Thazmaniac soloing R2

 

After my new warlock hit cap I’ve been mostly farming Ravenloft on R1 for ED xp and it’s been hard with a lot of deaths. I’ve brought my alt Darthpyre along to pike for xp and usually posted an lfm with not too many joiners. Last week I decided to run Wheloon for first time bonus xp, and this time I stepped in on R2. After a difficult Lesson in Deception I stepped into Thrill of the Hunt – expecting the end fight to be really really hard. Somehow I not only managed to find a spot where I could stand and not get hit – I even managed to rescue the captive. I was thrilled. I continued with Army of Shadow and even though the hireling died a lot, I didn’t, and also managed to complete that one with no deaths. In an off ED.

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Thazara does White Plume Mountain

Some time ago I was sent a tell asking when I was going to make a video of Thazara running White Plume Mountain EE solo, and I replied that I hadn’t intended to do one, but that I could if the person wanted me to. They said yes and the run has been in the plans for a while, but I guess I kept forgetting. White plume mountain isn’t a quest I’ve done more than a few times before, so a week or so ago I did a quick heroic run just to get a feel of the amount of mobs and fights I’d be facing. Today I decided to finally do the run. The first time I stepped in I got the riddle wrong, and not wanting to waste sp on fighting the cat I teleported out and reset the quest. Second try I died fighting the vampire, as I didn’t get out of the blue circle fast enough. I didn’t count the first one as an attempt, though, so on the second actual attempt I managed to complete. The mobs hit hard, but so did I, and as long as I kept staying away of harms way and healing myself, I actually didn’t have any issues killing the mobs – and I managed to do so without running out of sp this time.  Have a look at some screenshots and the video below.

In the key room I ended up fighting the ooze
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Jarvanna & Schoan do EEs

While working on our EDs, Schoan, Valdayanie and Jarvanna have been doing some EEs that we’ve never done before (on those characters). Last Sunday Valdayanie couldn’t make it, so Schoan and Jarvanna did Madstone and Cry for help as a duo. On the dps side we were doing, good, but surviving against the giant skeletons turned out to be a challenge. More than once my piker Evilynnn had to rescue us, but throwing raises from a safe distance.

One of the minotaurs jumped up out of reach
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Mists of Ravenloft – the videos

Someone had asked if I was planning to do more videos running Thazara, so I decided to record Thaz running the new Ravenloft quests. I flagged Thaz on R1 with Doobrey, as for these videos I solo’d EE for loot. Doobrey told me nothing drops on EH, and since R1 costs me more sp that EE, I decided to do EE. To tell the truth, I was surprised at how easy the quests felt. Thazara is my oldest character that I played past level 2. My very first character was also an elf cleric, but that character has long since been deleted.

Anyway, Thaz is on her first heroic life, has 10 epic past lives and is on her 6th build plan. The current build plan Thazara 1.6, is a light spammer evoker, using sun domain. She uses heavy armor has a bit over 500 light and positive spell power and some force spell power for implosion. I am using a toggle macro for light spamming, I need to turn it off to cast other spells (blade barrier, heals, divine wrath). As seen in some of the videos, I chose to remove arcane pulse from my macro for some of the quests, as it’s the most sp costly spell I currently use in the macro. The other spells/ SLAs cost between 2 and 12 sp. Thaz’s gear is not up to date with the new pack, I am looking at to improve it once I’ve acquired things that fit her gear setup. You can see Thaz’s current gear setup here (scroll down below the build plan).

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Epic crucible on reaper 2

For you who don’t follow me on twitter or youtube, here’s a short post about the crucible run we did. I eTR’d Thaz some time back, and I’ve been running epic sagas on reaper 2 with Misanthropic, as he’s an instakiller build and it’s been making getting some reaper xp so much easier for me (and of course, I enjoy the company). I post on the lfm as well, and interest has varied. For gianthold, though, we’ve been getting a full party. A few days ago I wanted to do the crucible, and record the run. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to do reaper 2, but as it turns out my worry was in vain.

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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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The Battle for Eveningstar reaper

 

The other day I wanted to do a reaper 1 Battle for Eveningstar at level, meaning max level 21. I posted and left the lfm up while I started. I have done this quest EE at level before, but never attempted to solo reaper. I spent most of the time jumping on roofs, trying not to die from the casters, which failed a few times. Luckily my deaths were close enough to a shrine that I didn’t need to use a cake. I parked Albus as a fail safe and at a couple of times parked him near me on a roof so he’d throw me heals, but he turned out to be completely useless for this. Parked he didn’t heal me and he didn’t heal himself either, so he ended up dying. For the end fight I just left him at the shrine.

The quest took me a while as I was clearing most of the trash, but things progressed better than I had expected. I even managed to take out the priestesses without them healing more than once of twice. As for the end fight, it took me a while and when the driers spawned I had to stop attacking the boss to take care of them, but I managed to do this without taking too much damage. I finished the quest in 53 minutes solo, as no one had joined. Hamster offered to join to help me out, but I was at that time more than half-way through the end fight, so told him I was almost done.

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Jarvanna and Schoan do EEs

Jarvanna hit 30 some weeks ago and now me, Schoan and Valdayanie (or little static group) have been focused on just gaining xp for our EDs. Valdayanie has been unavailable for the last couple of weeks, so it’s been just Jarv and Schoan. I wanted to try some EEs last week and we started with Lords of Dust. I was surprised at how easy it felt compared to expectations… I expected us to do poorly and maybe even fail. We continued with Servants and later Beyond the Rift, skipping Spinner, as I didn’t feel like dying a lot.

Lords of Dust, miniboss

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LE/EE raids week 22

It’s already Thursday night and I’m only now doing the blog about last week’s raids. I did upload the pictures days ago, I just haven’t gotten around to writing the actual blog til now.

Saturday I was a bit late, maybe 15 min, and I posted for LE Shroud. I’ve for the time being given up on attempting to do reaper, as most if not all of my regular raiders are TR’ing. Weii joined me, and we waited… about 40 min before I told him “I give up” and posted for hard instead. He wasn’t convinced it would make a difference.. and it didn’t, much. We got 2 or 3 joiners in half an hour, after which I was quite bored with waiting, so I decided to post for TS instead. Reaper 2.

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