From @Overload’s post in the discussion on Gaige’s post-patch ranked skills:
"New Death From Above LVL 72 DMG:
Rank 1: 129K
Rank 2: 258K
Rank 3: 388K
Rank 4: 517K
Rank 5: 647K
Rank 6: 776K
Rank 7: 906K
Rank 8: 1035K
Rank 9: 1165K
Rank 10: 1294K
Rank 11: 1424K
Rank 11 + Explosive Relic 37%: 1945K
Another 244%ish buff in damage!"
@Chuck80 and @Wingsday suggested in another thread that looping Rational Anarchist and Death from Above could be a worthwhile playstyle.
I’m typing this up quickly as a placeholder topic in the interest of not derailing that thread further.
I’ve literally only had time for a 20-minute run with 5 points in DFA, where I purposely used up my stacks on Digisplosions, replenished 25 of them while slagging the next few victims and then repeating.
I had excellent DPS and survivability on OP8 with very little attention paid to the best gear to quickly cycle these skills. At a mere rank 5 of DFA and stacks seldom getting higher than 30, everything died - and that’s taking into account that my kill weapon (Twister) just had its splash nerfed.
A CC did excellent work as well, while a Butcher seemed less satisfying.
These are just some quick notes off the top of my head: with better ideas for slagging tools, general loadout and so forth this playstyle could well become very viable indeed.
There’s definitely going to be a learning curve involved in making the most of it, but a brief and casual run seemed very promising
Nobody is more surprised than I, but then this patch has already opened up the game in several ways.
If someone wants to follow up this quick and sloppy post with suggestions for build, gear and tactics to make the most of DFA/RA-looping (that’s a word now) I look forward to that.
At the very least I’ve kept my promise and stopped derailing the thread in the Maya forum.