Thursday, 22 May 2014

Swtor Lowdown: Has The War Spoiled You?


Hi guys,
Joe here with the patch notes from Update 2.8 on the Public Test Server. This is not final and could change at any time. Also, there is a new event on the PTS, a Festival Of Splendor where you can travel to your faction's casino on Nar Shaddaa and you can gamble! ( Still, gambling is a real problem, it's how I lost all my in game money!), you can use slot machines to win cool stuff like mounts and new gear! So, get on down to the Public Test Server and check it out!
Below are the patch notes as they stand, which I got from http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=7425761#edit7425761

Cartel Packs
  • Star Cluster’s Nightlife Pack
  • Club Vertica Nightlife Pack 
New Event: Festival of Splendor! Players can try their hand at Smuggler’s Luck and Kingpin’s Bounty slot machines on Nar Shaddaa for exclusive rewards. The nightlife begins on Republic and Imperial Fleets with intriguing advertisements for the Club Vertica and Star Cluster Casinos.
  • Earn Golden Certificates from Smuggler’s Luck and Kingpin’s Bounty machines and redeem them for prizes.
  • Earn exclusive mount prizes directly from Kingpin’s Bounty machines.
  • Smuggler’s Casino Chips can be purchased with credits or Warzone Commendations.
  • Kingpin’s Casino Chips can be purchased with credits or won from Smuggler’s Luck slot machines.
General
  • Added Shadow Map options to the Preferences graphics tab:
    • Shadow Map Cascades: Increases the number of shadow maps used by the shadow system. Increasing this will improve quality but reduce performance.
    • Shadow Map Resolution: Increases the effective resolution of the shadows. Applies to interior and exterior shadows. Increasing this will improve quality but reduce performance.
  • Removed 7 unobtainable Codex entries.
Cartel Market
  • Several Pets and Emotes from the Hotshot’s Starfighter Pack are now in Collections as intended.
  • Moods now have a description indicating what slash command they unlock (Ex: /goofy).
  • The item Holoprojector Disguise now indicates in its tooltip that it will break when performing any action besides moving.
Classes + Combat
  • Force Lightning and Telekinetic Throw once again display numbers in their tooltips.
  • Crushing Darkness and Mind Crush once again display the damage they deal in their tooltips.
  • Corrected a typo in the Power Bracers and Riot Augs tooltips.
Jedi Knight 
Sentinel 
Watchman
  • Plasma Blade now increases the damage dealt by burning effects by 7%/14%/21% (up from 2%/4%/6%).
  • Slash now has a 15%/30%/45% chance to activate Mind Sear.
Sith Warrior 
Marauder 
Annihilation
  • Hemorrhage now increases the damage dealt by bleed effects by 7%/14%/21% (up from 2%/4%/6%)
  • Vicious Slash now has a 15%/30%/45% chance to activate Pulverize.
Jedi Consular 
Shadow 
General
  • Reduced the activation time of Phase walk to 0.5 seconds (down from 1.5 seconds) and increased the maximum duration to 5 minutes (up from 2 minutes).
Sith Inquisitor 
Assassin 
General
  • Reduced the activation time of Phase walk to 0.5 seconds (down from 1.5 seconds) and increased the maximum duration to 5 minutes (up from 2 minutes).
Galactic Starfighter 
Components + Crew
  • Interdiction Mine damage has been increased, but no longer has Shield Piercing.
  • Feedback Shield’s damage has been increased and now correctly activates off of Primary Weapon attacks.
  • Buffed Fortress Shield to increase shield strength by 130%.
  • The Korrigan Turn is now unlockable on the Jurgoran Gunship.
  • The GSS-4Y Jurgoran and the SGS-S1 Condor can now properly upgrade their Retro Thrusters.
Items + Economy
  • Devastating Vengeance relics no longer activate from both dealing damage and healing within the same rate limit.
  • Scrap Peddler Lockbox has been added to the PvP Items Vendor on the Republic and Imperial Fleets for 600 Warzone Commendations. This Lockbox gives a random Jawa Scrap item that can be exchanged at the Scrap Peddlers in the Cartel Bazaar.
That's all for today. Hope it helps!

Joe :p 

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