I thought I'd get the jump on Lendas and throw some hope into these forums! I think that there were some good-looking takeaways for hunters from today's dev chat that I'd like to share.
Q3 MRWarg - Are the major class revamps being made with PvMP in mind? #LOTRO
A3 Jinjaah - There are certainly some pvmp considerations being made in the revamp. #LOTRO
Takeaway: Hunters' skills might be given pvmp consideration, perhaps regarding inductions and survivability.
Q6 Vulcan583 -Any plans to rework the Lore master’s blue line? #LOTRO
A6 Jared – All lines of all classes are being examined. #LOTRO
Takeaway: All lines...including the hunter yellow line, perhaps. That'd be great.
Q23 MrWarg - Can you give us any more information on the major class revamps taking place later in the year? #LOTRO
A23 Jared – Our goal is to reduce the hybrid-homogenized nature of our classes while bringing definition and excitement to the primary role of each line. #LOTRO
Takeaway: Reduction of the hybrid-homogeneity could possibly boot hunter dps in relation to other classes. It's possible that guardian/minstrel dps might be reduced to accommodate their role - great news for hunters, but bad news for those classes.
Q24 Dotfive - Any plans for a new class? #LOTRO
A24 Jared – Not at this time. We feel the revamp is going to breathe a lot of new life into the existing classes. #LOTRO
Takeaway: Sounds like there might be some significant changes being considered for classes.
Q31 Kajil -Is the hunter class ever going to see something along the lines of a strong, instant self-heal/HOT or instant B/P/E buff? #LOTRO
A31 Jared – It’s not out of the realm of possibility, but I’d prefer something other than a heal for survivability. #LOTRO
Takeaway: This sounds great - as though there might be a more creative approach towards hunter survivability rather than throwing a heal or bubble our way - which has already been complained about with Cry of the Hunter.
Q36 @sethbar1 How can the devs fully grasp the needs of a class when they are working with multiple classes and moving around so much?
A36 HoarseDev this pass on classes is intended to address their interactions as a whole in groups.
A36a We have to look at them all at the same time in order to see "how each piece fits into the puzzle."
a36b (Quotes from JWB)
Takeaway: This is great for hunters with concerns about their place in groups. If devs are looking at hunters pan-class-wise, they'll probably take note that the only thing we bring to raids is DPS, and adjust everything accordingly. Again, this is exciting to hear.
BQ5 Kajil - Will the numerous hunter skills and traits (specifically, Bow of the Righteous, Press Onward, Strength of the Earth, Agile Rejoinder, assorted legendary item legacies, etc) that are currently under-scaled or out-of-date be scaled to perform up-to-par with other class's skills?
BA5 Jared – Anything and everything is up for revision with the class revamps.
Takeaway: I hope we get some great revision!
BQ6 Waylen -Threat generation by tanks appears to not scale proportionally to dps. Will you be addressing this issue at some point? Also Threat itself is very murky do you have any plans for making it a bit more transparent?
BA6 Jared – Yes. Threat has been the topic of many design discussions recently and we agree that the system is not particularly user friendly and it’s something we want to address.
Takeaway: With hunter concerns about tank aggro, this is also good news to hear. Perhaps threat will be addressed soon.
BQ10 Delaney - In the class revamps, will underused class trait lines be re-evaluted to encourage their use again, such as the burg MM line?
BA10 Not so much lines as trees, but yeah, that is central to the changes coming.
While we will never get to the point that every build will be equally popular we do think that we can make your character build full of rewarding choices. - HoarseDev
Takeaway: Trees? As in skill trees? Underused trait lines getting revamped? This sounds right up my alley!
Q33 @Miesse can we please please have a trait panel setup that lets us save trait loadouts and name them like for MC? #LOTRO
A33 Hoarsedev - Yes.
Takeaway: Possible skill trees? Hmmmm.....makes you wonder.....