The secondary problem with LotRO’s legendary item system is grinding, particularly for relics. The main problem is its randomness. Every item gets random draws from the pools of legacies, with a random number to start, of random tiers (which can now be upgraded). The ideal weapon will have the four best legacies for your class/playstyle plus a couple of other good ones. Three of four is good, although you may need two specific ones and then either of the other two. Anything less than that is trash. Almost everything was trash under the previous system, and you still go through a lot of trash to find something worthwhile.
The nice thing about lotteries, however, is that sometimes you win. For those of you who do not know LotRO or the Hunter class there, the image is of a really nice bow, almost the best possible in the present game (before upgrading). Second Age weapons are hard to come by right now, and there are no level 65 First Age weapons yet; this will be my Hunter’s bow for the next three months, probably the next six to eight months, and possibly until the level cap rises.
I dodged what was the worst part of the LI grind under Mines of Moria: churning through in hopes of a good one. I could use a similarly nice legendary melee weapon, but she already has a good Third Age. I still have grinding ahead of me, since I can level it to 70, upgrade any or all of the legacies to tier 6,and grind grind grind relics. My best setting combined into a caster relic instead of the setting I wanted, so I have a bit of work to do there. Upgrading one legacy rank by one tier costs 75 Medallions of Dol Guldur or 1950 skirmish marks, which I estimate around 5 hours of efficient play per legacy per tier, with four free from leveling the item (I don’t think I will need to spend 45 hours and take them all to tier 6; only so many points to spend). You can see that I already turned the one useless legacy into a Fate bonus, using the free scroll from questing.
Yeah, I’m kind of bragging. Getting a bow like this a week after hitting the cap feels like beating the system, and it is about a 33% DPS increase over the bow I had been using. A Second Age may not differ from a Third Age except for a few DPS, but it is nice to get something that is about as good as it gets.