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#241 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 01 December 2016 - 04:31 PM

ran around a bit in world tier 4, haven't tried tier 5 yet but I've only played a few minutes just to get my bimonthly drop box. Maybe today's box will be another Reclaimers cause I'd like to rock that while I retake NYC again.

 

saw some survival videos, it does looks promising...hopefully the little one(s) will sleep soundly so I can get in a full match tonight or tomorrowish.



#242 gogomo  

Posted 01 December 2016 - 09:04 PM

ran around a bit in world tier 4, haven't tried tier 5 yet but I've only played a few minutes just to get my bimonthly drop box. Maybe today's box will be another Reclaimers cause I'd like to rock that while I retake NYC again.

 

saw some survival videos, it does looks promising...hopefully the little one(s) will sleep soundly so I can get in a full match tonight or tomorrowish.

For future reference and for others' FYI: the season pass supply drops are based on World Tier and your gearscore.  If you are 229 now (that was the max before the most recent update), then go to World Tier 5, kill any random boss in the light zone for a 256 drop, and equip it. That will push you over 229.

 

Once you are over 229 in WT5, every gearset and high end drops will all be 256.  Your supply drop loot will be 256.  If you grab the drop in WT4, the loot will max out at 229.  The enemies are harder in 256, but if you play it safe, you should be fine.



#243 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2016 - 06:02 PM

Did that for the 1st of the month drop.

 

Was actually refreshing to get wiped by the LMB trying to get to the supply drop. My old tactician set prior to 1.4 didn't hold up solo...so I dug in, lobbed all my nades, used fire bullets, and smart cover ftw.

 

Then, it did some math, watched a few videos, and decides to sell everything minus a full set of gear. Bought the Pakahn, 4 gold caches, and went out on some HVT's and hunted all the world bosses. I went from 4.8 million credits down to 380k, then 3 hours later back up 4.8 million credits and 256 everything.

 

I totally bought the FAMAS from the vendor and about 5 of the prototype stamina mods w/armor built in. As per Skill'up (video blogger).

 

Currently rocking 3 pieces Nomad since it just had the best stats overall, the rest are piece mail gear sets.

 

 

Tonight I'll be sure to login in again and see if I can take out a few world bosses.



#244 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:23 PM

Upgraded to Predator's set, big difference in the DPS over Nomad's haha.

 

Had a Tenebrae drop, recalibrated "stead" out for "coolheaded." did it twice, 2nd time was all crappy talents so I just stuck with this for now...then next boss drop was a paratrooper w/skilled, toxic, and brutal. (shakes fist at RNG).

 

I'm surprised they haven't released another outfit set. I suppose they were really busy on trying to fix the game.

 

Figured out w/out a lot of exotic dmg resistance, a world tier 5 boss that's know for lobbing frag grenades will kill you if you're in the AOE.

 

fun fun fun.



#245 CaseX   CAG addict CAGiversary!   2144 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 05 December 2016 - 07:45 PM

I'm surprised they haven't released another outfit set. I suppose they were really busy on trying to fix the game.

There's a new Frontline gearset (it's technically called "D3-FNC").  Lets you use SMG (instead of sidearm) when rocking the ballistic shield.   (Unless you're talking about the Appearance items...then yeah, nothing new there.)



#246 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 05 December 2016 - 07:58 PM

heh. Yeah, I was talking about appearance items.

 

I've been rocking the pilot helmet & hazmat suit to look like a Rebel Pilot for a long time....switched to the Outlands outfit because the backwards hat was kinda cool, especially when everyone and their mom was wearing the Splinter Cell hat. Cool as it is, it wasn't so cool when every 3rd player was wearing it.

 

I have 2 pieces of the riot shield set, can't wait for the last 2...I just don't want to spend PxC's on them unless it's a god roll.



#247 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 07 December 2016 - 08:26 PM

Managed to piece together a Striker's Battlegear set...wow it is not working well w/out a shotgun or heavy to build up stacks on.

 

Switched to Alpha Bridge but sadly the rolls were more Electronics thus deactivating all the good talents I had on my guns...so...

