the taunt aura in shield def enough to counteract if so? Or is Rad Melee better on brute to keep runners in check?
  5. Willpower is the same but first 7 powers
  6. Hey all! I was gonna recreate my fire/SD scrapper from live, I hear stalkers are the bees knees now. It looks like Fire loses it's best attack for AS, but shield doesn't lose anything important. Any recommendations one way or the other?
  7. More specifically, can Zapp (I know it's damage is glitched in Mids) improve Elec Melee's poopy ST DPS?
  8. On live I had really just started getting into scrapper shenanigans when the sunset came, but I recall soloing a bunch of AVs with no insps, incarnates, or no temps, following the scrapper rules. I loved my purpled out Claws/SR and FM/SD. Since coming back, my first character (DB/SR) has only hit level 42, but I did manage to solo Jurassik at the end of the Numina TF (Monster, not GM) with no insps or temps (no envenomed dagger!) with an about half-IO'd build, so that was a pleasant surprise! Did they nerf the Monster class? I thought on live they weren't soloable by melee classes without breaking the scrapper rules, and while it was slow going, I managed to churn him down pretty easily, way moreso than the ambush at the end of the Manticore TF (had to use insps AND daggers for that one!). Excited to get to 50 and really put this guy through his paces. More stupid scrapper tricks forthcoming!
  9. Hey all! On live I remember building for S/L res set bonuses was difficult/not worth pursing due to very few set bonuses and low values. Now I hear people talking about hitting the res cap on a brute and that it's easier to slot for res now. I even hear of people building 50% S/L Res into Super Reflexes of all things! What are some sets that are good for those S/L Res set bonuses? (Especially for SR)
  10. Is this worth slotting in a passive like stamina? Or does it only function in click powers like dark consumption
  11. I heard about rage being "fixed" (or nerfed to hell depending on who you ask) and it got me thinking, is Moment of Glory the perfect power to pop to survive the rage crash, a chance to refill your blue and green bars and then right back into the mix? Also foot stomp seems like it would be great for giving some breathing room for regent's clickies. Anyone who's tried this combo have anything to report? Both leveling and high end
  12. I was gonna try both SR (my old fave) and Inv (which I haven't tried since my very first character in 2006 who only made it to 20). SR makes the recharge easy, though invulnerability I could see it being too much sacrifice and just going BF-AV. Would be nice to also have permanent Dull Pain though.
  13. So I know the conventional dual blades attack chains: BF->Attack Vitals (for low recharge) BF->AS->SS->AS (for high recharge) BF->AS->SS->[gap] (for high recharge) But does anyone use this one? BF->SS->NS->AS (Empower->Sweeping Strike) To my eyes so long as the combo is landing consistently you maintain a constant 100% damage bonus and it averages to 184 dps, only 2 less than the optimal chain, and requiring more than 100% less global recharge. Plus it lets you actually use one of those pesky tier 1-2 attacks you're forced to take. Anyone tried it?
  14. Hey all! Playing scrappers (and brutes) and soloing AVs and Pylons and running +4×8 were always my favorite tests of awesome back in the day! By the standard of maybe 2012 I'd consider my meta-knowledge pretty darn good, comfortable working out dps and dpa and attack chains. Mostly I'm wondering if amid the piles of patch notes I missed some stuff, so I have a few questions: 1: Have scrappers or brutes received any major AT-wide changes I should know about? Still roughly neck and neck in terms of effectiveness? Any sets get the nerf bat? Did Stalkers get buffed? Never used to hear much about them and now I seem to see them pop up more often. 2: talk to me about the new sets. Everyone has been raving about /bio, and I hear good things about rad and savage. Just like a quick summary of what makes them stand out and how they shine would be great. 3: procs! I heard about the ppm change, but now I'm hearing about people slotting 6 procs into a power? That wasn't exactly the way to go on live, other than some niche buzzsaw builds, did procs get better? How do these new proc heavy builds work? 4: I haven't done incarnate stuff yet. What do I need to change in my builds to live past 50? I hear energy damage is a thing to look out for. Do I need to hit the 59% softcap? 5: Titan Weapons seems insanely broken. I heard it's due for a nerf. Is that just a rumor or should I hold off building one for now in case 6: any new global or set bonuses in the IOs I need? Any new ATOs or other sets?
