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Latent Effect: Treasure Hunter+1
Latent effect is activated any time Thief's Knife is not equipped. (Of course, given the highly superstitious nature of the FFXI community, SE would need to spell this out explicitly in some sort of announcement.)
I really like that work-around. Hadnt considered this type of solution, but its a good one. Second on the SE statement.
I am always open to more support/tactical abilities. I just honestly dont think SE can do it. They are smoking som good sh*t if they think despoil was a good idea. Well, rephrase: Despoil is a OKish IDEA. Alternate steal that debuffs an enemy. I can live with that. Implementation fails HARD as we all know. I cant remember the last time ANY support ability was added that was good for any job honestly (that wasnt just a 'next tier' of old stuff like refresh 2, ballad3, cure6 etc).
Collaborater seems to be the last succesful thing I can think of that was actually kinda cool, and even then it took them ages to get it right starting off with over-timed accomplice.
SE could, in theory, add boatloads of tactical support to thf, but I honestly dont think SE has the IQ to pull it off after the utter brainfart that is despoil (even though its not that complex). The one thing they do seem to like to do is buff DD. Its a more straightforward (though less elegant and less interesting) fix to the thf issue (if you can even call it a fix). I guess im just settling at this point for DD buffs because SE seems to feeble to have any idea what the playerbase wants besides damage. So if thats all they know, then ill take it.
I honestly dont expect SE to approach either side with any semblance of intelligence as our choices seem to be utter crap like despoil for support or DW1+Gust slash3+4 for DD, just dont do anything until you can hire something besides 13yo interns. I feel like its 2004 and I hate both candidates because I feel both would do a terribly inept job.
Had this been 3 years ago, i would be all optimistic that it will turn out all right in the end. Now Im with SES post. Weve all been broken to expect so little from SE that we cant imagine SE navigating this issue in any intelligent fashion.
Way to go SE. You fail so much your customers dont think you even CAN do better. I guess if you play dumb long enough people start to believe your retarded. I just cant believe someone got PAID to make despoil. PAID to make DW1. Who gets paid to turn out sh*t like that just doesnt work. How does one of the wolrds gaming behemoths noted for their stellar line of games stretching back 2 DECADES devolve into this completely retarded company that adds JAs that have NO PRACTICAL USE. Christ. Some people ACTUALLY sat at a meeting and said:
"You know what thf needs? Gust slash 4! It will be great! Oh and a new steal that doesnt stack with aura steal, steals FEWER items than steal (if thats possible), gives a mob a random debuff with no choice by the player or even telling the player what debuff it got, but...wont do anything if you dont succesfully steal anything, AND....lets not give HNMs anything to steal!" Someone got PAID to do this. A buncha people got PAID to come up with this bullsh*t. It unfathomable.
Heres a list i can come up with of simple things that would be infinitely better than wtf your creative team is smoking in 30 sec: GO!
*Alternate mug shared timer ability with stun effect
*Reverse collaborater (separate timer)
*Increased crit RATE trait
*backtrack SA to the original effective area. Anything outside frontal visual cone of mob
Well look at that. Theres a list of sh*t i can type out in 30 sec that would not overpower the job for DD (only max potential DD boost is crit rate), while adding a long timed emergency stun ability, better hate control that could actually adjust hate in a significant way by having separate timers. Thats a hate steal or hate plant eery 30 sec. That is significant. ALso frustration removal of landing SA (and possible return do oldschool fuidama to bring thf back up to hate plant king over DD/thf). This sh*t is NOT THAT COMPLEX. Would this make thf perfect? no. Would it be 4 easy steps to program that would be a huge leap in the general right direction? Helluva lot more than whatever SE is cooking right now i can tell you that. Edited, Sep 2nd 2010 2:04pm by Banalaty Edited, Sep 2nd 2010 2:13pm by Banalaty
Edit: /rant off. Edited, Sep 2nd 2010 2:57pm by Banalaty