Welcome to Project: Gorgon!

Project: Gorgon is a 3D fantasy MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game) that features an immersive experience that allows the player to forge their own path through exploration and discovery. We won't be guiding you through a world on rails, and as a result there are many hidden secrets awaiting discovery. Project: Gorgon also features an ambitious skill based leveling system that bucks the current trend of pre-determined classes, thus allowing the player to combine skills in order to create a truly unique playing experience.

The Project: Gorgon development team is led by industry veteran Eric Heimburg. Eric has over a decade of experience working as a Senior and Lead Engineer, Developer, Designer and Producer on successful games such as Asheron’s Call 1 and 2, Star Trek Online and other successful Massively Multiplayer Online Games.

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    Senior Member Ranperre's Avatar
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    Battle Chemistry, the real support class

    I've come back from a break, done gk/other with a bunch of newer people, and I think I've seen one person running battle chemistry. At the same time, I've seen many people running bard and other support type classes. Bard sucks (<3 Coglin), but that isn't the point of this thread. I want to highlight what makes battle chemistry a requirement for the best parties when we have a new dungeon on the way.

    Quick history: BC used to be super OP. Mobs had lower hp and AOE attacks weren't reduced vs large groups of mobs. Additionally, freezing mist was a 15s aoe root. In time, mobs received more hp, its ability to mow down 10+ mobs was diminished, and Citan even had the gall to hit bc while it was down and get rid of the root (it's now an aoe gravity). While a hollow shell of its former self (two years ago), it still has a bunch of useful/unique tools.

    Extra Skin, or just "skin", is the single best support ability in the game. No single move has the capability of guaranteeing a smooth run as much as skin. This ability absolutely shines against the ranged orcs in GK, who do piercing + a poison dot (indirect). When you're in a zone where mobs are hitting for 200-300, 10-20% mitigation allows you to survive an extra hit or two and non-elites become trivial. Despite taking the nerf bat to the face for a couple of years, this skill alone makes it worthwhile/necessary to have at least one bc in your groups.

    Take note that you can skin everyone in one gear set, then change to your combat bc set and everyone retains the skin mods. One of the few situations where gear swapping is encouraged in this game.

    Let's say your puller messes up and gets 4-5 when you meant to get 1-2. You guys might get away, but one person is likely to die. Have a BC and your group on discord, pop haste concoction and run away in unison. Nobody dies. If you throw up freezing mist to slow them then haste away, it's a built in "get out of jail free" card. It might only be used once per run, but that's a lot of trouble you can avoid by having a bc in your party. Plus, it allows your puller to be greedy, optimizing your play, knowing that they can just say "oops" and run away.

    300 health/armor and 80 power every 15~30 seconds (your nukes have a mod that decreases healing mist recast). There are a few other aoe heals, this is still a very good one though.

    Your nukes are "meh". They all hit for 1400-1600 in an aoe. The addition of burst evasion has REALLY hurt bc (srsly though, how do you miss with an aoe bomb?). You tend to see people pair it up with strong other classes, fire/bc is a classic aoe farmer, priest/bc can heal, archery/bc was once very good but is kinda unfortunate now. Ice/bc for cc (creep/crowd control) is maybe worthwhile now that freezing mist (bc aoe gravity/slow) and tundra spikes (ice, aoe root) don't build resistance to each other.

    tldr: Skin op, level bc

    Edit: I forgot to mention that skin is more powerful than it was 6 months ago because crits no longer increase damage done. The more consistent damage is, the better that is for skin.
    Last edited by Ranperre; 08-09-2020 at 06:17 PM. Reason: blast = burst evasion

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    Senior Member Mbaums's Avatar
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    Some other Battle Chem Pros/Cons:
    Pro: Indirect fire damage is not effected by the decreased AOE damage on more than 3 targets, so the added burning damage can really add up.
    Pro: You can deal multiple types of damage. Meaning you are unlikely to hit a DPS wall.
    Pro: Knee spikes are a thing. If you have a friend who does UA/Spider, you can greatly increase their damage. A lot of animal attacks are also classified as a kick.
    Pro: Skin-like buffs work on pets.
    Pro: If like booze, because so many attacks are burst attacks you can add a nice chunk of damage with + burst damage booze.

    Con: Very expensive skill! Every ability costs money, and including the golem abilities makes the cost very high.
    Con: I don't know of a single person who made a build around the golem. At most I've seen it follow and hastes the owner.
    Con: Most encounters with named creatures consist of a 1:1 fight. I believe the only exceptions are claudia, which is 2 solo fights, and the half-orc in GK. This means, if you want to do well on named creatures, BC isnt a top pick.

    I know I'm partly talking about damage dealing when the scope of this post is support, but killin is important. But overall, groups are noticeable easier with a well geared Battle Chemist and it's an advanced skills that more people should dive into. (I would not be opposed to the old idea of splitting off the golem, upping the BC's overall skills and making "combat programmer" it's own skill, but I'm sure it never happened for good reason)

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    Pro/Con: It is very strong for dealing with content many levels below you. It is not good for dealing damage to single target elites.
    Pro/Con: It's a great skill for running around. Most people only have it to run around really fast.

    Con: The Golem's abilities were never updated for level 80. So your pet has weak abilities. Before pet summoning "snapshot" changes you could get around this by having a golem summon gear set. This really did not seem abusive because your golem is generally not very effective vs "real monsters"
    Con: Your Golem can die very easily to content 20 levels below you.
    Con: More than 1 in a group is not the most opitmal choice 90% of the time. It would be different if each BC could have one skin buff per person.

    Suggestion: Can we make Aoes that only hit 1 target do more damage?
    Suggestion: Can we have multiple BC be able to stack *different* skin buffs on the target?

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