One of the unforeseen consequences that came with Delta Rising was the radical leap forward in damage potential with weapons upgrades and abilities.
For most players this was supposed to be a long-term project. Upgrades to weapons and gear sets are ridiculously expensive in dilithium and EC if you’re not able make your own upgrades.
R&D give you the ability to make the upgrades possible, but for first time players it is months of daily playing before upgrades are reasonably priced at level 15.
On the whole, time gated projects can be skipped if you’re willing to spend real world currency. Theoretically you can earn these in-game, but it would require a daily dedication per toon that mathematically would take years to complete.
PROTIP: Don’t spend dilithium on R&D. Wait it out. If you were to pay your way to level 20 in all 9 schools (plus the 2 about to be released) you would spend $4500 USD.
The problem is that Cryptic raised the difficulty across the board, with the intent of slowing players who paid their way to maximum DPS. The end result is that the game for the most part can no longer be played by casual players.
Imagine the shock that after two years of grinding that your gear was no longer elite, or that you could not possibly succeed in the ‘revised elite’ now called ‘advanced’ content.
Into this mix of personal nerfing lets add pretentious postings by a relative few who put DPS above everything else. From my perspective it’s fine to brag, but when that bragging encourages Cryptic to increase the difficulty for everyone, I have to draw a line.
Earlier today they posted another video of a fleet of Scimitars supporting one player as he pushed a Galaxy-X to over 45K dps. Truly a great job of piloting. Once again the forums ask – can you do it without the support of the largest and most powerful ships in the game.
Instead of humbly accepting the challenge, they chose instead to mock the player base.
It seems that with the current changes to the game, the developers would agree.
Updates: that player just did it in an NX-class, backed up by 4 scimitars. Proving the point that while backed by the largest and most destructive ships in the game, even an NX class (outfitted with the most expensive gear) can overwhelm the developers intentions.