Albion Online: Lands Awakened Patch 8 Buffs the Fists of Avalon, Improves Matchmaking for Solo DPS

Albion Online Lands Awakened Patch 8
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The latest patch for Albion Online is here, and it implements combat balancing changes, especially to the Fists of Avalon. Lands Awakened Patch 8 also improves arena matchmaking for solo queue DPS.

The developers know that the Fists of Avalon had struggled to find a definitive role in Albion Online. Thus, they improved its Purifying Combination to make it more appealing to use.

Purifying Combination is a three-hit combo that originally starts with a roundhouse kick, followed by a dive kick, and capped off by Purifying Fist for lethal damage. In Patch 8, the roundhouse kick has been removed, so the combo now starts with a dive kick instead. Besides that, enemies knocked airborne by the dive kick now stay up in the air slightly longer than before, giving you more time to land a Purifying Fist successfully. Purifying Fist also purges enemies on impact, removing defensive buffs before the damage is dealt.

For arena matchmaking, various improvements have been implemented that will help speed up the forming teams in queues. This means that the adjusted system will, theoretically, reduce waiting times for solo queue DPS players. Additionally, pre-made healers are now distributed more efficiently among solo DPS queue players.

Changelog

OTHER CHANGES
  • The connection between the dungeon "Cathedral of Light" (in Darkbough Snag) and Sunfang Wasteland was removed as it created a massive shortcut between these two zones. Players within these zones when the patch goes live will be moved to the nearest exit
  • Bleed duration of Merciless Suppressor's Caltrops reduced to 2 seconds
  • Vengeful Guardian Lord (Territory Boss) and its summons no longer reset completely when a player leaves their pursuit range
  • [CONTROLLER] World Map, Local Map, and Destiny Board can be navigated via a centered cursor when not using the virtual cursor
COMBAT BALANCING CHANGES
Daggers
  • Blood Ritual (Demonfang)
    • Now applies an instant 100 damage on each hit
    • DoT damage reduced to 25
    • Number of DoT Ticks reduced to 2
    • Enemy Bleed Duration remains unchanged
Swords
  • Weakening (Passive, all Swords)
    • Max Stacks increased to 5
    • Damage Reduction per stack reduced to 2%
    • Removed the Healing Reduction Effect
  • Mighty Blow (Broadsword):
    • Reworked hit detection so that the ability only deals damage if it lands in close proximity to the target
  • Spinning Blades (Dual Swords):
    • When hitting at least one enemy, the player now gets an additional buff which increases Attack Speed by 50% and Attack Damage by 50% for 5 seconds
    • Removed the additional percentage damage vs. players

The full patch notes can be found on Albion Online’s official website.

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