Lord of the Rings Online 22.2 update is live with sweeping class balance changes, wearable instruments, and new story quests

It’s release day for Lord of the Rings Online. Update 22.2 is the big ol’ class balance patch that everyone’s been fussing about for the last few weeks.

“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!

Source: Patch notes
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Bryan Turner

Still a good looking game for a senior citizen, did they ever update the character models? I think the furthest I ever got a character was to the end of the Weathertop zone, but I remember buying the $50 version of Riders of Rohan so I’m not exactly sure how much money I’d have to sink in to get current or whether to bother since Daybreak looms over them like a star about to go supernova (god damn shame it’s a nice slow paced game).

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Roger Melly

Yeah there was some updates to the character models but they are still quite stiff looking .

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ghostlight

Agree with you about the pacing and think that is indeed a good thing. I’m in need of a new mmo and keep thinking I should give LOTRO another try, although yeah, it does seem that Daybreak has been getting mixed reviews from the fans.

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Peter Couse

My wife and I started again a few months ago. We are just finishing Lone Lands, so still very very low. The nice thing is at low levels most of the issues the game has are the angst of max players.

Even with the character model upgrades it is still dated graphics and stiff, as Roger says, but it still gives you the ability to get your ‘Lord of the Rings on’ fix.

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Robert Mann

How much you would have to spend would depend on what else you might own. You can technically grind XP regardless, running either big battles or skirmishes to get to areas you do own. The one thing that might be really tough, if you don’t have friends or want to spend money, would be getting past Moria if you don’t have the rewards to buy it… but there are ways, with ports, guides, and all.

Remember also that any achievements in any zone give you rewards of cash shop currency in game, so you may be able to get more access than you had, even just with where you got to.

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zoward

It’s a great day to be a Warden :-)

Ummm …. any word on Daybreak’s status now that the 4th is here?

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styopa

Is it? My understanding is that they addressed the blue-line warden being entirely too easy?

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Randy Savage

They didn’t spend much time testing these changes at all, but that’s okay. As a Keen Blade Guardian, any improvement is an improvement after being neglected for years and years.

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Tobasco da Gama

Looks like I screwed up by running my Captain into Mordor first. Now if I ever do it on my Lore-Master I’ll have to embrace the suck all over again instead of enjoying semi-reasonable TTKs.

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Paragon Lost

lol. I was thinking along similar lines. I’d dragged ass on my LM for years and years. finally got into him and I’ve got him to 85th currently. Now it sounds like he’s not going to be as fun to play or survivable as he was before. He might end up dead a lot like my Fire Runekeeper did in Mordor. :/

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Tobasco da Gama

OTOH, the Lore-Master forum seems pretty happy with the balance changes overall, so maybe it won’t be too terrible. I’m still kind of hoping for a good way to level 105-115 and pick up the Black Book quests in Mirkwood without having to actually play Mordor again, though…

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Paragon Lost

Yeah twice into Mordor was one time to many for me. I dread taking my LM, Hunter and Captain through it. Good to hear that many are apparently happy with the LM balance changes. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully the bugs that I read at the end of the patch notes are corrected soon in regards to the LM and other classes as well.