FEEDBACK: New Seasonal Affix -- Encrypted

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#1 - Jan. 21, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
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New Seasonal Affix – Encrypted

Please use this thread for feedback and bug reports regarding the new seasonal affix, Encrypted. Providing your group’s composition, keystone level, and any logs is helpful.

New Seasonal Affix: Encrypted
Enemies throughout the dungeon possess relics of the First Ones. Destroy the relics to summon the First Ones’ Automa and gain powerful bonuses, based on the order in which they were destroyed.

Thank you for coming to help test the new affix!

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#13 - Jan. 24, 2022, 7:29 p.m.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback so far! We’re hoping to have a pretty substantial update to the affix in this week’s upcoming PTR build. Mostly changes to how the buffs work, including significant improvements to the two weaker effects, and some more love for healers.

Specific effects, power level and duration for each buff are still open to changing, but our overall goal is to make it feel like each option can be a meaningful choice in different situations, and that there’s room for both pre-planning and adaptation depending on what your group needs at the time.

Also since I’m seeing some mixed feedback here around the haste buff, I wanted to share some insight on why we didn’t make it “highest secondary”:

  • As a player, it’s very difficult to notice a temporary buff to something like damage or versatility unless it’s extremely large. Haste directly changes how your character feels, so it makes the effect more noticeable even at lower tuning values.
  • There are other ways to accomplish this as well, such as increasing character size or changing movement speed. The important thing to avoid is players never noticing that they were buffed (or only noticing it on the damage meter =P).
  • For now we’re still leaning toward using a haste buff here, but I believe have some adjustments in the next build that we’d love to get feedback on.
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#20 - Jan. 24, 2022, 10:38 p.m.
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Lots of good thoughts above, thank you! Some quick callouts:

  • All buffs will have multiple effects in the next build. One of those will include mana regen.
  • It won’t be in the next build, but we intend to make boss relics respawn after a wipe.
  • I spoke broadly about why we favor haste for this type of effect, but definitely recognize that there are cases like tank mitigation & glacial spike that play differently. Curious to hear how you feel after trying the updated buff effects.
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#45 - Jan. 29, 2022, 5:43 a.m.
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Quick comments on some points brought up here:

  • Relics will have their aggro radius removed next build. This should prevent them from making previously skippable pulls un-skippable.
  • We’re working on some adjustments to make relics easier to melee.
  • Boss relics will despawn when the boss they’re tied to is reset
  • No news to share right now, but we’re reviewing feedback on the buff effects and durations.