Feb 15 Cyrodiil Test Details

PvP & Combat Lead
Heyo gang!

Last year, we ran a series of tests on the Live PC megaservers in an effort to identify potential solutions for the ongoing performance issues in Cyrodiil (you can read the full details surrounding the reasons behind these tests in this forum post). Our previous rounds of testing in Cyrodiil last year concluded with some interesting data that pointed us towards various avenues to explore for both future tests and long term solutions. However, those tests did not provide a definitive “This will fix all the things” solutions. We did find that slowing down calculations on the server per combat action does indeed help with performance, but again, not to an appreciable amount where it could be a permanent solution; more tests are necessary to follow various branches of thought regarding server performance and combat calculations. As such, we will be performing at least 1 more test where we are affecting how much information is processed per combat action by limiting item set procs in Cyrodiil.

On February 15th, we will be disabling Item Set bonuses outside of pure stat gains. This means any item set which has a proc, or condition which is driven by an ability, will have that ability disabled. This includes Item Sets like Seducer, as that set reduces Magicka cost abilities by 10%. That reduction of cost is done via an ability, which has to check anytime you cast an ability if it’s cost should be reduced. Other sets, such as Hunding’s Rage, is completely unaffected by this change as it simply grants stats without requirements.

The full list of Sets which are not affected by this test are as follows:
  • Amber Plasm
  • Armor of the Trainee
  • Beekeeper’s Gear
  • Crafty Alfiq
  • Draugr Hulk
  • Endurance
  • Fortified Brass
  • Grace of the Ancients
  • Hunding’s Rage
  • Impregnable Armor
  • Law of Julianos
  • Leviathan
  • Mother’s Sorrow
  • Plague Doctor
  • Shacklebreaker
  • Spinner’s Garments
  • Spriggan’s Thorns
  • Willpower Agility
At this time, we are planning for this test to run for at least 3 weeks, and will let everyone know when we have next steps locked in.

When this test begins on February 15, we will also be reverting a prior test where abilities cast on allies were restricted to group targets only. This adjustment gave no appreciable gains towards performance improvements, so this restriction will be removed until further notice and abilities which target/can be triggered by players outside of your group will once again function as they do outside of Cyrodiil.

We look forward to your feedback and seeing the effects of this test!

Edited by ZOS_GinaBruno on February 8, 2021 9:31PM
ESO PVP Lead & Combat Lead
Staff Post
  • techyeshic
    So if healing outside of groups is possible; is it kind of pointless to keep groups capped at 12?

    And does this mean other sets will not work at all? Or just their conditions? Like if I ran New Moon, its just the ability cost thats the condition?
    Edited by techyeshic on February 8, 2021 9:23PM
  • Artorias24
    Why is shackle not on the list? Its pure stats.
  • thadjarvis
    NMA acolyte is not on the list. Does that mean the entire set won't work or just the conditional element: increases the cost of active abilities

    Ie will all the stats work but not the increased cost?

    Talfyg’s Treachery is similar as are several other sets
    Edited by thadjarvis on February 8, 2021 9:24PM
  • The Uninvited
    The Uninvited
    What about Shacklebreaker???
    Pandora's Promise (rip) | LND | Pactriotic | IKnowWhatUDidLastWinter's | The Uninvited |

    Ride the paranoia | All life is pain | Only the grave is real
  • techyeshic
    All sorts of questions. Your "Feb 15 Cyrodiil Test Details" seems to lack details. Are the sets you mentioned just earmarked to work? Is that how you did it? No biggie if so, just would tell us better how this is going to work.
  • Aliyavana
    Shacklebreaker should be active
  • Izanagi.Xiiib16_ESO

    Will jewellery traits be affected? For example Bloodthirsty
    Also is twice born star set considered a proc?


    Can you confirm this test won't be happening during any other events?
    And will you put this up on PTS for a day for us to confirm things work as expected?
    Edited by Izanagi.Xiiib16_ESO on February 8, 2021 9:32PM
    NA ~ Izanerys: Dracarys (Videos | Dracast Podcast)
    EU ~ Izanagi: Roleplay Circle (AOE Rats/ Zerg Squad / Banana Squad)
  • Feric51
    What about Shacklebreaker???

