The Legendary Weapon system has come under severe flak lately from a good chunk of the community. With the new expansion taking us into Rohan later this year, many have expected some form of change to the system to give it a lift from the usual 'grind' as it has come to be known as by players, including myself. So here are my thoughts about the LI System and what can be done to improve it.
The LI System was first introduced in 2008 with the Mines of Moria expansion. I wasn't playing LOTRO back then but can only assume that the system was very welcomed. A weapon with better damage output and skill legacies that is unrivaled by any other crafted or instance loot drop in the game would make players feel powerful. I know I would. Plus, the weapons become personalized with the player. Names, choices of legacies, it truly was a representation of your character in a weapon. Fast forward 4 years later, I'm just going to put it out here, it's getting old. Very old. One of the first few problems I found with the LI was after the launch of last year's Rise of Isengard. With the level cap raised from 65 to 75, the race was on, to equip myself with a better legendary weapon that I already had. Two stumbling blocks here.
1. Having been 65 for ages, I was so attached to my level 65 second-ager. Why could I not keep the weapon, it's look, it's name, it's legacies and just get a scroll to level it up? Of course, wishful thinking back then, I'm over it now but hey it's a thought. (DPS changes in the new region was much higher and it made sense to part ways with your beloved 65 weapons)
2. On the journey to 75, everytime I pick up a decent looking weapon to level it up and to call it my own, a few hours later a better one shows up around the same level, and I'm stumped again because I've invested points and scrolls and relics into the previous weapon. Really!?. This has always been the case on both my 75 toons.
Another problem I want to point out is..relic forging. Nevermind, forget it. Thinking about it makes me gaga. There must be something Turbine can do to improve this system before ROR releases in September, and we all have to go through the same rat race all over again. Sure the crystals were nice and all and I feel sorry for players who has already used them. I'm holding on to mine till I get a level 85 weapon, because lets face it, players like me won't stop picking up LI weapons until we find one at end-game and it's pointless to pick up another unless it's really necessary.
So Turbine, my suggestions to reduce this grind. Firstly, reduce the cost of relics. It is a pain in the ass currently and is the cause for all the grind-whine. Secondly, come ROR it would be a good idea to reduce trash LI drops and replace them with substantial ones of higher quality that would make us think twice before investing in them. Not sure if that made sense. Anyway, in conclusion, I'd also be happy just to see the LI system go away. Really would.
And if I hear anything that says the War Horse uses a version similar to the LI system... I'm coming to Boston, with a rattan caning stick.