The Division Classified D3 FNC Patch 1.8 PTS

Agents, the Public Test Serve for patch 1.8for The division is live and it's time to take a look at the new classified gear sets. We are starting with the D3-FNC set. This is really interesting as the set hasreceived a major overhaul and the classified bonuses are a lot to take in.

The 2 piece still gives you 15 % Protectionfrom Elites, but the 3 piece now gives your shield 10% damage reselience which is a verystrong stat. The 4 piece bonus still allows you to usean SMG with the shield deployed, but now it increases the shield's health by 34% for every2000 stamina you have, making this, once again, a tank oriented build and removing the needfor electronics. However a Shield scaling with stamina removesadditional team utility and damage from the player. At the current state of the game a tank isnot really needed in the game as 99% of the builds are self sustained and the shield onlycomes in use for specific mechanics set by the game.

The 5 piece bonus gives you even more protectionfrom elites and more shield resilience The 6 pc bonus is where things get serious.Yourmelee damage done with the shield is now increased by 2000%. The bonus is nice and you can hit NPC's foraround 200k damage but the mechanic around it is so chaotic and requires you to reallyget in there, I can't really see a good use for this as you'd deal more damage shootingand there's really no reason for you to charge the enemies. Now the second part of the bonus gives playersthe ability to heal the shield. So basically any overheal you receive, isinstead applied to the shield. Currently however, this is bugged and regardlessof how weak the heal is, it will instantly heal up the entire health of the eshield. The third bonus gives you a buff.

For every 500k damage done to the shield,you and your group members that are in range of 30 metrees will receive a buff that increasestheir armor by 20% and weapon damage by 20% for 5 seconds. Not only that, but the duration of this buffis increased by 1 second for every 2000 stamina you have, again babsically making you speccompletely into Stamina. The issue here is that the 500k Shield DMGreceived buff is too random and is uncontrollable.

The Division Classified D3 FNC Patch 1.8 PTS

There's no progress bar to let you know whenyou're about to receive that buff so you can't really time it with the rest of the tacticsof your group in a boss fight. You can only hope that you'll get it oftenenough. And after giving up all the firearms and electronics,you'd sure as hell want to get that buff. I can't see a good use of the 6pc classifiedbonus in PVP, you hit for around 50k damage, but again it takes so much effort to try andhit your enemy, that it's just not worth it. That about covers it for the D3-FNC set, Iam looking at a couple of builds with barret's chest, that may be viable.

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