What happened to hull healing/tanking?
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Join Date: Jun 2012
10-10-2012, 07:40 AM
The problem with hull tanking:
1. Resistances have sharp and very harsh dim9nishing returns. This means before you factor in weapons damage modifers you will be taking between 2 and 3 times the damage per shot from anything against your hull.
2. Resistances AFAIK are applied on top of damage multipliers. Torps have far and away the worst modifers so torps do even less to sheilds than most things. Against hulls however their full damage, high burst and the lack of resistances takes their damage to even crazier heights than it does cannons, (beams get a damage reduction vs. hulls so probably only get a slight increase, whilst cannons are equally good against both so get equal damage vs hull and sheilds, and so see a damage differance in line with resistance differance).
3. Thanks to tac team and how sheild heals are applied a sheild heal heals about 4 times as much as the listed amount unless it overheals.
The problem here is that the game's current content has been balanced around the drastic increase in healing sheilds heals have and the drastic damage reduction they have. Without the those factors sheild helaing is simply insufficent to keep up with damage intake. Now in terms of personal tanking ability this is a very small change. It's not going to scratch any of my tanking builds on a personel level.
But several peices of PVE content, (espcially the new fleet stuff), ask you to heal somthing else, (a freighter, the starbase, e.t.c.), at the same time as absorbing massive amounts of punishment yourself. You can't avoid having to heal somone else and take large amounts of damage yourself. And even if you could, in blockade and especially NWS it would be a moronic thing to do becuase your making an allready difficult situation even worse becuase an entire ship just effectivlly dropped out the fight. 15 man starbase defence isn't s bad, (14+ other players), but it's still far from great.
PVP wise it's probably not that bad, but it's horrifficlly destructive to PVE play.