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[Important][Game Arena][PvP]Restricting the amount of a class in a game  

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  1. 1. Do you wish a limit of class (Cleric/Knight) to be applied in Game Arena PvP games?

    • Yes, i want to get out of this meta ASAP
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    • No, i'm waiting for a big brain solution even if it could take weeks or more and understand that every big game mechanic change is risky
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    • No, it's fun like this
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As everyone playing Akram Arena knows, the meta has evolved to full ranged to a stuck meta in middle where close to nothing happen until the end.

To make it short, the problem is just that with the high amount of Clerics in one game (it can go as high as 10 clerics in one team, we already saw it) + all the Knights that themselve require multiple characters to get killed + all the Spear Champions aoe debuffing (ps that also have sacrifice but i get it this one is a sensitive subject), the situation is only going to be worse.

Basically , there is no way anyone will outdamage 5 Clerics + all Knights sacrifice + Champions aoe, at best you will see some low def/no dodge characters (dealer, mage, low dodge/no stuff raiders) dying from the few katar Raiders left that for an unknown reason are the only ones always playing in team but that's really all we can expect in the current situation.

So i see only 2 solutions, one is an obvious change with a big downside, another one require some brain and lot of testing:

- 1. Limiting to each game to 3 Clerics max, 2 Knight max - PRO: it solves everything CON: lot of player maining those classe wont be able to join AA, there is only 2 games max running at Peak time

- 2. Finding a counter to Cleric/Knight: it can be be changing how piercing defense work to counter shield block, applying a reduction on heal like it has been done on AOE damage (i don't like it personnally)... - PRO: in the best world, it solves the issue and everyone can bring the class of its choice in any game - CON: balancing is long, tricky, mistake can be made, require a lot of testing, we also don't have a test server available for now

So today i purpose solution 1 because it's the safest one, even if later we could move to solution 2:

Do you wish a limit of class (Cleric/Knight) to be applied in Game Arena PvP games?

Please let us known your opinion so we can fix the situation as soon as possible!

Note: even if it's myself purposing the idea there is unfortunally no magic, as all ideas that we have flagged "Considering" we'r still limited by our manpower, the whole team is full dedicated on the new big updates coming, but i judge the situation enough serious to push it as high priority, just not on top of everything. Thanks for understanding ❤️

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There's no way to possibly out damage those clerics who are all clustered together...circlebreak.png.c24695ab03b9492f2b85ce328519e6e4.png

Somehow no one has any idea that a 80% heal reduction aoe is incredibly strong. Grievous wounds mechanics in most games only go up to half this value.

PVPers are either massively mentally deficient or are trying their best to preserve this meta. As you said, all raiders are katar.

Do not waste a moment of your scarce development time buffing/nerfing/restricting when PVPers can't even be bothered to read skills. This isn't the only healing reduction skill in the game. Hawkers have tons of them.

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47 minutes ago, Garnet said:

- 1. Limiting to each game to 3 Clerics max, 2 Knight max - PRO: it solves everything CON: lot of player maining those classe wont be able to join AA, there is only 2 games max running at Peak time

So while I do think this will make the actual AA games healthier and more inactive it does come with some issues.

 

What is the magic number to limit?

You need to differentiate between Support and Battle Cleric. NA Rose originally checked this be checking if the clear had a heal and buff skill, I would suggest checking if the cleric has the skill heavenly grace in this case now.

That also leads to an issue like a team having 1 support and 2 battle clerics and reaching the cleric quota, but is not nearly as much healing as 3 support clerics which also makes me think capping the number of clerics a 4 to be safer because limiting people who main such classes is an issue as well.

 

 

44 minutes ago, Garnet said:

- 2. Finding a counter to Cleric/Knight: it can be be changing how piercing defense work to counter shield block, applying a reduction on heal like it has been done on AOE damage (i don't like it personnally)... - PRO: in the best world, it solves the issue and everyone can bring the class of its choice in any game - CON: balancing is long, tricky, mistake can be made, require a lot of testing, we also don't have a test server available for now

So I think having more active counterplay to things is a good approach in the long run. More skills that apply wounded or reduce healpower, particularly aoe oes that can deter a team from piling up on top of eachother. 

Consider a skill that leaves behind a hazard in one spot that debuffs received healing if you stand in it. the sikuku catacombs slime already has this mechanic in game.

Another counter is some type of skill/stat that penetrates block like you said, without it necessarily being super high damage to non shield classes. The more that I think about it, you could apply the effect of pierce defense to penetrating block like this:

 

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This would reduce an opponents block physical stat by 50% - 270.

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The knights Block Physical stat would be lowered to 1705, the block rate would remain untouched. 

 

The pierce def/magic stat is relatively underwhelming, this also gives it more value in pvp. This does however change the dynamic of pvp as such classes with high pierce stats will do much better damage vs knights and clerics, so that can also lead to potential balancing issues. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, DoubleRose said:

There's no way to possibly out damage those clerics who are all clustered together...circlebreak.png.c24695ab03b9492f2b85ce328519e6e4.png

Somehow no one has any idea that a 80% heal reduction aoe is incredibly strong. Grievous wounds mechanics in most games only go up to half this value.

