Lord of the Rings Online gets a combat tune-up

    
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In all of the excitement of yesterday’s Lord of the Rings Online Battle of Pelennor Fields update, it was probably easy to miss some of the nitty-gritty combat adjustments that the devs made in favor of the big-ticket features.

To make sure that players stay informed about the changes that came in the most recent patch, Turbine’s put out an additional dev diary about the combat tune-up that came in Update 18. There’s nothing ground-shattering here, although these adjustments are part of the bread-and-butter of fights. In the patch, the avoidance mechanic has been tweaked, the mastery stat will buff player damage, and medium armor classes can cap mitigations for less than before.

Turbine also said that combat positioning in instances should be getting more attention. “It will be much more important to skillfully position yourself behind your enemies: Enemies with high block, parry, and evade ratings will generally take fewer crits unless you’re attacking from behind.”

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aaronweddle1
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aaronweddle1

Karl_Hungus oooh good old Golden girls

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

denhith Karl_Hungus 
I mean they might end up nerfing our damage after the mastery stat change goes into effect because as it is now, player damage is too high.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

melissaheather ApathyCurve 
I loved questing through the game just because of how faithful it was to the books for the most part.

Amorey
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Amorey

melissaheather I completely agree . If  I was ask to give one tip on how to play LOTRO to a new player I would say, do the epic quest line and make sure you read the stories because  they are  so beautifully linked together from lev 1 to lev 105  :)

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Amorey the epic quests are the best parts of the game, and some people don’t even realize it, they are too busy doing the normal NPC quests and geeking out at even the obscure locations realized so nicely

melissaheather
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melissaheather

ApathyCurve not a poke at you personally, but it’s always amused me that people have complained that Moria is too long, too dark, too dangerous, too convoluted, confusing, etc…   Just as Tolkien described it.  ;)

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

I think it’s about time LOTRO came back up on my rotation.  There’s so much content there beckoning to me, but I never got past Moria because it was so depressing and bland.  I dislike caves intensely… yet my primary is a dwarf.  He so needs therapy.

OdinValhalla
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OdinValhalla

I’m just happy they are still producing content. LOTRO isnt a game I play everyday anyway, once HD came out I shelfed it and fire it up for the updates, play a month then go play other games. I mean we are at Pelennor Fields, perhaps one of the most epic battles in the fantasy genre world. Im pretty happy i get a chance to try it. Not a fan of Turdbine at all, but they are the only ones who are doing a LOTR mmo so meh.

quixadhal
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quixadhal

Well, at least it isn’t a Combat Update.  I remember not liking the last Combat Update we got in an MMO…. *grin*

denhith
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denhith

Amorey You keep boasting on the OF that you are not a fan girl, but look at you…this article is about the combat updates and you just can’t help gushing over something completely unrelated. Not that I ever took you serious before, but now…