Lord of the Rings Online Book 11: Month of the Minstrel
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar has been focusing on improving each character class for the game. Book 11 focuses on LotRO’s healers declaring it the Month of the Minstrel.
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.
Turbine has added a new skill type “Words of War”. These war chants increase the effectiveness of a minstrel as a solo play by increasing the piercing cry and other combat abilities while backing off their healing skills. When in a group, the minstrels role as a buffing and healing character have been refined.
For a full list of changes to the Minstrel class, visit the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar web site.