Patch Notes - - 22-JAN-2019

by Tina Benoit in [ Patch Notes ] on, Jan 19, 2019 2:04 AM UTC 290  comments

Upcoming Patch - Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 @ 10AM – 1PM PDT
Patch Number:
Client Patch Size: 303 MB

Please note that due to compression differences the Steam patch size may be larger than the standalone client patch size. 

The following 'Mech chassis have undergone 3060's weapon retrofits:

  • Timber Wolf
  • Stormcrow
  • Nova
  • Dire Wolf
  • Summoner
  • Adder
  • Warhawk

Solaris Season 4 Reset

  • Leaderboards have been reset for a brand new Season. 
  • Update to 'Mech Variants assigned Solaris Divisions (Check out the 'Mech Division here) 
  • Solaris Supply Caches have been updated with new rewards.
Solaris Season 3 Rewards:
To qualify for the prizes, players must have played a minimum of 25 matches in the given Solaris 7 Divisions. Note that these rewards do STACK if you participated in multiple Divisions.

Per Division

Decal Reward

MC Reward

C-Bills Reward

GXP Reward

Warhorn Reward


1st in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below except 2nd and 3rd place Decal)

5000 MC

25,000,000 C-Bills

250,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Gold Warhorn


2nd in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below except 3rd place Decal)

2500 MC

20,000,000 C-Bills

225,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Silver Warhorn


3rd in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below)

1000 MC

12,500,000 C-Bills

200,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Bronze Warhorn

Top 10

Top 10 in Division Decal

(and all Decal rewards below)

500 MC

8,000,000 C-Bills

150,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Participant Warhorn

Top 25

Top 25 in Division
(and all Decal rewards below)

250 MC

6,000,000 C-Bills

100,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Participant Warhorn

Top 100

Top 100 in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below)

100 MC

3,000,000 C-Bills

80,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Participant Warhorn

Top 500

Top 500 in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below)

1,000,000 C-Bills

65,000 GXP

Solaris 7 Season 3 Participant Warhorn

Top 1000

Top 1000 in Division Decal

(and all Decal rewards below)

500,000 C-Bills

50,000 GXP

Top 2500

Top 2500 in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below)

250,000 C-Bills

35,000 GXP


Top 5000

Top 5000 in Division Decal
(and all Decal rewards below)

100,000 C-Bills

20,000 GXP

Top 10000

Veteran Division Decal

50,000 C-Bills

5,000 GXP

Overall Decal Reward 

1st Overall S7 Season 3 Decal

2nd Overall S7 Season 3 Decal

3rd Overall S7 Season 3 Decal

Top 10 Overall S7 Season 3 Decal

MWO World Championship 2018 Rewards:

These prizes will be awarded to the eligible players corresponding to their placement in the MWO World Championships:

  • MWOWC 2018 Gold Champions Title
  • MWOWC 2018 Gold Champions Badge
  • MWOWC 2018 Silver Champions Title
  • MWOWC 2018 Silver Champions Badge
  • MWOWC 2018 Bronze Champions Title
  • MWOWC 2018 Bronze Champions Badge
  • MWOWC 2018 Top 12 Qualifier Title
  • MWOWC 2018 Top 12 Qualifier Badge
  • MWOWC 2018 Participant Title
  • MWOWC 2018 Participant Badge
  • MWOWC 2018 Referee Title
  • MWOWC 2018 Referee Badge
  • The GSP Reward listed here:

Bolt-on retrofits have been expanded to the following 'Mech chassis:

  • Hatamoto-Chi
  • Charger

Solaris Season 4

Solaris Spectator Mode changes: 
  • Alterations made to Solaris spectator mode back-end in order to have more matches populate the list.
  • Match ups will still require a certain threshold between players to populate the list.

Solaris Design Notes: While there will be no major change in format for Solaris Season 4, we did want to put out this design note.  At Mech_Con we received a large amount of feedback revolving around the Solaris game mode from numerous attendees including some of the higher ranked Solaris competitors. While there was a lot of constructive feedback that we have been investigating internally, due to the holiday season, there was not enough time to adequately implement any changes for Season 4, even on points that we would like to target for improvements in the future.  We wanted to put out this note to say that while Season 4 will maintain a similar format to season 3, we are investigating feedback that we have received at Mech_Con and on the Forums for potential improvements in future Solaris seasons.  

