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Now on PTS! Kheldian Revamp - Issue 4 Preview
« on: June 09, 2022, 11:05:20 pm »
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Hello everyone!

In the next update, we are revisiting and revamping the original Epic Archetypes: Peacebringers and Warshades. Kheldians' unique shape-shifting abilities grant them access to melee, ranged, and survival powers; and made them the first archetypes able to play across multiple play styles.  Transforming between Nova form and Dwarf form, a player could delve further into one play-style at the cost of another--trading survival for ranged damage or vice versa.

However, due to CoH's game system limitations at the time of their creation (in Issue 3), Kheldian shape-shifting was mechanically handicapped in numerous ways.  The most glaring of which included:

Survival toggles would deactivate upon shape-shifting and could not be reactivated until changing back to human form. This made it hazardous to return to the human form mid-combat and also cost critical time reactivating toggles one by one.  This limitation discouraged most in-combat use of shape-shifting.

Nova and dwarf forms provided their own powers which needed to be independently slotted and enhanced. This added a total of 10 additional powers above the standard 24 powers that all archetypes receive.  With 36 powers in total (including two free travel abilities), Kheldans were given no additional means to enhance their powers. As a result, players have long struggled with the process of building their Kheldians in a manner that is both fun and balanced.

Until now, these issues have discouraged shapeshift forms, the core aspect of the archetype, and prevent Kheldans from living up to their title of being an "Epic Archetype." However, newer systems have given us a chance to unlock their true potential!

Get ready! With Rebirth Issue 4, Kheldians are shaping up to be EPIC.

Available NOW on the test server.

Global Changes
  • Toggles no longer turn off when shape-shifting into Nova or Dwarf forms. However, their effects suppress and they are granted endurance to offset their endurance cost.
  • Nova and Dwarf forms have been expanded allowing them to round out their unique powers, abilities, and play style. (Details below)
  • Travel powers can now be used in any form but activating them while in Nova form or Dwarf form returns Kheldians to their original form.
  • Null the Gull can now enable or disable the shapeshift popup tray.
Peacebringer

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Warshade

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The following powers have been rebalanced:

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Re: Now on PTS! Kheldian Revamp - Issue 4 Preview
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2022, 11:08:00 pm »
Heads up folks!

In order to facilitate testing, a free respec has been granted to all accounts. Additionally, we will be stocking the PTS Auction House with salvage and recipes soon.

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