Update 36 is out (some spoilers)

It wasn’t until Sunday that I finally got to run the new quests. Since there was a treasure hunter bonus going on, I figured I’d get as many runs in as possible. On Sunday I did 3 runs of the whole chain on Thazara on R2. The I learned that the wisdom ring I wanted drops in Graveyard shift, so Monday-Wednesday I ran only that one times 3/ day until I finally got my ring. On Thursday I did another full chain run, this time on Maidae.

Here are some of the items that dropped during the runs. (I forgot to screenshot armor, doubleshot belt, charisma cloak, staff, etc…)

Graveyard Shift:
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U35 – look at those pretty dragons

U35 was out recently and I’ve now done the quests a couple of times, but not the raid. The theme for the update is dragons, and more dragons. 🙂 We got two new quests, with dragons, a raid with a dragon and a new player race – dragonborn. If you like me like dragons, it’s pretty awesome.

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Introducing Update 34

Update 34 was out on Thursday and with it a revamp of champions, reaper difficulty and a brand new free to play quest, Tower of Frost. I decided to try the quest heroic elite (quest is lvl 14 on normal) on Cerge who is currently a lvl 15 ranger. My very first ranger, unless you count my bardcher and monkcher with 6 levels ranger. The only spoilers I am going to give on the new quest is that it’s a tower, and that Cordovan did the DM voice for it. 🙂 I kind of thought Theobald looks a bit like Cordovan too, but that might just be me.. or the moustache (I guess that makes another spoiler. Sorry).

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Trying out the U32 quests (spoilers)

Update 32 – Against the Slave Lords was out a few days ago, and I wanted to do a video series of me trying the quests out. My first run through was on heroic, I plan to do another recording when I run the quests legendary. In the first quest I missed a lever and spent an unnecessary amount of time running around looking for it. In the second I got covered in honey and had bees stinging me for a whole 10 minutes and while I was running the third I was falling asleep, and that’s why I’m not talking much in the video.

Anyway, enjoy the videos here or check out my YouTube channel for more videos.

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This talk about champions

I got eaten by a rat. A CR49 umbral rat with a crown over his head. This weekend I started playing Thaz again, after her 3rd eTR a few weeks ago. Yeah, I haven’t played her since, which is unusual for me. As always, I want to do ee sagas while I’m leveling, so I have the sagas done when I hit cap, and can eTR again.

Champions were added to the game in U24 and there has been a lot of discussion about them. At first, a lot of ppl thought the champions were too many and that they were doing too much damage, which I agreed with to some extent. I thought they were too many, because I thought they were supposed to be rare.. and I thought some of them were doing too much damage, because they were hitting harder than the toughest bosses we have. Then the champions were “nerfed”; the numbers were reduced, and their damage lowered. And ppl were complaining again, that now the champions weren’t noticeable enough.

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Things change

Each time there is a new update with a new raid, I tend to wait for ppl to learn it, and then join someone with knowledge so they can teach me. I then try to join different groups to see what different tactics the different groups use… I usually select my own tactics based on what I’ve learned for when I post the raid myself. When it comes to The Mark of Death, I haven’t needed to post for the raid at all, in fact my toons keep getting ransacked, and I don’t have a toon to run that isn’t, lol. Most of the runs I’ve done I’ve done with Adenai, I did some with Cleazy and some with Matrix. Key has been doing MoD marathons a few times a week, and I’ve enjoyed them them most. The runs have been somewhat efficiently run, even though almost pure pug runs, but still quite relaxed. Conversations have been light and friendly. 🙂

So, I looked for some screenies from the runs, just for some documentation on the groups.

Maidae, with Adenai, short man attempt

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And then there was Update 23

Update 23 brought us epic Orchard of the Macabre. The 4 flagging quests on epic and a new epic raid, The Mark of Death. On launch day (Monday Sept 29) Osi came with me into epic Orchard and we 2 manned Inferno, Fleshmakers and Vol ee. I was having some problems with some of the mobs… in Inferno the magmas kept hurting me a lot, in Fleshmakers I got stunned and commanded, and in Vol I was quelled over and over.

