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  • AtalkezAtalkez Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 5,212 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Is there a cap on how many can be inflated at a time?

    I think that would be a decent work around, as that allows counter play and also some skill required on the Jester part like Jarrod said. Assuming they can only have one at a time, even if it can be inflated balancelessly, popping on a strict timer (with a third person message) would probably alleviate all of the issue there.


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  • JovoloJovolo EnglandMember Posts: 3,270 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    It's a short balance loss to inflate, but you can have multiple balloons at one time. The third person message for popping exists already. It's literally "Atalkez's balloon pops!" iirc.
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  • KafzielKafziel Member Posts: 658 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    ITT: basically nobody knows how balloons work
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  • JovoloJovolo EnglandMember Posts: 3,270 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Hey :'(  
  • MizikMizik Member Posts: 2,169 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited January 2016
    "With a loud 'POP!' your balloons explode under the weight of your fall!"

    On prone.

    Fixed, no?

    Then there's momentum Piety/Pinshot based classes that don't have Dervish vs Inflate... huh. Balloons are kind of dumb, no?

    What are they SUPPOSED to be legitimately used for? Are they a substitute for 'fly' or 'spur chariot skyward'?

    I played Jester pretty heavily, fought CONTINUOUSLY, and never found a need for them. I was pretty much never in danger anyway, with Hangedman, Fool, Priestess, Magician, then Peels + Tower + Walk/Somersault, then the unbeatable Universe.
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  • ExelethrilExelethril Member Posts: 3,360 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Mizik said:
    "With a loud 'POP!' your balloons explode under the weight of your fall!"

    On prone.

    Fixed, no?

    Then there's momentum Piety/Pinshot based classes that don't have Dervish vs Inflate... huh. Balloons are kind of dumb, no?

    What are they SUPPOSED to be legitimately used for? Are they a substitute for 'fly' or 'spur chariot skyward'?

    I played Jester pretty heavily, fought CONTINUOUSLY, and never found a need for them. I was pretty much never in danger anyway, with Hangedman, Fool, Priestess, Magician, then Peels + Walk/Somersault, then the unbeatable Universe.
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  • KryptonKrypton shi-KhurenaMember Posts: 2,377 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Classlead said:
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    Solution #1:
    Inflating a balloon while being massed automatically pops the balloon.
    Solution #2:
    have the mass effect of the Shackle last for a couple of seconds after being
    removed... (best combined with solution 1)
    Solution #3:
    do not let the jester move while flying from a balloon.. much like the High Leap
    ability
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Decision:
    Some variation on solution 1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Could just make the balloon RNG pop independent of elevation (i.e., all balloons short-lived). Making having a pre-inflated balloon already on hand for an unshackle escape much harder to achieve.
  • KaieKaie Member Posts: 158 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    edited January 2016
    @Mizik Many skills are better for sure. I only really found them to be that nice when floating into an enemy city, to get past guards since archers couldn't really shoot you down and keep you there. However, past nerf destroyed that. So it currently isn't even a useful skill. It's just a fussy temporary fly now. Miss being able to float in on balloons and leave informative graffiti.

    @Krypton that's how the used to work.. and still do to a degree. The timing seems a bit random on when they pop. I feel like it is, but maybe not. Either way though, it pops regardless of elevation.
  • TrevizeTrevize Member Posts: 1,517 @ - Epic Achaean
    edited January 2016
    Krypton said:
    Classlead said:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Solution #1:
    Inflating a balloon while being massed automatically pops the balloon.
    Solution #2:
    have the mass effect of the Shackle last for a couple of seconds after being
    removed... (best combined with solution 1)
    Solution #3:
    do not let the jester move while flying from a balloon.. much like the High Leap
    ability
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Decision:
    Some variation on solution 1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Could just make the balloon RNG pop independent of elevation (i.e., all balloons short-lived). Making having a pre-inflated balloon already on hand for an unshackle escape much harder to achieve.

    I would like to see: The balloon, failing to lift your heavy mass, heads off to the skies without you.

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  • XinnaXinna Member Posts: 691 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    I don't see a problem with simply not being able to hold onto an inflated balloon with mass.

    Inflate used to have a hefty bal cost comparable to atavian fly. 4 seconds base maybe. Some comments here seem to assume otherwise.

