Hello! This week’s build includes updates to many of the Warrior covenant abilities.The Kyrian
ability Spear of Bastion
has had its damage decreased by about 45%, and now begins to deal reduced damage when striking more than 5 targets. This is similar to changes made to Thunder Clap and Revenge last week. Rather than a strict target cap and full damage, we felt it was important to retain Spear’s capabilities as a utility spell, while reigning in its damage contribution in high target-count scenarios.The Night Fae
ability Ancient Aftershock
no longer applies a damage over time effect to enemies it hits. Instead:
- The ground will continue to expel anima, dealing Nature damage to up to 5 enemies and generating Rage per enemy over 12 seconds. Every 3 seconds, targets are briefly knocked down.
These additional knockdowns are short, 0.5 second stuns that are not subject to diminishing returns. This change should give Ancient Aftershock a clearer identity as a long-duration disruption ability.The Necrolord
ability Conqueror's Banner
has been redesigned to address concerns about the amount of ramp-up required, and to make the group effect more broadly appealing.
- Conqueror’s Banner – Instant, 3 minute cooldown: Plant the Conqueror’s Banner in the ground, granting 20% maximum health and 10% critical strike chance to you and 2 allies within 15 yards of the banner for 20 seconds. While active, spending 20 Rage (Arms, Protection) / 30 Rage (Fury) and killing enemies grants you Glory. Glory increases your critical strike damage by 1% per stack, up to 30%, for 30 seconds.
When the Warrior plants the banner, it will prefer to buff the two nearest players. This should make it easier for the Warrior to intentionally buff certain allies. As long as those players remain in the area, they’ll keep the buff, even if they don’t stay next to the banner. If one leaves, however, a new player near the banner will gain the buff.
- The duration of the Glory effect refreshes whenever a new stack is earned, meaning it can last a total of 50 seconds from the time the banner is planted.
Additionally, Necrolord Warriors will learn a separate ability, Raise Banner
, that allows them to wear the Conqueror’s Banner on their back at all times, similar to the version of the ability currently on Beta.We’re looking forward to seeing how these changes play out once the new build is available, and hearing your feedback on them. Thank you!