 

Switched to Reclaimers. So far it seems okay for boss farming and HVT but not very exciting now that special ammo isn't as special anymore. Visually entertaining though. I'm going to try and make the Reclaimer's set more fun and effective w/seeker mines, cool downs and such.

 

If not, I'll be going back to Predator's Mark (at least until Fire crest or Frontline).

 

I heard that they are considering increasing the Season Pass holder supply drops because equipment is so easily obtained it's no longer a perk for having the season pass.



#248 gogomo  

Posted 08 December 2016 - 03:03 PM

If not, I'll be going back to Predator's Mark (at least until Fire crest or Frontline).

I've been playing with Firecrest and it's alright.  Fun and can be a bit OP against non-yellow bar NPCs.  The challenge is finding the right spot to place the turret without the elite running up and kicking it offline.

 

Just start playing with Predator's last night and not sure how I feel about it.  It didn't melt as much as I'd thought.  I couldn't always tell if the 4 piece bonus was proc-ing.  And sometimes the counter would go up but then stop even though I could see my bullets still hitting the same target.  So idk.

 

Everyone keeps talking about AlphaBridge, but I have yet to get good gear to try that out.  With AB gear on, my armor is super low and damage mitigation drops all the way to around 39% (vs. 48-52% for my other set ups)!  Will need better pieces to drop before trying that out.

 

Survival is wicked fun though.  I've been playing at least one game of survival each night.



#249 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 December 2016 - 04:11 PM

the current meta is Alpha Bridge & Firecrest.

 

I mainly want to try FC because it actually alters one of the skills, extending the flame's reach is a big deal and hopefully visually satisfying. I've used all the other skills that directly affect mobs and vs reds, yeah...they're basically red shirts from Star Trek.

 

Got a few more pieces for various sets, my AB is still more electronics heavy and/or sub optimally rolled in the armor/stamina dept. I was paper thin when I ran out to test it. I think Apollo 2 shot me at medium range. Same boat there.

 

What I liked about Predator's Mark was the bleed continued to damage them when the heavy's went behind their shields, named and elites were in cover and out of my reticle...and again, it changed something on the HUD. That little green bar that appear on the side of your weapon counting down on the shots before bleed kicks in. I'm guessing when you're firing, the reticle bloom might be registering bullets at other targets causing you to not get 10 shots on target consecutively.

 

Got a better piece of Reclaimers and tried it again...no improvement, it's less efficient than I thought because I have to spend the x seconds dialing into a consumable before every engagement where I probably don't really need it. So, into the stash and out came Tactician's Authority...which I took the better part of an hour recalibrating to meet some PVE standards.

 

Results?

 

Booster Shot (heal), Seeker Mine (Cluster), never had an easier time taking out world bosses in WT5.

 

I thought it was a fluke or a glitch. Against Fumes in the train station, if the randoms haven't spawned there yet on the track you can trigger him to spawn w/his group walking away from you. I drop a seeker mine before heading to the spot and have a frag grenade ready. As soon as his group spawns, I toss the grenade, the seeker rolls out, the nade pops and I unload w/the Pakhan.

 

The entire group dropped save one purple bar cleaner before the smoke cleared. Fumes was...fumigated. wow that's was bad.

 

Firearms 4000ish (just under the 4709 requirement to activate the 256 firearms talents)

Stamina - err, 51% Armor mit and around 300k toughness

Electronics - 200k skill power that goes up w/Tactician's buff.

 

Pahkan (out of the box) 230ish k DPS on paper. Feels like more tbh vs. elites.

Tenebrae (Steady recalibrated out for Coolheaded) ...still unsure why it's 512k DPS on paper.

 

I actually don't have any urge to use anything else except Firecrest to have fun w/the flame turret.

 

Re: Survival, haven't tried it yet...my parenting responsibilities currently don't allow me to get into any form of gaming that might need my undivided attention for longer than 20-30 minutes...but looking fwd to my first delve into.



#250 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 12 December 2016 - 03:23 PM

Holy crap.

 

Fire Crest is awesome...

