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10/27 (Thu) 5★ Covenant Hero Hwayoung Balance Adjustment Preview [523]

  • OFFICIAL Dominiel
  • 2022.09.30 09:00 (UTC+0)
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Hello. This is Epic Seven.


This is a preannouncement to the planned balance adjustment of the 5 Covenant Hero, Hwayoung, which will take effect after the 10/27 update. We will release a separate announcement for the other Hero candidates that will be a part of the upcoming 10/27 balance adjustment two weeks before the update.

 

Before we begin, we would like to sincerely apologize for the disruption this balance adjustment will cause to our Heirs’ gameplay. With this in mind, we would like to explain and guide you through the process of how we came to this balance adjustment decision in as much detail as possible.

 

Epic Seven's balance adjustment system has focused on improving Heroes rather than diminishing them to retain the value of the Hero that our Heirs put time and effort into nurturing them. When a Hero has too much influence, our response has always been to make appropriate changes by buffing other Heroes via periodic balance adjustments. However, although we at Epic Seven have tried several different approaches, it has become evident that 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung’s overbearing influence throughout a large portion of the game has been difficult to suppress.


In particular, due to 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung's presence, there has been a significant decrease in the usage of other Attack-based Heroes in the PvP space. This shift in Hero usage, in turn, has caused many difficulties as we worked to provide appropriate balance adjustments and diversified PvP content. While we sought to reduce her impact in the current meta with several indirect approaches, we concluded that it was necessary to resolve the issue directly, which ultimately led to the decision you see before you today.


Once again, with a heavy heart, we regret to inform you that the 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung will be going through a balance adjustment. Please see below for the planned balance adjustment details.

 

 The probability and number of turns seen below are based on fully enhanced Heroes.

 Skill Cooldowns will not be changed unless stated.

 The skill descriptions mentioned in this preview may be updated by the time of the actual update.

 

Supersonic Kick (Before)

Supersonic Kick (After)

Attacks the enemy with a kick and increases Combat Readiness of the caster by 15%. When the caster is buffed, inflicts additional damage proportional to the caster's Attack regardless of whether the attack hits.

Attacks the enemy with a kick. When the caster is buffed, a successful attack inflicts additional damage proportional to the caster's Attack.

 

Damage Dealt Increased

 

Additional Damage Decreased

Prairie Hawk (Before)

Prairie Hawk (After)

Attack increases by 50%. When attacking, cannot trigger a critical hit. Damage suffered from a critical hit decreases by 30%. When more than one damage reduction effect is granted, only the strongest effect is applied. At the start of the battle and at the end of the turn, grants a barrier to the caster for 1 turn. Barrier strength increases proportional to the caster's Attack.

Attack increases by 30%. When attacking, cannot trigger a critical hit. Damage suffered from a critical hit decreases by 30%. When more than one damage reduction effect is granted, only the strongest effect is applied. At the start of the battle and at the end of the turn, grants a barrier to the caster for 1 turn. Barrier strength increases proportional to the caster's Attack.

Monarch's Flaming Strike (Before)

Monarch's Flaming Strike (After)

Attacks the enemy with a secret technique and grants immunity to the caster for 2 turns. Penetrates the target's Defense. When the target's max Health is greater than the caster's max Healthdamage dealt increases proportional to the difference, up to a maximum of 100%.

Attacks the enemy with a secret technique and grants immunity to the caster for 2 turns. When the target's max Health is greater than the caster's max Health, penetrates the target's Defense, with penetration rate increasing proportional to the difference, up to a maximum of 100%.

 

Damage Dealt Increased

 

Required Max Health Difference Amount Increased

 

+1 Turn Cooldown

Monarch's Flaming Strike (Awakened) (Before)

Monarch's Flaming Strike (Awakened) (After)

After dispelling all debuffs from the caster, attacks the enemy with a secret technique and grants immunity to the caster for 2 turns. Penetrates the target's Defense. When the target's max Health is greater than the caster's max Healthdamage dealt increases proportional to the difference, up to a maximum of 100%.

After dispelling all debuffs from the caster, attacks the enemy with a secret technique and grants immunity to the caster for 2 turns. When the target's max Health is greater than the caster's max Health, penetrates the target's Defense, with penetration rate increasing proportional to the difference, up to a maximum of 100%.

 

Damage Dealt Increased

 

Required Max Health Difference Amount Increased

 

+1 Turn Cooldown


The purpose of this balance adjustment is to ensure that Hwayoung remains specialized in contesting enemies with high Health while reducing her excessive influence as a damage dealer. Also, because her fast turn cycling made her difficult to deal with, she will be adjusted to a similar level as other Heroes.

