Category: TES Online

Elder Scrolls Online: Make Lock Picking, Sneaking, and Athletics their own trees

Elder Scrolls Online: Make Lock Picking, Sneaking, and Athletics their own trees

What is holding me to continue playing this game is that I can see how much potential it has, and I don’t think I’m alone on this. With that said, I really feel the game needs more World Talent Tree’s and it already has the capability of producing 3 more, and as to why they were not released as separate tree’s I don’t understand. These of course would be lock picking, sneaking, and athletics.

Elder Scrolls Online: Make Lock Picking, Sneaking, and Athletics their own trees
First off, lock picking.
Lock picking only has one use in this game and it is to unlock random treasure chests that players find in the game, and that’s great, I really love the idea that I could stumble upon a random chest and be blessed with loot because I’m out in the world exploring. The sad fact about this is that after the initial thrill of finding these chests wears off you just find yourself uninterested in looting them, mostly due to the fact that they hold garbage loot with absolutely no chance of holding anything worthwhile. On top of that the task of looting them in general becomes incredibly simple and it’s not due to the fact I earned that ability, every chest is literally “simple” difficulty based on my toon’s level.
If there was a talent tree for lock picking that you leveled up by unlocking chests that would bring more of TES feel in general, it wouldn’t even have to be an elaborate tree. Some simple talents I can think of off the top of my head could be increased chance to find rare items like purples, increased gold gain, chance to not break locks, a two hour cool down to instantly unlock the chest, daily quest (like fighter’s guild Cyrodiil quest) where players need to unlock a certain number of chests to gain bonus loot or experience with the thieves guild (when it is released). Just simple thing’s like those could bring a better experience to players.
Secondly, sneaking.
I really think that sneaking should have it’s own talent tree. This alone could open the door for a lot more character customization if the current sneaking talent’s were taken out of the medium armor skill line. The “improved sneaking” talent could easily be left in the game and moved over to a separate tree, and leave room in the medium armor tree to help fix a lot of the balance issues that stamina builds have. On my DK I spent ~ 60k gold building a stamina based set just to see that my DPS completely pales in comparison to the Meta of light armor destro. The biggest reason that I found it fails is the fact my light attacks with a TWO HANDED AXE does HALF the damage of that of a RESTO STAFF, also a destro staff (caps are necessary). So simply adding a wep dmg increase talent into medium armor could help a ton to make some nice dmg builds with stamina. It could even open the door for hybrid healing builds where people heal in medium armor all enchanted with magic to gain the healing bonus from wep dmg, and can easily swap to a bow or DW and put out fair dmg. This could also encourage stamina based support abilities. Anyways, having the ability to be a “sneaky” character should be earned, even if your a NB, Bruce Lee wasn’t born a ninja. People should be able to level their sneaking talent simply by using it, gaining experience from initiating fights while in sneak, distance traveled while sneaking, stealing while sneaking, even avoiding fights with sneaking based on the detection indicator eye opening and closing. The talents for the tree seem fairly obvious, increased movement speed, detection radius, increased crit chance from sneak, increased dmg from sneak attack from behind, maybe even an ability to vanish with a speed boost. Like I said, all this would have to be earned from using sneak and not just acquired because you know how to equip medium armor.

Elder Scrolls Online: Make Lock Picking, Sneaking, and Athletics their own trees
Lastly, Athletics.
This is also an aspect of the game that could be elaborated on. It’s currently also a part of the medium armor skill line which I feel takes away from opportunities of the tree to bring more balance to stamina builds. Athletics would include, Dodge rolling and jumping. The fact that this isn’t its own tree takes away from customization that the game could have. Every player has dodge roll, it’s very much a part of the game and I use it in many situations and my only reward is I don’t take dmg. There should be a talent tree for this that rewards experience for successful dodge rolls. It would encourage players to use it more and even help hone their ability to play the game. Obviously the current athletics talent in medium armor would be used. Other passives could be dmg boost after successful dodge, free cost of ability after dodge (wouldn’t even have to be successful, it wastes a lot of time to roll and cost is considerable), Chance for a free dodge roll (15% chance and scales, CD 15 seconds after proc?, or stacking buff for each successful dodge to increase chance), even an ability to allow free dodge rolling for ~15 seconds + global reduction, even global reduction could be a passive. This is high resources, but an ability to jump over players or mobs and knock them down for an open back stab. Maybe even a passive that increases jump distance after successful dodge(great PvP escape talent and high skill required). There could be so much done with an athletics tree, and again it would all have to be earned and rewarded to players that accomplish successful dodging. As for jumping there currently isn’t much use for it in the game, but jumping puzzles like in GW2 could really bring in a distraction for players. I heard Paul Sage himself say he likes puzzles for distractions. Now whether or not jumping puzzles keeps TES feel that’s another story. As it stands now the puzzles in ESO are pitiful in quantity, hardly challenging, and lame to repeat. They really should make daily puzzles that change every day based on an algorithm and give respectable rewards for difficulty.
I do understand that if any of these idea’s were to be incorporated into ESO they would fit best in the patch that brings the justice system, thieves guild, DBH etc. or shortly after to insure they were done right. I feel if they done this it would be a step in the right direction to help bring the character customization they want the game to have. Now for all I know I may have just wasted my time writing all this up because they may already have all these idea’s in mind, but if not they probably won’t pay this any attention unless enough of the community wants it, much like the up-coming 3v3v3 tourny they are going to hold at Quakecon. If that gets good results I’m sure they will incorporate it in the game, Which I really hope they do, I’ve been dying for some sort of small scale PvP. Dueling is on the horizon as well and I can’t wait. So to ZOS I really hope you read this and take some of it into consideration.

