The Old Republic: Was the Slicing Nerf Too Much?
Slicing in the Old Republic has caused controversy since its inception, but player rage is presently at an all-time high now that the crew skill has taken a heavy-handed nerf in Tuesday’s update. Standing apart from the other mission skills, slicing was intended to be mostly about collecting credits rather than items.
However, it did not take players long to plot out profitability tables and determine which missions to run to bring in the greatest return. By gaming the system, hardcore players were making upwards of 100,000 credits a day off slicing.
To put this in perspective, I made it to level 20 with 20,000 credits in the bank. I decided that, after hearing all the fuss about slicing, I needed to do my due diligence as a professional reporter and try it out for myself, for the sole purpose of bringing you the truth, and not at all because I wanted tons of free cash. Ahem.
By level 21, I had 120,000 credits.
Thanks to slicing, I made five times as much money in a single level than I had throughout twenty levels of play. For several levels, I was netting 6000 credits an hour in profits off slicing alone — and, in retrospect, I could have been netting 18,000 credits an hour had I been sending all three of my companions rather than just one. If I created secondary characters and invested a great deal of energy into abusing the system, I could have been making 32,000 an hour.
Players have stated that, at the higher levels of play, slicing is no longer worthwhile relative to the other crew skills. However, the issue was slicing’s ability to make low-level characters filthy rich. By the time the nerf struck — a week from launch — hardcore slicers were already sitting on millions of credits.
Now, Tuesday’s update slashed slicing profit margins by 80%. The data have shown that there is still a profit to be made in slicing — it’s just so low that many players think the skill is now useless.
Was this nerf an overreaction by BioWare? Was this the correct way to make slicing balanced? Should slicers stop “QQing” because they can no longer get free money? Tell us what you think, and whether you were a slicer.