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  1. Aha! Yes, that makes sense, I forgot the Stalker version was different from the others and the patch notes didn't clarify.
  2. Huh, this is way higher than most other melee set cones - is there a particular reason for it being set so high? For instance, this is a higher cost than Battle Axe's Pendulum (which hits considerably harder). For that matter, it's also higher than Whirling Hands, which does similar damage in a better AoE.
  3. When I customize the colors of my various Energy Melee attacks on a Scrapper to all have different colored fist pom-poms, in actual play, the fist pom-poms don't change color and instead stay whatever color is assigned to the first attack I used. Everything otherwise works fine; the hit effects on the targets are the right color and such.
  4. The question of whether balance matters in MMORPGs as a whole is a complex one, and I think is strongly correlated to how intense the difficulty of the "endgame" is intended to be and how onerous it is for a player to change classes/power sets/etc. In a game like World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV or most MMOs in general, where you have very carefully tuned endgame content intended to be a punishing challenge for large groups of fully kitted out characters (i.e. "raiding"), I would say balance is very important, because there is a strong pattern in MMO social communities where a character class that underperforms by a measurable amount - even if that amount is small - finds itself effectively blacklisted from all of that content. Some examples I'm aware of just off the top of my head would be Retribution Paladins in WoW during vanilla and Burning Crusade; Dragoons in FFXIV during A Realm Reborn; and Paladins in FFXIV during Heavensward. Oftentimes, the stigma of that bad performance far outlives the actual bad performance (people *still* make jokes about FFXIV Dragoons floor-tanking, and they've been one of the better DPS classes for a while now). City of Heroes, even in the era of Incarnate Trials, has never been that game, though. Homogeny is also harder to measure meaningfully in CoH because, I think, the correlation between powerset performance and, as Luminara termed it, player-created homogeneity, while strong, is not absolute; for some of the power sets that happen to be the most powerful, it's probably impossible to figure out precisely how many picked those sets because of their power level versus how many picked those sets because they're broadly applicable to a wide range of character concepts. (For instance, I think the overrepresentation of Titan Weapons on melee ATs that get it can be chiefly blamed on its extreme outlier status; however, I think it's harder to make that argument for Fire Blast, which I think would be a very commonly chosen set even if were less outlying, just because "throwing fire" is such a mainstream concept.) On the whole, I don't think perfect balance is necessary or desirable for City of Heroes. I do think, however, that extreme outliers on both sides need to be addressed, just leaving the question of how extreme is too extreme. (For my part, I think the only extreme outlier set we have on the "too good" side of the equation is Titan Weapons.)
  5. I believe the cottage rule has already been broken in a few instances.
  6. I see no reason to change the original devs' paradigm that the game is balanced around the exclusive usage of SO enhancements and that the only content that is balanced around the use of incarnate powers is the content that requires incarnate powers. If you think heavy IO slotting makes the game too easy, don't do it. Run your characters with SOs only. If you think incarnate powers make the game too easy, unslot your incarnate powers when you're not running content that requires them.
  7. Someone ought to measure to see if the total lengths of Steel Canyon, Atlas Park and Skyway City north-to-south, in-game, come close to matching up with the length of Independence Port. I wonder how close the scale actually is.
  8. The entire original point of new!Dark Astoria as a zone was to give soloists a way to unlock and use Incarnate powers, albeit at a slower rate than players who were willing to do the incarnate trials. Obviously, on Homecoming this purpose has been obviated by the advent of veteran levels and incarnate drops being proliferated game-wide, thus exposing this issue. The best solution, IMO, would be an option amongst all the difficulty slider stuff allowing you to simply give all your enemies incarnate shifts too. For those worried about it not being lore-appropriate, you can either not use it, or make it only apply to DA, or something.
  9. I actually do have the average activation time of all melee attack powers in Tankers handy. The mean raw activation time of all Tanker melee set attack powers is 1.76 seconds. The mean raw activation time of all Tanker melee set single-target attack powers is 1.51 seconds. The mean raw activation time of all Tanker melee set multi-target attack powers is 2.19 seconds. Note that this counts Titan Weapons powers at their base, un-Momentum-boosted activation times. I don't have blast set stuff handy, but this probably provides a decent starting point.
