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  1. Yeah, that's about my experience on it, too. I made a DPS EV2 specifically for that purpose about a year ago, and was mortified when I discovered that it doesn't have an effect on siege rollers. About the only use for that particular character now is killing bosses that are stuck way back in the spawn, because charged shots ignore terrain and the spawn forcefield.
  2. Unfortunately I have never heard news of this being changed or reversed. What *should* happen is that a reroll upgrade should be accepted automatically, but I suppose this is a way to prevent the use of macros to get 10/10 servos of any variety. Unfortunately, clicking past your 10/10 mod reroll won't get reversed by the devs. I totally feel your pain on it, because I've done it once, myself. Just make sure to take a second after each reroll that you're not clicking the button on reflex. I once rolled past a 10/10 Frostfire Remnants for that reason.
  3. That's exactly it. It's at its worst when they roll with Headstrong, so you can't even knock them off. It can be brutal if that happens somewhere important, like Drakenfrost Keep.
  4. That is actually brilliant. I'd say you would have to be standing pretty close to the dummy in order for it not to be super imbalanced, though.
  5. Yeah, they were not well implemented. I have never considered them to be a positive addition to the game. I have learned to tolerate their presence, but as an actual game mechanic they are awful. Literally the only way to be immune is to use a specific ability on the Barbarian, every other character has to tolerate their constant stabbing. And to make matter worse, on higher floors, this means you're going to get killed almost every time, because they usually get one good stab in before your defenses knock them off you. Sparkle Party can knock that first one off you, but if there are more waiting in the sidelines... let's also not forget that Shackled only works on the first attack, and also only has a *chance* to work. The fact that assassins won't be there in the endgame (or as close as we have to an endgame on release), at least at first, is one of the things I most look forward to in DDA.
  6. This one was disappointingly easy. I build primarily using Earthshatters, and even though they can't target the Eye of Cthulhu, there was still nothing of note when it comes to difficulty. It was not satisfying. Felt like it should have been in an earlier stage of Primes.
  7. Before you read: I am a ps4 player, and as such I do not know how bad the lag is on the pc version. What I do know is that it's an absolute nightmare on ps4. Heyo. I waited until I had beaten all 6 to say anything. Please be aware before you continue reading that I am not looking to have any actual difficulty removed from any of the missions. I do not want easier Primes. I would like to get that out of the way. Most of my suggestions are to help combat Etheria's greatest foe: lag. Anyway, here's what I think should be done. Just a few minor tweaks, nothing that should require a redesign. I know you guys are working on DDA, and probably won't be doing any redesigning. It's not really until Prime V that I suggest anything substantial, anyway. I'll approach this on a case by case basis: Prime 1: All 3 Incursions are in a good place when it comes to playability. My only suggestion might be to make Griblock's Horde a little harder. It's not much of a jump over c7, and those weapons are an awfully good reward for such an easy map. Prime 2: Same here. Nothing to complain about. This one is nice due to the super powerful bosses in Forest Poachers serving as a wall to players who have been coasting by on weak towers. Having 6 bosses with 700m health spawn at once requires actual planning and tower synergy. Prime 3: Malthius is fine, but in Power Surge the tower buff doesn't seem quite as hefty as it used to. This map always seems to end with trees everywhere, and everyone just using DPS. I might suggest making the surge tower stat buff a little more powerful, but honestly wouldn't be too chuffed otherwise. Prime IV: nothing of note, except that I actually feel Bastille Master's time limit is too high. There's not really a sense of urgency. Even taking my time to build, carrying 3 people, there's usually 8-10 minutes left on the timer. Maybe knock 5 minutes off the limit, and perhaps cause the build phase timer to start automatically in case you end up stuck with AFK leeches. Prime V: Revenge of the Yeti was fine. Maybe a bit on the easy side, to be honest. Maybe knock a few little guys pff the roster and have a few more Frost Orcs spawn. As for Altar, I despised this one, due to my love of Earthshatter towers, and the fact they built every last one of the other incursions with little issue. But that isn't anything that needs a rebalance, that's just Thorg being stubborn and not wanting to use reflects and protons. Physically destroyable towers don't fare so well there. I managed with an explosive trap build, in the end. Very