Recently, the Greymoor and Update 26 launced on PC. With this update, the Malacath's Band of Brutality was added to the game. This set gives a 1-piece item bonus of increasing your damage by 25% but you cannot critically strike. Is this set worth it?
To test if it is worth it, we use a theoretical approach, rather than play testing the set. This means we will use simple mathematics to calculate the damage. We will assume no other bonusses to damage are applied and no reductions to damages apply - such as penetration and resistance levels. We also ignore the fact that this one set piece may sactifice item bonuses from other sets that increase damage - such as maximum resource pools and spell/weapon damage stats.
Let us assume our normal damage (Ndamage) = 2,000. This will mean that our critical damage (Cdamage) = 3,000.
Cdamage = Ndamage * 1.5, such that Cdamage = 2,000 * 1.5 = 3,000.
With Malacath's Band of Brutality (MBB) our damage will be lower because we cannot critical damage the enemy. This will reduce our damage to 2,500.
MBBdamage = Ndamage * 1.25 = 2,000 * 1.25 = 2,500, such that MBBdamage = 2,000 * 1.25 = 2,500.
Does this mean that Malacath's Band of Brutality is always worse? With this data, one would conclude that it always will be worse. However, if we take critical strike chance into account, this conclusion may change.
Until now, we considered only one hit (N = 1). Now let us consider 100 hits (N = 100) and a critical strike chance of 50%. Meaning that every hit has the probability of critically striking of 0.5. If we approach N = ∞ (infinity), about 50% of ∞ (infinity) will critically strike. Therefore, we assume that of the 100 hits, 50% will critically strike. In real situations, this may be lower or higher. This means that with N = 100, 50 will critically strike. We will call these critical strikes Ncrit and the critical strike chance Cchance. This means that our total damage (Tdamage) will be 250,000.
Tdamage = Ndamage * (N - Ncrit) + Cdamage * Ncrit = 2,000 * (100 - 50) + 2,500 * 50 = 250,000
with Ncrit = N * (1 - Cchance) = 100 * (1 - 50%) = 50
When we use Malacath's Band of Brutality and deal 25% more normal damage but cannot critically strike with 100 hits (N = 100), we get the same amount of damage: 250,000.
Tdamage = MBBdamage * N = 2,500 * 100 = 250,000
This means that when our critical strike chance is 50%, the total damage is equal to the total damage when we wear Malacath's Band of Brutality and get 25% more normal damage but cannot critically strike. When we further evaluate both situations, we find that when our critical strike chance is greater than 50% our total damage is greater than the total damage wearing Malacath's Band of Brutality. However, when our critical strike chance is smaller than 50%, Malacath's Band of Brutality will outperform in terms of damage.
When critical strike chance < 50%, Malacath's Band of Brutality outperforms relying on critical damage.
When critical strike chance = 50%, the damage is equal.
When critical strike chance > 50%, relying on critical damage outperforms wearing Malacath's Band of Brutality.
These hypotheses, however, will need field testing to find evidence for them or reject them. Therefore, these statistics only give an estimated indication of the behaviour of the total damage but not an exact indication.
Verdict: Malacath's Band of Brutality is only worth it when your critical strike chance is lower than 50%. Wearing Malacath's Band of Brutality when your critical strike chance is higher than 50% will result in lower performance than if we simply rely on critical striking the target.
Please not that this fix is old and may not work for you at all, but it may be worth a shot.
Sometimes during the download/installation of The Elder Scrolls Online files to your computer, the launcher shows the window below. Often this error occurs with the first installation of the game. Repairing seems not to be working and a total reinstal of the game does often not result into success. This guide will show you which steps you should take to fix the Error 210.
Error 210 - PatchManifestError_DownloadFail
"Unable to download patch manifest. This could be from a recent update. If this problem persists for more than an hour, please run the Game Consultant Tool (located under Launcher Settings -> About) and contact customer support."
BEFORE TAKING A NEXT STEP ALWAYS CLOSE THE LAUNCHER
Step 1: Run as admin
The first step is to run the Launcher as Administrator.
- Right click the ESO Launcher icon on your desktop.
- Click "Properties"
- Go to the tab "Compatibility"
- Tick the box next to "Run this program as Administrator"
- Close the window
- Restart the Launcher
If this didn't work for you, go to step 2
Step 2: Firewall exception
The second step is to make sure the Launcher has been added to the exceptions of your Firewall.
Often the Firewall is managed through the Virusprotection you use. For example Norton or Kaspersky.
How to add an exception to the Windows Firewall, click the link below:
- Follow the steps of adding an exception to the Windows Firewall
- Restart the Launcher
If this didn't work for you, go to step 3
Step 3: depot.Version
The third step is the most important one. If you have tried anything you found on the Internet and Zenimax Online Forums, this will probably solve the issue.
- Locate the game folder (by default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Zenimax Online\The Elder Scrolls Online EU)
- In this folder you should have a folder named: "depot", open this folder
- Inside the depot folder you will find a few folders "_databuild" and "Video" and a few files as shown in the image below.
- Make a copy of the file named: "depot.version"
- Copy this file to a save location (e.g. your desktop)
- Now navigate back to the depot window and delete "depot.version"
- Now restart your Launcher and the game should automatically start repairing or continue with downloading or installing the game.
- If it does not start automatically, try manually initiating repair by navigating inside the Launcher to "Game Options" -> "Repair" or "Check For Updates"
Note: If the error occurs again, close the Launcher and restart it.
Please let us know if this solved the Error 210 - PatchManifestError_DownloadFail by leaving a comment below. Also if this didn't work for you, please also let us know, so we can search for another solution.
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