Hi! So! There's a lot more endgame bashing areas these days. Three, right? Four, depending on how you count. And this is cool, it's a response to player requests and also is an attempt to balance the Knife Economy. The thing is, these areas...okay, the charitable, chill way of putting it is "are extremely frustrating."
I'm an endgame basher, a whale, and have a really decent bashing setup. I've minmaxed several of my bashing classes, and boy these areas are...to put it simply, inviable for endgame bashing. I died in the Welto Trench just trying to explore the area. I've heard Eftehl** and Den of Shadow sare nearly unbashable for folk. Dramedo Warrens is just on the cusp of an area I'd call bashable, but you can still get totally boned due to RNG. No skill, no manual bashing, just bad RNG and mob stacking and you're dead there.
The main issues are, as I see it, from my perspective, skills/debuffs that totally remove player reactionability. In my case, it's all the grapples/impales. You can get writhelocked in a ton of areas just because of RNG, which makes bashing there an unattractive prospect, because you just end up losing XP for pretty much no increased reward.
I've not played in the other areas, but I've heard some complaints as well. If this is an attempt to curb or complicate autobashing, I get the intention, but it's not actually the solution. There's no coding around writhe locks. If you get locked in tens of seconds of writhing, it's over, period. Is there any possibility this can get looked into at some point? 'cause as it is right now, the new areas aren't actually expanding the available bashing zones for most people by much, if at all.
**edit: I'm hearing a mix of reviews for this area so YMMV
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