3/21 is the official release day for Echoes of the Dead. Storyline for this release- In Vol 3 Book 2 we helped gather the Dunedain to head south to Aragorn. As a result there was no one to watch over key areas of Eriador, and these evil runes came out. This was the pre deed we all did to discover these bad runes that were bothering people. These were the result of 5 gaunt lords rising up serving the main gaunt lord- Gortheron. Those who did quests in the Lich Bluffs already fought him, but apparently didn't beat him enough. Also Ivar is back. The epic now will explore why the Dunedain need to head south- it explains the Stone of Erech and Isildor. Some very cool session play is coming with this. There will be 2 new 3 man instances with daily challenges, 2 new 6 man instances with twice weekly locks, and one new 12 man raid with weekly locks. You will want to do these every chance you get, it will take about 6 weeks of all Hms as often as locks allow to get a set of Tier 1 OD armor. There will be all new mechanics we have not seen before. These new instances are much harder than what has come out recently, a far cry from school and library. Another example is one wing of the new raid there will be 0 incoming healing rating. The virtues that folks need to equip for these new instances and the new raid will be very different than previously. Resistances will become much more important that mitigations. Think of the Watcher fight where there is a small DoT applied to anyone in the water. Acid Mitigation will determine the level of damage you take, but poison resistance will allow you to avoid the affect completely.
Things to do before release:
Level up junk LIs with one particular legacy you want to 30 so you can decon after release to obtain a legacy scroll. You only get one legacy per decon, but you get to pick which one.
Save crafting medallions (from Moria crafting instances), skirmish marks (reset is not a definite thing yet), legendary fragments, crafting materials, LIs with legacies you want, LIs that ID with 4 legacies, gold, Turbine Points
Save stones and tyrant items (don't know all the names, I don't do Moors) from the Moors for armor and relics
Finish all of Vol 3 Books 1 and 2, will be required for new epic
Level as many Virtues to 10 as you can- new virtues will be important for groups and raids
Do the Estledin bounties- DO NOT TURN THEM IN save the turn ins for after release to get universal runes.
Things to do the Night Before:
Things you will Want to do the Day of Release:
New Relic system:
New LI system: