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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Thaz vs Cerge, a comparison take 2

This life Cerge is a morninglord fvs, 1 cleric/ 19 fvs, and I’ve been feeling like he’s pretty good, does well in ee’s and I can solo stuff. So I decided to solo ee Outbreak at lvl 24 (one level under level), which went fine. I have, though, been feeling like my cleric is just better, she has more spells and things die faster. So, to do a proper comparison, I took Thaz into ee Outbreak at 24 to see how she’d do.

The result? Cerge has much less wisdom and lower spell DCs than Thaz, but he killed the red names faster, his spells did more damage per hit. Cerge also took less damage and didn’t need to heal quite as much as Thaz did. Cerge finished the quest in 19 min, for Thaz it took 24, which includes one death. Cerge used 11 mana pots, Thaz 12. Technically Thaz is better than Cerge, better geared, higher wisdom, but I think it’s the Angel of Vengeance enhancements that beat her.

Cerge’s enhancements look like this:

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Cerge does ees.. again

I’ve been focusing mainly on running ee sagas lately, except for raid night with Osi on Saturdays. I was levelling Cerge and Thaz at the same time last time and I kept feeling like Thaz was just better… might be because she was just that much better geared. Well, I picked up a second twilight, and eTR’d Cerge. I did the three Eveningstar chains and Web of Chaos ee with pug and then posted for ee Druid’s chain the other day. As always I have no interest in waiting for a full group, or any group, lol, I leave the lfm up and ppl can join when or if they want. I had one joiner before I stepped in. I really didn’t have any expectations at all on Cerge’s abilities (he was 23 at the time), but I buffed up and started attacking the trash mobs. It went a lot better than I expected and I had killed the orange named dude that drops the key before the other guy had entered the quest. By the time we got to the end boss I had almost a full group, and I got help with the rest of the chain. I got 24 before the end of the chain.

So, seeing as Cerge was doing so well in Outbreak ee solo, I decided to give it a second go and record it. See the video below. Anything not named or orange I had no problems killing, the CR60 red named took me ~5 min to kill, which was annoyingly long. It didn’t help that they kept attacking me hard, so I had to kite them, and that trash was spawning around too (which didn’t bother me a whole lot as they died fast). I finished the quest in 19 min.

Now I just need got get Cerge to 28 so I can TR him into his next build (see Cerge 5.0)

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

Solo EEs on a not capped toon? Yes pls

I keep watching videos of lvl 28 toons that solo this and that epic elite quest. I would assume that these ppl most likely have at least some of the best gear available and have built their toon for solo’ing EEs. I can’t help but find their videos dull after a while. Yes, I like watching them now and again to learn tactics, I enjoy learning tactics, but the quests don’t seem to be much of a challenge for them. And no challenge tends to mean that the player gets bored after a while.

I have been working on building better toons and gearing them somewhat well. I used to be scared of trying difficult tasks, but now I want to challenge my toons, I want to see what they can do. Or maybe what I can do with them? So, I’ve been running higher level quests on a higher difficulty at a lower level, to see if my toon can 1. kill stuff and 2. not die.

In my opinion, all three of my epic toons on Orien are EE ready. All of them can solo EE’s, but I pick and choose a bit what I try to solo. Some quests are just not worth the effort, in my opinion, as it costs too much (time and resources – for me anyway). Impossible Demands is the shortest and fastest EE quest I know, so it’s usually the one I pick when I wish to test my toon in an EE quest.  Lately it’s been Cerge on his fvs life that I’ve been testing, before the recent eTR I solo’d it on him at lvl 23, this time I decided to try it at 21.. and to record it.

My advice? Don’t try to solo EE’s under level when you’re tired and a bit irritated. You’ll play like poop and just get more irritated. I went into the quest, died a couple of times and gave up. Switched toons to run some other EE’s with a friend, then back to ID. I did a total of 4 attempts, exciting the quest on death in the 3 first ones. The 4th one was the one where I managed to finish the quest without dying.

The reasons for deaths were: knocked down by comet fall and killed, a failed save on flesh to stone and killed – twice. I also kept not finding my buttons when I was trying to hit my spells, etc. Don’t play when you’re tired, lol. Anywho, here’s the video where I didn’t die.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great rest of the week.

Cheers.

Cerge eTR’d

My plan with Cerge was to combine eTr and TR, to always do eTR and right after TR… until I made him into an iconic. It didn’t hit me until I was well on the way to 28, that I can’t eTR+TR if I’ve made him iconic. So, I decided I was going to do one eTR this life before TR’ing into the next class (Cerge does a different class every life). As I had not planned to do eTR, I didn’t do a whole lot of sagas on the way to 28 and at 28 I didn’t want to play him too much, so after eTR I only had 2 sagas to pick up, and he only reached 21.

Here’s Cerge’s before and after, I decided to change his looks a bit.

