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  1. This game goes to show what a good demo can do.  Played it, immediately bought.  It has just the right amount of balance of risk and reward.  Do you bank your stuff, or go for another loop?  I didn’t find it too punishing either.


    The main game has more classes and some of them look bonkers.  Cannot wait for 5pm.

  2. 3 hours ago, Billy Brown said:

    I’ve been playing a good amount since mid-January and just got my first 5-star pull last night. I think you know how it went. 


    Congrats on the Qiqi!


    Now excuse me as I go cry into my puddle of primogems.


    This first week of the update has done nothing for me.  I don't really use a geo team or own Big Daddy Zhong and getting Ganyu has left me completely cold on Xiao.  The photo thing cam be a bit awkward to use and it's all RNG, but it is free primogems so I shouldn't quibble.  New boss is actually pretty fun.  If you stop up close he is nice and aggro and you have to rely on good dodges.  The shield thing I could do without as I'm not able to work out how to consistently crystallise him - countered by the fact I have Diona shields.


    I think Diona gets a bad rap.  Sure she does no damage but the shields are really good.  Her ult doesn't heal as fast as say a Bennett but it seems to last much longer and you can get healed over 70%.  I've also been swapping out one of my main carries for Jean in that fight.  She fits into any team comp, reacts with any element, can do a lot of damage and has heals for days.  When I screw up and the boss hits me I can just swap to Jean, continue smacking the dude and heal everyone at the same time.  She can be built with venerer shred, healing or damage (both elemental and physical).  She isn't broken, but is incredibly flexible and has best CC in the game outside of Venti ult.  Plus she is great fun to play and isn't a ruddy loli catgirl.  Actually change of plan, Diona does deserve some of that rap.


    Looking forward to the real start of the event next week, and just waiting for my free Liyue character.  The tower defence thing looks pretty fun as well.  Time to save for Hu Tao (if she does come out in 1.3) or the next weapon banner.  Which should be either the Staff of Homa (weapon pretty much built for Hu Tao) or Wolf's Graystone (probably one of the best weapons in the game full stop).

  3. You think that is bad, we are still waiting for two factor authentication.  Mihoyo don’t seem that bothered about it.  Hell they had an issue at the start where certain details like email addresses weren’t hidden.


    Only think you can do is link your phone number in case anyone tries to get in.  I haven’t heard anything about anyone being hacked recently,  it the game definitely isn’t the best in that front.


    Onto less depressing stuff, Keqing banner for all those who require a waifu.  I’m very much wait and see on Xiao,  it interesting they are putting a standard banner character on rate up.  When’s Diluc?  Seriously, when?  I’ll also take Klee, thanks.


    I am a bit torn as I lucked into Aquila Favonia which is a 5 star sword that would be great for Keqing, but it has physical as a substat.  Physical Keqing is a thing, but at that point I might as well run Razor and they are both electro anyway.  At least she wouldn’t need to be on the field so long.


    The new event looks like it has a lot of stuff, and they mentioned there will be enough primogems for 10 wishes.  Plus the small matter of a free Liyue character.




    Xingqui is one of the best supports in the game, and Ning can be built straight dps despite being geo.  Or do what I’m doing and picking the one character you don’t own.  Time for pirate counter shenanigans.

  4. Best bit of advice I can think of, regardless the size of your wallet, is pick one character to be your main damage dealer.  Then put most of your resources into them.  I’ve got Razor at 80, everyone else is 70 or below.  His important artifacts are all +16/20, his weapon is twenty.  The rest of my team is either 60/70 or just plain 70.  Some have shitty artifacts.


    Rely on your carry to carry, you can bring everyone else up later but having THE GUY/GIRL makes things much easier as you go.


    I have recently been running a team of Razor, Bennett, Jean and Diona.  It’s effectively three heal bots and a big sword.  Tend to use the others to battery energy, then ideally put down Diona or Bennett ult and go to town on Razor.  Diona has very little investment, Bennett scales off base attack so I just worry about his feather and weapon and Jean just gets whatever as she is emergency heals only.


