On the heals of the changes to Romulan science consoles (Plasma Doping) already live on Tribble comes news from BorticusCryptic that further changes to the popular past time are about to be implemented:
Cryptic – Systems Design
For most players, this change will be inconsequential. Very few casual players (1.) knew of the process to begin with, and (2.) didn’t invest heavily in the upgraded consoles.
Doping changes along with others to traits will have a negative to the upper echelons in the DPS League with SarcasmDetector posting this discussion:
Reset of the DPS League
With the upcoming nerfs to Enhanced Armor Pen (Delat T2 trait) and Embassy Console Plasma Burn; we the admins of the DPS channels and League are now faced with a conundrum.
These two nerfs are going to impact everyone’s DPS, some a lot more than others. We’re going to have a situation where most of the people in 75K channel will no longer be able to reach those numbers. Probably half the people in 50k and 30k will have to be moved down 1 channel.
It will still be possible to parse over 30k and 50k, there just won’t be an easy way to do so.
So in light of this the admins are discussing a couple of ways to deal with the situation, but we currently can’t come to an agreement.
The majority of the admins want to clear the DPS league of any parses over 30k DPS, then give people 2 weeks to requalify and re-upload a new parse without Armor Pen and Plasma Burn. After 2 weeks we’ll go through and compair the League table to the channel populations and remove players from 50k and 30k.
This to us, is the most fair thing to do for everyone in the channels; and maintains the integrity of the DPS league and channels. Additionally this would be the easiest solution to implement.
A few admins want to maintain the League as it is now, and kick people out of the channels on a case by case basis. A group of the high end DPSers will still be able to get very large numbers in record runs with a highly specialized team. They also expect more powercreep down the line that will counter balance the two nerfs to EAP and Plasma Burn.
This requires even less work initially, but requires a lot of micromanagement in the long run, and a lot of channel runs being filled by people who cannot meet the channels requirements. It should also be noted that there is no known powercreep on the horizon, and the first real chance for any significant powercreep to be introduced would be Season 10, which is likely a May or June release.
Since we the admins cannot come to a consensus on this matter, i’ve decided to take this public to get the opinion of both people from the DPS channels and from players who aren’t part of the channels.
Please let us know what you think and/or if you have any suggestions.
I dropped my doping consoles with the introduction of the Command Cruiser, to make room for all of the new toys. I did invest heavily in them, buying and upgrading 2-3 per alt , but did so knowing full well this ride would not last long. Having struggled to get to 30K DPS (it’s the pilot, not the build), this change doesn’t impact me personally.
I do take issue that we have one more example where Holodeck is being used as a petri dish for Cryptic to make mistakes in, at the expense of the paying public. Yes, this wasn’t working as intended. But at no time did Cryptic communicate that to the entire player base. Maybe if they had some sort of communication tool…?
Maybe it’s time to consider a reclamation capability for all gear, where outdated gear can be broken down into components where some could be reused. I’m not suggesting 100% recovery, but maybe 50%?