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Total HP 160k! Commander in Chief; 하야덴 from 루미엘 server

World’s First Commander in Chief came to reality in 루미엘 server

In order to gain Abyss ranks or to purchase Abyss items, one must participate in Abyss activities, such as killing enemy NPCs or players or doing quests in the Abyss.

Starting from [Rank 9 Soldier], your rank will increase by a level as you hit certain point requirements. Once you get to [Rank 5 Lieutenant] you start acquiring ‘high-ranker skills’ and you gain more abilities as you go past that rank.

Dec. 22 2008, 하야덴 from 루미엘 server achieved the world’s first [Rank 5 Lieutenant]. Today, he has almost 1.2m points, very close to the final rank [Commander in Chief] – a rank that only one person may obtain in each race.

Once he gets to the final rank, all of his existing Abyss abilities will be upgraded a notch and he will be given 2 more abilities that are unique to the final rank: [Abyssal Hail] and [Abyssal Execution]

Watch Asmodian [Commander in Chief] 하야덴’s PvP Video

List of Abyss Skills

Transformation: Guardian V
Transforms self into an avatar for 20 minutes. During the duration of the transformation, the player resists all state impairing effects, the max HP is increased by 156,000, the max MP is increased by 312,000, the HP regen rate is increased by 200, the MP regen rate is increased by 800, the movement/flight speed is increased by 30, and does additional damage if attacking a player.
Casting: 6 seconds
Cooldown: 1 hr
Abyssal Shock I
Stuns up to 18 targets around the player for 5 seconds
Casting: Instant
Cooldown: 90 seconds
Cost: 25,400 MP
Abyssal Hurricane IV
Does 1,615~1,675 physical damage to up to 18 targets in 20m vicinity of the player
Casting: Instant
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Cost: 11,900 MP
Abyssal Reflection I
For 1 minute, reflects up to 600 damage for each attack from targets within 5m radius
Casting: Instant
Cooldown: 5 minutes
Cost: 21,400 MP
Summon: Abyssal Spirit II
Summons a spirit next to the target in 20m range that does magic damage to up to 6 targets within 20m radius
Casting: 2.5 seconds
Cooldown: 90 seconds
Cost: 16,500 MP
Abyssal Hail I
Does 1,715~1,775 physical damage to up to 18 targets within 30m radius around the player, and affected targets will receive additional damage from attacks.
Casting: 3 seconds
Cooldown: 2 minutes
Cost: 37,700 MP
Abyssal Execution I
Afflicts 10,489 magic damage to a target in 30m range after 5 second timer
Casting: 2 seconds
Cooldown: 5 minutes
Cost: 59,000 MP

[Damage may differ depending on character stats]

Considering how powerful a high ranker can be, it must affect a lot of players. Jan 12, the day 하야덴 achieved the final rank, I went to interview the players on what they think of this event.

Not that different – Elyos


Just judging by looking at the areas controlled, it seemed that Elyos players were doing okay against 하야덴.

I met with players who told us that they’ve fought 하야덴 several times on the field before he achieved the final rank; 월터 and the players he partied with during the encounter: 오반, 에르휘나, and 애교.

Q. How much do you play in Abyss?

월터: I basically live there. I can’t sleep until I’ve gotten 20k points. (laughs)

에르휘나: I spend most of the day pvping in Abyss.

애교: Over 12 hours.

Q. What do you think about [Commander in Chief] showing up Asmodian side?

오반: Nerf plox.. (laughs)

월터: Certainly not happy to see it. I’d congratulate him but I’d like to ask him not to go on a slaughter. It’s really hard once he shows up and breaks thru 프리뭄.

애교: Just concerned that it’s not going to be a fair fight

Templar 월터

Templar 월터

Q. Ever fought 하야덴?

월터: I actually met him several times just today. I noticed that he’s using a new skill [Abyssal Execution]. If I wasn’t prepared for it with [Divine Armor] (Increases max hp by 50%, greatly increases resistance to all impairment effects), I probably would’ve gotten 1 shotted. I think he got 3x stronger than he was back when he was [Rank 5 Lieutenant]. It’s not that we can’t beat him at all. It’s just matter of finding him. Like I can probably beat him if he’s not transformed.