 

Honestly even if there wasn't a boost to damage the 50% increase to range is great. I dropped a turret on to back trunk of a car, it pointed up and flamed a sniper trying to shoot me from a 2nd story scaffolding platform.

 

Heavies will kick it over sure but they make a b line for it so while they're eating full front flames, you can burst them down w/no worry of them switching targets to you...not a heavy boss? place it so it tickles them and they continue to get CC'd and burned whiled you throw shots from another angle. 3 FC/3 TA is my new build...I lost some toughness but "waaah wah! wahhhhhh" makes up for it.

 

Going to try Survival tonight. in theory...



#251 gogomo  

Posted 13 December 2016 - 02:38 PM

Pahkan (out of the box) 230ish k DPS on paper. Feels like more tbh vs. elites.

I finally got enough AlphaBridge pieces with decent stats to try out the 4 piece bonus and I noticed this, too -- that the Pahkan seems to do more damage than the stats indicate.  So my favorite LMG has been the M60 (for whatever reason, I do really well with it).  On paper, my M60 does more damage per bullet (I'm looking at the DMG stat, not DPS ...).  In action though, I notice the armor and health bars melting much, much faster when using the Pakhan.  Not sure what is going on.

 

Holy crap.

 

Fire Crest is awesome...

 

Honestly even if there wasn't a boost to damage the 50% increase to range is great. I dropped a turret on to back trunk of a car, it pointed up and flamed a sniper trying to shoot me from a 2nd story scaffolding platform.

Yup!  When 1.5 first dropped, I only had 3 pieces of FireCrest and it was already enough to impress me.  I've tried using 4 piece FC, but I'm not sure that's worth it.  Might go back to 3FC/3 Banshee (for the extra damage to enemies out of cover).



#252 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 19 December 2016 - 02:46 PM

PSA - after the restock from the special weapons vendor in the BoO, the updated Pahkan is actually a lot better than the previously rolled one. More damage for out of cover targets and more base damage...get it while it's hot.

 

Finally got to test out the D3-FNC? BS gear set (haha) on Lex challenge mode w/randoms. I could face tank the entire room that comes out when Larae spawns...including the heavies. It's like sweet sweet retribution from all the times I got mowed down clutching my guts.

 

6 runs, no chest piece but I more or less upgraded every other piece of gear set gear and loaded up on PxC's, credits, and even leveled a couple times for that field prof cache. It seemed like the game looked into my stash and said you don't have enough AB pieces...so here's every piece you'll need.

 

Looted a Godroll gold holster with all stats in the high 1200's...though I kinda need my GS holster to make my kit work so that's tucked away under layers of other under utilized GS pieces from farming.

 

Hopefully today I can get a quiet moment to try Survival, or just keep farming Lexington because after 6 times in the new patch, it's not annoying yet.



#253 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 19 December 2016 - 02:55 PM

re: the Pahkan on paper vs. other LMG's, unless your other LMG's has Ferocious on it too I don't think we factor in or see the extra 10% on the stat sheet. I mean, if we have high enemy armor damage it in turn is a form of DPS...and when you can shred armor like wolverine..sniggiety snikt snikt snikt /// represent'in.

 

I think I have a full set of Dead Eye now and a Tenebrae and a First Wave M1A with the talent that gives 0.10% sig resources for ever crit. That might be fun in a group. Tact link every encounter in theory.



#254 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:17 PM

Survival - 1st trek out into the snowy wasteland of NYC met with a quick end to some cleaners.

 

2nd trek out was much better. Decided making winter clothes was the thing to do because I wanted to see more of the map than the avg bear. Lucked out and found an blue M1A...and then a fallen agent who left Survival so no medkit revive for that one, or the next...or the next. (shrugs). I felt like I was doing laundry. I had so much green and blue fabric I just kept making upgrades to winter clothes until the cold didn't seem to affect me at all...that and my Pulse.

 

My virus timer was about 33 mins when I finally decided to hit the DZ. I crafted an M60 LMG and my virus filter...then I finally realized where I had to go. DZ6. Top of the map. All the videos I watched never really touched upon where you're supposed to go to get your vaccine. Died to LMB on the way. Damnit. Then low and behold, someone came to revive me. Salute, a wave and then we're off in different directions.

