Looking back at the history of the Saturday night raids

I posted my first DDO blog March 28, 2012 and have since then been writing semi-regularly as well as using the blog as documentation and history about my characters and gaming. I have been doing the Saturday night raids since 2012, although I did not do EEraids back then and at first I didn’t even post for them myself. Even though I have run and posted for raids on other nights than Saturday, in this blog I will mostly be focusing on the Saturday raids.

2012
I started running raids back in 2012. At first I was just joining raids when I saw them up, later I decided that I wanted to do a Shroud on Thazara each weekend, and soon I started posting for raids myself, usually on Saturday, sometimes on Sunday. Back in 2012 there were also a lot more people running and posting for raids, so I only hosted them myself about half the time. The dates posted here are the date of the blog, not the date of the run, as I’m no longer sure which day/ date the blog is about. Level cap increased from 20 to 25 in June 2012.

July 8, 2012 My very first time posting for Shroud, probably my very first time posting for a raid
July 25, 2012 My second blog post about posting for Shroud
August 5, 2012 Third post about posting for Shroud
August 19, 2012 Forth post about posting for Shroud
August 26, 2012 My first elite Shroud completion, my lfm. My first mention of Sat raids
September 2, 2012 Sat raids (and quests). I only posted for Shroud
September 16, 2012 I posted for Shroud, but lost my confidence and gave Cleazy lead
September 30, 2012 Shroud lfm
October 7, 2012 Sat raids, my first ToD. I posted for help, Kaikku joined and I gave her the star
October 14, 2012 Sat raids
October 21, 2012 Sat raids
October 28, 2012 Sat raids, my first time leading ToD
November 11, 2012 Saturday raids marathon
November 18, 2012 Sat raids
November 25, 2012 Sat raids/ marathon
December 3, 2012 Sat raids/ marathon
December 10, 2012 Weekend raids
December 24, 2012 Weekend raids
December 31, 2012 Sat raids

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Epic Lost in the Swamp reaper 2

A week ago I posted a blog about soloing Detour on reaper 2. That time I had an lfm up, and just didn’t get any joiners. The next quest in the chain that I usually run is Lost in the Swamp, and that one I consider to be the easiest of them all. I’ve almost solo’d it on reaper 1 before (I got my only joiner just as I was killing the boss), but I don’t believe I’ve even run it on r2 before.  I decided to try r2 and record it while doing so.

My first attempt was bleh. I struggled with the wolves, struggled to keep my hire out of harm’s way.. and attempted to use the shrine as a safe spot which did not work. Giving up on the run, I decided to look for a proper safe spot before trying again. Second try I placed the hire in my newly found safe spot, and then activated the first wave of wolves. I tried using the safe spot, but realising it was more of a hassle than benefit, I skipped using it and just stayed on top of the little roof in the second room. After a bunch of kiting back and forth I finally got rid of all the wolves so I could continue.

Taking out the druids wasn’t an issue and the few vine horrors that popped up wasn’t an issue either. I got to the roots that block your path and I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t break them. I had killed everything up until that point. Running back and forth, moving my hire to the roots and still nothing, I decided to turn off the recording, as I was about to give up. Running around some more, I happened to activate the optional “Free the three lost spirits”, and suddenly a bunch of vine horrors popped up as well as a champion wood woad. Killing off all the trash the roots became breakable, and I started the recording again.

The rest of the quest was a lot easier than I expected. The vine horrors move quite slowly, so I was able to range them without an issue. The earth elementals were also easy to kite, as they could only really harm me if they manage to hit me with their firsts. The earth elementals were a pain mostly because I didn’t have the right arrows or weapon for them, so I was seeing a lot of yellow numbers and killing them was slow. When it came to killing the medusa, it proved a lot easier than any previous run I’ve done. Her flesh to stone range is rather short, so as an archer I could easily keep out of her casting range. The only thing she was able to attack me with was her arrows. I finished this quest in 73 min, with zero deaths. Yay me. 🙂

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Raids week 43

I posted as per usual a bit after 3 pm EST for LTS reaper 2. I got my str and int as the first two joiners, but then no one was joining for a long time. We waited, and then suddenly people started hitting the lfm. Meliy, who apparently streams every Saturday at 4 pm on DDOstream, asked if he could stream the run. I was a bit hesitant, but figured why not. Just as we were about to start we lost our str. Luckily for us, Meliy had a str character he could bring, so he switched to that one instead and off we went.

Someone turned the beholder into jade. I’m staying away from it

The last person to join the party got killed in wilderness, so I ran back to get him. The rest continued onwards. As I caught up to the party, they had entered the iron golem room, and I got locked out… for a few seconds. Fire and ice was a big mess, with a lot of deaths.. I helped kill fire and didn’t die myself until I started running around looking for people to raise. We got back up, killed off the trash and headed onwards. We had a few deaths on the way to the end fight, but nothing like fire & ice. The end fight was long and boring, but Sor’jek didn’t reset and no one fell off. We finished in 35 min. You can watch Meliy/ Kozma’s stream of the run here.

