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Orion’s Minstrel Instrument changes

September 17, 2011

Orion made a post today about future changes to the Tier 7 crafted minstrel instruments.

Basically, he is addressing something I think should have been taken care of a long time ago. There was an update a while back to woodworking recipes to allow for multiple outputs with one recipe. Orion is trying to make the Tier 7 minstrel instrument recipes into multi-output recipes, that way you can have whatever instrument you desire paired with the buffs you want.

These changes are slated for Update 5, towards the end of the year.

The following combinations are the ones he is considering. He is pairing two regular buffs for each recipe, with a third buff available on critical success.

  • First
    Ballad and Coda Damage
    Ballad, Cry and Coda Power Cost Reduction
    Critical success: Threat Reduction
  • Second
    Healing Critical Bonus
    Threat Reduction
    Critical success: Anthem Power Cost Reduction
  • Third
    Healing Critical Bonus
    Healing Power Cost Reduction
    Critical success: Threat Reduction
  • Fourth
    Healing Critical Bonus
    Ballad and Coda Damage
    Critical success: Threat Reduction
  • Fifth
    Healing Power Cost Reduction
    Anthem Power Cost Reduction
    Critical success: Threat Reduction

Below, I have outlined my own opinions on the styles of play for Minstrels that will likely use each instrument.

  • First
    This is definitely the Warspeech/Soloing Minstrel’s best option.
  • Second
    A Minstrel traited with the newly-revamped Protector of Song traitline will want this instrument if focusing on buffs and off-healing.
  • Third
    This is the best healing instrument, so Minstrels traited for Watcher of Resolve will want this.
  • Fourth
    This is a potent group DPS instrument that will help Minstrels traited in Protector of Song, but focusing more on DPS’ing trash and off-healing. This will probably see a lot of use in 3- and 6-mans if you aren’t the primary healer.
  • Fifth
    This will be great in really long fights, such as in raid settings. It has a little bit of everything when it comes to conserving power, so a healing/buffing Minstrel might want to switch to it if power starts getting tight.

I am really looking forward to this change, as my favorite instrument to listen to is the Lute, and I could never get past not using the damage bonus that comes with the Drum or the threat reduction that comes with the Theorbo.

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