Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 23 Where Dragons Dwell is live today

    
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Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 23 is rolling out today – apparently, it’s even taking some folks who don’t frequent social media by surprise. BAM, dragons! Players will be traveling through the next two chapters of the Black Book of Mordor, which takes them into Erebor’s three new zones.

“Update 23 features a journey into the homelands and histories of the dwarves, including the Longbeard descendants of Durin the Deathless. Beginning with an expanded Erebor, you will adventure into the fabled Iron Hills, and finally arrive in the lost dwarf kingdoms of the Grey Mountains. The Where Dragons Dwell Quest Pack is free to VIPs and Lifetime Account members, and includes more than 120 quests and deeds, along with three resource instances, a new Instance cluster, and releasing soon – a new raid! These new Instances are currently available to play up to Tier 2 difficulty, and a new Tier 3 difficulty will be released soon! Tier 3 is a new challenge level that replaces the former T2C difficulty, and offers a new challenge in addition to new rewards.”

There are also new heads and hair for hobbits, a level cap bump to 120, the stat revamp, a lootbox overhaul, new playable bassoons, the new featured instance rotation, and new traits. Anybody going back for the new goodies?

Source: Patch notes
Update October 10
SSG put out a new trailer too!

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Amorey

My hobbit has lost a few pounds with the avatar update but she still looks very cute so I am happy. Hair color looks a bit ‘mousy’ but I think I can live with that 😊

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Mordyjuice

Wow, I wonder if any other race has been updated. I might come back I always thought the game world aged well, granted I thought that years ago. The last expansion I bought was Riders of Rohan what other content do I need to buy other than Mordor, does Mordor include the other expansions? If I subscribe can I circumvent any pay to win aspects?

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Amorey

So far Men , Elves, and Hobbits have undergone the avatar revamp and looks quite nice. Since Rohan they have also introduced a new race+class called the Beorning which is a shapeshifter kind of tank, and with Mordor the High-Elf race. I believe that if you return in game as a subscriber you will still need to get the expansions of Helm’s Deep and Mordor, but all the updates in between should be included, as a VIP you also get a few extra perks. If you return to the game as a Free-To-Play then you can get quests packs and expansion pack from the store.

https://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Expansion

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/vip

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butterpanda888

I read new playable bassoons as new playable baboons. Was very confused.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Patcher continues to fail at this hour 10:15, Pacific. “Unable to decode . . . download.”

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Roger Melly

Oh cool a level bump now I can do some scenarios to level up and see if I can complete Mordor at last .

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Bango on Laurelin

The new Eriador map, when compared to how it’s represented in the books is just wrong. Places such as Ered Luin and the Shire are way too large in terms of scale. Also the coastline is all wonky. The Rhovanion one is better.

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Paragon Lost

Glad it wasn’t just me noting that. Really was off putting to see that.

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Fred Douglas

It’s interesting how LOTRO’s demographic has changed. SoA was a pretty difficult game, at least I thought so at the time. You really had to work hard to solo, particularly in Angmar.

Now, Mordor broke everybody’s will, but I suppose I understand it, because it’s been so easy as a game for many years.

Looking forward to the update, anyway, and I did read it’s much easier than mordor, they had to tune it away from being too easy.

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Amorey

I am returning to see all the new changes and hopefully the new content. I struggled a lot in Mordor and was unable to finish that area. I managed to get to lev 111, perfect for a hobbit really , but I would dearly love to see the the new zones. Hopefully end content will be a bit more solo/casual friendly, if not I will disappointed and sad because LOTRO has been my MMO home for many years and I would like to carry on with my hobbit adventures without getting stressed and frustrated because I chose to play casually alone.

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BalsBigBrother

I am toying with the idea of returning after an 8 month break from Lotro. The reason I took a break was also due to getting stressed in Mordor. Getting stressed in a game is not the reason I play them so it was time for me to step back and do something else for a little bit.

My hope is the stat rebalance part of this update will help alleviate some of the points of stress and allow me to get back into the game again. *fingers & toes are crossed*

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Amorey

Same here 😉

Game is patching now. Among other things, I am very curious to see how my hobbit looks after the update.

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Michael18

Gotta say I liked Mordor and I’d also say it showed the positive effects of more difficult content, for example more spontaneous grouping in the open world and people helping each other out, more.

OTOH, I played shortly after release when the zones were packed with people, which probably helped a lot.

BUT: I heard of so many people who did not finish Mordor and therefore couldn’t even play Northern Mirkwood either, which is extremely unfortunate. Overall I’d say if huge parts of the community are left behind this is not worth the potential benefits and the content should be toned down. Esp. in a game like Lotro.

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Paragon Lost

Love/hate relationship with Mordor. With my champion I did fine and had fun with Mordor, my runekeeper, not at all. :/

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Ashfyn Ninegold

This kept me away as well, but it should be possible now to either skip Mordor or simply do the book.

You may remember, BBB, when southern Mirkwood first came out. It was a very difficult zone, and hard to solo with many elites roaming and the quests sending you time and again into areas packed with mobs. Remember the solo instance that was the dwarf mini-raid to blow up the tunnel? Trying to do that even once was spectacularly difficult for some classes. It’s all been ramped down considerably to just a shadow of its former self.

Most people just skip it now. Probably no one would go there if the rep wasn’t required for World Renowned.

I imagine Mordor will eventually (if not with this update) be toned down. It’s okay to have a very difficult zone when everyone is in it, but it sucks when no one else is around. And if you don’t need Radiance (whatever they are calling it now, Light of Elendil?) anywhere else, it just doesn’t make any sense to do more than the book there.

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Tobasco da Gama

I haven’t done any post-Mordor stuff yet, so I don’t know if gear in Northern Mirkwood still has Light of Elendil or whatever, but I do note that players above level 115 will now be getting a built-in Light buff, regardless of what gear they’re wearing, when they go to Mordor. Seems to me like it’s a deliberate allowance for people who want to overlevel the content elsewhere and then go back to Mordor later on.

Anyway, yeah, the TTK in Mordor was just miserable. LOTRO has a lot of problems with TTK and mob density in general. A lot of it stems from this ass-backward philosophy that still believes hitting players with sticks is the right way to encourage grouping. And that enforced grouping on the landscape is even a desirable thing for a modern MMO in the first place. Any step away from that is a good step, in my book.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Hopefully the changes will improve TTK. The BR forum folks sure seemed happy about the state of the game overall.

From the patch notes:

Races who choose to venture back into the lands of Mordor at level 116 and beyond will acquire a passive trait that grants 20 Light of Eärendil at level 116 that increases up to 80 Light by the time you reach level 119.