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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 23
04-27-2011, 04:00 PM
Originally Posted by MustrumRidcully View Post
What is the overall damage buff?
Overal damage buff would stay the same as both new and old FAW, but of course you are no longer doing a second pulse.

Originally Posted by MustrumRidcully View Post
Is it a good idea that you might lose DPS against the primary target? (I know this was always the case, and I think it was always a problem. Buffs normally don't work like that.)
It's not really a problem. An AOE attack that grants a damage buff against the primary target and starts at ensign level is out of whack. My proposed adjustments may moderately decrease single target DPS at the expense of AOE, or with proper positioning and/or situational usage it could still greatly increase single target DPS (possibly above the level of new FAW due to rolling back the increased drain). Skills should require thought behind them instead of simply using them when off cooldown, which is an issue I see with skills simply grant a damage increase.

Originally Posted by MustrumRidcully View Post
I think it would be better to reduce the powers uptime and adjust the damage per pulse down.
Which gives numerous issues. First, changing cool-downs will disrupt the builds of most anyone who uses the skill. Couple this with decreased damage and you might make the skill not worth having. You also haven't addressed the very real issue of weapons drain: new FAW drains more than old FAW which directly penalizes tactical captains and rewards engineers. A tactical captain with dual EPtW and 4 EPS consoles will still put out more damage than an engineer, but aside from those esoteric builds EPS power transfer and Nadion inversion basically give engineer FAW boats the damage potential of tacticals which hugely improved survivability.

Old FAW was too situational, new FAW isn't at all situational and puts out too much damage and drains too much. I believe my proposed solution fixes all of the problems of new FAW while still being somewhat more attractive than old FAW. Think of it as meeting in the middle.

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