Thaz vs Cerge, a comparison

I am currently levelling two epic divine dc casters. Thaz as a pure cleric at lvl 25, and Cerge as 1 cleric/ 18 fvs at lvl 27. Thazara is an elf and Cerge a morninglord, so technically also an elf. And both have blond hair, lol. What’s been puzzling me for a while is that although I’ve felt like Cerge is a strong enough toon to run epic elite quests under level since he hit 20, I’ve still felt like Thaz was better. When I was playing Thaz things were just dying faster and she was gathering up a lot of kills, even though she was several levels lower than Cerge at the time.

I have built them similar, but while Thaz is still a healer, Cerge is not. I play them similar, but I’ve focused Thaz on light casting, while Cerge is meant to be a bb kiter. I do like playing my fvs, but no matter how I turn it, I keep coming back to feeling like Thaz is just better. The other reason why this is puzzling, is because Cerge is on his 4th life (past lives: sorc, wiz and bard) with two epic past lives (colors of the queen, and power over life and death), while Thaz is still on her first heroic life, with only the one epic past life (power over life and death).

I have geared them a little bit differently, but both of them have the same greensteel: an hp item and a con-op sp item. Here is my comparison. I will not list their current gear as that would take more time than I have atm. Both toons are fully buffed with ship buffs, gh, own buffs, yugo pots and supreme ability in the pictures. Cerge to the left and Thaz to the right.

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Sat raids and drinking

I’ve been stressing so much over my vacation trip that I’m going on next week. So much I need to do before the trip, so little time to do it. I’ve never been away from the degus for this long (2 weeks) before, and my sister is going to be staying at my place to take care of them. After stressing another day, I was craving some alcohol. :) So this Sat night I was raiding.. first tipsy and later on sorta drunk. Apparently the raid groups were amused, anyway, lol. Osi logged a bit late, but after some waiting we got going. We ran eH/eE ADQ, eH/eH VON, eE Chrono and eH CitW. Osi had the star the whole time. After CitW Osi gave me the star and we asked the group what ppl wanted to run. Deathwyrm was suggested to us, so I said I’d post for it. Osi did not want to run, so he dropped group and logged off a short while later.

I was getting pretty tipsy at this point, but I’ve run Deathwyrm enough times to be able to lead it even in my sleep, lol. Since Cerge has a bravery streak going, I wanted to do eH, not eN, and started as soon as I had a few ppl. I donno if it’s the alcohol or if I’m just otherwise playing poorly, but I manage to get myself killed by trash a few times and only do the first 2 mirror puzzles, before Cheri takes over. I try to get back to helping, but only manage to turn a few mirrors, before I’m over run by trash and dead, again. So, after a while I give up on doing puzzles and just focus on killing trash and trying to focus on my raid group.

We get to the shrine room and wait for most of the ppl who got left behind while I talk over the plan. And in we go. One person had got left dead in the red light/ green light room, so another player goes to get him (jumping off the edge takes you to the 5th puzzle area, red light/ green light is after the 6th, so you can just run through), one person grabs dragon, another battle rangers and I try my best at organizing the group as well as helping kill death lords. Everything is ok until we get to the shadow side. I start sending ppl into the portal one at a time and the ones left on the dragon side start having problems. Dragon keeper gets trash on him and no one helps, battle ranger kiter dies, dragon keeper dies, and then suddenly we get kicked out of shadow side because everyone on dragon side is dead.

We lose a couple more and I tell ppl that we need to get things under control before getting back to the phylactery hunt. I start raising ppl but then I die, some of the ppl taking raises die. It’s a bit of a mess but we manage to get everyone up and the trash situation taken care of. I assign someone as trash killer and we get back to our tasks. It turns out that not everyone in the group is able to self heal well enough to manage on their own, so after a while we start pairing ppl up. The real phylactery just isn’t showing it’s face, so after many attempts killing the phylactery in the first portal we attempt to prep 3. First try is a bust as someone breaks a phylactery too soon. Second try is a bust again, because one person dies in the room and only 2 are broken. Third try same thing, except I’m the one who manages to die in there.

