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    posted a message on Staff of herding question

    It's filtered out of classes that cannot use polearms. Wiz cannot use Polearms so you'll only get it as an off class drop.

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    posted a message on Paragon 10000!

    The absolute value difference is completely meaningless though. It's a nonsensical metric that doesn't express comparative power between characters and the only way to eliminate it is to completely remove the level system as a product of playtime.

    The "absolute power difference" you're talking about is just a product of relative stat totals (compounded a small amount by player efficiency). Barring capping XP gains per day there's no way to guarantee players with arbitrary playtime differences are on an "equal field".

    Now if you wanted to "accurately" reflect player leaderboard standing then every player would need to be placed on a leaderboard respective to other p[layers in their playtime bracket. It would theoretically reflect player skill and efficiency of their leveling. If you wanted to perfectly reflect player efficiency then you'd have a leaderboard which ranks players based on their XP gain rate rather than their absolute XP total.

    But it all boils down to there being no "scaling power gap". It's a figment of your imagination. The only time one EVER exists as you describe is if two players play at two different points in the season. A 20% paragon level difference in two seasons is the exact same level of competitive fairness no matter the absolute level differences. It's the same competition with bigger numbers.

    The effect that XP inflation has on non-seasonal is a total non-issue of course. It's not intended to be "balanced" it's just a dumping ground for testing and casual play. The fact that there are even leaderboards at all is idiotic to be honest.

    And FYI blizz is destroying XP bonus gear and XP calculation last I checked.

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    posted a message on Reworking the Might of the Earth set
    Quote from TehCyberJunkie»

    Quote from Gorok»

    I agree that the set needs some buffing, but the way you modified the set makes so that you are forced to play ( ground stomp, Earthquake, Threatening shout, Seismic slam) which will never EVER happen. At most you may go for 2 skills, but even that's a bit far fetched.

    And also "Standing inside earthquake-affected ground reduces damage taken by 50%" that's far too good to be in the game if you ask me.

    I also think it's stupid to give names to additional set pieces. They will never take your names and put them into the game. At least you could say these names and values are placeholders. Though as a placeholder you can easily put a "x" value instead.

    On a personal level, I like the leaping aspect of the set. I see no reason to change it.

    Name a single class set that has three or more variable abilities in their optimum build. The answer is that you can't. All classes have abilities across all builds that are an unwritten rule to have, such as laws, Magic weapon/armor, Companion, gargantuan, mantra, Warcry/battle rage. I like the idea of pushing for Threatening shout because it is never used, and is intended to take the place of an ability that is always used.

    I will admit that I had a singular build in mind when constructing the set and associated legendaries, but I cannot stress enough that this is how sets work in the game currently.

    I'm not a numbers guy. I don't work for blizz. I don't pretend to believe that I can theorycraft up perfectly balanced and fair numbers at all. These are all ballpark numbers intended to give the reader an idea of what my goals are.

    Meh to the names. If by some stroke of ungodly luck that blizz not only reads this, but loves it enough to implement everything but say "fuck your names, i do what i want" and then go make their own - cool. Again, this is all ballparking for the sake of entertaining the idea that this set might not suck ass at some point in time.

    On a professional level, the leaping aspect is accomplished for this class via the Rakor's build. Leapquake will never come back because it is entirely too similar to another 6-piece set on the same class. This build/set is entirely designed (in my mind) to be unique in gameplay to the class.

    There are more than a few sets which leave a lot up to the player. Sure players end up finding perfect cookie cutter skill choices but nothing's stopping a Zunidoctor from not running gargantuan (note: IIRC currently gargy is inferior to doges due to body blocking), nothing stops a tal wizard from not using an armor (in fact many builds simply drop it altogether in favor of mobility). Yes there are plenty of skills that are "required" but items are changing and "best" options change with them. Locking a set into an excessively narrow skillset is only detrimental to the health of the set (and the game) in the long run.

    And FYI: Leapquake should come back. It behaves way differently than raekor's.

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    posted a message on Primary Skills Rework - Synergies With Spenders

    What I disagree with is not reworking primaries, many do need some work, it is simply piggybacking damage onto the primaries. As it stands the rate of change for builds is approximately one set for each class every other season (plus reworks of existing sets) and one legend per class each season (plus reworked legends).

    If the primary focus every season was to include one primary enabler per class (whether as a legend or as a set) then we could have "enabled" builds for every primary in as little as 4 seasons (just over a year depending on season length). That's about the timeframe I would expect for the kind of rework you're proposing, especially given that the large-scale rework you would propose also requires revisiting every legendary and set item in existence (so they don't break) as well as a lot of tuning.

