The most recent patch to Lord of the Rings Online will go down in infamy for its basic lute volume nerfs. It’s 12% quieter now, and flutes are 15% louder. Clearly, this patch is focused entirely around nerfing lutes. Also around a number of bugfixes for instances and quests and providing several balance tweaks for several classes, but it’s mostly about completely destroying lutes.
Players will now have access to the Bree Festival Grounds with a stage, perfect for roleplaying and stage performances throughout the years. They can also enjoy easier reputation earnings in Central Gondor and the option to use multiple reputation items at once. Take a look at the patch notes for a full list of changes, including other musical alterations that aren’t just about promoting flutes over lutes.