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LIVE SERVER - Sept. 12, 2021
« on: September 13, 2021, 01:49:46 am »


Welcome to Rebirth Issue 2: Paths to Power

During our Spring 2021 State of the Game announcement, we listen to the community about the challenging game grind and economic scarcity of salvage and recipes.  In this update we work to address this in several ways.  A common theme of the economy and grind overhaul is to reward players for engaging in multiple styles and areas of gameplay.  This focuses on better rewarding players within a particular area of gameplay based on the theme or specialization in that area of the game.  Here's what's in store.


Gameplay


Reward Merits

A sneak preview was released back in Rebirth Issue 1 Editon 1 where we significantly discounted many of the items in various merit vendors.  For Rebirth Issue 2 we've standardized the discount at a 40% reduction from sunset costs across all merit vendors.  In most cases, this means even greater merit cost reductions, though a few costs have increased.  Expect the following in general:

On Live, three and four stat recipes often cost the most merits.  Their prices have been standardized under the lowest costing recipe in their set and received the same 40% discount.
Special or Proc recipes are now the only recipe worth more in a given set as previewed during Ri1e1.  Their prices from Live are discounted and approach a 40% discount most of the time.
This lowered the price of PvP recipes in the Empyrean Merit vendor.
We added both Very Rare (Purple) Recipes and PvP Recipes to the Reward Merit and Astral Merit Vendors.
Influence costs for recipes and enhancements received up to a 40% discount across all merit vendors.
We removed all attuned enhancement purchase lockouts from vendors preventing players from buying more than 1 item every few days.

Merit Vendor Changes:

IO Recipe Type Reward Merits Cost Astral Merit Cost Empyrean Merit Cost
Uncommon Normal 50
30
N/A N/A
Uncommon Special 75-125
60
N/A N/A
Rare Normal 125-165
75
16
12
N/A
Rare Special 200-220
125
32
18
N/A
Purple Normal N/A
300 & 22.5m Inf.
N/A
90
40
12
Purple Special N/A
375 & 28.125m Inf.
N/A
112
40
14
PVPIO Normal N/A
400 & 30m Inf.
N/A
240
50-60
32
PVPIO Special N/A
500 & 40m Inf.
N/A
315
60-70
42

Exemplar and Recipe Drop Improvements:
- While exemplared, level 50 characters receive a chance for level 50 recipe rewards for defeating enemies.
- Increased drop pool chances for Very Rare recipe rolls from 1% to 2.5%.  Loot Boosters double the percent chances. 
  NOTE: Chances of drops have not increased, just the odds of the roll being Very Rare within those drops.
- Removed 20-hour lockout from Enhancement Catalysts drops.
- Temp power recipe drops reduced 10x.  Note: Does not affect Amplifier drops.


Endgame Content and Endgame Character Build Synergy


While completing endgame content we want players to also be progressing on their endgame character builds.  Therefore we have included features that enable players to more easily accomplish both goals at the same time.


Astral and Empyrean Merit Bonuses

- Very Rare recipes receive a 2x bonus cost reduction.
- Rare recipes receive a 40% bonus cost reduction (Astral Vendor).
- All recipe lockout timers have been removed.

Incarnate Trials and Incarnate Content (Dark Astoria):
- Endgame content receives a 2x bonus drop pool chance for Very Rare recipe rolls.  Loot Boosters double the percent chances.  NOTE: Chances of drops have not increased, just the odds of the roll being Very Rare within those drops.
- Reward Choices for completing Incarnate content now offers a choice for a random Purple Recipe instead of Super Inspirations when receiving a Very Rare reward.
- Added a recipe to break down Notices of the Well into an Uncommon Thread Material.
- Added Shard Recipes for Tier 1 Incarnate abilities of Destiny, Lore, Interface, Incarnate, and Hybrid.
- Team Member will now be granted progress on weekly Dark Astoria Arcs. This applies to Flashbacks as well.
- The Dark Astoria contact, Gabriel, now rewards a Rare or Very Rare incarnate material in addition to Empyrean merits.

Dark Astoria
- Increased mob experience by 25%.
- Added a reward option to Ephram Sha and Maharaj for 2 incarnate thread's worth of iXP split between Physical and Psychic on first obtaining. It will then have a 20 hour cooldown in which you will only be able to obtain 1 incarnate thread's worth of iXP. This option also gives half of said value to Advanced Psychic (aka Hybrid slots unlock).
- Arc Completion Incarnate Merit option increased from 2/1 to 4/2.
- Changed chances of Astral/Empyrean Merits on Arc Completion Rewards from 80/20 to 60/40.
- Taskmaster Gabriel now gives 4 Empyrean merits instead of 2.

