Raids week 101

 

Last week Saturday I was ready to log early, but decided to wait a little and log on at 9 pm my time (3 pm EST). Tahlua and Blackzombie were on when I logged, so I invited them before posting the lfm. After the lfm went up with “R1/LE/LH depending on group” (for baba’s), the group filled in 10 minutes. Erofen sent a tell wanting to join, so we waited inside the raid while he was switching. Since we had both Titus and Stitchz in the group (tanks), I felt confident in R1. The plan was for them to dual-tank, since tanking only one shambler instead of two makes things easier for the tank. Once everyone was in we started. At first someone else had the hut, but soon it switched to me, and I spent the rest of the first baba fight pinned next to the barrier. As for inside the hut, this week I actually chose the teams. Since I at the time when I selected teams didn’t know which char Ero would bring, we ended up with three insta killers for totems (two warlocks and me), while I think the other side had one. This meant my side was slightly faster at killing things, but we didn’t really have to wait too long. Puzzles completed quickly, second baba fight also went well and the second run through we didn’t get wisps, which made things a lot easier. Or at least my side didn’t get wisps.

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Raids week 100

Finally it’s time for the big 100. These raids happened Saturday 24-25 (Swedish time), but I haven’t had time to do the blog until now.  First, let me say a few words about the counter. I started doing Saturday raids in 2012, not really counting them back then or doing a regular blog. Last year I did a Looking back at the history of the Saturday night raids – blog, listing all the blogs I had done up until then, and at the same time I decided to always use the category EEraids when writing a Sat raid blog, the name of the raids channel. I named the Sat raids EEraids first in January 2015, and I created the channel EEraids around the same time. The first raid since the creation of the channel was EE Fire on Thunderpeak on January 24, 2015. From here I started counting the raids and giving the blogs a number. In 2016 Turbine (who owned DDO before Standing Stone Games) moved their data center, and this caused a lot of problems in game. For months the raids were laggy to the point that the chance of failure was bigger than the chance of success, so I decided to take a break from raiding. When things started to clear up and I once again decided to start raiding, I reset the counter and started counting from 1. Just before this, legendary difficulty was released so I called the raids LE/EE raids for a while. Since the LE raids were quite difficult and we often decided to run an easier difficulty than elite, I on week 24 decided to drop the LE/EE in the blog name and just called them Raids. This is the 100th Saturday raids blog since October 2016. Now on to raids 100.

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Raids week 99

On Saturday when I logged at 9 pm, Tahlua and Devil were already online. Osi had reincarnated and seemed busy in Gianthold. I put the lfm up, then sent an invite to Devil and Tahlua before accepting people off the lfm. This Saturday felt a bit odd. Usually about half the party is Soko members, but this week I got several joiners whose name I didn’t recognize and that were in a guild that doesn’t often join the raids. Nabnirob and Nedlyne joined from Matrix and I suggested we do elite with them dual-tanking the shamblers. I had no idea if that would work, I just remembered Nab saying he’s done that before, maybe not with Ned though. I reserved the last spot for someone switching and noticed some had already stepped in on elite, before I got a confirmation that we would try the dual-tanking thing. Since I’m not a fan of choosing teams I said I was going to go right and that Nab should go left, that we need a tank and a puzzler on each side, but that I want people to pick sides. I also said I wanted Devil or Tahlua to go right with me. At first it looked like we split unevenly, but then it looked like we didn’t. I wasn’t sure if the other side had an insta killer for totems as it seemed that my side every so often completed our part a little bit faster than the other side.

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Raids week 98

 

On Saturday I logged on just before 9 pm my time. The only one online in guild was Azzallea. I said a few words before putting the lfm up with “R1/LE/LH depending on party /joinchannel EEraids endgame”. Azzallea joined and a bit later Tahlua logged on. Several of the Sokos were also on today and joined. In less than 10 min we had a full party. I thought about the tanking of the shamblers, and after a bit of hesitation decided on LH for a safe run. We had enough dps, but I felt unsure about shamblers – and have gotten complaints before on a failure so decided to play it safe. I told Nab to go left, I went right and the rest got to choose sides. On the first run through we ended up split 7 and 5, but I wasn’t really worried. Erofen wanted to do puzzles, I tried to help by starting from the other end, while Azzallea was working on taking the reds away from the puzzle (when we got to the puzzles that has reds). The runs through the hut went quite well and both sides completed the puzzles about as fast – very little waiting in between. As we get to the end I ask if Nab wants to tank shamblers to speed things up (having someone tank them means we don’t have to waste time killing them) while the rest of us focus on baba. At first one of the shamblers aggro on the party, but soon after they’re taken aside and we can focus on taking baba down. The raid completed in 27 minutes and Patience Through Peril dropped.

