Here it is, amidst the snow. The Grab Bag!
Q. I have a question I hope someone can answer. I am trying to find out what the cap on spell piercing bonuses is. I currently have a templated wizard, and when I type /bonuses, it shows a 20% spell piercing bonus. Since /bonuses show 20% to spell piercing, is that indeed accurate?
A. I sent this one over to the Balancinator, who was happy to reply. The spell piercing bonus cap is 10%. You do not receive bonuses to spell piercing beyond the 10%, but it is possible to equip items that take you over the cap. The /bonuses field should not report anything over the 10% cap. It has been entered into our bug tracker and is awaiting a fix. Thank you for pointing it out.
Q. If you are grouped with a character, and that character is pretty far away (e.g. at Druim Cain while you are at Crauchon), does that character siphon Realm Points for any kills you make? Even though that character is not in range to get any of the Realm Points?
A guildie was telling me that an AFK'er I was grouped with was cutting my Realm Point production in half, because the Realm Points were divided by the number in the group, and then apportioned out. So even though the AFK'er was well away from the zone I was in, he was impacting the number of Realm Points I was producing.
A. The Bearded Wonder helped out with this one: Being in a group affects the number of Realm Points you receive, regardless of the distance. The AFK character may be too far to get any Realm Points but the other character will get less than if they attacked solo. So if you know that your buddy is going to be afk for awhile, it's probably a good idea for you to disband him from the group until he comes back, to get the highest gain in Realm Points.
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