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1.4.4 & A Patch-History of WAR

September 23, 2011 1 comment

Back in June I did a little segment called “A Patch-History of WAR”, which consisted of the Golden Age, The Age of the Tortoise’s Progress, The Age of Many Ages, and finally the Age of Aratmetic.  With 1.4.3 going live on June 21, 2011 (the the launch of the Sigmartide Live Event), the WAR community had to wait quite some time for the next patch. The typical 2-month-cycle was offset with 1.4.4 which launched September 13, 2011. Hopefully this will not be a new trend, and 1.4.5 will come out soon enough (my guess is it will launch with the Demon Moon Rising Live Event).

1.4.4 September 13, 2011
Return of the Wild Hunt Live Event
Scenario Shake-up
Numerous PvE/Tome bug fixes
Introduction of Keep Defensive ‘wins’
Career balance for Shadow Warriors, Engineers, Squig Herders, and Magi
New stat-booster pets

Like 1.4.3, 1.4.4 doesn’t really fit the Age of Aratmetic, but because they are such small patches, its hard to find a new title for them. In general it seems like these patches are focusing more on C&C and ORvR, yet at a much smaller scale than patches like 1.2 or others with grand changes for C&C. 1.4.3 however seemed to take a backwards step at addressing Witch Elves finishers. While the changes to the Magus, Engi, and Squig Herder made sense, the range finisher extension for the Witch Elves just made no sense. If you don’t want to take it from me, then go ahead and read it on Taransula’s blog. If one of the best Witch Elves on Gorfang says these changes are ‘OP’ then there’s a lot of weight behind those words.

1.4.4 however took a more balanced approach to addressing the physical rangeDPS classes. Most importantly however, 1.4.4 gave the defenders of keeps a chance to ‘win’, which at least on Gorfang has done a bit to revitalize ORvR and motivate people to defend keeps.

1.4.5 has quite a bit slated for it with forts, Grovod Cavern’s return, and possibly the new T7 armor (with forts?), so that’ll be exciting, but even then unless there are other changes made to C&C, it wont fit with 1.4.3 and 1.4.4 Oh the woes of a historian… Perhaps 1.4.3 has begun the age of Tiny Patches with big implications…

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