In one of the upcoming PTS patches, Annulment and Conjured Ward will now be instant-cast abilities that scale off your maximum Magicka (as they do on live currently), but cap the total shield amount to 40% of your character’s maximum health.
Much of their feedback was included in the discussion with shields. Sustain isn’t good, mobility took a hit, offense was nerfed, etc.
So, I'm just wondering how this is going to work honestly. I feel like it's too early to make judgments as we don't know the specifics of the change quite yet.
For instance, Is the skill itself capped at 40%? Or can we put points into Bastion to increase it past 40%?
Then of course, is it only the base morph that will be 40%? Or will hardened ward increase it to 60-70% cap? Or maybe it will just grant increase resistances instead? Of course that also begs the question, will cost be decreased to help compensate?
That would also bring into question of course, if bastion does not affect past 40%, and there is no way to get past 40%...Can I just take all of my points out of bastion, and switch to empowered ward with no noticeable difference? After all my magicka pool as a pet sorc is about 50k, I think that should be enough to constitute a 40% damage shield by itself quite easily...
Like I said, for me it is wayyy too early to start making assumptions. We do not currently know the limitations of the new shield nerf until the new patch notes get released. Once I have all of these questions answered, I can make a proper judgement of whether I think the change is viable. As it currently stands, my damage shield is currently 24k on live. That is with 40 points into bastion and hardened ward. With the new changes, if my shield is capped a 40% of my max health, which is 18.2k, that would leave me with about a 70% nerf. Still, much better than having a cast time.
Since everyone seems to be doing this,
- Magicka Sorcerer (Pet) [Flawless Conqueror @ 565CP] - 582k
- Magicka Nightblade [Flawless Conqueror @ 780CP] - 575k
- Stamina Sorcerer [Flawless Conqueror @ 420CP] - 560k
- Magicka Classless [Flawless Conqueror @ 810CP] - 540k
- Magicka Templar [Stormproof] - 550k
- Magicka Warden [Stormproof] - 510k
- Stamina Templar [In Development]
- Stamina DK [In Development]
- Stamina NB [Under 50]