1.0.3 (Win 10) Start-of-Combat Weirdness

Several traits and perks that fire during Start of Combat Step 4 appear to be happening before artifact stats are taken into consideration, making them far weaker than their ability text implies. Extra Padding and Guiding Light both fall into this category, and so does the Sacrifice perk I think, in a slightly different way.

Stat boosts do happen after buffs per the Start of Combat rules, but they also happen after debuffs and debuffs are most certainly able to benefit from not only artifact stat increases but static bonuses such as Krakens as well.