The Squire still has story potential but lacks the agency in game to be a desirable to new duelists or incentivize more duelists to play over again. To change this we will be testing the following system:
- Squires will start at no higher rank than Master at Arms. They will be given the weapons associated with their Barons and will still have the bonus mod. Current Squires above the rank of Master At Arms will be grandfathered in*.
- Squires will continue to be Squires upon hitting the rank of Warlord. They will only cease to be by their own decision, being removed by their Baron or in the event that their Baron is defeated. As a Warlord can only use 4 mods, the bonus mod will no longer apply to the Warlord Squire.
- Squires will unlock a new benefit once they have logged 10 duels on the standings in a cycle. This benefit is the ability to test a challenger of their Baron. These 10 duels will need to be regained each new cycle for this perk to work. Squires who gain the Warlord Rank will no longer need to log these activity duels. We still encourage you to remain active so you are not removed from the standings.
- Unlike the Overlord Test of Worthiness (Or grants that may award such privileges), the Squires request to test a challenger can be denied by their Baron.
The goal with these changes is to give the Squire role more impact in the Duel of Swords environment. With the Duel of Swords dynamics changing there will be more time spent in the late-game of Warlord and subsequent challenges than there will be leveling. This new Squire design will help foster a stronger bond between the Baron and Squire and will hopefully provide more story avenues.
The testing period begins tonight: January 15th, 2020. Squires who have dueled in the current cycle (2020 Winter Cycle) prior to this announcement may have their duels counted among their 10 needed.
We look forward to see what excitement and drama can be made from the Revised Squire! As always, please feel free to offer feedback both privately and to this thread.
*= There is only 1 squire above Master At Arms and they are at 10 Wins. The maximum win record to become a squire in this test is 9, so we do not find this to be much of an issue.