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Itemization Addressed in Rise of Isengard

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jul 28, 2011  | Comments

Itemization Addressed in Rise of Isengard -

A new developer post has cropped up on the Lord of the Rings Online site that addresses changes to itemization coming with the Rise of Isengard expansion. The team identified two main areas of concern and lays out exactly how those will be addressed and how the changes will affect all types of players.

Finesse and how it isn’t the new Radiance

Let me start off by saying that Finesse is not intended to be a replacement for Radiance. Finesse is a rating, not dissimilar from offense rating or critical strike rating. You will find it on quest gear, you will find it in instance loot, you will find it all over the place.

Radiance required you to grind for extremely specific loot in order to be effective in a raid space; we’re not going back to that world. The hope is that a player will be about at their maximum finesse efficiency by wearing roughly 3 pieces on-level with the space. So a raid player might walk into a raid wearing four rare quality items with finesse on them, but after gearing up in the raid cut down to three incomparable items with finesse on them. We’re also not requiring you to wear it, there will be plenty of non-finesse options along all gear types. We just hope that the option to be parried, blocked, resisted or evaded less seems valuable since it means consistent DPS.

Read more about itemization on the Lord of the Rings Online site.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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