"Master of" Task/Strike Forces Rewards

Successfully completing any Master of Task Force will reward 1 random Very Rare recipe.
NOTE: You can only obtain this reward once every 60 hours for a given "Master of" completion.

Hamidon Origin Enhancements

Hamidon (The Hive):
- The reward choice for defeating Hamidon has been increased from 1 to 3 random Hamidon enhancements.
- The 24-hour reward lockout has been reduced to 30 minutes.

Seed of Hamidon (First Ward Zone Event):
- Defeating Seed of Hamidon rewards 1 random Hamidon enhancement.


Alignment System and Merit Improvements

For earning alignment-specific merits, we want players to be reward with unique power-ups that virtually no other area of the game currently offers.  Here's what’s in store for them.

- Hero & Villain Super Packs and Vigilante & Rogue Super Packs will be purchasable with Alignment Merits.
- Vigilante and Rogue Alignment Merits have been added.  Places where they previously earned Reward Merits will now earn Vigilante/Rogue Merits instead.  This goes for Hero and Villains too, where Reward Merits were initially given instead of their own alignment merits.
- One Hero, Villain, Vigilante, or Rogue Merit will be awarded during the first alignment change/reinforcement respective to the chosen alignment.
- Hero and Villain Super Packs will cost 6 Hero/Villain Merits or 10 Rogue/Vigilante Merits.
- Vigilante & Rogue Super Packs will cost 6 Vigilante/Rogue Merits or 10 Hero/Villain Merits.
- Reduce the number of Alignment Tip missions to receive a Morality Tip mission from 10 to 5.
- Public Fame points now expire in 20 minutes, allowing for faster progression.
  Note: These changes allow much faster side-switching for players to join their friends, earn alignment merits, or experience other content.  To balance the reduced number of missions required to earn alignment merits, alignment vendor costs were returned to their sunset values.


Gladiator Merits and PvP Vendors

Lifelong PvPers can rejoice as we have introduced a reward system into PvP so that you can, if you so choose, work towards your character build entirely through PvPing.  PvP remains the fastest way to earn PvP recipes and you can now earn any other recipe through the introduction of the new Gladiator Merit.

- Defeating a Player with Rep rewards 5 Gladiator Merits.
- Defeating a player without Rep has a chance to reward 1 Gladiator Merit.

In addition to defeating players, Gladiator Merits are now obtainable for completing the following PvP zone events:
 - Bloody Bay:  Shivan Pet Reward - 7 Gladiator Merits
 - Warburg:  Code Event Reward - 15 Gladiator Merits
 - RV:  Hero/Villain Reach 1k Mech Pet Reward - 50 Gladiator Merits

- Removed the PvP recipe lockout for defeating a player with Rep.  Note: You cannot earn Rep from defeating the same player with 5-minutes.  As is how Rep works.
- PvP recipes received a 4x drop chance bonus for defaulting a player with Rep.
- Loot Boosters double the chances that a PvP recipe could drop.


Inspirations Abound

Dual Inspirations have a very small chance to drop from PvPing.


Super Inspirations have a very small chance to drop from Elite Bosses and Archvillains in Incarnate Content.


Team Inspirations have a chance to drop while Teaming.  The size and chance of these drops follow the game's natural progression/reward system.


Dual Team Inspirations have a chance to drop from PvPing while Teaming.  The size and chance of these drops follow the game's natural progression/reward system.


And also...
- Dual, Super, and Team Inspirations are now tradable.
- Dual, Super, and Team Inspirations now last 60 seconds like all other Inspirations.
- Added HotKey "C" to the Inspiration combine menu.


Souped Up Super Packs

We've reworked Super Pack rewards a bit to serve better rewards and require less in-combat "email" management.
- Very Rare Cards now have a chance to reward a Very Rare Attuned Enhancement.  This replaced the odds of a Very Rare rewarding another ATO.
- ATOs have a much higher chance of rewarding in Rare cards.
- Added BrainStorm Ideas cards.  They come in three varieties: common (20x), uncommon (40x), and rare (60x).
- Inspirations Cards have been removed in favor of the new in-game inspiration drops.
- Other reward cards (not listed above) that overlapped in rarity from common to very rare have been reworked in lower tiers to make room for the Rare/Very Rare odds improvement.  They should now appear in the common and uncommon card tiers in a more desirable pattern while appearing less to never in rare and very rare.  Noteworthy exclusions to this are Reward Merits, Experienced, XP Booster, and Catalysts.  These cards can appear in any rarity and have been excluded from the change.
- Hero/Villain and Vigilante/Rogue Super Packs can be sold on the auction house like the Winter Super Pack.
- Added icons to the Winter Super Pack.