    It isn’t the best team I could run (should really swop Jean for another electro character for the resonance effect) but it works for me.  I play a lot of this game, but I’m not fussed about the harder content.  The cube event I’m getting about 1k a time, Abyss I’ve only got up to about level 8 as I’m just not that bothered.  I prefer exploring and messing with stuff.


    I haven’t levelled anyone to 90 as the resource sink is incredible.  I think it takes the same or more of the purple books to go 80-90 as it does to go from 1-80.  I’d rather mess about with other people.



  5. 1 minute ago, ph0rce said:

    Finished using the map for the crimson agate, so the tree is at Level 8 now. 

    Interestingly, the map says that there are 80 of them, which equates to 8 levels of the tree, I assume? But there’s at least two I haven’t got yet, unless it starts at Level 1, rather than 0 which means I’ve got another 10 to find. 


    You get the rest from doing crimson wish events - 5 that reset every Monday and Friday.  They will be the blue tree icons on the mountain.

  6. 1 hour ago, Curtis said:

    I pulled Diluc off the Albedo banner. And i have no use for him in my current party. I'd gift him to you if i could.  ;) 

    Too late, I caved and got Ganyu.  She is nuts.  Completely overtuned.


    Got her to 60, prototype bow to 60, full set wanderers (admittedly with crit damage hat) and she is hitting crits for about 6k.  For reference, my level 80 Razor kitted out as best I can manages on average about 2-3k a swing.  The fact she is so close already is bonkers.  That’s not even including her ult damage, and I don’t have the passive the gives extra cyro damage for standing in her ult yet.


    You just need the bare minimum of crit rate.  Cyro resonance is 15% when afflicted by cyro, 20% from her passive after first charged shot.  Get lucky with another 15% or so on artifact substats (or get the cyro set from the domain) and you just go full crit damage.  The fact she gets crit damage as her ascension stat is golden.



  7. The standard permanent banner will give you characters or weapons.  Be careful, while it currently has Mona/Kequing/Qiqi on it that means nothing.  Every ten pulls you are guaranteed a 4 star,  but that includes weapons.  You hit pity at 90 pulls.  So if you hit 90 you are guaranteed a 5 star.  On the standard banner this also includes weapons.


    Character banner (so Ganyu right now) also has pity at 90, and a guaranteed 4 star every ten pulls.  The 4 star gurantee is weighted to be something like 75% one of the four stars on the banner (so Noelle, Xiangling or Xingqhu).  With the four star, if you happen to pull something else (so a different 4 star character or even a weapon) you are guaranteed the next ten pull to be one of the 4 star characters on the banner.  In reality, most of the time every ten pull you will get one of the 4 star banner characters.


    The five star works in a similar way.  When you hit 90, you get a guaranteed 5 star.  It is not guaranteed to be the banner character.  So you might get a different 5 star (I think the pool is Diluc, Mona, Jean, Qiqi, Keqing but don’t hold me to it).  You will only get a 5 star character, not a 5 star weapon.  If your first pity is not the character on he banner (so again in this case Ganyu) then the next 5 star is guaranteed to be Ganyu.


    In other words, for the low low price of 180 wishes (which is about £300-£400) you get the banner character.  Now for me and most people, I ain’t dropping that on a gamble.  What I do is use the monthly pass where you get primo gems every day.  Overall you get 3000 in the month, which is just under 30 wishes.  If you bought the gems outright, that would be about £30.  I’d rather pay a fiver and wait, thanks.


    I tend to pull if there are some four stars I want.  You can still get unlucky as you may never get the one you want.  Just because the banner guarantees a 4 star character doesn’t mean you will get the one you want.  It is a gamble after all.  Slowly over time, with the welkein primo gems coming in, I’ll hit pity.  I am at the point where my next pity is guaranteed to be the banner character.


    THIS PITY CARRIES OVER BETWEEN BANNERS.  So if I use it now, I’m getting Ganyu.  If I wait for next character banner, I’m getting whoever is on that (

    probably Xiao).  Also important, PITY DOES NOT CARRY BETWEEN CHARACTER, WEAPON AND STANDARD BANNERS.  You cannot get 40 pulls into the weapon banner and use 50 pulls on character to get whoever is on that.  They have their own individual pity counters.


