SWTOR Masterwork Gear Changes in 5.10

Bioware has published a post on how Masterwork gear will work with SWTOR Patch 5.10.

Masterwork Gear Changes in 5.10 | 11.20.2018, 01:50 PM

Hey folks,

For those of you who are familiar with current Masterwork gearing plans from PTS, you will notice some changes. Otherwise, this may be an introduction to how all of this will work in 5.10. Throughout this post when I refer to Masterwork gear, I am referring to the new 252 and 258 item rating gear being introduced in 5.10. Based on our initial implementation there were a few key things we wanted to address:

  • Getting Masterwork gear solely from PvP was more difficult than we would like.
  • The implementation encouraged working directly to 258 while skipping 252. We don’t have a problem with this, but it made getting any gear upgrades more challenging and expensive than desired. By “stair stepping” up to 252 and then 258 there can be constant progression that isn’t as expensive as trying to jump straight to best in slot.
  • We needed more opportunities for players to get Masterwork Data Crystals and gear overall.
  • Players had no long term value in getting 252 since they could not be upgraded to 258.


Before we dive into the way MW gear acquisition will work in 5.10, just a reminder that 258 gear can be crafted by gathering materials from a variety of sources, including Master Mode Gods from the Machine. This ensures that the new MM in 5.10 is a very valuable source for progression Ops players. Outside of crafting, there are two ways of acquiring MW gear, by turning in MW Data Crystals to a vendor for 252 / 258 or by receiving 252 gear directly. Let’s cover each of these methods and within each, the separation of PvE and PvP where applicable.

Masterwork Data Crystals
There are two places where you can purchase MW gear:

  • Lord Fural / Major Pucenisco on Ossus – 252 Gear
    • Requires Ossus Reputation rank between Outsider and Hero, depending on gear piece
    • Each piece costs 2 Masterwork Data Crystals
  • Lord Bay’lor / Captain Anfel on Ossus – 258 Gear
    • Requires Ossus Reputation rank of Champion or Legend, depending on gear piece
    • Each piece costs 3-4 Masterwork Data Crystals and a matching piece of 252 gear

Here are the ways in which you can acquire MW Data Crystals per week:
PvE

  • 1 Crystal – [Weekly] Masterwork Data Crystal – This Mission is to defeat both world bosses -or- earn 50 Group Ranked Arena Points
  • 1 Crystal – New rotating Weekly Mission (50% chance of being a PvE objective)


PvP

  • 1 Crystal – [Weekly] Masterwork Data Crystal – This Mission is to defeat both world bosses -or- earn 50 Group Ranked Arena Points
  • 1 Crystal – New rotating Weekly Mission (50% chance of being a PvP objective)

Both

  • Rare chance of MW Data Crystals dropping out of Command Crates at Tier 3 and up
  • 1-2 Crystals – Turning in Unassembled Components

252 Gear Drops
In addition to being able to purchase gear for MW Data Crystals, there are a two places where you can outright acquire 252 gear.

  • [Weekly] Daily Area Ossus will allow you to choose one of the 3 Artifact Lockboxes:
    • Artifact Lockbox (Lower Body): Waist, Legs, Feet, or Relic
    • Artifact Lockbox (Tech): Main Hand, Offhand, Head, or Ear
    • Artifact Lockbox (Upper Body): Chest, Wrists, Hands, or Implant
  • Once you are in Tier 3 of Galactic Command there is a chance that an Artifact Lockbox containing one random 252 piece can drop from Command Crates.


