With all the mods over the past couple of years, there has been a repeating problem that relates to Masterwork weapons and the 'next' mod that releases a new weapon set. Specifically, I am referring to "Stronghold Bonus
" that granted:
- +2% Outgoing Damage
- +2% Outgoing Healing
- -2% Incoming Damage
This bonus would stack up to five times with others using a similar weapon set. It did not matter if it was Masterwork II or III as both levels had the same set bonus.
The problem that occurred is that not long after people began to produce these for themselves or others, a new mod came out and the weapon stats for those MW Weapons made them fairly obsolete, thus, making the whole thing a rather huge waste of time, AD, and effort...
In an effort to get this rather useful and sorely missed bonus back as well as assure that it did not repeat the current trend, I have been putting a lot of thought into how we, both players and devs, can in a sense, "have our cake and eat it too". This is especially true with the changes to crafting – both the newer crafting system and the recent level 80 additions. In short, the best answer that I could come up with is a NEW craftable item that has the same Stronghold Bonus
, but is NOT a weapon set... (I heard that - a collective 'duh!'
As I worked through this concept, I came up with three different concepts which I will present in order. However, in thinking realistically, I also had to factor in previous MW weapon sets that still have the bonus. I have not seen anybody using them lately (after mod-16 dropped). Myself, I still have a set on two toons in storage hoping the dev's would somehow fix the issue by making the weapons status comparable. That is not going to happen – as with any/all changes in ANY game, "what is is, what was was".
The current weapon set bonus that stacks would need to be changed so that it does not 'over stack' with a new item. I suggest that the MW II and III bonus change from the stacking +2%/+2%/-2%, to a non-stacking +5%/+5%/-5% bonus. This would be only so that players could still have a weapon option that was craftable. The MW III sets cannot be remove entirely since they are needed for MW IV advancement.
Another thing that I wanted to cover has that "high-quality (+1)" versions that if I remember correctly, came with the new crafting system. So, here we go...CONCEPT #1
: MW Craftable Override Gem
. This was my first idea, it would be a permanent override gem that would need to be limited to ONE slot (wrist prolly). Honestly this both has few pros and more cons.
- 1. Will grant the Stronghold Bonus while not be overridden by the next weapon set release.
- 1. Will mean giving up an override slot used for other overrides gems.
- 2. Will require paying gold/silver/copper to swap out.
- 3. Will probably NOT include other stat bonuses found on the weapon sets as that would be 'over powered' in comparison to other override gems.
- 4. MUCH harder to factor in "High-Quality" version.
: MW Craftable Weapon Enchantment
. This does have possibilities, however, the cons jump up fast... What other (damage) bonuses would it have? How would it progress for refinement? And of course, since it would be in the Weapon Slot, it would cost coin to swap it out. All that said, I did include this for the sake on conversation. In short, possible, not very viable as an option.CONCEPT #3
: MW Craftable Artifact
. This one is what I think is the best option. As for slot, it would reside in either the Primary or Secondary (most likely – BiS location) Artifact slot. This would be, I would hope, a level 80 MW III item. Let's call it a "Gem of Tempus
" as he is the God of Battle, this seems to make sense. As a craftable item, the 'high-quality' result could come in to play in one of two ways:
- Results in a +1 version with higher stats.
- Results in producing the next higher tier (Blue vs Green).
Now honestly, I would like to see it have mod-17 level stat bonuses. Furthermore, with the stat caps and in keeping with the "Gem of Tempus" concept, the IDEAL bonus stats would be: Hit Points, Power, and Combat Advantage.
This artifact would have two powers:
- PASSIVE: Stronghold Bonus - Active in BOTH Primary and Secondary slots.
- ACTIVE: Available in ONLY the Primary slot and prolly used in combat. I have no idea what to suggest here actually as there are so many to choose from that could be used with this item..
As for the materials for the creation of this artifact, I really was not sure what to suggest overall, one thing that did come to mind, that IF this was made into a Gem of Tempus
, a Brilliant Diamond
which are found in both lockboxes and on AH easily enough, would make sense. As for the rest of the materials a cool (I think) concept since Masterwork IS tied to the SH after all, would be the addition of a Explorer's Chart: Stronghold
. We do have that nice, large area and since in the SH storyline we know that 500+ years ago the Cult of the Dragon saw battle there, it would tie in rather nicely. Otherwise, the BHEs and DF could drop the materials needed.
Looking forward to feedback on this concept. Thanks!