So my first thought when I read all this was wooooh, steady on tiger.
* To accommodate the addition of new armor and item sets into the game, we’ve made the following changes to reward distribution.– Annihilator: This Renown armor set is now exclusively available on the RvR merchants and no longer costs alternate currency.– Conqueror: This Renown armor set is now exclusively available on the RvR merchants and no longer requires Conqueror Crests to purchase.– Warlord: This Renown armor set will now be attainable in Gold bags rewarded for the capture of a Tier 4 Keep.– Sovereign: This Renown armor set is now attained in gold bags awarded when victorious in Stage I of the City Siege public quest.– Non-set armor and weapons previously awarded in Stage III of the City Siege public quests are now found in Stage I of the City Siege public quests.– Non-set armor and weapons previously awarded in Stage II of the City Siege public quests are now found in Tier 4 Keeps.– Players will now receive Warlord Crests as a reward for successfully capturing an ORvR zone.– Players will now receive Invader Crests for their efforts if they do not receive a bag after successfully completing a Tier 4 Keep public quest.– Players will now be awarded Invader Crests as the alternate currency option inside all public quests bags from Tier 4 Keeps.– Players will now be awarded Royal Crests from Stage I of the City Siege public quests.– The losing realm will now be awarded Royal Crests from Stage I of the City Siege public quests.* New armor sets and items are available from the quartermasters and via drops in the game to accommodate Renown Ranks 81+.
Quite a lot to take on board. Now my initial thoughts were that everything had been shunted down 2 levels within the City Siege. Where the sovereign armour drops were now being given out, where the invader drops had been previously. But what was going to be handed out for Stage II & III? I have to assume the doomflayer and warpforged, but since there was no specific mention of that fact in the 1.4 patch notes, I’m not completely sure to be honest. I had kind of expected the Thanquol’s Incursion to be the key for the doomflayer and warpforged sets, but doesn’t seem to be the case. Since otherwise what will be the rewards for Stage II and III of the city siege.
It does seem a little bit strange to be handing out the sovereign armour before you’ve actually fought the sovereign? It does make me a tad bit uncomfortable and I’m not even a lore monkey.
The purchasing options on the lower RR armour were forseeable and not unwelcome, though the prices will be of interest to one of my fiscally challenged pockets.
Is it me or do the 1.4 patch notes seem to have appeared with unseemly haste, like someones put a rocket up someones ass. I mean it wasn’t that long ago we were testing things on the PTS and now we are looking at the notes, with what must be an impending release imminent. I do wonder what changes have been made to Thanquol’s Incursion make that more fun? Maybe this is why the producers letter is being held back a few days.
On a slightly different note, I see that Mythic are using the EA store for the RVR packs. Because if it’s related to the Bioware logon, then I’m going to be very miserable. Boy is that forum proving problematic for me. I log on, go to make a reply on a topic and I’m being asked for my log on again. When I log on, it tells me the page I want is not available. It’s a bloody nightmare. I actually put it up there along with Ovi Store/Nokia forums for being a real pain in the ass to use. I always find that when you have 2 things which join together, but can be registered separately, things can quite easily start going Fubared.