PVPers are either massively mentally deficient or are trying their best to preserve this meta. As you said, all raiders are katar.

Do not waste a moment of your scarce development time buffing/nerfing/restricting when PVPers can't even be bothered to read skills. This isn't the only healing reduction skill in the game. Hawkers have tons of them.

This is literally why we need a balancing team to see if this is viable, and then make adjustments based on testing 🙃

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2 hours ago, Garnet said:

1. Limiting to each game to 3 Clerics max, 2 Knight max - PRO: it solves everything CON: lot of player maining those classe wont be able to join AA, there is only 2 games max running at Peak time

3 Cleric Max, I agree. Please differentiate A FS/Dex cleric with an offensive battle cleric. As far i know its will ruins the quota if you sets like that.
2 Knight Max, I Kinda disagree. 3, Give chances knight to get pts since the user not so mainstream, and how they get pts is tricky i would say.

 

3 hours ago, Garnet said:

2. Finding a counter to Cleric/Knight: it can be be changing how piercing defense work to counter shield block, applying a reduction on heal like it has been done on AOE damage (i don't like it personnally)... - PRO: in the best world, it solves the issue and everyone can bring the class of its choice in any game - CON: balancing is long, tricky, mistake can be made, require a lot of testing, we also don't have a test server available for now

First of all,
Wounded mechanic is different from normal debuff mechanic. You need to deal damage and land it before it proceed. This debuff is stoopid hard to land and effect atm as you need accu as main factor to land, This a pay off spamming this (too much gamba)

Counter : Healer Touch [Integrity, Integrity Party, Cure]

For raider DoT :
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to non chances (flat amount of stacks), Example inflict 5 stacks wounded up to 20, each stack 4%. 


For melee raider :
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add flat stacks wounded effect with chances (adjustable because all u do is melee and avoiding too OP)

For Dualsword raider :

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increase the stacks.

For Scout :
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how many attempt chances scout class needed to land this effectively lmao, First Miss , then if skill land need 40% to land the effect XD. Solution use default screw attack skill effect which is fair because have low cooldown.

For dev notes : as my sight, Wounded mechanic type of skill is listed on stb, STAT column with value 143 and RATIO being the %
 

3 hours ago, DoubleRose said:

PVPers are either massively mentally deficient or are trying their best to preserve this meta. As you said, all raiders are katar.

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I wish I could give you any insight, but I couldn't as I have played about 15-20 AA/CD on the new server and turned away as it is frustrating to fight without honor equipment, so not going to comment on the PvP side of things much.

1 hour ago, Garnet said:

- 1. Limiting to each game to 3 Clerics max, 2 Knight max - PRO: it solves everything CON: lot of player maining those classe wont be able to join AA, there is only 2 games max running at Peak time

First, you need to find a way to distinguish the Support and Battle Clerics. And then have to balance out the Support clerics equally, 2 FS cleric vs 3 FS cleric is still a huge one sided game. But, I don't know, maps are usually defender sided.

1 hour ago, Garnet said:

- 2. Finding a counter to Cleric/Knight: it can be be changing how piercing defense work to counter shield block, applying a reduction on heal like it has been done on AOE damage (i don't like it personnally)... - PRO: in the best world, it solves the issue and everyone can bring the class of its choice in any game - CON: balancing is long, tricky, mistake can be made, require a lot of testing, we also don't have a test server available for now

Changing pierce defense to counter shield blocking, would mean a nerf in PvM for those who have pierce defense as monster do not have block mechanics, so there will be some work to reimburse those classes with more damages. And there is nothing wrong with knight being unkillable, they are tanks, if they tank, then just kill someone else, knights don't need too many counter, them being problematic for 3v3 event is just unfortunate. Though, I'm not against the change from pierce defense to pierce block mechanics, as the whole "Pierce defense" offensive side of things are competing with 1) AP 2) enhance damage 3) melee AP 4) attack speed 5) Critical, it would make sense for fair distribution of game mechanics sake, to spread out some offensive stat as a counter to block mechanics instead.

And regarding Cleric's healing, I believe more mechanics like how the Gloopy poop in Sikuku Catacombs work should be added, it prevents people to pile up together bot healing etc and force them to spread out once in awhile. There are classes that are underpowered right now and they are perfect candidates for these.

But first, the way wars are fought are governed by the reward point system, you must need to redesign the reward point system, so that those people will play to win the match instead of motivated by honor point.

 

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I'm probably going entirely off-topic below, so just a friendly reminder.