Additional Changes
There are some other changes to help support Masterwork Gear (mostly targeted at PvPers). They are:

  • We increased the current 252 disintegration rates from PTS. 252 gear will disintegrate into 175 Unassembled Components in 5.10 (up from 9 to 45).
  • To help PvPers get the required Reputation for the MW Data Crystal vendors, we are adding Rep rewards to Ranked PvP Missions:
    • [DAILY] Arena of Death!: 2 Geonosian Power Cell
    • [DAILY] My Kind of Scum: 1 Geonosian Power Cell
    • [WEEKLY] Go Berserk!: 4 Encrypted Data Disks
    • [WEEKLY] Time for Pain!: 2 Encrypted Data Disks

TLDR – If a player simply does two Weekly Missions of their chosen playstyle they will be able to acquire a minimum of two 252 pieces per week (or upgrade one 252 piece to 258). This does not include crossing over into both PvP and PvE, any MW Data Crystals or drops from Command Crates, or purchasing any crafted versions of this gear, which can speed up your acquisition rate of MW gear.

Let us know your thoughts on the changes to acquiring Masterwork gear in 5.10!

-eric

Masterwork Gear Changes in 5.10 | 11.21.2018, 04:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toraak View Post
Can we get an answer on what all of the rotating weekly missions will be, and if there will be a GSF mission in the rotation?

The rotating Mission will contain one of 4 objectives:

  • Story Mode Ops
  • Master Mode Flashpoints
  • Galactic Starfighter
  • Ranked PvP (the team is exploring changing this to unranked instead)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goologne View Post

One thing was not mentioned in the post from Eric.

In the commando crates is a possibility to get a random reputation token.

Will there be with 5.10 also the Ossus reputation token included in the commando crates?

Would be interesting to know, now this rank matters for the vendor to get the MW gear.

Currently Ossus Rep tokens will not drop in Command Crates. However, there are a large number of sources both on and off Ossus to earn that Reputation. 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jdast View Post

So you are making it easier to acquire 252 gear, but making it much more difficult to acquire 258 gear?

You can spin this however you want, but lets be clear — 258 gear is now harder to obtain unless you are SIGNIFICANTLY increasing the drops of MWS in T3 and T4 crates.

Dasty

Totally hear you on this, so let me try to provide a specific example of how it worked on PTS, vs how it will work now. For this example let’s say your goal is to acquire a 258 chest piece.

PTS
The purchase from a vendor costs 5 Masterwork Data Crystals

  • You could not purchase the 252 chest at all, and it was not required for the 258 purchase – Total cost of 5

Now
The purchase from a vendor costs 4 Masterwork Data Crystals and the 252 chest.

  • If you purchased the 252 chest from the vendor for 2 MW Data Crystals – Total cost of 6
  • If you have the 252 chest from a Command Crate or Ossus Weekly Mission – Total cost of 4

You are correct that from PTS if you only use MW Data Crystals to acquire gear it will cost 1 more Crystal per piece of gear. However, for any 258 that you purchase using a 252 piece acquired from a Command Crate or the Ossus Weekly it is actually 1 Crystal cheaper.

Masterwork Gear Changes in 5.10 | 11.21.2018, 04:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by RikuvonDrake View Post
Despite the jump in reputation from hero to champion to gain 258 gear, this looks a lot better than what was on PTS prior.

That said, any thoughts on how crafting 258 works on PTS with the Forgotten materials or how to acquire alternative item modifications such as the 258 versions of Warding Mod B or Lethal Mod B?

I will verify but I am pretty sure that alternate mods at 258 (such as what you described) are crafted with the schematics learned from reverse engineering.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kukumburr View Post
Will 258 MH/OH be added to the Masterwork 258 vendor?
*snip*

258 weapons will not be available with Game Update 5.10. They will be available early next year to coincide with a new piece of group content.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lxndra View Post
Since the WBs are going to key for some PVEers, what’s the respawn timer on those going to look like?

Current respawn time is 15 minutes. The team will monitor to see if it needs to go lower as they are very sensitive to the possibility of multiple groups trying to kill them for the Weekly.

  • Kostya Benson

    Don’t worry they’ll get it right one day..any year now..

    • Scot Johnson

      Yup, time to hold thy breath.

