Now do you really think that Anza?
I don't think it's unreasonable to think that it's POSSIBLE that they could just introduce some sort of sidegrade alternative to an existing item that comes from an event most people no longer do. Or maybe in classic S-E fashion, make it a situational piece where it's better in some ways than existing gear and worse in others (say, DEX+6 to the master, but no automaton stats).
I would hope that it's an actual improvement, and my personal expectation is that it PROBABLY will be a little better than the +1. But it wouldn't shock me if it's not really a big improvement over the +1, or even slightly worse. Especially if it ends up coming from a Treasure Casket reward that anyone can solo, giving players who missed out on Einherjar an opportunity to upgrade from the AF "weapon".
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DPS: 3 An improved version of the animator. Boasts vastly simplified operation over the standard model.
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honestly from the what is said about it i would think its going to give either a delay reduction,manuver recast reduction,or lastly small attack and acc boost. I am guessing this wont give master stats like the other animators.
Don't trust description text on Animators. I thought we already knew based on the previous ones that the text is meaningless fluff that doesn't correspond to actual performance.
Turbo Animator: "An improved version of the animator. Transmits commands at a faster rate than the standard model."
Animator +1: "An improved version of the animator. Allows orders to be more directly relayed to the automaton."
And what we actually got was hidden master DEX, and some extra automaton HP/MP on the +1. Edited, May 13th 2011 2:45pm by Anza