So let's cut to the jib. Warden/Carnifex got a colossally punitive nerf in Changelog 1972
, somewhat misleadingly named "PVE Tweaks" instead of "massive changes." At a glance, this may seem like salt about Warden/Carnifex Damage, but I think we all know that that a nerf was coming, since buffing PVE in other classes has always been dismissed, for reasons I can only ascertain as "Sorry, that'd be too much fun." There's going to be a modest amount of snark in this post because, honestly, I'm pretty peeved about this change. Anyway, it's not about damage, it's about this:
- Batter endurance cost increased to 30, up from 25.
- Bite (camus or sumac) endurance cost lowered to 30, down from 40.
- Bonedagger endurance cost reduced to 30, down from 35.
- Chop endurance cost increased to 25, up from 20.
- Crux willpower cost increased to 30, up from 15.
- DoubleBash / Maul endurance cost increased to 25 per, up from 15.
- Lightning / Ashfall willpower cost increased to 30, up from 5.
- Pummel and Sunkick endurance cost increased to 20, up from 10.
- Spinning / Lacerate endurance cost increased to 25 per, up from 15.
Among these "tweaks" to damage, there was a pretty substantial penalty for moves added in to the bashing skills of a ton of classes, ranging anywhere from 20-500%. This post is going to be about Warden/Carnifex's 66% increase, though after scanning it over, I'm curious if anybody has tested Lighting bashing yet, given it's received the most punative increase. Pummel/Sunkick and Crux also seem like extremely bad penalties, a 100% increase in cost.
So, I'm a whale (toot-toot) and have pretty much every endurance/willpower bonus you can think of:
Endurance regen every 4 seconds
Stamina regen: 8
Endurance Artifact: 30
Fitness Miniskill: 12
Net regen: 64
Last night I tested bashing, and after finding every furor call finally with just a stopwatch, I found myself losing roughtly 1% endurance every 1-2 minutes and estimated I'd run out of endurance in roughly 2-3.5 hours. But I decided to do some math on it.
As a fully-whaled whale, I have 16 endurance-per-second(eps) as a base bank to work with. I do have a mountain tattoo, but I've never been able to figure out (and don't know anybody who has) exactly how much regen it gets, so I added just another 2eps on top of that to give me 18 to account for it. With 25 endurance per 2.37s balance, just a basic bashing attack is now eating up 10.55eps, or 58.6% of the eps budget. I use nimbleness every 120 seconds, which is 200 endurance--that's another 1.667 on top, bringing the total eps use to 12.21. This is under 18eps, which is good. What's less good is that movement still takes 2 endurance per room, which is a pretty massive drain on this budget. At 12.22 eps drain just from attacking with barely any moves, you get 2.89 rooms you can move in a second before you go over budget. If I, as a whale, move on an average of 4 rooms per second, I run out of endurance in 4 hours (with 32400 endurance).
(ignore the "if no movement" bit--that was a holdover from an earlier pass at the math and I didn't delete it)
Let's say you're not a whale, but still a decently beefy character. You're omnitransed (including trans fitness), have your mountain tat, and are undead, but no endurance artie. Let's even give you the added "benefit" (lol) of having less celerity, so only averaging 3 rooms per second. I chose a baseline of 17 constitution, since that's what I have without my con artie--that gives you a pool of 27900 endurance. Your regen is 10.5eps (with a base of 34 regen ever 4s, plus the estimate of 2eps from mountain). Our 12.2eps from just attacking remains constant here, meaning by just attacking, you're already over your endurance budget, meaning you have to move -.86 rooms in order to remain in your budget. Sorry, standing still doesn't work anymore, you gotta develop the ability to go back in time. If you, for some reason, foolishly decide to move
while bashing, you're in trouble. At an average of of 3 rooms per second, your eps tanks
to -7.7eps, meaning you can bash for only an hour before you lose everything.
I think this pretty accurately reflects the experiences everyone has had bashing in Carnifex/Warden since this change. Raz fixed fortitude in compendium, which might be the tipping point for the top 1% of whales, but overall, this change has made it impossible to bash for any real length of time in Carnifex/Warden. It's essentially gutted the usefullness of an $85 artifact--all of this before a great hunt, which is defined by long sessions of bashing, leaving those of us taking it seriously scrambling to prepare last minute. What's more, this reflects a change that was made not that long ago, November 5th, which was a change to movement endurance. That change was way worse
than this one, having some of us losing 3%+ endurance just moving between bashing zones. That said, why the hell was this change made? Why is an activity that only a handful of us actively enjoy, in spite of it being an arduous chore, being made even more tedius and punative?
Why is it impossible for even the most whaled-out people to sustain bashing? Why is an activity that's already tenuously enjoyable being made less enjoyable? Why, after the humongous outcry last November over endurance/willpower changes that ruined bashing, is more or less the same mistake being made?
I'm trying to be charitable here, but, man, this just seems like a change that was either made with malicious intent to ruin a class in PVE because it was just Too Good/Popular, or was just extremely careless and untested.
edit: oh, and a note on this is that this math ignores all redeffing entirely. I'm not sure how much of a drain that is, but it is something else on top of the pile.
tl;dr: Whales can only bash for a few hours without running out of endurance, and non-whales can only manage an hour in Carnifex. This is bad. Why was it done?