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Month of the Minstrel

Posted by Keith Cross on Oct 16, 2007  | Comments

Month of the Minstrel -

Turbine has announced the Month of the Minstrel, their ongoing effort to improve the classes of Lord of the Rings Online.  Numerous changes are in store for the Minstrel, including the new "Words of War" skill category that will help make the Minstrel a more viable solo class.

Welcome to the Month of the Minstrel! It's the Minstrel's turn in the spotlight, as we reach the latest part of our continued updates and additions to all of the classes in LOTRO. To identify the aspects of the Minstrel class we should focus on, we referenced player feedback, data collection, and our own experiences, and decided on the high-level goals of increasing a Minstrel's ability to play solo, diversifying a Minstrel's buffing/support role, examining and improving healing, and adding some fun treats for our players. These goals were addressed by adding new skills, modifying existing skills and traits, and by adding new items to the game.

Solo Play:

Minstrels have always been most effective while supporting other players, but haven't been at the top of their game when playing alone. We gave them some abilities that will let them solo better.

New Skill: War-Speech - This skill is the first in the new "Words of War" skill category. It is a toggled stance that powers up both "Piercing Cry" and "Chant of the Oathbreaker" (read on), but decreases a Minstrel's ability to heal. In addition, it limits usage of two other powerful skills. The overall intention of this skill is to give the ability to defeat monsters faster to those players who are comfortable with the amount of damage they are taking. While in Fellowships, most Minstrels will want to keep this power toggled off, but if there are multiple healers available, the Minstrel may wish to begin chanting words of war!

Read more about Minstrels here.

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