Upcoming Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw Balance Changes

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  • DalBot said:

    DNA3000 said:



    The difference between "the same old crowd" and yourself is the same old crowd doesn't need anything to change. You do. Only the side that wants things to change must sound logical and reasonable.

    Something I've learned over many years giving feedback to game developers is there is no other side. You're not in competition with the players who disagree with you. It is not like whichever side wins the forum argument gets to give the design team orders. There's only one side, and it is the game developers' side. They are the only ones that can change the game, and the only way for you to affect the game is to change the minds of the developers. Changing the minds of other players helps exactly zero. Winning arguments against them helps exactly zero. It can actually hurt, in fact.

    If you say there's no justification whatsoever for the devs' actions, you'll certainly get a lot of forum posters agreeing with you. But they can't help you. You'll probably get most if not all of the developers choosing to ignore you, and they are the only ones who could possibly help you.

    This seems counterproductive to me.

    Except that's completely inaccurate. Do you remember the 12.0 fiasco? What happened? Kabam made massive game changes in a bad faith manner and the community got up in arms about it. It was when we played rallied together to make it clear how wrong that was, that's when change happened. If happened BECAUSE the community came together unanimously.

    When we see the same parties time after time doing Kabams bidding by attempting to justify tactics that are completely unethical, it gives the impression that it is somehow acceptable. That's my issue with the usual suspects. They do what they do to try to derail topics and create a false sense of OK where OK doesn't exist.

    Players have power when we come together. To insinuate otherwise is showing your belly.
    I've already made my thoughts clear about how wrong this narrative regarding 12.0 is, but let's set that aside for a moment and presume you're correct. This only has any chance of working when it comes to situations where you can get a very large percentage of players to both agree with you and vocalize that agreement. These changes are most definitely not that kind of issue, and the more general question of future downstream changes are also very unlikely to be that kind of issue. If the only weapon in your arsenal are nuclear weapons, what do you do when you can't use them? Is your only option to make every issue into something a huge chunk of player community feels is an exigent threat to the game as a whole? How many times can you attempt that before people become completely numb to calling every problem an existential calamity? If this hasn't happened already?

    We saw this with 12.0 itself. Everyone was calling for a boycott for every little problem after 12.0, and were literally being laughed off the forums. If everyone on Earth agreed to do it we could start calling the sky green. But that's not going to happen, and saying "if only" is being silly.

    Your problem doesn't seem to be the forum posters who disagree with you. It is the thousands of players who simply don't care about the problem as much as you. And in my experience it is far easier to convince someone who disagrees with you to change their mind and agree with you than it is to convince someone who just doesn't care about what you care about to start caring. At least the people who disagree with you care enough to do anything at all. You can't even engage with the players who don't care, because they won't even tell you they don't care. Because they don't care.

    Also, I don't like framing things this way, but I think we would both agree that absent some very large protest, Kabam will do whatever it thinks it should do, even if there's going to be a large amount of disagreement on the forums. So again, absent a very large outside protest, if my strategy is to reach the developers with a reasoned argument and yours is to marshall the player community on the forums and we both succeed, who's going to win?

    Whatever else you might think about my posts, I don't as a rule suggest future changes to the game that I think the majority of players would likely oppose. I'll support an unpopular change after the fact if I agree with it, and I'll discuss unpopular changes if they are brought up by someone else, but I don't actively promote them. Call it hubris, but I don't believe this would be fair.
  • CarpeDiem7886CarpeDiem7886 Posts: 22
    @DNA3000 I like how you said the part about even with large disagreement on the forums. Why haven’t they let the non forum community know their intentions of Cull? Why hasn’t there been an in game post stating Maw is being buffed, Cull is getting a tune down, and Ronin is the new cyclops? The forums don’t matter you’re right, but there are people who are going to update someday in the future and that’s going to be their first time seeing these changes.
  • WorknprogressWorknprogress Posts: 2,570 ★★★★★
    DalBot said:

    Menkent said:

    I'd be shocked if the community at large cared enough to rally around this like they/we did for 12.0. It just doesn't affect the average player they same way. 12.0 included huge nerfs to champs that a lot of people had been using regularly for a long time AND awful, game-breaking bugs. I'm on a 1M+ account and I don't have Cull as a 5* and just got Maw in the last week. The precedent it sets for screwing with us in the future is terrible and disgusting, but it's rather abstract to get Joe Average player to get out his torch and pitchfork.