    It -is- a super good momentum stopper either way. Maybe enough reason to nerf it.

    Doesn't change that shackle/adduction is still OP vs. prep classes. Needing to fight in a one-exit room for block seems a poor counter, to me.
  • JovoloJovolo EnglandMember Posts: 3,270 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Aegoth is filling in the space Shecks left on the forums nicely.
    Kaie
  • AegothAegoth Member Posts: 2,840 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Xinna already answered.

    Jovolo, you do a fantastic job of that already. I could hardly usurp your throne
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  • JovoloJovolo EnglandMember Posts: 3,270 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Lmao you're fantastic
  • AtalkezAtalkez Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 5,212 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    @Cooper agree completely.


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  • ExelethrilExelethril Member Posts: 3,360 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cooper said:

    Atalkez - Boomerang out after shackle removal is something I would consider abuse or an unintended benefit.

    I was tempted to buy my own boomerang to counter this but I realized that someone can trigger re-wearing while paralyzed/prone etc after being boomeranged to safety, which makes it an unintended/abusable LoS summon. It's really simple to set up with triggers too.

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  • CooperCooper Member Posts: 5,520 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Aegoth said:
    Xinna already answered.

    Jovolo, you do a fantastic job of that already. I could hardly usurp your throne
    Xinna didn't respond with anything that wasn't broken abuse, and certainly did not respond with anything that would be a 'pretty huge change to pretty much everyone'.

    Still waiting for even one legitimate example to back up your multiple posts.

  • AepasAepas Member Posts: 1,619 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    The fix is obviously to just make shackles cost more for how good they are.
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  • AegothAegoth Member Posts: 2,840 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cooper said:
    Aegoth said:
    Xinna already answered.

    Jovolo, you do a fantastic job of that already. I could hardly usurp your throne
    Xinna didn't respond with anything that wasn't broken abuse, and certainly did not respond with anything that would be a 'pretty huge change to pretty much everyone'.

    Still waiting for even one legitimate example to back up your multiple posts.
    "Broken abuse" is pretty subjective, especially when you think boomeranging out of a messy situation is "abuse", when it's actually not (and, in fact, is very much intended to be used that way). You might think not, but that's merely an opinion. Therefore, nothing Xinna has said falls under the "broken abuse" category. If we go by your way of labelling, then pretty much everything in the game is "abusive".

    Adduction isn't -that- abusive, and can often do more harm than good to the Magi (I don't even use the tactic!). All I'm saying is that you're looking at the symptom, not the disease itself. Kill balloon, the disease.
  • AlrenaAlrena Member Posts: 647 @ - Epic Achaean
    Aegoth said:
    Cooper said:
    Aegoth said:
    Xinna already answered.

    Jovolo, you do a fantastic job of that already. I could hardly usurp your throne
    Xinna didn't respond with anything that wasn't broken abuse, and certainly did not respond with anything that would be a 'pretty huge change to pretty much everyone'.

    Still waiting for even one legitimate example to back up your multiple posts.
    "Broken abuse" is pretty subjective, especially when you think boomeranging out of a messy situation is "abuse", when it's actually not (and, in fact, is very much intended to be used that way). You might think not, but that's merely an opinion. Therefore, nothing Xinna has said falls under the "broken abuse" category. If we go by your way of labelling, then pretty much everything in the game is "abusive".

    Adduction isn't -that- abusive, and can often do more harm than good to the Magi (I don't even use the tactic!). All I'm saying is that you're looking at the symptom, not the disease itself. Kill balloon, the disease.
    Not sure how balloon is the disease here, when it won't do anything as long as mass is up. Only the shackle can make someone put mass on and off on demand, with no way to stop it. Balloon is the surest way to abuse it, certainly, but boomerang or adduction can be used to similar effect, with the only difference being the boomerang requires a partner, and adduction is less certain. In all those cases, being unable to wear/remove shackle while prone/paralyzed/bound would stop the too easy escapes, without diminishing the value of shackle, since you can still take it off and on as you please while standing up to dash/walkto. 
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  • JovoloJovolo EnglandMember Posts: 3,270 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited January 2016
    Aegoth said:
    Cooper said:
    Aegoth said:
    Xinna already answered.

