SWTOR Patch 2.8 PTS Patch Notes Update 3

SWTOR Patch notes for Patch 2.8 on the PTS round 3. Main feature from this update is the new Festival of Splendor event on PTS

Game Update 2.8: Spoils Of War PTS Update 2
Soovada ("Spoils of War" in Huttese) is an annual celebration of total extravagance in Hutt culture, originally celebrated in the summer season of Varl after successful military campaigns. Rival clans compete to prove their superior wealth, attempting to sponsor the most parties, pit fights, bounties, gambling, and every other public display of fortune and excess imaginable.
Popularized among outside cultures during visits to Nar Shaddaa, this exuberant holiday is now celebrated on hundreds of worlds across the galaxy, where it’s simply known by its Huttese name; any connection to ancient wartime looting is largely ignored.

Highlights

Cartel Packs

  • Star Cluster’s Nightlife Pack updated with new armor and weapons. Some of them are still using placeholder models.
  • Club Vertica Nightlife Pack updated with new armor and weapons. Some of them are still using placeholder models.

New Event: Festival of Splendor! Players can try their hand at Smuggler’s Luck and Kingpin’s Bounty slot machines on Nar Shaddaa for exclusive rewards. The nightlife begins on Republic and Imperial Fleets with intriguing advertisements for the Club Vertica and Star Cluster Casinos.

  • Earn Golden Certificates from Smuggler’s Luck and Kingpin’s Bounty machines and redeem them for prizes.
  • Earn exclusive mount prizes directly from Kingpin’s Bounty machines.
  • Smuggler’s Casino Chips can be purchased with credits or Warzone Commendations.
  • Kingpin’s Casino Chips can be purchased with credits or won from Smuggler’s Luck slot machines.

General

  • Added Shadow Map options to the Preferences graphics tab:
    • Shadow Map Cascades: Increases the number of shadow maps used by the shadow system. Increasing this will improve quality but reduce performance.
    • Shadow Map Resolution: Increases the effective resolution of the shadows. Applies to interior and exterior shadows. Increasing this will improve quality but reduce performance.
  • Removed 7 unobtainable Codex entries.

Cartel Market

  • Several Pets and Emotes from the Hotshot’s Starfighter Pack are now in Collections as intended.
  • Moods now have a description indicating what slash command they unlock (Ex: /goofy).
  • The item Holoprojector Disguise now indicates in its tooltip that it will break when performing any action besides moving.

Classes + Combat

  • Force Lightning and Telekinetic Throw once again display numbers in their tooltips.
  • Crushing Darkness and Mind Crush once again display the damage they deal in their tooltips.
  • Corrected a typo in the Power Bracers and Riot Augs tooltips.

Jedi Knight
Sentinel
Watchman

  • Plasma Blade now increases the damage dealt by burning effects by 7%/14%/21% (up from 2%/4%/6%).
  • Slash now has a 15%/30%/45% chance to activate Mind Sear.

Sith Warrior
Marauder
Annihilation

  • Hemorrhage now increases the damage dealt by bleed effects by 7%/14%/21% (up from 2%/4%/6%)
  • Vicious Slash now has a 15%/30%/45% chance to activate Pulverize.

Jedi Consular
Shadow
General

  • Reduced the activation time of Phase walk to 0.5 seconds (down from 1.5 seconds) and increased the maximum duration to 5 minutes (up from 2 minutes).

Sith Inquisitor
Assassin
General

  • Reduced the activation time of Phase walk to 0.5 seconds (down from 1.5 seconds) and increased the maximum duration to 5 minutes (up from 2 minutes).

Galactic Starfighter
Components + Crew

  • Interdiction Mine damage has been increased, but no longer has Shield Piercing.
  • Feedback Shield’s damage has been increased and now correctly activates off of Primary Weapon attacks.
  • Buffed Fortress Shield to increase shield strength by 130%.
  • The Korrigan Turn is now unlockable on the Jurgoran Gunship.
  • The GSS-4Y Jurgoran and the SGS-S1 Condor can now properly upgrade their Retro Thrusters.

Items + Economy

  • Devastating Vengeance relics no longer activate from both dealing damage and healing within the same rate limit.
  • Scrap Peddler Lockbox has been added to the PvP Items Vendor on the Republic and Imperial Fleets for 600 Warzone Commendations. This Lockbox gives a random Jawa Scrap item that can be exchanged at the Scrap Peddlers in the Cartel Bazaar.

Source: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=7425761#edit7425761

  • Guest

    Looking good! I’m liking the changes in 2.8, looking forward to the event (even if it is just gambling… because it opens the door for pazzak later), and eagerly anticipating housing and guild ships! 😀 … plus whatever ‘makeb sized’ expansion they have planned for this year. They really have turned the game around. It feels vibrant and exciting and like it will have a long future. 🙂 Thanks for the coverage, as always, Dulfy!

  • zenight

    “The GSS-4Y Jurgoran and the SGS-S1 Condor can now properly upgrade their Retro Thrusters”
    I think there’s a typo or mistake there, those shipds don’t have Retro Thrusters as an engine option.

  • Sandis Rozuleja Dvorovs

    Love those Shadow improvements, looking forward!…

  • Josef Tauser

    “Feedback Shield’s damage has been increased and now correctly activates off of Primary Weapon attacks.” Yay !

    • zenight

      Translation on the fix: It no longer redirects railgun damage back to the GS and reflects about 20 extra damage (not % damage, 20 damage).
      It’s a nerf to an already unpopular option.

      • Josef Tauser

        Seriously ? That sucks then : ( Feedback shield is my favourite option for my gunship since it damages annoying scouts.

        • zenight

          If you were not using it as defense for GS then it’s a tiny boost, still not worth dumping Distoriton Field and lose the second missile break though.

          • Josef Tauser

            Long lock-on time missiles aren’t very popular on the server I play so it was between fortress and feedback shields. Plus I don’t like that Distortion Field reduces your total shields by 20%.

  • Bowtet

    im so done with SWTOR, how OP the force users are is crazy, Ill see you on WildStar, Ill miss SWTOR but ive never hated and loved a game at the same time till SWTOR, Now I love love love WildStar.

  • Mepop

    Is anyone else having a problem downloading the update i get to 97.99% then it does nothing been waiting for it to finish for over 12 hrs. I restarted it at 6 hrs in and it goes right back to 97.99% and does nothing. Any idea why this would be happening?

    • It is a known bug, they are looking into it

  • wqeqeqe

    I have problem with my avatar and other players avatars the game is not showing head and leggs there is empy space

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