Elder Scrolls Online Skills: Offense vs Defense in Tamriel

Elder Scrolls Online Skills: Offense vs Defense in Tamriel

Hello Everyone, today I want to open up discussion on a dynamic look at both Offense and Defense gameplay in ESO. I know is a long article, but my sensei told me that in order to master the way of the Ninja I must master the path of knowledge.

1. Critical Vs Impenetrable: I think this is balanced in my opinion, im not sure the exact number of Inpen necessary to offset all of the bonus critical damage, but i think you are able to.
Shields are a Crit Negater since you cant crit against shields, I believe that you cant crit against someone blocking either(please correct me if im wrong)

2. Healing in proportion to damage received: The amount of Damage that you receive that can be healed is astronomical, it goes up and down depending on your build but below are a few examples.
A. Healing based on missing health (Vampire and DK come to mind) Moderate Healing, nothing OP.
B. Vigor and Rally Combo (Any Stam Class, Full Medium Armor) High Burst Healing, in some cases able to offset(by Healing) more damage than Full Heavy Armor Mitigation(Unblocked).
C. Nightblade Siphoning (Magic Build, 5L) High AoE Healing, Moderate Burst Self Healing.
D. Templar Healer (Magic Build, 5 L) High HOT Healing, Moderate Burt Healing to Self and Others, Extreme Healing Burst Ultimate. Able to offset almost all damage and its also sustained

My concern: That there is no clear sacrifice in terms of sacrificing Self Healing for high damage, crit, and power. What I’m trying to say is that you have extreme damage mitigation in terms of self healing but you also have high sustained burst damage, critical, armor penetration, and regen.

3. Damage vs Damage Resistance: This is my favorite one. In ESO you can stack Damage and Armor Penetration as high as you can get it. Damage resistance is capped at around 33k armor making damage outmatch damage resistance. I will get into more detail below.
A. Your Armor amount only affects unblocked damage resistance, put simply is Damage that you do not Block or Shield against.
B. Armor Penetration Lowers the targets Armor by that same amount; for example you have 10k total armor penetration, i have 33k armor, with the penetration taken into effect, when i receive damage and I do not block the damage, the damage I receive will be calculated as if I had 22k armor.
C. The amount of Damage Negated by Armor is percentage based as a percentage of the Total initial damage.
D. Blocked Damage Resistance its pretty high, some players getting to even higher than 90% damage reduction while blocking. I think the game is ok when it comes to Blocked Damage Resistance.CP, Heavy Armor, Class, and 1HS Abilities provide buffs to Blocking, Amount of Damage Blocked, and Block Cost Reduction.
E. Armor Cap at 33k reduces unblocked damage by 50%, if they ever raise the cap, the damage reduction percentage would increase. After reading about other mmos, 70% unblocked damage resistance at armor Cap makes sense.
F. Since with the number of buffs and super high damage builds, the amount of damage before the 50% reduction is still really high and that is why a lot of Heavy Armor users do not feel “Tanky” in heavy armor(Raw with no Heals).
G. Why is Armor the only thing that is Capped in the game even after they removed CAPS in Update 6? The only other thing is critical since you can still get it over 100% but it’s only effective up to 100%.

My Thoughts: This is big imbalance in the game right now, there shouldn’t be an armor cap.