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Running U31 quests with the static group

As I may have mentioned, I run with Valdayanie and  Schoan once a week or once every other week and the plan is to finish of our EDs, then eTR + TR. As we play so little, things have been going slow, and since Schoan doesn’t have all the packs, we have been running a bit of the same quests over and over. This week I suggested we do the U31 quests for a bit of a change. As we are xp’ing, running in off EDs, I figured it’d be best to stick to hard. Below are some screenshots from today’s runs.

Elf Courier in Memoirs of an Illusory Larcener 
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Epic Detour Reaper 2

Yesterday I posted for Detour again, or well first time since the last eTR. The post was for max level 24 for max reaper xp and R2. Even though the post was up and I was hoping for joiners, I had somewhat of a plan for in case I have to solo.

I go in, talk to Bensen, activate the first mobs, then realise I forgot to summon my raiser hireling. I run back to the door to summon him. Bensen apparently kills the mobs, then follows me into the room. Retry, I park the hire at the door and rush onwards to the first mobs. Lots of backwards running and switching between improved precise shot and archer’s focus (ips for groups of mobs, the other for when I had just one). I make it to the gate, jump up on it and take the first short cut. Things are progressing nicely, and when I get to the shrine I jump up on it and shoot from a safe-ish spot (some of the mobs did jump up to me).

Bensen helping out for once, holding the wolves
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Raids week 42

I was maybe 10 min late for my raids last week, but nothing big. I put the lfm up and slowly people started joining. The problem was that several of the joiners were lower level than I would have wanted, and when a 3rd cleric joined, I decided to switch to Maidae instead. I let anyone interested join until the last spot when I realised we still didn’t have a strength character for the levers. The arti’s dog was about 10 points too low, so he started looking at ways to get the str up. I left the lfm up for str, but in the end we used the dog, as non of the players had str.

Fire and ice was  no messier than normally, a few deaths but we had good people and down they went. A couple of people got left in ice, but managed to run past the mobs to get to the rest of us. The dog did a good job on the levers and we finished off the mobs on the way to the end fight ok. The end fight was slow. Not only was it slow, but Sor’jek reset twice. One player got blown off and died and the decided to leave the party. We were low on dps, and after the second reset, I think more than one person went afk of boredom.  I felt like there weren’t too many of us left attacking after a while. I had switched to auto attack, hitting adrenaline, fury and manyshot as well as my other action keys every so often. It took us over an hour to finish. Some named items dropped.

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Raids week 41

I was a little bit late last Saturday, and posted for R2 LTS at about 3.15 pm EST (I try to always post at 3). The group was slow filling, and it wasn’t until one of the last few spots that we got strength. The group filled before we started, and I waited for most before running to the front door. This time I didn’t die, in fact things went really smooth up until the end fight. Most of the party stayed in the safe spot, yet Sorjek reset once. He fell down and then reset. I don’t know what caused him to fall down or if the reset was because of the fall or if one of the party members got knocked off. The end fight was anyway long and boring, but eventually Soejek went down. We finished the raid in 30 min, and I didn’t die at all this run. A few named items dropped.

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Raids week 40

I posted for R2 LTS a few minutes after 9 pm my time (3 pm EST) last Saturday. Haleyh joined as my first party member, and we had intelligence, Jedli as 5th and we had str. A few minutes later we were ready to start. This was my first TS since Thaz’s eTR and me changing her bracers to a pair of crafted ones. This was also the first time in a long while that I died running to the front door. Normally I fireshield and then heal 0-1 time during the run. This time I took 3-4 fireballs to the face and dropped… and got rescued. In fire & ice I died again, I ran to fire and had to get rescued, fire ran off and I think ice needed to die twice. After fire died, I rushed back to the room with the rune to make sure it had opened. The rest of the raid went pretty well. I had most of the party stay in the safe spot during the end fight and and Sorjek didn’t reset. We finished in 26 minutes.

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Raids week 39

I eTR’d Thaz July 30th, and then I was away last weekend, so raids were cancelled. I was trying to get Thaz back to cap before this week’s raids, but didn’t quite make it. I didn’t want to run Thaz in RSO without the level 30 ring I made for it, so I decided to run Maidae instead. I posted for the raids (Tempest’s Spine) at exactly 3 pm EST, and I somewhat quickly got a few joiners. I was a bit worried that I would have issues getting joiners posting on another character than usually, but my worry was in vain. It took 15-20 min to have enough people to start. Fire and ice went really well and we were quickly on our way to the end fight. We managed to do the end fight without Sorjek resetting this time. The raid finished in 24 minutes.

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Thazara 1.6

Here’s the build plan for Thazara 1.6. It’s very similar to 1.5, the main differences are: spot instead of perform, Follower of the Blood of Vol instead of Sovereign Host, and two of the evocation feats replaced by mental toughness for  more spell points and crit chance. I also replaced the enhancement for spell power force with universal, as I don’t use force spells a lot.

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Thazara 
Level 30 True Neutral Elf Female
(20 Cleric \ 10 Epic) 
Hit Points: 615
Spell Points: 1159 
BAB: 15\15\20\25\25
Fortitude: 19
Reflex: 11
Will: 31

                  Starting          Feat/Enhancement
Abilities        Base Stats          Modified Stats
(32 Point)       (Level 1)             (Level 30)
Strength              8                    14
Dexterity            10                    16
Constitution         14                    20
Intelligence         14                    20
Wisdom               18                    37
Charisma              8                    14
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