I’m going to be honest in that I looked at the Helm’s Deep pre-order offers and basically decided there was nothing for me there.
I like the look of the cosmetic item and the horse, I think they look pretty spiffy. I don’t really have any burning desire to pay $60 for these cosmetic goodies. Plus, I’m honestly running out of nooks and crannies to store more armor sets.
So I decided to stew on the pre-order a bit instead of jumping on the purchase. I’ll of course end up buying Helm’s Deep as Goldenstar will want to continue on her Middle-Earth journey and I reserve the right to change my mind, but right now I’m not pre-ordering.
What got my head really spinning though was the add-on upgrade packs available at check out. This isn’t the first time they’ve done this. The Riders of Rohan pre-order had these check out offers to pick up Turbine Points or Rise of Isengard.
The Legendary Item Pack however is something new and (to me at least) odd. Here’s the list of what’s included in the Legendary Item Pack.
Legendary Item Pack – $39.99 USD
- Free Ticket to the movie “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
- Legendary Item Stat Upgrade (3 Star-lit Crystals)
- Legendary Level Cap Increase
- Relic Removal Scroll
- Premium Relic Pack
My first reaction is “Why would anyone buy that ever?” Those of you who listened to our podcast probably isn’t surprised by this reaction as I really really dislike the legendary item system. This looked like a really expensive movie ticket to me.
I wanted to figure it out though so I logged in to get the details on these store items and why someone might find this add-on package appealing.
First, it is important to note that the movie ticket deal is for US only and those of you interested in the movie ticket should check out this site to see if there’s a theater close to you that will accept the Hollywood Movie Money voucher.
I logged into LOTRO and pulled up the store to get the current prices and description of the legendary item dealies.
- Legendary Item Stat Upgrade 1195 TP
Delivers three Star-lit Crystals to your inventory which increases your Legendary item’s stats. Please note that a Legendary item’s stats can only be increased a total of three times. 3 items, 1 use each
- Legendary Level Cap Increase 195 TP
Unlock an additional 10 item levels on a Legendary Item via this universal Scroll of Delving. Only one scroll can be used per Legendary Item. 1 use.
- Relic Removal Scroll 195 TP
Safely unslot all Setting, Gem, and Rune relics currently slotted on the legendary item, and place the relics back in your relic pool. Crafted relics will not be unslotted
- Premium Relic Pack 2000 TP
Contains 5 relics randomly chosen from tier 7 and up, with a chance to get a tier 9 relic!
The legendary item do-jobbies are given to each character [source] and are bound to that character (no trading) [source]. Therefore each character gets 3585 TP worth of legendary items and the movie ticket for those able to use it is valued by their site for a ticket up to $13.00.
Approximate Value of the Legendary Item Pack
So lets break this all down. Turbine Point conversion can vary based on how you buy your points but lets go with the standard 100 TP is approximately $1 USD. Your mileage may vary but that’s an easy conversion we all can do.
- Movie Ticket ≈ $13.00
- Stat Upgrade 1195 TP ≈ $11.95
- Level Cap Increase 195 TP ≈ $1.95
- Relic Removal 195 TP ≈ $1.95
- Premium Relic 2000 TP ≈ $20.00
I was shocked! I thought I was going to have to calculate how many characters it would take to break even on this deal but you are getting your value’s worth right at the start (if you can use the movie ticket).
Let’s keep in mind that your character has to have their legendary items so that limits it’s use to those we’ll say level 50+. I realize you can get it sooner but you aren’t seriously considering using these items on that starter LI are you?
I know there are plenty of players out there who have seventeen level 85s but I think the majority of players are probably more like me and have a high end character or possibly two and then an army of characters under level 30. This legendary pack won’t help that army of lower level characters unless I actually level them. Right now I believe I only have three characters that could actually use these items.
I think I also have to consider my personal feeling towards these items. I would most likely never ever buy these items in the store. To me they don’t have a value of $35 which makes the pack look a lot less shiny to me. Had it been a pack of dresses… well that might have been a different story.
But I’m me, and you are you and we may play differently and that’s ok. Now that you’ve seen the cost evaluation of the items in this pack, what do you think?