Attuned Enhancements

Made Very Rare attuned enhancements received from Super Packs tradable.
Added icons to Winter IOs.


Architect Entertainment
Increased AE Ticket cap from 9,999 to 99,999.


Conversion Sets
Added conversion sets for Very Rare Attuned Enhancements.
Added conversion sets for Universal Damage Enhancements.







Gameworld


Striga Island:
  • Atmospheric update made to this unique zone inspired by the horror and war comics of the 20th century.


Task Forces:
  • Lowered the minimum Task Force size to 4 players. Task Forces with lower than 4 player minimums remain the same.

Vigilante and Rogue Alignment Vendors:
  • Vigilante Merit Vendor has been added to Kings Row
  • Rogue Merit Vendor has been added to Cap Au Diable


Gladiator Vendors:
  • Hero and Villain Gladiator Vendors have been added to Recluse's Victory, Warburg, Siren's Call and Bloody Bay







Powers & ATs


Guardian ATOs have arrived!

Guardian's Gift and Absolute Resolution are the Series 1 and Series 2 Archetype Origin Enhancements for Guardian.  Each set features unique abilities tailored to the archetype that walks between Melee, Ranged, Armor, and Support.  Here's some of what you'll find.


Guardian's Gift: Recharge/PBAoE Resolve
UNIQUE -- No more than 1 enhancement of this type may be slotted by a character. This enhancement boosts the effectiveness of Resolve. While attacking the power slotted with this enhancement has a chance to trigger a PBAoE Resolve around the caster, even if the foe has not yet been defeated. Additionally, this effect stacks with other Resolve effects. This power effect can stack Resolve up to 4 times. Additionally, this enhancement reduces recharge time by X%. This enhancement can only be slotted by Guardians and may be slotted into any of their damage powers.


Absolute Resolution: Recharge/Chance for Energy Damage Bonus
UNIQUE -- No more than 1 enhancement of this type may be slotted by a character. This enhancement gives the slotted power a chance to inflict moderate energy damage when you have Resolve. The energy damage from Absolute Resolution increases by 30% with each stack of Resolve on the caster. Additionally, this enhancement reduces recharge time by X%. This enhancement can only be slotted by Guardians and may be slotted into any of their damage powers.



Tanker Touch-up:

Tanks will now enjoy a unique aggro cap of 25 mobs, outclassing all other ATs in their ability to herd and hold aggro.

Tankers' inherent Bruising ability has been expanded to the second attack in their powersets as well, giving Tanks more option to use bruising debuffs on their foes!


New Power Sets:

Military Assault (Guardian): Your mastery of Military Assault allows you to destroy your enemies with brutal precision. Blast your foes with powerful attacks from your military grade Assault Rifle and pummel them with brutal close quarters combat techniques. Your attacks can also inflict a variety of debilitating effects on your foes, including stunning them, reducing their defense, knocking them down, or slowing their movement.


Ninja Assault (Guardian): Your mastery of the ways of Ninja Assault allows you to dispatch opponents with lethal grace, cutting down foes with the razor edge of your Ninja Blade and delivering death from afar with throwing knives. Your attacks often carry additional poison damage over time, and can also knock opponents down or reduce their defense.


Infiltrator Training (Guardian): You have superb training as an Infiltrator. Your intrusion skills allow you to deftly evade attacks and move behind enemy lines unseen, while your weapons training gives you mastery of a variety of debilitating tools and gadgets to wreak havoc on your unsuspecting foes.


Water Control (Controller and Dominator): You have total control over the power of water. Water Control grants you superior control over large groups and the ability to deal a good amount of damage to single targets. Your powers have a chance to inflict Drowning on a target, while under this effect, Deluge, Suffocate, Hypothermia, Turbulent Aura and Tidal Wave will deal more damage and these powers' secondary effects are enhanced.


Kinetic Assault (Guardians and Dominator): Through manipulation of latent energy present all around you, you create powerful blasts and forceful blows that can prove devastating to your opponents. As you manipulate this energy, you will accumulate Impulse. Each stack of Impulse grants you a scaling recharge buff. Impulse is also used to empower Disrupting Torrent, Kinetic Shockwave, Energetic Strike and Mass Driver.