1. Supersonic Kick's powerful additional damage reduced the viability of lower Health, Attack-based Heroes, high Evasion Heroes, and Heroes with damage reduction effects. To resolve this issue, we plan to add a hit condition to Supersonic Kick and reduce the additional damage. To compensate for this loss in damage, we will slightly increase the basic skill’s damage dealt so that it will inflict an appropriate amount of damage when accurately hitting the target.

2. Monarch's Flaming Strike's penetration rate will now be calculated proportionally to the difference in max Health, and the condition to reach 100% penetration will be increased. While Hwayoung will still be able to inflict significant amounts of damage to Heroes with higher max Health, her damage against those that do not have much of a difference in Health will be reduced.

3. To alleviate the difficulty of responding to her fast turn-cycling, we will remove her combat readiness increase effect from Supersonic Kick and increase the cooldown of Monarch's Flaming Strike by 1 turn.

We hope these changes will increase the diversity of PvP Heroes to be used in various ways and expand the options of team combinations when facing the 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung.


[Announcement on the Changes to Recall Policy for Covenant Hero Balance Adjustments]


The recall policy pertaining to recalling a Covenant Hero due to a balance adjustment that reduced their viability will be changed. Heirs will now be able to exchange their recall target for another Hero of the same grade that has been released as of the recall starting date. This adjusted policy will come into effect at the time 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung's balance adjustment is applied.


However, Covenant Heroes that are only obtainable through limited summons or collaborations, and those that cannot be summoned (such as Zero, Yuna, Serila, etc.), will be unavailable for selection. In addition, even if the selected 5 Covenant Hero exchanged via recall is a duplicate Hero, you will not receive any Covenant Coins.


When you proceed with the recall of 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung, depending on the Memory Imprint Grade of the recall target, you will receive a new Memory Imprint material called a Mana Slate (temporary name), which can be used for Memory Imprinting 5 Covenant Heroes. Mana Slates (temporary name) cannot be used on Moonlight Heroes, Limited Heroes, or Collaboration Heroes.  


Hwayoung's recall period will last two weeks, starting after the maintenance on 10/27 until 02:59 UTC on 11/10. The recall will only be available for Hwayoung as long as she is within your Hero Inventory before the maintenance on 10/27. If Hwayoung is in your Hero Storage, please move her to your Hero Inventory before the maintenance on 10/27. Additionally, you can only recall the Hero once during the recall period, regardless of having multiple separate copies. We will provide a reminder about the schedule and the details of the recall method on the 10/27 Update Notice.


If you would like to receive a fresh copy of the Hero that was used as a Memory Imprint material instead of receiving a Mana Slate (temporary name), please contact customer service using the 1:1 Inquiry before the end of November. You must retain a copy of the Mana Slate (temporary name). We will check your in-game log and exchange the Mana Slate (temporary name) for a fresh copy of Hwayoung. The Hwayoung you receive via this method will not be eligible for recall. 


Likewise, if you used any Unknown Slates to Memory Imprint Hwayoung and would like to receive those back as Unknown Slates instead of Mana Slates (temporary name), please contact customer service using the 1:1 Inquiry before the end of November. You must retain a copy of the Mana Slate (temporary name). We will check your in-game log and exchange your Mana Slates (temporary name) with Unknown Slates in accordance with the amount you've used as Memory Imprints.


These are the proposed balance adjustment for 5 Covenant Hero Hwayoung that is scheduled for the update on October 27. We will continue to carefully monitor and review the balance trends to provide a balanced and diverse PvP environment where various Heroes can be used frequently. 


The Epic Seven team will always strive to provide the best gaming experience possible for our Heirs. 

 

Thank you.





댓글 523

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    2022.09.30 09:20 (UTC+0)

    BESTthis is so f***ing stupid.  

    I mean, don't get me wrong, hwa 'could' be nerfed, but you just had selector and many chose her.  further, shes really the ONLY answer to many heros out there right now.  units that are just too strong.  

    you balance hwayoung first who ISNT the problem, the problem is units like aravi/clilias/rem/rimuru   hwayoung just deals with them. 


    so so so so stupid. 

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    2022.09.30 09:17 (UTC+0)

    BESTwait!  she wasnt even dangerous anymore ! we dont see her in RTA too much anymore, she's not more dangerous than the incoming Lua ! 

    people just need to adjust and be stronger, like it happened with Angelica of Light or Fire carrot.

    have patience people !