Weapon Changes

Auto cannon 2 / Ultra AC 2 / LBX 2  (Clan and IS.) 

  • Velocity reduced to 1800 (from 2000)
Autocannon Design Notes:  While long range, sustained DPS is the cornerstone of where we wish to see the AC/2 occupy in the overall weapon line up, we want to make it a bit more challenging to continually target individual components at range. Especially against more agile targets.

Streak Missiles: 

  • Streak missile weighting altered to have missile location targeting distributed more across a bell curve rather then equal distribution across all locations. With the Center Torso location having the heaviest weighting, and extremities as the lightest weighting. 
Streak Missile Design Notes: While released with a patch targeting a number of LRM based changes in August 2018, the tightening of the lock on assistance angle was equally intended to affect streaks as it was longer ranged weapons.  The previous implementation gave too much leeway for lock on weapons to target highly mobile and maneuverable mechs, which in turn, placed a very easy to use hard counter to high mobility Light and Medium Mechs in a way we felt discouraged their use compared to slower, heavier chassis'.   While this change has made their overall use against lighter faster targets more fair in that it requires a bit more attention in order to both acquire and maintain locks against faster targets, after months of observing to see how they have settled into the overall game, we felt that they could use a bit more of a boost to provide more of a payoff for needing to adapt to the added challenge of acquiring locks due to the lock on assistance changes and Artemis loophole closures.

For this, we are choosing to tune the weapon to act similarly to how it operates within the lore, with components being weighted towards more of a bell-curve distribution of how the missiles attempt to seek components.  With the Center Torso weighted the most heavily, and tapering out to the Arm and Leg components which are weighted less heavily then the torso's.  While this weighting will affect how the missiles attempt to seek components, it's important to note that the missiles do not automatically hit the location that they are seeking, but will travel along a path and damage the first thing they come into contact with.  Torso twisting, or being mindful of your orientation to the firer will greatly affect the final distribution of how the missiles impact the target. 

'Mech Quirks 

  • Medium Laser HSL +1 quirk added
  • Medium Laser Heat Gen Quirk removed
  • Right Arm Defensive bonus removed

  • Medium Laser HSL +2 quirk added
  • Energy Cooldown -5% quirk removed
  • Energy Heat Gen -5% quirk removed

Javelin + Hunchback Design Notes:  With these two 'Mech variants, we want to explore the impact of shifting existing quirks over to the HSL quirks in order to inject some more unique flavor into these variants that cannot be found elsewhere at the moment.  We will monitor reactions and performance of these changes and may expand this into other variants depending on the impact. 

  • Range +10% quirk added
  • Heat -10% quirk added
  • Energy Range consolidated into a global range quirk
  • Large Laser -5% Heat quirk added
  • Energy Range consolidated into a global range quirk
  • Range +10% quirk added

  • Heat Dissipation quirk removed
  • 10% of Ballistic and Energy Range quirk consolidated into a global quirk
  • Ballistic heat gen quirk consolidated into a universal Heat -10% quirk
  • Heat Dissipation quirk removed
  • Weapon Heat -10% quirk added
  • 10% of Ballistic and Energy Range quirk consolidated into a global quirk
  • Energy range converted into a universal range quirk
  • Weapon Heat -5% quirk added
  • Heat Dissipation quirk removed
  • Weapon Heat -10% quirk added
  • PPC Family Heat Gen -5% quirk added
  • Heat Dissipation quirk removed
  • Energy Range Consolidated into a Universal range quirk
  • Weapon Heat -5% quirk added

Blackjack Design Notes: While the recent heat sink changes gave many low engine cap Mechs a bit of an overall performance boost, we felt that the Blackjacks didn't receive as much of a boost as we would have liked to have seen compared to other similar 'Mechs. We have opted to give it a bit more of a sustainability boost by converting many of the existing heat dissipation quirks into global weapon heat reduction quirks, as well as provide a handful of other quirk changes and consolidations to have it better fit into its light weight ranged support role. 

HSN All Variants
  • Moderate boost to all Agility Stats
Hellspawn Design Notes: Although the Hellspawn received a recent mobility boost, we feel that as we rolled out further mobility boosts in later months, it did not hold up to the boosts we previously provided for it, so we will be targeting further boosts to the 'Mech's mobility. 