Power QoL:

Energy Melee (Tanker, Brute, Stalker, and Blaster):
Total Focus: animation has been sped up, reducing its animation time from 3.3s to 2.2s. This affects all player versions of the following powers: Total Focus, Tremor, Thunder Strike, and Incandescent Strike.

Stun has been changed to Staggering Burst, a new power with the following effect:
- Now a Melee(AoE) power with 8' radius
- Change Invention set category from Melee to Melee(AoE)
- Smashing Damage Scale increase from .25 to 1.15
- Energy Damage Scale increase from .17 to .81
- Recharge change from 20 seconds to 16 seconds
- Endurance Cost change from 10.19 to 15.19
- Guaranteed mag 3 stun on main target, 30% chance to mag 3 stun on AoE

Whirling Hands: Increased Smashing and Energy damage 20%. (Tanker, Brute, and Stalker)

Archery (Blaster, Defender, and Corruptor):
- Rain of Arrows: Animation time reduced from 4.0s to 2.0s. Damage delay reduced from 1.37s to 0.67s.
- Explosive Arrow: Damage changed from scale 0.6 lethal + 0.3 smashing to scale 0.3 lethal + 0.3 smashing + 0.3 fire, so that the power can now light Oil Slick Arrow.


Bomb Attacks (Blaster, Defender, and Corruptor):

Force Field, Repulsion Bomb and Radiation Blast, Neutron Bomb: Unified both powers to use the faster Repulsion Bomb version of the animation, and corrected the erroneous mismatches between activation time and animation length for both powers. This shortens the activation time of both powers to 1.47s, and affects all player versions of these powers.

Explosive Shuriken (Blaster, Defender, and Corruptor):
Scrapper and Stalker Weapon Mastery, Exploding Shuriken: Radius corrected from 10 feet to 15 feet and max targets increased from 10 to 16 - this power was balanced incorrectly relative to other APP TAoEs.


Power Customization:

New Alternate Animations:

      

Energy Blast - Energy Torrent
    Bright & Dark Shoulder Animations
    Bright & Dark Palm Animations
    Bright & Dark Ground Punch Animations
    Bright & Dark Stomp Animations
Martial Combat - Eagles Claw
    Bright & Dark Face Smasher
Martial Combat - Ki Punch
    Bright & Dark Ki Strike
Martial Combat - Storm Kick
    Bright & Dark Gut Punch
    Bright & Dark Heavy Blow
Electric Melee - Jacob's Ladder
   Bright & Dark Charge Bolt

Dark Blast, Dark Melee, Dark Assault, Dark Control, Dark Armor, Dark Miasma, and Dark Composition can now choose from the following themes:

- Skull Theme
- Skull Alt Theme
- No Skull Theme
- No Skull Alt Theme
- Soul Noir Theme
- Soul Noir Alt Theme


New Emotes:


Dab (/e dab): A new pose for players to show off just how cool they are.


Stoic (/e stanceheroic3 or /e stoic):








Cosmetics


Asym Torsos Are Here for Female Characters!


This deep systems renovation has made it finally possible for City of Heroes player models to have asymmetric chest and hip patterns! Our intent was to design a system that is seamless with the familiar CoH character design experience. Every place you can set a chest or hip pattern you should now be able to access asymmetric chest and hip options.

Dozens of new asym specific patterns added to hips and chests.


All with left and right variants where appropriate. Many with matching top and bottom options!



Single Panel Tights for Females!


A longstanding request by many players dating back to Paragon Live servers, Single Panel Tights offers players a more modest, classic look for their female characters.


This new geometry has a full library of base textures, pattern masks, and carefully ported, conformed, and weighted chest details, including many familiar options.



Integrated Tights:


Rebirth Issue 2 introduces a powerful new tool, guaranteed to up your CoH costume game!

Integrated tights can be found within the base texture section of the chest and hips tights. The sub-selections allows for unprecedented control with these compound textures.


You can then use any pattern, symmetric or asymmetric, to decorate either the over garment or the undertights!


Full color control over the non patterned region of the texture!


Mix and match settings and choose from a wide library of integrated options to make your most sophisticated CoH costumes yet!



Bodysuits, catsuits, and unitards:


A renovation of the legacy CoH pants section has opened up a variety of new options for contiguous full-body outfits!

 


Jodhpurs and bell bottoms:


Pay homage to bygone eras with two new historically inspired lower body geometries, the golden age jodhpur pants and the 1970's bell bottoms!



Upper Body Details from Yikes:


Cross server costume artist Yikes has shared much of his work, including hoodies, off the shoulder shirts, blindfolds, and ninja wear that can be found throughout the costume library--including in a new category of upper body details now found in many chest sections.



