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Update 22.2 - Class Balancing

Anice / Jun 06, 2018
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Update 22.2 Release Notes

Here are the Release Notes for Update 22.2, released on June 4th.


Of Special Note


New Seasonal Instances



This year's Summer Festival will feature two new Seasonal Instances: The Perfect Picnic and Boss from the Vaults: Thrâng! These instances will be available for the duration of the Summer Festival, and completing them will allow you to earn additional Festival Tokens in addition to unique gear and cosmetic items. These Instances arrive with the Summer Festival, which begins June 28th starting at 10:00 AM Eastern.


Class Updates


We have taken steps to improve the power, gameplay, and overall enjoyment of numerous classes throughout the game, as part of a longer-term effort to optimize class balance. See the full detailed notes below.


The Lay of Rust and Rime


The Lay of Rust and Rime continues with eight new weekly episodes to conclude its story! Earn unique rewards, titles, and tokens and get a sneak peek of Update 23! If you have completed the first eight episodes, return to King Thorin III in Erebor to start the new weekly quests! The new weekly quests begin on June 6th.


News and Notes:

General Class



- Any classes with Trait changes will have their Trait points respecced when this update goes Live. This includes Champion, Guardian, Hunter, Lore-master, Minstrel, and Warden.
- Traits - Traits which offer bonuses to primary stats are more potent from levels 106 - 115.
- Physical Mastery from class traits has been increased.
- Tactical Mastery for class traits has been increased.


Tactical Relic Rebalancing


- We have rebalanced recent changes to Tactical Relics, necessitated by some issues that arose during their initial implementation for the Mordor expansion.
- The relics with the new tactical bonuses had two serious balance issues:
~ They were never intended to be equipped in class Legendary Item slots.
~ They weren't scaled correctly compared to the base bonus ratings on the weapons. They were scaled the same as Physical DPS Relics, but tactical and healing bonuses on Legendary Items should be substantially lower than the physical bonuses.

- This necessitates two corresponding changes that we need to implement:
~ Tactical DPS relics will only slot in the primary weapon, and will see their bonus reduced to ~70% of their current value.
~ Tactical HPS relics will only slot in the Class item, and will see their bonus reduced to ~45% of their current value.
~ We recognize that this will impact some players' current Legendary Item layouts. To manage this, those existing Tactical bonus relics will be removed from your Legendary Items and Relic inventories, and be replaced with barter tokens that can be exchanged at a Gorgoroth raid vendor for an equivalent relic (either DPS or HPS). You can then rebalance your Legendary Item.

--- See official release notes for class changes! There are a lot. ---


Anniversary Event


- We have created Eriador-specific versions of all of the anniversary scavenger hunt quests for years one through eleven for lower level players. This will allow players at any level to experience all the fun of the anniversary event. See Waldo's niece, Odilia Rumble, near the Party Tree in The Shire to begin the fun!
- All objectives for these quests are included within Eriador. Objectives that took place outside of Eriador have been removed from these versions of the quests.
- Rewards have been adjusted accordingly:
~ Quests will still award 3 anniversary tokens.
~ Wrapper quests should award about half of the rewards of their cap level counterpart, along with one Anniversary Token.
~ The Deed to complete all of the Eriador Anniversary quests will grant the title: Versed in Yesteryear, 6 dyes, a White Stag pet and 3 Anniversary Tokens.

- These quests do not grant XP.


Summer Festivities - Arriving with the Summer Festival

- Summer Festivity: The Perfect Picnic - We have a new Summer Festival activity for Fellowship sizes 1 up to 12.
- Summer Boss-fight: Thrang - We are revisiting the Thrang encounter as part of the Summer Festival. This fight will be familiar to those who've fought Thrang before, but we are tweaking this version to provide a new experience with special awards. Fellowship size: 6.


Items

- The Gorgoroth Rewards Vendor has had its prices lowered on Abyssal Essences from 1500 to 850. The Abyss of Mordath Tier 2 deed is no longer required to barter at this vendor.