underrated, those are. But the Incursion itself is fine as is, except I might suggest spawning less of the tiny enemies and more of the larger ones like lady orcs to help with the lag. Anyway, I digress. This next one is where I believe the most urgent attention is needed. The lag caused by the sheer number of enemies in Spectral Assault is game breaking. This culminated in a horrible match with The Amazing Reviving Ogre. The incredible lag in the final wave was so intense that not only was an entire lane able to waltz past my defenses completely unharmed, but an Ogre among them was killed by myself and the good gentleman who ran that incursion with me not once, but twice. I'm talking visible, on screen death. The ogre then, after a small lagspike, spawned in front of the crystal and immediately destroyed it, with a completely full health bar. As I said, Etheria's greatest nemesis is not The Old Ones, but the very concept of lag. Only after several tries were my friends and I able to overcome this lag. My suggestion to fix this is quite simple: pull out the cannon fodder. The issue in that map is that there is simply so much going on at once. 8-10 bosses a wave, hordes of tiny enemies, giant floating specters, etc. I suggest adjusting the lane schedules to not include small, cannon fodder enemies like goblins and kobolds, and instead add a smaller number of stronger enemies. 4 lady orcs are a bigger threat than, say, 30 kobolds any day, and would produce significantly less lag. If I'm going to lose, I want it to be because I screwed up on tower placement or accidentally let Tuskar run past because I wasn't paying attention. I don't want it to be because of lag so profound, the enemies didn't even register the presence of my towers. Prime VI: Let's face it, blood moon is too easy. I lost my first match because I forgot about the lane of skeletons that spawns up in the caves (hey, I hadn't played that incursion in years, gimme a break!). I'm honestly not sure how to fix it, either, because just a base level increase wouldn't solve that problem. Maybe a few frost orcs in the mix? Honestly, idk how to fix it without a redesign, and as I mentioned, I'm not expecting one. As for Betsy, I actually enjoyed this Incursion, with the sole exception of the sheer number of assassins that spawn in that final wave. There are enough assassins in that last stretch to cause lagspikes (they're one of the worst offenders of causing lag, I find) and prevent our group from properly DPSing Betsy. I built it twice, the first time we ran with my own Starfall Dryad and 2 Nuke Monks, and poor Betsy didn't know what hit her. But the second time, I built for a random lobby, and neither of the other two had proper dps, so once those assassins spawned, we had to wait until my massive pile of skyguards finished her off, which took some time, because we were all too busy screaming "bad touch!" while getting dogpiled by assassins. This problem could be fixed by giving us just a few more seconds (how about 30 instead of 10?) to readjust our defenses to account for the massive lane shift Betsy causes in the final wave, or by lowering the number of assassins that can spawn at once. Anyway, that's all. Again, not looking to have any actual difficulty removed, just a few tweaks to make it more playable.
  8. I could understand wanting a carry for a few floors, but really, ArchaicLotus makes a great point. Floor 36 is still at the point in which the game is easy. You can push all the way to floor 100 without paying much attention to mods, even. Slap defense rate/destruction/deadly strikes on a few auras, maybe a PDT, Earthshatter, WM, etc, throw on a few appropriate 2/10 mods (placeholders till you get the good stuff), and you'll find yourself being able to push to around floor 100 without too much difficulty. Its not until past that point that perfect mods and such start to become important. As an almost entirely self taught builder, I can confirm it's possible from personal experience.
  9. I took a look at your screenshot, I can confirm your complaint. Ive had those exact players do the same to me. Got kicked out of my own lobby by them, when I was farming the demon lord prime incursion, twice. I figured I'd leave it on public for the extra loot (I can solo the map easily, so even if people don't have much to contribute, it makes no difference) and they booted me once on the final stage, and again a short time later during the build phase. This is why i have always held a strong belief that kicking privileges should be solely left to the host, and that you should not be able to kick past the third wave (right around when it stops people from joining).
  10. I think it's because his answer was too definite. He basically said that there was for sure more end game content coming, but I think DD2's fate is much less certain. At least we know that the devs *want* there to be more content.
  11. That's why you deal in coins only if you don't know the person. Don't have to worry about them taking off with your loot.
