OotiniCast Episode 131

Along with the latest news, we discuss the Q&A from the Boston Community Cantina, and the developer blog outlining how Ranked PvP Season 2 is going to work.

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1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ferrous Terran! Thanks to BenB, Bara-dur, Jay Connell, Raymond W and Darth Malvictus for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • The first Grand Acquisitions Pack was made available for roughly four days (from 4pm CDT on Thursday 10 April to 11am on Monday 14 April). The always entertaining Kranitoko (@Kranitoko) has created another pack opening video for them, though he’s only purchased three of them (not unreasonable given each pack costs 900 Cartel Coins and there’s no Hypercrate available).
  • Alex Modny (Associate Designer) announced that in Game Update 2.7.1, “turn-in” terminals would be added next to the Mission terminals that were added to all warzones in Game Update 2.7.
  • An in-game item, a health regenerator provided by Cartel Associate 0U-1FY, has been added to the game to recognise the efforts of Dulfy.
  • It seems that physical Security Keys (key fobs) are no longer being sold as of 7 January 2014.
  • If you’re a little over the new Quesh Huttball warzone, its frequency (currently 25%, based on Rob Hinkle stating it would be twice as likely to pop as any other warzone) will return to normal (8%, based on 1 in 6 chance of Huttball, with a 50/50 chance of getting Quesh) in Game Update 2.7.1.
  • On Friday night the Community Cantina was held in Boston. Heather (@Heather_PLS) of the Pretty Little Sith blog was in attendance, live-tweeting the Q&A and later writing up answers obtained via direct discussion with the BioWare developers. Dulfy has a post containing the images from the flash drive that was given to attendees.

4. Community

The second episode of the Galactic Gamers Coalition, featuring the hosts of TOROCast, SWTORReforged and our own OotiniCast, will be recorded Sunday 20 April at 7:30pm EDT. You can participate live via TwonkHammer’s Twitch channel.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @RainbowConnRPG, Sean, Graham (Awesome) Sellars, @TheTurg, DroidDreamer, Raymond, jadilly, @AkaanDarasuum, @GregCarter78, Chong (@EmpireDivider), @JediKrackr, @block_kevin, Oxi-jin, Andreas, Russ (@Manciferous) and Ferrous Terran.

The Freddy Mercury Vine (short video) that symbolises for Chong why he loves SWTOR.

Shown below is the scoreboard from Raymond’s first PvP match playing a Mercenary:

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6. Sarlacc Digest

Alex Modny (Associate Designer) has written a “What’s New in Season Two” blog post, summarising BioWare’s current thinking on how Ranked PvP Season 2 will work. Alex subsequently clarified that the three (instead of five) tier boundaries would be announced after Season 2 begins in Game Update 2.7.1.

If you have ideas for the what the rewards for those three tiers should be, you’re encouraged to contribute to this thread on the official forums.

He also confirmed that the “top 3″ per faction of each Advanced Class were determined for the solo and group populations across the entire game, not per server. We believe this may not be such a good idea. The graphs and tables shown below are referenced during our discussion.

Ranked Season 1 - population and ratings per server (solo)

Ranked population and ratings per server (solo)

