Expanded PvMP Options
Finally, PvMP (player versus monster player) went free to play, opening up the Reaver class to F2Pers. The other monster classes are available for purchase with Turbine points, and they remain available for subscribers and lifetime players. The Ettenmoors have been pretty stagnant since the Delving of Fror went live about four years ago, but Turbine is shaking it up by opening up the only PvMP zone to everyone.
However, monster players can now purchase all of their skills with Turbine points regardless of rank. You can still earn infamy and level up the old way, but having a complete skill set immediately available should help new players out tremendously. Some skills, like the reaver's 200% speed charge, are necessary for some classes to be effective at all. Also, the October 19 patch increased morale regen by 40% and DPS by an impressive 20-30%, helping balance the two sides out.
Not everything is up for sale though. Passive skills, often granting increased stats and regen capabilities, still require infamy ranks. The difference between a high ranked monster player (known as creep to LotRO players) and a low ranked one is still night and day. The former might have 12,000 morale, but the latter will probably have about 2/3 that. Also, skills are fairly expensive. It's unlikely that most people will be willing to purchase more than one or two skills given the cost.
On the free people's, or freep's, side, players can upgrade their existing level 65 PvMP armor to the level 75 set for free, and many of the cloaks, jewelry, and weapons have been updated. Other than that, the freep experience remains largely unchanged.
Rise of Isengard also revamped the Ettenmoors quests. Before, taking keeps and turning in quests usually only gave some tokens of valour (which can be turned in for the Glan Vraig loot chests) and some destiny points, which you can buy temporary buffs with. Now tyrant quests will also provide tyrant crests and chieftan brooches, which you need to purchase the armor. Also, every quest provides either 60-100 infamy or renown, depending on your side. The only downside is that Ettenmoors quests are now on a daily cooldown, which resets at 3 AM Eastern.