FrostyTV joins us along with two members of the 2018 FRC Champions, Nikoza and Mateo.
Frosty, aka Mr. MogTalk, asked YoshiP some excellent PvP related questions in an interview he released tonight. He asks about the design process, bringing light party back, the lack of moderation in ranked matches, and if they will re-enable the ability to chat; to name a few.
The biggest news was that Feast 4v4 Light Party will be making a comeback in 4.2 and with it team registration, online, and offline events.
We are working on implementing team creation comprised of 4-6 players, team registration, team rating and rankings, in addition to making this into an official competitive sport. I believe that we will be able to implement these features in Patch 4.2, and we plan to hold official and offline tournaments from there.
Read the full interview:
Patch 4.06a has been a highly anticipated patch for most avid players of The Feast, as it was promised to bring about the first wave of balance changes following the start of The Feast Season 5, the very first season taking place after the major PvP system overhaul of Patch 4.0.
In this post, we will go over the changes and provide our critical thoughts and opinons. Did players get what they wanted? What they needed? Kind of, but some fell short. Let's Begin.
We begin with the PLD. Overall, we see some pretty hard nerfs. The nerf changing Shield bash from 3 seconds to 2 means that their stun is now objectively worse than the DRK stun, Low Blow. PLD overall now has 1 second less of total CC potential on a single target, while DRK remains untouched. Overall, this is not a terrible change for the health of the game, but a pretty solid blow to PLD.
A nerf to their already inferior CC was not enough, however, as Cover also saw minor nerfs. The Oath Gauge increase from 20 to 25 gauge really just means less uptime. 20% less uptime. Was this change really needed? Probably not, given that once again, the DRK holds an arguably more powerful ability in The Blackest Night, which did not see nerfs.
However, all is not lost, as the change to Shield Oath to now grant 5% more damage reduction will make the use of Cover a bit safer, in addition to the many changes we will go over below.
PLD will still retain it's spot as the 2nd best tank in The Feast, though the gap between PLD and DRK has definitely grown in size, and not in favor of the PLD.
Next up is the WAR, widely considered one of the three "unplayable" jobs prior to this patch. So what sort of buffs did they receive? The first is a base increase in HP, from 15,000 to 15,500. Not bad, not stellar, when evaluated alone.
The change to tank stances hit the WAR as well. A 5% boost in max HP, a 5% boost in HP recovery, and of course the damage reduction to come with it. What does this mean for WAR survivability?
Before the change they had 18,000 HP in Defiance. After the change they have 19,375 HP in Defiance.
This is definitely a buff to WAR survivability, but it still does not stand in line with the survivability of the other two tanks. For the sake of leaving the more detailed and in-depth analysis for another time, we will simply say that WAR still lacks in defensive support for both the team and themselves.
Lastly comes the much anticipated, and much needed buff to the WAR kit. A stun. Onslaught has now become shoulder tackle, instead of having the clunky knockback mechanic attached to it. This change alone brings it into the realm of possible viability, and it is possible that having the stun tied to a gap closer could make for some very great offenssive plays.
WAR has moved from a position of "almost certain loss" to "maybe viable", though we will withold our own judgement until we see more of it in game.
DRK has been the most powerful tank since patch 4.0 launched and patch 4.06a has not changed that. It sees the same changes to Grit as WAR and PLD saw to their tank stances, which is a welcome buff to tank survivability.
The only nerf which hit the DRK was to their Power Slash combo. A 10% nerf to the healing reduction debuff is pretty huge, and may be a good place to start in reducing the power of DRK, as targets will not be a bit harder to kill if a healer is keeping them up. Overall though, DRK is still in a very good place and remains the top tier tank.
Let's all have a moment of silence for MNK, and all those rode it through the terrible climb of the DPS roles. It's no surprise that MNK is receiving nerfs, but really, these may be a bit harsh when considering the increased HP pools of the ranged DPS roles, as described later in this post.
MNK already suffered from weak sustain. The burst was all it had going for it, as insanely powerful as it was. Ultimately, these nerfs are hitting MNK hard and we are interested to see how they will hold up.
