Talk:Area of Effect
Still in favor of making "Piercing" and "AoE" two different pages!15:11, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, I've already said what I think about this matter on the old wiki, but I'll copy/past my old comment here:
Well, the logic behind it is that melee autoattacks hit all targets in front of them... which is also what happens with piercing shots/upgrades: A piercing shot will hit two targets that are standing on top of each other just like any AoE does.
Let's see if more people comment here so we can get a consensus.
That's what I think, but if you can come up with a few defining rules to differentiate what falls under "pierce" from what falls under "AoE", we could discuss that too.
Example: Ted's Airstrike is a beam that pierces through terrain, but it also hits a large enough area horizontally (is it pierce because it pierces thru terrain? is it AoE because it hits everything around the impact point?)
These are the things I'd like to see cleared up. Also, as a helpful guideline, look at the Displacement and how I made sure to differentiate it from AoE. If you can come up with something similar, then I'd approve of a page split! =)
All AoEs are piercing, but not all piercing effects are AoEs.
For example, with Clunk's Fragmenting Shells upgrade, you can strike at the ground and it creates an AoE explosion that pierces through targets and does not have to directly hit them. On the other hand, something like Viridian Eel Cartridges does not do damage in an area, but it still pierces through enemy targets (unlike fragmenting shells, which will deal AoE damage to all targets near the explosion, but will not cause Clunk's missiles to go through enemies themselves).
As for Ted's Airstrike, I think it's an AoE because it deals damage in an area/explosion, which, like all AoEs, pierces through its targets. It isn't anything like Voltar's "Area of Effect" Healing Wave or Raelynn's "Area of Effect" Protoblaster shots.
Hope you understood what I meant.09:33, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, I've waited long enough, I guess. No one seems to be in favor or against this. Feel free to make that Piercing page, Oil.