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

Enhanced Skill: Disappear Buff

I read every comment you guys post and I’m really glad I read this one from Feelmybite:

Actually, something that will help Disappear/Topple is that the trait Enhanced Skill: Disappear has actually been buffed up to its original proposal of a 5 min. CD reduction making it actually useful imo. I might just have to find a slot for it XD.

There are going to be three viewpoints on this change: warg, creep, and freep.

Wargs

A solid and needed change to this trait. When the trait was first announced by Kelsan last year Enhanced Skill: Disappear was originally going to reduce Disappear’s cooldown by 5min as well as provide a cleanse for harmful effects. Unfortunately the weight of all the freep tears over this trait meant that the devs had to take time away from doing any of that to help mop up Turbine’s offices. Instead all we got was a pretty crappy 3min reduction in Disappear’s cooldown. The end result was a trait that most wargs thought was crap and was thus barely used.

Reducing the cooldown to 5min gives us a bit more parity with Burglars who can HiPs twice on the trot, one after the other. It also means that our Topple knockdown skill will also have its cooldown reduced too. This is pretty good and makes up a little for still not getting that cleanse.

Not so much an awesome change as it is a needed change to make this trait actually worth slotting.

Creeps

A creep class is getting buffed? Great! Might not be their class, but most will probably appreciate that a creep is getting a buff anyway, it all helps.

Freeps

To sum it up in one word:

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ!

The idea of wargs being able to use Disappear every 5 minutes no doubt sounds like the single worst decision Turbine has ever made in its entire history. Once these changes hit the live servers I fully expect to see posts decrying this change as the worst thing to ever hit PvMP in LOTRO. Rage filled freeps will be screaming that they couldn’t get the kill on that fearsome rank 4 warg with their underpowered Minstrel because he was able to use Disappear again so soon.

In all seriousness this probably looks like a more powerful buff than it actually is. For the benefit of those of you who don’t play a warg (shame on you!) here is why. Ignoring the many problems with Disappear as a skill for a moment we have to remember that Disappear is now a double skill: Disappear/Topple. That dual-role means that this skill will be seeing more usage than it is currently, which means that it will be on cooldown more. Simply put it will not always be used as Disappear.

The other thing to consider here is that this is a trait, not an inherent ability that all wargs will have. Unless the warg is of the appropriate rank or spends Turbine Points he won’t even have this trait. Even those wargs who do have it need to find room for it in their already crowded trait slots. Wargs have a number of ‘must have’ traits that they simply will not unslot, for example, Enhanced Skill: Stealth and Shadow Fang. That’s two slots used up right there.

No, this is a good change for wargs, a needed change even, but it isn’t as OP as some are surely going to make it out to be.

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2 responses

  1. Snap

    Based on the forums all the QQ is about Shadow Stance allowing some attacks to always act as if you’re hitting from stealth, and that EoS works with them.

    14/03/2012 at 9:26 pm

  2. Caner

    I would really like you to comment on this QQ at forums about shadow stance.

    18/03/2012 at 9:56 am

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