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Dargnakh and other new Update 5 beasties

Posted in Class Quests, Diary, lotro, Reputation with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2011 by Corleth

Update 5 has now been out for two-and-a-half weeks, so I thought it was about time to post a few thoughts, especially with regard to the new instance cluster.

So far I’ve run the 6-man instance, ‘The Foundry’ twice on tier-1 (T1), both times successfully. It’s a nice little instance, but not up there with classics like ‘Sammath Gul’ and ‘Forges’, as far as I’m concerned. The tier-1 runs were straightforward enough until the last boss encounter (actually three bosses together), but there-in lies a bit of a challenge, even on T1. I’m sure I’ll be giving T2 a go over the Christmas period, so I’ll see how we fare then.

I’ve only tried two out of the three 3-man instances (‘Dargnakh Unleashed’ and ‘Pits of Isenguard’, to date. Both of those I’ve attempted, I’ve finished (on T1). Again, they are nice to run; short and challenging enough on T1 without being brutal (that comes with T2) I would think.

Dargnakh Dead :)

Dargnakh Dead 🙂

As for the new 12-man, ‘The Tower of Orthanc’, my kin have downed the first four bosses on T1. We were working a strategy for the fifth boss when we ran out of time (folks have to sleep, you know!). So far, this raid looks to be the best of the new instances – lots of variety, plenty of challenge (even on T1) and oodles of content. Nice job, Turbine.

Last night we even found time to have a bash at the revamped Draigoch raid. The cuddly dragon now has three-million less morale (now down to just over six million), so the whole instance goes a bit quicker. The strategy hasn’t changed any – the three phases each just go that bit more rapidly, so the overall feel is for a more compact and enjoyable experience. That said, if you nailed Draigoch before Update 5, you’ll definitely find doing it after Update 5, easier.

Away from grouping, I’ve now brought both my minstrel and my lore-master up to level 67 and, more importantly for crafting purposes, to ‘friend’ reputation with Dunland. In my spare time I’ll probably continue to level these two, but only when I’m not raiding/grouping, so level 75 is going to be months off for both of them. I’m still more than half-tempted to start levelling my burglar instead. At level 50, he’s on the cusp of entering Moria in anger, and with all the level 58 class quests now soloable, there’s not much to stop a clean run through all the way to Lothlorien. Anyhow, that’s all for 2012!

So, finally, for those of you reading this that celebrate Christmas – have a good one 😉

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Update 5 – random thoughts

Posted in Creep Side, Diary, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2011 by Corleth

Update 5 hit LoTRO yesterday. Thankfully the patching process was very smooth and quick (less than 20 minutes, for me), but I guess it was only a small update, as these things go. So what’s new?

We have a good chunk of new group content with three new 3-man instances, a new 6-man and a new 12-man. That should keep us busy over Christmas, and PUGing has never have been easier, thanks to the new ‘Instance Finder’ – if PUGing’s floats your boat…By the way, these new instances only open up on completion of the Isenguard: deed. In order to complete this deed, you need to head up to the new camp that’s been established, just to the east of Orthanc at 79.2S 1.1E – see map, below:

Location of the Ox-Clan Merchant Camp in Nan Curunir

Location of the Ox-Clan Merchant Camp in Nan Curunir

Edit: The quickest way to get to the Ox-Clan Merchant Camp (see above), is via a pair of quest givers, right outside the Auction House in Galtrev – Gwin and Mabon. The quest from Mabon will port you right into the camp. I presume you have to be level 75 for these quests to become active…

Added to the Update 5 mix, we have some new chapters of the epic book in the form of volume 3, book 5, ‘The Prince of Rohan’. Tip – head back to the ‘Rohirim Scout Camp’ (80.9S 10.6W) to start v3b5. This new epic content centres around Theodred’s Riders and the battle for the Ford of Isen. I played through it last night, on my rune-keeper, in about an hour. Short it may be, but even so, I have to say that it’s gripping stuff. I sometimes have a tendency to skip over quest text, but this part of the story is excellent, so take it in! We’re really staring to get a feel for the war between Rohan and Sarauman kicking off.

