On Monday, October 17th, BioWare held a Livestream to talk about KotET and the Galactic Command system. Some of the information was useful and interesting, however there were also bits and pieces of changes that are coming in the expansion that have sent the community into a tizzy. Let’s take a look at the new information while we play “What Did They Just Say?“
Once you hit level 70, the source of end-game gear will be Command Crates from Galactic Command
It looks like BioWare has removed any reason to raid at any level, let alone HM/NIM since you can get your end-game gear by running *ANY* content in the game. You get Command Experience (CXP) to gain Command Ranks, and every time you get a new Command Rank, you get a Command Crate. Command Crates will have a RANDOM piece of gear inside. The higher your Command Rank, the better gear your Command Crate will have.
This all means that you can do solo content and pray really hard to RNGesus and have the exact same likelihood of getting that top-tier mainhand as someone who gains CXP through HM/NIM operations. Sure, the harder content grants you CXP faster, but at the end of the day, you still have the same chance of getting the one piece you’re missing from your set as you do of getting your 23rd belt. BioWare did this waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day with the Centurion/Champion bags … it didn’t work out so well then, so what makes them think it’ll be a better system now? I guess the saving grace is that if you get duplicates, you can “Disintegrate” them into CXP …
Both PvP and PvE gear will come from Command Crates. Their gear is now shared as Expertise is being removed
One set of gear for PvP and PvE and a Valor requirement to get into Ranked Warzones. Sounds good, right? Except for the fact that your Valor is not Legacy wide which means that the requirement to get into Ranked Warzones can’t be too incredibly high because it would cut out a large number of players. Honestly though, if BioWare is doing this to encourage more Ranked queuing, it’s not likely to make a dent because Valor level doesn’t necessarily equate skill level – it just means that you’ve seen a PvP map a few times … even if it was by crouching behind a crate in the corner until the end of the match. Valor doesn’t necessarily equate to skill level!
Gear will no longer drop from bosses as all gear will come from Command Crates. All cosmetic/unique drops will still remain on those bosses
Oh … so there *is* a reason to continue doing raids because the Stronghold/Flagship is used for anything useful? Nope … there hasn’t been any real reason to continue doing anything with the galactic housing system once you hit your 100% conquest bonus. Strongholds and Flagships were awesome for a while, and some people took great pride in getting their houses setup beautifully (our ship looks pretty amazing, if I do say so myself), but the sad reality of the situation is that there isn’t a reason to keep running super hard content if you don’t care about Strongholds. Maybe if there was a system in place that gave bonuses to earning CXP based on the guild’s history of clearing HM/NIM content, I could see it, but with what seems to be coming in KotET, I’m ready to hang up my raiding boots — too much headache for *seemingly* no reward.
Crystals and Warzone Commendations will also be phased out in Eternal Throne
There isn’t much information on this yet, but it seems like these are completely unnecessary now that all of your gear comes from the Command Crates, and PvE and PvP gear is the same. I wonder what the conversion is going to be … maybe they’re going to grant CXP based on what you have banked? That would make sense, so it’s probably not the case!
Priority Ops will no longer exist
Operations will now have daily bonuses to CXP applied to them, but lockouts will still exist. All in the name of RNGesus!
Poor design changes marked the end of Star Wars Galaxies, and it looks like Galactic Command will be SWTOR’s NGE … there’s really only one thing left to do:
Leave your thoughts below. Also, if you have any MMO suggestions, please let us know — I can’t imagine SWTOR lasting much longer for a few of our members, but I would love to continue playing games together …