The pierce defense currently have foot print in glove gem, class passives, weapon and equipment bonuses. The term "Pierce defense", to a new player it sounds like it is designed to counter players with high defense, but this is not the case, it ironically means the opposite. Pierce defense works the best on targets with low defense due to the defense curve diminishing scaling. This always give me a headache, of why a diminishing return scaling is in place for the defense curve, but I will take a wild guess, it is due to the HTK problem (hits to kill), if you plot a theoretical graph of "number of hits to kill a target with respect to a linearly growth dmg reduced by defense curve" vs. dmg reduced by defense curve. You will see the problem, the number of hits to kill a low defense target vs a high defense target, will go exponentially harder if dmg reduced by defense curve were a linearly growth relation to begin with, and this is why a diminishing return scaling is in place for the defense curve. So, just FYI nothing wrong with the diminishing returns defense curve. BUT, pierce defense on the other hand is weird because it is a mechanic that counters low defense target but not high defense target.

Even if pierce defense is changed to pierce block mechanics, for glove gem you will still want to use the Peridot Baguette 5 over anything as it gives 25% attack speed which is over-scaled IMO. Question is, who would want to leverage a pierce block mechanics glove gem when a PB5 takes care of everything? So IMO, keep those pierce block mechanics to class passive, that you know you will live with them and never have to make choices, and then may be some skills that ramp up your pierce block stat temporarily when you are met with knights/clerics, say like Artisan's Acid shot, Gun bourg's Toxic shot, because both Arti and gun bourg, they never have any skill to use but just to pew pew pew.

The CONS if we leave pierce defense behind

Another off-topic subject I would like to touch is, most of us knows that for some bosses like Dark Ranka Shaman, you should not go for a critical build, and this is when pierce defense is more favorable (If pierce defense and critical are the only options available). People ask bosses to be Critical-able, but I think this is actually a good filtering mechanics, it filter out those classes that feeds on high critical/critical dmg for DPS, and those single target classes like gunbourg/BC will shine. But here is the problem, enhance damage also act as if it is ignoring target defense anyways ... so it's not like if we leave pierce defense behind, this filtering mechanics will cease to exist.

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I feel like the whole pierce mechanics thingy should belong to something that you can actually pierce. For example, a character with fortified mana shield enabled. If your bullet does 1000 damage to the fortified mana shield, by equipping Platinum Baguette (5% + 220 pierce physical), you will do 1000 damage to the shield and 50+220 damage to the HP bar.

 

 

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As mentioned earlier. Just put in dampening system with either the stack system adding healing received stacks that cannot be removed every time someone receives a heal in PvP [max like 10-15 seconds before all stacks fall off]. Or some backend system where the longer you are flagged as being in combat, the less healing you get [again only in pvp].

Your problem is healing. Debuffs, Sacri etc, only work because they can always get full value heals. Stacking up is evidence that heals and AoE heals specifically are the biggest culprit. Aint rocket science boys. These problems have been solved for over 2 decades in some other games.

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This is Rose online not AA online, I think you just simply stop focus in current AA meta. Think about how to stop those spamming aoe (both healing & aoe damage) at mid. Players already gave you ideas how to revive AA/CD (like moving crystal..etc).

I'm a knight main so  I will only talk about knight, do you really think they're problem? Did you ever see many knights in an AA game? Even there's no (or only max 1-2) knight in AA now, you still want to nerf this class more? With all those spamming aoes (and with ranged meta earlier), knights are pretty useless.

P/S: this never ever happen in NArose before, when clerics are killable

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18 hours ago, HilariousFace said:

Even if pierce defense is changed to pierce block mechanics, for glove gem you will still want to use the Peridot Baguette 5 over anything as it gives 25% attack speed which is over-scaled IMO. Question is, who would want to leverage a pierce block mechanics glove gem when a PB5 takes care of everything? So IMO, keep those pierce block mechanics to class passive, that you know you will live with them and never have to make choices, and then may be some skills that ramp up your pierce block stat temporarily when you are met with knights/clerics, say like Artisan's Acid shot, Gun bourg's Toxic shot, because both Arti and gun bourg, they never have any skill to use but just to pew pew pew.

Not necessarily. You won't use a peridot on skill based classes and can consider another gem for mixed attackers (using both skills and autos) also the pierce change gives those gems more viability in pvp.

 

Regarding the initial proposal, I do think limiting the amount of clerics is necessary but I think we should cap it at 5 instead of 3. Yes 5 cleric games have alot if healing but if we're too restrictive then people will be detered from playing their class which also can lead to a lack of clerics at the same time.

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If the heal stacking is busted in AA, it's busted in open world too.
Clerics heals should stack, but not past 2 or 3 clerics. The healing needs to get reduced at some point. 

If you make it so that the healing isn't beneficial for several clerics to be in a match, then you'll see the number of clerics in each match go down on its own naturally. 
Currently, the power is in party heals, as most clerics aren't really focused on single target heals. 

Not exactly sure of the numbers, or the reduction it should be, I just, am pretty sure the solution is to negate how powerful, several clerics healing is. 




Because I am hoping for a solution similar to this. (big brain solution) 
I voted the second option. 

I'd rather a real fix, than a band aid solution.  

But another solution my be to fix point distribution towards wins, while punishing AFK with less(to no) points. 

Currently, people are seemingly always going to abuse the fastest way to earn points, and because this is the current fastest way, they'll do it. 

If points is changed to be earned on wins, then, players will be focused towards wins. 

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