Compare Enhancements Example


NOTE: As of the Update2 the MA Scrapper set has had changes in animation speed but, info here still works otherwise as a  raw example.

The most common mistake people make using the tool is that they do not add in their Accuracy Buffs or they add them in incorrectly.  If your power has an innate 10% bonus to accuracy, enter .1 in the Accuracy Modifier field.  If you have some power or buff that provides you with an accuracy boost (e.g., Targeting Drone), don't forget to enter that into this field too since it will affect where the 'Sweet Spot' of the chart lies.  As you advance in levels, you will also start encountering more villains that will hit you with accuracy debuffs.  If you want the charts to take these into account, then enter a negative number in the Accuracy Modifier field (e.g., -.2).

Here's an example of how I used the Enhancement Comparison tool to help plot the enhancements that I want to use on my MA/SR Scrapper.  

Using Storm Kick and Crane Kick as examples,

  • Storm Kick (4 second activation time, 4 second recharge time)
  • Crane Kick (4 second activation time, 7 second recharge time)

My sequence of attacks is:

  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power)
  • Crane Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Storm Kick recharges in 4 seconds, so there is no delay going into the next Storm Kick)
  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Crane Kick recharges in 7 seconds, so there is a 3 second delay going into the next Crane Kick)
  • wait 3 seconds
  • Crane Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Storm Kick recharges during this attack)
  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Crane Kick recharges in 7 seconds, so there is a 3 second delay going into the next Crane Kick)
  • (repeat the above 3 lines until mobs are all dead)

That 3 seconds is far too long to be sitting idle, so I look at reducing the down time by throwing an SO Recharge Reducer on it.

7 / 1.333 = 5.25

Using the tool, I see that a single Recharge Enhancement (SO) lowers my recharge time by about 1.75 (7 - 5.25 = 1.75).  7

  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power)
  • Crane Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Storm Kick recharges in 4 seconds, so there is no delay going into the next Storm Kick)
  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Crane Kick recharges in 5.25 seconds, so there is a 1.25 second delay going into the next Crane Kick)
  • wait 1.25 seconds
  • Crane Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Storm Kick recharges in 4 seconds, so there is no delay going into the next Storm Kick)
  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Crane Kick recharges in 5.25 seconds, so there is a 1.25 second delay going into the next Crane Kick)
  • (repeat the above 3 lines until mobs are all dead)

I also happen to have Quickness which provides an additional 20% reduction for all of my Recharge Timers, so my sequence becomes (for this you have to do the math on your own.. I did not build these attributes into the tool):

7 / (1 + .20 + .333) = 4.5

So my Sequence of attacks becomes:

  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power)
  • Crane Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Storm Kick recharges in 4 seconds, so there is no delay going into the next Storm Kick)
  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Crane Kick recharges in 4.5 seconds, so there is a 0.5 second delay going into the next Crane Kick)
  • wait 0.5 seconds
  • Crane Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Storm Kick recharges in 4 seconds, so there is no delay going into the next Storm Kick)
  • Storm Kick (4 seconds to execute the power, Crane Kick recharges in 4.5 seconds, so there is a 0.5 second delay going into the next Crane Kick)
  • (repeat the above 3 lines until mobs are all dead)

To me, I'm okay with a half second delay because.  Between machines lag and me talking with my friends on Team Speak and reaching for another beer, I would end up wasting a half second anyway just on behavioral issues.  Someone running an uber machine with no internet lag might choose to optimize their sequence of attacks more than I have.


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