Update 7 brings us the first new skirmish in a year. This time, we head into Dunland where Gwyllion, the Old Woman of the Mountain is concocting some nefarious scheme against the free peoples of Middle-earth.
Storm on Methedras is a new skirmish that will be available through the LOTRO store. As with other store skirmishes, VIP players can access Storm on Methedras without purchasing it.
Please note that Storm on Methedras is currently being tested on Bullroarer. It is not yet on the live servers and is subject to change before going live.
Despite the Dunland setting, Storm on Methedras can be run at any level from 20 to 75, which means that it will be available to your character once you complete the skirmish tutorial (assuming you are VIP or have purchased the skirmish). This means that level 20-24 characters will now have a third choice for skirmishes.
Note that the original release notes stated that the range was 70-75 but the most recent version of the notes states 20-75.
This is a fairly fast-paced skirmish and I can complete it in about 15 minutes (some speed players are stating even faster times). This isn’t to say that there is a low mob density. In fact, the contrary is the case. This skirmish includes a variable mob density that in solo runs is generally higher than that in Trouble in Tuckborough. This can be a challenge while you are clearing a control point.
Fortunately, during the counterattacks you have the assistance of Saeradan and Amlan. The counterattacks do not include standard skirmish lieutenants but they do include encounter mods who represent lieutenants of Gwyllion.
In Storm on Methedras, the encounters operate completely differently from other skirmishes. The encounters are activated in the middle of the third counterattack at each of the first two control points. This means that the encounters will not be completely random as there will always be one encounter at the first control point and one at the second control point. Unlike most offensive skirmishes, the encounter bosses are signature in solo runs and almost impossible to avoid.
Note that one of encounters are a pair of brothers who appear together. While they are part of a single encounter, they are counted separately for the purpose of looting and completing the encounter deed.
The Boss Fight
The objectives in the boss fight are more complicated than most skirmishes. There are two levels of victory. The first level of victory requires you to defeat the drakes and keep Saeradan alive. The second level of victory requires you to keep the drummers alive and to defeat the Old Woman of the Mountain. If you complete the first level, you can complete the skirmish and spawn the treasure chest. If you complete the second level, you can also loot the Old Woman and thus gain a double reward for the skirmish.
Star-lit crystals are a new addition to the legendary item system. They are upgrades to rating and DPS stats on your legendary item. They drop off monsters, including skirmish lieutenants and bosses. I have yet to see on drop, though.
This update also includes an update to Fornost and Moria. I must admit that I have not had an opportunity to test these features so I will leave them to other members of CSTM.
May your shield protect you and your spear never break,