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The SMG trained talent has been nerfed in The Division

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I have played…a lot of The Division this week alone. With over 22 hours in so far and my hipster-styled agent now sitting on a comfy level 18 as more purple gear unlocks itself for me, I’m at the point where the end-game is creeping closer. All this, and without too much downtime maintenance so far. As far as games go, The Division is very balanced, much fair, so equal wow.

But you might have noticed a certain nerfing of a talent that some players have been abusing in the Dark Zones, as the “Trained Talent” on SMGs was killed off a few hours ago. It’s a pretty cool talent actually, one that allows players to increase their critical hit damage constantly, amplifying the bonus that already comes standard with all SMGs.

In other words, critical hit damage was at an all-time high, with this signature skill taking around 30 seconds to recharge when the right talent was bundled with it, instead of the usual several minutes. Which gave Dark Zone traitors a massive advantage when going rogue. Naturally, that was a problem, hence the gun bust that Massive applied to it in a quick hot fix.

Here’s the list of changes from Massive:

  • Disabled “Trained Talent” as it could give an unfair advantage in end-game content and in the Dark Zone. Note: this Talent will still be visible on weapons but will have no effect until a further update where it will be replaced on existing weapons
  • General balancing of experience gain and drop rates for items and currency

The Division is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. My unending rage at the little f*** who properly stalked me for ten minutes like some bizarre scene out of The Warriors that involved him and his friends stealing three of my purple Dark Zone loot drops, is unending. I felt more betrayed than Julius Caesar’s spinal column.

Last Updated: March 14, 2016


  1. So you could say that they had D back the whole time.


  2. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    March 14, 2016 at 09:12

    I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in this game, had an absolute blast in the DZ yesterday with a horde of guys taking out a bunch of idiotic rogue agents hiding in a bloody tunnel, attacking everyone that approaches, campers…At least they got their due…


    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 14, 2016 at 11:46

      What amazes me is how most of the people in the DZ are helpful, and they band together when faced with rogues. I hope that level of camaraderie continues….


      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        March 14, 2016 at 11:50

        Yes!! I had a few encounters with real douchebags, where it’d be a loner that goes rogue, shooting me in the face while I’m checking his profile, which is completely uncalled for, but then when he turns his back, the people that were around you just goes all out crazy against him…Such sweet justice…


  3. VampyreSquirrel

    March 14, 2016 at 09:21

    Damn, now I can throw my Purple lvl30 SMG away.


  4. Ottokie vs the forces of Evil

    March 14, 2016 at 09:51


    When someone opens up a mag of 150 bullets on you, there is only so much zig zagging that can be done to avoid it.


  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 14, 2016 at 11:42

    I bugged Sageville this whole weekend. I think he just wanted to explore New York and make his way to central park. Instead he had a Banana dropping into his games, stealing his gear in the Dark Zone, and getting him killed….

    I’m just joking! Sageville helped me out on a couple of missions and we two-manned the Dark Zone like modern BOSSES!!!


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