In Inferno I also broke my eSOS, and had to use an alternative weapon on Cinnis.

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Doing the Lamannia thing – U23

There was a point when I really enjoyed running around on Lamannia… it was like a playground where you could do anything you wanted – for free. The excitement quickly wore out, though, as Lamannia tends to be buggy and very laggy, and it usually takes a good while (for me) to do something with the tools available. But after reading some comments about epic Necro 4, I was curious to see if what they said was correct. I wanted to take my Thaz into ee Orchard and see if I could complete the quests solo. In my opinion, if my Thaz can complete them, they qualify as easy.

Well, I had just copied over the latest version of Thaz, and went straight for the usually easiest quest in Orchard, Temple of Vol. The first mistake I make, is not having my Atonement equipped and I get hit with quells intercession while going for the first key. The intercession duration is annoyingly long, but I kite the mobs around til it ends (having equipped Atonement after getting quelled the 1st time). I retrieve the first key and go for the second one. I manage to get the key fine, but get stuck in a corner on my way back and die… run away from there and use a raise cake, only to realize I dropped the keys on death. Have to go back and get them.

I die a second time when retrieving the keys as I underestimated the traps, but I manage to get the keys and open the path forward. Shrine and jump down. The previous clay golems have here been replaced with flesh golems. What are they doing in the temple? The quell “mini” boss is a CR80 red named so it takes me a while to take him out, but I manage to do so and continue on. I open the doors forward, run into the first room and am swarmed by mobs, that hit me with fear…. a fear that lasts like 2 minutes. I am helpless. I kite everything around til fear ends, only to get feared again as soon as the first one ends. At this point I die.

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Epic Three Barrel Cove – Spoiler warning

For a good while now, I’ve been running “new” content with Osi first, just because I think he’s awesome, and he’s got this calm confidence that spreads to me. 🙂 What I mean is that I feel like we can take on the world together, and we’ll succeed. So, of course I wanted to run the new epics with Osi first. On Friday we ran Ghost of a Chance, Legend of Two-Toed Tobias, Old Grey Garl (Epic) ee (Osi always runs new content ee), and attempted Prove Your Worth. The thing is, in the last one, where the old version had ladders you had to climb, now there is 3 elevators with two platforms between. The platforms are trapped, with 3 blade traps popping up, one random safe spot. The problem is that if you hit the trap, you’ll most likely die before the trap even becomes visible, so sacrificing yourself to show the traps to other party members doesn’t work. Also, if you die there you’re stuck, there is an invisible wall preventing you from jumping down to the shrine, or hopping on the elevator to be raised. You are also blocked from being raised, the only way to get you out of there, is for a party member to grab your stone. Me and Osi also noticed that if you stay on the platform too long, it can cause your client to crash, and to get back in the game you need to open your command prompt (cmd.exe) and empty your dns cache by typing /ipconfig dnsflush.

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First look at U21

Monday was Cannith night and Tuesday swim practice, so I didn’t get a chance to log on my home server til Tuesday night. Not only had the static group already done both the quest and one of the raids, they were ip running the other. So, I hopped into wilderness to have a look around, and after the group finished their run, one of them joined me to show me the rares I need to kill to flag for the raids. I spent about 1.5h running around wilderness, found my way to both the raids and about 14 journals, before I felt too tired, and logged.

On Wednesday I’m at my computer a bit after schedule.. only to learn that the servers are down for an emergency hot fix. Meh. Lucky for me, I got the time wrong and the servers were back up 30 min later. The static group was gonna take on the dracolich and I joined to have my first view of the raid. It got a bit boring when 2 ppl were doing the puzzles while the rest were killing trash, but finally we got to the dracolich, and what a magnificent beast she is. I wasn’t quite sure what we were supposed to do, but killing + kiting trash and raising ppl is a good a job as any. In the end the lag monster beat us, and the gm’s was not helpful.

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