Ranked population and ratings per server (solo)
Server Population Highest rating Average rating Median rating
Vanjervalis Chain 506 1803 1189 1168
Battle Meditation 522 1604 1183 1163
Mantle of the Force 729 2267 1183 1166
Begeren Colony 779 1788 1175 1156
The Progenitor 1108 1854 1174 1158
Jar’Kai Sword 1284 2190 1173 1155
The Ebon Hawk 1309 2202 1178 1157
Jung Ma 1539 2479 1168 1152
T3-M4 1738 2445 1177 1153
Jedi Covenant 1837 2202 1170 1152
Darth Nihilus 1972 2509 1172 1156
The Shadowlands 2082 1860 1176 1154
The Red Eclipse 2152 2405 1168 1154
The Harbinger 3066 2014 1172 1154
The Bastion 4425 2366 1155 1151
Prophecy of the Five 6295 3005 1155 1150
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 6329 3103 1147 1147
Ranked population and tiers per server (group)
Server Population Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Vanjervalis Chain 506 2.6% 10.7% 20.6% 28.7% 37.5%
Battle Meditation 522 2.3% 12.3% 19.0% 26.2% 40.2%
Mantle of the Force 729 1.9% 9.3% 21.0% 27.7% 40.1%
Begeren Colony 779 2.1% 9.5% 18.6% 30.8% 39.0%
The Progenitor 1108 3.3% 8.8% 21.8% 25.2% 40.9%
Jar’Kai Sword 1284 2.5% 9.5% 17.4% 29.4% 41.3%
The Ebon Hawk 1309 3.0% 10.2% 17.3% 29.6% 39.9%
Jung Ma 1539 4.2% 8.4% 14.8% 26.0% 46.6%
T3-M4 1738 4.1% 9.6% 14.5% 27.2% 44.6%
Jedi Covenant 1837 4.4% 7.9% 13.7% 28.6% 45.4%
Darth Nihilus 1972 3.0% 9.3% 17.1% 27.7% 42.8%
The Shadowlands 2082 4.1% 9.6% 15.6% 27.8% 42.9%
The Red Eclipse 2152 4.2% 7.6% 14.5% 28.7% 44.9%
The Harbinger 3066 3.7% 8.2% 16.5% 28.3% 43.3%
The Bastion 4425 3.8% 8.0% 12.9% 26.6% 48.7%
Prophecy of the Five 6295 4.7% 7.6% 12.1% 25.8% 49.8%
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 6329 3.8% 7.6% 11.6% 24.9% 52.0%
Ranked Season 1 - population and ratings per server (group)

Ranked population and ratings per server (group)

Ranked population and ratings per server (group)
Server Population Highest rating Average rating Median rating
Vanjervalis Chain 516 1815 1179 1152
The Ebon Hawk 677 2014 1184 1157
Battle Meditation 680 2603 1168 1154
Jar’Kai Sword 814 2044 1173 1151
Mantle of the Force 835 2384 1171 1154
The Progenitor 911 1992 1181 1158
Jedi Covenant 918 2029 1181 1150
Begeren Colony 1023 1822 1181 1158
The Shadowlands 1053 1801 1178 1154
Jung Ma 1189 2032 1180 1157
T3-M4 1213 2661 1173 1151
Darth Nihilus 1236 2307 1159 1147
The Red Eclipse 1418 1893 1171 1152
The Harbinger 1500 2118 1175 1153
The Bastion 2111 2171 1170 1151
Prophecy of the Five 2171 2388 1169 1150
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 2491 2942 1156 1144
Ranked population and tiers per server (group)
Server Population Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Vanjervalis Chain 516 6.8% 15.1% 14.3% 17.2% 46.5%
The Ebon Hawk 677 3.0% 13.6% 16.5% 25.7% 41.2%
Battle Meditation 680 4.3% 10.6% 15.1% 22.9% 47.1%
Jar’Kai Sword 814 5.5% 11.8% 10.8% 23.7% 48.2%
Mantle of the Force 835 3.6% 10.3% 15.6% 27.4% 43.1%
The Progenitor 911 4.1% 12.4% 17.1% 25.1% 41.3%
Jedi Covenant 918 5.9% 12.0% 11.4% 22.8% 47.9%
Begeren Colony 1023 3.2% 13.3% 14.7% 27.3% 41.5%
The Shadowlands 1053 3.4% 14.9% 13.4% 26.1% 42.2%
Jung Ma 1189 4.6% 12.4% 12.5% 25.6% 44.8%
T3-M4 1213 5.3% 12.4% 12.0% 22.9% 47.5%
Darth Nihilus 1236 4.0% 9.5% 10.8% 24.4% 51.4%
The Red Eclipse 1418 5.1% 12.6% 12.6% 22.6% 47.1%
The Harbinger 1500 2.7% 8.5% 14.9% 30.2% 43.7%
The Bastion 2111 4.6% 9.3% 13.1% 25.0% 48.0%
Prophecy of the Five 2171 5.0% 8.2% 9.6% 27.4% 49.8%
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 2491 5.0% 6.9% 9.0% 25.7% 53.4%

7. Outro

Thanks to Chong (@EmpireDivider) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

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