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##### FFT Arena / FFT Arena 1.42 Statistics
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:55:49 AM »
Hello all,

Good work with the release of patch 1.42, everybody!

I thought I would contribute to the patch in my own way: by dumping boatloads of stats on everybody.  Below I have aggregated data from both teams submitted on the forums and teams loaded in the memory card generator that is bundled with patch 1.42.  Only data available up to 1 October 2017 are considered.  Data from patches before 1.42 are not considered unless specified otherwise.

At first, I thought I would write a bunch of unsubstantiated nonsense about how I thought patch 1.42 will change the meta-game.  Now with these stats I can write a bunch of substantiated nonsense.  You can find this nonsense under the "Commentary" spoiler.

Enjoy!

 Patch version: 1.42Population size, N = 272 unitsThe population consists of publically available data submitted up to 1 October 2017.Legend#: Number of instances%: Percentage of the population (= #/N)AR: Adoption Rate (= #/p, where p is the number of units that have the option of learning the given ability, equipping the given shield, etc. The AR is a rough estimate of how popular the given skill/equipment is among others in its skillset/class.)

 Std. dev. (max): The standard deviation were every unit to choose either 40 or 70 Brave/Faith.
 DefinitionsOffense = o/NDefense = (a+c+0.5*h)/Nwhereo: Number of units with at least one weapon or skill with the specified elementa: Number of units that absorb the specified elementc: Number of units that cancel the specified elementh: Number of units that halve the specified elementN: population (=272)S5: AI Tournament Season 5 (Autumn 2016)S2: AI Tournament Season 2 (Summer 2013)

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##### FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena 1.42 Team Submissions Thread
« on: September 28, 2017, 04:08:13 PM »
 Player: GaignunTeam: The Bonkler BoysPalletes: Orange/PurpleLast Revision: 2017-09-28================================WilhelmMaleSerpentarius4040ArcherGutsProjectile GuardEquip ArmorMove HP-UPBow GunSwift PlateGold HelmetPlate MailCursed RingExecute, Head Break, Shield BreakThrow Sand, Heal, Wish================================The NotoriousMaleSerpentarius4040PaladinPunch ArtDamage SplitUnyieldingMove-HP UpSave the QueenCross HelmetPlate MailCursed RingLay on Hands, TransfusionSecret Fist, Stigma Magic================================CidolfusMaleSerpentarius4040LancerTalk SkillDragon SpiritUnyieldingMaintenanceIce LanceSecular ShieldDiamond HelmetCrystal ArmorSprint ShoesWarn, Solution, Death Sentence, Refute, Insult, Mimic Daravon================================SetzerMaleSerpentarius4040LancerStealDragon SpiritDefense UPMaintenanceIce LanceSecular ShieldGold HelmetCrystal ArmorGerminas BootsRoulette, Steal Weapon, Steal Accessory, Power Ruin

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##### FFT Arena / Re: Team Design Tool
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:14:35 AM »
Version 1.08 is released for compatibility with FFTA 1.42.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:36:39 PM »

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:22:31 PM »
FFT Arena Undead Tournament Match 26

Sorry for tripping over my own words more than usual in this one.  I was sleepy during its recording.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: August 13, 2017, 04:49:46 PM »

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:19:53 PM »

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: August 08, 2017, 12:19:58 PM »

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: July 25, 2017, 01:39:08 PM »
 The better team wins.  The Elbow Leg Aim combos are very effective at having the enemy run turn deficits.  Good game.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: ☢ ☢ ☢ FFT Arena AI Undead Tournament ☢ ☢ ☢
« on: July 24, 2017, 09:02:59 AM »
An old version of my team is displayed.

Were team revisions not accepted during the submission period, or has my revision slipped through the cracks?

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##### FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena Balance Discussion Thread
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:13:57 AM »
What counterplay are we expecting? For example, the AI will still spam Slow, and teams will still spend a turn healing it. However, those teams with haste will now spend two: One to heal slow, and another to reapply haste.  When faced against slow, the recommended counterstrategies now seem to become either running slow immunity as before, or dropping all haste spells to prevent yourself from running turn deficits.  The most substantive change to the metagame is therefore a buff to slow and a nerf to haste.  (I'm not complaining; I'm just curious about this patch.)

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##### FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena Balance Discussion Thread
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:56:22 AM »
Thank you for the prompt response, Heroebal.

If that is the case, then Poison/Slow effectively disables Regen/Haste.  That's pretty powerful.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena Balance Discussion Thread
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:40:09 AM »
How does that even work, by the way?

Do units affected by both Poison and Regen lose and recover the same amount of HP and MP at the end of their turn? In that event, do they lose or recover the HP and MP first?

Similarly, since Haste now no longer overwrites Slow, can units be affected by both Haste and Slow at the same time, and in that event do the effects of Haste and Slow combine to leave the affected unit's SP at its base value?

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##### FFT Arena / Re: Team Design Tool
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:07:15 PM »
Version 1.07 is released for compatibility with FFTA 1.41a.

A few quirks in the Weapons spreadsheet have arisen due to the changes patch 1.41a made to certain pieces of armor.  I would fix these quirks, but I simply lack the willpower.  That said, the spreadsheet as a whole should still work mostly as intended for those seeking to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of weapons.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena Balance Discussion Thread
« on: March 30, 2017, 03:12:08 PM »
Thank you for the quick response as always, Andrew!

CHEER UP
A 3 direction AoE would be awesome, even if its JP cost must go up by ~50 to compensate.

REFUTE
Its accuracy dropped awhile ago, huh? +5% accuracy would be lovely if only to keep up the pace of matches. (Watching a Mediator spend 2~3 turns trying to remove a status ailment on a friendly unit is a little wearing.)