DRG receives a hit to their damage as well, though not nearly as hard as MNK. Overall, these nerfs are not huge and DRG players should not feel much of a difference. However, they are still curious changes to us since DRG seemed to be in a good place and not so powerful that it needed nerfs.
SAM sees some very good but not so dramatic changes this patch. First, the Kenki cost reduction on H:Shinten means more sustained damage, and in general just a more plentiful Kenki pool to use with your abilities.
The second change reduces the Kenki cost AND CD of H:Soten. This provides SAM with much more mobility, in both engagement and escape. Another solid change.
H:Chiten is the last ability to see buffs. In a previous update, the ability was nerfed to a 750, down from 1,000. This potency nerf has been reverted, and the Kenki cost reduced. While minor, nobody should ever complain about 250 extra potency.
These changes, along with the nerfs to MNK and DRG, put SAM in a better place than it was prior to the patch. However, they still don't quite match up to the other melee in terms of burst damage, a weakness that has not been addressed with this round of changes.
Anyone who played NIN in 3.x were at a severe disadvantage. The job suffered from poor design and confused role identity. Now, however, in patch 4.06a, the NIN may just take over as the most viable melee carry in The Feast. The most minor change is that Mug now generates 20 Ninki, down from 30. A nerf, yes, but in the grand scheme of things, you will see why this really isn't so bad.
The cost of mudras getting cut in HALF is huge for NIN. It means they can more readily weave ninjutsu into their burst rotations, and generally have a much easier time with on-demand utility several options this ability provides. We see this as a great change, as it has the potential to open up interesting decisions that the player will have make as the match progresses. Damage? Debuff? CC? The choice is now one made more often.
Raiton having it's potency reduced is a justified change to the cost reduction of mudras. However, this change, in addition to the potency reduction of Bhavacakra, means NIN took a very significant blow to their burst damage. NIN do get something in return, in the form of a 2 second stun tied to their hardest hitting ability. What this means is that NIN are now the only job in the melee role to have a stun. In addition to their stun, they also still have their silence, their bind, AND their heavy. With so many different tools in their kit, it's likely that the amount of NIN players will rise as they switch off their MNK to try and carry themselves up the ladder.
The jobs of the physical ranged role were doing quite well, except for their very low HP. This, in tandem with the nerfs to melee damage as detailed above, will make surviving, and therefore carrying your team, just that much easier. This is a change that needed to happen, as BRD and MCH were unable to survive for more than the duration of a 3 second stun in most cases.
Not quite the buff to HP that the physical ranged role received, but even so, the extra HP on BLM is a welcome buff. A BLM that lives longer is a BLM that has more opportunity to really cause trouble for the opponent, and 11,000 HP seems like a fair spot to have them.
In additon to the buff to their survivability, we see a 500 potency nerf (about 12-13%) to their ability which hits like a freight train, Foul. While Foul was incredibly powerful prior to the patch, and if looked at by itself alone, could have used a bit of a nerf, it's hard to justify the nerf in power to this ability with all of the buffs to survivability that came with the patch. However, BLM is still in just as good a spot as it was before, if not a bit better.
Just as with BRD and MCH, SMN is pretty well off in terms of balance right now. The HP increase is of course helpful, and SMN will remain a strong pick as it always has been.
Now you might be telling yourself, "Wow! Look at those RDM buffs!" But let me stop you before you get too excited. While these changes to potency do somewhat increase that sustained damage, the reduced CD on Manafication increases the frequency of the burst, and of course their increased HP pool...RDM is still not in a good place, as the problems with the job were not fixed or even touched on.
RDM suffers from a long, unsatisfying burst combo with an extremely high risk factor, no OGCD abilities to supplement, and lower survivability not just to the greater risks it's forced to take, but also in that it does not have great utility in it's kit.
There's a long list of ideas and changes which would make RDM more viable, but for now, until those come, we advise that anyone seriously trying to climb the ladder stay far, far away from RDM.
The single change to WHM may seem small to some, but this is a huge change that will relieve the headaches of the handful of WHM players that for some reason haven't switched to SCH yet.
For those confused, there was an unintended behavior where Regen would not reapply to a target if they were already affected by a stronger Regen. This caused stress on the WHM as they had to wait for the stronger Regen to fully fall off before the reapplication, often having to forego the reapplication completely depending on what the situation demanded. This change makes it so that once again, WHM players are rewarded for being a bit more proactive in the Regen application.
