I’m always impressed at the power of our community. SWTOR Forum member, Lyer, has an indepth analysis of PvE relics at your disposal.
05.30.2013 , 06:18 PM
The Issue: The PvE Serendipitous Assault (SA) relics do not stack with the PvE Direct Damage (DD) relics (Dark Radiance, Elemental Transcendence, etc).
Details: When the PvE SA relic of any tier procs its power buff effect, it puts any equipped DD relic on a 4.5s cooldown. The same happens the other way around. I would not expect this to happen because the relics are only supposed to be non-stacking with similar effects. Their effects differ in the following ways:
Trigger – The SA relic triggers on damage and healing, while the DD relics only trigger on attacks, both at a 30% chance.
Damage Mechanism – The SA relic applies a 6s buff on the user that increases power, while the DD relics deal a set amount of damage directly to the target.
Cooldown – The SA relic can only apply its effect once every 20 seconds. The DD relics cool down in 4.5 seconds.
As it is now: Currently, the SA and DD relics used together cannot proc both of their effects within the same 4.5 second period. Upon browsing a combat log of a long parse, the effects are always separated by 4.5 seconds.
If it worked correctly: The relics should be able to stack, which would mean the effects of both relics should be able to proc on their own cooldowns independently. This would keep the SA proc from being delayed by multiple DD procs in a row and allow DD procs on top of SA procs as well.
What this means: As it is now, a player using both relics may as well be using just one of them, if not for the static stats on the relics. The inability for these relics to stack decreases potential DPS by 1-3%, depending on the RNG.
You can read the entire thread here, that is full of technical goodness.
Past the break is Eric’s response to the Relic analysis.