As a barbarian player, i just wanted to share my experience about gameplay as barbarian in mod 20.
First of all i started to play neverwinter 1 year ago in mod 19. The game was pretty cool actually at those days. Most of powerful players told me to i need to get item level and full power for being a high dps. During that 1 year i just did it. I made my companion and mount bolsters are %100, bought an augment companion, made so many hunt in avernus, took hunt gears, even bought storyteller set. At the end of mod 19 it was pretty enjoyable to play a barbarian. Then cryptic said we got a big surprise for mod 20. I just got excited about this. Because that was mean new contents, new gameplay systems, new action. I excited beacuse i was almost an end game player.
And mod 20 has arrived...
New feat: Overpenetration.
Ok now this feat says you need to cap power and accuracy ratings for get %5 total damage as barbarian.
Accuracy? Am i look like throwing my sword anywhere? Didnt understand but ok. (when you try cap accuracy its really hard to focus on other stats.)
When combat rework happened i just realized i need to try to cap all of my dps stats. Just like every dps in game. For make this i decided to use assassin's covenant as insignia bonuses like every barbarian. Because without those capping almost impossible. Also who need defansive stats right? We are playing dps character.
When i test my build first time in a dungeon it was enough to 1 shot for me to die. 1 shot from mobs. Only 1...
Then i understand i need to change my gameplay. Because that 1 shot coming from combat adv. I just need to dont let mobs to get my behind.
But technically this is not possible in this mod. Mobs are just keep running until they got my back. We are just running together in dungeon. Isnt it fun? At first at least but this was not actually my expecting from a mmorpg for fun. Then i just tried to kill them before they got my back. Wait can i get any combat adv please? Im looking combat adv circle around mobs feet, its like only %20 of full circle. Btw in these days augment companions are not very popular. Because dpses are not enough high without combat companions. Now i can try to hit a mob from right corner and get combat adv for kill them fast. But ofcourse i cant because combat adv part in circle is dancing. Its going right im going there when i arrive its at left now. How am i suppose to catch it? Still running with mobs in dungon but this time we are running around each other. Very funny. When my stamina bar is empty i have no chance to survive.
Ok dying is not really problem for a barbarian. We are ready to die when we are in fight. This is the main mechanic for barbarian in every game. But not like this.
I need a chance for hit at least.
Long story short im just really disappointed about these changes as a gwf player. I tried to play new content (new sharandar) for get little bit fun from game at least.
New Sharandar is totally sloppy content. An awful map, worse rewards, same thing with new cover.
Its been 4 months i guess and im still trying make new build for myself. I just realized gwf has been lowest dps in mod 20 from top dps in mod 19. Thats not actually a problem but gameplay is not enjoyable anymore. I think gwf needs a change. Not a buff. Beucase i dont think gwf can adapt to this new system and content.
I need to say, these are my experience and toughts. I would like to discuss these with everyone if you have better options.