    Stuff like Mirrorball and Omnislash is currently quite fun IMO. Some more interesting affixes wouldn't hurt (BLESSED OF HAULL!) but as a whole there are a lot of currently existing "enablers" and just so few sets that actually leave room for an enabler.

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    posted a message on Primary Skills Rework - Synergies With Spenders

    I'm pulling form the exact pool of players you are - The top performing per class limited to the top 1/2 rift levels. And the reason they tend to be a little skewed is because at the point where you're doing 50's for GRs you're looking at relatively fractional differences in clear speed and the general progression made is 100% RNG based (did you get the right rift? wait is that an ancient Serpent Sparker?). Basically you have skew due to the way progression works at levels 50+. And in the top performers are every build I've said. Which is averaging 1 non-primary and one primary skill per class (ish).

    With regards to your secondary effects: None of the primaries will be taken for those. Realistically you've just piled on enough free damage to make having a primary maybe attractive depending on just how hard your spenders are hitting. The problem with that is equal parts power creep and design intent. The intent is that baseline performance involves resource highs and lows. Sets change how spenders work. Some sets equalize the highs and lows (Wrath, Unhallowed) some sets increase the frequency of oscillation (Roland's, Akkhan's) and some sets just reward flowing properly (Tal's, Raiment). What you're doing is "forcing" primaries into play by converting them into damage buffs, which messes with the way sets change design focus. In your world not using a primary is giving up your largest damage buff. What that means is "equalizer" sets now need to make up for that and "reward" sets need to account for it. "Oscillator" sets won't care one way or the other most of the time unless the primary skill buff relies on buildup.

    Now. Many primaries do need some tweaking but so do an appalling number of spenders. This is a consequence of the way "power" is apportioned. Sets generally focus on one or two skills, which means that if the skill doesn't have set support it's bad and if it's over-supported it's mandatory. Queue DH having literally no usable primaries and every single Wizard running Hydra.

    My proposal is simple - Focus on expanding available skill support through items. Buff some of the terrible outlier skills (primary and spender alike looking at you Justice and Arcane Orb). Address the actual core issue within the constraints of the design framework and actually recognize the fact that 50% of top performing builds are actually using Oscillator/Reward scheme sets rather than Spender sets.

    Analyze sets based on how they reward a player with regards to resource. Start designing "flexible sets" built up from legendary parts rather than greens. Expand itemization to support more things at similar power to what currently exists.

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    posted a message on Torment 7 & 8

    One word: No.

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    posted a message on Blade wings and starcraft

    Promo items are promo items. If you want them you gotta do what it takes to get them.

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    posted a message on A Statistical Experiment, identifying an inventory full of RoRG!
    Quote from OraK»
    600..you want me to die young :D

    Btw guys, that's the point... there should not be different weights, or at least remove default affixes (IAS,LoH in that case) and make a differentiation between defensive, offensive and utility affixes to roll 1 each (just an idea, i prefer socketed trifectas :D)
    The weighting of stats is extremely important for itemization. IF everything were equally likely you'd see items with (insert useless primary) as often as items with (whatever primary is currently best). That would royally screw itemization progression in a dozen different ways.

    A 60 sample size is FAR too tiny to get meaningful data on affix weighting anyway. You came pretty close to the 10% Ancient chance (1/12 compared to 1/10) at least.

    Quote from Enterich»
    Blizzard made this Rorg easy to get, but pain in the ass to get the right stats.
    Farming an RorG for about 5 Months now, i looted 27 or more.

    Not ONE with cc/cd/socket .
    But its fair , u get the nice secondary affix pretty easy but a good one is... Pain in the ass!!!
    I still hate rng , because 27 unusable rorg is bad luck.
    In 10 RoRGs I found 3 with sockets and 3 with Crit Chance. RNg is RNG

    Quote from Jalatiphra

    yeah RNG doesnt mean you have the same chance for everything .. so if there are 10 possible affixes, there is not a 1/10 th chance for each affix to roll.Its a weightet stat distribution system.Blizzard knows which are the most desired stats, and they make them rarer than e.g vitality.However 60 is a very smal sample size to actually get some good analysis of this weighted system..From what i see you are completly missing Life on Hit - whereas whenever i get a rorg it has life on hit..so maybe try to get 600 ? :Danyway thanks for your dedication. every bit of data is good

    60 of his RoRGs had LoH. It's guaranteed and therefore omitted form his little table here.

    Edit: I have some choice words ot say to whoever decided on the post formatting system here. Seriously.
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    posted a message on Build Diversity & Legendary Gems
    This is called a legendary item. We've got something like 200 of these.
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    posted a message on royal ring
    There are precisely two affixes on a RoRG that will be numeric (rather than %) after you're finished rerolling it. One of those affixes is going to be secondary.

    An Ancient RoRG simply isn't worth the effort to get.
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