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And we’re raiding again

I have been doing my Saturday night raid marathon for about 2 years. I started doing them around the time I met Cleazy. At first I was only joining other’s lfms, later I started posting my own. I looked at some of my posts from 2 years ago, and I found the first few posts where I talk about raiding Saturday (see e.g. August 5, 2012 Sort of a meh night, Give me my Shroud completion! … and epics, August 12, 2012 Saturday gaming). Looking at some of the screenies, I even found some of the ppl I still play with, including Osi on an alt. 🙂

Anywho, I was away for for 2 weeks, and therefor missed two raids Saturdays. After farming Thunderholme raids, and after doing raids with Osi for about a year (and level cap getting raised to 28), many of the raids have really lost their charm. Some of the raids I like running because the xp is still pretty good (von, adq, chrono), while others I’ve pretty much stopped doing (shroud, ToD). I don’t even run Thunderholme raids much since getting the 20th completions on the on 3 toons.

Still, I was looking forward to raiding with Osi. I don’t see him much at all anymore, and he pretty much only plays during raid night once a week. Osi logged a bit early, and I was already online on Thaz. I wanted to run Thaz this time. As usually we started with ADQ and ran eH/ eE as a 6 man group. There was a few deaths in the raid bit, but still a pretty standard run.

After ADQ Osi asked me if I need to switch toons for some raids, and I told him that yes, I’d like to do chrono, von and fot on Thaz, Thunderholme and CitW on Cerge. So Osi suggested we join someone else’s lfm for FoT, which we did. This person had been away from the game for like half a year or so, so they needed a bit of help assigning roles. This was a fun run, though. SR tank didn’t know to use spell absorption and died. So Osi took over both kiting undead and SR. I was helping dps TO til I noticed that they needed help with SR, and I got boomed but didn’t die. SR tank took over again when he was raised, we prepped him well and killing was flawless.

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Thaz vs Cerge, a comparison

I am currently levelling two epic divine dc casters. Thaz as a pure cleric at lvl 25, and Cerge as 1 cleric/ 18 fvs at lvl 27. Thazara is an elf and Cerge a morninglord, so technically also an elf. And both have blond hair, lol. What’s been puzzling me for a while is that although I’ve felt like Cerge is a strong enough toon to run epic elite quests under level since he hit 20, I’ve still felt like Thaz was better. When I was playing Thaz things were just dying faster and she was gathering up a lot of kills, even though she was several levels lower than Cerge at the time.

I have built them similar, but while Thaz is still a healer, Cerge is not. I play them similar, but I’ve focused Thaz on light casting, while Cerge is meant to be a bb kiter. I do like playing my fvs, but no matter how I turn it, I keep coming back to feeling like Thaz is just better. The other reason why this is puzzling, is because Cerge is on his 4th life (past lives: sorc, wiz and bard) with two epic past lives (colors of the queen, and power over life and death), while Thaz is still on her first heroic life, with only the one epic past life (power over life and death).

I have geared them a little bit differently, but both of them have the same greensteel: an hp item and a con-op sp item. Here is my comparison. I will not list their current gear as that would take more time than I have atm. Both toons are fully buffed with ship buffs, gh, own buffs, yugo pots and supreme ability in the pictures. Cerge to the left and Thaz to the right.

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Sat raids and drinking

I’ve been stressing so much over my vacation trip that I’m going on next week. So much I need to do before the trip, so little time to do it. I’ve never been away from the degus for this long (2 weeks) before, and my sister is going to be staying at my place to take care of them. After stressing another day, I was craving some alcohol. 🙂 So this Sat night I was raiding.. first tipsy and later on sorta drunk. Apparently the raid groups were amused, anyway, lol. Osi logged a bit late, but after some waiting we got going. We ran eH/eE ADQ, eH/eH VON, eE Chrono and eH CitW. Osi had the star the whole time. After CitW Osi gave me the star and we asked the group what ppl wanted to run. Deathwyrm was suggested to us, so I said I’d post for it. Osi did not want to run, so he dropped group and logged off a short while later.

I was getting pretty tipsy at this point, but I’ve run Deathwyrm enough times to be able to lead it even in my sleep, lol. Since Cerge has a bravery streak going, I wanted to do eH, not eN, and started as soon as I had a few ppl. I donno if it’s the alcohol or if I’m just otherwise playing poorly, but I manage to get myself killed by trash a few times and only do the first 2 mirror puzzles, before Cheri takes over. I try to get back to helping, but only manage to turn a few mirrors, before I’m over run by trash and dead, again. So, after a while I give up on doing puzzles and just focus on killing trash and trying to focus on my raid group.

We get to the shrine room and wait for most of the ppl who got left behind while I talk over the plan. And in we go. One person had got left dead in the red light/ green light room, so another player goes to get him (jumping off the edge takes you to the 5th puzzle area, red light/ green light is after the 6th, so you can just run through), one person grabs dragon, another battle rangers and I try my best at organizing the group as well as helping kill death lords. Everything is ok until we get to the shadow side. I start sending ppl into the portal one at a time and the ones left on the dragon side start having problems. Dragon keeper gets trash on him and no one helps, battle ranger kiter dies, dragon keeper dies, and then suddenly we get kicked out of shadow side because everyone on dragon side is dead.

