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#1 Jun 17 2010 at 6:03 AM Rating: Good
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Abilities:

Restraint: (WAR Lv.77 Ability Delay: 10 min. Effect Duration: 5 min.)
Enhances your weapon skill power with each normal attack you land, but prevents you from dealing critical hits.


Traits:

Critical Attack Bonus: (WAR Lv.78) Improves power of critical hits.

Shield Defense Bonus: (WAR Lv.80) Reduces damage taken when blocking an attack with a shield.

Fencer: (WAR Lv.45) Increases rate of critical hits when wielding with the main hand only.
Grants a TP bonus to weapon skills.


My thoughts:

Restraint sounds like it could potentially be useful. Kind of odd though that we're getting both a native trait that boosts damage of critical hits, and yet an ability that prevents us from getting any at all. I guess it all depends on whether or not the loss of criticals is outweighed by the boost in weaponskill power. I can see this being most useful when superbuffed with tons of attack. I wonder what will happen if Mighty Strikes is stacked with Restraint.

Critical Attack Bonus is a nice addition. This will only help to increase our damage, and makes Mighty Strikes even better than before.

Shield Defense Bonus finally gives us a reason to use our AF hands! WAR/PLD gogogogo.

Fencer looks more useful for jobs that will sub WAR at 90, like Paladin in particular. I guess Fencer + Shield Defense Bonus were what SE was talking about when they said they wanted to increase Warrior's ability to tank.

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#2 Jun 17 2010 at 6:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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Conflicted. Boosting the damage of critical hits in the same update as introducing a JA that makes it so you can't crit? What? I really wish WAR would get some JAs without downsides for once. Agressor, okay, that's an easy trade. Berserk, fine, as long as we can keep our shadows up. Retaliation, that's a bit obnoxious for what you get out of it, but it's manageable. But no crits of of Restraint really hurts. I loves my crits! The function is odd too. You get a bonus to WS damage for each attack. This seems to strongly suggest a return to Axe/Riddil or Axe/Joy setups over wielding a weapon with one of the longest delays in the game. I was really hoping that we had finally gotten over that nonsense!

The whole shield defense bonus and one-hand only thing are alarming and don't fly with either Great Axe or my proposed "want us to dual wield for Restraint" theory. Fencer I guess seems to be an attempt to make /WAR an attractive subjob over /SAM or /NIN and may not even be meant for us, but Shield Defense Bonus at level 80 WAR? Really????

Mighty Strikes Critical Attack Bonus seems to be the best out of this misguided lot. God, I don't even know.
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I'll admit, its a bit perplexing. The increase to critical hit damage makes Mighty Strikes Full Buff Mode™ pretty freaking sweet. Restraint, on the other hand is odd. I guess you can use it for those rare instances where you build TP before a fight, like on Sky Gods and Ground Kings, but does it count all the hits, or does it end per mob? Guess time will tell. It definitely favors multi hit builds, so /NIN might make a comeback if the bonus is decent. Just turn it off and use Rampage/Vorpal Blade I guess. That thought intrigues me.

The shield bonus is still pretty useless, unless its a good chunk of reduction. And even then, Warrior philosophy is to take less damage by making the thing you're fighting dead faster. I guess a mixture of the Critical Hit Bonus + Fencer would be interesting to shield with, I guess.

Want to know just how much Restraint enhances Weapon Skill damage, if it even means damage. Is it extra attack like Berserk, or more fTP or what? That would be kind of hot. Every hit adds another 0.1 fTP to your weapon skill.

It was fTP, right? Its been a while since I thought in depth with this stuff.

Edit: It just dawned on me. If you turn off Restraint to use Rampage/Vorpal Blade, you'd probably lose that damage bonus, making it absolutely pointless. That just kind of dropped it's functionality.

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All these buffs to critical hits yet they make a JA that make them all useless. What concerns me is Restraint is with every HIT you land. This seems perfect for /nin for landing more attacks. Seems like 2-hand vs dual wield will arise once again.
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it is odd that they give a crit dmg bonus and a ja that takes it away.

if restraint ends up accumulating the crit damage of a given hit and transferring it onto ws it could get obscene. think about the jt adds dmg to every crit hit but the ja negates crit hits and adds em to ws. pop 2hr, pop restraint, drop 5k ws at end of 30sec, im sure im exaggerating but it could be a plausibility depending on how they work the ability.

