Archive for Update 2

LI Dreaming – Part 1

Posted in Legendary Items, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2011 by Corleth

I’ve been starting to think about optimising the legacies on my Legendary Items. With the advent of legacy replacement scrolls in Update 2, many players are now undertaking this optimisation – to get their ‘perfect’ LIs. We’re all different, have different play-styles, and one of the joys of LoTRO is that it allows us to be so different, and still be successful in-game (whatever ‘successful in game’ means to you!) .

So here are some of my thoughts on what my ‘perfect’ LIs might look like, legacy wise (I’m generally assuming that each LI has three minor and three major legacies):

Guardian’s 1-Hander

  1. Guardian’s Area Effect Melee Targets
  2. Vexing Blow Damage
  3. Guardian’s Ward Duration
  4. Stamp Cooldown
  5. Warrior’s Heart Duration
  6. Guardian Bleed Damage

Guardian’s 2-Hander*

  1. Overpower Cost Rating
  2. Brutal Assault Damage
  3. Overwhelm Critical Rating
  4. Guardian’s Area Effect Melee Targets
  5. To The King Damage
  6. Legacy of Agility, Might, or Vitality.

* –  yes, I know, 4 major legacies here – but you can always be hopeful 😉

Guardian’s Belt

  1. Skill Threat Up
  2. Catch A Breath Morale Heal
  3. Shield Damage
  4. Power Restore On Reactions
  5. Warrior’s Heart Morale Heal
  6. Increased Block, Parry and Evade from Protection

Loremaster’s Staff

  1. Staff Strike Cooldown
  2. Fire Skills Critical Multiplier
  3. Lightening Skill Critical Rating
  4. Tactical Skills Direct Damage
  5. Sticky Gourd Direct Damage
  6. Lightening Storm Damage

Loremaster’s Book

  1. Target Resistance (Debuffing Skills)
  2. Healing From Beacon of Hope
  3. Ancient Craft Targets
  4. Fire Skills Critical Rating
  5. Fire-lore Targets
  6. Fire Damage Over Time

Minstrel’s Weapon

  1. Threat from Healing
  2. Piercing Cry Damage
  3. Call of Orome Damage
  4. Tier 1 Ballard Damage
  5. Tier 2 Ballard Damage
  6. Call of the Second Age Targets

Minstrel’s Songbook

  1. Bolster Courage Healing
  2. Healing and Motivation Skills Healing
  3. Chord of Salvation Cooldown
  4. Raise the Spirit Healing
  5. Ballard of Composure (Fear Resistance)
  6. Ballard of Fire (Fire Defence)

I’ve only covered LIs for my toons at level cap, who are ‘raid-ready’. I’m sure there are many out there who disagree with my potential choices!

As my rune-keeper is almost raid-ready, I’ll put up a separate RK legacies post soon…

Keeping Busy

Posted in Diary, Epic Quests, Instances, lotro, Traits, Virtues with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Corleth

The last week has seen LoTRO in limbo – as least as far as life on the Gilrain server and within the Twilight Gathering kin, has been concerned. As I said in my last post, most folks seem to be doing other ‘things’ (i.e. non-LoTRO stuff) while they wait for Update 2.

As it happens, Update 2 has also just been delayed on this side of the Atlantic. Codemasters have decided to call off today’s planned go-live, due to the ‘relic bug’ that was found after the go-live on the Turbine servers, yesterday. I’m quite happy about the delay – I’d rather get the bug fix sorted before I get to play. Added to that, I’ve been keeping myself more than busy in-game, too.

Over the last week, I’ve….

  • Taken my minstrel on a kin run though Sammath Gul. This was without doubt the smoothest run though SG that I’ve ever been involved with. We had it done in a little under an hour, with no deaths what-so-ever, and Gorothul killed in challenge-mode to boot. The only down side was that I failed to win any nice shinies *sigh*.

    Out and about in Sammath Gul

    Out and about in Sammath Gul

  • Taken my guardian through Halls of Crafting. Again, a really quick run though, completed challenge-mode, with no deaths involved. Again, no shinies though 😦
  • Attempted and completed the 3-man Dungeons of Dol Guldur instance, on my guardian. We managed to get 7 our of the 9 elves out of their cells and into the main hall; and then one died in the boss fight, so we failed challenge-mode by one (saving 6 out of the 9 elves in total). A really fun instance. Again, no shinies worth a damn, but I’ll be going back to try for challenge-mode.
  • Completed all outstanding Volume 2 epilogue quests with my rune-keeper.

While I’m waiting for Update 2, I’m now off deeding with my RK, trying to get her Wisdom, Innocence, Loyalty and Fidelity all up to 10 – and maybe a few other virtues as well. Once that’s all done, it’ll be onto the volume 3 quests line – but Update 2 might interfere with that…

Another New Mount

Posted in Epic Quests, Instances, Legendary Items, lotro, Mounts, Reputation, Traits with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by Corleth

I’ve finally hit Kindred reputation with the Grey Company with my lore-master – and picked up the Grey Company mount as a result. Nothing too exciting, I know, but there’s not much been happening in-game over the last week or so.

Grey Company mount

Grey Company mount

I think everyone is waiting for ‘Update 2’ to hit. From what I’ve read, it looks like it will hit the EU servers on or around the 22nd March – maybe. After the huge delay to ‘Update 1’ here in the EU (last autumn), nobody is counting any chickens 😉

I have to say that the thing I’m most looking forward to with regard to the new update, is the LI changes. As a casual player, and a bit of an alto-holic, I’m not someone who has ever gotten near maxing out my LIs with regard to relics. I have a few tier 9s scattered across my various level-caped alts…but only a few. The new changes should make it much easier for me to acquire top level (now tier 6) relics, for each of my LIs. Still, we’ll see…

I’m also looking forward to the new raids. In my kin, I think we’re all a bit burnt out on the existing raids – BG excepted; and as I’ve said before, whilst we’d love a crack at the Lieutenant in challenge-mode – we don’t have the radiance (as a group), so we’re all awaiting radiance removal with some enthusiasm.

Elsewhere in-game, I finally have my rune-keeper up to Kindred with the Malledhrim in Mirkwood. My plan now is to finish the volume 2 epilogue quests, and then through run volume 3 as far as it goes (i.e. into Enedwaith) – but without running any of the Enedwaith quests outside of the epic line.  I also need to max out some of my RK’s traits; I’m one of those players who only ever looks at traits as a last resort – i.e. when I’ve done everything else that I want to do with a particular toon….I’m just lazy, I guess!

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