A Guide for the Student on the Ways and Means of the Warg and the Stalking of Prey

Update 5 Goodies For Wargs Part IV

In addition to the warg specific changes I discussed in the last part there are some more changes to PvMP in general. Unfortunately some of those changes are nerfs …

The Good

Let’s start with the good stuff first though!

Creep Delving potions no longer removed on death.

Thank the maker! This is a long overdue change and is really good news for creeps everywhere. These pots are useful, but they require grinding to acquire, which requires DoF to be open, which requires two outposts to be controlled by creeps. None of that is especially difficult, but can be a pain. The fact that you could activate one of these precious buffs only to die 10 sec later and have your valuable purchase wiped out was definitely unfair. This is a really superb change.

Outnumbered Buffs “Akúlhun’s Challenge” & “Lainedhal’s Call to Arms” now increase Infamy/Glory Gains by 20%

An interesting change this. Hopefully giving the outnumbered buff a big infamy/renown boost should help to attract players to whichever side is currently outnumbered. Will it work? Only time will tell, but it’s worth a shot.

Brands and Insignias now provide Immunity and/or Dispels for Silences, Disarms, and Slows in addition to other Crowd Control effects.

Another interesting change, and something I consider to be a positive one. Simply put there is far too much crowd control flying around the Ettenmoors. Slows are a particular problem with seemingly every freep class possessing one,and in some cases extremely potent slows i.e. 70% from the Rune-keeper. Brands are handy items for fights you know will be a challenge and this change should help to levelthe playing field given our own modest assortment of crowd control options.

The Bad

Mobilize speed buff reduced to 35%

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a skill being nerfed before it was even released before! I’m not sure why this was nerfed from the previous proposed value of50%, but I can only presume that it was felt a 50% run speed buff was too powerful. Was it? Personally I say no since it would still be well short of even a basic freep mount at 162%. Nevertheless it has been reduced.

March! speed buff reduced to 25%

A similar story to Mobilize above, but this doesn’t really affect us wargs since we probably aren’t going to be using March! an awful lot. Still it’s a bit of a strange one considering the previous value was only 35%. That is far below freep mount speeds.

Delving of Fror Movement Speed potions have been removed from barter and loot. Potions currently in player inventory will not be removed, but the effect will not stack with Mobilize and March and their potency has been reduced to 5/7/10% from 10/15/20%.

I’m sad to see these buffs being removed, but with the enhancements to our stealth movement speed we, at least won’t be losing anything. The other creep classes will presumably make up for these pots by using March! It’s a fair trade-off I suppose since March! is free to use rather than requiring barter items to use each time.

It might be worth stockpiling some of these pots now even if the ones remaining in-game will have reduced magnitudes.

The Ugly

It’s been announced that Bullroarer will be closed today. That means no more testing on Update 5. That means no more patch notes. That means no more additions. That means no extra functionality for Enhanced Skill: Disappear in Update 5.

I was hoping we would see the extra functionality this trait is supposed to have in this update, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen now. Hopefully it makes it into the next update.


2 responses

  1. Feelmybite

    Actually, Enhanced: DIsappear was nerfed before release… seems like anything good we might get the freeps QQ about and before you know it, it’s nerfed…

    Also, would you mind posting the link to where you find the patch notes ect. since I find it near impossible to locate them on the lotro site…

    06/12/2011 at 3:54 pm

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