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    Hunter Trait Lines Update in Battle of HD

    Surprised someone didn’t already start this conversation, so I’ll kick it off: what do you all think of the changes we got a preview of in today’s HD announcement? For those who missed it:
    Bowmaster
    A stationary but high-impact damage line, the Bowmaster can down an enemy as they're running to attack.

    Skill Highlight

    The induction skill "Upshot" consumes all Focus to deal massive damage from afar, with damaged boosted by each Focus pip consumed.

    The Trapper of Foes
    Controlling the flow of battle while employing buffs to gain leverage on their opponent, The Trapper of Foes is a potent support and solo line.

    Skill Highlight

    Deployed at a distance, the "Deadly Decoy" trap taunts enemies before exploding for heavy damage.

    Huntsman
    A mid-range harasser that excels at sustained damage, the Huntsman unleashes volleys of rapid attacks while navigating the battlefield.

    Skill Highlight

    "Barrage" deals moderate damage even while on the move. Consuming three Focus pips, it can deal a steady stream of shots that each deal greater damage, but also cost more power.
    https://www.lotro.com/en/content/revitalize-your-role

    Personally, I am looking forward to these changes. Hunters now have the option to fire on the move or we can stand back and pew-pew for big numbers. Depending on your playstyle, either could be advantageous. And it looks like they are making the Yellow line a viable one with some in-combat traps and an exploding trap sounds really cool! I still see blue and red being far more popular, but at least I can imagine how the yellow line would be an option compared to now when it doesn’t really bring anything to the table.

    And of course it sounds like they are doing a general skill improvement and clean-up, which is much appreciated (here’s hoping Press Onward and Heart Seeker are made useful!).

    Anyone else have thoughts?
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    Looks like Upshot could be replacing Heartseeker.
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    I guess I am going to have to wait until I actually see it, before I make my mind up. Note however, it wouldn't have bothered me at all if they had left it alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddave View Post
    Looks like Upshot could be replacing Heartseeker.
    As long as its scaled better I wouldnt mind, though now that I have heard PatriotPea hitting a 47k on Dwarrowdelf, I think you need luck and his amazing gear for it to be that good.

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    Not as different as I had hoped. We still have 2 DPS lines and 1 CC line. If the CC line isn't viable in a raid then we are still a "1-trick pony".

    I'd be interested to see if the blue line still requires us to hit Improved Fleetness every 30s or whether its a bit more manageable now (maybe trading off some DPS). If so I might actually trait it.

    Lack of decent self-heals doesn't appear to have been addressed.

    The Trapper of Foes is a potent support and solo line.
    Not sure about "Deadly Decoy". The last thing a solo hunter needs is to aggro multiple mobs at once! You could hope that it would 1-shot trash mobs but that would be OP!
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    They're going to bork it like they've did all of the other Hunter "improvements"

    Don't get your hopes up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddave View Post
    Looks like Upshot could be replacing Heartseeker.
    sounds like a merciful shot replacement to me, but much the same really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckenbrand View Post
    They're going to bork it like they've did all of the other Hunter "improvements"

    Don't get your hopes up.
    Pessimism at its finest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckenbrand View Post
    They're going to bork it like they've did all of the other Hunter "improvements"

    Don't get your hopes up.
    Those were nerfs, not improvements.

    I have my eye on some classes that are due a heavy nerf since over 1-3 years but nothing is happening to them. Hunter was slightly OP well before f2p-time and it is still getting punished.

    I have no hope that the gameplay will be balanced or well tested but I look forward to having a look at it in a couple of months (at which point I will decide if to buy HD).

 

 

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