 

Got caught up w/LMB again...wasted more time because of being sammich'd. Looted some more gear but not guns. Made it to safe house, made the adv filter and some mods and the First Aid skill, couple of medkits and we're off.

 

Grabbed the vaccine, ninja'd behind all the LMB golds that were patrolling the extraction point on the roof of that tall building in normal DZ mode. Zip line down the elevator before they knew what was up...high tailed it to the 2nd closest extraction point. (after making a flare gun and more medkits).

 

Pop.

 

Hunter spawns...then started the rain of grenades (which I found out is limited to 6), couldn't burst him down fast enough. He finally got the best of me after juking him for probably 6 minutes. Stun bolas what it looked like, axe to the head. Damnit. So nerve wrecking w/Septic shock and the music and screen fragmenting.

 

Watching the timer wind down I saw...another agent. I'm like, he's not going to make it, I have minute and change left and I don't even see him on the map. I only see the hunter. 42 seconds, he's reviving me. WOW...he had a mic, I plugged in and thanked him. Called in the extraction. He asked for anything I could spare, I gave him an energy bar cause it was all I had that he needed.

 

1 hr 29 min survival run solo. PVE <-- heh...fun but man it's hard on the nerves at times.

 

 

--

Lexingon Event Center - 11 runs, no chest or showstopper.



#255 gogomo  

Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:48 PM

Nice job on that survival run!  Looks like you ran into a bunch of friendly players, which is nice.  I usually revive everyone I see in the hopes that someone would do the same for me someday.

 

The antivirals spawn at different locations whenever you enter the DZ.  Sometimes they are easy to get to; sometimes not so much.  That rooftop one you got -- I assume the antiviral was up against a wall?  That's the easy one to sneak in, grab, and hightail it out before they notice you.  On that same rooftop, sometimes the antiviral spawns right in the middle of all the adds.  There is no way to stealthily grab that.  I usually just skip it (you can technically extract without the antiviral).

 

In the light zone and the DZ, I usually avoid NPCs when I can.  I take the term "survival" very seriously.  Lol.  I've only recently gotten comfortable with tackling the landmarks.



#256 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:32 PM

Thanks. The 2 ppl that revived me at different points seemed to have an agenda, aside from coming to my recuse...my guess is they wanted to be the last agent to extract. I extracted at 1 h 29 m, I had maybe 3-4 minutes left on my viral timer. Septic shock sucks.

 

I haven't come across a downed player who could be revived yet but I'm pretty sure I would, even if I only had 1 medkit left.

 

Yeah, top of the roof against a wall. W/LMB elites near by...easy to stealth by. Granted it was easy to get in and out...it was more that I had to spend all that time jogging to the top of the DZ and then a few blocks down to extract when I could have been exploring a subway station or something.

 

How do you extract w/out the anti viral? Do you just extract w/out it and not get the bonus for securing that asset? I noticed that it was one of the things you get points for on the stat screen.

 

Definitely want to try this w/a another player or even a squad. I understand resources become scarce because you're almost competing w/each other but once you get some gear you don't all have the take the same skills. Pulse & First Aid almost felt like BiS for solo, I would have preferred maybe healing station and a turret or B_shield.

 

 

 

We'll see what tonight brings...though I'll probably just run another 1/2 dozen farm fresh lex's.



#257 gogomo  

Posted 22 December 2016 - 02:41 PM

How do you extract w/out the anti viral? Do you just extract w/out it and not get the bonus for securing that asset? I noticed that it was one of the things you get points for on the stat screen.

Yup, you just don't get the bonus points for the antiviral if you extract without it.  You still get all the cache rewards.  If my timer is low, I'm short on meds, and the antiviral is far, I sometimes don't even bother and just run around grabbing gear caches then extract.

 

In terms of skills, I've recently found that the turret is super helpful.  It aggros and distracts the NPCs (and kills the weak/lower leveled ones).  If you can't tell where the last lingering add is, the turret will auto target him once he pops out of cover.  Works for the hunter as well, to keep him suppressed so you can flank.  And if you stumble upon a group of adds, find yourself outnumbered and need to escape, just drop the turret and sprint.  The NPCs will focus on the turret long enough for you to make it out of their gun range. 