We must have done this 4-5 times, but in the end we break the real phylactery. Then on to picking up the pieces and dps’ing the dragon. I get two people to volunteer for lever duty, and at this point my attention span is extremely small, I’m not following what’s going on, but I’ve lost my clothes, suddenly the dragon is down, the levers are pulled and we finish. I check the quest report, I’ve died 17 times! No wonder I lost all my clothes, lol. I did come in a strong second on kill count list, though, with 135 kills. So, even though I died a lot, I did a lot of damage too. :)

  

Someone in the group wanted to do Fire on Thunder Peak, so I posted for one, and we did a second run after it, but I gave Bruder the star. I was feeling drunk and very unfocused, so I didn’t want any responsibilities anymore. And before I was too tired to play we did an FoT run. I must say I can’t remember much of the run at all, lol, but I believe it was pretty smooth.

Okidoke, enjoy the pictures and that’s all for this time. I’ll try to do one more blog before I leave for my vacation.

Cheers.

P.S. OnMouseOver for picture info

Sagas and more sagas

I do keep feeling like others progress a lot faster than I do. Possibly because many of the people I run with seem very focused on their goal, the past life/ lives they want to achieve, so they do what they can to achieve it as fast as possible. I not too long ago eTR’d both Thaz and Maidae, and Cerge is working his way to 28 after the last TR. With my time split, and wanting to raid and do other fun stuff, I do no progress super fast. Anyway, so I would like to do some more eTR’s before my next TR, and I’ve heard that sagas are the way to go. That, if you do a bunch of sagas, without picking up the reward, you can collect the reward after your epic reincarnation and get a good head start on your leveling back to 28. I did not do this when I eTR’d last time, but I am planning to do this for the next eTR. Of course, currently there is a bug that gives you an xp stone when you collect your saga reward (if you choose xp), and you can actually store the stone in that format. But since I am a bit worried about what will happen when this bug is fixed, I don’t think I dare to do it that way.

I am currently working on epic elite sagas on Thazara and Maidae, and will do them shortly on Cerge. Since Cerge has already run a bunch of quests on epic elite, I probably do not have as many quests to do on him.

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While everyone is playing with the new bird

Cosmetics in ddo don’t excite me much. I know some people want nice cosmetic armor, the newest cosmetic pets, glowing eyes, etc. Me, well when there’s a new pet in the store I usually check it out, and think about if I think it’s worth the price. There are some pets I think are really cool, and I feel a little bit jealous when I see others with them, while other pets don’t interest me at all. I also never bothered with cosmetic armor, until I had worn the same blue dragonscale for about 2 years.

So, there’s a new pet in the store this week, a parrot. Or, well, you can get a cockatoo or a macaw parrot. I decided to get a blue one, played around with it a little, then bought the pet I really wanted to get for Thaz. Check out her new companion, the pink-gray rusty Pinkymouse! :P

:) That’s all for this time. See you around and take care.

P.S. I have not named the bird yet.

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Stress in ddo

Do you ever feel stressed in ddo? Do you ever feel a need to keep up, to run certain quests, hit certain levels, attain certain gear? I do. Or I have. The people around me TR, eTR, farm. I know people who are completionist, uber (3x) completionst, epic completionst. Ppl who have acquired all the gear they could ever need, all the past lives they want, etc. Some use xp stones to acquire past lives, some farm sagas.

I tried to keep up. Back in 2011 when I had just started out, I was trying to play 3 toons and still keep up with my casual friend so that we could play together when he was on. It didn’t take long before he passed me in levels and quests run, and I gave up. I decided that trying to keep up was a stress I didn’t need. I didn’t enjoy it and it didn’t really give my life value of any kind. Trying to keep up with the focused zerger was similar to this, I never bothered to try and play at someone else’s pace.

Then we have the flower sniffer or the person who enjoys playing quests and following the story. These people might not play half as fast as the zerger, but what they have is the quest knowledge. Because of the way they play, they know the quests well, they know where to go, what monsters we’re gonna meet and what tools we need. I keep wanting to be a mix of the zerger and the knowledgeable flower sniffer.

