and other devs,
Can we please have a fix to the OP's Aura of Courage? The tooltip states:
"You and allies within 30' of you deal 1% of your Maximum Hit Points as bonus Radiant Damage."
It is clearly supposed to refer to the OP's hit points for the source of the damage, but instead, AoC actually uses the attacker's hit points as the source of the damage. Moreover it is not an insignificant amount of damage; the AoC effect ticks every 3 seconds, and its damage can be buffed by DC's damage-boosting abilities. So we already have DPS players stacking HP just for the sake of boosting their AoC damage. You have GWFs stacking HP instead of Defense, even though GWFs have a feat that give them more Power based on how much Defense they have (Steely Defense)!
They are deliberately forsaking power just to have more AoC damage. That is how good AoC is.
And, in Mod 13, there is going to be a new Legendary lockbox mount, War Triceratops, that will grant 16,000 HP as its mount equip power. That is fully half of the Stronghold Rank 10 HP boon (32,000 HP). So you are going to have DPS players running around with 48,000 HP just from the mount and the SH boon even before accounting for all the gear and enchants. You will see some DPS players with as much HP as many Paladins have now.
So if nothing changes, this is what I predict will happen:
- Players will rush to buy the War Triceratops in Mod 13.
- These players will abuse the heck out of Aura of Courage, and trivialize the new Trial, Cradle of the Death God. (Much like the broken Anointed Army trivialized the Assault on Svardborg trial in Mod 10b.) All the work that you put into the mechanics of this trial will be for naught.
- Then, once the complaints get loud enough that the content is a joke, you will fix Aura of Courage, and lots of players will rightly complain that they wasted all that money on the War Triceratops (and their other HP-boosting abilities) for nothing.
It will be just like the Lostmauth's Vengeance outcry all over again, where you mistakenly allowed this bug to persist for far longer than it should have, and people were rightly upset when the bug was finally fixed but only after players had devoted so much effort building their characters around this interaction.
So please let's save everyone some heartache and fix Aura of Courage before Mod 13 drops
, and don't let history repeat itself again.