#258 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:40 PM

Word.

 

Kinda silly you can extract w/the anti viral...but I suppose you as an agent are also a valuable asset, even though you're dying from an infection which could possibly kill you before you reach HQ via the chopper. Good to know there's more options and/or ways to beat Survival.

 

If I can get into a group or something I'll definitely go for the Turret, always like that thing...hoping they have another GS that improves on the turret that pings.

 

Going to play around w/different builds again tonight. D3-FNCE is fun but because the 3 other players in lexington farm runs shouldn't have it so easy all the time right? haha.



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 01:50 PM

Playing around w/different builds...found out that (3) Firecrest/Defense w/a 93R pistol is a lot of fun for lex running.

 

You tank, you hold aggro, your flame turret CC's everything...then I got a decent rolled PP 19 to drop.

 

Went back to 4 piece Defense with a 100+ round clip. Sooo satisfying.

 

 

If Barret's chest doesn't drop at some point between now and farm round number 50, I think I'm going to retire until Last Stand.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:39 PM

Lex run: 35 (no chest drop or showstopper)

 

 

Tried a glass cannon build with some pretty decent results.

 

4 piece Tactician w/Reckless chest...47% armor and 107k hps vs. 53.9% and 181k hps + ballistic shield w/the other build.

 

...but, the sticky bombs and seeker mines roll out like Optimus. Roughly a 9 second CD on the mines w/more if I get head shots w/all the blow up bad guy talents I can usually trigger the buffs. I'm starting to see 700-800k on sticky bombs w/all buffs active and pretty much perma bleed on everything.

 

Since the 3 other players are usually running AB, Defense, and FC it's really easy to just hang back, snipe and click one skill. boom...other skill...click boom.

 

I'm not really a fan of being so squishy but it breaks up the tedious nature of shield, smg to the face...sprint.



#261 100xp   Blizzard Spy CAGiversary!   4439 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 06 January 2017 - 01:48 PM

Lex run: 40 (nada) I did get a 5% Ballistic Shield damage resistance mod.

 

 

Watched a bunch of videos using the Reclaimer set (mainly Macrostyle & Upper Echelon) and was pretty impressed with the results.

 

Vigorous Chest & Specialized Bp, (4) Reclaimers.

- 2 - first aid, self 6%/5%

- 1 - first aid heal, ally 6%

- 1 - Heal station range, 7.50%

 

LVOAC 21% shred, (Responsive, Brutal^^/Unforgiving) /Police MK22.

- Booster Shot, Ammo Box, Recovery Link.

 

HPs: 191k

Armor: 51% ish

 

So while we're running Lex...first I find out we're being streamed. So everyone stopped, waved and then continued playing. It was hilarious. 2 guys were running AB, one guy I think FC.

 

Someone noticed that they were always hydrated (water) and said "yo, who running Reclaimers?" Process of elimination, the only guy who didn't replay, w/out a mic was me.

 

"Yo, i herd Reclaimers sucks...what you DPS and toughness at?"

I wanted to say, did I revive you 4 times already?

 

Well, I wasn't about to plug in a mic since it was...all the way over there but w/no buffs or conditions met (i.e. responsive, unforgiving, consumables, pulse from head shot talent, etc) it was a cool 300k...and that was w/minimal accuracy. The Toughness (See above). Every other encounter I was popping Recovery link because someone got downed and why not, it refreshes. Admittedly, when one of the AB players was next to me I saw the elite armor/health bar just melt like butter but they got a bit over zealous due to the constant stream of healing and first aid I was shooting their way.

 

It's definitely a fun build, always something to do, always someone to help, and after a few runs w/it, it's definitely more engaging that any of the previous builds I tried out.

 

Naturally Barrett's chest piece would be the 1st improvement I could make for this...then maybe one or 2 more 6% more first aid mods...then maybe the same AR but with higher armor shredding, though 21% is pretty decent. I have a reclaimer holster w/a perfect Electronics roll, so I let it be.