Malarik the Caster
Wow, had to make an account just so I can respond to this. Long-time player, on and off, since Xan burned down Falconreach in '07 (or was it '07, so long ago) and i have to say, this is one of the best classes to be released by the game in a long time. Epoch feels so different to anything else, although I suppose Ranger comes close with its turn skipping and charges, and maybe ShadowWalker, although I don't have that one, so I can't compare. This class seems like the answer to many of the more recent inn challenges; i'd go as far as even guessing that Verly may have been inspired in his designs by this class. Already, it won me the Unraveller, which i was struggling to get even half way, and it can deal with some of the storyline bosses I test all my classes again (never another When). Didn't realise the mana-gen thing till now though, and i suppose it feels more balanced with it, but it forces you into a weird situation later on, relying on a low damage attack and surviving from the most OP buffs and debuffs since Exo.
Speaking of Exo, this class reminds me of that style of combat: building a nice base, controlling what the enemy can do, then kicking their ass when they have -150 BPD. I really like the buildup, although the 'final' attack is underwhelming. I'm not sure what the numbers are, but with 0 charges, it did 7-9 Crit damage for 8 hits with 0 charges, and 85-100 Crit damage with 9 charges, at lvl 60 (i know, so low, but i hate farming). The damage does feel kinda weak, especially considering I had the bonuses every time i built up to maximum charge final. I expected something more akin to Baltael Sync in damage, but maybe i'm doing something wrong. -50 All, +100 boost, 9 charges, anything else?
Aesthetically, everything this release is amazing. Not only is the Epoch class beautiful (equip Transcendence, thank me later) but FALCONREACH!!! OH FALCONREACH! I haven't seen anything like this since the rebuilding of the old Falconreach, and this beats it by a landslide. The buildings, the lighting, the colours, the aesthetic, the music. I hated the theme of book 3 Falconreach with a passion. Maybe it was nostalgia, but the old theme is just so much more enticing to a peaceful haven/ trading hub/ war academy/ battleground/ our personal proving field that I feel Falconreach was in the older, and even still today, releases. This new theme, I hear it's from AQW, although I don't play it, is PERFECT. Now if only we could get a nice relaxing theme for Sunbreeze Grove, then all my favourite locations would have beautiful themes (honestly, just give it the OG login theme, maybe a bit slower?). Between Nova Falconreach, Pellow Village, Bk3 Ravenloss and anything that came out of the First Weaver or Blood and Roses, the musical value of the has improved dramatically since the beginning (still waiting for ANY of the other orb zones besides the locker to have a theme... I can dream, can't I :P)
Anyways, found a very interesting bug, where if you click on the epoch charges when there are none, then instakill the mob and click on anything to get a popup, such as your stats, it breaks all popups and changes them to "Charges: Undefined." Keeps going even if you reload, AFAIK the only way to fix it is to clear the cache. More of a nuisance than anything else.
There is also the already mentioned turn-skipping bug, where the game doesn't seem to realise what's happening and freak out, but this so far has been to my advantage, as it just grants random turns periodically.
Great release as always guys, can't wait for what's next. If twitter is anything to go by, the future of this game looks like it's in good hands (contrary to my worry a few years back when i found out my favourite childhood game had been taken over by a cat and that guy from the best quest chain ever)
Edit: nevermind the damage comment, my timings were off. I managed a 175 X 8 attack, still a little sub par by burst standards, but not as much as I originally thought. At least the class has great sustained damage.
< Message edited by Malarik the Caster -- 9/29/2018 1:45:02 >