- 2.6.9 PTR Crusader Change
- Shield of Fury: 30% Increment Stacks are reduced from 20 to 10.
- Solo-play: This change reduced -3.5 tier in solo pushing. The mid-tier was not affected from this change. Only pushing-tier was affected.
- Groups: This change almost doubled the duration to kill RG (e.g. 2 mins -> 3:50 mins).
This is the summary of my PTR experience. First of all, I was satisfied with the nerf. However, I am still worried about the potential of Ivory Tower based build. I suggest you to nerf Ivory Tower as well to prevent 150 clear in solo.
There are two AoV variants. One is Pig Sticker, the other is Ivory Tower. After this nerf, the potential of Pig Sticker will be limited to 144-145, which signals a good balance.
However, the Shield of Fury nerf won’t be enough to limit the potential of Ivory Tower. I forecast that Ivory Tower will make 150 tier even after this nerf because Ivory Tower has almost 2x damage potential than Pig Sticker.
There are 6 players who finished 150 tier within 13 mins (four China, two EU), 15 players who made 150 tier in the current non-season Crusader leaderboard. All of them utilized Ivory Tower. This suggests that the max potential of Ivory Tower is around 152 and some may reach 150 solo even after nerf.
Because the balance of Pig Sticker is completely fine, the only thing to be adjusted is Ivory Tower. Instead of adjusting AoV set itself, please double-check the performance of Ivory Tower.
Thank you! I wish you be safe and happy during this time.