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Many of you have been asking about the logic behind the October 1st dungeon update for Crucible of Eternity and Citadel of Flames. Well over on the official forums, Robert Hrouda, one of the content designers for the game, has graciously shed some light on the situation.

Hey folks, I thought I’d start this thread out with a bit of explanation, mainly regarding the rather nebulous statements made about CoF and CoE.

1. Fixed exploits that allowing players to speed clear paths of this dungeon.
2. Reduced difficulty of the Searing Effigy.

1. Naturally another fix to Magg’s chain so you can’t walk through the door. I also made it so you can’t attack the crystal until after the event has started for you to destroy it.
2. I reduced the toughness of the crystals to make them easier to kill. IO reduced them from a .75 modifier to a .5

I also looked at his PBAOE flame burst attack. There was no warning for it, and no effect tied to it, so I put a red ring on the ground to warn players, reduced it’s attack radius to 600 from 900, and gave it a big purple fire effect. I also made it apply a strike now, instead of just light you on fire. So if anything this was a bit of a buff.
None of his core numbers were changed.

1. Reduced the difficulty of creatures and bosses, particularly health and armor.
2. I reduced kudu’s health, reduced kudu’s golems health, and reduced the Giant’s health. You fight three bosses in a row, and that was a bit arduous for a lot of player.
3. Inquest Insurgents: Nerfed them pretty hard across the board. Lowered their damage, and adjusted their death blossom skill in how it applies the conditions to you, as well as it’s cooldown. That guy was just too brutal for story mode.
4. Inquest Magnetizer (how do they work?!): I gave his tornado a charge-up and a red ring so you could avoid it. I also lowered it’s damage and stun capabilities since it would randomly one-shot people.

There were other minor changes I don’t think are as important, but those above are ones I feel were significant enough to note.

The DR system – I’ll be monitoring the forums today to see the reaction to it. Our tests prove it to be working correctly, but it has in the past as well, and that has shaken confidence. If you see odd behavior with it, please say something.
We agree and are constantly working on improvements to the system. Next week’s patch will have some more updates to our reward system that we just couldn’t get reliably tested this time around. The DR system improvements should help a lot, but we’ll have some more good stuff happening next week.
I’ll talk with the powers that be in making things a bit clear about the DR system. As it stands we are not going to release official numbers on it, due to it being an anti-exploit system.
However I agree that there needs to be some unified information about it. I’ll talk to folks around here to see if we can’t make a sticky thread here in the dungeon forum describing it a bit.

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#1 ilr


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:19 PM

They could start by admitting that DR isn't just for Dungeons and may be getting applied unfairly to some individuals in all manners of pops, drops, and even salvaging as if there's some Timers malfunctioning (or not resetting right).

Oh, and it's even in DubVeeDub apaprently... :huh:

EDIT: I'll take this: https://forum-en.gui... as about a formal an admission as I'm probably ever gonna see on this. That's still good enough for me.
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#2 slafko


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:02 AM

Yes, start with that and then move on to banning people who have used and abused exploits and take their armors away.
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#3 Oh Vanity

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:32 PM

lol CoE mobs hp was ridiculously high. well thats good they change that. CoF lol i have not done that in like 2-3 weeks? i didn't even like any of the flame armor espescially since everyone and their mother has it. literally.

since everyone was doing the Mag Rush before Arenanet implemented the DR system at that time. I am glad they change that and how tokens are awarded.

lol and Searing Effigy my party back then always wiped on him and never did it again. oh well gg
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#4 typographie


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

i didn't even like any of the flame armor espescially since everyone and their mother has it. literally.

Heh, I agree. Imagine that, the fiery-est, evil spiky armor ended up being the most popular in an MMO. ;)
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