  • 10% of Ballistic Velocity rolled into a new Universal Velocity quirk. 
  • LRM Spread -5% quirk added
Jagermech Design Notes:  For a number of months, the JM6-A has begun to lag behind the other Jagermech Variants.  We are providing it with a slight boost to it's offensive capabilities to bring it into line with it's alternative variants. 

  • Bonus leg structure removed
  • Base Torso Yaw reduced to 100° (From 120°)
  • Bonus leg structure removed
  • Base Torso Yaw reduced to 100° (From 120°)
  • Base Torso Pitch reduced to 20° (From 25°)
  • Acceleration and Deceleration reduced
  • Base Torso Yaw reduced to 100° (From 120°)
  • Base Torso Pitch reduced to 20° (From 25°)
  • Bonus leg Structure Removed
  • Bonus leg structure removed
  • Base Torso Yaw reduced to 100° (From 120°)
Piranha Design Notes: While at Mech_Con, the Piranha was easily the top 'Mech that was commented on by a number of attendees.  With a strong sentiment along a number of people spoken to that the current "Glass Cannon" nature of the Piranha still leans a bit too far into the reliable side, especially within the various Public Queues in the game. Monitoring the performance of the 'Mech series since the last time we touched it, we are inclined to agree with this position. We still find it's performance to be a bit too reliable and easy to do well in, even in pitched battles where a defender is actively attempting to destroy the 'Mech, and not simply trying to run away. As the Piranha's core theme is built around it's massive weapon loads for a 'Mech of it's size, we will not be doing anything to disrupt its offensive output, but supplementary bonus' present on it will be phased out of many of the high offense variants and mobility further reduced to be a bit more on the restrictive side for a 'Mech of it's size to offset the large offensive advantages it continues to maintain.  

Regarding the PIR-2, while we opted to take a wait and see approach with the last round of changes to the PIR, given their performance after the micro-laser change has brought them into better alignment with alternative variants on the 'Mech, we will be providing it with attributes that mirror the PIR-1.

Arctic Cheetah
ACH- All Variants
  • Slight boost to global Mobiliby
  • Torso Omnipod Structure bonus' converted into Armor bonus'
  • Added Target Decay Duration +1 quirk to the LT Omnipod
  • Added Sensor Range +100 to the RT Omnipod
  • LT + RT Turn Rate bonus increased to 10% per Omnipod (from 3%)
  • Added Target Decay Duration +1 quirk to the LT Omnipod
  • Added Sensor Range +100 to the RT Omnipod
Arctic Cheetah Design Notes: In addition to the mobility boost we have provided most lighter chassis, we wished to provide the ACH with additional benefits on some of its blank torso omnipods to provide more scouting skill based options on the clan side. 

EXE - All Variants
  • Base Torso Yaw increased to 80 (from 70)
  • Turn Rate and Torso Turn speed moderately increased. 
  • Energy Range quirk removed
  • C-Large Pulse Laser HSL +1 Quirk added in it's place. 
Executioner Design Notes: It was brought to our attention that a particular torso yaw setting for the EXE that was vital to its use as an assault that relies purely on its mobility to survive was not rolled into its base stats and that the chassis has suffered with its absence.  Overall torso mobility on assaults is something that we intend to keep tight control on as there are ramifications when this attribute is too generously tuned results in Assaults easily tracking, and often killing, lighter targets. But in the specific case of the Executioner, because it is explicitly designed for high mobility and contains a high amount of locked equipment that further forces it into this role, we feel that both added torso yaw as well as boosted turn speed and torso turn speed play into the high mobility role this ‘Mech should occupy in the overall roster.

  • Fixed a bug where the Search by Name feature now works with both lower and upper case letters.
  • Fixed a bug to stop the unit "message of the day" from spamming the unit chat box.
  • The unit list is now sorted by "online status" by default
  • The "Search by name" feature now works in the Manage Drop Deck 'Mech select screen
  • Faction Play queue now displays correct information values consistently
  • Drop Deck long custom names are no longer cut off in the Drop Deck selection
  • Players can now purchase up to 32 Drop Decks instead of 4.

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