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  • #16
    Thank you for this guide Seraphimu senpai-sama. Sorry if I seem to be one of the people pestering you for your build. I'm sorry if I annoy you with my comments on YouTube...

    I'm a wannabe you in-game.

    -DEE

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    • #17
      Good guide but was a pain in the ass to read.. shouldve stuck w fonts that are legible to all themes because some ppl prefer the default style

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      • Seraphimu
        Seraphimu commented
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        Thanks for your constructive feedback! I assumed that most players would turn to the dark theme because they valued their eyesight, but clearly wrong here.
        I've changed the the White fonts to default Automatic, hopefully this solves the problem~

      • Amaterasu
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        Xenocho the default font color is actually visible on both themes. didnt have to be completely hidden on one so it can look pretty on the other

        Seraphimu i value my eyesight as much as the next person but if u have astigmatism (as the other half of population do) then u might just find it easier on the eyes to read with a lighter background. thanks for changing it tho

      • Xenocho
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        I see. I was not aware of this. Thanks for informing.

    • #18
      Would you say this method is strictly better only in long runs than double transformation method?
      IGN: Adhelaida, KasumiDesu.

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      • #19
        Originally posted by Adhelaida View Post
        Would you say this method is strictly better only in long runs than double transformation method?
        Hi. That's a good question. This is a very common dilemma among Mara users currently.
        I would say this method is better as long as you need to transform more than once in the run. Transforming twice is not healthy for bubble management, but can be worth the additional damage, if done right.
        You can use the double transformation to reset Void Coil CD. This is advisable only if you have +1 on Void Coil.

        So it would look something like this:
        Transform > Void Coil > Transform > Void Coil > Contract combo

        In all other cases aside from the aforementioned scenario, I do not recommend using the double transformation method.
        It's already something I mentioned in the FAQ, but allow me to use this post to elaborate on it more.

        Refer to this:

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        *Do note +20% from plate should not be added in that manner, especially if you have FD. Just done for illustration purposes.

        Black Mara, if plated, has very good skill damage % for its cast time and CD.

        However, the dilemma here is that it will consume 11 additional bubbles, and using Contracts for bubble gain (Combo 2) is not advisable as your main bulk of damage comes from Transformed Contract combo.
        If the subsequent Transformation is not of concern, you may use the double transformation.

        *For those who do not know, this is how double transformation is done:
        In normal form, set up Smoke Storm, then use Contract combo - remember sets of 2, and transform before Contract Cleaving hits (it has a slight delay you can use). You will transform at 60 bubbles, and be left with 49 after consumption of 11.
        You will gain additional 7 bubbles when Contract Cleaving lands. Giving you 56 bubbles. Smoke Storm helps to maintain your bubble count, which allows you to transform again.
        Upon transformation, you will be left with 45 bubbles. You will use your Contract combo after this.

        TLDR;
        1) Please remember to abuse Void Coil's CD reset upon transformation by using Void Coil within the 3s CD of Black Mara, otherwise it wouldn't be worth it.
        2) Please exhale on time even if you can't finish your Contracts if the subsequent Transformation is of concern.
        3) Harmonize is advised for this.


        This was not something I have been doing until very recently, so I'll have to try it in more scenarios to evaluate it better, but it looks promising if you have the right conditions for it.
        Optimal rotation may require use of this and the non-double transformation method.

        I will add this into the combo section with a video when I get time over the next few days, but I still recommend that beginners do not follow it until they are familiar with the basics, to avoid going below the advised bubble count.

        才能は開花させるもの
        センスは磨くもの
        SeraphimuRillaRooMaraphimuTaliceGray
        Smasher・Saleana・Black Mara・Artillery

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        • #20
          Originally posted by Seraphimu View Post

          Hi. That's a good question. This is a very common dilemma among Mara users currently.
          I would say this method is better as long as you need to transform more than once in the run. Transforming twice is not healthy for bubble management, but can be worth the additional damage, if done right.
          You can use the double transformation to reset Void Coil CD. This is advisable only if you have +1 on Void Coil.

          So it would look something like this:
          Transform > Void Coil > Transform > Void Coil > Contract combo

          In all other cases aside from the aforementioned scenario, I do not recommend using the double transformation method.
          It's already something I mentioned in the FAQ, but allow me to use this post to elaborate on it more.

          Refer to this:
          Click image for larger version  Name:	BlackMara_Transform.JPG Views:	1 Size:	24.3 KB ID:	94464



          *Do note +20% from plate should not be added in that manner, especially if you have FD. Just done for illustration purposes.

          Black Mara, if plated, has very good skill damage % for its cast time and CD.

          However, the dilemma here is that it will consume 11 additional bubbles, and using Contracts for bubble gain (Combo 2) is not advisable as your main bulk of damage comes from Transformed Contract combo.
          If the subsequent Transformation is not of concern, you may use the double transformation.

          *For those who do not know, this is how double transformation is done:
          In normal form, set up Smoke Storm, then use Contract combo - remember sets of 2, and transform before Contract Cleaving hits (it has a slight delay you can use). You will transform at 60 bubbles, and be left with 49 after consumption of 11.
          You will gain additional 7 bubbles when Contract Cleaving lands. Giving you 56 bubbles. Smoke Storm helps to maintain your bubble count, which allows you to transform again.
          Upon transformation, you will be left with 45 bubbles. You will use your Contract combo after this.

          TLDR;
          1) Please remember to abuse Void Coil's CD reset upon transformation by using Void Coil within the 3s CD of Black Mara, otherwise it wouldn't be worth it.
          2) Please exhale on time even if you can't finish your Contracts if the subsequent Transformation is of concern.
          3) Harmonize is advised for this.


          This was not something I have been doing until very recently, so I'll have to try it in more scenarios to evaluate it better, but it looks promising if you have the right conditions for it.
          Optimal rotation may require use of this and the non-double transformation method.

          I will add this into the combo section with a video when I get time over the next few days, but I still recommend that beginners do not follow it until they are familiar with the basics, to avoid going below the advised bubble count.
          I see, i was really wondering about it cause i felt a high rise of DPS when i started using it, thanks ill use this method from now on and wait for more future comparisons with the double transform one
          Last edited by Adhelaida; 10-07-2017, 10:32 AM.
          IGN: Adhelaida, KasumiDesu.

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