    Or maybe the point is "If we allow this with X champ (Cull), it could happen to Y champ when you get them".
    I find it hilarious that you think the players have the ability to allow anything. I'm certainly concerned about the direction they could take with these changes but we have no clue what's getting changed and to what extent yet so I'm not about to react to something that doesnt exist yet. At this point all we can do is wait to see what is changed and what they do with the fact that plenty of people have paid for and ranked these champs.
  • GroundedWisdomGroundedWisdom Posts: 20,521 ★★★★★
    There's a difference between voicing something and allowing things. They could have just as easily stuck to not giving Tickets. Seeing as how was a bug and not a change to her intended design, that could have been possible. They CHOSE to give people the option as a grace because people weren't aware it was a bug. To say people control them in some way is just ignorant to any effort they make.
    Changes aren't always going to be additive. That's just not how balancing works.
  • cdubby_22cdubby_22 Posts: 81

    There's a difference between voicing something and allowing things. They could have just as easily stuck to not giving Tickets. Seeing as how was a bug and not a change to her intended design, that could have been possible. They CHOSE to give people the option as a grace because people weren't aware it was a bug. To say people control them in some way is just ignorant to any effort they make.
    Changes aren't always going to be additive. That's just not how balancing works.

    It wasn't a bug please stop saying that for attention, we went over this with the quake scenario. Just because something isnt listed as an ability doesnt mean its a bug, this reason is a total cop out they used to Nerf a champion that easily countered the hardest content the game has ever put out. You havent beaten 6.2 obviously and the abilities they gave her from her heavy nullified the gold mine they created from what people will spend on potions and revives. . Its insulting that you say it was a grace. no one ever brings up Kingpin when it comes to being able to combo into a heavy, he can do his all day long and get the same cheese because a heavy in the corner is a great way to bait specials.

    For myself the issue isnt that they are nerfing Cull, and taking damage from a player that only offers damage IMO is a nerf sorry, its that when they started to compare him accross all the modes in the game they knew at that point that changes could be coming. Thats when they should have announced something, instead they kept pushing the featured crystal out there at 10 bucks a pop. When they they started to compare it we should have been notified. They could still have sold the crystal, hell people would have still bought them, but then as a consumer I was educated and bought them at my own risk. The didnt they sat there quiet, did their testing, as they and many others have said this takes time and then they announced it. How do we trust a company like that, how and why do we continue to spend with a company like that. You would not purchase anything else with this business model. I am not asking them to change anything, I am asking for a closed thread.

    Dear community as stated we will be rebalancing more often we started to review cull and really noticed his damage output and have started comparing it against other high damage champions and across all modes of the game. Stay tuned.

    that statement would alert us that there is a possible change, and we could have chose to risk it. Why is something like that to much to ask for. Its so simple. It doesnt solve the entire issue but according to everyone including Kabam it takes to much time to test their own content when they actually start to do so and compare it with the other aspects of the game, why cant we be notified. People will still feel slighted who bought the crystal before hand but this is at least a compromise, they can continue to rush content out there because we complain when they dont do that as well, and they can continue to make money on people that buy them up right away but this solution falls somewhere in the middle which I could live with.
  • Midnite93Midnite93 Posts: 2,241 ★★★★
    Have to do wait and see approach for now but at least ebony maw is getting buffed
  • cdubby_22cdubby_22 Posts: 81
    Midnite93 said:

    Have to do wait and see approach for now but at least ebony maw is getting buffed

    I guess its great if you have him, I think he will suck in war even more now and cost us units.
  • Mixalis said:

    You keep regurgitating the same ol thing. Look up actual court cases that happened regarding tos.

    Since 2005, when the Marvel v NCSoft case was filed, I've kept up as best I can all the court cases regarding issues surrounding online games. To date, the only victory by a player suing an online game operator for damages treating their online accounts or purchases as tangible property I'm aware of was a single case in China. No western jurisdiction to date has such a victory, and no one I'm aware of has been able to link to a precedent where a player won in that specific situation.

    If you have such a case, I would be interested in reading the decision. If you can't find a public link, you can give me a case number or a lexis citation search that leads to it, and I can find it from there.
  • Lvernon15Lvernon15 Posts: 4,144 ★★★★★

    Maybe Cull will turn out much better after being tuned if he can gain significant sustainability at the cost of some damage, but this uncertainty is not good at all for the game.