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If Restraint gives an immediate bonus without having to build on it, that's the only way I'll see myself using it. Between base crit rate, crit merits, and the new trait, I'd probably be hurting myself more than helping if I left it on too long. ...I can't prove that. I don't know the math to mentally parse it. I just assume so.

Anyway, no mention of Sekkanoki dropping to 40 with no sub restriction? That's probably the biggest thing we're getting.
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#7 Jun 17 2010 at 8:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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Davrost wrote:

Anyway, no mention of Sekkanoki dropping to 40 with no sub restriction? That's probably the biggest thing we're getting.


I covered that in this thread. That thread is for stuff that subs will give us. I made this one just to discuss WAR stuff and keep it separate.
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#8 Jun 17 2010 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
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There's a chance that the addition of Restraint is meant to be a tanking tool for WARs. Perhaps the additional damage plus the benefits of Fencer are meant to make normally unused weapon skills on WAR be more powerful so that WARs can trade in some of the DD gear they'd normally use for some more defensively orientated stuff. The new 1h Axe WS is elemental right? Maybe they're doing this for that.

Then again, there's no way S-E would even think of that.
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I think there might be a place for Restraint for KJ. As I understand it, KJ doesn't crit without 2hr but still slightly outdoes RR (which crits). For a DoT loss you can seemingly get some serious KJ numbers. Most anything you'd use Steel Cyclone on would have higher def anyway and you'd want the crits in DoT. Maybe, I'm missing something there.


If shield somehow does become viable, WAR/MNK blood-tanking looks like it might actually work. Trading some damage taken for more retaliation DoT and WS. Full time acc bonus for 1h between aggressor/focus. Fencer buffing 1h DoT and Rampage.

Interesting ideas but WAR/SAM is just such a powerhouse, it would really take a lot to make other styles competitive again.
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WAR update looks awesome. mix of different little useful things, and some bonuses for dual wielding.

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#12 Jun 17 2010 at 12:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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To me, Restraint sounds like a way to allow WARs to be more effective using weapons other than GAxe and Axe. It's been said quite a few times that if the different combat skill caps continue to grow at their current rate, there will be quite a gap between A+ and B rated skills. Restraint may be what allows WARs to use weapons like Polearms even at level 99.

Edit: nvm. I was interpreting "weapon skill" as "combat skill". Even if that's what they meant, it wouldn't make sense that the ability lasts only 5 minutes with a 10 minute re-use timer, so it wouldn't work as a stance.

Edit 2: Now that I think about it, I wouldn't be surprised if the Restraint effect disappears after a single WS. Then it would be a super charged WS once every 10 minutes. After you do a WS to drop your TP down, you could pop Restraint to build up it's power as you build up TP. Then you unleash your WS, after which you go back to your usual crit rate.

Edited, Jun 17th 2010 2:55pm by svlyons

Edited, Jun 17th 2010 3:15pm by svlyons
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When I saw restraint, the first and only use that came to mind was "Closing Skill Chains with Steel Cyclone" (or the new WS?) Other than that, I won't be touching it unless testing, proof and data come out to say I should be.
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maybe they plan to add new merits to cut down the 10min timer, assuming the ability is even worthwhile.

it's looking like the crit abilities will help dual wield a lot, while /SAM GA skews much more towards WS damage and generally has higher ATT (so crits help less). unless the ability totally sucks (which given SE's track record is like 50/50 chance at best), there's a good chance the WS damage increase will be > crits with GA.

also, 1 Pahn Point to the first person who makes a video of themselves at an important zerg fight, where they buff the **** out of themselves, pop mighty strikes, then immediately pop restraint and go in for the zerg. assuming it nullifies mighty strikes of course. additional Pahn Point awarded if the editing/emoting/chat log is particularly funny. all Pahn Points will be taken away and you'll be unable to receive Pahn Points forever if you put some sh*tty nu metal/emo/mall punk song in the background of the video (or comparably stupid song). hilarious japanese hair metal is allowed.

Edited, Jun 17th 2010 4:13pm by milich
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milich wrote:
also, 1 Pahn Point to the first person who makes a video of themselves at an important zerg fight, where they buff the **** out of themselves, pop mighty strikes, then immediately pop restraint and go in for the zerg. assuming it nullifies mighty strikes of course. additional Pahn Point awarded if the editing/emoting/chat log is particularly funny. all Pahn Points will be taken away and you'll be unable to receive Pahn Points forever if you put some sh*tty nu metal/emo/mall punk song in the background of the video (or comparably stupid song). hilarious japanese hair metal is allowed.