    As mentioned above, there is a soft pity where you chances of a 5 star massively increase when you get over 70 wishes in.  You have to be real unlucky to hit it on exactly the 90th pull.


    As it stands, once a limited time character banner is gone, they are gone.  None of the character banners have been added into the standard banner pool.  Gotta get that FOMO going so you spend.  I think they will come back eventually, a few rumours that Venti and Klee will be rerun in the next few months.  Mihoyo are not a fan of leakers, so nothing confirmed on that front.


    The only other thing primogems are used for aside from wishes are refilling your daily resin.  You get limited returns from that, most just tend to stick to rolling.


    It makes no difference whether you do 90 individual pulls or 9 of the ten pulls, odds as the same.  Just one is quicker to burn your gems than the other.


    ...I may have gone into way to much detail there so sorry for the wall of text. Unless you happen to pull Dilic.  In which case fuck you and may all your rolls be Amber ;)

  8. The open world and exploring for a free to play game is incredible.  It is so much fun to go out just to find stuff out.  Helps that stuff is everywhere.  

    It is also entirely viable f2p even if you do have to work at it.  Traveller is decent dps, Noelle serves as an okay healer.  Xiangling is a really good all round unit (probably why she is hidden behind abyss).  Kaeya has gone from everyone dunking on him to people realising he has one of the highest normal attack scaling in the game, and he can make use of the new cyro set.  Amber is still terrible outside of being a lighter, shame the pyro resonance of 25% attack is so strong.


    Sure maybe higher level abyss is a bit much (requiring two fully geared teams pretty much) but domains and such are fair game.  The OST is utterly fantastic and it is a crying shame it wasn’t mentioned at all when people talked about soundtracks of the year.

  9. Welkein is great value for the gems you get, I think it works out to about £30 worth.  Battle pass is good if you are gonna get it to at least level 30.  The wishes are nice but there is a lot of materials in there as well.  I tend to wait to see if I have played enough to get to 30 then spend the cash.  So far I have managed it only once.


    Talking of weapons the 5 star ones are ridiculous.  I was close to pity on the standard banner (almost entirely through free pulls) and managed to pull Aquila Favonia.  At level 70 it has about the same attack as my level 80 Archaic claymore.  It is just a big massive stat stick.  I’m using it as an excuse to turn Jean into a dps.


    I love the team building aspect of this.  My only real dps unit is Razor, so I was building around him.  Managed to snag a Diona and she works so well with him.  Put down the ult for the heal and superconduct, or get the full shield and more superconduct.  Then switch to Razor and go full left click mode for 15 seconds.


    I keep looking at this Ganyu banner, seeing the size of her ult and thinking this would be real good for my wolf boy.  Yet I could really do with another full on dps unit, and it is likely Xiao and Hu Tao are round the corner.  Xiao is an edgelord wind Razor with a spear who loses his health as he enters unga bunga mode.  He was busted in the beta, so I’m hoping he is busted here.  Then again I don’t particularly want another character like Razor, and Ganyu seems like she does big numbers all my herself.


    Welp, welcome to the world of gacha I guess.

  10. That's some of the scariest stuff I've ever seen in F1.  Not just the fireball on explosion, but finding afterwards the car is in half and embedded in the barrier.


    Incredible the medical car was there and then one straight on the extinguisher and the other helping Roman bail out.  Thank god for the halo.

  11. What an evening.  Never have I been so pissed off at a side that finished in the top 2.  Dodgy defence, too many touches, general moaning about lack of urgency.  Feels like we scraped victory from the jaws of...victory?  Weird feeling.  Maybe I’ll replace it with another.




    (man we are going to get roasted in the Prem)

  12. Well done to Leeds.  At this point, we’ll done to Brentford as well.  That eight game win streak is something else.   WBA haven’t been great since after Christmas (something like 8 wins in 24) which simply isn’t promotion form.  Watching them yesterday it feels like a bottle job.