We lose a couple more and I tell ppl that we need to get things under control before getting back to the phylactery hunt. I start raising ppl but then I die, some of the ppl taking raises die. It’s a bit of a mess but we manage to get everyone up and the trash situation taken care of. I assign someone as trash killer and we get back to our tasks. It turns out that not everyone in the group is able to self heal well enough to manage on their own, so after a while we start pairing ppl up. The real phylactery just isn’t showing it’s face, so after many attempts killing the phylactery in the first portal we attempt to prep 3. First try is a bust as someone breaks a phylactery too soon. Second try is a bust again, because one person dies in the room and only 2 are broken. Third try same thing, except I’m the one who manages to die in there.

We must have done this 4-5 times, but in the end we break the real phylactery. Then on to picking up the pieces and dps’ing the dragon. I get two people to volunteer for lever duty, and at this point my attention span is extremely small, I’m not following what’s going on, but I’ve lost my clothes, suddenly the dragon is down, the levers are pulled and we finish. I check the quest report, I’ve died 17 times! No wonder I lost all my clothes, lol. I did come in a strong second on kill count list, though, with 135 kills. So, even though I died a lot, I did a lot of damage too. 🙂

  

Someone in the group wanted to do Fire on Thunder Peak, so I posted for one, and we did a second run after it, but I gave Bruder the star. I was feeling drunk and very unfocused, so I didn’t want any responsibilities anymore. And before I was too tired to play we did an FoT run. I must say I can’t remember much of the run at all, lol, but I believe it was pretty smooth.

Okidoke, enjoy the pictures and that’s all for this time. I’ll try to do one more blog before I leave for my vacation.

Cheers.

P.S. OnMouseOver for picture info

Here’s how you flag for Thunderholme raids

I enjoy making ddo videos. I have noticed that the latest trend seems to be streaming, but I really don’t want to make an ass of myself on live camera, I prefer to record first, watch the footage, then decide if I need to cut the video or if I can upload it as it is. This is why I don’t stream.

Anywho, I was thinking about what to record next, and I figured I’d show my viewers/ followers how to flag for the Thunderholme raids. The flagging is very simple. To flag for Fire on Thunder Peak you need to find and slay Dagan: Regent Of Thunderholme, and to flag for Temple of the Deathwyrm you have to kill Sarva Ballistra: Cult of  the Dragon Emissary, which are both red named “rares”. Rare in quotation marks, because they are not rare at all, but spawn every time.

The first time I flagged for these raids, a friend of mine led me to the rares and helped me kill them, since then I’ve been flagging by myself, alone in the instance. While running around Thunderholme to familiarize myself with the area, I’ve also offered to flag other ppl in titan channel with “hey, I’m at the rare, enter the instance if you need flagging”. There is dungeon scaling, though, and the rares are much easier to kill if you do it alone.

Dagan is fairly simple to locate and kill. With blur and displace he does fairly little damage, so you can just stand there and beat him down. The dragon emissary on the other hand is rather nasty. She does a range of acid spells (and I believe the other elements as well, but acid is definitely her main). Wearing a spell absorption item will protect you from her attacks, but you still need to take her out quickly, or your item will drain and her attacks will hit you full force. The safest way is to take her out using ranged attacks, but with spell absorption and high dps melee, you’ll take her out fairly fast as well. You will have to deal with a bunch of trash too, if you don’t take them out before focusing on the emissary. One way is to activate her, then run back up the stairs to kill off trash before focusing on her. She will follow you, but a lot slower than the other mobs.

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Cerge does EE’s

It’s been a while since I ran EE’s, and even longer since I ran them with pug. I did some EE’s when I was capping Cerge last life, but then I ran with my guildie and his friends, so not exactly the same. Last weekend I ran EE ADQ2, EE Choronocope and EE VON5-6 on Cerge at lvl 21-23, and I was supriced at how well he was doing. So this week (yesterday) I decided to see if I could solo EE Impossible Demands (at lvl 23). Not only was he able to solo, but he did it faster than when I ran it on Thaz… most likely because I was less careful. I decided to lfm for the other CiTW flagging quests and I got a full party for most quests. We did chain 1 and 2, and the quests were far from flawless (it was often me that died), but we got through.

Today I wanted to finish flagging for CitW, so I lfm’d for EE Demonweb and again got a full party. Since the group felt strong and things were going well, I suggested we continue with the FoT flagging quests on EE. Cerge was lvl 24 at this point. The difference in difficulty was very noticeable. From having done semi well in the demonweb, suddenly I felt semi useless. The mobs were evading, and evading a lot. Once in a while I’d get a nice crit, and especially if the mobs were rendered unable to move by one of the other players. So, I wasn’t completely useless, but I was buring mana like crazy and I was very dependent on the others.

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