Notice: Raiders hold off spending ESM or doing T3 prior to hotfix

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It’s one of those days again where certain changes impact negatively on those who do raids right after weekly reset but before the weekly hotfix. RIFT 2.8 Hotfix #6 is coming out at 7:30AM PDT on 3rd September 2014 (NA) and 1AM GMT on 4th September 2014 (EU). Weekly Reset is at 4AM Server Time (NA: PDT; EU: GMT) on Wednesday. This time:

Tier 2 Mark Gear Upgrade Component Removed

For Tier 2 Mark Raid Armor (those bought in the RIFT Store for Frozen Eclipse Stones or Credits, the Heart of the Planebreaker upgrade component will no longer be required to upgrade those pieces to Relic.

It is unknown at this stage whether there will be an increase in cost for other components, but if it is just a straight-up removal of the Heart, then you’ll need Empyreal Marauder’s Cells (of varying sizes depending on gear slot) to upgrade to Relic.

That requires Empyreal Slayer’s Marks gained in Chronicles, Dungeons and Tier 1 raids. So if you have any pieces to upgrade, perhaps hold off on converting to Coruscating Ethereal Shards.

Tier 3 Bindings of Blood Souls Drop Rate Doubled

Tier 3 Bindings of Blood bosses will now drop two Souls of the Storm upgrade components instead of their current one. As such, you probably don’t want to kill the bosses right after weekly reset (4am server time) and before the hotfix (7:30AM PDT 3rd Sept for NA; 1AM GMT 4th Sept for EU).

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