Orion is active in the forums and that usually means sneak peaks of changes he’s working on with classes. There is a longer post on Wardens that Merric is working on so expect that later but there was also a small update on what Minstrels can expect with Update 6.
I believe Orion intends to keep this thread rolling as he’s working provide updates. So far there are two bullet points listed:
- The Fellowship Bonus granted by Anthem of War will be reduced to +5% for each of the damage bonuses, Melee, Ranged and Tactical. This is being done to allow for other classes to have more room to provide bonuses to the fellowship. The bonus provided to the Minstrel will remain the same.
- The Legacy Bonuses affecting each buff aspect of Anthem of War will also be reduced to half percentage steps allowing for an extra bonus of 5% to be given to each of Melee, Ranged and Tactical damages.
Anthem of War
Anthem: Increases the melee damage of all fellowship members by 10% and increases ranged and tactical damage of fellowship members by 5%.
Requires 3 ballad buffs present on the Minstrel.
Alters Coda: Increases the Critical Rating of the Coda.
+10% Melee Damage
+5% Ranged Damage
+5% Tactical Damage
Currently Anthem of War has this affect.
The change Orion is planning to make with Update 6 is to reduce the +10% Melee Damage bonus to +5% like the others.
Orion’s reasoning is to give other classes the ability to provide benefits to the group as well. I’m not certain which class he has in mind but I generally think it’s a good idea to spread the love on things like this.
We don’t want to create a scenario where is absolutely essential to have XXX class in every group/raid for their buff because that could encourage groups to exclude others who could play but they aren’t the right class. I believe Turbine generally wants everyone to play and giving different classes a chance to add their own boosts it spreads things out so everyone is adding something beneficial.
There are three legacies that affect the Anthem of War buff, one for melee, ranged and tactical. Currently, their bonuses look like this:
Anthem of War Melee Damage Modifier Per Rank (Major Legacy)
Anthem of War Ranged Damage Modifier Per Rank (Minor Legacy)
Anthem of War Tactical Damage Modifier Per Rank (Major Legacy)
The ranged and tactical damage modifier already increases at half percent intervals so the change will once again only affect the melee damage buff. The increase will match that of the others with a maximum bonus of +5%.
Orion doesn’t go into the whys for this change but I would assume it is for the same reason. Minstrels were able to buff melee damage pretty nicely and this is being toned down a bit.
All this will have little impact on the minstrel themselves as we only have one melee skill and I certainly do not foresee groups shunning minstrels in favor of other classes due to this change. We are still effective healing/killing machines, just our buffs to others are a bit diminished.