The summer DLC comes out Friday. So for any who don't have holiday weekend plans (Fourth of July, American Holiday), you can stay busy with Zelda!
I was kind of disappointed to read the phantom armor is just a reskin of the barbarian armor (same attack bonus). I was hoping for a unique armor bonus. Maybe some of the other ones will have new bonuses.
Definitely looking forward to the Master Sword trial and hard mode though!
So I've played through most of the main game in hard mode. It's mainly just the beginning that's harder since you don't have nice weapons/abilities yet. The health regen can come into play if you're fighting a large group of enemies... but as long as you're hitting an enemy fairly regularly, it won't regen health. Of course places like trial of the sword and that one island are also harder then, since you start with nothing.
Personally I haven't gotten very far in trial of the sword. I should probably jump back to normal mode and see if I can beat it there... But I feel more invested in the hard mode world now, haha.
Finished trial of the sword on normal difficulty. I had the most trouble with the first set of trials. Maybe it just took some getting used to. The freakiest moment is fighting a hinox in the darkness. I saw posts about people having trouble with the very last room, but I found it kind of easy. Just take the lynel out with an ancient arrow, then used the meteor rod on the mounted bokoblins. This sets them and their horses on fire, and kills them pretty easy. Also burns the grass so you can jump into the air and hit a bunch more with your bow.