Elden Ring’s first major patch nerfed a selection of OP items. Now the Elden Ring speedrunning community is reacting to what could be the end of an era.
Since its release, Elden Ring players have created some seriously OP builds taking advantage of certain elements that have allowed them to become nearly unstoppable. Mimic Tear, Hoarfrost Stomp, Sword of Night and Flame, and Royal Knight’s Resolve have all been nerfed, individually decreasing the power of builds that relied on them.
The Elden Ring speedrunning community has used many of these elements in tandem to move through the game in record time, creating some of the best speedruns we’ve ever seen. Now some speedrunners are lamenting Games latest patch, claiming that it effectively ends their runs.
This includes the current world record holder, Distortion2who has broken the Elden Ring speedrun record five times since the game was released. Many of the previous records he broke were also his own since winning the crown from fellow speedrunner LilAggy.
Distortion2 shared their feelings on Twitter by posting “Rip Elden Ring Speedruns”.
Rip Elden Ring Speedruns pic.twitter.com/cHzI91yEBX
— Distortion2 🕐 Elden Ring (@Distortion_2) March 17, 2022
In an interview with Eurogamersecond world speedrun record holder from Elden Ring, LilAggyrevealed that the community will continue their efforts, but the latest patch “definitely changed things up a bit for speedrunning.”
Will Elden Ring Speedruns continue?
Whether the speedrunning community will find new ways to blitz in the game remains to be seen, but it looks like the current series of Elden Ring speedruns are over. Will this stop the community from trying? Probably not.
This may mean that Distortion2 is able to keep its world record forever. But, the secrets of Elden Ring are still being uncovered, so maybe a new competitor will arise despite FromSoftware’s best efforts to balance the game.