I have been playing this game for just over 3 years now, and my cleric Thazara has been with me from the start. I decided early on to never do a true reincarnation with her, and I’ve stuck to my decision, even though people have been telling me that I should TR. A day or so ago someone made the claim I’ve heard before “for epic elites you need past lives”. The word that I get stuck on is “need”. Since I started playing ppl have been telling me I need past lives to be any good, or to be useful for anything but healbotting. I wanted to prove them wrong, I took it as a challenge. Since around the time Thaz hit xp cap for the first time (back in spring of 2012), my goal has been to use what ever tools I have available (enhancements, ed’s, gear), except true reincarnation, to make her as good as I can. The way I play her has changed and I found that the latest build is the one I enjoy the most. I can zerg eh’s, and the mobs die, and I found I can even solo some ee’s.
So, when I heard, again, that you “need” past lives to solo ee’s, I said to myself… ok, I’m gonna attempt to solo ee Haunted Halls and see if I need past lives to do it. Well, what do you know, I didn’t. I needed a bunch of raise cakes, some pots and scrolls, but nope, no past lives. I also needed to kite and kill stuff, but again, past lives no.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that I cannot reach the same numbers as a multiple TR. Past lives give you bonuses that my Thaz will never have. But, unless you gear your toon well, choose enhancements and other things carefully, and learn how to run quests, the past lives are not gonna help you.
So, here it is the result of my experiment. I had just woken up after ~5h sleep, I could not remember exactly which passage to go… and when fighting the kobolds I could have played much smarter and just killed them off one at a time instead of trying to get as many as possible, and as a result wasting a lot of mana on missing my target. The quest took me 95 min to complete, which includes a bunch of pointless mistakes I made and running around trying to find my way. I used 22 mana pots and 13 raise cakes… so the run was not cheap.