I have played AoC for several months until I had to focus more on some real life commitments.
I stopped playing I believe around January this year, the last thing I remember that there was an event regarding some new equipment like Teutonic Axe or something like that. After trying several games (un)fortunately, I could not find the one that suits me as much as AoC. During the time I played, I was lvl 36 Lich and was in top 10 players in a very active server ( before server merge). As a freemium ( patron+subscriber +1 paid hero) I compensated the gap between myself and other paid users/whales through activity and knowledge.
And as the title says now I'm planning to return to AoC to give it another go and I see there are a lot of things that remained same but also a lot of new things which makes me question starting with "outdated" knowledge. So I am creating this post so that some veterans that are still going strong refresh my knowledge through few questions.
How viable is my knowledge after several months of inactivity?
Status of the races - are "old" roles still viable example : lich best duel, dwarf strongest siege etc.
Heroes - are chest events still happening, is Jaq finally in the rotation (and is he still OP as hell), rework on heroes, new strategies etc.?
Dragons - I saw that we now have dragons (yeeey!) how crucial are they in your gameplay
New PVE content - by the time i quit there was only void and periodic events, are there any new?
New PVP content - same as with pve, is sieging, capturing, dueling still the same
City building - do same strategies still apply such as rushing castle lvls, garrisoning golds as soon as possible etc.
Well ,thats just on top of my mind feel free to answer some things that arent on the list, and tnx in advance