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Raids week 97

 

On Saturday I logged for raids at about 5 past 9 my time And Osi had a bit more than half a party already. We waited til 20 past to fill and step in on hard (baba’s). I asked if Osi wanted to split the party, and he told me to go right, he’d go left. Anyone else got to pick side. During the first baba fight, after I cast Divine Wrath I got aggro of the hut, as the aggro was supposed to switch, it switched back to me. When we stepped into the hut I still had the symbol for hut aggro in my buff bar. As for totems and and puzzles, I killed the totems most of the time when frog was off timer, and attempted to get the crows, but implosion is a bit finicky if there is any mob in range that is immune. For some reason it seems to always taget the immune mob and continues ticking on it until the spell runs out. Tahlua and Idhril and I were doing puzzles on my side, puzzles were being completed rather fast. We did struggle a bit to get the scarecrows down at the same time, though. In the second baba fight I didn’t get aggro of the hut at all and during the run through the hut I managed to not let the wisps kill me, lol. In the end fight Osi said in good time before the shamblers spawned to focus on baba and leave shamblers. This time we had a decent amount of dps and baba went down without the debuff being cast. We completed in 28 minutes and Vestments of Ravenloft dropped.

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Raids week 96

On Saturday I logged about 5 past 9 pm my time and Osi already had some people in the group; our guldies and Sokos. I guess after this he opened the lfm for anyone, and shortly after that we filled. Since Titus was in the party, I was wondering if the plan was to do elite, and as I got to the raid entrance I noticed that Osi had stepped in on elite. As party gathered inside I asked Osi to choose teams. As soon as everyone was in and sides were chosen we started. I quickly got aggro of the hut and not even wings kept me from getting flattened. The hut switched aggro, I got back to shooting at baba and soon after I had aggro again. Lucky for me, soon after the party finished the fight and we enter the hut.

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Raids week 95

I had intended to do this blog a bit earlier in the week, but that didn’t happen. This is the blog for raids 95, Saturday 20 October. On my suggestion, this week Osi posted for Killing Time as the first raid, but as I logged I was told that Matrix had just filled a group for the raid. As we’re waiting with very few joiners I suggest we do something else in hopes of getting more joiners for KT when Matrix is done with their run. We switched to Baba and waited a bit more for a full group. For sides, Osi told me to go right and he’d go left, the rest got to choose side. We managed to split evenly and I helped with puzzles, but had more than one person on my side who knew how to do them. As for end fight, since Osi was ready to tank again, I wrote in party chat for the party to focus on baba. Half the party did, half went to fight shamblers. I was insisting we’d focus on baba, so I did so, ignoring anyone who went to shamblers. The raid completed in 36 minutes and Suffering, the Half of Whole dropped.

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Raids week 94

 

Last week on Saturday I logged at about 5 past 9 pm my time and this time Osi didn’t have a full party yet. I don’t remember if he put an lfm up or not, but the raid party quickly filled with people from Phoenix Clan (our guild), Soko Irrlicht and a few friends/ regulars. I said something like “we’re an LH party, no?” (because of no tank) and we stepped in on LH. I also decided I wanted to go left in the split, and Osi told us it was a random split. This week I finally got enough screenshots of inside the hut, to puzzle together an inside hut map picture for wiki. The first run through Fleea was doing puzzles left, with me attempting to help. Second run through Gaijya joined us left and did puzzles with Fleea, while Osi was left to deal with puzzles right. As for end fight, Osi seemed to want to tank shamblers again, so I told the party to just focus on baba and let Osi deal with shamblers. Close to the end we were hit with the hp debuff, but soon after completed. The raid completed in 33 minutes and Echo of Ravenkind, Fate, the Knower of All and Patience Through Peril dropped.

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Raids week 93

Last week Saturday when I logged for raids Osi had a full party already, he only saved a spot for me. I had intended to grab some more pots while waiting for the group to fill, but now I just had to run to he raid so we could start – which was Baba’s. Since I’ve been meaning to get some screenshots from inside the hut for DDOWiki, I asked to do left side of the hut this week – I’ve been doing right side exclusively during our raids.  The raid progressed without issues and I attempted to help Fleea with the puzzles – puzzles I’ve never done before. With update 40 and the new cloaks there seems to have been a bug introduced, a bug that kept moving Thaz to the left side of the screen. This can be seen in some of the screenshots and in the video down below. The bug seems fixed in patch 1. In the end fight of Baba’s, Osi wanted to tank shamblers, so I decided that we ignore them and fight Baba instead. The raid completed in 31 minutes and the only thing I saw drop was a +7 str tome.

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Raids week 92

 

Last week when I logged on for raids Osi had an almost full party waiting for me. Titus wanted to try tanking in Baba, and we stepped in on R1 (in fact someone chose it before I could get the party to say which diff they wanted). By 10 past 9 pm we were already in but spent a few extra minutes organising the party. My side ended up with a few puzzlers, and it seemed like we had different ways of doing them so I attempted to do it the way they did and got confused, which made the puzzling take a bit longer. Over all the puzzles went well, and we had very few deaths until the end fight. As we step out to the end fight area, I get insta killed by a wisp as I’m typing instructions. I wait out the death timer, get a raise and get back to helping kill scare crows. As for baba and shamblers, Titus managed very will, with only a few occasional heals from me (maybe Osi or Stitchz helped too). The raid completed in 45 minutes with only 4 deaths total. Memory of a Tailor’s DuressSavior, the Breaker of Chains and Spite, the Fractured ShardsVan Richten’s Spectacles dropped.

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