Elsewhere in the update, we also have the currency unification. This is great in my book – may there be more of the same going forward. My chests are still cluttered up with barter items from Lothlorien, Mirkwood and Enedwaith – not to mention the ‘In Their Absence’ quests. Can we loose all of these too, please Turbine?

I’m delighted to see the new Lua Manager included. My much loved Buffbars and Palantir plugins are now loaded automatically for all toons – including my War Captain. Kudos Turbine.

Finally, we no longer have to head back to Mirkwood and/or Enedwaith to get scrolls for our LIs. ‘The Defence of Galtrev’ level 75 repeatable (picked up in Galtrev itself), apart from now awarding Theodred’s Riders reputation, also rewards with a variety of LI improvement scrolls. Useful to know.

In game over the last week, I’ve not done a whole lot. My War Captain is now Rank 2 (I can tell you’re awestruck…). I’ve also levelled my minstrel from 65 though to 67, gaining ‘Friend’ reputation with the Men of Dunland on the way. This was mainly to get access to the jeweller, cook and prospector recipies, that she was missing, and that can only be acquired from the Dunland reputation vendor in Galtrev once you hit ‘Friend’…

I also picked up a second ‘Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor’ on my guardian, during a Draigoch run – so my guard now has both a level 75 second age weapon and belt. Handy.

New Guardian's Belt - lvl75, 2nd age

New Guardian's Belt - lvl75, 2nd age

Level 75 Rune-Keeper…But what next?

Posted in Diary, lotro with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2011 by Corleth

There seems to be a bit of a lull, in-game, at the moment, at least in the neck of the woods that I frequent. Those that wanted to ‘beat’ Draigoch have done so, and there’s no other end-game content to get excited about. There’s only so many 12-man skirmishes that most people will run, after all. The end result is that you either level alts, or do your gaming elsewhere. I’m still doing the former, but many are doing the latter. Skyrim, Modern Warfare, and SWTOR* beta, all seem to be drawing people away from LoTRO (plus some are obviously involved in the ‘Update 5’ testing on Bullroarer, too).

* – I fully intend to try SWTOR, after release, myself.

As for the here and now, I’ve spent most of my LoTRO game-time, during the last week or so, levelling my rune-keeper. She finally hit level 75 yesterday, while questing in the infamous ‘Pit of Iron’. I’ve decided that although I won’t be grinding out superior fourth marks [for the Draigoch armour set] on her, I do intend to equip her with a level 75 crafted armour (Assault Armour of Theodred), plus complete all of the non-repeatable quests around Isenguard, before considering her ‘done’. At the very least I want to hit kindred reputation with Theodred’s Riders, before doing ‘something else’. So, still a few more hours of zapping lie in front of me & my ‘keeper, over the next week.

Hitting Level 75 - inside the 'Pit of Iron'

Hitting Level 75 - inside the 'Pit of Iron'

Going back to the final few levels before hitting 75…in my post last week, I commented that I was finding levelling much more challenging on my RK, compared to my previous experience of levelling my guardian. That pretty much continued all the way up to 75, with a few quests in each area causing me significant grief. Several of these had to wait until I made level 75, at which point I was able to re-visit them to complete…’The Battle of Dol Baran’ instance in the Heathfells, together with killing ‘the Devourer’ in The Pit of Iron, both come to mind here. Once at level-cap however, the following upgrades really made the difference:

  • Swapping out my level 65 second-age rune-stone for a level 75 3rd age stone.
  • Replacing old level 65 raid armour pieces with level 75 crafted armour (2 pieces done, to date).
  • Replacing several jewellery pieces (both level 65 crafted and quest reward items) with level 75 crafted items.

My will, fate and vitality have now increased significantly (from what they were at the end of level 74), together with DPS. All in all, I feel like my RK is beginning to come together.

I’m now looking forward to ‘Update 5’, which is due next month; the two new 3-man instances, two new 6-man instances, and the new 12-man instance, are all to be looked forward to. In the meantime, once I’m done working on my RK, the decision is what to do to fill in the time….level another toon to 75? I feel maybe I need a break from levelling, so I’m considering checking out the ‘Moors….creep-side 😉

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