What's the ratio of Pahn Points to Schrute bucks and Stanley nickels?
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it is odd that they give a crit dmg bonus and a ja that takes it away.

Yeah, it's almost as weird as giving a job Berserk and Defender.
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#17cheza, Posted: Jun 17 2010 at 5:19 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) The way I see Restraint is that you can't land Critical hits on WS but you can on normal hits.
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At first I had the same reaction for restraint, but I guess there may be a couple applications for it. If you can still have a forced crit land then obviously when we 2 hour there would be no reason to not pop it off. The other option might be when you are at a fight as /thf and SATASC onto the tanks. These are usually against higher end mobs that your crit rate is lower against and tanks are having some trouble on hate. Being able to unload higher WS's onto the tanks could supplant more hate on them as well as possibly lead to more damage done (obviously depends on the bonus to WS damage). I know this is not the most common situation but a lot of shells still use the /thf SATA method (and if someone says "if you need melee to go /thf your plds/shell suck" you can go f*ck yourself right off a cliff). I'm trying here folks, its gotta have some application or why would they add this? :/

Oh yeah, its SE. Hello almost all War AF/AFv2, non high damage OaT magian weapon, those OaT GA and axe from a few updates ago, and 90% of WS's.
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would be awesome if WAR80/DRG40 with ridill turned out to be a contender due to new traits (would actually use wyvern targe). highly doubt it, but would be cool.
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milich wrote:
would be awesome if WAR80/DRG40 with ridill turned out to be a contender due to new traits (would actually use wyvern targe). highly doubt it, but would be cool.


Wouldn't Sentinel Shield be better than Wyvern Targe?
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milich wrote:
would be awesome if WAR80/DRG40 with ridill turned out to be a contender due to new traits (would actually use wyvern targe). highly doubt it, but would be cool.


Wouldn't Sentinel Shield be better than Wyvern Targe?


I actually ran a comparison a while back on WAR/SAM(hasso + 19% gear haste) vs WAR/DRG(ridill + 25% gear haste) and they came out pretty close with /SAM winning by a few %. I never gave it a second thought after that, but now seems like it could be viable after the update.
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milich wrote:
maybe they plan to add new merits to cut down the 10min timer, assuming the ability is even worthwhile.

it's looking like the crit abilities will help dual wield a lot, while /SAM GA skews much more towards WS damage and generally has higher ATT (so crits help less). unless the ability totally sucks (which given SE's track record is like 50/50 chance at best), there's a good chance the WS damage increase will be > crits with GA.

also, 1 Pahn Point to the first person who makes a video of themselves at an important zerg fight, where they buff the **** out of themselves, pop mighty strikes, then immediately pop restraint and go in for the zerg. assuming it nullifies mighty strikes of course. additional Pahn Point awarded if the editing/emoting/chat log is particularly funny. all Pahn Points will be taken away and you'll be unable to receive Pahn Points forever if you put some sh*tty nu metal/emo/mall punk song in the background of the video (or comparably stupid song). hilarious japanese hair metal is allowed.

Edited, Jun 17th 2010 4:13pm by milich


I'll throw in 1-3 Jurist points if there are some sort of flashing image references to particularly tasty beer. It better be >8% .
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Dynas wrote:
milich wrote:
would be awesome if WAR80/DRG40 with ridill turned out to be a contender due to new traits (would actually use wyvern targe). highly doubt it, but would be cool.


Wouldn't Sentinel Shield be better than Wyvern Targe?


yes, by about 2%~, 75% of the time, and about 0% 25% of the time. forgot that item.
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Restraint does not wear off after 1 WS, but did wear off at some point, but I didn't see when... And now they made me sync back to 75, cuz Exp was sucking... Poor Skill Ups. Still no Full Cleave at 77 and full merits. 300 is supposedly the magic number I hear?
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Restraint does not wear off after 1 WS, but did wear off at some point, but I didn't see when... And now they made me sync back to 75, cuz Exp was sucking... Poor Skill Ups. Still no Full Cleave at 77 and full merits. 300 is supposedly the magic number I hear?


Any word on how much the percentage increase is?
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300 skill is supposedly the magic number.

THF got his at lv 80.

I do not think merits have a influence on this one... Might be level related like the nyzul WSes - lv 80 only.
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