  15. I've always preferred CoV. Each zone has way less wasted space, no being forced to run all the way from founders falls to Perez park for a single mission, and virtually 0 hunt missions or forced teaming missions (speaking of: does anyone actually like hunt missions or click-two-glowies-simultaneously missions? Can't we just ditch those? I honestly doubt they would be missed.) Villains has always felt more streamlined and like you wade through less BS to get to the story arcs. That said, Mayhem Missions are one of the only villainous things where you feel like you have agency to enact your own evil plot. I think CoV would benefit from an expanded set of missions like these where you have some autonomy and are out for yourself. These would be similar to expanded mayhem missions, let's call them NEFARIOUS PLOTS or something like that. They could follow a somewhat simple setup. Part 1: design your evil plot: YOU as the villain choose from a list of motivations, e.g. Money, power, destabilizing an rival organization, etc.. while this aspect will change the way the following missions play out somewhat the key here is that YOU get to roleplay what kind of villain you want to be and what your motivation is. Different motivations lead to different rewards (e.g. financial theft gives more drops, ripping off tech could give some sort of temp power, intimidation gives more infamy, just some small scale short lived reward for completing your plot to reflect your choices). Here you can also define your methods. Do you want to be a smash and dasher? A subtle thief who nobody knows was there? A smooth talker who charms your way into power? Choices made at this stage will establish your "style" of villainy Part 2: choose your victims YOU as the villain get to choose the location you want to hit, or the group you want to hurt (e.g. longbow, wyvern) ideally from all the paragon city locations and organizations, this way you actually get to go to the "city of heroes" and make some noise. This is one of the best parts of mayhem missions and key to feeling villainous. Again, you are an autonomous villain, you should choose who you want to fight and why. Part 3: find some flunkies Every powerful villain needs some stooges. Here you get to pick your favorite group of baddies (hellions, freakshow, etc.) and you basically go on an instanced mission where you beat down their leader to gain their respect, or steal an item to blackmail them into doing your bidding, or kidnap the leader's significant other, some real top dog nastiness to show them who's a villain and who's a stooge. Maybe you want to play a smooth talking charismatic villain? There can be a way to do the mission as mostly dialogue. This could be as combat light or heavy as you choose, again based on roleplay character choices established in steps one and two. Part 4: time to smash This is where things go super-mayhem-mission style. You show up in paragon with an army of goons from whichever organization you recruited. Depending on your roleplay choices, these guys could be your foot soldiers in a grand battle, a mere distraction so you can sneak around, or more. But the mission starts with you assigning them objectives (e.g. start taking hostages, kill everyone you see, do some property damage, start looting). These objectives could make the mission play differently (fewer ambushes if the goons are distracting your enemies, random bonus inf from them stealing/looting, etc.). Basically the path you take to your destination will vary somewhat by the way you use your goons. Part 5: your individual mission Once you reach wherever your goal is (the bank, the base of operations, whatever) the mission will play out based on your motivations and style (some villains will have a stealth mission, some will be massacring everyone they see). This way they will play more dynamically than mayhem missions but incorporate all the best parts. Part 6: the escape Do you really your flunkies or do you leave them behind to take the heat? Do you leave them in a dramatic standoff against the police so the cops won't follow you, or bring them with you as backup to fight the hero(es) who inevitably show up? Again, you get to dictate their actions. Part 7: the aftermath Once you're back at your base with riches in hand, do you betray the group you recruited (more inf/bonuses for you but you have to fight a whole pissed off organization) or do you sacrifice some of your spoils and retain their goodwill (could give a temp power that allows you to summon some goons as pets, or maybe a confuse power to make them join you when you meet them on the streets). At this point all the choices you've made in the previous steps will be reflected in the rewards you get. Whichever hero group you agitated will get a taunt effect such that they will be more determined to go after you (not sure how this could work code-wise, maybe just random ambushes now and then would be easier, the point being you made it personal to them). Obviously this is a very rough idea and many of the steps would have to be smoothed for balance, but I think the core idea is sound. You as a villain get autonomy over what kind of plots you concoct, your methods for achieving your goals, and who you want to make enemies with. Your choices will be reflected in your rewards. The key concepts here are that you get to make choices through dialogue that will affect the gameplay and mission design, the closest in an MMO you can get to having impact on the world.
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