Mr Nasty or Mr Nice?

Nothing particularly strange or startling came with update 5.2 that hit LoTRO yesterday (13th February). The only item of note as far as I’m concerned, is the switch to auto-granting of the following recipes for Dunland-tier crafters:

  • Tome of Wisdom recipe
  • High Quality Calenard recipe
  • Finished Leather recipe
  • Reinforced Birch Board recipe

All of these, prior to yesterday’s update, were only available as reputation items from Galtrev, meaning your crafters had to be level 67-ish before they could hope to get them…this was a significant pain for those of us that maintain low-level max-rank crafters. Now, thanks to Turbine playing ‘Mr Nice’ instead of ‘Mr Nasty’, we aren’t being forced to contemplate levelling those low level crafters for no better reason than Turbine’s spite. So thanks to Turbine for that.

Oh yes, also worthy of mention….the introduction of a map for the ‘Pit of Iron’, albeit rather late for the vast majority of folks who have long since passed though that particular ‘doozy’ of an area.

Moving on, last week I was perusing CSTM when I cam across this excellent article which made me aware of a very under-reported change that came in with update 5.1. Namely, quoting from the 5.1 patch notes:

Soldier rank traits have had their prices significantly reduced.

And boy, that should be significantly with a capital S, underlined and in BOLD. I’m not going to repeat what the CSTM article says – read it if you’re unaware of the impact of this change! However, I do what to shown how it affected my main toon – my level 75 guardian.

At the cost of 295 turbine points for the skirmish soldier reset scroll, I applied the said scroll to my level 75 sage. This is how she was built before:

Skirmish Soldier - Before

Skirmish Soldier - Before

I received 31,271 marks, from the reset.

I then spent only 11,000 on the re-build to bring her up to level 76, including ALL traits (note the increase in level for all traits as opposed to the prior setup) – meaning a NET gain of over 20,000 marks, as well as an increase in trait levels!

Skimish Soldier - After

Skirmish Soldier - After

My only issue now, is that I need to do the same with no less than four other toons….which means 4 x 295 TP for the necessary scrolls….an amount I simply don’t have :(. Any chance of a skirmish soldier reset, Turbine? Or are you really ‘Mr Nasty’ in disguise?!


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