Weâ€™re almost finished with our latest batch of changes to the EoC, focusing on the issues I described in my last Og Blog.
The changes below are certainly not the final changes we will be making to the EoC as a whole, and the specific ones below will be monitored carefully to ensure they have had the desired impact.
In order to make sure that the below changes are well integrated into the existing game – and, in particular, the upcoming Kalphite King launch – we’re not unleashing him just yet. The Kalphite King update will happen on the 14th, at the same time as these changes, to ensure that it’s the well-balanced – not to mention brutally challenging – boss fight that you deserve.
Change to the Offensive Capabilities of High-Level Bosses
As mentioned in my last Og Blog, we’ve noticed that several of the more profitable bosses in the game are being killed by players of a lower level than we had originally intended, and using lower-levelled gear than we had predicted. To address this, we will be significantly increasing the offensive capabilities of these NPCs, meaning that higher levels and better gear will be needed to efficiently take down those opponents. Creatures affected will include the God Wars bosses and the Corporeal Beast, to name a few.
Change to the Defensive Value of Armour
At the moment, the difference between, say, level 70 and level 80 gear isnâ€™t great enough to matter for standard combat training and boss hunting. Understandably, this means that people arenâ€™t investing in the best gear available to them. We are changing that.
The defensive values of armour will now be plotted on an exponential curve rather than a linear one. At higher levels, the difference between sequential armour pieces will be far greater and, therefore, will make a far more noticeable difference in combat. It will also better match the upward curve of XP required to progress through those higher levels, making the highest-level gear optimal for battling your way to 99!
Strength Boosts and Set Effects
We will be adding individual strength boosts to all Torva, Pernix and Virtus gear, and a few other items like the Bandos Chestplate. The ‘Nex gear’ will also have an additional strength bonus in the form of a set effect. The above three areas of change will mean that higher combat levels and higher levels of gear will be needed to defeat powerful NPC opponents.
Healing Effects of Abilities
We are reducing the effectiveness of the Regeneration and Rejuvenation abilities. We noticed that less food was being taken into battle than before because the healing values of these abilities were stronger than we had anticipated. To address this, we will be increasing the cooldown on the Rejuvenate ability to 5 minutes (making it an infrequent, emergency heal) and reducing the effect of Regenerate by 20%.
This – along with the changes to defensive armour, bosses and strength boosts – will mean that more food will be needed in battle.
This is intended to stabilise the value of these items on the GE in the short-term, and to increase their value in the long-term.