    Jovolo, you do a fantastic job of that already. I could hardly usurp your throne
    Xinna didn't respond with anything that wasn't broken abuse, and certainly did not respond with anything that would be a 'pretty huge change to pretty much everyone'.

    Still waiting for even one legitimate example to back up your multiple posts.
    "Broken abuse" is pretty subjective, especially when you think boomeranging out of a messy situation is "abuse", when it's actually not (and, in fact, is very much intended to be used that way). You might think not, but that's merely an opinion. Therefore, nothing Xinna has said falls under the "broken abuse" category. If we go by your way of labelling, then pretty much everything in the game is "abusive".

    Adduction isn't -that- abusive, and can often do more harm than good to the Magi (I don't even use the tactic!). All I'm saying is that you're looking at the symptom, not the disease itself. Kill balloon, the disease.
    How is balloon the disease? It's already been clarified several times throughout this thread that balloon alone isn't a problem because of its interaction with how mass typically works. If you don't have mass up, when you inflate a balloon it's very easily visible and will carry them into the air almost immediately. In that sense it's basically FLY. If you have mass, you'd have to time it so incredibly precisely that your opponent breaks you seconds before mass wears off... that's not going to happen. Balloon only becomes abusable when you use a shackle in conjunction with it.

    So, balloon on its own is fine. Shackle's interaction with balloon is not fine. Yet, Shackle's interaction with several mechanics in the game is questionable (Adduction, Balloon, near unpunishable invulnerability if your ally has boomerang...).

    It's like Thoth's Fang and Torc. Occultist/Magi were mostly fine without them, and the artefacts themselves were okay in their intended usage. It's when you abuse the artefact in a way that is potentially unintended/outdated that problems occur. That's a problem with the artefact, not class abilities...
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  • SobriquetSobriquet Member Posts: 2,537 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I used to really like the fact we (and other classes in general) had to balance a defense in order to use class abilities. Do we mass up and lose using balloons? Do we have selfishness to avoid being forced to drop a puppet but give up using bombs? 

    I've personally found that even using balloons most people learn to counter it pretty fast with tentacle tattoo or such like, although I don't have a shackle and admittedly haven't fought much in anger recently either. 


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  • AntoniusAntonius Member Posts: 4,991 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Tentacle tattoo will bring them back down, but if you've just wasted your limb prep on a kill sequence that they counter by just entering "remove shackle" that doesn't really help you.
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  • ExelethrilExelethril Member Posts: 3,360 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Triggered pt boomerang is basically the same thing as old earrings, only with an LoS restriction.

    <x1> : "Take off shackle now!" + 0.5 sec timer delay for lag compensation
    <x2 triggered remove>
    <x1 throws boomerang>

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  • AntoniusAntonius Member Posts: 4,991 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Triggered pt boomerang is basically the same thing as old earrings, only with an LoS restriction...
    and prevented by piety/gravehands/tentacles, likely whatever the Eleusis equivalent is (wildgrowth?), and possibly a lot of other things I haven't had a chance to test yet (walls and blocking being the likely ones). Not quite the same as old earrings.
  • ExelethrilExelethril Member Posts: 3,360 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    The only thing that stops it from that list are walls. Unless you plan on walling all plausible exits, it's still quite similar.

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  • TeshaTesha Member Posts: 2,954 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    You can also be boomeranged while prone and hindered. I am pretty sure it goes through piety. 

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  • ExelethrilExelethril Member Posts: 3,360 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited January 2016
    Yeah, nothing stops boomerang except mass/walls.

    Edit : If removing/re-wearing restrictions for shackle were put into place, that should balance that artefact imo instead of making the new meta shackles + boomerang.

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  • MorthifMorthif Member Posts: 1,724 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Not blocking?
  • AntoniusAntonius Member Posts: 4,991 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Yeah, nothing stops boomerang except mass + walls.

    Somebody should tell whoever is responsible for updating HELP files then:

    the same things that prevent a yank will prevent a boomerang from
         succeeding (impaled, massed, stand firm, rooted, clinging) plus
         grounding vibes, being at a dock, restrained by tentacles or grave
         hands, or a rite of piety.

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