Lord of the Rings Online 22.2 update is live with sweeping class balance changes, wearable instruments, and new story quests
“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,” Standing Stone says. It’s buffed the potency of multiple traits and reset trait allocation for all affected classes too. Notably, Champions got a hefty damage and healing buff, Guardians will find Keen Blade got a do-over, Hunter lines and skills got major overhauls, Warden DPS is up up up, and some of the Lore-master’s traits have been outright deleted (I’ll let MOP’s Justin be the arbiter of whether that class is improved or not!).
Tactical Relics also got a revamp, plus there’s a new series of weekly episodes in the Lay of Rust of Rime series, tweaks for the LFG tool, bug fixes galore, and a revamp of the anniversary questline for non-max-level toons. Finally, players should expect two new instances in the Summer Festival later this month: 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,” says SSG. “These Instances arrive with the Summer Festival, which begins June 28th starting at 10:00 AM Eastern.”
And here’s my favorite bit:
“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.”
Happy patch day!