No wonder the developers still don’t know what to do about Miko.
With their recent developers blog [http://tos.nexon.com/lab/dev/view.aspx?n4ArticleSN=112]
they revealed planned changes to Miko skills to make the Class “better” than it was before.
Edit: patch is now live, with a few changes: http://tos.nexon.com/news/update/view.aspx?n4ArticleSN=1432&n4CategorySN=0
Let us take a look at the planned changes:
The new Gohei is supposed to remove more buffs and debuffs per cast (1-3 buffs and 1-5 debuffs).
There will also be a recovery effect of 150% of your Healing value per removed debuff on an ally.
However, in return, the number of overheats is reduced to 2 and the cooldown time is increased to 12 seconds.
Now, what is wrong with this?
Easy, you lose a lot of potential damage output. With the changes, you can only deal 2x damage every 12 seconds. The main problem of Miko is that she has basically only 2 active damage skills, the low CD Gohei and the high CD Hamaya.
With Gohei becoming a skill that deals less damage, the build has to compensate somehow.
Adding e.g. the new Exorcist would be tempting if it wasn’t for the majority of Miko skills being completely useless for the new Exorcist.
About the buff&debuff removal increase : this was basically just adjustment to have a similar effect to the new Cure and the new Sheriff buff removal skill.
The new Hamaya gets a little animation delay decrease (by 0.3 seconds) and basically the Aqua Benedicta treatment:
higher SFR,additional SFR per skill level and improved skill duration, but in return the damage interval is reduced to one hit per second.
This means that Hamaya is now ± a better Nahash, but with less AoE and more damage instead.
The real issue with Hamaya were two things: the AoE and the CD time for the low damage.
The question is now: is the user supposed to throw Hamaya and the use Kagura for 8-9 seconds to get the most out of the skill?
I still miss any in-Class synergy between skills (something that even Kabbalist has).
Well, at least Hamaya can now compensate for the damage loss on Gohei if you invest, but this just shifted points from Gohei over to Hamaya, and achieved nothing else…
With the buff duration increased to 30 seconds and the CD time reduced to 15 seconds, the skill is finally worth something.
This change exactly targeted the weakness of the skill, the low uptime and high downtime ratio on top of the luck factor when drawing out a fortune.
A new attribute is added that reduces the enemies critical resistance and lets magic skills ignore up to 15% of the enemies magic defense.
Edit: with the live patch they changed both the skill CD time and the duration to acceptable levels.
Duration is now fixed to a maximum of 10 seconds
and CD time is 40 seconds at level 1, reduced by 5 seconds every skill level, which makes is useful in combination with at least Hamaya.
And now to the reason why the developers didn’t receive any good playing data from Miko and why it is completely and utterly useless for most of the game:
I wonder how the developers didn’t find a flaw within this skill. This skill only works on the skills of one single Class, Dievdirbys. You cannot prolong the duration of any other installments or magic circles in the Cleric Class, which should be the option, at least via a skillchange attribute.
This skill is complete and utter failure in game design, and the sole reason why the combination of Dievdirbys and Miko is forced together.
How can the developers not notice this complete design flaw?
15 skill points in this skill on any build without Dievdirbys do absolutely nothing.
Another completely useless skill. You can add up to +1 skill level to any magic circle or installation casted inside the AoE of the skill.
However, this has a fatal flaw:
Oracles Death Sentence and Divine Might are way more efficient than this skill.
Not only do they have less CD time and less SP costs, but they are mobile and don’t lock you into a channeling animation for up to 5 seconds.
But that is not all. The efficiency of adding +1 skill level to installations and magic circles is really bad.
Basically the only skill really benefiting is the new Aqua Benedicta.
For damage skills, the Oracles Death Sentence that can refresh its CD time is also way better.
Even if Broom would add +1 skill level per skill level of Broom, the skill is just bad.
Maybe it could become a new damage skill with channeling and low CD time (like the old Bwa Kayiman) that deals damage to the monsters that walk into the cleaned area and the broom could knock them down if hit.
Anyway, this skill is another waste of skill point investment, and yet the developers didn’t seem to bother with it.
With 2 of 6 skills being completely useless, I cannot see a comeback of Miko anytime soon, especially outside of a support slave build and with real investment.