Tastes Great! Less Filling!
Day Three of tackling the new enhancements finds us examining Coin Serf, the Hagglebot with Benefits.
I originally planned to skip Coin when writing these articles. She has a very dedicated but unusual purpose, and I felt that might limit her usefulness as an example.
But I have had a change of heart. Mainly because I have less choice than anticipated, as the Character Copy tool that allows characters to access Lamannia has gone MIA. It used to be part of myDDO, and the supposed new link to it does not actually exist.
So I am left to use whoever is on Lamannia already. Meaning, Coin.
Now that my mind has been changed for me, I am warming to the topic, this ought to work out pretty well. Not in spite of Coin’s specialization, but because of it. Can the new enhancements continue to support a character with 72 Haggle, 59 UMD, 47 Open Lock, and still allow her to be a pretty decent DPS caster?
|It may be a more interesting and informative illustration than I had anticipated. On the live servers, Coin selects enhancements (and feats and items and everything) based on a ruthless Haggle-first priority.
Next is anything that will help with DPS casting. Then UMD. Open Lock was recently added to her priority list, but it was added as the last priority.
This ruthless prioritization is why Coin may be the only Sorceror ever to have both Negotiator and Skill Focus: Haggle.
But I digress. On with the enhancement comparison:
|This article is part of a series where I am trying to get my brain up to speed on the new enhancement system. I’m doing it in the context of my characters, examining them one at a time, attempting to rebuild them on Lamannia as they are on the live servers, then stepping back and comparing the before and after versions.|
|Old Enhancements||New Enhancements|
Now that I have done this a few times, some patterns are beginning to emerge. Four in particular:
- Everyone is going to have more active abilities that require more buttoneering
- All of the Prestige Enhancement abilities that used to come with the PrE for free have been “unbundled” and now must be purchased separately
- Stat improving buffs are nerfed overall
- Hit points are going down
Spell critical chance is going down too. And in Coin’s case, unlike Brymn, she is losing spellpower. On the live servers she has 52 universal spellpower but 132 cold and 184 lightning. On Lamannia she has 100/115/157.
But then on Lamannia she has abilities that increase her spellpower each time she casts a spell. Maybe it will be a wash.
Overall, I think Coin ends up pretty much the way she started. She’s lost a couple of MPH off of her UMD and Open Lock fastball but is still able to hit 72 peak Haggle. And she’s still a decent DPS caster.
She’s still going to die a lot, really a lot, but then she always does.
The more things change, the more Coin is probably a soulstone. Same as she ever was.