Sure to make some of the more aware PvPers scratch their heads at first glance, the SCH changes seem underwhelming on the surface. Known since the start of Season 1 as the most broken job in The Feast, it looks like SCH players will sit on their Diamond thrones a bit longer.
Adloquium receives the same treatment as Regen, a welcome change for the same reasons mentioned in the WHM section of this post. But the real change, that might seem lackluster in the realm of nerfs, is the nerf to Lustrate's ability to fill the Faerie Gauge. As most SCH's use Lustrate as their primary healing ability, the generation of their gauge being cut in half is very significant. This means that their additional healing from Embrace will be much more finite than it was before.
Is SCH balanced again? No. Is it still the best healer? Yes. However, they are not too greatly far ahead of WHM, and so we are glad that SE is taking a more careful approach to nerfing this job. A shame they did not show the same restraint for MNK.
To be honest, it pains me to even work on this section. AST has been ASS since 4.0 PvP was introduced. There have been many threads, many discussions, and many good ideas. The topic has been discussed a lot among the player community, and feedback has been given, but it is clear that the feedback provided for AST has not made it into the hands of the development team.
While ED being on a 10 second CD and Disable being on a 30 second CD are both welcome buffs, neither address the glaring flaws with the AST as a healer. It simply lacks in tools, and one of the tools it does have (the cards) are too random and inconsistent to provide meaningful benefits.
A way to hold and shuffle cards? A suitable replacement for the useless Deorbit? There are many things that would help bring AST back into viability, but these changes are not those things.
Lastly we have some minor changes to Recuperate and IAS.
The reduced CD on Recuperate means that it may become a logical choice to take, though Safeguard will likely still be better in just about every situation. If you play a role that could take both, such as a BRD, MCH, or SMN, this is a very welcome change.
IAS being reduced by 2% makes a difference in that it will be harder for those that use it to push their casts out before being prevented to do so. With higher casting speeds, it is easier to get a cast off before being CC'd, or before someone runs behind a wall. This is a minor change with a magnitude which will have to be measured in practice, to see if casts are more frequently interrupted than before due to this change.
TL;DR: DRK and SCH are still the top dogs, NIN might just takeover as the best melee pick, and WAR/RDM/AST are still much weaker than the other options in their roles. Thanks for reading our recap and thoughts on the job balances changes coming with Patch 4.06a.
This weekend at Gamescom 2017, Dr Pepper sponsored a 4v4 Feast tournament. The day two matches (semi finals and finals) were all close matches, don't let the scores fool you! Congratulations to the Gamescom 2017 champions: Die Vier Fantastischen Fünf
(1) Team Angered vs Team Random (0)
(1) Team Please Invite for Ixion vs Team Freelancer (0)
(1) Die Vier Fantastischen Fünf vs Fangs (0)
(0) 10 Stacks Plz vs Team Justice League (1)
(2) Team Angered vs Team Please Invite for Ixion (0)
(2) Die Vier Fantastischen Fünf vs Team Justice League (0)
(0) Team Angered vs Die Vier Fantastischen Fünf (3)
DRK AST DRG MCH vs PLD WHM MNK BRD
Thanks @Llyud1996 for help with translating!
A rare Community Rep reply in the Official Forums, Oh my! Change(s) will come and 4.1 confirmations.
After the release of Stormblood, people have been frustrated with the lack of actions, or the choice of actions their job can use. Tony "Zhexos" Caraway states:
Prior to Patch 4.0, it was difficult to make modifications to actions for the sake of PvP balancing, as it would also have an effect on PvE. Now that this has become more flexible with the separation of PvP and PvE actions, we will begin to modify these actions, skills, and spells as necessary, including the possibility of completely replacing actions.
So more frequent balance tweaks and or completely replacing actions (http://xivdb.com/action/9466/deorbit cough) will be .
Then he adds a typical PR addendum:
However, please keep in mind that due to the development process, it may take some time for feedback to be reflected in-game. In the past, we did not make modifications to actions during a PvP season, largely due to the reasons we just mentioned, but we will be making modifications during PvP seasons in the future.
