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Gamespy have released an article featuring two new classes that will be introduced to LotrO in the Mines of Moria update these are:
In lore terms, the Runekeeper marks the gameâ€™s first true â€œmagic user.â€ The Loremaster class had his or her powers explained as the harnessing of the traditional powers of nature â€” calling down lightning, using water to make foes stick in the mud, or throwing a fireball made from a chemical concoction. In short, the class is more of a combat chemist than a true magician. The Runekeeper, on the other hand, actually taps into the primal physics-altering powers of creation. Itâ€™s the same kind of power (though to a far, far lesser degree) as that tapped into by powerful elves like Galadriel (who serves as the model for the class).
In pure game dynamics, Steefel says that the Runekeeper will be â€œâ€¦a third light armor class that offers viable healing or DPS alternatives.â€ True to the gameâ€™s â€œhybrid classâ€ design philosophy, the Runekeeper is being tuned to not take the thunder away from the primary healing class (Minstrel) and will focus its DPS capabilities on nuking, particularly by the application of powerful, stackable damage-over-time effects. Players will manage their role via a new â€œAttunement Meterâ€ that can be geared to provide bonuses to healing abilities at the detriment of damage powers and vice-versa, depending on the current role the Runekeeper is being asked to fulfill.
The Warden as designed takes as its inspiration Haldir, the Elf warden who protected the lands of Lothlorien from incursions by orcs and other foul things that crept from Moria. True to its model, the Mines of Moria Warden is a medium-armor tank class built around an Elf rather than a Manâ€™s idea of a heavy fighter â€” sacrificing heavy protection in favor of agility and anticipation. As a result, the Warden in Mines of Moria may find his or her greatest utility not as a tank but as a support fighter â€” an off-tank.
Interestingly, the Wardenâ€™s gameplay mechanics owe a debt to Tekkenas much as to any Elf-lord. The Wardenâ€™s main abilities are triggered by a new â€œgambitâ€ system. These are special attacks and status effects triggered by firing off certain combinations of moves in sequence. Thus a â€œPower Attackâ€ designed to take advantage of a specific break in a creatureâ€™s defenses might be fired off by using four specially-colored attacks in a row, while a different attack designed to slow an enemyâ€™s attacks could be used to set up combos that let companions regain some health or power. The Warden, then, is a strategic class designed, according to Steefel, â€œâ€¦ for players want to anticipate what theyâ€™ll need 10 seconds from now as opposed to right this second.â€
This will hopefully make players who have reached the max with all their characters and it is rumoured that Turbine may bring in a few more character slots so you don't have to delete your other characters to try out these ones!
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