    A rank five with suicides at 10 charges could do ~450k+ sp3 damage. That's a lot, but he was unusable in most areas and damage was his only utility.

    At the highest levels, nobody used him in Alliance War or Alliance Quest, or in Labyrinth or many lanes in Act 6. Cull was very niche. No immunities, no sustainability, and only worked under a very specific set of conditions: can he parry opponents, inflict armor breaks, and proc his own buffs? No to a lot of that.

    Procing his own buffs (rout/thanos' favors): buffet, fisticuffs, pilfer, tranquility

    Being able to parry: limber, stun immunity, debuff immunity

    Inflicting armor breaks: armor break immunity, debuff immunity, nodes that shrug off debuffs faster

    Cull was working as intended until a few months later they decided he wasn't. How is this system any good for players?

    He can’t really do 450k sp3 now, that was when he was bugged, it’s closer to 250k now, and also it takes a high sig and a lot of effort to get there
  • Lvernon15 said:

    Maybe Cull will turn out much better after being tuned if he can gain significant sustainability at the cost of some damage, but this uncertainty is not good at all for the game.

    A rank five with suicides at 10 charges could do ~450k+ sp3 damage. That's a lot, but he was unusable in most areas and damage was his only utility.

    At the highest levels, nobody used him in Alliance War or Alliance Quest, or in Labyrinth or many lanes in Act 6. Cull was very niche. No immunities, no sustainability, and only worked under a very specific set of conditions: can he parry opponents, inflict armor breaks, and proc his own buffs? No to a lot of that.

    Procing his own buffs (rout/thanos' favors): buffet, fisticuffs, pilfer, tranquility

    Being able to parry: limber, stun immunity, debuff immunity

    Inflicting armor breaks: armor break immunity, debuff immunity, nodes that shrug off debuffs faster

    Cull was working as intended until a few months later they decided he wasn't. How is this system any good for players?

    He can’t really do 450k sp3 now, that was when he was bugged, it’s closer to 250k now, and also it takes a high sig and a lot of effort to get there
    Trust me, I had him.

    When he DIDNT have the crazy damage bug, a rank 5 at sig 1 at 10 missions with a lot of armor breaks (15+ at least), and suicides he did 450k+ damage easily. Remember that sig doesn't matter if were doing attacks during his rout buff. Sig only increases damage during the fury stage.

    Here's a rank 1 6* which is slightly weaker than a rank 5 doing 480k+

  • TaZ_4178TaZ_4178 Posts: 324
    Well kabam... just popped my 5* awakening gem and got cosmic... unfortunately took cull to rank 3 maybe 1.5 months ago and would have given it to him but with all this I guess it will just sit on the shelf since I still don't have hype medusa cap mar. Movie etc...retirement continues lol 😥😴😴😴
  • r3dyr3dy Posts: 30

    I doubt anyone is even checking these posts anymore, but here's my 2 cents.
    1. Publish/Post your data. That's transparency. Cull Obsidian was bugged for a LONG TIME. Not keeping his charges. Then when you guys fixed that, the damage got wonky and huge. Are you mistakenly looking at that?
    2. I have R5 Sig 200 5* Cull Obsidian. I use him for a lot of events, but I have to pump him with potions early on. Even then, he doesn't auto win. Pretty sure he's the perfect champion that you guys want. You are incentivized to buy/use potions on him.
    3. There are tons of nodes that easily counter Cull Obsidian. Spite, Fisticuffs, Rage, Caltrops, Thorns, Invade, That one that increases power gain for armor breaks, Buffet......

    Really. Post your data so other people can look at it and double check your work. Summoners already double check the champions for bugs after release.

    What do you understand by data? because what you ask makes no sense, transparency? for what??

    Dude, I don't agree with what Kabam is doing, I think they really need to do something about the lack of testing, but ask for data? to what end? What are you going to do with that ??? check it?? come on..

    let's stop with this, it's ridiculous to even ask for that
  • BPanther888BPanther888 Posts: 13
    What about colossus and old man logan buffs, its been a long time since you announced it
  • AndTavAndTav Posts: 243
    Is it to laugh or to cry?


  • dot_dittodot_ditto Posts: 690 ★★★
    AndTav said:

    Is it to laugh or to cry?


    I'll answer that in 3 months .. ;)
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