This is a copy of the post I made on reddit.
In a recent gameplay video, Bahroo revealed 1 point skills conventionally called ‘Gamechangers’ or ‘Capstones’ can now be buffed by classmods.
I really love this, and I wish this had been in BL2 or Presequel (imagine buffed Critical ascensi0n or Sponsored By). That said I think Gearbox needs to be careful in the way it is implemented.
Capstones and Gamechangers are referred as such because they are already powerful skills even at a single point. For example, Salvadors Lay Waste gives him 8% FR and 6% Crit damage, which is very powerful, but only at 5-10 points. Conversely, Keep Firing gives him 88% Fire Rate and 50% reload speed. If Lay Waste was buffed, it would have been insanely overpowered.
A prime example in BL3 would be Megavore which gives Fl4k 20% chance to autocrit. Many people have said how amazing it would be to buff it from 20% to 80% or even 100%. I mean sure it would become insanely strong, but also incredibly imbalanced. Not only would it invalidate the importance of aiming for crits (and Fade Away), it would also write the entire Fl4k meta. Basically, it would make any com that buffs Megavore, and the builds that utilize it to be so much more efficient than any other. Nisha experienced this in TPS - while she had so many great coms, players found no reason to use anything but the Crapshooter or CoE simply because it was too op. And that was only with a 60% Tombstone!
Or Amara’s Forceful Expression. At 18% it is pretty strong, effectively giving approximately 30% to 40% multiplicative damage, depending on elemental multipliers. However at 4-5 points, this would be come 150% to 200% multiplicative damage which is effectively passive! Every other Amara com and build would pale so much in comparison that it would writ her meta.
There are many other examples of how easy buffing capstones can become broken, like Death Follows Close, Tenacious Defense, The Power Within etc.
So I recommend that instead of +1 Capstone adding the full bonus, each point should improve the power of the capstone by an incremental amount. So +1 Megavore would give +5% to autocrit, and +4 for +20%, effectively giving Fl4k a 40% chance to autocrit, which is still overpowered, but not broken. And a similar system should apply for all 1 point skills.