It’s Wednesday again so it’s time for another Lotro update! Yet again leveling was pretty slow last week with me working on finishing the dwarf starting zone for the deeds and finishing up a few quests in North Downs still worth xp. I’m now standing at level 40 and slowly edging into the old endgame zones of Lotro before the expansions. Yesterday turned out to be an awesome night and I want to touch on group questing.
Wardens and soloing
It’s no big secret that Wardens are one of the best classes to solo with in Lotro if you are skilled enough to use them well. Wardens are a tanking class based around the use of dots and hots to gather agro, do damage and heal yourself through the damage. The whole thing requires skill because you have to remember your gambits, abilities that you can activate when you do the right sequence of attacks before activating them. The catch is you have to remember it all by heart, not mess up and since they take time to set up you have to plan your battle. If you do it right you can solo elites your own level or even higher but if you mess up you hit the dirt pretty fast. I find it tons of fun.
Yesterday I was mainly trying to complete group quests solo. Lotro divides group quests in two groups, small fellowship wich requires a party of two or three without the need for specific classes and fellowship quests that requires the use of a tank/healer/dps and are made for groups of 3 to 6 players. The fun part is that fellowship quests are not all created equals and some I can solo and others will rape me even if I’m 10 level over and the mob is now grey.
The trouble with trolls
So I had trouble with a quest involving wood trolls in Evendim. I can solo the higher level giants close by but those trolls just hit like trucks. I was about to give up and move on to something else, figuring this was a “true” fellowship quest when a friend logged in to his hunter and offered to help since he had the same quests. Armed with a friend I was sure we could pull it off.
Well it was anything but easy. Even with the added dps those trolls still hit crazy hard. They stun, the grab, they trow rocks and they respawn fast. I had to pull out the big buff food, juggle using survival abilities with agro generating ones, the hunter used CC and we inched our way toward the boss. Wich then proceeded to hit me for a quarter of my hit points each strike and was linked with two other trolls. Fun times!
Even if I did not finish the quest I had a blast. Why? Because it was challenging, because it forced me to play my class to the fullest and use all my skills only to survive. Also, it was teaching me smart group play, wich is the whole point of the leveling game. I don’t want to get to max level and don’t have a clue of how to play my class in groups.
It was crazy, it was challenging and it was way more fun than many high-end raids I’ve done before.
Walk to Rivendell update: I’m at 19.5 miles walked for the challenge wich puts me on Stock road just after leaving camp on the second day.