      • Elrandil

        are you dead or are you some sort of an alien freak? humans can’t hold their breath for so long! :O

  • Fubarz

    Yea just what I want to do over the Holiday season Grind Grind and more Grind …..Not

    • Nomad

      Like you have anything better to do!

      • Fubarz

        Hmmm….Let’s see Work,Riding my bike, Beer, Xmas thing, New year thing, kids driving me nutz …..You might be right not a lot to do but grind 😛

  • yellow-power ftw

    1 week per 252 items 100%? so in 7 weeks a full 252 set+imps/ear/relics and only from PVE or PVP, so if we do both weekly PVE+PVP the weeks are shorten in 3,5, that sound fast and easy

  • AbnerDoon

    It’s too bad our little brains were unable to handle the old gear currencies. We totally don’t have just as many now as before. Wasn’t that the reason for the CXP system in the first place?

  • Ben Gimson

    “we are adding Rep rewards to Ranked PvP Missions”

    That doesn’t help most PvPers. Won’t bother me since I’ll be PvEing, but they seriously need to stop kidding themselves when it comes to ranked.

  • Meelis S

    More grind why not because the remaining SWtoR players still want more to grind 🙂

  • yellow-power ftw

    casino way again :/ :/ :/

  • bob

    Yea just what I want to do over the Holiday season Grind Grind and more Grind …..Not

  • Don Loco

    Seems not much has changed over the last year.

    • Fred Garvin

      Or 2017

      • Don Loco

        Yeah, I quit playing this nightmare I think around two years ago. Might be longer but honestly I’ve been happier since I left.

        • Sorrai

          What compels you to continue posting on a SWTOR forum if you haven’t played the game in 2 years? Isn’t that a huge and pointless waste of your time?

          • Mars

            SWTOR is kind of like a burning building: you watch to see what awful thing happens next, but yeah it’s a huge waste of time. I’d wager there’s more people who don’t play checking these posts than those who do. I live next door in Guild Wars 2, I get a kick out of seeing all the new ‘content’ you guys get.

          • Don Loco

            Yeah, taking a whole minute out of my day is such a killer. Thank you for pointing that out. Oh horrible fate! Why do you mock me with this compulsion?!

      • Fubarz

        As bad as SWTOR is compare to other MMo’s and all EA/BW bull… Still better then current Disney Star Wars Movies story line. Agree or not even with the Disney’s current thinking on story This game has done much better story line. IMO

    • Fred Garvin

      Or 2016

    • Fred Garvin

      Or 2015

  • Fubarz
  • telle

    Okay I know people are going to think this is sarcasm but serious question:

    “This ensures that the new MM in 5.10 is a very valuable source for progression Ops players.”

    Are there really that many hardcore raiding groups still? I’m genuinely surprised there are any left. This game has been neglecting the raiding aspect for a while now.

    • Vincent van der Laan

      You know they brought new ops this year ?

      • telle

        I know there was a new ops this year. What I’m saying is this: after there not being a new raid for about 3 years or so I am surprised that any truly dedicated raid teams are left.

    • Fubarz

      There is (IMO) always some one new wanting to run NiM ops or what ever it’s called for fun

  • AlexanderC

    Or 2015

  • erin bennett

    Yea just what I want to do over the Holiday season Grind Grind and more Grind …..Not

  • jakesarmy

    Yea just what I want to do over the Holiday season Grind Grind and more Grind …..Not

  • Sixaxel

    Hmmm. Every mmo is a gear grind. So would you rather go play WoW and grind for a piece of gear u already have or for a piece that doesn’t pertain to your spec. At least u know your grinding for what u need. If it was easy what’s the purpose of playing? Or its everyones love affair for command crates lol.

  • Vinak

    Quit…however many years its been now.
    Is progression still loot box based…after they introduced…whatever that system was called?

    • Fred Garvin

      [OP is Fred G]

      Progression is gained through the Cartel Market. Keep buying and one day you can be the Grand Whale of the Republic.

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