This week on The Republic, it’s all about patches with SWTOR patch 2.0 PTR news and patch 1.7 info.
Now that players have had some more time to play with SWTOR patch 2.0 on the PTR, the guys discuss various changes that are being implemented. One of the more upsetting changes for some people is a 20% armor nerf for tank assassins and shadows.
However, according to Austin Peckenpaugh this change is intentional:
[block]This was an intended change, and by our measure, it gave us the intended result. To be direct, the intended result is that all tank roles hit the same survivability targets, which is what we are seeing internally. If that isn’t the case in reality (because there are so many more variables in the real game than in our tests), then we will act as quickly as we can to fix it.[/block]
Of course, SWTOR patch 2.0 is still on the public test realm and not implemented on the live servers, so there is room to make changes, should the PTR tests yield different results than what BioWare is doing internally.
Along with the player-worrying nerfs, Bioware has also reworked the Alacrity stat in patch 2.0. The stat now works with instant cast abilities and speeds up resource regeneration. It actually makes since with a stat that involves speed.
Other changes that have been made include expertise kicking the diminishing returns, companions receiving quite a few tweaks and improvements in the area of combat, bonuses being stored on armoring mods and more.
Patch 1.7… Yes… Stuff happened there too…
Leaving SWTOR patch 2.0 behind, we move onto the 1.7. Gary politely leaves the topic of Ilum behind, which is probably for the best. Instead, Justin and Larry give their opinions on the new reputation system.
They also discuss the fact that the developers have decided to significantly increase the amount of abilities a player can learn — as well as the fact that unless the player is willing to pony-up for more hotbars they’ll have nowhere to put them.
Several other changes have been made, including those to item repair costs and more.
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