The development staff behind Lord of the Rings Online
has a chance to make several sweeping changes to the game with the upcoming Riders of Rohan
expansion, starting with trimming up and improving the game's classes. A new developer diary outlines the changes coming to the Champion class
concurrent with the new expansion. These updates are focused primarily upon threat management and survivability, but all facets of the class will see at least a little attention.
A new skill has been added for Champions at level 77, providing AoE threat generation or threat reduction depending on the player's stance. Bracing Attack and Wild Attack have also had their effects boosted, with the former gaining a heal-over-time component and the latter offering a small buff after a critical hit. Certain skills and trait lines are also being adjusted, generally to improve the overall power of the class. While non-Champion players likely won't be too interested in what the diary has to offer, anyone who does play the class should take a look
and see what the expansion will bring to the profession.