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Details for AoE Testing in Cyrodiil

ZOS_GinaBruno
ZOS_GinaBruno
Community Manager
Hi everyone,

Starting next week, we’ll be running a series of tests in Cyrodiil on the live PC megaservers focusing on Area of Effect (AoE) abilities to identify how we can improve and make a more positive impact on PvP performance. To read more about what brought us to determining the need for these tests, we posted a full explanation back in July here.

Below is a list of all the tests we are currently planning for Cyrodiil on PC, along with the dates and a short summary of what to expect. Note that each test is independent of each other, and tests are subject to change. We’ll post in this thread once each test has started or ended, or if anything changes, and will keep it locked from comments so it’s easier to follow the current status. Remember that you’ll be able to earn double AP in Cyrodiil during all the tests!

Once all these tests are complete, we’ll spend some time analyzing the data and determine next steps, which we’ll be sure to share with you.
  • September 8-14: Shared global AoE cooldown, 3 second timer
    • For this test, all AoE abilities will have a shared global 3 second cooldown. This means when you cast an AoE, you will not be able to cast another AoE for 3 seconds. For example, if you cast Ritual of Retribution, you won’t be able to cast Puncturing Sweep for 3 seconds.
  • September 14-21: Individual AoE cooldown, 3 second timer
    • For this test, each AoE ability will have an individual cooldown. This means when you cast an AoE, you will not be able to cast that same AoE ability for 3 seconds. For example, if you cast Puncturing Sweep, you won’t be able to cast Puncturing Sweep again for 3 seconds.
  • September 21-28: No cooldown, global ramping AoE cost
    • For this test, each AoE cast will have a global ramping cost. Each stack of the debuff increases the cost of any AoE cast, similar to how streak or dodge roll works when casting an AoE, and you receive a debuff for 5 seconds.
  • September 28 – October 5: Individual AoE cooldown, 3 second timer and global ramping AoE cost
    • Each AoE ability will have an individual cooldown from Test 2, but also combines that with a global ramping cost from Test 3.
  • October 5-12: Group size is limited to 12 in Cyrodiil, and any ally-targeted abilities are only applied to group members
  • October 12-19: Group size is limited to 12 in Cyrodiil, and if a group contains 6 or more players, everyone’s AoE abilities will go on individual cooldowns and have escalating cost similar to the tests above
Thanks in advance for participating in these tests. The more players that jump in, the more data we’ll be able to collect and analyze, which will ultimately give us better results!
Gina Bruno
ESO Community Manager
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Staff Post
  • ZOS_GinaBruno
    ZOS_GinaBruno
    Community Manager
    Test 3 began this morning around 7am EDT. From now until September 28, each AoE cast will have a global ramping cost.
    Gina Bruno
    ESO Community Manager
    Dev Tracker | Service Alerts | ESO Twitter | My Twitter
    Staff Post
  • ZOS_GinaBruno
    ZOS_GinaBruno
    Community Manager
    Test 4 has started! From now until October 5, each AoE ability will have an individual cooldown from Test 2, but also combines the global ramping cost from Test 3.
    Gina Bruno
    ESO Community Manager
    Dev Tracker | Service Alerts | ESO Twitter | My Twitter
    Staff Post
  • ZOS_GinaBruno
    ZOS_GinaBruno
    Community Manager
    We enabled the next test about an hour ago, which will run until October 26. Currently, all AoE abilities have a shared global 3 second cooldown with group sizes being limited to 12 in Cyrodiil, and any ally-targeted ability will only apply to group members.
    Gina Bruno
    ESO Community Manager
    Dev Tracker | Service Alerts | ESO Twitter | My Twitter
    Staff Post
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