Osi had joined Matrix’s THTH when I logged on, so it was just me, Leo and Azzallea. Hamster joined and after waiting about 15 min I figured we could do a quick mod while waiting for more to join (I posted for hox). I stayed center while Leo and Azz did the rooms, which was going fine until people started joining the lfm and I got distracted. I got in trouble with beholders and some time after we killed the death knights we wiped (Hamster wasn’t flagged so was sitting it out). A jibber’s was used and we completed in 11 min 6 s. Loot: 7 masterwork tapestry shreds, 8 threads of fate, 64 death runes (I think, as I forgot to screenshot them) and Epic Litany of the Dead. Leo and Azz didn’t want the Litany, I had the old version so said I could grab the new one (lower min level), which meant throwing my current one away to buy it back after putting the ml 26 in the bank (they’re exclusive).
I usually don’t want to do this raid during Sat raids, but for Wednesday raids I was ok with it. In fact, I chose this raid, while people in channel were making suggestions. I waited a bit while some flagged, and then stepped in and started doing puzzles. The faster you can complete the puzzles, the less trash you have to deal with. As we reached the shrine I locked the raid just as someone hit the lfm for the last spot.
Titus was dragon tank, Qif dropped ragers. I forgot who was supposed to do death lords, but we had 6-7 people come to shadow side, so after 2 times trying 3 phylacteries, I figured why not try all 6. Doing 6 guarantees you the right phylactery if you don’t fail the timing. The end part was fast and the raid completed in 46 minutes, 30 seconds (we slowed down as we waited before the shrine). Loot: 125 deathwyrm runes, 18 threads of fate, 1 shadow phlog each, 21 shadow scales, Dumathoin’s Bracers, Dark Diversion and a +6 upgrade tome of charisma.
Raids 116 was March 23. I logged on at 9 pm Swedish time.
1. Old Baba’s Hut R3
Osiride, Tahlua and Thazara from Phoenix Clan, 5 Sokos, rest from EEraids channel. Invite only. Since we did a successful R2 last time, I suggested we try R3 this time. Shambler tank: Titusovid, red crow tanks: Titus and Osiride. Sokos like to stay together because of out of game voice chat and usually go left, so I suggested Caducea as a 6th left. Wisps almost wiped us both in hut and outside. Right side was good on totem killers and puzzlers (I believe we were 4 working on them). Titus got shamblers right away and kept them well, I focused mainly on healing Titus, Osi did Titus and party. Osi got aggro of Baba near the end and kept it. Baba was killing the party members before this. Completion time: 79 minutes, 56 seconds. Deaths: 81. Loot: 125 Hut runes, 24 Threads of fate, Tremor, the Breaker of Bones, Gulthias Staff, Volley, Arbalest of the Damned, The Invisible Cloak of Strahd, and Dusk, the Light Descends.
Last Sunday after doing my raids blog, I spent some time farming the anniversary dungeon on Cerge, most of the time with 2 or 3 piker accounts with me. I picked Cerge since I figured he’d be able to kill the optional bosses the quickest. I will do another run later to get a recording, but here are some screenshots from my runs. The screenshots are in room order, but not in run order. I was running at CR34 since I was told that +4 levels over your own would award you the same amount of party favors as +5. Yesterday I learned that Lichabel is bugged (from Cordovan during the live stream) and does not actually add to your party favors and can therefor be skipped.
I always started with Steelstar. He and his dog were rather easy for me. Continue reading →
The raids blog has started to feel a bit tedious for me to do every week, it takes too long to do and is a bit repetitive. Since I still want to keep a record of the weekly raids, I am going to try a new approach and do a much shorter summary of the raids. Here is Sat March 2.
1. Old Baba’s Hut. 4 from my guild Phoenix Clan (including me), 2 from Soko Irrlicht, 4 from EEraids channel, 1 off the lfm and Erofen that already was in party when I logged on. Difficulty: R1, shambler tank: Osiride. Red crow tank Tahlua and Osi, but I asked Osi to switch in the hut since they were taking a while to kill the lesser crows. Haley took over so Osi could help kill crows. Tahlua got to do the teams this week. Shamblers ran off a bit in the end fight, but Osi got them back quickly. Several deaths from wisps, some from shamblers. I again spent a lot of time under the hut. Completion time: 54 minutes, 31 seconds. Loot: 125 hut runes, 24 threads of fate, Torn, That Which Renders Despair, The Invisible Cloak of Strahd, Tremor, the Breaker of Bones, Memory of a Tailor’s Duress and Gulthias Staff.
