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Yeah, Jade Maw is nothing compared to that boss!
So Shawn, if you were a dev and you had to choose:
A) make ascended gear with the same stats as exotic same as legendary, possibly have people quit the game earlier because they have nothing to grind,
B) implemented as ANet did, or
C) implement a stronger grind-based stats increase
What would you do?
Actually, everyone else, please answer.
Say ascended would eventually exist from the beginning to stop the whining before it started. Then B. And say the stats shouldn't affect much... since they don't really.
The people who want something to grind for stats are, in my opinion, playing the wrong game. And the addition of one extra tier does not provide a significant long term goal. If they wanted to grind for the looks of something, cool. Just like Obsidian armor in GW1 that took a lot of work.
@Shawn: Thanks for replying and offering the feedback Shawn, it really is appreciated. Though it is far more forgiving than any of the other reviews I've read thus far, so I'd like to pick your brain a little on some of the details I've heard reported.
Apparently, there are certain pieces that have drastically increased overall stats. Some report as much as a 40% increase over exotics on specific combinations and 12.5% on others (20% increase seems to be the mean). Overall, it seems you can get a total of 3% actual increase to power from the the currently released pieces. If that vein continues, you'll be looking at almost 15% more point blank power once fully released.
Any weight to those claims?
@Alaris: my option wasn't on your list, but i hope you don't mind me adding one.
I would have been FAR more proactive in the stopping of bots from the start, which in turn would have kept the price of exotics relatively high (just look at the sudden increase on all materials following the massive bot shutdown that just occurred). This would make exotics more exclusive, while still obtainable. Infusions i would have simply had drop from the chests, as equipment upgrades, and released the update otherwise unchanged.
Of your options, however, i would have picked A. The majority of complaints I've heard on the game was just lack of things to do once 80. The events, the fractals, and some MUCH needed fixes in Orr would have gone much further in fixing this problem than forcing in a new tier of gear that grinders will probably have done in a month then quit the game anyway.
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Last edited by NachyoChez; 20-11-2012 at 19:40. Reason: Swypos
If they implemented a stronger WoW sort of progression it would more than likely drive people off. Just look at Nachyos reaction over the mere thought of gear grinding, for instance. As it is, it's optional "something to do if you feel like it" as legendaries are.
According to what I figured out, it would take two pieces of ascended armor to gain an additional 6 damage to my heartseeker while under 25%. Even if we boost that up to an unattainable extra 100 damage, that still isn't enough to care about - especially when you will never ever see the damage numbers of someone doing 100 more damage in pve.
Of course, the reverse is true as well. How often have you ran with someone in all greens and not realized it? More than you probably realize.
I admit, there might be a flaw somewhere in my math, but it seems that Ascended gear will be a borderline requirement for any team that's not focusing on the zerg in WvWvW.
I'll agree that in PvE you can say in greens- I've played with no pants (broke while getting entrance open and never stopped for repair like an idiot) and cleared CoF with 0 issues. My concern is for WvWvW which is of a major interest to me, and this new gear DOES look to be giving substantial increases to the damage there. More concerning, though, is the difficulty in acquiring the gear.
I apologize for not mentioning this in the original post, I did misread the way it was worded. I though that once per day you could get a chest for the gear at the end of a fractal. I only just found out that you must complete Fractal 9 for the chest, once per day, and even then only for a CHANCE at your piece of gear. I don't see how you could possibly have catered it more to the grinders, and less to anyone who wants to play the game as was promised. Two days after the event and I've still found no hope great enough to trigger a reinstall :-(