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    2022.09.30 09:09 (UTC+0)

    BESTLet's go! There is hope for balance in this game!

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    2022.09.30 09:07 (UTC+0)

    RIPBOZO hwa pack

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    2022.09.30 09:09 (UTC+0)

    Let's go! There is hope for balance in this game!

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      2022.10.27 10:26 (UTC+0)

      Yeah lets destroy a unit who can destroy tank units.. what will you do against those now?….  She could get a nerf yes but this destroying a unit and no1 will use her now 100% sadly 

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      2022.10.29 21:34 (UTC+0)

      STOVE166693332159910I never had a problem with tanks before hwayoung, but after her I had a problem with hwayoung. If she was your only answer you should revisit what hero comps you use and maybe move some gear around. Also the problem with hwayoung was that she didn't kill tanks, she killed everything. Turn 1 kill a tank. Turn 2 kill another unit. Turn 3 kill another unit!

      Also now that the patch is out she does in fact still kill tanks, but I will say they could relax the HP difference a bit so she does a bit more damage to people at 20k hp vs 22k+.

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    2022.09.30 09:14 (UTC+0)

    LETS GO. Actually a nice change. Good job SG!

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      2022.10.01 06:41 (UTC+0)

      Kingkai14Her nerf on her s1 and s2 already but her in line with other dps. If they don't give her appropriate multiplier for her s3 she'll be  nerfed to the ground




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      2022.10.31 19:30 (UTC+0)

      Kingkai14Guess what idiot, she is literal trash now. I hope you are happy. I got lucky and have Sage Vivian and LQC so I can deal with Aravi, but f2P are ******

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    2022.09.30 09:17 (UTC+0)

    Thank Smilegate and Epic seven to back nerf heroes we as community like to have balanced game so we dont mind nerf at all 

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      2022.10.01 20:49 (UTC+0)

      HentaiOldMenI'm with you, but they're apparently the only ones that matter since the big spenders are usually also the rta elite, and since rta dominates e7 now, this game is really meant for them and we just play it.  

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      2022.10.03 03:52 (UTC+0)

      HentaiOldMenActually it's people who understand how game's work that want nerfs back and straight up ignorant half-wits who oppose them.

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    2022.09.30 09:17 (UTC+0)

    wait!  she wasnt even dangerous anymore ! we dont see her in RTA too much anymore, she's not more dangerous than the incoming Lua ! 

    people just need to adjust and be stronger, like it happened with Angelica of Light or Fire carrot.

    have patience people !



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      2022.10.02 08:17 (UTC+0)

      HentaiOldMen???? My dude, Hwa does not CARE what you build. Squishy? Big damage. Tanky? Big damage. Huge def? Big damage. It doesnt fking matter. clearly we werent fighting the same Hwa. 

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      2022.10.26 19:45 (UTC+0)

      HentaiOldMenNot anymore!  Lol!!

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    2022.09.30 09:20 (UTC+0)

    Imagine pandering to the master and gold players. Hwayoung was fine.

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      2022.10.03 22:20 (UTC+0)

      CaulkOfOdinDude, a well built hwayoung still had a hard time killing heros who used artifacts like PoV, and now she's losing 20% of her over all attack and her s3 is losing major damage to high health heros and it's gonna be even harder to get the full potential of the pen from her s3. On top of that, she now has to land her s1 attacks to do any damage to begin with, and she's gonna be so much slower to even get another turn. The only people who are happy about this are the ones who abuse tanky metas. She is being nerfed so far into the ground that smilegate themselves are putting the final nail on her coffin. I really don't see people using her at all after this. She was literally one of the very few heros that you didn't have to build a team around to make her useful at taking out tanky heros.

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      2022.10.05 16:29 (UTC+0)

      Yea I'm starting to understand why pokemon literally tells you the best attack to use and has the entire team level up easy as hell. They're pandering to people that can't deal with problems. Instead of overcoming said problem nah lets have the company move the obstacle for us lol.

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    2022.09.30 09:20 (UTC+0)

    this is so f***ing stupid.  

    I mean, don't get me wrong, hwa 'could' be nerfed, but you just had selector and many chose her.  further, shes really the ONLY answer to many heros out there right now.  units that are just too strong.  

    you balance hwayoung first who ISNT the problem, the problem is units like aravi/clilias/rem/rimuru   hwayoung just deals with them. 


    so so so so stupid. 