Q. How’s the fight when he’s transformed?

월터: I used to tank him so other people could run to safety. I dunno if it’s because I drop a lot of points as [Rank 2 Soldier] or because I bothered him a lot, but he usually comes for me first.

He showed up for a fortress siege some time ago. He was transformed already of course. There was about 40~50 of us there. We tried to take him down but it didn’t go too well. Really hard when he recovers 50% hp instantly every now and then.

애교: It’s basically not possible to kill him when he’s transformed.

에르휘나: Tried several times in groups, never got him down. The cleric DP skill thing has 2000 DP cost and 1 min cooldown. DP is really easy to come by when you’re cutting thru players. I bet Templar would also make an overpowered Guardian if [Divine Armor] works during transformation as well.

월터: Just.. run away. Not much we can do these days.

에르휘나

에르휘나

An Elyos player 아소카 said that it doesn’t matter much for people who don’t go to the Abyss, but it must be very annoying to people trying to quest or level up in Abyss.

He also told us how he once went to quest after capturing an artifact with his party, when 하야덴 came by himself and captured it. He stated that he didn’t change much other than the fact that he gained a few more skills.

An Elyos Templar 빛s said that “The game is more fun when you have a goal,” explaining how “a rival makes you wanna play harder”.

Many people commented on the imbalance of the Guardian tranformation: “Is NCsoft going patch first, think later?” “Needs to be patched immediately.”

Some are also saying that guardians are overpowered just because their DP skill applies literally during transformation, such as Cleric’s DP heal.

Some also stated that guardians make up for the lack of end game content, providing a goal for max levels to go for.

Other than that, some players said “He was already too strong I can’t even tell how much stronger he became” “Currently there’s a lot of people who achieved [Rank 5 Lieutenant] through point abuse. If more illegitimate overpowered guardians pop out, even the regular players will be encouraged to cheat.”

A Guardian Angel – Asmodians

Elyos players congratulated 하야덴 while some expressed concern and worries. How about Asmodian players?

하야덴 is the smaller one

하야덴 is the smaller one

흉악잔인무도 said “It’s ‘really helpful to overall RvR. We usually get a little outnumbered in fortress sieges, but 하야덴 seems to completely cover that when he shows up.”

헬파이어said “I’m happy but kind of jealous at the same time. A lot of PvP breaks out in the western parts, it seems the table turns around every time 하야덴shows up on the field”

“Although it’s kind of annoying since everyone runs away when 하야덴 shows up..”

놀부 said “I don’t really care. It’s just 1 person for now but I don’t know how Abyss is going to be once there’s 100 of them on each side. I doubt many regular players will be coming to Abyss then. I really hope it doesn’t end up as League of 200”

While I could find more happy players on the Asmodian sides, the number of complaints about PvP balance was the same.

Abyss: This is just the beginning

The recent patch with additions to Abyss gear motivated a lot of players to participate in the Abyss. It can be assumed that the patch was meant by the Devs to create such an effect.

While Devs probably looked at the big overall picture when they designed these Guardians, it’s true that first and every Guardian is creating a large barrier for regular players. Especially, if they become concentrated in 1 faction, the effect will be even worse.

Even if each faction gets an equal number of Guardians, regular players will find that they mean very little in those fights of the giants, which will just lead into people losing interest in the Abyss.

Guardian: the ultimate weapon

However, seeing how the future is uncertain, shouldn’t change start happening so Aion doesn’t end up as 100vs100: League of Guardians?

This Article is from (http://aion.inven.co.kr). [See Original Post]

Written by elliot

January 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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  1. I’ve been waiting to see an article on Commander in Chief. Great article, thanks!

