View From The 3.3.3 PTR Part 1

Ok after a few false starts and patch issues, I’ve finally been able to start testing the changes to BM on the PTR. First off if you are going on the PTR and it keeps crashing due to a polearm issue the fix is very simple.

  1. Open the PTR folder
  2. Open the Data folder
  3. Change the patch3.MPQ file name to patch33.MPQ

First off here’s the run down all the auto shot tests were done with Flask of the north, Saronite Razorheads and the following procs.  Culling the herd, improved aspect of the hawk, Fatal Flaw (from the NES), and Exploit Weakness from the T10 bonus. This also includes Devilicious’s damage after 2000 shots.

Live results

live auto

PTR results

With just Ferocious Inspiration        With FI and Arcane empowerment

ptr auto 1           ptr auto 2

Final DPS on the live servers after 2000 shots is 2130. Not too bad, but not too great. We fire faster but don’t hit anywhere near as hard as our MM and SV brothers and sisters. I noticed that FI was up around 90% of the time.

On the PTR the first test with just FI shows my DPS around 2195, an increase of 65 DPS. The test with FI and AE shows it around 2219, an increase of of 89 DPS from live and an increase of only 24 from just having FI. So it looks like the change to having FI as an aura instead of a procced buff is showing a definite increase in our DPS by being up that extra 10% or so. However, it would appear that we are getting diminished returns on the stacking of FI and AE as it is minimal at best. Now I know the RNG is a big factor in testing, unfortunately, that’s something that we will have little control over, and will have to factor in. So stay tuned for the next installment when I go into what it looks like when using a regular shot rotation and things that can factor in to further increase our DPS and reputation. So until next time don’t forget to reload, so you don’t run out of ammo.

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