Lord of the Rings Online introduces new raid in Update 23.2, going live today

    
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Today, Lord of the Rings Online is deploying its latest patch, Update 23.2, which is expected to go live by around noon Eastern time. The update brings with it a handful of the usual tweaks and changes, but the highlight of the patch is the addition of a brand-new raid, The Anvil of Winterstith.

In the raid, which is scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 10th, players will “venture into the lair of an ancient frost dragon to prevent Karazgar, the Weeping Warrior, from adding the massive Frost-horde to his host.” The raid will initially be available in both Tier 1 and Tier 2 difficulties, with the extra-challenging Tier 3 difficulty unlocking “in about a month.”

On top of that, new Ironfold quests have been added to the game, providing some new content for players who have reached level 120 and completed the previous Ironfold quest, The Lord of Iron. In addition, there have been a few changes to various class features and abilities, and Class Trait points have been capped at 92 points “for now,” though it’s worth noting that the maximum players can currently earn is 91, so players shouldn’t notice a difference. For the full details on LotRO’s Update 23.2, you can find the detailed patch notes over on the game’s forums.

Source: Patch Notes

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Paragon Lost

While I’m quite happy to see them opening a new raid. The reset of “All” class specs is a real PITA for someone who plays all the classes. I wish they had given some sort of heads up so I could have gone and done a screen capture of each class’s spec. (grumble)

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Patch early… at least an hour before you plan to play if you have LOTRO on an SSD or two hours before if it is on a hard drive.

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Rick Mills

Took about 8 minutes on mine – hard drive, 200mbit fiber connection.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

It did go surprisingly fast relative to the last couple of updates where the patcher seemed to crawl through the file list at a snail’s pace. The actual download speed seems to be irrelevant, it is the patcher doing its book keeping that seems to take the majority of the time. With only 483 files, as opposed to a few thousand, I clocked it at just over 6 minutes on my system, hard drive and 100mbit connection.

The problem is you never know how many files it will be until you patch, so better safe than sorry.

Also, be aware of this tidbit:

Today’s Deployment of Update 23.2 includes changes to Class Trait trees which requires them to be reset. All characters have had their Class Trait trees reset as a result. Players will need to re-select their various Class Traits.

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Rick Mills

Yep I think the Traits took the most time:) Need to screenshot them next time:)