BATTLE SPEECH
MA+45% accuracy sounds OK with me. If it comes to pass that this accuracy boost enables extreme XA stacking strategies, we could even keep its accuracy low at MA+35%, but remove its CT.

EXCALIBUR
I see. Though it might no longer be the best GC weapon, I suppose it's not so bad, as you said.

SAMURAI BOAT
It depends on what we want, I suppose. Dropping Bizen Boat's multiplier nerfs Bizen Boat. Dropping Samurai's MA nerfs Samurai, but keeps Bizen Boat as the go-to powerhouse skill.  Seeing that Samurai took an HP hit this patch, I'm leaning toward the former option.

SPELLGUNS
You're certainly not wrong about the elemental strengthening. I just never felt that they were terribly powerful in their last form before being removed in spite of that (4 Range and lower raw damage than Stone Gun - before Pilgrimage kicks in, anyway). Oh well.  There is always Healing Gun.  (Even a hypothetical Demi or Demi 2 gun would be nice. This gun would have the ability to heal, deal damage, and be Counter Magicked as before, but wouldn't have the same runaway damage problem.)

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##### FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena Balance Discussion Thread
« on: March 29, 2017, 04:30:39 PM »
I have had some time to play around with 1.41. I like many of the changes. However, there are a few things that are nagging me:

Cheer Up
I think that this skill could use an AoE buff (like Yell) to make it more useful.

Refute
Was the accuracy of this skill always (MA+55)%?

Battle Orders & Pathos Speech
Currently underwhelming in comparison to their Sing predecessors for several reasons:
• Lower success rate than Sing (<66%) even under optimal conditions (e.g., 15+ MA and Best compatibility)
• Does not target the user
• Is not a performing skill, so it does not continue to charge after being executed.
I never felt that the Sing skills were particularly powerful to begin with, so these changes are particularly discouraging for me.

Excalibur
What happened to this weapon? It took a big WP nerf, and now it is only worth using in combination with the Two Hand support ability. The Grand Cross Excalibur build is no more.

+1 Move on Samurai
I understand that the +1 Move tremendously helps the male melee Samurai out, but it helps the female Draw Out samurai just as much.  Before we had to settle for Draw Out Geomancers if we wanted 4 base Move. Now we can stick with Samurai and use their secondary skill slot for whatever we please.  Female Samurai have become much more effective as a result (and they were already pretty effective to begin with).  This is just something to keep an eye on.

And speaking of Draw Out...

Nerf Bizen Boat
MA*8, element-boostable, BrFa-piercing damage is too high.  The synergy of Bizen Boat and Crystal Helm on the now fleet-footed Samurai is incredible.
Chirijiraden took a damage hit from MA*9 to MA*8. Bizen Boat should take a hit, too, if only to keep Draw Out internally balanced.

Peacemaker
I am puzzled over why Stone Gun got its one-handed property back. Stone Gun was made Force-2H because it eclipsed crossbows. The new Peacemaker with Attack UP beats Gastrafitis with Concentrate hands down: Peacemaker delivers similar damage, but requires none of the PA stacking that Gastrafitis does. If Peacemaker remained Forced-2H, at least you'd have to give up your shield for this extra equipment freedom.

Spellguns
I am sure I will take heat for this, but I miss the fire, ice, and lightning spell guns. These three guns served a unique role: Healing high-faith friendly targets with high M-EV.  As a bonus, these guns could trigger Counter Magic, so with the right equipment the spellgunner could also heal herself in the process. On the flipside, White Robes were effective at defending against these spellguns. Flare Gun feels a little lackluster in comparison: It cannot be used for friendly healing, and it cannot be mitigated by White Robe. Perhaps Flare Gun is a slightly more consistent offensive weapon, but it is not nearly as versatile as its predecessors.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: How the AI Works - An ongoing project researching the AI's code
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:11:11 AM »
I think that would be very interesting, and also educational.

For accessibility, it might be best to have the scripts written in a custom, higher level language, then have them parsed and compiled into ASM. If the scripts must be written in ASM, then I do not believe there will be enough people that know ASM (and can write the scripts without bugs) to even run a tournament.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: Team Design Tool
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:51:11 AM »
Version 1.06 is released for compatibility with FFTA 1.41.

So many things have changed this time around, so there are bound to be a few inaccuracies. Let me know if anything is wrong or broken and I will get on it.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: 【PROPOSAL】Evasion-piercing Summon Magic
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:40:52 AM »

A safer damage formula for an evasion-piercing Titan would be MA*8, and not MA*9 as presented three posts ago.  If we go MA*9, then non-piercing Cyclops and even Zodiac will likely become the new unused summons. (For example, I personally would never trade a MA*9, evasion-piercing Titan for a MA*9, +1 AoE, non-piercing Zodiac unless I'm doing some sort of spray-and-pray Mime strategy.)

A MA*8 Titan would be only slightly stronger than the IRS (Ifrit, Ramuh, Shiva), so in this case I would suggest we keep Titan affordable (e.g., 30~40 MP, 200~250 JP) and usable (e.g., 4 CT).

I would suggest we also make Leviathan evasion-piercing, but drop its damage from MA*8 to MA*7, to keep Summon Magic internally balanced.  Then, moving up from the IRS, one can either spend a little extra MP, CT, and JP for +1 damage multiplier (Titan) or +1 AoE (Leviathan).

These two changes ought to make Titan and Leviathan more popular choices, but also prevent the other choices from becoming redundant.

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##### FFT Arena / Re: SCC Tournament, Season 3, Formal Thread
« on: February 13, 2017, 05:22:38 AM »
Dancer a go go, baby.  Prepare to succumb to low probability -- Probability as low as my likelihood of making it through round 1.

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