Weekly Screenshot – Enter the Atronach

I’m excited to bring you installment #3 of our weekly screenshot dissection. Each week I scour through the available video footage to pick the most interesting single screen capture I can find, breaking it down to provoke community discussion! This week features a Dunmer mage calling forth a massive Storm Atronach to do his bidding. Check out the screenshot and join us below for some more in-depth analysis!

Storm Atronach

So, I thought this particular screenshot was interesting for a couple reasons. First, it illustrates one of the important “ultimate abilities” for socerers in ESO. One of the ability trees for Sorcerers is Daedric Summoning, the capstone ultimate for this tree is the ability to call forth a Storm Atronach to devastate your enemies. As far as pet summons go in all the MMOs I’ve played, I must admit this seems like one of the coolest and most intimidating. I hope the Atronach’s damage output is well balanced, however, because I worry that eventually no summoned creature will be all that threatening to well geared players. How do you envision the Storm Atronach playing out in game, and what abilities would you like to see this daedra wield?

Secondly, this screenshot showcases yet another cool dungeon environment in ESO. This appears to be a frosty tomb of some sort. Note the sarcophagus on the right wall with what looks very similar to a Draugr from Skyrim. Likewise, a throne-esque chair at the back of the room is occupied by another undead denizen. We don’t know where this barrow is found in-game, but it could likely be part of the Ebonheart Pact storyline. Do you think the mage character is a player, or an enemy guarding this tomb? My money is that it’s an enemy, and by defeating him, the player can help himself to the contents of the chest on the central platform.

As a final note, it’s pretty obvious in this capture the similarity in art style and graphical assets between ESO and Skyrim. The columns, sarcophagi, torch sconces, and urns towards the back of the room all are immediately reminiscent of Skyrim’s many barrows. What do you think? Anything you particularly exciting for you about this screenshot? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so let’s get the discussion rolling in the comments below!

 

83 responses to “Weekly Screenshot – Enter the Atronach”

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    Ravin

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    Nice screenshot!  As for summoned creatures not being threatening to well geared players, maybe there will be different levels of summoned creatures, each one more difficult, etc.  Who knows?

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    Alderi Shattered Star

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    It looks awesome, really reminding me of skyrim.  Can’t wait for this, I hope this game turns out to be as good as I hope it will be!

     

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    Julliarth

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    It looks pretty cool! I would also suggest it’s located somewhere in Skyrim. The design of the place really looks like with a Nord touch.

     

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    Pattinn

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    Nothing wrong with summoning some crazy giants to obliterate the enemies but I prefer smashing their heads with my own two hands, but I will definitely have one mage character,

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    Hoctar

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    In regards to the balance of damage. Maybe the damage output will scale with the quality of the gear the summoner is wearing. Having your atronach attack someone fully geared while you’re fully geared would have it do more damage compared to someone who isn’t geared

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    Rymguard

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    A good way to keep the summons useful agents well geared players. If there stats helped there summon. That way a well geared summon could be a large threat to equally geared players.

    Its nice to see how menacing it looks. Could you imagine turning a corner and seeing the the storm atronach about to turn you into jam on the floor ?

    I like lightning , the storm atronach is what I though it would be. I cant wait to see the others .

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    Sarielis

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    Ya I think the Atronach looks amazing. I would like to see it cast some sort of lightning strike, it would look bad ass. Nice screenshot

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    Brodyrawr

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    “…by defeating him, the player can help himself to the contents of the chest on the central platform.”

    Oh yes. Oh please yes!

     

    Anyways… I don’t really see the similarity between Skyrim torch sconces and ESO ones, really. Annnnd, if summoning a Storm Atronach is an ultimate ability, then I believe it’ll get progressively stronger alongside your character. Like, the stronger you get as a player, the stronger your summon will become. That’s just me, though.

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    DrowSupporter

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    I really hope that we will be able to summon really powerful stuff, like dremora. And i know it a really long shot but maybe titans, that would be a really cool apex of the summoning skill tree.

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    Boromir WolfsBane

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    Great screen shot i plan on working on some conjuration so this should be cool anyway good post :)

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    Ravin

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    I might dabble in conjuration myself, assuming there would be a skill tree for it.

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    Fire Shot

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    It looks good, like how they color. Conjuration was the mage skill i always ranked first because i like to have a bunch of people to run around with and fight with me. hope they have a lot of summons to chose from and have 3 forms of these atronachs. It does look like one of the tombs in skyrim.

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    Falion

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    I would hope that the strength of summoned daedra would be directly proportional to the conjuration skill of the player. The strength could also be perk related, like the Elemental Potency perk in Skyrim. Either way, it’s only fair that a level 50 player with a maxed out conjuration skill line should be able to summon a level 50 daedra, right?

    This brings me to another question I have about conjuration, necromancy in particular. I wonder if we will be able to raise dead players from opposing factions in Cyrodiil. Killing a player from an enemy faction, then raising their dead body only to have it attack its own teammates would kinda be the ultimate insult haha

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    Hoctar

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    @revan the sorceror has been confirmed as having a entire skill tree dedicated to summoning

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    Ravin

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    Sully said on May 8, 2013 :

    @revan the sorceror has been confirmed as having a entire skill tree dedicated to summoning

    Oh that’s right, the daedric summoning right?  I do remember reading about it briefly.

     

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    Sarielis

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    Ya i would like to be able to cast powerful spells like Dremora Lords also. That was my favorite conjuration spell in skyrim

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    Ravin

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    I liked to conjure or reanimate zombies, though I used a mod to silence them because their moans and groans just got annoying lol!

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    serpo

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    That Storm Atronach does look pretty BAMF……. but for pvp,  hoping it’s not TOO overpowered lol, sneaky archers like me are going to be (hopefully) killing the sorcerer before that thing can get to me :P

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    Ravin

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    If you don’t have battlemage’s on your tail!  *points to self*  I heard there are a lot of people who want to roll BM though.

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    zenorc123

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    Give me ESO now! This screenshots are epic, thanks for bringing them here. :D

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