The Secret World works on revamping elite skills

    
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Hope you’re not too attached to your elite skills in The Secret World, because change is coming. Big change. Sweeping, epic reform that in undoubtedly the product of a vast conspiracy that goes to the top of every world government… or at least is part of Funcom’s to-do list.

Patch notes on the test server forum note that these changes will be mostly positive: “For this revamp, we’ve decided to take a step back and look at all of our elite abilities as a whole. Our focus was to ensure that the elite abilities are something you always want to use and will provide a damage increase when used in a rotation. To that end, we’ve rebudgeted nearly every elite ability to perform at nearly the same level of DPS over the course of an extended fight. What this results in is a cooldown reduction and damage increase for the majority of elites.”

Bombardment, plague, and elemental force will be nerfed with the patch. Specific changes to the skills, both good and bad, are noted in the thread.

Make sure to catch MJ’s adventures in The Secret World tonight on Twitch at 9:30 p.m. eastern!

Source: Patch notes. Thanks to Kaaz for the tip!
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Kaaz
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Kaaz

Husvik pretty much. though people have been predicting the death of TSW since before issue 1 ^^

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Good. They needed a MASSIVE kick up the backside.

EpicViking
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EpicViking

Ironwu Oleg Chebeneev Agreed, for a game that has so few useable abilites at once, having long cooldowns isn’t the way to go. GW2 suffers from this problem in some areas aswell in my opinion.

crawlkill
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crawlkill

Elemental Force, nooooo!

oh well. I’ve used it in every DPS build since launch. just hafta come up with something new, not like I was ever performing at a high level anyway!

Needmoreloot
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Needmoreloot

That’s a very nice way to frame minor nerfs to things and a bump to unused elites… They may want to do that with crowd control, if only it could do more to trash mobs and less to players… I would play more! :D

Husvik
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Husvik

Nordavind Really, kinda odd for mmo players to complain don’t you think?

Husvik
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Husvik

Any Secret World news is grand news, means it’s no where near “on life support”. Reading a few threads on another site and the end was predicted on issue 12, isn’t issue 15 around the corner?

Nordavind
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Nordavind

BalsBigBrother There is ALWAYS whining from certain people in the TSW community when abilities are tuned down.

Ironwu
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Ironwu

Oleg Chebeneev
Long charge-up times.  Long cool-down times.  It was not so much that they are under-powered, it is that they cannot be used very often in a rotation.

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Oleg Chebeneev They tried to improve them a bit already in recent patches, some had too long cooldowns, others were weak and underperforming… 
But still, a more systemic overhaul is needed. Especially with bombardment, that ability became the DoD v2.0 – most DPS these days run pistol / shotgun just because of it (+the DABS buffs are a nice bonus).