Quests and Adventure Areas


- Some fixes were made to prevent Frightful Tales to Curl the Hair On Your Toes from becoming uncompleteable.
- High Elf - Instance: Into Darkness Falls A Star - Rescued soldiers now display billboard text properly.
- Instances and Raids - Abyss of Mordath - The Lost Lore housing item is now properly voiced.
- Quests - Strongholds of the North - Reforging a Kingdom - Corrected improper guidance text.
- Strongholds of the North - Random NPCs outside of Erebor no longer have physics.
- Festivals - Spring Festival - Shrew Stomp text is no longer 'DNT'.
- Beast-slayer of Dor Amarth - defeating Dire-horns will now advance the deed.
- Anniversary event quest Year 7 Tales - Legolas - now only defeating Orcs in Rohan will correctly update that objective.
- During the Elf Allegiance quest line, Arwen will no longer phase from her old spot in Rivendell if you have Epic Vol 3 Book 2 Chapter1 *or* the Year 4 Tales Anniversary quest underway.
- In the Elf Allegiance Battle Under the Trees instance, an orc archer has been escorted to the correct side of some invisible barriers and given a stern talking to.
- Some further improvements to camera blocking have been made in one of the Easterling refugee camps across the river from Dale.
- Fixed one of Gandalf's remembrances from the Year 9 scavenger hunt, which was not useable.
- Some music that was intended to play in several Mordor interior locations, along with some Dale-lands and Erebor landmarks,now does.
- Lay of Rust and Rime:
~ There are eight new episodes available, which conclude the story. Each of the eight quests award five Tokens.
~ Since the overall story is now 16 quests in total, the final reward for the Deed is now 100 Tokens, a special item, and a unique title.
~The "verse" text has been removed from the Deed, and it now covers the entire story.
~ The final quest has a selectable statted item reward.
~ These new episodes begin on June 6th, with a new episode being revealed once per week.

- The older regions of Breeland and Ered Luin have had some landscape updates made to them to improve their overall look and feel.


Featured Challenges and Instances

- Featured Challenges an additional Featured Instance quest that only bestows at cap level on Tier 2 difficulty, and provides additional rewards for completing the Tier 2 challenge in the Featured Instance.
- Featured Challenge reward vendors can be found in Bree, Twenty-first Hall, Dol Amroth, Minas Tirith (both pre-and-post Battle), and Dale.
- A Featured Instance Vendor has been added to Dale.


Looking For Fellowship:

- Social Panel > Who tab changes:
~ The Who panel is once again just a Who panel, and is no longer used for grouping purposes other than for simple tells and invites.
~ Removed the “Player Looking For Fellowship” checkbox, Quest drop-down, and Player Note fields.
~ Removed the “Show LFF Only” checkbox, and the “Quest” filter

- Social Panel > Open Fellowship tab changes:
~ The Open Fellowships tab has been renamed to “Quest Grouping”, and can be used to find players who are also interested in getting a group together to do a specific quest or deed. You can now create multiple Looking For Fellowship (LFF) entries, or join multiple entries that have already been created by other players. If you create an entry and logout, leadership will transfer to another group member. When you log back in, you will either be added to another similar group if one exists, or a new entry will be recreated for you. As members join an LFF entry, you will see a class icon populate the Members field, and each icon has a context-sensitive menu for sending Tells, Inspecting, or Inviting each member to your Fellowship. Group leaders can also invite all members from a context-sensitive menu on the LFF entry.
~ Removed the “LFP Want Ad” and “You currently do not have an LFP entry” labels.
~ Removed the “LFP Note” functionality.
~ Removed the “Matches Only” checkbox.
~ Added an “Include Deeds” checkbox for populating the Quest drop-down with active Deeds.
~ Added “Find” button for filtering results with currently specified criteria.
~ Added “My Quests” button for showing all of the LFF entries that you have either created or joined.
~ LFF entries will now show a star icon next to entries that the player has either created or leads.
~ A small player icon will appear next to LFF entries that the player is a member of.


General


- Warsteed turns while moving now look more natural. This is an aesthetic fix and does not impact actual movement.
- The Rescued Steed of Agarnaith now actually has 250 Morale.
- Racial Travel skills are now usable while mounted.
- The Elk of Felegoth's Glory now appears in the Mounts Collection panel.
- The Elk of Felegoth's Glory had been corrected to have +68% speed and 250 health.
- The Lasgalen Spring Steed had been corrected to have +62% speed.
- The maximum number of characters you can ignore has been increased to 300.
- The Who and Quest Grouping panels now default the level filters to +/- 2 levels from your character's current level (instead of +/- 1).
- The Russet Hedgehog cosmetic pet can now be acquired from the Keeper of Mysteries.
- The following cosmetic items have been added to the Keeper of Mysteries and the Gorgoroth Steel-bound lootbox: Smaug's bones housing decoration, Uniform of the Laketown Watch cosmetic outfit selection box, Public Outhouse housing decoration, and an Eager Beaver cosmetic pet.
- The text "Waiting for logout to complete" on the character selection screen has been centered.
- Many quests and items have been updated with improvements to grammar and spelling.
- Many javelins are now properly categorized as such in the Wardrobe.
- A few pieces of quest gear have had their stats slightly updated.


