Thoughts on the upcoming mini expansion

During Corodvan’s live stream on Wednesday he showed us the trailer and editions for the upcoming mini expansion Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh that is currently planned to be released next Wednesday. Note, this post is divided in pages, click on page 2 and 3 to read more.

Thaz eTR 13

Thazara eTR’d yesterday and got her first arcane past life: Arcane Alacrity. Here are her before and after pictures:

Before to the left and after to the right.

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Cerge 12.0

I was choosing between fighter and barbarian – I had intended to do fighter, but then I decided to spend runes on the tail of suulomades for my current build – and decided I wanted to use it again next life. Since I am still sticking to iconics, the obvious choice for barbarian was the razorclaw shifter.

This is the first draft of Cerge 12.0, razoclaw shifter barbarian. I used the Lite planner again.

Cerge 12.0
Barbarian 20
True Neutral Razorclaw Shifter

               36pt     Tome     Level Up
               ----     ----     --------
Strength        20       +7       4: STR
Dexterity        8       +8       8: STR
Constitution    18       +8      12: STR
Intelligence     6       +7      16: STR
Wisdom           8       +7      20: STR
Charisma        12       +7      24: STR
                                 28: STR

          1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Intim     1  1  1  1  1  1  2  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  3  23
Balance   1  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  11
UMD       1  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1     11
Bluff                          ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1  1  ½         7
Jump      1                                                     1      2
Tumble    1                                                            1
          8  3  3  3  3  3  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  5  5  5  5  5  5


 1        : Power Attack
 1 Razorcl: Razorclaw Shifter
 3        : Stunning Blow
 6        : Two Handed Fighting
 9        : Improved Critical: Slashing
12        : Improved Two Handed Fighting
15        : Greater Two Handed Fighting
18        : Armor Proficiency: Heavy
21 Epic   : Overwhelming Critical
24 Epic   : Weapon Focus: Slashing
26 Destiny: Perfect Two Handed Fighting
27 Epic   : Epic Fortitude
28 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting
29 Destiny: Dire Charge
30 Epic   : Blinding Speed
30 Legend : Scion of: Arborea

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P.S. I will upload a picture of the enhancements later.

Cerge eTR 17

On Tuesday, after completing What Goes Up for saga, I eTR’d Cerge and Darthpyre, both getting the Brace PL. Here are Cerge’s before and after picture, before to the left and after to the right. To see what he looked like without the mask, have a look at Cerge eTR 16.

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Jarvanna’s gear post U48

I’ve been working on updating my caster druid and making her more druid and less of a divine copy (I have had a habit of playing her similar to my cleric). In doing this I wanted to redo her gearset with Feywild gear, to make her over all better. I also switched ED and changed her enhancements – but these aren’t quite done yet. I did want to share my current gear setup, though. Here it is. Note, this is Jarvanna 3.0.

Goggles: Legendary Collective Sight, Wisdom +21, Insightful Wisdom +10, augment: Esoterica (3 Pieces Equipped: +4 Artifact Bonus to all Spell DCs)
Head: Legendary Crown of Snow (Winter), augment: Diamond of Strength +11
Neck: Legendary Winter Court Necklace (Winter), augment: Diamond of Dexterity +11
Trinket: Bottled Rainstorm (Autumn), augment: Topaz of Greater Transmutation
Armor: Cladding of Dead Leaves (Autumn), augment: Essence of the Epic Litany of the Dead
Cloak: Legendary Cloak of Autumn (Autumn), augment: (empty)
Bracers: Legendary Levik’s Bracers, augments: Diamond of Festive Wisdom +2, Esoterica
Belt: Strap of Autumn Leaves (Autumn + Winter), artifact, augments: Globe of True Emperial Blood, Sapphire of Spell Agility +15, Topaz of Deathblock
Ring 1: Legendary Omniscience, augments: Topaz of Greater Evocation, Esoterica
Boots: Legendary Deepsnow Boots (Winter), augment: Topaz of Blindness Immunity
Gloves: Legendary Deadringers (Autumn), augment: Topaz of Fear Immunity
Ring 2: Circle of Malevolence
Main hand: The Legendary Queen’s Sceptre
Main hand (option): Legendary Malleable Sceptre of Devotion
Offhand: I don’t have this item yet, but the plan is: Legendary Solid Sound with quality wisdom +5
Offhand (option): Legendary Malleable Sceptre of Devotion

I also use Staff of the Summer Solstice for temporary hp.

I am still not set on my enhancements, filigrees (I have some slotted but these are bound to change) or ED, so I will post these later.

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Hardcore Monk II – Death and Life Everlasting

Reposting as I thought the post has some good advice for HC. 🙂

The Order of Syncletica

I always felt that some of my tips for defenses on a Monk were generally ignored by many players. Things like miss-chances and certainly fortification go a long way, as well as the benefits of finishers, particularly those of the Ninja Spy.

But in Hardcore, I’ve learned everything matters. Everything.

I’ve created four characters now, with the 3rd week in play.

The first order of business for all of them is the persistent use of acid-absorption items when opening a chest, which could always spawn a deadly spitting mimic. Other elemental absorption gear, from rings, cloaks and outfits, tend to drop well, and most are well-geared at present. So has fortification items, thankfully.

But what I did not prepare for as well were the special Hardcore monster champions, based on the other crazy Daelkyr of Xoriat.

During party play, in the 2nd quest to rescue Arlos, we encountered…

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Death watch on the Hardcore server

Season 4 of the Hardcore League opened March 31, 2021. People quickly noticed that there was something different this time around, mimics! On April 1, I thought it would be fun to make a death watch toon, just to place in harbor and see how many people were dying to these hungry mimics. Sadly the game came down for maintenance at 7 h, 40 min, so my recording didn’t make it to 8 h. But I have now uploaded the video to YT. Have a look below.

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Cerge eTR 16

Yesterday Cerge eTR’d for the 16th time. This time the acquired past life was Brace. Here are his before and after pics (before on the left, after on the right).

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No more raids blogs

I very often do the raids blogs on Saturday, which I had planned to do today as well. As I opened up WordPress to edit the blog I started some days ago (Raids week 217), I noticed the classic editor was gone and no where to be found. The modern and new editor does not have the option to add images from a URL, only to upload them to WordPress. Since the free storage on WP is only 3GB and my raids blogs are mostly pictures, that storage wouldn’t last long. I believe I could add the picture links in the html code, but since the new editor also adds a lot more tags than classic, that doesn’t feel like a practical solution either.

I did look at starting a new blog on a different site, but in the end the raids blogs have felt like a chore for a while and are too time consuming, so I’ve decided to stop doing them. I do plan to keep the blog and update my characters’ info and such, but will stop doing the weekly raids blogs.

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Raids week 216

Raids 216 were Wednesday March 3 and Saturday March 6.


1. The Dryad and the Demigod LH

We started our night with an elite try of the Dryad raid, but switched to hard after the elite try failed. Completion time: 14 min, 20 s. Loot: 84 demigod runes x2, 30 threads of fate x2, Icon of the Bitterwind, Hyrsam’s Fiddle and Esper, the Shadowblade.

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