As with every league, we are making some changes to a few key mechanics that outclass alternatives or provide too much power with too little investment. This helps to keep a fresh metagame, encourage players to consider alternatives and prevent us having to raise the difficulty of Path of Exile's content to compensate for the small subset of builds that can trivialise content.
As we mentioned earlier here, here and here, we're making changes to some existing skills and introducing new ones. Outside of these changes we're only making a small number of balance changes in Heist. You'll be able to read them in detail in the patch notes tomorrow but in the meantime, this manifesto outlines what you can expect.
Path of Exile: Heist Balance Manifesto
AscendanciesWe've lowered the Offering Effect on the Necromancer’s Mistress of Sacrifice and on the Ascendant back to its past value of 50%. We've also lowered the critical strike chance and multiplier on the Assassin's Deadly Infusion, and the Critical Strike Multiplier on the Assassin's small passives. These two passives were making these classes too generically powerful for too many builds.
Glancing BlowsWe've changed Glancing Blows to cause more damage to pass through your block. You now take 65% of damage from blocked hits. The keystone combined with effects that recover life or energy shield on block were providing too much survivability for too little investment.
Divine FleshThe Divine Flesh keystone provided an extremely strong defensive layer against elemental and chaos damage, provided you could get enough chaos resistance. We’ve lowered the amount of maximum chaos resistance the Keystone gives to +5%, making investment into maximum chaos resistance more necessary to get the same defensive outcome.
Enduring CryThis warcry combined with the Call to Arms keystone gave convenient defence with little or no player interaction. We're increasing Enduring Cry's cooldown to 8 seconds and requiring at least one enemy to be in range to generate endurance charges in order to increase the importance of positioning and timing during gameplay.
Ball LightningBall Lightning combined with Slower Projectiles outclassed the damage of other spells, so has had its damage and area lowered slightly.
SpellslingerTriggering spells with Spellslinger was faster and more convenient than other methods of casting spells while leveling. It now has a longer cooldown but gains more cooldown recovery as it levels making it more rewarding to reach higher gem levels. The skill now starts with a reservation override of 30%, scaling down to 25% at gem level 20.
Redemption Sentry SpectreThis monster variety had superior damage scaling and clear speed compared to most other Spectres, so has had its damage and life lowered.
Cluster JewelsWe've made a few numeric tweaks to specific cluster jewel notables that provided a little too much power. This time we're only lowering values on Precise Commander, Vicious Bite and Vengeful Commander but may make further changes in the future.
Vitality, Precision and ClarityVitality has always had a value that seemed low compared to the power of other auras with similar mana reservations, which meant it has seen little use outside of enabling powerful Vitality specific Watcher's Eye modifiers. We’ve changed the skill to have a flat mana reservation and grant flat life regeneration instead of percent life regeneration. It is now available at level 10. Their attribute requirements are now consistent, only requiring their primary attribute and at 75% the value of standard attribute requirements for skills.
Various powerful Watcher's Eye modifiers for the auras that reserve a flat amount of mana (Vitality, Precision, Clarity) have had their values lowered to match the low investment required to use these auras. At the same time, we've changed a small number of other specific Watcher's Eye modifiers that were providing large values of recovery rate.
Vaal Impurity SkillsThese skills have been changed to grant maximum elemental resistances instead of less damage taken. This is mostly to prevent clever use of game mechanics with Standard items that could completely prevent taking certain types of damage.
Ailment EffectWe've changed some ailment modifying stats like Chill Effect, Shock Effect, Chill Duration and Freeze Duration to instead apply to all Cold and Lightning Ailments.This will allow them to affect the alternate elemental ailments, Sap and Brittle. This affects some unique items, passives and other item modifiers.
Projectile behaviour orderingWe've changed the order that projectiles will perform special behaviours so that Splitting now occurs first, followed by Piercing, Forking, Chaining then Returning. For specific mechanics that had chances to occur or not occur, you'll now be able to fall back on another behaviour the projectile has. Previously if a projectile had a chain remaining, the skill couldn't return until it had chained the last time even if there were no enemies in range to chain to. Now the projectile will return, and could still make use of the remaining chain if it hits an enemy during that return.
Reduced Visibility and StealthSources of Reduced Visibility have now been changed to Stealth. Previously reaching 100% reduced visibility would make you unable to be detected by any enemy, while now 100% Stealth will halve the range that monsters detect you at, while 200% stealth will reduce it to one third of their standard range. Values of Stealth have been adjusted to compensate for this.
Changes to Mods which Provide Flat Life RegenerationFlat life regeneration mods provide a substantial amount of defensive power at low levels, but their values are notoriously low for endgame play. The values of many mods which provide flat life regeneration have been increased by as much as 100%, making these mods more competitive with percentage-based life regeneration at higher levels. Life regeneration mods also roll slightly less commonly on items.
Changes to the Mod Tag SystemDuring Harvest, we added the ability to view the tags of mods on an item by holding ALT with advanced mod descriptions enabled. However, further changes to the mod tagging system were required in order to support displaying tags in the long term.
We have standardised existing systems that use mod tags to use the same set of tags, applied a simpler and more consistent philosophy to categorising which mods should receive a tag and we've also made a few changes to fossils. The primary goal of these changes is to make the effects of crafting functions that rely on mod tags more clear and predictable.
From 3.12.0 onwards the tags displayed when holding alt (which were previously used for fossil and Harvest crafting) will also be used by catalysts, the “Cannot roll Attack Mods” and “Cannot roll Caster Mods” meta-crafts. The new enchantments available in Heist will also use these tags, as will all future uses of the mod tag system. Mod tags will also be displayed on unique item mods.
New tags have been added to support this merger. These are:
The changes made to systems which use mod tags are as follows:
Finally, the rationale used to tag mods has been simplified and all existing mod tags reviewed for consistency, in order to allow players to reasonably infer what tags a mod may have even without viewing them directly. In summary, tags are now only added to mods which specifically and directly affect the subject of the tag. Some of the main implications of this include:
Thousands of individual changes have been made to mod tags, so to assist with understanding the implications for item crafting we’ve prepared a full list of the mods which can roll on items and their new tags. Click here to check them out. It must be stressed that most crafting methods are not significantly affected by these changes, but specific methods for crafting items with certain combinations of mods may be impacted, and you will undoubtedly be able to find new methods with a little investigation.
on Sep 14, 2020, 6:38:44 PM
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