What about Male and Huge characters?


You have no doubt noticed that Rebirth Issue 2 has a ton of new options for female characters. And we bet you are asking, "But what about male and huge characters?"

Fear not! These options are coming in future updates. Up next will be a full male asym revamp, complete with their own integrated tights, bell bottoms, jodhpurs, and more!


We're just as excited to see this system roll out to the other two character models as you are!

...but wait, that's not all!  We have one more suprise in store.


Oodles of new emblems!


40 new standard chest symbols and a CoH first introducing 42 glowing and animated variants.


Glowing symbols can be found in their own subsection just after standard symbols.








Quality Of Life

UI:

 - Power trays can be locked to their current numerical value.  This does not affect their position.

Player zone cap
 - Max player cap for "The Hive" has been increased to 100

 - Max player cap for "Rikti War Zone" has been increased to 75







Bug Fixes


- Blaster now have their 2400 stat improvements to Blaster’s Max HP and ToHit.
- Winter Super Pack Candy Canes now reward the correct amount. (5 per claim instead of 1)
- Fixed a bug that caused some Elite Bosses recipe drops to have an 8% drop chance instead of 12%.
- Low level Vhazilok escort mission involving a doctor and his beloved fridge should now be complete-able (mission is usually assigned from one of multiple contacts in the 15-20 range).
- Mayor Devito's copy of H.P. Lovecrafts "The Color of Outer Space" has been arrested for speeding.
- Fixed Black Swan's costume.
- Martial Mastery: Stalkers may now slot War Cry with Accuracy.
- AH slash command should no longer be accessible from tutorial zones.
- Player difficulty slash command should now only accept numbers within their expected ranges.


Power bug fixes:

-Blaster Darkness Manipulation, Touch of the Beyond: Now is correctly typed as a ranged attack rather than melee, and no longer ignores range buffs since it is a ranged attack. No longer accepts Blaster ATO sets, since it does not deal damage.
-Blaster Electricity Manipulation, Force of Thunder: Now accepts Endurance Modification and Healing IO sets.
-Blaster Fire Manipulation, Cauterizing aura: Now accepts Endurance Modification IO sets.

Blaster Devices:
-Web Grenade: Now accepts Slow IO sets.
-Field Operative: Now accepts Endurance Modification IO sets.

-Blaster Ice Manipulation, Frigid Protection: Now accepts Endurance Modification IO sets.
-Blaster Mental Manipulation, Scare: Now is correctly typed as a ranged attack rather than melee.
-Defender, Corruptor, and Mastermind Traps, Web Grenade: Now accepts Slow IO sets.
-Medicine pool, Injection: Now accepts Tohit Debuff and Accurate Tohit Debuff IO sets.
-Presence pool, Pacify: Now accepts Endurance Reduction enhancements.
-Scrapper, Stalker, Brute, and Tanker Bio Armor, Parasitic Aura: Now accepts Endurance Reduction enhancements.
-Scrapper, Brute, and Tanker Radiation Melee, Irradiated Ground: Now accepts Defense Debuff enhancements, Defence Debuff and Accurate Defense Debuff IO sets, and ATO sets.
-Scrapper, Stalker, and Brute Broad Sword, Scrapper and Brute Katana, Stalker Ninja Blade: All defense debuff effects now correctly have a 100% chance to trigger instead of 99.8%.
-Scrapper, Stalker, Brute, and Tanker Electric Armor, Lightning Reflexes: Fixed missing jumpspeed and jumpheight slow resistance.
-Scrapper, Stalker, Brute, and Tanker Super Reflexes, Quickness: Fixed missing jumpspeed and jumpheight slow resistance.

-Arachnos Soldier Training and Gadgets, Mental Training: Fixed missing jumpspeed and jumpheight slow resistance.
-Arachnos Widow Widow Teamwork, Mental Training: Fixed missing jumpspeed and jumpheight slow resistance.

Controller and Dominator Wind Control:
-Wind Shear: No longer accepts ATOs, as it does not have any mez effects.
-Wind Shear: Corrected endurance cost to 1.04 end/s (Dominator only).
-Breathless: No longer accepts slow IO sets, as it does not have an enhanceable slow effect.

-Blaster, Defender, and Corruptor Beam Rifle, Overcharge: Fixed the erroneous damage delay on this power.

-Scrapper and Stalker Mu Mastery, Zapp: Damage significantly increased; this power was unintentionally doing much less damage than it should have been.
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