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News & Features Discussion  » Guild Wars 2: New Stat, "Ferocity", to Affect Critical Damage

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  SBFord

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OP  3/21/14 12:42:51 PM#1

ArenaNet's Roy Cronacher has penned the next in a series of articles designed to show Guild Wars 2 players the changes coming to the game with the next update in late April. The update will see enhancements and rebalancing of many of the game's features including, in this case, Critical Damage with the addition of a new stat, 'ferocity'.

Ferocity will function very similarly to precision; both influence another stat. Just like your critical hit chance will go up as your precision increases, your bonus critical damage go up as you put more points into ferocity. As a result, critical damage will be displayed in manner that is consistent with the main stats on gear and skills, rather than just as a flat percentage.

All armors and weapons that currently provide a critical damage bonus will be updated to provide an equivalent amount of ferocity. As a bonus, you’ll notice that using ferocity as a stat is going to normalize critical damage across items so there isn’t a single item that’s clearly the best to equip for a critical damage boost. Areas such as trait lines, traits, and skills which provide critical damage have been rebalanced individually.

Read Cronacher's full post on the Guild Wars 2 blog.

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  flizzer

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3/21/14 10:43:35 PM#2
Not sure why this change is necessary but I suppose I am missing something here.
  Sajman01

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3/22/14 1:23:40 AM#3
You're not missing anything.

They are just trying to slow down the game.
  rojoArcueid

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"It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver". - Niccolo Machiavelli

3/22/14 1:29:18 AM#4
I can only see the five signet warrior benefiting from this new stat

My endgame begins with character creation and ends with a new mmorpg

  tom_gore

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3/22/14 4:07:08 AM#5
It's just changing critical damage to work similar as the other stats. Previously it was possible to increase critical damage linearly without any soft or hard limits, making it the most important stat for many DPS builds.
  jdizzle2k13

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3/23/14 10:57:54 AM#6
Originally posted by Sajman01
You're not missing anything.

They are just trying to slow down the game.

That may or may not be a bad thing.  I really don't like the game being mostly a dps zerg fest, aa I like to play healing/survival/support builds in games, so I don't mind the decrease in overall damage.  However, they may alienate some people who aren't support players, who instead like the way the game is and like rushing through everything.

I think for the most part people are still going to play the builds they want to play, they may just be a tad bit less (or more) effective.



  VeryDusty

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Joined: 11/21/12
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3/23/14 11:04:40 AM#7
Originally posted by Sajman01
You're not missing anything.

They are just trying to slow down the game.

Nope - not true at all. As tom_gore said, it is to make Critical damage as linear as all the other traits. Also, to have a cap which is more realistic.

 

The best DPS builds before, will still be best DPS builds after.

  Eir_S

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GW2 socialist.

3/23/14 11:07:13 AM#8
Originally posted by jdizzle2k13

they may alienate some people who aren't support players, who instead like the way the game is and like rushing through everything.

Well I say good to that.  I hate seeing LFG parties that say ZERK ONLY.  I figured I'd never have to worry about being left out in GW2, but people being the real problem, it was bound to happen.