    Weird subs and a seeming lack of urgency especially near the end of the game.  Not exactly what you want when you needs wins to get automatic promotion.  Huddersfield played well and were difficult to break down.  We only had a small number of chances, despite playing some decent football occasionally.


    Even worse, Pereira was supposed to be a full West Brom player right now.  Loan terms were played 20 games and promotion, or played more than 30 games for more than a half.  He’s hit that, but no word on actually securing the transfer.  We are somehow going to bottle that as well and he’s going to end up at Wolves or somewhere just to make us look extra foolish.

  13. 3 hours ago, kiroquai said:

    Adding a shoutout to two of our old F1/Forza racing buddies @Moodmon and @sixbuttons - hoping they are still well and turning laps (and stomachs).


    Still here, mostly lurking the F1 thread and COVID folder.  Not done any racing in ages, unless grinding out stuff in Destiny is a race.  Thanks for checking up on me, but don't worry - I'm still here throwing medicines at people.


    3 hours ago, beenabadbunny said:


    The default wheel settings in Codemasters games are fairly widely reviled. Have a search for a setup guide for your specific model of wheel (or any similar Thrustmaster wheel should do), it'll make a world of difference. On the default settings you'll find the car just will not turn.


    At least some things never change.

  14. On 14/03/2020 at 19:38, Marmite said:

    Whilst I agree with a lot of this, just thought it was worth mentioning that one of the community managers has confirmed that armour will drop some weeks at 3, 5, or 7 wins - it’s on rotation so not limited to flawless runs. 


    That does make it better.  Does highlight the woeful communication from Bungie again.  I can understand people moaning, without the clarification it would have looked like all the armour is flawless.  I still don't think it is a good look that depending on how the rotation falls you might have to play trials every single week to get a chance of the full armour set if you cannot go flawless.


    I don't mind the idea of there being interesting builds like those above, or the charged with light builds from last season.  Problem here is you have to get the bunkers up to level 3 just to get a weapon, which is an awful lot of grinding.  Well, not like there is anything else PvE wise to do this season.

  15. I had zero interest in trials before, and zero interest now.  That’s because I don’t fancy playing a stressful game mode.  However it sucks for those who do want to play it as Bungie keep making idiotic decisions.


    You can only get armour by going flawless.  This week you can only get gloves.  It can roll with shitty stats like most armour in the game.  You can also only get three weapons this week (I think they drop at three, five and seven wins).  If you want the auto, shotgun or sniper then come back next week.  Any tokens you get during a run only gives you a chance of what you earnt before, if you are still waiting say for the rocket launcher it will never drop from tokens till it drops from the card.  There are no adept weapons.


    It is a series of terrible design decisions.  Reused loot, having to come back and go flawless every week for the full armour set, the lighthouse maybe offering an ascendant shard if you are lucky.  I cannot help but put on my spinfoil hat again and think they have about three people working on the game now.  I mean out of the new stuff you can get right now, the hunter exotic is already disabled because there is a bug that causes infinite blocking.


    There does not feel enough stuff here, the new PvE activity is more bounty grinding, only this time with a power level wall behind it for reasons best known to Bungie (new lost sectors and event are near the 1000 power level mark).  It is more running the same activities, for pretty much he same loot.

  16. Apparently it is something like that or reload and kill perks are all on the same tree now.  Spinfoil hat theory is this is how they get us to use different weapons by remove the standard reload/kill perks on primaries - then slowly retiring the good stuff.


    So either we will all be using inferior weapons or they bring back the perk combinations for us to grind for again.  Not like Bungie to pull a trick like that.  I mean they certainly never did that with elemental primaries in D1.


    I'm away right now, but I have little interest in what they have shown.  So I come back, grind power for the sake of it, get weapons that objectively aren't as good as what I have for PvE?


    Trials I have no interest in, I can see them having another issue with Titans.  The new exotic...


    Let's you shoot through barricade only it has less health.  Going to be a nightmare if they have snipers.  In fact, you would think they made the new barricade adjustment solely for trials/this new exotic.

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