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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I posted for reaper 1 skull Legendary Shroud at exactly 9 pm (3 pm EST) last Saturday. The party was slowly filling, but at 10 to 10 we were still missing a hurler and I decided that if we don’t get one by 10 pm, I’m going to switch to Darthwolf and let someone else have the last spot, which was saved for the hurler. 10 o’clock came, and I switched. Things were going somewhat ok, quite laggy but was progressing.. until we again failed to take out a portal keeper and failed the raid. So we retried on LE instead.
This post is over a week over due, so I may not remember it all. For week 5 of LE/EE raids, I again ended up running Darthwolf in Shroud. The party filled and I said I’d either like a hurler or a healer, so Durk decided to bring his healer and I brought Darth. The run had quite a few deaths this time, but I didn’t really feel like we struggled that much. We lagged a bit in p1, but it passed.
After Shroud we did a quick LE Tempest’s Spine as well.
I’ve been trying to resurrect my EEraids channel, and with some added advertising, it’s actually been going really well. I think we had a good number over 20 people in the channel on Saturday when I logged on. Still, if it wasn’t for the Germans, I don’t think my LE Shrouds would be going anywhere. They’re giving me the dps and raid knowledge I need to succeed. My previous attempt was a failure, but every failure should be a learning experience.
This week I posted for LE Shroud at 9pm GMT+2 (3pm EST) and after my initial joiners we were struggling to get a full party. I started checking The Who panel for names I recognized and started asking people if they’d like to come join. I got a few joiners that way. After about an hour we were ready to start. I again took the role of healer and raiser, while keeping an eye out for trash spawns. Those nasty kobolds that smack you for over 1k. We struggled a bit, but nothing like my previous try, and it didn’t feel hopeless, and no near failure situations, except maybe a moment in p5. All in all a good run.
Some time ago I decided to work on Godscraft’s EDs, since he had a lot of them not finished or capped. I started bringing him along when I was leveling my own chars, but soon realised that I could take advantage of his skills so to speak. When I was leveling Cerge on his previous eTR I brought Gods along, and now when I decided to finally start leveling Thaz again I’m bringing him along. Though, he’s not so much tagging along, as he is doing most of the dps, and Thaz only steps in when Gods is facing mobs that Thaz handle better.. or he runs out of sp.
Since Gods is almost done with his EDs, I didn’t feel like I wanted to give him a spot when I had ppl interested in joining me.. but when my lfm was up with no joiners, Gods helped me quest. We did Impossible Demands, The Unquiet Graves and The Lost Thread before I had to log off due to rl. Below are some screenies from The Lost Thread. Gods did most of the killing, Thaz did the collars (because her concentration is more than enough compared to Gods’), and the room with Eldrin Szind since she could handle the mobs in there better than Gods could. Thaz also lead Ana.
Due to my lack of time lately, I haven’t been putting up lfms as I used to, but have mainly been soloing. This because I would only run one quest per night, and I didn’t want to lfm for just one quest. I did, though, put up an lfm for Lords of dust chain last friday, and had some good runs. I also joined an lfm for EE Chrono before running the Eveningstar quests. Anyway, back to the solos. On Thursday I finished the house D chain EE solo and today I finished the first Eveningstar chain. I was complaining to Short about how crappy my character has been feeling, and he gave me some pointers as how to improve. With some changes, I feel that the quests were going better… but the champs were still killing me. Have a look at screenies below.