  10. One of the big difficulties with truly evaluating the impact of Hasten (and/or recharge buffs in general) on the game is that unlike most of this game's buffs, Recharge works in a very granular fashion - while any amount of Recharge buff provides a nominal benefit, that benefit is only actually realized if it allows you to actually use a given power more often than you would otherwise. Hasten is such an essential part of the Defender/Controller/similar AT toolkit, in large part, because those ATs traffic in a lot of powers with very long recharges, so the efficacy of being able to use those powers more often will be easily felt. Conversely, on Sentinels or a melee AT, Hasten's primary efficacy will vary heavily based on the armor set chosen; Willpower characters, for example, won't benefit nearly as much from it as, say, Regen will. This isn't to say that melee ATs' primaries won't benefit from Hasten, but with melee primaries, you're generally working in an environment where Hasten is only subtracting fractions of seconds from your attacks' recharges after global recharge bonuses from your build, and so it's a very real open question whether or not that will actually improve your attack chain. An example I'm well familiar with: Dual Blades' "introductory" attack chain (Blinding Feint-Ablating Strike-Vengeful Slice-Sweeping Strike, AKA Blinding Feint-Attack Vitals combo) is gapless and repeatable with very low levels of global recharge - basic IO set slotting will do the job, in fact. Improving on this attack chain (the optimal one, AFAIK, is BF-AS-SS-AS) requires a whopping 315% recharge to be gapless, and around 275% to overtake the Attack Vitals chain in spite of having small gaps. But this means that until you can hit that 275-315% recharge range (which is probably going to require frankenslotting for ED cap recharge over defensive set bonuses, slotting other powers for global recharge set bonuses over defensive set bonuses, fitting in 5 LotG mules, running Hasten, probably running Spiritual Core Paragon instead of Musculature, and maybe even using Ageless in your Destiny slot), Hasten is doing absolutely nothing to improve your attack chain. And even then, you have to consider everything you gave up defensively for that. Is it worth it?
  11. We never really got nearly as good of a look at Calvin Scott's story; it's fairly underdeveloped by comparison, I think. Most of what's there is in either out-of-game sources (with unreliable narration) like the official bios from the game's official website (still available via Paragon Wiki) or is given in short snippets. Some of Calvin Scott's actions seem irrational or don't really come off as making sense; one particular example that is only thinly justified is Scott's attempts to overrun the survivor compound in First Ward with Ghouls (which seems to be explained by personal animus at Demetrios Vasilikos over his not sticking around in the city with the Forlorn so that they could be used as shock troops). The biggest thing there is the reveal in the Minds of Mayhem trial (that Praetorian Aurora Pena was his nurse, not his wife, and that he's a schizophrenic who escaped from Tilman's asylum). Then, in the aftermath of the Magisterium trial (shown in Marchand's Primal Earth arcs)...
  12. Sentinel's Psionic Mastery epic power pool appears to be misspelled in some areas of the game as "Psionic Masterty" - this is noticeable when you right click the powers for info, for instance, or link them in chat (typing [Psionic Mastery.Mind Probe] won't work).
  13. Oh, I'm certain that is the case. That's not the thing being complained about, though - the thing being complained about is that unlike every other Story Arc in the game, the Praetorian arcs cut off hard if you outlevel them and don't let you finish the story. Which is kinda bad when the story is the whole point. This used to be a significant issue on Live when people tried to roll goldside characters during 2XP weekends.
  14. Less than that even really. I ran a Sentinel through Warden last week, solo-only, never going off +0/x1 no bosses, and never using XP boosts. I had to do a single repeatable mission at the end of Nova Praetoria to be leveled enough for Imperial City, and then sailed all the way through to the end of the storyline; from there, I needed only 2 or 3 more repeatables to hit 20.
  15. In the Homecoming era this jank is already pretty well lubricated by simply using the P2W vendor and collecting all the free temp power attacks you're allowed to have. Between your origin power, Nemesis Staff, Blackwand, and Sands of Mu, you usually can have something vaguely close to a gapless attack chain even as low as level 2 on many ATs. I don't have any actual objection to Hasten being made inherent, but other than that it shouldn't be messed with because, as has been documented in the many other threads on this issue, it would have deleterious effects on the support and control ATs that rely on long-recharge powers to perform their basic functions. That being said... Cipher hasn't posted statistics since August 2019, but at that time 88.79% of all level 50 characters had Hasten in their build. So it's pretty close to Stamina levels of ubiquitous. (I would probably argue that a substantial portion of those characters do not use it properly or actually benefit materially from it, though. Plenty of sets have near-optimal attack chains that can be achieved with only modest amounts of global recharge and no requirement for Hasten., and for them, the benefit of adding it is marginal and quite possibly less than adding some other kind of utility power.)
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