4.Shield Mechanics vs Damage: A lot of players are unaware of certain mechanics that apply to shields.
A. Damage Shields cannot be Crit upon, making them Critical Nullifiers
B. Shields Cannot “Crit”
C. Shields Lasts for 8 seconds for most of them
D. Re casting the same Shield refreshes that same shield and it doesn’t “ADD” an additional Shield amount
E. If you cast a different Shield Spell you can Stack Shields, meaning that you can wait a few seconds before casting another shield spell and reduce the vulnerability of the 8 second duration.
F. When you take damage and have multiple damage shields at a time, the shield that takes the damage is the last shield you casted not the first one. For example: You cast Hardened ward, 3 seconds later you cast Harness Magika; when you take damage Harness Magica will intercept the hit. User this to your advantage.
G. Armor Resistance Does not apply to Shields, Shields take raw damage; however De buffs on the enemy are taken into account, like minor maim.
H. Any damage reduction buffs you cast on yourself are useless if you have a damage shield on because your shields would be unaffected by them
I. You can still have a damage shields while in Mist Form as a Vampire, making Shields take 75% reduced damage instead of your health. Because when the mist form is cast that goes on top of all your shields.
J. If you Block with a Damage shield on, the shield would still take raw damage.

Why Shadows of Elder Scrolls Online the Hist is an Important Update

Why Shadows of Elder Scrolls Online the Hist is an Important Update

Look, we get it. There’s not a lot of oomph, and the wow factor is somewhat mixed, but overall… yes, this is an important update. ZOS didn’t need to release it, and realistically everything in Shadows of the Hist (and even the base game patch) could have been backburnered until One Tamriel which comes out in a few months.

But Update 11 /is/ an important update, and it’s important for a few reasons.
Updates – Everyone complains that ZOS never does bug pure bug fixing. “Stop making new content,” some cry with seething rage into an oscillating room fan. “Focus on bug fixes! Stop content and just fix things.” Guess what? They did. In fact, the majority of this patch WAS bug fixes. Improvements. Fixes. Tweaks. Yes, two new dungeons were added to the mix, but the vast majority of everything of this patch was bug fixing. Some big, simple little.

You’ve been asking for it for ages, and you got it. Chicken McNuggets for everyone!

Quality of Life – “The RNG system sucks. BURN THE HERETIC!” Yep, the RNG sucks. You said. I’ve said. The guy at the drive thru window of my local Taco Bell said it. And with Update 11, the single biggest quality of life update is… *drumroll* ….the ability to defeat the RNG. You can now trade BOP items. Yes, this seems like a minor update in the scheme of things, but this is huge. This is the kind of thing that truly incentivizes and rewards group play. Y’know, that… that thing you’ve been asking for. That we’ve all been asking for. It’s here. Right now.

Loot sharing will greatly encourage more group play. More trials. More dungeons. More people getting together and doing the content that may not have done, and not having to worry quite as much at being at the mercy of the RNG. Didn’t get the part you wanted? Trade for it. You’re no longer limited to the loot table of yourself, but he loot table of 3 to 11 other people.

Not only that, but ZOS listened to our threads, heard our complaints, and made Maelstrom always drop a weapon. And made DSA always drop a weapon. Yeah, it’s taken a while, but they listened. That’s important. Write that down in your copy book now.

Personalities – I don’t know of many other MMOs that can allow you to change your character’s behavior, walk, idle in such an easy way. Darth Lambert and Emperor Firor could have declared each personality cost 1K crowns. They didn’t. They bundled them, put them together in a seriously cheap and affordable pack, tied a little ribbon on it and basically gave it out for dirt cheap. Yeah, yeah, they still cost crowns, but they made them affordable to get them out there. Small impact, but it further helps customize characters. This is a good thing.

Why Shadows of Elder Scrolls Online the Hist is an Important Update

Costume Dyeing – Again, this a minor update but one that has a large impact to the feel of the game. It offers more customization and the ability to be a little bit more unique. You can customize how you look, feel, act and behave (especially accompanied by the new personalities) you can really go the extra mile to make your character feel unique and different from the rest of the pack. Again: huge.

Updated Content – They took the time to go back, fix, tweak and improve the updated content. No, it’s not new, but creating new content takes ages. ZOS opened up a new floodgate of existing for people to engage in, and actually have it be rewarding and end up as something other than “Hey, got 10 minutes to kill to knock out AA for leaderboards?” Scaling also sets the stage for One Tamriel, and brings everything we’ve had prior up to part. Fixed. And yes, it gives us insight that they want Trials to be the hard, yet also accessible. Approachable for new players, and about as fun as a trip to the dentist for those looking for a challenge. Which is good, because that drives people to WANT to get better and improve.

With that, no, not everything is perfect, and this is a small DLC, but this is a small DLC that really focused and catered on the little things. A lot of little things that people have been asking for.

That’s a great thing, and if you don’t think it’s a great thing, trust me… alcohol helps.