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      2022.10.05 16:40 (UTC+0)

      SmileGate couldn't keep a promise if we paid them.....oh wait lol. Idk man if you can't figure out how to overcome an obstacle, especially in a game, after 7 months, I think the fault might be on you. Hwa was not a problem for me except maybe the firs month she came out. Shes also not a hero I find useful. Killing Riolet and Violet during GW is nice but other then that she doesn't get much play from me. I don't see a spot for her in legends arena where all I do is fight Peira, Ran, Cilias comps. 

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      2022.10.08 19:53 (UTC+0)

      little bro said rem 💀💀

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    2022.09.30 09:21 (UTC+0)

    LESGO BOIS WE DID IT 

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    2022.09.30 09:21 (UTC+0)

    good job.

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    2022.09.30 09:22 (UTC+0)

    A.Ravi Nerf When ? 

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      2022.10.01 00:31 (UTC+0)

      PhantomrainI play her on speed/proof of valor set, and she has carried me many, many times, there isn't only the "counter/crimson seed" a.ravi out there

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      2022.10.04 07:10 (UTC+0)

      Yesterday i meet e7 world champ in guild war. 


      I can easily kill her a.ravi because she isnt in the same team with c.lilias.


      Luckily its peira, if a.ravi with c.lilias, vigor buff and atk down is so broken

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    2022.09.30 09:24 (UTC+0)

    I love you SG *kiss*

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    2022.09.30 09:28 (UTC+0)

    this is not balancing a hero but killing a hero.

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      2022.09.30 19:36 (UTC+0)

      Agreed. The balances are too much. Should only remove the 15% cr boost. Everything else is fine with her.

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      2022.10.16 01:40 (UTC+0)

      If she has to be reduced, so be it. However, the planned reductions are too much and not totally necessary. SG, please reconsider.

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    2022.09.30 09:30 (UTC+0)

    this is not a Balance sir; this is the way to kill a unit. this nerfs make hwayuong is a trash unit.... 

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      2022.09.30 21:28 (UTC+0)

      So, the way it should be. Good job, SG!

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      2022.09.30 21:28 (UTC+0)

      Need to way to see the new multipliers. She might totally still be able to kill tanks, which is how she was designed

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    2022.09.30 09:30 (UTC+0)

    okey this is good but we can asume that aravi getting a nerf then ?
    cause i dont see it fair to nerf the one unit who is good againts her


    if aravi doesnt get a nerf the the CEO is a ARAVI simp just sayin

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      2022.09.30 13:25 (UTC+0)

      xFlow777Agreed, but the problem is that the "first brick" was Hwa and they just touched it.

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      2022.09.30 13:58 (UTC+0)

      STOVE125294505Oh how I want to see the destruction 🤩

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    2022.09.30 09:31 (UTC+0)

    We're Proud of you Game! Good job!

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      2022.09.30 15:29 (UTC+0)

      Woo hoo! No potion refund that's so amazing! Best decision to give back unknown slates but not bottle potions used on one of the most useless artifacts now (Tooth)!  Well done smilegate! A lot of people are really happy about this!

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      2022.09.30 23:12 (UTC+0)

      PinkierTooth still best item in slot for her. It still lets her do extra dmg on a miss to be relevant into evasion units. It wont one shot bc of the s1 new requirement but seriously you shouldnt be oneshotting an evasion unit on an s1 to begin with

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    2022.09.30 09:32 (UTC+0)

    Holy **** at least nerf the other ML cancer too. And don't try to slip that imprint garbage through, f*cking greedy suits not wanting to refund Hwa imprints in Unknown Slates and instead making AN ENTIRELY NEW IMPRINT to avoid losing money is so f*cking greedy. Holy **** I don't understand how anyone can defend Smileshit anymore. 

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      2022.10.01 04:35 (UTC+0)

      epic7#zr8wtwBut are the other ML units instantly killing everyone? No, if you're having trouble with clil or aol just bring cleanse. ML units don't even rule the game anymore 

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      2022.10.01 05:34 (UTC+0)

      Kingkai14Doesn’t matter if there isn’t a lot of units that are cancer. You only need 4, and there are 4. If everyone is running the same defensive arena comps, there’s a reason. 95% teams have ARavi, 80% of teams have Belian and Rem, 60% of teams have politis. The problem at all is crying through RTA when you can just ban the unit. You’re (SmileGate) nerfing one unit but have no input on the other units dominating the scene. If someone is ****** it’s because they finally had an answer to **** that’s annoying, and now you’re back in the slumps until you can farm the gear requirement to kill a 30k ARavi. What other units can deal with those units? 

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