6.01: Game Balance & Improvements

Thursday, July 9, 2020 Discuss on the forums

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Small maintenance patch with balance changes and other improvements

- 4-person parties in Classic Queue are now only split up if their average rating is 1800+. We consider both ranked rating and hidden classic rating when calculating a team’s average rating.
- Improved average match quality for players rank 1-40
- Improved average match quality for all players during off-hours

Game Coach
- No longer wrongly says you’re overvalued with Eggsack
- Less likely to warn you about missing certain attack/defense types
- No longer warns you about missing certain attack/defense types when playing Chaos

- Mastermind rolls can no longer have more than three tier 1s (occurred 0.5% of the time)
- “Suspended until” message now shows how long you are suspended (in addition to the date)
- Added sound effect for rank-up celebration
- Added small persistent VFX for Chained Fist & Oathbreaker, Golden Buckler & Royal Guard
- Improved VFX for Elite Archer & Trinity Archer
- Tweaked Scoreboard tooltip width
- Mastermind roll selection warnings are now smarter for arcane units

- Fixed a bug where King Upgrades sometimes became unusable
- Fixed a rare bug where matchmade games would sometimes crash when playing with a player who had an “=” sign in their names
- Fixed a rare bug where a player wasn’t marked as AFK when they should have been, when their client is unresponsive but still connected
- Fixed a bug where the Health Bar Visibility option wasn’t saving between sessions
- Fixed a bug where viewing a player’s profile via match history while in-game would send you to the main menu instead of back to game when you pressed back
- Fixed a bug where rank-up celebration popup would show during your first 10 ranked games of the season (it should only show after you have played at least 10 ranked games this season)
- Fixed a bug where Unranked tier accidentally had numeral divisions
- Fixed some rounding bugs with HP displays
- Fixed some minor bugs with Profile stats (Rounding digits, sorting 100%)
- Fixed some minor display bugs with Leaderboard
- Fixed a bug where reporting a player sometimes didn’t display a “Success” message, even though the report succeeded
- Fixed a bug where you would be auto-requeued for a Ranked game if someone failed a ready check in a Custom game (Thanks FlightTV for logs)
- Fixed a layout bug with Postgame Builds
- Fixed some display bugs in Profile

- Experimental Game Server stability (modified some thread locking code exit conditions & thresholds)
- Improved Login Server stability
- Fixed a rare bug where a wave would spawn twice, resulting in a lot of other server instability
- Disabled “Display Mode” (Windowed/Fullscreen) option setting while in-game, since it sometimes causes the game to crash. This setting is meant to be modified only while in the Lobby.

Game Balance

Legion Spells

There’s been legion spell power creep over the years, so we’re dishing out small nerfs. Nerfs often don’t feel good, but they are important for game balance.

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- Health: 530 -> 510
- Damage: 23 -> 22

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- Maximum health: 2400 -> 2300

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- Damage and damage reduction: 7% -> 6.5%

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- Mana regeneration and gain: 24% -> 22%

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- Health: 650 -> 600

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- Stun duration: 1 second -> 1.2 seconds
- Percent chance: 28% (16% for ranged) -> 27% (15% for ranged)
- Fixed a bug where Pulverizer didn’t work with Masked Spirit & upgrades (it now has a chance to stun a single random target)

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- Ability damage: 24% -> 21%

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- Health: 1400 -> 1350

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- Lifesteal and spell vamp: 24% -> 23%

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- Damage amplification: 28% (16% for ranged) -> 27% (15% for ranged)


More time is needed to assess fighter balance after the season 6 patch, so we’re going light with the changes

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- Attack speed: 2.5 -> 2.38

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- Gaia Shield: Health: 1250 -> 1300


Recommended Value
- No longer inflated late game
- Now generally more accurate
- Now ramps up with each subsequent wave of wave 21

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- Health: 750 -> 740
- Deflection: 15% damage reduction from ranged autoattacks -> 15% damage reduction from ranged units

Deflection is now more understandable and also allows it to counter ranged ability damage dealers


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- Health: 3150 -> 3200
- Damage: 185 -> 190

Siege Ram
- Health: 5400 -> 5350 green_arrow.png red_arrow.png
- Deflection: 15% damage reduction from ranged autoattacks -> 15% damage reduction from ranged units

Deflection is now more understandable and also allows it to counter ranged ability damage dealers

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