Oh boy lots to talk about from LOTRO! It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend making the transition into a new Kinship with my friends and meeting new players in Riders of the Apocalypse. Tonight was one RotA’s Helegrod nights (we raid Monday’s and Thursdays) and I had heard so much about the success this kinship has had in the past. I was completely blown away with the level of skill and solid gameplay these guys put forth in everything they do. Every fight was done with precise execution and it made for one really fun and easy evening of Helegrod.
Helegrod’s main boss, Thorog, had a huge update in Book 10. Going from what was once a decent challenge to what’s now a very difficult fight, players have renamed the dragon Thorog 2.0. I didn’t expect that we would win going in with only three tanks and so many burglars but it was shockingly tight. Thorog took about 25 minutes from start to finish which is actually the longest single fight I’ve done in a long time. My specific job on Thorog was to be one of two Minstrels on the top level healing the hunters and champions. The Hunters would DPS Thorog by shooting arrows down at him and the Champions would AOE DPS the adds that would rush us up top. Overall this fight was the most fun I’ve had in LOTRO yet. I’m looking forward to hopefully having lots of fun in RotA and completing new content as Turbine delivers it.
What’s a boss kill without some screenshots? The first is of Thorog’s death and the second is the little mini-event that occurs in Rivendell after the Mirdanant is turned to the elves. If you haven’t completed Helegrod you’re missing out!