I was a bit late logging on, and apparently this week people were waiting for my post, since as soon as put the post up, people started clicking the lfm and we filled in like 5 minutes. I started with Tempest’s Spine reaper 2. The run was a lot better than last week, but we did have a few deaths, and I got kicked off and had to run back. Luckily I ended up close to the short cut entrance and didn’t have to worry about running into any mobs on the way back. We finished TS in 25 minutes.
The the plan was to do Riding the Storm out LH. I had a good group of people, but I didn’t want to attempt the raid short manned, so we waited. I was looking for people on the who, but the few names I recognised were busy doing other things. After waiting 40-50 minutes without filling the party, I suggested we just short man normal instead. We also had a few first timers, so I figured normal was better anyway. The run was pretty good, we had a few deaths, some miscommunication and we struggled on the last puzzle, but nothing major. I also took screenshots of all the rune pillars and puzzles I found (I didn’t run around the whole area, though), and I intend to continue this next time, in hopes of mapping them all out for future runs. We completed RSO in 50 minutes.
Finally I have finished my last flagging video. Now I have a full set of YouTube videos of how to flag videos. Of course, I did things my way, I didn’t do them the fastest way possible, I did them running elite at level (most of them anyway). Check out the spreadsheet here.
I ran this flagging EE at level on my new ranger Cerge. I died twice in Cabal (stoned by one of the reds), once in Madstone (disintegrated by the end boss) and 4 times in PoP (1 time in fire room, 3 times in end fight). I used only 1 cake. Check out my videos below.
As you may remember, one of my video series also include solo raids. My plan is to record myself soloing all the raids that are possible to solo. I had been thinking of which raid to do next.
So far I have done:
Legendary Tempest’s Spine
Tempest’s Spine (this one way over level though)
Tower of Despair
Fall of Truth
The Reaver’s Fate
Titan Awakes (though through multiboxing)
That leaves a whole bunch of raids I haven’t even attempted, and some that are impossible to do solo.
Since I know people who claim to have solo’d Caught in the Web, I decided to give it a try, expecting the legs to be the hardest part. In the end, the hardest part was the last Lolth fight. I had so much trash that I didn’t want to kill off, and when I got Lolth down to about 50% she suddenly went back up to 100%. I noticed that she was killing trash to get her hp back. Not sure I’ve seen this before. After using a bunch of pots I realised I had to kill all the trash as it spawned, as I as fighting Lolth. This kept her from regenerating. I also got the gate to the end open without realising it at first so had to redo it.. but I didn’t need to go south at all for some reason (we always kill the necromancer last and he’s south).
In he end I ended up using a total of 10 heal pots and 15 mana pots, but I completed with 0 deaths. Sadly I forgot to screenshot the experience report, but I did record the run. Check out my video here or on YouTube.
Last week I was away so didn’t host any raids, this week I was back again with the plan to do at least Tempest’s Spine and Riding the Storm Out. I decided to post for TS reaper 3 just after 9 pm my time. At first it seemed like I would have to cancel the raids, but then Haleyh and Klorox joined, and it didn’t take too long before I had enough players so we could start.
Things seemed fine up until end fight. We completed fire & ice with the normal amount of deaths (yeah, I died in ice as I usually do), and no one got lost or left behind. We get to end fight and people start dying. Max wondered if Sorjek’s hps were going down at all, but it was just that were were lacking in dps due to deaths. I got blown off at least 3 times and had to run back. Two of the times I ended up near entrance and once time I died and had to be rescued. When Sorjek was down to only a few percent hp, he walked too close to the left pillar and reset…
We were already low on resources and this was an additional blow. At least we managed to always have someone on the platform, and the reset didn’t happen again. After 59 minutes he finally went down an we got our loot and xp. To me the reaper xp was not worth the additional pain that R3 caused us, so next week I’ll be doing R2.
Yesterday during raids I decided to switch char, so gave the leader star to Haleyh and switched. When I returned I tried to ask for the star back while I was on my guild ship, but I was unable to send Halyeh tells, and he was unable to send me tells or pass me star. The star was passed to Klorox who was able to pass me the star. Trying to get to market from my guild ship, twice I got stuck in loading, and after restarting my client for the second time, I decided to go to the harbor and enter market that way, which seemed to work.
Later when IronMaw was trying to join the party he was unable to join by clicking the lfm. Hamster tried as well and couldn’t either. We were unable to send Iron tells and I could not invite him. I moved to harbor and tried again and this time I was able to invite him. Then when entering the raid, the only one who managed to get into the raid was Iron.. who apparently entered from Market instance 1. Everyone else who were in market 2 got stuck in loading. After me an a few others had restarted the client a few times, we figured out that we needed to be in market 1 to be able to enter the raid.
So, my guess is that there was something wrong with marketplace instance 2?
I started the recordings on April 4th and finally finished them last Monday. And now I finally have the videos appended and uploaded to YouTube. The Caught in the Web flag is I’m sure the longest flagging in the game, unless you count farming for sigil pieces in Necro 4.
To flag for Caught in the Web, you have to run the following quests:
Web of Chaos chain + Beyond the Rift (level 16 heroic normal, 21 epic normal). To flag for the Eveningstar chains you can run them heroic or epic. After you’ve run the 4 quests, you can use the rift to get to Eveningstar. I always run them heroic, so for these videos I ran them again on epic.
The first time you run The web of Chaos chain + Beyond the rift, the quests have to be completed in order as each quest run flags you for the next one. The other 3 chains, the quests within the chain will flag you for the final quest, which then opens the next chain. The 3 quests within each chain can be completed in any order. To flag for the final, you have to return to Eveningstar and pick up the quest rewards.
I have decided to temporarily rename my weekly raids post to ‘raids week xx’ instead of ‘LE/EE raids…’, this because we haven’t been mainly focused on the EE completions the last few weeks and I feel the title is misleading.
The plan for last Saturday was to run reaper TS and then 1-2 runs of Riding the Storm Out. Instead we ended up doing TS, RSO and Shroud. TS on reaper 2, RSO on normal and Shroud on hard. I wasn’t really that interested in spending the whole night waiting to fill my party, so I decided to run on a lower difficulty to encourage ppl to join.
TS was good, except for me dying a lot. I’m not exactly sure what the difference was this week… I attacked something, it aggro’d on me and then I was dead. It kept happening over and over, even in the end fight.
After last week’s fiasco with Shroud, this week (well technically last week) I decided I was going to post for Reaper TS, and LN Riding the Storm Out. I posted for TS reaper 3 first, and waited for a full party with a character for strength and intelligence. Both of these joined rather fast, so the rest of the waiting was just for people to join. It took about half an hour to fill, and then another half hour to complete the raid. I managed to not die until the end fight, but during the end fight I got targeted by Sorjek several times and died. Reaper 3 takes about 10 minutes longer than reaper 2, in my experience.