Cosmetic Items

- Musical instruments are now visible (sheathed) on your character when equipped. You can use the standard visibility override in the Cosmetic Outfits tab to hide your equipped instrument. You can also now cosmetically equip an instrument in any of your outfits. Your selected outfit's musical instrument will display on your character, and will be visible and audible for minstrels in combat in place of your equipped instrument. Note that the /music system will continue to use only your actually-equipped instrument for visuals and sound. Other ranged weapon slot items that have no visible appearance will not display on your character.


Performance and Misc

- Performance improvements have been made related to loading Deeds and quest locations.
- The game launcher now provides quick access to Microsoft's Direct X Web installer to make it easier to fix Direct X related issues.
- XInput device discovery has been temporarily disabled.
- Added a link to view the Character Transfer Guide to the Character Transfer Wizard in the launcher.
- lotrobrowserhelper.exe no longer produces lotrobrowserhelper_X.log files.
- Removed "Turbine" from the log path - the logs are now stored in %localappdata%\The Lord of the Rings Online, game client logs go here as well.
- Game Launcher: Added "Explore Log Folder" menu option which will open the folder where launcher and game client logs are put. Please note, the path has changed, if you wish to clean out old logs, you can delete the following directory: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Turbine\The Lord of the Rings Online\Launcher
- Windows Only: We are renaming the launcher from TurbineLauncher.exe to lotrolauncher.exe. In order to preserve existing shortcuts, a tiny TurbineLauncher.exe will be downloaded, but only if your installation already includes one. New installations will not include a TurbineLauncher.exe. If you wish to create new shortcuts, please point them at lotrolauncher.exe.
- Further improvements have been made to the in-game profanity filter.


Known Issues:

General (one-time only):


- You may experience an issue where your tactical Rune of Binding/Rune of Enchantment do not appear to be removed from your legendary items or your relic pool after you enter the game.?If this occurs please logout and back into the game to correct this or you may experience issues when trying to slot a new rune.?You will receive a token for these 'ghosted' relics upon your first login even though they still appear to be in the items/relic pool, so you should not receive additional tokens after your relog.


Burglar:

- Double Down gives Provoke a Daze and Diversion a Debuffing Gamble. The tooltip for Double Down says it gives both a daze, which is incorrect.


Guardian:


- Honourable combat is not providing additional benefit when removing bleeds from multiple targets.
- Warrior's fortitude does not provide a benefit if traited in more than one specialization line
- Shield-smash is affecting 7 targets instead of 8 when rank 3 of Follow Through is traited.
- The Guardian Area Effect Damage legacy for non-imbued legendary weapons is currently increasing damage more than intended.
- Overwhelm skill description is incorrect. It does not provide a slowing effect and instead will convert a deep wound into a terrible wound.
- Tooltip for Bolster incorrectly states it increases mitigation to 100%. This trait increases critical defense after blocking.
- Tenderize does not work properly at rank 5 and will remove the buff effect if sting is used, and no bleed is applied.
- War-chant is incorrectly benefiting from tactical mastery instead of physical mastery.
- Cataclysmic Shout description says it will do more damage to marked targets, however this is not the case.
- The Fighter of Shadow benefit of restoring morale when attacking a marked target is not working once the Mark of Permanence set bonus is acquired.
- The red line Guardian Haemorrhage trait says it gives a chance to apply a stackable bleed, but bleeds do not stack (as intended).


Hunter:

- The Yellow line hunter trait Armour Rend is removing the penetrating shot skills armor mitigation debuff when traited.
- The Upshot Damage legacy is not increasing skill damage.


Lore-master:


- Pleasant Breeze trait ranks say power restore, but affect morale.
- Staff-sweep has a delay after the animation plays before it applies damage and the sound effect for the attack.
- Staff Sweep says it restores power if you strike an enemy while a companion is flanking it, but this is currently not the case.
- Wizard's Fire does not benefit from the staff sweep increased crit chance, nor does it remove the effect.
- Ring of Fire is not currently Ring of Firing properly. Sorry.


Minstrel:

- Improved Chord of Salvation trait isn't correctly increasing the Fellowship-wide heal from ranks 2, 3, and 4.

Last edited by Cordovan; Jun 04 2018 at 11:12 AM. Reason: Updated notes
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