    Armor of the Trainee should probably be included as well.
    Xbox NA

    Darkness Falls: The Crusade survivor (you young kids will never know the struggle of text-based games)

  • Nyaarla
    Soul Shriven
    Do the crosshealing from 15th applies also to other platforms ?
  • Eclipse0990
    @ZOS_GinaBruno What about flat damage stats like war maiden?
    Raid leader for Undead Nuns (DC-EU-KaalWhaterveritscallednowdays)
  • Izanagi.Xiiib16_ESO
    @ZOS_GinaBruno What about flat damage stats like war maiden?

    I would assume this falls under the seducer bracket of 'Checking if the ability does x dmg'.
    NA ~ Izanerys: Dracarys (Videos | Dracast Podcast)
    EU ~ Izanagi: Roleplay Circle (AOE Rats/ Zerg Squad / Banana Squad)
  • Greasytengu
    Something I was wondering, will set bonuses that do things like 4% healing taken/received still work?

    Also Oblivions edge should work partly. It has 2 5 piece bonuses, one gives flat weapon damage and should be fine, and the other fills a soul gem/heals you and is not fine.
    Edited by Greasytengu on February 8, 2021 9:54PM
    " I nEeD HeAlInG!!! "
  • caperb
    Warden tanks in beekeeper's + plague doctor again xD

    Sorc best go with amber plasm + alfiq + 2 willpower or another combination?
  • Dietche
    @ZOS_GinaBruno What about flat damage stats like war maiden?

    I would say War Maiden would function like Seducer was mentioned as functioning. Seducer only affects magika abilities, the same as Maiden does. So that would have to proc as an ability too.

    <0.02g lands in a far away bucket>
    Guild Leader: Sardonically Synthesized
  • Vevvev
    Guessing Mythics won't be working during this test as well?
    PC NA - Ceyanna Ashton - Breton Vampire MagDK
  • marius_buys
    Wow so no monster sets or mythic sets?
  • Ghostbane
    Will we be taking the 50% damage reduction off Battle Spirit then in the spirit of calculations being naughty? >:)
    {★★★★★ · ★★★★★ · ★★ · ★★★★★}
    350m+ AP

    PC - EU
    AD :: Imported Waffles [37]
    EP :: Wee ee ee ee ee [16]
    DC :: Ghostbane's DK [16], Impending Loadscreen [12]

    PC - NA
    AD :: Ghostbane [50], yer ma [43], Sir Humphrey Winterbottom 2.0 [18], robotic baby legs [18]
    EP :: Wee Mad Arthur [50], avast ye buttcrackz [49], Sir Horace Foghorn [27], Brother Ballbag [24], Scatman John [16]
    DC :: W T B Waffles [36], Morale Boost [30], W T F Waffles [17], Ghostbanë [15]

    AD :: Sir Humphrey Winterbottom 1.0 [20]

    AP Meter : All your AP needs
    Greyskull : Customisable, colour-coded Damage Meter
    ITTs Donation Bot : Donation tracker for Guilds
  • Kikazaru
    If the test DO confirm that proc sets are at fault with the server performance; I wonder how it'll be adjusted from a balance and performance perspective.

    If not, then what is next can they do?

    What classes will benefit the most from the testing? Nightblades and Sorcerers?

    This will be exciting to see.

    “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
  • ExoY
    @ZOS_GinaBruno could you clarify if other sets than the named above do not work entirely or only its bonus afflicted by the proc.

    Can I wear two pieces false god for 1x spell crit, or even 5 pieces perfected false god for 2xspell crit and 1xspell dmg
    New Moon would be another example which was already asked about a few times.

  • Rykoth
    There goes Maelstrom/Vateshran Hollows weapons.
    Gorthal gro-Gunthak, Chieftain of Mor'Grumaar
    Sigrun Elkhorn, Nordic Warrior and Skald

    Mor'Grumaar - Orcish Stronghold Roleplay
This discussion has been closed.