The last sentence can be good or bad as they state they are not scared to make changes mid season. So as long as the changes are good, it shouldn't affect the top 100 leaderboards much.
Due to some items being exclusive to a season, and only earnable by making a certain rank (top 10 / 100), it will be nice if certain jobs aren't left untouched. I think most notable this season would be WAR, RDM, and maybe AST mains having to work extra hard to climb.
There has been some confusion about what content will be added in the next major patch (4.1). Tony confirms a few things, first:
In Patch 4.1, a new large-scale PvP mode will be implemented. Stay tuned for details on this!
Vehicle PvP inc? Rumors also state this new large scale mode will only have two teams instead of the three team Frontline design.
Finally, a confirmation the Aether League team has been waiting for:
Also, as we mentioned previously, data center-wide custom matches will be implemented.
Hopefully Tony and the other Community Reps will keep communicating with us!
The Japanese version of "Culling Time" is called "Adrenaline Rush TV" and it is taking place early next week on the Anima server!
Data Center: Mana
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 around 21:00JP
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:00 PST / 14:00 CET
Yesterday, Korihu Yanhu of the Aether data center put together a great guide for those of you who are new to, or looking to get into, the Feast 4v4 ranked solo queue. This is a great guide that will skim through the basics of the game, with a few beginner tips baked in that are sure to help increase the quality of your play.
~ All credit for this guide goes to Korihu Yanhu of the Gilgamesh server.
There will be an eight team Feast Tournament at the gamescom 2017 trade fair for video games in Cologne, Germany.
Between Tuesday, August 22 at 9:00 (CEST) and Friday, August 25 at 12:00 (CEST)
You can register for the tournament during the whole duration of gamescom at the Battle Challenge booth located in Hall 9.
You can show early interest by sending the required details to the following email address, however you will still need to register on site:
All matches will take place on stage at the Battle Arena booth in hall 9.
Friday, August 25 from 13:30 to 15:30 (CEST)
Saturday, August 26 from 13:00 (CEST)
Finals Saturday, August 26 from 16:00 (CEST)
Hopefully everyone has had ample training with the new PvP system because Season 5 is finally here!
If you are unsure about getting into PvP, now is a great time to begin. The PvP system has been totally revamped and provides a dynamic experience every match.
If you are a player who tries to better themselves, there are great people willing to offer advice in the Team Tryhard Discord (#meta channel for help).
Glamour! Tickets (new currency, only available in PvP)! The higher you climb, the more tickets you will earn... The more tickets you earn, the closer you get to earning a fancy weapon glamour as the seasons progress. Hell, if you make top 10, you'll earn your weapon glamour the first season!
If you make top 100 on your data center, you will earn an exclusive armor set.
Good luck to everyone this season!
Coming soon in the 4.06 patch will be the fifth season of The Feast and the first regular season after the Stormblood PvP redesign.
For those who are in the top 100, you will earn a new armor set.
The blog post makes it sound like finishing in the top 100 is the only way to earn the armor. You will not be able to buy the armor set with tickets...
They are also adding other rewards this season, such as weapons.
The Feast rewards, such as the weapons, will be purchasable with tickets and the amount of tickets you earn will depend on the tier you reach (Silver, Gold, etc). The higher the tier, the more tickets you earn.
As a bonus for those who finish in the top 10, they will earn enough tickets to purchase a weapon outright during season 1's competion.
The initial blog post is in French, but with Google translate give it a read.
Update Aug. 2, 2017 8:30pm:
Have a level 30 character on the Behemoth server? If not, get to leveling so you can participate in the SE community event Culling Time!
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) / 8:30 p.m. (EDT) / Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 00:30 (GMT)
Primal Data Center, Behemoth Server
Follow the official Final Fantasy XIV Twitch channel so you're notified.
One final thing, they will be doing giveaways during the stream... So tune in as you will have a chance to win a Grand Company themed pocket watch during the stream.
Let memes be memes... However, if you want change to take place and you want to be heard, be concise and well spoken in Twitch chat. Being rude will only push the SE community team further from us in a time where we could use a little more love.
2018 NA FRC Champions
Aether League Season 2 Champions