Neverwinter Storm King's Thunder Preview: System Changes and Fixes
Storm King's Thunder is coming within days. Before you get started to play the game, there is something about fixes and minor changes to be covered this expansion you should know. Although the previous patch notes were just for PC, there might be changes for the console version.
New Insignia Bonuses
Storm King's Thunder adds five new Insignia Bonuses that can best reviewed in two30's Insignia Bonus tool. The new bonuses are Assassin's Covenant, Berserker's Rage, Combatant's Maneuver, Slayer's Redemption and Victim's Preservation.
Broken PVP Stuff
A few problematic issues for PVP are addressed in Storm King's Thunder. The power of Drain Overload Enchantments was drastically reduced and the Ambush Ring no longer procs while mounted. On PC drains are still considered lame though and unfortunately the changes to Ambush also makes the Ring nonviable for PVE.
Invocation is reworked to only grant a bonus to rough Astral Diamonds. The next time you'll earn ADs through gameplay, this bonus is added on top of it. The change is aimed at stopping big accounts to get a considerable amount of ADs by only invoking on each toon. Now you at least sometimes have to actually play the game to benefit from invocation.
Seal of Triumph
The Seal of Triumph will be heavily devalued. It's best to exchange all remaining Seals for Glory Packs before the update. They will remain a main currency for PVP, but the amount of Seals of Triumph awarded will drastically rise and with it all costs of items.
Generally salvageable blue items are getting devalued and purple ones upgraded. Your Shores of Tuern, Lostmauth or Demogorgon runs should net significantly less ADs in Storm King's Thunder while T2 dungeons like Temple of the Spider are much more profitable. For players that can smoothly run T2 it merely means changing their daily routine a bit, but all others have to work harder for their AD.
Be prepared to get involved in the upcoming expansion with enough Astral Diamonds and enjoy the game!