News: RIFT 2.3 Hotfix #17

Trion has updated RIFT with RIFT 2.3 Hotfix #17.

RIFT 2.3 Hot Fix #17 – 28/8/13
GENERAL
* Fixed an exploit with Ascend-a-Friend summons.
* PVP Auto Flag is now disabled by default.

RIFT STORE
* New Boosts are now available in the Boosts section of the store:
* Artifact Tracking
* Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vials
* Twisted Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial
* Mounting Speed Reduction
* Spring Loaded Pow Kickers
* Portable Auctioneer is now available in the Services category.

SOULS

MAGE
NECROMANCER
* Parasite: Now ends when the target dies.
* Corpse Explosion: Now deals reduced damage in PVP.

WARRIOR
REAVER
* Spasm: Now has a 20m range.

PALADIN
* Face Slam: Now has a 20m range.

VOID KNIGHT
* Furious Rage: Now has a 20m range.

ZONES
* ZE: Fixed loot issues in a few old zone events.

MOONSHADE HIGHLANDS
* Increased zone event frequency.

SCARLET GORGE
* Increased zone event frequency.

SCARWOOD REACH
* Increased zone event frequency.
* Additional mentoring rewards have been added to the Exuvia of Khargroth zone event for Scarwood Reach! Bling bling!

THE DENDROME
* Fixed a Hailol foothold at Simoom’s Edge whose Hailol invasion path was often blocked by a stronghold.
* Stronghold abilities, such as Mass Incinerate, Landslide, Catastrophic Flood, and Mass Drowning, are now less punishing.

PVP AND WARFRONTS
* Guns for Hire weekly now only requires a single victory in Port Scion.

CRAFTING
* All relic quality planar essences are now salvageable.

Originally Posted by CM Morgana on 28th August 2013

Ascend-a-Friend Exploit
My guess is this probably had to do with powerleveling new characters. I’ve heard tidbits about it on the forums how some people were able to powerlevel to 60 in hours. Glad such exploits are fixed.

PvP Auto Flag disabled by Default
I’m actually quite surprised it took Trion this long to put this on disable by default. I really haven’t seen any new player happy that this was on by default in the past on PvE shards, and they are always on in PvP shards anyway. Only people I’ve seen who liked it as default ON were those wishing to gank players in PvE gear in the open world – usually at zone event bosses.

Rift Store
You can check out what I think about the new Rift Store additions here. Note that the Spring Loaded Pow Kickers have been changed to 50% reduced time to mount instead of the original instant mount.

Zone Event Frequency Buffs
Zone event frequency increases in Moonshade Highlands, Scarlet Gorge and Scarwood Reach are in response to feedback of the current Mayhem in Mathosia Event (August 21st – September 4th).

Guns For Hire
The reduction to the PvP Warfront Weekly to only need a single victory in Port Scion is a welcome change. It does however mean reduced queues (since people will need to run it less), but a single victory required is nice regardless.

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