Lord of the Rings Online’s level 120 gear system sows pay-to-win lockbox confusion

    
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LOTRO’s Minas Morgul expansion released a few days ago, which naturally changed a number of things around. One thing it did shift is how motes are earned and where to spend those motes on level 120 gear to even see Minas Morgul itself, which ended up making a few people assume that the game’s Minas Morgul lockboxes were further entering pay-to-win territory.

Dailies in Ered Mitrhin and Vales of Anduin now award motes, but the rewards are pretty low — only 300 motes for Ered Mithrin and 500 motes for Vales. The problem, however, is that a relevant trader NPC deals only in level 120 items for Embers, which can currently be earned only in Minas Morgul content or by opening Minas Morgul lockboxes, which initially seemed to suggest that players needed to buy these lockboxes in order to push forward.

That doesn’t appear to be the case, however: A workaround shared by one player involves getting Marks Of The Longbeard in Skarhald and running level 120 content for gear. Additionally, the motes vendor for 120 gear is apparently in Bree and Galtrev, though that vendor deals only in gear, not essences. Finally, it was confirmed that ILI 382 Anvil gear costing embers is a bug that will be fixed soon.

Got all that? Good, because personally, I miss the days when you just spent gold to get items.

source: official forums (1, 2), thanks to Tryden for the tip!
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Robert Mann

I somehow HIGHLY doubt this gear is needed to get into the next area. Yeah. Just no.

Not only is there a variety of options available, but beyond that even going back one tier for essences is probably quite viable. From what I can see, the epic story needs to be done through the most recent portion to access it anyway. Which if done lends itself to you being halfway geared at a solid level. Additionally, there’s solid gear from the dailies that were in place, so the entire whining seems out of place, as if it is from people who never played and didn’t buy a pack with the level booster (that per their breakdown gives you gear).

In short, this sounds like much ado about next to nothing, and that’s just from a little quick looking. Do people REALLY think they need raid gear for an xpac release? Again, if they do I wonder at the fact that they have not given up MMOs long ago, as the propensity for people to carry others to that point of gearing just so that open world doesn’t tear them a new one has to be incredibly small.

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Vincent Clark

It’s not about “need”, which to be honest–at this point–should be obvious.

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Robert Mann

It’s more or less there’s no real issue with getting gear that is more than sufficient.

I booted up, with rather hum-drum gear. Easy going. It’s not about need, it’s about people whining about nothing.

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Vincent Clark

At this point, complaining about loot-boxes in LOTRO is like complaining that the sun comes up. The signs the game was headed in that direction popped up in Mordor so if you are still complaining and still playing the game after that fiasco, your misery is self-inflicted. May the force be with you.

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Paragon Lost

Gah, I really dislike how confusing they’ve always made this sort of thing.

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Vincent Clark

Which they’ve done intentionally (not the first time), because y’know…loot-boxes.

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Bruno Brito

LoTRO? Pay to Win?

No way.