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Maidae’s 1st eTR, before and after

I may have said this before, but I’m not really a melee player. It might be because I started off as a divine melee caster, that I then switched to healer and caster. Of late, I have two divine casters and I’m enjoying playing them a lot. I know the spells I use, and things die. And I can heal myself.

When I play my melees, I miss the self buffs and good heals. Still, I have one toon that’s meant to be melee and just that, and that’s Maidae. Maidae Shadow, started off as a half elf dark monk, has since then done one light monk life and one barbarian and is currently on her first fighter life. For the second time I had her sitting capped at 28, with no real inspiration to do anything more with her… well except get my 20 Abbot runs. So I figured, since I want to do the Abbots before I TR, and I can’t eTR+TR an iconic toon anyway, I may as well eTR.

July 15th Maidae did her very first eTR, and I tried to make her look a bit different.

Maidae before eTR                                 Maidae after eTR

I also decided to record the process.

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That ee Zawabi’s Revenge

October 22, 2013 Thazara (1st life lvl 28 cleric)  and Osiride (20+ life lvl 28 fvs) completed ee  Zawabi’s Revenge as a duo (see 2 man ee Zawabi’s Revenge). We both ran in Unyielding Sentinel ED for better survivability, Osi tanked her and kited trash and I mostly dot’ed Lailat. Since then we have been running weekly ee Zawabi’s (ADQ2) with different groups, sometimes with a full party, sometimes 6 man, sometimes less. Our weekly raid night usually contains one run of ADQ. I’ve usually been running one of my levelling toons for xp.

This Saturday we were running ADQ as normally, Osi had an lfm up and we only got one joiner, a lvl 25? swashbuckler bard. Or maybe he was 24, I don’t remember now. Osi was like “I don’t run hard”, and then says “Thazara: we’ll try ee and if we fail we do hard”. Sure says I, that’s exactly what I was thinking. I recently eTR’d Thaz, and she was only 23, but I had done one 6 man ee Zawabi’s on her already, and I trust Osi. So in we went, Osi in Sentinel meant to tank her, me in Angel since Thaz is now a divine dc caster, and always runs in Angel.

We get through the hallway, buff and start the Lailat fight. I’m not wearing any perma blur item, but I have a few displace clickies. I know I cannot handle Lailat aggro, but I keep casting my spells at her anyway, stealing aggro from Osi over and over, since his dps is a bit lower due to being in the tanking ED. The bard gets scared and recalls after the second death, while I and Osi per usual do not recall unless it’s a wipe. So we continue.

I decide to try and not pull so much aggro, so I help Osi kill off the efreetis that he’s kiting through bb’s, before focusing on Lailat. Osi is pulling her aggro and is tanking her, but over and over as he’s tanking her, I do a crit and she turns and slashes me to pieces. Running doesn’t help much. As she hits her rage mode (at ~20% hp), I switch to heal mode and let Osi finish her off. With the death penalties I’ve suffered, I’m taking quite a bit of damage from the blades and archers and I die twice because of it, and Osi has to throw me a raise. But it the end we succeeded. Yay!

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Flagging for Temple of the Deathwyrm: Finding the Emissary

A few days ago I wrote a blog about how to flag for Thunderholme raids with added videos. I was thinking about it, and it hit me, that screenshots of the path to the rares would probably help as well. So here you go. In this post I will show you how to find the Emissary.

In the first picture I have just entered Thunderholme. I run up the stairs to my right, pull the lever in the center of the floor, and take the door to the right. You can also go the the left, but I just prefer to go to the right.

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Flagging for Fire on Thunder Peak: Finding Dagan

In my previous post I wrote about how to flag for Thunderholme raids, and I had made a couple of videos. I was thinking about it, and it hit me, that screenshots of the path to the rares would probably help as well. So here you go. In this post I will show you how to find Dagan.

In the first picture I have just entered Thunderholme. I run up the stairs to my right, pull the lever in the center of the floor, and take the door to the right. You can also go the the left, but I just prefer to go to the right.

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