The first of the class diaries has been released today by Jonathan “RockX” Steady and focuses on the Burglar class. Now, while this may have been a shorter diary than what some may have been expecting it’s important to remember that this is not a class revamp, but the changes coming with the Riders of Rohan expansion.
Our primary focus for Riders of Rohan was on Mischief-maker and the Mischief-maker trait line. There’s a particular focus on Finesse debuffs, which is an area we haven’t really touched yet. There are also the standard Quality of Life improvements you’d expect in this update.
What we discover first is that there are three skills coming to the Burglar class in Riders of Rohan.
- Trick: Improved Disable
- Improved Confound
- Level 80
- Adds a potent Finesse debuff
- 15m range
- Confound the Fools increases the duration of the debuff
- Improved Addle
- Level 83
- Applies a Tactical Damage debuff to the target
I really think that the Finesse debuff is a nice addition to the Burglar’s skill set; especially if the two debuffs from Improved Disable and Improved Confound stack with one another. I would expect that utilizing these two debuffs would be a pretty nice when confronting some of the tougher mobs in LOTRO.
There are also some other interesting skill changes including, but not limited to:
- Find Footing now heals 25% of the Burglar’s maximum health.
- Clever Retort’s “red” damage should now be just as strong as a single red conjunction.
- Burglar’s Antidote will remove all Poison effects.
- Confound’s cooldown has been reduced to two minutes, from five.
Most of these are pretty nice changes to the Burglar class. The only one that might be a bit of a stretch is the Find Footing heal which will be dependent on your Morale pool now. I personally don’t have a character that is high enough level to state whether or not this will be a benefit or not; so any input is welcome.
The only trait line that is listed as being modified is the Mischief line, which seems to focus on reducing the duration of Cure Poison and Burglar’s Antidote for the 3- and 4- set bonus and then allowing those skills to affect the entire Fellowship for the 5-set bonus. Rock also mentions that the trait Footpad as the only one that has been modified
Footpad will now give Diversion a chance to inflict a Debuffing Gamble, in place of Burgle. As such, Improved Feint Attack will no longer allow Burglars to use Diversion from stealth.
And lastly, but definitely not least, Quite a Snag will allow Burglars to switch into Mischief stance when in combat, which I personally think is pretty darn cool. So what do you Burglars think of the changes? Good, bad, other? Let us know!