    Random Commenter

    January 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  2. ehhhh i guess it’s “kinda” cool if there’s only one on each side.. if not then no.. but i also think that’s just a little TO strong.. 20 people should be ale to solo him….. not 50 failing.. wtf?

    lol

    January 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

  3. I think Aion is off by a factor of 100 with their PvP buffs. 156,000 bonus HP is ridiculous. A bonus of 1,560 would be reasonable. 1 player should not be an army.

    American and European players will not play this game if it stays this way.

    Abyssal Reader

    January 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  4. Haha they made the highest rank in Abyss like a raid boss monster – cool idea ^^ Hopefully I can see such guardian one day myself – before they maybe nerf them? :)

    Thx for the info ^^

    Lord Devil

    January 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

  5. //Abyssal Reader
    A 1.5k bonus isn’t nearly incentive enough to get and keep the top amount of Abyss points. Even a 15k bonus could seem a little lame for the work put in. Even if it is too much now, it’s at least helping to make up for the apparent lack of end-game content.

    Random Commenter

    January 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm

  6. //abyssal reader

    I agree with Random there. 1.5k bonus is way too tiny considering anyone who transforms will draw every attention to himself. The system and the skills just need to be re-designed.

    First of all,
    They should have held back this guardian content for a month or two. Say let people get into point range. Announce the day when these guardian skills will be given out. So people who got it first don’t make it so extremely difficult for others to catch up.

    I have other ideas but I’ll think I’ll sum them up and make a new post.

    elliot

    January 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

  7. There us absolutely no reason to have 100 of guardians on each side. They sound like unique classes so there only should be 1 per side. You put 10 on each side (not even talking 100) and there will be no place for regular players in the Abyss.

    Sickbrain

    January 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  8. Again, it would be not a problem, if leveling in Abyss ranks would be a slower procedure. With ppl reasing ranks more rapidly, the newly entered low-ranked chars has not really got a chance against rank10+ players (guardians).
    At this rate, there is no really a point to create contents for lower ranks, why would ppl bother with those things if they can just rank up instead, even more quickly than they could achieve anything on their prev. rank contentwise?

    Guardians and all Hero ranks and bonuses would be awesome, the only reason they seem to be uncontrollable and unbalanced is the fast ranking system. Solving that would even solve the 100v100 battles.

    Lyana

    January 15, 2009 at 5:20 am

  9. How many Guardians are there available per race? There’s only ONE Chief status as you mentioned.

    Hong

    January 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm

  10. 100 people on each race will be able to get the transformation

    elliot

    January 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  11. I swear that if I ever get guardian status, I’ll defend the newbies from other guardians with all my strenght and HP’s.

    Vote for me!

    Flv

    January 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

  12. Hehe you have my vote Flv :)

    Lord Devil

    January 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

  13. Same here, that’s what Guardians are for. Each side should have a few so that they can protect their own people from the enemy. That’s what they were meant for…I think.

    Mark

    January 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

  14. It is a skill with a one hour cooldown on the other hand. I don’t really see myself using it for anything but big battles.

    Dalavita

    January 16, 2009 at 3:09 am

  15. And we should not forget that the Balaur are meant to balance PvP in the Abyss, although it seems that for now they are no more than dumb mobs a little bit stronger than regular ones.
    Let’s hope to see some updates from NCSoft on this topic.

    David

    January 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

  16. I agree about having guardians. But they are a little too overpowered. They need a lil nerf at least, if not in skills, then in HP and MP. 160k is too much. Maybe 60k would be better.

    Yami

    January 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

  17. The HP isn’t that bad considering you’re spotlighted, people would take you down always, but they should block DP skills while you’re in guardian status.

    Flv

    January 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

  18. Thank you for the translation!

    Personally i think this guardian thing is a really cool feature, however i’m not sure if they implemented it in the right way…

    One thing i’m worried about is: will it ever be possible for new players to catch up to the older abyss veterans? I reckon it will be very easy to get large amounts of abyss points if you have this form.

    I suggest that while in Guardian form, one should not be able to earn abyss points…
    And maybe the DP skills shouldn’t be usable either, just to level things out between the different classes.

    Sij

    January 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm


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