So, I’ve been playing the last several weeks without using ITC since it’s abrupt change. For what it’s worth, the devs are still scratching their heads, apparently, and trying to figure out what to do. The patch notes clearly state what they were doing, but they say it was completely unintentional.
So, who knows when or if they will change it back. We have, as I mentioned before, two options: 1) learn to use it in a more limited fashion in between powers, or 2) scrap it altogether and put another power in it’s place.
Here is what I discovered:
1) I didn’t die nearly as much as I thought I would. TRs have a great dodge, 75% deflect severity, and, honestly, I found I actually died quite often thinking ITC would protect me. If you are gonna be one shot killed, usually the damage is so extreme that, even with 75% deflect severity, you’re still gonna take way more damage than you have hit points.
ITC WON’T HELP YOU IF THE MONSTER HITS FOR 1,000,000 DAMAGE.
It is still good for knock downs, and control stuff, though, (if you aren’t using any other powers at the time).
2) The bonus power from ITC is nice and can be used to give a pretty good extra buff to your damage, but having another encounter is even better. We are a DPS class. Drop ITC and increase your DPS.
3) If you relied on ITC to survive, you’ll have to pay closer attention. If the game is laggy or you are having graphics problems, (like me…thanks nvidia), when those things happen, it is more devastating than when we had ITC. Watch for red, and dodge when you need to dodge.
If you are leveling, or gearing up, you can still use it, if it helps. But, watch out for relying on it too much, because eventually, when you reach the end game and are trying to squeeze every bit of damage you can out of your TR, you’ll have to drop it.
Here’s positive takeaway: it sucks, yes, but not nearly as bad as I expected it to. Give it a shot. I took Press the Advantage off and gave myself the extra deflect from that tree. It works just fine.
And, hey, maybe the devs will fix their “unintentional” mistake…
Addendum: In several situations, ITC is still very helpful. For example, the new Master level of SVA. Because of the necessary party make up, if you have good recovery and run ITC, it will be up 80% of the time. That comes in very very handy when people get targeted with the aoe and don’t run away from the group 😵. Even with easier dungeons like Lostmauth, ITC can be extremely handy for dealing with all the stuff that can knock you around and interrupt your rotation. In other words, it isn’t useless, and can be quite useful, but most of the time, I run something else in that slot.