  12. Yeah, I'd love to do away with the need for trees, she just doesn't work because of that. Which is a shame, because Bees and Nimbus could still be usable were it not for the mandatory 20 DU required to also place trees. It also makes her unusable for most of Mastery. At 30 and 60 du respectively, they would be fine, but that extra 20 makes them too expensive. THAT would be the ideal way to fix the Dryad's towers, imo. The only thing the trees themselves are good for at the moment is slowing down enemies in prime power surge. Also, there was a short time during Nightmare when Lavamancer WAS the best character. Originally, volcanoes had significantly higher DPS than most other towers, and by putting 4 in your hero deck, dropping them in the middle of a map, putting up a couple fissures, and spamming eruption, you could annihilate any map even faster than pre-nerf PDTs. They wouldnt even make it out of the spawn gates. Also a short time during early protean, before they made fissures function as a proper aura, they could be stacked almost on top of each other and couldn't be stunned. They were broken as hell for a bit.
  13. When you mentioned them becoming an aura with a minimum distance thing, I assumed you meant they would lose the ridiculously high range they currently boast, which would require trees being placed much closer than normal. But if you're implying that they should keep their absurd range while still being an aura, then even with a damage cut, they could resume the domination of the meta that they had for quite some time. All a player would have to do is not equip any range boosting abilities, place a crapton of them, and then equip all the appropriate range boosting gear after they've been placed. That same trick can already be used to stack more auras or WMs than should normally be possible. I like that they're a unique tower, and I don't even mind the 3-bees-per-target rule they currently observe. I think fixing them as opposed to repurposing them is the way to go. They're still great at single target DPS, anyway.
  14. I disagree. While I STILL haven't gotten the rifle I want, I don't think the drop rate being increased is the answer. These weapons are something that would normally cost 6 c8 amps, 250 gold ingots, 600 pristine motes, and 9.5m coins to upgrade to from chaos 7. I am perfectly fine with them being difficult to obtain.
  15. That would remove any viability they have remaining, though, since in high floors, the trees would have to be placed closer to the enemy spawns, and towers die if a kobold so kuch as sneezes once you start getting up there. They're still viable as is in the low hundreds, changing them to an aura would make them virtually unusable beyond chaos 7.
  16. Oh, if you want one just for the hell of it, you can take it. I don't need an amp or anything. However, this is assuming you're on ps4, because if not, I can't help you. If you're on ps4, I have the same username as here. Just mention the dd2 forums so I know it's not some rando adding me,
  17. I'd be happy to, if only they didn't revert back to c7 upon being traded.
  18. Yeah, the c8 weapons are only from reward chests. Seems to be about a 1/6 chance to get one. And with 4 different weapons, thats about 1 of the one you actually want in 24 runs. Heaven forbid it has a bad shot type or secondary stat. The ones like the rifles and bows are fine since theyre locked to a specific projectile type, but the monk and mystic weapons can be super annoying since they can have any number of randomizes shot types. And yeah, the burnout is real. Barely a reason to play them once you've gotten the weapons and hyper shards, too. It makes it seem like as soon as the incursions are over, itl be back to Onslaught as usual. I'll admit I'm still excited to fight a version of Betsy and the Eye of Cthulhu that will actually provide a challenge, though.
  19. It gave you something to do if someone else was building, anyway.
  20. I don't recall there being a virus that worked through messages, but I've never opened a link through a psn message anyway. But I've met too many people I enjoy playing with to want to turn off pms. This one will be an exception, though. There's gonna be a flood of begging for carries from people who don't realize that this mission isn't something that a solo builder will be able to easily do. Even if it does turn out to be doable solo, I definitely wouldn't want to do it. Even soloing the c5 version is a pain in the ass with all that running around.
  21. Oh god, I just remembered that there will be Kobolts. Kobolts in power surge that are probably going to be level 40000 or so (Malthius mobs were about 36000, so that seems about right). I am really gonna have to make sure to find a couple competent players on ps4. Maybe surged WMs will be enough. That, and prepare for the endless barrage of carry requests. It's already bad, but surge is going to make it worse. I already can barely check shops without being buried in party requests and PMs for prime incursions. Might even have to turn off PMs for a while.
  22. I've killed the Demon Lord about 30 times now and I've gotten 4 of the dang things. Wish I could give you some of my luck. Unrelated, but does anyone else miss those hidden books you could activate to get the bonus chest back in Nightmare mode? First thing I did was go searching for them, I was saddened to discover they were gone.
  23. Yeah, always seems like the one you want never drops. I've gotten 4 deathwings, 2 Waveblades, and 3 of the bow (I farmed the hell out of the demon lord), but not a single one of the Gobu rifle, which is the drop I actually want.
  24. I've built it about 10 times now (ps4) and all I got was the Mystic weapon with a horrible roll.
  25. Finally, some replay value. Thanks!
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