In the post (https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/11481153-bonding-runestones-&-companion-changes)
, it was stated that...
"we didn’t want players to lose a bunch of stats and be worse off than before the change", "With our changes, that base item level of legendary will be 1000 and companions will grant stats at the same rate as other sources of item level" and that "Runestones and Enchantments will go up in item level, and therefore increase the stats they give, both as compensation for the removal of Bondings and to give them a better ratio to other areas of the game such as equipment and Mount Passives."
The Preview server now reveals these statements to be false.
Even after upgrading all relevant companions to Mythic quality and obtaining the 100% companion Bolster bonus, with no other changes, my HP went down from 1,049,000 HP on current Live to 734k HP on Preview. That's greater than a 300k HP nerf, or almost a 33% nerf to my HP.
And that's AFTER upgrading the companions to Mythic...
On Live, i have capped Defense, Deflect, and Critical Avoidance, with almost Best in Slot (BiS) gear for tanking. On the Preview server, i can barely manage to almost hard cap Defense at 90%. As for the rest of the defensive stats, apparently they don't matter, as it's not possible to hard cap even one more of them.
So, where's the focus on ensuring that players aren't "worse off than before the change"? It certainly doesn't seem to be a factor or concern in the reality currently available on Preview... Was it misplaced somewhere?
Then we have 'runestones and enchantments will go up in IL and therefore increase the stats they give'. It would be logical to assume by this statement that the stats on the exact same enchant/runestone would INCREASE with the new changes, wouldn't it?
However, that's not even remotely the case...
Current enchantment stats on Live:https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/775540018470060042/784930043549319218/Draconic_Live.png
The same enchantment on Preview:https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/775540018470060042/784930080526303252/Draconic_Preview.png
There doesn't appear to be much of an "increase in the stats they give", is there?
Then we have the companions themselves, which given the statement "With our changes, that base item level of legendary will be 1000 and companions will grant stats at the same rate as other sources of item level", you'd reasonably expect an increase in the base stats.
However, again, that's not even remotely the case...
Current Dread Warrior on Live with fully stacked Companion Influence but no companion gear:https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/775540018470060042/784930268171075644/Dread_Warrior_Live.png
Dread Warrior on Preview with no companion gear:https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/775540018470060042/784935908704649246/Dread_Warrior_Preview.png
So, it certainly seems pretty obvious that the statements made regarding these changes, and specifically, how they will impact upon us, have been completely false, to the point where it certainly appears that it has been intentionally misleading and deceptive.
No player is better off with these changes.
I'm obviously a fool for trusting @noworries#8859
and for believing the statements they make. It certainly appears that it's perfectly acceptable to lie to us, and me in particular, with no apparent care or concern for the truth.
To say i'm utterly and completely disgusted, appalled, disillusioned and angry, is definitely an understatement.
I do not appreciate being lied to, and i certainly expected better, with a more caring, considerate and honest response from the game and its employees. I certainly do not believe that an expectation to be treated honestly, fairly and with a minimum amount of respect would be an unreasonable or unrealistic expectation to hold.
Apparently, i was wrong, and apparently, it appears that I, along with my fellow players, aren't worthy of the basic amount of respect for the game and its employees to actually be honest with us.
What i'd like to see is for the promises initially stated to be honored. As it currently stands, all that happened has been one massive nerf to every single aspects of every player. I mean, really? Why nerf the mount bonuses you implemented a couple of weeks ago? Do you mean to say you couldn't even get it right when you released the mount changes and now have to fix it a couple of weeks later, to the point where something like the Stalwart mount equip power has been nerfed almost by 66%?
To say that i'm losing all trust and respect for this game and its employees is a vast understatement.