Saturday (Feb 9) came and with fewer Sokos online I figured things wouldn’t be as crazy as last week. I was wrong. I started by inviting Tahlua and Devil, but Devil was afk so I figured I’d save him a spot. Then I put the lfm up for Baba’s and 2 seconds later I had to take it down to not get more applicants. I clicked on sort by guild on the outstanding list – then realiserad I had no idea in which order people applied. I accepted everyone and realized there was only 1 spot left, and Justus and Devil where not there. Hamster offered his spot for Devil and we filled. Osi had joined but he wanted to join with Vonkiprus and Devil offered his spot for Vonk and logged off. My note to self: invite guildies and Sokos before posting. In fact, talking to Titus I agreed that I probably should not post at all when there is this much interest and just invite people from channel instead. Hopefully Titus will be available once in a while and can do a second group.
After all the confusion with the group – for me anyway, we were ready to head to Baba’s. Osi was a fighter tank this life and offered to tank the shamblers. He hadn’t done it before, but I wanted to let him try on elite. I asked the group what they thought and the ones who replied were for trying elite. I took a moment to choose teams and off we went. The first baba fight was a bit slow but nothing special. In the hut we split unevenly at the first split – apparently I ended up confusing one party member by suggesting a different split than my original for two members and both ended up on the same side. The next run through this was corrected, though.
The puzzles went well, when we got the wisps we had some deaths. In the end fight we again had some deaths from wisps, but killed them and the scarecrows before attacking baba. Baba was moved as far north as we could move her and Osi moved the shamblers south west. I decided to heal Osi, but it wasn’t really needed, he never dropped below half his hp. The raid completed in 52 minutes with 8 deaths. Everyone got 125 Hut runes and 24 Threads of fate. Van Richten’s Spectacles, Molten Silver Gauntlets and Dusk, the Light Descends also dropped.
As I logged on Saturday Januari 26, I got a tell from Hamster and Lujaan asking to save a spot for them and Lotte. I had intended to redo my radiant servant enhancements before posting and as I was doing so I realized I had people waiting for me to post for the raids. Normally I put the post up for Baba’s a few minutes after 9 pm my time, but this time I posted for “Thaz’s raids. Some spots reserved”. It didn’t take long for people to hit the lfm, in fact people were hitting the lfm so fast that I decided to take the lfm down only a few minutes after posting so I could make sure no one else could click it while I was looking through the joiners list. I always use the outstanding list to decide and generally pick people in the order the clicked to join unless there is a reason to pick one person over another. This could be that I’m picking between a regular joiner that I know and an unknown name. Regulars are like extended guildies to me and are usually prioritized.
After filling we gathered outside of Baba’s and spent a moment deciding on difficulty. I usually don’t even attempt elite without a dedicated tank – since when we’ve tried with an “I could try” kind of tank we’ve failed – but since Lujaan felt we could handle elite I was willing to give it a shot. We gathered inside and I let Arakasii pick his team for the left side. The first time through the hut someone went the wrong side and my side ended up with only 5, but I wasn’t really too worried. I can handle the puzzles myself if needed, I just need some help with totems and someone to tank the red scarecrows. The person who went the wrong way switched about half way through and we were split even again.
Things are going quite well until the shamblers spawn. The party is working on one of them and I see the other charging up. I tell them to switch and a moment later we’re hit with the debuff. I wing away to try and stay alive while the rest of the party is dying and soon after it’s a wipe. People ask if we should use jibbers and try to continue – I say I don’t think we can but I’m willing to give it a shot. Someone used a blade alone and started raising people, I get a raise and try to get the ones not re-killed up and tell them to start dps’ing the shamblers. We’re soon hit with debuff again (you get knocked down when it happens) and we all die again. I say that it’s not happening and we release to try again on hard.
Cerge has done 8 TRs and 12 ERs in the soon 7 years since he was born (Feb 24, 2012). Here are his “what he looked like on TR” pictures.
TR 1 (Apr 15, 2013): I didn’t do separate before and after pictures for Cerge’s first TR, but the picture to the left is his first picture. Cerge as a warforged, 20 sorcerer/ 5 epic. Continue reading →
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.
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.