After hours of deploying and testing on our QA server, we've managed to upgrade our server software and related plugins to be compatible with the latest Minecraft version 1.7.5.
In addition to this major update, we've also upgraded our mcMMO from 1.4 to 1.5. Many of you might already know, mcMMO 1.5 introduces a new skill called Alchemy.
Alchemy allows you to brew potions with effects that are normally available only with beacons or food and also increases your brewing speed. Be sure to read the wiki page on Alchemy for a full guide.
There have been no changes made to the default settings, however, if I feel that certain potions add an imbalance to PVP, I will evaluate and rebalance as necessary.
And finally, as it has been mentioned, this update was huge. mcMMO wasn't the only thing to be updated. More than half of our plugins were probably updated too. It isn't unusual for something to break here and there, so feel free...
I think most people can agree that left unchanged, Strength and Gapples were a game breaking mechanic, especially once 1.6 was released the behavior of Strength was changed from +3 damage (1.5 hearts) per level to 130% increased damage per level.
Before going into the details of what is surely a controversial change, I want to just mention that RagingDouche and I went through hours of testing and development to ensure the balance of this change. None of what we changed was done so lightly and every minor detail was calculated.
When balancing these items, we tried many scenarios, combinations of armor, weapons, varying sharpness levels and solo vs group combat. Eventually, we settled on the following:
Strength has been changed to increase melee damage by 50% per level. Basically:
Strength I: 130% -> 50%
Strength II: 260% -> 100%
This changes Strength to be more inline with their behavior in 1.5, although not...
Today I bring some much needed changes to our mcMMO skills, mostly combat related but some acrobatics and repair changes too!
Below is every change including its original setting. Each change is color coded either red or green. Red means it was nerfed and green means it was buffed.
Max damage bonus for Skill Shot: 200% -> 150%
Max chance to Daze: 50% -> 30%
Max chance to Retrieve: 100% -> 90%
Level required to get max Daze chance: 1000 -> 900
Level required to get max Retrieve chance: 1000 -> 900
Max chance to Critical Hit: 37.5% -> 20%
Level required to get max Critical Hit chance: 750 -> 800
Skull Splitter damage: 50% -> 25%
PVP arena has always been one of the most requested features since the launch of Hybrid Cannon. Now you can enjoy 5 different arenas each of which offer a 128x128 battlefield with naturalistic terrain.
How to join or leave an arena:
/arena join or /arena j: Joins an arena and starts once there are 2 people queued up /arena j <arena>: Same as above but joins a specific arena /arena leave or /arena l: Leave arena match or remove yourself from queue /arena duel <player>: Challenge a player to a unrated duel /arena duel <player> wager=<money>: Challenge a player to an unrated duel with a bet
There is a known glitch with certain transparent blocks, such as Glowstone, Redstone Blocks and TNT that allow them to be exploited to achieve an X-ray effect in-game without the use of a a texture pack or client mod.
I've just finished updating HCGuard, our custom anti-cheat plugin to automatically detect people trying to use these blocks to X-ray. Upon detection, the block in question will be removed.
Obviously X-ray texture packs and client mods will still be an issue, but we use LogBlock to identify these situations so if you encounter suspicious X-ray tunnels please don't hesitate to notify the server staff.